In the complicated landscape of audio, many companies put stratospheric price tags on great performance. The Parasound mission couldn't be more different. Simply put, they offer the most performance for the money by finding the sweetest spot between price and diminishing returns. Everything they do at Parasound is customer-centric because that's how they define value. Most of their customers don't have trust funds and have to work for their money – so they give you your money's worth and then some.
Halo 2.1 Channel Integrated Preamplifier
- Latest generation ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC (ES9018K2M)
- Asynchronous USB 2.0 supports PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit
- USB input decodes Native DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 and DoP DSD
- Coax and optical accept PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit
- Analog bass management with high & low pass crossovers
Complete specs available on the Parasound website.
Bluesound is an alliance of audiophiles dedicated to delivering on the promise of wireless, digitally-perfect high-fidelity audio.
As designers, engineers, and individuals who have spent their lives in the music industry, they are not satisfied with anything less than perfection. They have many of the same people from world-famous NAD that pioneered HiFi in the 70s, and they continue to relentlessly pursue innovative technologies and faithful music reproduction. They're not just another computer company. They're all about sound.
Digital audio got its start like any other new technology. It was amazing and new – limited and imperfect – and naturally became the adopted standard for the next generation. They love technology, but they love music even more. To them, digital just wasn’t up to par, so they decided to set out and raise the bar on digital so that audiophiles and music lovers would hear what they’ve been missing since digital audio came into existence. Even 16-bit CDs have only about half of the audio spectrum that the master recording holds, and that’s a whole lot more than MP3s have left in them. With more than a decade of compressed audio piping through earbud headphones and cheap dock players, the time had come. The portable players we all love have created a new way of listening to music, but there hasn’t really been much there to hear. Until now. Enter true 24-bit HD digital audio.
For more details visit the Bluesound website.
Music is enchanting, and at Marantz they strive to ensure that the carrier of the music looks and feels as good as it sounds. Every component they produce is technically and cosmetically designed to complement the lifestyle of the listener. Marantz prides themselves on applying these principles to all of their products. Each and every one of their home entertainment components is capable of reproducing the purest, most realistic music in your home. They know that true hi-fi is about being able to reproduce the magic of a performance – it’s about experiencing music just as the artist intended. That's why at Marantz they have only one philosophy: "Because Music Matters."
For the ultimate music listening experience, the Marantz SA8005 Super Audio CD player incorporates a host of exclusive technologies from Marantz's reference class players, including discrete HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) components, which provide wide bandwidth and high slew rate for the utmost musical fidelity. In addition to SACD and CD playback, the SA8005 also features multiple playback options from a range of other digital audio sources, including iPod and iPhone devices, as well as the ability to play back digital audio files from a PC, via the included asynchronous USB-B port.
Meridian designs, engineers and manufactures state-of-the-art audio and video home entertainment systems. Bob Stuart and Allen Boothroyd founded Meridian in 1977 based on their beliefs in good audio engineering, good acoustical engineering, and the value of psychoacoustics – the understanding of how we perceive sound and our responses to it. Following the introduction of the Compact Disc in 1984, Meridian produced the world’s first audiophile-quality Compact Disc player, the MCD (the later, more advanced MCD Pro is shown here). Meridian went on to release the world’s first digital surround processor, and was ideally placed to take advantage of the explosion of the home theatre market.
218 Zone Controller
The 218 Zone Controller contains all of the functionality needed to create a Hi-Res audio zone. Accommodating both local and distributed audio, whether analogue or digital, the Meridian 218, which comes equipped with lip sync technology is also an endpoint for their award-winning Sooloos music management platform.
With both digital and analogue inputs and outputs, the MQA–enabled Meridian 218 is suitable for a wide range of distributed audio applications from single zone to multi-zone use. Control features including IP and IR, allow this versatile 1U tall product to be easily partnered with any of Meridian’s power amplifiers or DSP loudspeakers.
Visit the Meridian website for more information.
STR Power Amplifier
The STR Power Amplifier is the beating heart of a world-class 2-channel sound system. It delivers massive power generation, with audiophile-quality output in a smartly designed component.
Designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada, the STR Power Amplifier delivers 400 Watts/channel into 8 ohms with both channels driven, a massive 600 Watts/channel into 4 ohms (both channels driven) and 800W in 2 ohms, for true no-holds-barred performance.
Inside, the STR Power Amplifier uses two colossal transformers and multiple high-current output devices so the most subtle details and dynamic peaks are handled equally well. Outside, its beautifully designed cosmetics, including a 7-inch graphic control display and secure, conductive audiophile connectors provide a perfect match to the STR Preamplifier.
For more information on the new STR Power Amplifier visit the Anthem website.
The revolutionary STR Integrated Amplifier is based on an entirely new technological platform, for true benchmark performance in stereo amplification. More power, more control, more connection options, and the most advanced technology available in a single, easy-to-use component.
Designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada, the STR Integrated Amplifier combines the benefits of an advanced preamp with the power of a massive amplifier and processor. It includes leading-edge DAC, onboard Anthem Room Correction (ARC™), customizable bass manager for mono or stereo sub outs, MM and MC phono inputs—far more than the average integrated amp.
