Wednesday, 15 Aug 2018

Progress Report: Ayre EX-8

Do you like simple? I like simple. Let’s make a system hardware checklist: Ayre EX-8, DeVore Fidelity gibbon X, sonic Transporter i5 (Roon Core), NAS (music storage), iPad remote (Roon), and a router. Check.

dCS Bartok

New(s)!: Meet the dCS Bartók Upsampling Network DAC

dCS, maker of some of the most engaging digital products I’ve heard, announced the birth of Bartók, an Upsampling Network DAC and the entry point in the dCS lineup when sorted by price (ascending). Bartók retails for $13,500 and/or  $15,000 if you opt for the integrated Class-A Headphone Amplifier.

News: The Florida Audio Expo

This news just hit my desk: “Tampa, Florida—August 2018—The Florida Audio Expo is excited to announce its inaugural show. This show will be held on Friday February 8th through Sunday February 10th, 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore. ”

System Review: The Barn (Mine)

I  like system reviews. What better inaugural system to review than my very own? I’ve taken great care, over many years, to end up with this exact mix. This system gives me pleasure every single day and I’m going to tell you why.

In Barn: Ayre EX-8 Integrated Hub

Ayre EX-8 Integrated Hub ($5,990.00). I like to call this type of component a Network Integrated Amplifier because it offers a Roon-Ready Ethernet input (and DAC)  so all you need to add is some music and a pair of speakers and you are off to the races. Between you & me, I have a thing for Network Integrated Amplifiers.