Main Standout Demos Wadia Digital
Wadia Digital

Wadia Digital was displaying a system based on their 151PowerDAC mini, which combines a DAC and integrated amplifier in a very compact form factor. They also used a new version of their 171iTransport, which features an improved power supply, more solid chassis-mounted connectors, a power indicator light, and official approval for use with the iPhone from Apple. The component sitting under the PowerDAC mini in the photos below is a prototype of a power-filtering unit that wasn't being used.

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The sound of the system with Dynaudio Excite X32 speakers ($3000 per pair) and XLO cabling was immediate, involving, and much bigger than might be expected from such diminutive source components. Not only was the soundstage very high and wide, but it also extended well back behind the speakers. It was hard to believe that all this sound was coming from these tiny components. Roger Kanno thought that this was a really fun little system that also looked very cool.

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The PowerDAC mini seems conservatively rated at 25W into 8 ohms and 50W into 4 ohms. It has multiple digital inputs that can handle data rates up to 24-bit/192kHz and includes a USB input so that you can use it with a computer-based music server and save the expense of having to purchase the 171iTransport. The PowerDAC mini is priced at $1200 while the new 171iTransport is $579. The original 170iTransport remains in Wadia’s product line at $379. [www.wadia.com]

 
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