Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. announced a new addition to their flagship DAC2 line of audio D/A converters. The latest addition is the DAC2 L, and it is
the first DAC2 converter to ship without Benchmark's HPA2™ headphone amplifier. According to John Siau, VP and Director of Engineering at Benchmark, "The HPA2™ offers outstanding performance, but we recognize that some of our customers will never use the headphone feature." The streamlined DAC2 L is focused on customers who listen exclusively through speakers, and on those who will be incorporating multiple DAC2 units into a surround system, or an installed multi-room system. The cost savings is $200 per unit. The new DAC2 L matches the performance specifications of Benchmark's top-of-the-line DAC2 HGC. All of the HGC features are included (with the exception of the headphone amplifier). Features include: Sabre32 reference conversion system with four 32-bit audio converters per channel, 24bit/192kHz PCM, native DSD conversion, sample-rate and word-length displays, UltralLock2™ jitter attenuation, asynchronous USB audio 2.0, polarity switch, home theater bypass, digital inputs, analog inputs, digital pass through, 12 volt trigger, remote control, and low-noise high-efficiency power supplies.
The DAC2 L will be shipping worldwide starting July 25, 2013 and will retail in the USA for $1,795.00. It will be available with a choice of black or silver machined-aluminum faceplates. Benchmark Media Systems, Inc. and their authorized dealers are now accepting orders.
For more information about Benchmark’s DAC2 L visit: http://www.benchmarkmedia.com/dac/dac2-l
The SD700 all-in-one system was created with in mind great sound and elegant design. Cabinet is made in real wood available in different finishes able to allow its placement in any interior. The SD700 is offered in Walnut, Cherry and Black Ash as well as in High Glossy piano finish, Black, White and Red.
Integrated System with Stereo 3-way Speakers System.
The SD700 combines a stereo 3-way Speaker System driven by a digital amp with 60 W x channel. Its compact and structural design provides a large volume enclosure for the speakers.
Dual-driver Powerfully Subwoofer Reproduces Bass Sounds
In the SD700, the dual woofer employs large magnets and reasonable large diameter voice coils to allow dynamic bass reproduction in a bass reflex system. Bass Reflex contributes to deeper and richer bass. Its port has adequate length to provide outstanding bass response.
The subwoofer extra output lets you connect an additional subwoofer to enjoy even more powerful bass sound.
Connect the SD700 and live your music.
The SD700 is all-in-one audio integrated amplifier. It’s a revolutionary system, it's a brilliant-sounding, versatile and intelligent example of what contemporary music in the home is all about. Music downloads, music files, internet radio, network music, UPnP servers, iPod/MP3 players, Multiroom functionality and a DAB/DAB+ - FM/RDS tuner - everything that the new era of music delivery can throw at it, SD700 can play.
It includes a preamplifier and a stereo digital power amplifier with 60 watt output power per channel. Back panel is provided with two analogue input for DVD and TV, an optical input and a high resolution USB port for PC connection.
Front panel is provided with a USB socket and 3,5mm jack input that allow to play music from an iPod or MP3 players also it can be used to play music files from USB memory stick. The SD700 is controlled by a dedicated remote handset in combination with a large display.
Stand alone system
The SD700 is all-in-one audio player that require just only the power cord connected to an AC power receptacle and the system is already up and running. No other add-in is required. Using three-way, six-speaker system finely tuned to Hi-Fi audio standards, you can start to enjoy your music at any time forgetting speakers, cables and connections. Music downloads, high-resolution music files, internet radio, network music, iPod/MP3 players - everything that the new era of music delivery can throw at it, SD700 can play. It also includes a DAB/DAB+/FM tuner as standard.
TV Sound Bar
The SD700 can be used as Sound Bar under your TV. It dramatically improves your TV sound. SD700 systems provide a simple way to add high quality speakers to your TV in a complete Audio/Video system.
The SD700 can be connected TV to create a Home Theater system without wires and boxes. Traditional Home Theater system requires five to seven speakers, separate powered subwoofer, receiver and a lot of cables that come and go throughout the room. The SD700 system consists of only a single cabinet and a single connecting wire. Inside there are speakers, amplifiers and powered subwoofer. It’s sophisticated virtual surround sound system deliver room-filling, three-dimensional sound. Installation takes only few minutes.
Thanks to the DAC -24bit/192kHz which is equipped, the SD700 can be connected to the USB port of your PC transforming it in a true audio streaming high quality system. It is perfect for use with PCs and MAC. If you have a separate monitor, you can place it on top of the SD700.
If you use a laptop, you can put it on top of the SD700. Since the SD700 use only one connecting wire and no speaker wires, it is very simple to connect. It sound fantastic when connect to a PC . If you use your computer as a TV or DVD movie system, you'll be amazed at how the SD700 can enhance the viewing experience. Its virtual surround system will fill your room with sound involving you in the event as there had never happened.
Audio system for schools.
The SD700 installed in the classroom instead of the traditional in-wall speakers, allows a significantly reduced costs and ease of use. No wiring. One SD700 fills the entire classroom. It can be installed easily by the school personnel eliminating expensive outside contractors.
