The 171i manages to extract ridiculous amounts of musical detail from an i-device, such as an iPhone in an utterly neutral manner. It has so much potential that when combined with a state of the art dac, the 171i simply produces state of the art sound.
One of the most seamless all in one solutions that will surprise many people with its powerful and enthusiastic sound. What's more: take its digital output into an outboard highend DAC and it keeps getting better.
The PWD has long been on my list of things to do and is something of a benchmark, because after the Linn Klimax DS, the PWD is the first product that approached network audio streaming with high end audio playback in mind.
Last updated 28-7-2011
Added info to part 3 on bridge and dac firmware, cables used, placement and more
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I enjoyed the Klimax DS/0 DS/1 review and comparison. I'm amazed that streaming audio is taking big steps everywhere, the PS Audio PWD upgraded, Klimax upgraded. When will we reach the full potential of streaming audio?
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Je hebt niets te veel gezegd, die EVO is een topper.
Vooral het midden, stemmen ed. is superieur maar ook het laag is veel strakker. Beeld is ook meer 3d en breder.
Heb hem nu ruim een week in gebruik en had nooit verwacht dat het verschil zo enorm groot zou zijn.
Nogmaals bedankt, jou review was de aanzet tot aanschaf!
By now the site is mostly translated into English, as it was time for a new international name. The new name has been registered as www.hifi-advice.com and will slowly be introduced over the next few weeks. For the forseeable future you will still be able to get here by typing www.audioadvies.nl though.
Helaas kunnen we wegens de enorme drukte niet meer algemeen adviseren in de vorm van adviesabonnementen of eenmalig advies zoals dat voorheen nog kon. Uiteraard blijft het onze missie om u te voorzien van objectieve en duidelijke advies en info. Daarom wordt de info/reviews afdeling de komende tijd uitgebreid. Uiteraard kunt u nog steeds uitvoerig advies inwinnen over de audioadvies produkten en de inpassing daarvan in uw persoonlijke situatie.
Heralded in each and every review as the world's best streamer. So, is it? To find out, I compared the DS to that other big name in streaming, the PS Audio PWD, as well as to my favorite CD player, the Levinson no.390S.
The S7i is Wadia's current top CD player. It has an all-new transport, a USB input and is compared to the current best streaming devices. Is native CD replay still superior over streaming audio? Read all about it in this extensive review.
Reference-grade preamp, highly versatile DAC and Meridian's current statement for Streaming Audio. In its Sooloos-guise the 818 simply beats all other streaming solutions I have heard. This is my new reference!