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The Three Musketeers See the RMAF 2014

by Lynn Olson 

 

And a surprise. My favorite room at the show, exaSound, did not have high-efficiency speakers, tube amps, a phonograph, or even a linestage. I'll come right out and say it; this was the best digital sound I've ever heard, and at times a dead ringer for first (not second) generation analog mastertape. The system couldn't have been much simpler:

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Stereophile, one of the most prestigious printed magazines for audiophiles has published the 2014 Fall Edition Recommended Components List.  The exaSound e28 DAC is listed as an A+ product:

 

Stereophile 2014 Recommended Components Fall Edition:

e28 DAC: Class A+ Digital Processor

e28 DAC: Class A Surround-Sound Component

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"exaSound offered an interesting demo consisting of a comparison between stereo and multichannel music using five Magnepan 1.7 speakers driven by a Bryston 9B-SST-2 amp. I found the surround versions to simply sound more natural and not at all gimmicky which you might expect from multichannel music"

Michael Lavorgna •  audiostream.com


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"I am impressed by the sound quality! The e28 DAC is really a fantastic piece of equipment. I truly believe that buying your DAC was the best choice. I am still excited with the sound of the e28." 

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"We’ve just tested our aria music server with exaSound e28 multichannel DAC, I am happy to report that aria nicely plays both multichannel PCM FLAC and native bitstream DSD64 files via the e28 USB input. An ASIO driver from exaSound has to be pre-installed on the aria server. We believe this is another aria’s “first” in the audiophile music server market... "

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The exaSound e28 multichannel DSD256 DAC was at the center of the MBL-powered Positive Feedback Online (PFO) room at T.H.E. Show Newport Beach 2014. Dr. David Robinson, Publisher of the Positive Feedback Magazine, used the exaSound e28 DAC to illustrate the sonic differences between DSD64, DSD128 and DSD256 takes from the same master tapes.

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"... The proof of all this pudding was in the listening, and it was delicious. Most easily obvious was the clarity of the low frequencies, which was accomplished with no loss of power. In fact, bass impact was enhanced in all channels, including the subwoofer.

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"... Details are definite, but not overly drawn, which can lead to your music tending towards an etched, glaring sound. Transparency…that critical ability of an audio component to stay as far out of the way of the audio signal as possible…is really notable with exaSound's e28 DAC."  Read the review

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