Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Lead Audio | LA-100 & LA-200 Now Available

LA-100 & LA-200 now available in all A&L Audio Station's branches. Do visit us at our nearest store for audition.

LA-100 Specification

Input

USB 2.0 compatible to PC
S/PDIF RCA 75ohm input (Coax) to CDP/DVD
S/PDIF Toslink input (Optical) to CDP/DVD
(Toshiba component for Toslink are used, safety
& quality are maximized)

Output

Line to amplifiers
Phones to headphones

DA Converter

Burr Brown 24bit/192KHz

Digital Input Sampling Frequency

USB:44.1KHz to 48KHz
Digital Input: 20KHz to 216KHz
Frequency Response: dc to 20KHz

THD at 1KHz

<0.001% by design

S/N Ratio

>120dB by design (A weighting)

Jitter

<100ps by design (ASR)

Line Output Level

1V RMS max. 600R Load

Headphone Output Level

max. 3.6V RMS in 600ohm
max. 0.5V RMS in 32ohm
(zout = 25ohm)

Power Consumption

<5W

LA-200 Specification

USB

44.1kHz, 48kHz

Digital Input

up to 216kHz Coax, 96kHz Optical

Analog Input

2VRMS/10kohm

Frequency response

15Hz to 20kHz (analog input)
3Hz to 20kHz (digital input)

THD at 1KHz

<0.03% (6dB below maximum output)

Output Power (1% THD)

2x25W 8 ohm
2x14W 4 ohm

S/N ratio

>100dB (A weighting)

Jitter

<100pS by design (ASR)

HeadPhone Output

32-600 ohm drive 100mW

Power consumption

<5W at normal playing (max 60W)
<0.5W standby
<0.1W off

Thursday, June 16, 2011

TAS Editors Choice Awards 2011 - NAD

Integrated Amplifiers $3000 and Above

NAD M2
"Five years in development, the innovative M2 is a "digital" amplifier in the true sense of that word. It takes in PCM data (up to 192kHz/24-bit) and converts it to a pulse-width-modulated signal that turns the output transistors on and off. The signal path has no digital filter, no DAC, no analog gain stages, no analog volume control, no preamplifier, and no interconnects. The M2, which functions like an integrated amplifier in practice, sounds remarkable, with tremendous dynamics, extremely low noise, richly textured and defined bass, and three-dimensional soundstaging. "
Reviewed by RH, Issue 198.


Integrated Amplifiers Under $1000

NAD C315BEE and C326BEE
"The entry-level C315 is still the go-to amp for audiophile newbies who crave sonic neutrality, good power output, nice tactile feel, and NAD's characteristic quality-control. Looking for a little more oomph? The 50 Wpc C325 will make BEElievers of even the most jaded audiophiles."
C315 reviewed by WG, Issue 140; C 325 reviewed by NG, Issue 183


NAD C 356BEE
"The 80Wpc C356BEE borrows technologies from NAD's Master Series M3 dual-mono integrated. It's tonal balance leans slightly to the darker side, bringing a bit of extra wood to strings and burnish to brass. The soundstage is large, with a good sense of air around instruments, and a nice sense of depth. "
Reviewed by WG, Issue 210.


Disc Players Under $1000

NAD C515 BEE
"Joins the C 315 BEE integrated amplifier as the entry-level tandem in NAD's BEE line. In both cases the BEEs hold their own, revealing orchestral minutiae, dynamic thrills, and timbral details that would have escaped a sub-$300 player a short while ago. There's more bloom in the treble, although it's still on the dry side. Inner lines may not be as well-defined as higher-priced units, but the sonic delights of the C 515 BEE should make all listeners look long and hard at their options in the under-$1000 range."
Reviewed by NG, Issue 183.


Stereo Receivers, CD Receivers, and All-In-One Systems

NAD VISO TWO
"A 50Wpc DVD-receiver that is not only drop-dead gorgeous but features discrete amplifier output stages, a progressive-scan DVD player (with 1080i upscaling), and provisions for an XM module or iPod docking station. Sonically the VISO TWO hews to the NAD philosophy of top-notch dynamics and a tonal balance with a mellow character near the frequency extremes. "
Reviewed by NG, Issue 188.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Brilliant New Budget Dalis Demand a Listen

These speakers represent a new entry-level for the Dali. While you never expect really affordable speakers to have the sort of styling that really gets the juices flowing, the Zensor 1’s compact dimensions, unfussy styling and quality fit and finish make for a very positive first impression.
Significantly more positive than that, though, is how they sound. Play Eric Bibb’s Saucer ‘n’ Cup – an old test favorite – and what immediately strikes you is how crisp and precise these Zensors are, and how assuredly they deal with the complex, organic dynamics of Bibb’s playing. You feel every strum, and the harder plucks on his acoustic guitar really stand out. Bibb’s playing and singing is all about soul – and that’s what the Zensors give you.

An airy, spacious presentation

They provide a wide, open soundstage, and it’s worth toeing them in a little more than usual in order to focus vocals. Even then, the presentation is airy and spacious, with nice separation to instruments. Putting them against a wall increases the bass, and while that slightly diminishes the spot-on tonal balance of the presentation, the bass remains tight and punchy, so if you prefer a weightier flavor you may actually prefer them positioned in such a way, and they can in fact be wall-mounted if you so wish.

What’s also impressive is that, while the dalis are detailed and precise, they’re not so clinical and analytical that they make poor recordings sound horrible. The Strokes’ Angles, for instance, is kept well under control and remains eminently listenable at high volumes, yet the Zensors leave the essential lo-fi charm intact.

Perhaps the biggest compliment we can pay them is that they don’t sound like a pair of budget speakers- they’re more detailed and precise than that, more grown up and more downright musical – and that makes them a serious bargain.


Ratings 5 Stars

FOR
Brilliant detail, punch and dynamics; excellent tonal balance; the compact and flexible design

AGAINST
At this price? Nothing

VERDICT
Do not buy another pair of sub speakers until you’ve heard these Zensors


Technical Specifications

Frequency Range [+/- 3] dB [Hz]
53 - 26.500

Sensitivity [2.83V/1m] [dB]
86,5

Nominal Impedance [ohms]
6

Maximum SPL [dB]
106

Recommended Amp. Power [Watts]
25 - 100

Crossover Frequencies [Hz]
2.900

Crossover Principle
2-way

High Frequency Driver
25 mm soft dome

Low Frequency/Midrange Driver(s)
1 x 5¼”

Enclosure Type
Bass reflex

Bass Re?ex Tuning Frequency [Hz]
51,5

Connection Input(s)
Single wire

Recommended Placement
Wall/shelf/(Stand)

Magnetic Shielding
Semi shielding

Dimensions (H x W x D) [mm]
274 x 162 x 228

Weight [kg/lb]
4,2/9.3