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Minimalism is the key to pristine digital
reproduction. Eliminate all
non-essential components and
you eliminate potential issues.
Less, in this case, is truly
more. Remove everything until
you are left with nothing but
pure, pristine music.
For a number of years now, we have
searched for just the right combination of
hardware and software to optimize
convenient digital music storage and playback.
There are a wide range of products on the market designed for just such a system.
But none of them totally addressed our personal needs. So we simply quit looking
and set out to design the digital music system of our dreams.
A common design approach for such a system would be to add as many features as
possible. Our approach was quite the opposite. We eliminated everything not
absolutely essential for the task at hand. Our player, for example, has no spinning
hard drive, no fan, no RF-producing video port and no audio ports. It is totally silent.
It utilizes the minimum hardware and software required to pass music from a digital
source to a USB DAC. No cleaner player is possible since there is nothing non-
essential in the system. It is as clean and pristine as a digital player can get.
For the past quarter century, countless resources have been invested in an industry-wide effort to improve digital music reproduction. More
accurate transports, more accurate clocks, improved D/A converters and audiophile-grade output sections were all in the mix. Then came
computers and, with them, the concept of storing and playing digital media more conveniently. But there were problems with this approach as
Pure, pristine perfection