The NAMM show in Anaheim, California is an annual event where a lot of musical equipment is revealed for the first time. Although a lot of this is meant for professional use, there is also some HiFi equipment to be revealed. Here are a few highlights:
Merging’s new DAC is specially designed to be used in a network setup. NADAC is actually an abbreviation of Network Attached Digital to Analog Converter. There are 3 versions of the NADAC: a stereo version; a surround version; the third one is designed to be used with headphones. This new DAC is capable of streaming quite a lot of formats, including DSD. Besides looking attractive, the NADAC DA-convertor has a premium sound quality, something you would expect from a company like Merging.
MOON Neo ACE
The Neo ACE isn’t only an DA-converter, it also features an integrated amplifier. This stereo DAC is primarily designed for streaming purposes. You can easily hook it up to the internet and connect to several streaming services. It’s also perfectly possible to integrate into your home audio network where it will stream your music from your music server. The ACE includes a high resolution DAC which is able to convert DSD256 and 384 kHz PCM audio with 32 bits. The Neo ACE can also function as a preamplifier in your audio setup and can be easily connected to your computer with a simple USB cable.
Klipsch High Definition wireless speakers
The speakers from Klipsch’ RP HD series (Reference Premiere HD) can now be used as wireless speakers. They are easy to set up but their sound does not differ from their wired equivalents. Two tower speakers, two monitor speakers, a centre speaker and a subwoofer can be found in the RP HD series. The HD Control Center from Klipsch controls the speakers and functions as a smart distribution hub. It processes and distributes audio (multi-channel!) up to 96 kHz at 24 bit.
Besides these well-known brands there are going to be many other manufacturers unveiling their new products. A lot of headphones and quality cables are likely to be presented. We’re also expecting some interesting pieces of equipment from Korg. We will keep you posted!