Voxativ Zeth – $8,000 Shop Demo
40 – 20.000 Hz
VOXATIV AC-1n or others
95 dB / 1W / 1 m
50 W sinus
Dimensions (W x H x D)
33 x 108 x 25 cm / 13 x 42,5 x 10 ”
Piano Finish black
32 kg / 62 lbs each
Voxativ Hagen – $3,500 Shop Demo
60 – 20.000 Hz
VOXATIV AF-1n or others
AF-1.5 = 92,5 / 96,0 dB / 2,83V / 1 m
50 W sinus
Dimensions (W x H x D)
20,5 x 36 x 25 cm / 8″ x 14″ x 10″
Piano Finish black
6 kg / 14 lbs
PS Audio Direct Stream Jr DAC – $3,000 Shop Demo
DSJ is a technological wonder that builds on the same architecture awarded Product of the Year in both Stereophile and TAS, Darko Knock-Out award, Editors’ Choice and Golden Ear awards. DSJ is an extraordinary performance instrument–handwritten and uncompromised–a pure DSD Digital to Analog Converter uncovering all the missing information long hidden in your audio library, from both PCM and DSD sources. CD’s, high-resolution PCM, or DSD based media, are expertly upsampled to twenty times DSD rate and output as pure analog directly into your amplifier or preamplifier. DSJ is one of the few, true, fully analog DSD devices, that’s setting the industry on its ear and reshaping the landscape of music and high-end audio.
Now, full MQA, Tidal (including Masters), Spotify, Qobuz, VTuner and Roon ready.
Whatever the format, whatever the sample rate, DirectStream Junior (DSJ) provides a pure DSD based solution that fulfills the promise of high-resolution analog performance from digital audio. If you know the sound of music and instruments, are unwilling to compromise sound quality, and want to hear what’s been missing on your discs, then this DAC is right for you.
DSJ provides remarkable performance that uncovers all that buried treasure in your digital music collection. In fact, we’re confident enough to suggest you haven’t really heard what’s on your CDs and SACDs until you hear them reproduced through the DSJ. Connect DSJ to your NAS, computer, or favorite internet streaming station through its built-in Bridge II, I²S through an HDMI cable to the PWT (or upcoming DirectStream Transport playing your favorite SACD), or any digital output source, and sit back and relive musical performances few have enjoyed at any price.
Alta Audio Rhea – $3000 Shop Demo SALE
new – $4500
Alta Audio’s Rhea is unimposing in physical size, but presents a large and wide image with extraordinary bass. An audition will make you wonder how it can recreate the space and specificity of the concert hall while packing the wallop and power of live instruments. Created using the same XTL transmission line bass and DampHard cabinet construction on the faceplate as our highly reviewed Celesta FRM-2 speakers, it does so at a far more attainable price and is housed in a beautiful Rosewood standard cabinet. The black seven inch midrange/woofer blends smoothly and seamlessly into the five inch pure ribbon tweeter, creating a sweet sound that can move you physically, while presenting intimate details of three dimensional images from the front to the deepest parts of the concert hall.
At audio festivals, all a blogger like me can hope for are a few scattered moments of sonic immersion. By the grace of some audio gods, I found some of those moments in the Alta Audio room. At first I was caught off guard. The music coming out of the rosewood Alta Audio Rhea loudspeakers ($4495/pair) seemed almost too good to be true. Not that Alta loudspeakers don’t always play nicely, but what I was hearing seemed extra-ordinary… With both CD and LP sources, the Altas played like they cost $50k.
–Stereophile, Oct 2015
Height: 35 inches, 36.5 inches with spikes
Width: 8 inches at top, 12 inches at bottom
Depth: 11 inches
Weight: 49 lbs
– One 5 3/4 inch ribbon tweeter
– One 7 inch woofer
Sensitivity: 87.5 dB / 2.83 Volts @
Frequency response: 32Hz to 47kHz
Impedance: 4 Ohms
Requirements: 50 to 150 Watts per channel
Alta XTL Bass with DampHard faceplate
Alta Audio Solo – $600 Shop Demo
Full-range driver speakers have clear advantages in reproducing a sweet sound with smooth clear imaging and exacting detail. Alta Audio’s Solo packs rich, clear sound into a small single driver form factor. The Solos take the very best sound of a full range driver and make it even better using the specialized Alta XTL tuning system. The result is a superb loudspeaker for reproducing a wide variety of live music including classical, jazz, acoustic rock, and other sweet and detailed live genres.
The theoretical advantages of a single full range driver system are realized to the state of the art in Alta’s new Solo speakers. Audio design theorists and audiophiles have written extensively on single full range driver design and how it is closer to the theoretical dream of a point source. The first part in achieving that goal is realized in the Solo’s 6 inch driver. It has a low mass voice coil for extended and detailed treble, a phase plug for a smooth transition to the midrange, and a high compliance butyl surround for dynamic bass response. The second part is the Alta XTL bass tuning system which couples to the driver to fully realize its bass response.
…a detailed, smooth, full and transparent sound with a very nice sound stage and imaging. They were a pleasure to listen to even for long periods of time. I can’t imagine any audiophile not being impressed.
Height: 11 ⅛ inches
Width: 8 ½ inches
Depth: 11 ½ inches
Weight: 15 Lbs
Impedance: 8 Ohms
Rated Power: 25-75 Watts
Sensitivity: 90 dB @ 1 watt and 1 meter
Frequency Response: 60Hz to 22,000 Hz