Luxman DS-200 DAC and M-200 amp
While the sound and music in Philip O’Hanlon’s On A Higher Note systems is uniformly excellent, I had an especially good time listening to his smaller desktop system: MacBook running Audirvana, a pair of passive Eclipse desktop speakers, and Luxman’s new DA-200 USB DAC/preamp and M-200 stereo amp ($2790 each). The DA-200 DAC, available now, handles resolutions up to 24-bit/96kHz via USB and 24/192 via S/PDIF and includes a class-A headphone amp. The M-200 stereo amp, available this May, will offer AES/EBU and S/PDIF inputs, a choice of digital filters, and is rated to deliver 25Wpc into 8 ohms.
We listened to something from Peter Gabriel’s Scratch My Back, and the sound was sumptuouswarm, detailed, spacious, altogether involving, and intensely emotional. I could have stayed and listened for hours.