New York became the center of the audio universe this past weekend, hosting the 2017 New York Audio Show. Three floors of the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South were home to some of the biggest, newest, and most obscure names in audio. With gear ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to more than the cost of a house, audio bliss was within reach of all who attended–even if only temporarily.

Vinyl, vinyl everywhere

Vinyl and turntables were everywhere, but there was no turntable more unique or flexible than +Audio’s The+Record Player. This all-in-one record player features a custom Pro-ject belt-drive turntable and is for the consumer who wants a high-end turntable, speakers, digital inputs, and DAC in a single, turnkey package. The on-board DAC is a fully bi-directional sound card that’s capable of playing music from a USB source or digitizing your vinyl collection.

+Audio's The+Record Player is a true all-in-one record player. Theo Nicolakis / IDG

+Audio’s The+Record Player is a true all-in-one record player.

Dual one-inch soft-dome tweeters at the front and 3.5-inch aluminum inverted-dome woofers on the side of The+Record Player created incredible, room-filling sound. How room-filling you might ask? Let’s just say I enjoyed watching people, one after another, disbelieve that the sound was coming from the turntable and start searching for larger speakers hidden somewhere in the room. Best of all, the built-in-speakers didn’t effect vinyl playback.

The+Record Player has a host of digital and analog inputs. Theo Nicolakis / IDG

The+Record Player has a host of digital and analog inputs.

The+Record Player comes in Maple or Walnut finishes, a Pro-ject aluminum tonearm, and Orfotron OM10 cartridge for $1,199. You can opt for an upgraded Carbon Edition for $1,399 that comes with a Pro-ject Carbon tone arm and Orfotron 2M Red cartridge. Introductory pricing until the end of the year will save you $200, and get you free delivery when the models ship in January 2018.

An MQA DAC and a tiny power amplifier

Brooklyn-based Mytek was at home showcasing their aptly-named Brooklyn DAC+. The newly-launched $2,195 Brooklyn DAC+ is small and light—perfect for a small apartment, dorm room, or studio—yet packed with lots of high tech features. The DAC+ is one of the handful on the market that will decode MQA encoding and it supports up to 32-bit/384kHz files and DSD 256. It also does double-duty as a high end headphone amp and phono preamp. I listened to both digital MQA audio files and vinyl on DAC+ through a pair of $4,000 Focal Utopia headphones (I reviewed Focal’s step-down model, Clear here). The sound was simply divine.

Mytek's Brooklyn DAC+ can decode MQA files. Theo Nicolakis / IDG

Mytek’s Brooklyn DAC+ can decode MQA files.

Mytek also had another treat on hand: the new $1,995 Brooklyn AMP. This tiny, 6-pound Class D amplifier packs a wallop. The stereo amplifier is a dual-mono design capable of delivering 250 watts per channel (with both channels driven) into 8 Ohms, and 300wpc into 4 Ohms. At the flick of a switch you can run the amplifier in bridge mono and have it operate as a 600W monoblock. Unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR connections will make it an easy fit into any high end audio system. This might be just the perfect amplifier for that small New York studio apartment; and when mated with the Brooklyn DAC+ is a complete high-end stereo, turntable, speaker and headphone listening setup.

Mytek's tiny, six-pound Brooklyn AMP can pump out 300wpc. Theo Nicolakis / IDG

Mytek’s tiny, six-pound Brooklyn AMP can pump out 300wpc.

Made for monster bass

If space is no object and you want the raw, brute force of full-range speakers, then Legacy Audio’s Aeris speakers will foot the bill. They had no problem commanding the deepest organ notes. In fact, I could hear and feel the bass coming from these speakers in the hallway outside the listening room. The Aeris’ dual 12-inch subwoofers were powered by two on-board 500w Class D amplifiers, delivering 1,000 watts of unadulterated power.

legacy aeris speakers Theo Nicolakis / IDG

Legacy’s Aeris speakers played commanding bass thanks to 1000-watts of on-board amplification.

These speakers are massive, standing 58 inches tall and weighing 171 pounds each. The midrange drivers are an open baffle design, which means that they radiate sound behind the speaker, creating a big, beautiful sound stage. The Aeris’ tweeter isn’t the typical dome tweeter you see in most speakers. Legacy’s Aeris has two rectangular-shaped dual air motion tweeters.


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