And it includes new generations of many of Anthem’s award-winning, audiophile-loving, review-praised digital signal processing innovations, delivering a noticeably higher level of audio performance realism.
This is the integrated amplifier with the power, features, connections and control to fuel your two-channel dreams, today and into tomorrow.
For more information on the new STR Preamplifier visit the Anthem website.
Bel Canto Designs is committed to technically superior high fidelity solutions. They apply the highest standards of design, engineering and production practices. Bel Canto does not allow engineering dogma to prevent exploration of a new path when listening tests indicate exciting paths forward. Nor do they fall back on audiophile dogma or marketing hype that lead down a dead-end path.
Bel Canto has come up with distinct designs to cater for all music lovers. The DAC2.7 Control Preamp features incredible audio performance, features, and flexibility. The DAC2.7 is musically open, detailed, and natural sounding. Plus a dedicated analog input feeding a 124dB signal to noise ratio ADC converter, plus a new Bel Canto display screen, which all adds up to serious high end musical sound with an improved s/n of 124dB.
Krell Industries, LLC, is the premier manufacturer of high-end audio equipment, featuring award winning amplifiers, preamplifiers, SACD players, DVD players, surround sound processors, digital-to-analog converters, and loudspeakers for serious music lovers and home theater aficionados. For nearly three decades, Krell has earned a distinguished reputation for engineering innovation and product excellence. The company's history is replete with product introductions that have deeply impacted the high-end audio industry. The most discriminating audiophiles and product reviewers have consistently recognized Krell components for standard-setting performance.
Krell's iBias Class A technology allows our latest amplifiers, like the Duo 175 2 channel power amplifier, to run in full Class A mode to full power while minimizing heat generation. Previous efforts at using a "tracking" bias, while effective, only measured the incoming signal and set bias levels from this information. Our new patent pending iBias technology significantly elevates the effectiveness of previous designs by calculating bias from the output stage. This seemingly small change in topology results in a dramatic improvement in sound quality, especially midrange richness and purity. Our iBias Class A circuit directly measures the output current of the amplifier and adjusts the bias to the optimum level. Because iBias Class A measures the output current, the real time demands of the specific speaker connected to the amp are directly incorporated into the circuit function. In addition, iBias Class A even reduces the bias when the signal is at very low levels, making its operation undetectable by ear and even by standard amplifier measurements.
NAD Electronics commitment to excellence extends well beyond the industry standard. They will surpass your greatest expectation of what home audio should be. Their roots run deep in stereo "Hi-Fi" heritage and using those basic principles for audio they expand into the realm of home theater and custom installation. Their "Music First" mantra shows in everything they do. Sold in over 80 countries, NAD Electronics is renowned worldwide for its range of innovative class-leading audio and video consumer electronics. When it comes to performance, NAD emphasises quality over quantity, putting heart and soul into the inside—where it counts. And where you can hear it.
Expansive Power with Unprecedented Flexibility.
The NAD C 388, C 368, and C 338 Hybrid Digital DAC amplifiers offer expansive power with unprecedented flexibility. The C 388 ties together all the critical elements of a top performing music system; music sources past, present, and future, in addition to providing a nearly unrestricted reservoir of power that allows your speakers to reveal every nuance of musical detail. This advanced amplifier includes many cutting edge technological breakthroughs developed by NAD over decades of creating affordable ultra-high performance audio components.
Learn more about the NAD's Classic Amplifiers on their website.
Innovative engineering and technology are at the core of what makes a Denon product a Denon. Through a disciplined approach to design and production, engineers at Denon ensure that only superb craftsmanship, precision engineering and impeccable performance goes into every component. Their solutions are often born through passionately studying examples from the widest array of imaginable fields – including physics, electronics, mechanical engineering, art and nature. Their constant quest to create the perfect entertainment component has given them invaluable inspiration for not only the most powerful technical solutions but also the most convenient features to satisfy a diverse set of entertainment needs. That is why they tirelessly transform creative ideas into leading innovations within their industry.
Get Into the Music. Get Into HEOS.
Fill every room with music.
Plug in, connect to your wireless network and play. Easy.
The music you've always loved is new again with the incomparable sound quality of HEOS. And, with almost endless sources for new music–online and streaming–you'll discover new faves. Lose yourself in the music. Again and again.
View the complete HEOS system at the Denon website. Visit The Audio Store and check out a HEOS 7, HEOS 5, HEOS 3, HEOS Extend, HEOS Amp, and the HEOS Link.
In 2002, Sonos set out with a goal – to reinvent home audio for the digital age. Their vision was simple – fill every home with music and make listening a valued experience again. They’re making it easy for everybody to listen to the music they love in every room of their home. To hear the songs they love, to discover new music they never knew existed, and to appreciate it all with the highest sound quality. The Sonos Wireless HiFi System delivers all the music on earth, in every room, with warm, full-bodied sound that’s crystal clear at any volume. Sonos can fill your home with music by combining HiFi sound and rock-solid wireless in a smart system that is easy to set-up, control and expand. Sonos is changing the way people listen to music – one home at a time.
From the recording studio to your home the music is reproduced as the artist intended. All filter setting, active equalization, and time-alignment are done in the digital domain through the state-of the-art DSP circuitry so there's absolutely no loss of audio quality or energy.
For more information on all of these products please visit the Sonos website.