Salon HiFi 2011
The new and the vintage. There is probably no better, more elegant way to integrate the finest of modern digital sources with a high-end system than through Audio Researchs long-awaited DS-Pre ($7495). This solid-state device combines a line-level preamplifier with a DAC in a single, unified chassis. In its role as a preamplifier, it accepts two balanced sources via XLRs and three single-ended sources through RCA jacks, with balanced and single-ended outputs. Add to this five digital inputs based on the DAC technology, a comprehensive menu system and digital conversion up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution and youve successfully bridged the analog and digital chasm.
Vintage hi-fi watchers were treated to this sublime Audio Research SP-3 on passive display. Im just surprised it wasnt stolen.
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