Retail, Hotels and Restaurants Audio
Stores, hotels, bars and restaurants should provide a background music to enhance the entertainment of its customers. Increases the pleasure of conversation creating a relaxed and soothing. Operators who install high quality guest room audio systems will be in a position to improve guest satisfaction as well as restaurant with high quality audio system can improve the feeling with their customers and enhance the guest’s stay. The SD700 system is designed to deliver premium sound quality, with a minimum of installation effort. Where similar retail installation might take days, the installation of a SD700 takes few minutes. It provides truly saving money and time.
La Valse, Ma mère l'Oye,Tzigane, Boléro, Pavane
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Gordan Nikolic, violin
Carlo Rizzi, conductor
Real Surround Sound
Hybrid-SACD (total playing time: 63'10)
Order no. 0207-4 Barcode 40 09850 020745
further details: www.tacet.de
"In Ravel's Magic Garden" (*)
Now, finally, after the much-lauded Beethoven symphonies with the Polish Chamber Philharmonic under Wojciech Rajski, here is the first recording of a large orchestra in TACET Real Surround Sound. The larger the ensemble, the more complex the score is, as well as the harmonies contained within it. Is it actually possible to enable the listener to experience, by means of a recording, all the innumerable, refined details and the virtually infinite ideas of instrumentation in the orchestral music of Maurice Ravel? It is only possible for certain if such a sensitive and subtle conductor as Carlo Rizzi directs a top orchestra of the caliber of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. And even then, it is a demanding but incredibly appealing task. We'll let you be the judge as to how well they have succeeded.
A customer described his experience so far with the multi-channel concept TACET Real Surround Sound as follows: "With the Real Surround Sound, you add
a dimension that creates a presence - opening up a new way of listening and a
new, previously unknown but highly appreciated way of experiencing the music
played. It offers the listener not only greater pleasure, but also deeper
insight and a significantly closer relationship to the score." Thank you,
will also be available on Bluray Disc this autumn.
exaSound Audio Design announces the immediate availability of the e20 Mk III - the first high-end DAC capable of achieving DSD playback at sampling rate of 12.288 MHz (DSD 256+). This is another world's first for exaSound. The e20 Mk
III predecessor, the e20 Mk II was the only consumer-oriented DAC capable of achieving DSD 256 at 11.2896 MHz. The e20 Mk III goes to the next level by introducing three new DSD modes that cover the 48 kHz family of sampling rates: 3.072 MHz (DSD 64+), 6.144 MHz (DSD 128+), and 12.288 MHz (DSD 256+).
exaSound's DAC’s have always stayed ahead of the curve, and the latest e20’s DSD 256+ capability not only goes beyond the capabilities of all other DAC’s on the market today, it is ahead of current recording technology. This ensures that audiophiles will be enjoying studio master files the way they were recorded – without down-sampling or down-conversion – well into the future, without equipment upgrades.
In addition to offering the highest digital audio resolution, the e20 DACs have vanishingly low levels of jitter, distortion and noise, creating an astonishingly clean and analog-like sound. Detailed measurements, specifications and subjective impressions are available at exaSound.com.
After 6 years being our entry line to high quality sound reproduction, we are giving birth to a new and exciting Phi series. Now being a part of The Kvist industry group, we have the capability of in house manufacture of the most exciting enclosure type of all: the Laminated Form Pressed Enclosure. Kvist Industries is a furniture and speaker cabinet maker producing some of the world's finest furniture. This type of enclosure is mostly used in very expensive speakers as in the B&W 800 series and our own El Superiores reference speakers. With an optimized production setup we can now offer this exquisite, strong, and inert enclosure solution for music lover to enjoy outstanding performance from real world priced speakers. Having the new improved sonic foundation from the Laminated form pressed enclosure, we have done our utmost to optimize other
components used, to obtain an absolute maximum of performance. We designed a new woofer and midrange driver based on a wood fiber cone structure, using a size optimized inverted spike dust cap, a low distorting magnet system using aluminum shorting rings, and a dynamic linear suspension. We finished off the performance by hand doping the cones with our proprietary organic leather oil treatment, first used for our El Superiores mid/woofer drivers. Our tweeter is our well known dual ring tweeter, now taken to new heights by an optimized version of the NRLI network. The NRLI network is assuring seem less integration between the woofers, midrange and tweeter, by creating a Non-Resonant perfectly Linked Impulse reproduction – NRLI. We also optimized the internal acoustics. The new less resonant character of the enclosure lets us minimize the use of acoustic damping to obtain a higher level of impact and dynamic accuracy, as well as improving the quality and level of bass reproduction. The Combination of all of the advantages from the new enclosure, the new higher performing bass/mid drivers, the optimized NRLI network and the new impulse accurate internal acoustics, lifts the performance of the new Phi’s way above what can be expected in this size and price range, and gives the Phi’s a performance level belonging to the top of audiophile musical speakers.
We recommend auditioning one or more models of the Phi at your local dealer.
GamuT Audio Team