CES & THE Show 2013 Hot Product
We've become acquainted with the French Neodio digital gear through Lamm's use of the company's DACs and transports in its CES systems. The new Origine is a digital player -- CDs only -- and full-feature 24-bit/192kHz asynchronous USB DAC. Features of this nearly 60-pound, fully balanced unit include a constrained-layer chassis, a custom AC filter, and a quartz master clock. Its mechanism is a modified TEAC DVD-ROM drive. We found the Origine especially agreeable to look at, exuding the luxury that its $27,000 price implies.
It's almost become a cliche to say that a digital product "sounds like analog," but it's very much true of the Origine because of its combination of very high resolving power and abundant ease. Lovely looks and sound.
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