HAP-Z1ES

Sony HAPZ1ES Hi-Res Music Player

Sony's new HAPZ1ES music player fills a wide open gap that has been with us for years i.e. A HD file player, Hi-end DAC, expandable on board music storage, an extremely simple, intuitive user interface all wrapped in a beautiful, functional and quality built unit.

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Salon Son & Image 2013 - My Pick

This show was held on March 22 - 24, 2013 at the Montreal Hilton Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. There were many great sounding systems at the show; too many to choose from. If I had to pick one, it would be On a Higher Note.

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HD Downloads Norah Jones

Recommended HD Audio Download Sites

Now that HD audio is a reality for many Audiophiles and music lovers, let's take a look at some of the better-known sources to download excellent quality HD audio files. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but it includes some of the better sites that I have used and that I would recommend.

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Oppo BDP-105

Oppo BDP-105 Universal Audiophile Player

The Oppo BDP-105 Universal Audiophile 3D Blu-ray Disc Player is the successor to the very successful BDP-95. This is in fact a very good upgrade which, includes new features such as asynchronous USB DAC input and a fan-less design. The list price also moved up to $1200.

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TAVES

TAVES 2012

The Toronto Audio Video Entertainment Show was held at the King Edward Hotel, Toronto, Canada on September 28 - 30 2012. It featured over 70 exhibitors highlighting some 300 or so brands of audio, video and related technologies. There were also some very memorable presentations.

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Amarra HiFi

Amarra HiFi from Sonic Studio

Apple's iTunes is one of the best music libraries available but is lacks some key features required for hi-fidelity use. Amarra provides a very good solution that uses iTunes to store and organize the music while Amarra handles the "audiophile quality" issues.

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Bryston B135

 

Bryston's new Integrated Amplifier - B135

Bryston's head-office is located in the small town of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. They are known for their purist approach to design and their industry leading 20 years warranty on analog components. Their latest offering is the B135 SST² Integrated Amplifier.

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Ayre QB-9

 

Ayre QB-9 USB DAC

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Ayre Acoustics is a small outfit that has been designing and hand assembling high quality audio and video equipment since 1993. According to Ayre “The Ayre QB-9 USB Digital-to-Analog converter vanquishes the stereotypes of computer audio and ushers us into a new world of musical access”

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Arcam rDAC

 

Arcam rDAC

This is one of the best affordable DACs for less than $500. It's an ideal DAC for someone who wants to add Computer music playback to an existing Hi-Fi system. There are many DACs that cost five to ten times as much but this one is very good at this price point.

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B&W Tweeter

Bryston

Amarra HiFi

Bang and Olufsen Audi

Linn LP12

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