Added to the Archives This Week

Back in 1997, DVD-Audio was still miles away—and it may still be! But, as John Atkinson writes, "After a decade of stability, with slow but steady improvement in the quality of 16-bit/44.1kHz audio, the cry among audio engineers is now '24/96!'—meaning 24-bit data sampled at 96kHz. Not coincidentally, DVD offers audiophiles a medium with the potential for playing back music encoded at this new mastering standard." The dCS Elgar D/A processor was one of the first consumer units able to decode 24/96, and still stands as a benchmark product. JA gives the details.

More recently, dCS released the 972 D/D converter. Jonathan Scull puts the 972 in perspective this way: "The possibilities are tantalizing. If the dCS 972/Elgar combo works as advertised, all of your collected CDs will be given, in one fell swoop, a new lease on life, not only extending their usefulness in these turgid digital times, but protecting your investment and improving the sound to boot!" The results of J-10's analysis of dCS's "Swiss Army Knife" Digital to Digital Converter are ready for you to read online.

This week's bonus article: Wes Phillips puts his ear to the HeadRoom Max headphone amplifier. As WP writes, "Like most audiophiles, I was not aware that HeadRoom even wanted to assault the state of the art until I visited their booth at HI-FI '96 last June . . . I listened to a few pieces of music and damn near voted the Max HeadRoom 'Best Sound of Show' on the spot." WP's final verdict awaits your perusal.

Enter your username.
Enter the password that accompanies your username.