Bel Canto Looks Good in Black
The complementary Stream Controller ($20,000) shown at the top of the detail photo accepts digital data in all the usual formatsUSB, AES/EBU, Toslink, uPnP-compatible Ethernetsampled at up to 384kHz and reclocks them to minimize jitter. A 64-bit DSP engine is used for the volume control and there are two ST-optical outputs and one AES/EBU output. Both the Stream Controller and the Powerstream are housed in black-anodized chassis machined from solid aluminum with constrained-layer damping applied to the baseplates to minimize resonances.
In a system featuring TAD CR1 speakers, Kimber Select cables, and HRS racks, the sound in this room with the familiar Reference Recordings Rite of Spring (24-bit, 176kHz WAV file on an HRX disc) was superb, and the best I have experienced from the TADs.