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DAC501 / DAC502
The DAC501 / DAC502 units are coming - finally
Towards end of next month (April) we will be able to start shipping the long awaited DAC501 and DA502 units.
We have been through a long process of hardware design work and software writing and refinement. In addition the actual manufacturing of the units was delayed due to various circumstances.
I am very grateful to all our customers who showed great patience. You will not be disappointed - the DAC501 / DAC502 is probably one of the most advanced D/A Converters currently on the market. The digital signal processor in the unit allows for audio treatments which give "highend audio playback" a new meaning.
Thank you - yours sincerely
New INT204 Version
The INT204 USB/DSD interface has gotten two revisions:
Rev A: This can be applied to all INT204 units which still use the USB driver version 1.56. After applying the revision the unit supports DSD128 as well as PCM at 352.8 and 384 kHz sampling frequencies. The INT204 unit can be revised at our office.
Units using a higher version USB driver are already revised.
Rev B: This is the latest INT204 version which also offers an IR remote controlled audio volume control. Earlier INT204 units cannot be upgraded to this version.
Audio Over Ethernet
I am happy to announce another interface for upgrading our D/A Converter models: An audio over Ethernet card which supports all standard rates up to 192kHz and all the popular audio file formats.
This interface makes your D/A Converter an UPnP / DLNA Renderer unit, which is connected to your LAN via an Ethernet cable. A typical use case looks like this:
- To your network you have connected a NAS (Network Attached Storage) or a computer with audio files shared on the network.
- On the same network there is the D/A Converter with the Ethernet interface.
- An application on your phone or tablet controls the playback of files to the D/A Converter.
The nice thing of such a setup is that it can be controlled from any device and the audio files can reside on any other (or the same) device.
It is also possible to stream the files on the phone or tablet directly to the D/A Converter. This makes it simple to share the D/A Converter amongst several users with their individual playback devices.
The technical details of the Ethernet interface:
- UPnP AV 2.0 / DLNA
- plays and decodes common audio formats from HTTP streams
- resolution up to 32-bit, sampling rate up to 192kHz (DSD in preparation)
- support for gapless playback
- bit-perfect data transmission
- 2-channel asynchronous endpoint with external clocking for jitter-free playback
- Supports these formats: WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, AAC
The Ethernet interface can be built into the Weiss D/A Converters, namely:
DAC202, Medea, Medus, DAC1, DAC2, Minerva.
Streaming from the Internet with the MAN301
Occasionally I get inquiries from MAN301 users about how to play those streaming websites (like Tidal, Spotify, QoBuz etc.) via the MAN301.
This can be easily done via the Airplay feature of the MAN301. With the icon in the lower right corner on the iPad the menu for selecting the Airplay mode is shown.
After selecting the Airplay mode, tell the iPad to play audio to the MAN301. This is done by swiping from the lower edge of the iPad upwards, which opens a menu where the MAN301 device can be selected for Airplay.
Now open the application of the streaming service you like to play and start playing tracks. The tracks now play via the MAN301. The volume can be controlled via the buttons at the iPad.
The Airplay streams in 44.1 kHz /16 Bit format, which is perfect for the streaming sites. The user interfaces of the various streaming sites are maintained with this scheme, which is a very nice feature, considered that the streaming sites keep updating their user interfaces. In addition all streaming sites are supported automatically.
In that manner all audio played on the iPad can be redirected to the MAN301. E.g. you can also play from Youtube or from your local music collection on the iPad.
Of course all Airplay capable devices can use the MAN301 for playback in that manner.
High End Show Munich 2015
Visit us at the upcoming High End Show in Munich! May 14 through May 17.
We will be present in Hall 4 booth E15 together with the Venture speaker company and with our distributor in Germany, WOD Audio, A4 / 1st floor / E109
We will show our entire range of equipment.
See details on the show here:
At this years Klangschloss exhibition we had a very successful presentation of our MAN301 network player in conjunction with QUAD ESL63QA speakers including the dynamic subwoofer option. The sonic performance of this setup is incredible.
MEDUS D/A Converter is Product Of The Year
The MEDUS D/A Converter has been given a Product Of the Year award by the HiFi Review Magazine in HongKong. Read about it here:
Yosemite (OSX 10.10) Compatible Firewire Driver
The new Apple OSX, version 10.10 (Yosemite), requires a new Firewire driver for our Firewire based devices. Get the latest driver from here:
This driver works for OSX 10.8 or higher.
30th Anniversary Limited Edition MAN301 In Gold
With our 30th year anniversary, which we celebrate this year, we launched a limited edition MAN301DAC Network Player in gold! The model name is MAN301DAC-A and it sports our soon to be released new analog output section with a discrete line driver stage. The ultimate in sonic performance and versatiliy. Read more about the MAN301 here: http://www.weiss.ch/products/man301
Our SARACON Sampling Rate Converter software got reviewed in TapeOp magazine. SARACON is used by studio people as well as audiophiles alike. It can do PCM and DSD conversion and is viewed as one of the leading sampling rate conversion softwares.
Read the review here:
HIGH END SHOW IN NEWPORT
Between May 30th and June 1st the Newport Beach show (Los Angeles) is once again a magnet for audiophiles.
See Weiss at the Hilton Hotel / Irvine Ballroom I with Precision Audio Video or at the Atrium Hotel / Room 301 with SimpliFi Audio.
Details can be found here:
High End Show Munich
From May 15 through 18 the Munich show is on again. We are present in two rooms, at WOD Audio (our German distributor) in Atrium 4, 1st floor, room E109 and with the Klangwerk speaker company from Switzerland in Atrium 4, 2nd floor, room F231b.
We celebrate our 30 year anniversary with a surprising "anniversary edition" of one of our products. Don't miss it!
Details can be found here:
AES CONVENTION IN BERLIN
Visit us at the 136th AES Convention in Berlin, booth number 25. The exhibition and convention take place between April 26th and 29th. We have a small exhibtion space which we will share with the Pinguin company from Hamburg. Both companies celebrate - Weiss its 30 year anniversary and Pinguin 25 years! So our main theme for the booth is to show some of our companies' histories. Join us for a talk about the past and the future....!
Klangschloss Ausstellung Greifensee
Besuchen Sie uns vom 12.–13. April an der Klangschloss Ausstellung in Greifensee! Es erwartet Sie eine vielfältige Palette an Musikanlagen, Vorträgen und Präsentationen neuer Technologien. Wir führen Ihnen im Raum Nr. 6 unseren MAN301 Netzwerkspieler zusammen mit dem MEDUS D/A Wandler vor. Als Lautsprecher verwenden wir die PSI Audio A25. In die Wiedergabekette werden wir zudem einen Algorithmus einschleifen, der dafür sorgt, dass die Musikwiedergabe ein grosses Stück näher an ein Live-Erlebnis herankommt. Lassen Sie sich überraschen was heute mit einer 2-kanaligen Wiedergabe möglich ist!
International CES in Las Vegas, January 7–10 2014
Visit us at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas, suite 34–204 at the Venetian. We will exhibit with the Venture Speakers company, manufacturer of top notch speakers. The new MEDUS D/A Converter, the MAN301 network player, the INT204 USB/DSD Interface and more will be demonstrated.