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PonoPlayer High Resolution Audio Player, $399 (1 available)

Pono High Resolution Audio Player

Pono is the culmination of Neil Young’s goal to bring the quality of music that he and other artists experience in the studio to everyone.

Pono plays high-resolution music files and other formats better than any portable device.

While the Pono Player looks simple, it contains discreet analog circuitry and the highest quality components never before used in a portable player. That circuitry was taken straight from the world renowned Ayre Acoustic’s own top-of-the-line products. It’s the key to providing unparalleled sound quality and unrivaled listening pleasure. The difference is the breadth and depth, as well as the full dimensionality of the music that’s much more open than compressed music files.

Pono supports playback of high-fidelity audio of up to 192kHz/24 bit resolution including DSD.

The unique shape of the Pono Player allows it to be used on your desk, in your hand, or sitting on top of a stereo component. It’s small enough to fit into your pocket or purse.

Music Formats: FLAC, ALAC, WAV, DSD, AIFF, AAC, MP3 and DSD
Music Resolution: Lossless playback at up to 192kHz/24-bit
Storage: 64 GB internal
Expansion Slot: Supports microSD cards of up to 128GB
Battery: Large 2950mAH Li-Ion rechargeable for up to 8 hours of playback time

Audioengine B1 Bluetooth Music Receiver

B1 is a high-fidelity audio component that easily integrates into your music system and plays music directly from your library or streams from any app. The B1 streams high-quality audio from your Bluetooth®-enabled smartphone, computer, or tablet to any music system or powered speakers.

Setup and pairing is really easy and no special software is needed. Connect the included audio cables from the B1 rear panel to your music system, or via its Toslink optical output to your high-end DAC. Connect the included power adapter to B1 and plug into an AC outlet. B1 will automatically go into pair mode. On your device, turn on Bluetooth and select “Audioengine B1” to pair and connect. Play your music!


A.R.T.  Metal Tuning Cones $2,050 + In-home Treatment $1,000+

Audio Reference Technology Metal Tuning Cones

Also known as the “Musical Magician”, A.R.T. Tuning Cones can enhance the quality of the sound in any system like you’ve never heard it before. A.R.T. Tuning Cones design is based on the theory that fixed vibration frequencies change the amplitude slope of the air, and consequently it will change the voice we hear. The A.R.T. Tuning Cones enhances the depth & width of the soundstage, and improves the frequency and dynamics, thus providing a more refined sound.

A set of the Metal Tuning Cones treats the frequencies of 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 5kHz and 12kHz. Each set includes: 9 x 500Hz cones, 9 x 1kHz cones, 5 x 2kHz cones, 5 x 5kHz cones and 5 x 12kHz cones.

System to be treated must be highly resolving. Offer good for a limited period.

A.R.T. free In-home Treatment Demonstration $1,000+. Cones extra.

System Pre-qualification necessary. System to be treated must be high resolving. California only. Offer good for a limited period.

A.R.T. CD Mat $250

Audio Reference Technology CD Mat Stabilizer

Material: 100% High Density Graphite. Effect: produces static air  flow between the CD and the Stabilizer to reduce vibrations for an exact read.


The Finite Elemente Cerabase Slimline offers correct resonance deflection, resulting in better resolution, better soundstage and better dynamics. The optimal balance between damping and deflection is accomplished by effective transfer of sound interfering resonance. While the extremely hard high-tech ceramic balls induce fast resonance transfer, precision machined stainless steel or aluminum provides damping effect.

Finite Elemente Cerabase Slimline

The resulting vacuum effect draws off unwanted resonance, removing resonance build-up and overdamping with no loss of deflection. Each Cerabase is hand polished and each set supports component weighing from 40 – 330 lbs.




Serene Audio Talisman Desktop Speakers $395 (1 pair)

Serene Audio Talisman Desktop Speakers

Talismans are a rare marriage of fine craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology, engineered to deliver extremely clear and transparent sound from your desktop. In short, Talismans are audiophile speakers shrunk to fit your desktop for near-field listening. However, they have plenty of power and throw a big soundstage to fill the whole room. They also have a smart subwoofer output for those times when you need big dynamic contrast. They are self-powered, meaning they can be paired with things like your computer, phone, Apple AirPort Express, Sonos … right out of the box. This makes them great for a secondary system in your office, bedroom, or den.


AUNE audio B1 portable headphone amp $199, 2 available (1 black, 1 silver)

AUNE Audio B1 portable headphone amp

The 1st individual component-made class A HIFI portable headphone amplifier with adjustable current in the world, the AUNE Audio B1 features individual components. Top-grade amplifiers are almost designed by individual components, individual component-made amplifier has a large switching rate and transient state, individual component-made amplifier has characteristics of quite wide frequency representing excellent extension of high frequency, powerful low frequency as well as gradation –distinct middle frequency very well.

Output stage of B1 adopts bias design of class A amplifier and provides 40MW power of class A for 32ohm headphone , characteristics of class A could not only enable amplifying circuit of B1 to gain a perfect extension of high frequency, powerful low frequency and clear middle frequency , but also give a warm ,sweet and intimate feeling to its listener .

  • Impedance:16-300ohm
  • Frequency response:20Hz-20KHZ+-0.15db
  • Typ THD+N < 0.0008% @ 1KHZ 600RZ/-0dB
  • SNR>124dBZ @ 600RZ
  • Flatness +/- 0.15dB @10hz-20khz
  • Crosstalk<110dB @1khz 600RZ
  • CLASSA:25MW/16R 50MW/32R 100MW/300R
  • Size:65*110*28(MM)
  • Weight:230g


Yulong Audio DA8II DAC $1,299, 1 available

Yulong Audio DA8

Yulong acoustics team did not stop exploring how to make it a better sounding device even their DA8 had received overwhelming positive feedbacks, and has worked on perfecting the sound experience for years since its first introduction. Years of efforts including circuit and component consideration, listening, benchmarking, trying out different combinations including hi-end home and studio equipment and last but not least, listening to and weighting the feedbacks from our actual users.

The result is the DA8 II, a refreshing high precision DAC which retaining the same top notched performance as its predecessor, however has pushed the sound experience to another level.

Major differences include: Low phase noise Crystek CCHD-950-25-100 audio crystal oscillator, fine-tuned power supply, Low Pass Filter (LPF) and headphone amplifier.

The sound is fuller, more powerful, and more detailed. The headphone amplifier is more transparent and dynamic. These changes bring you a brand new level of musical touch.

DA8 II  includes ESS9018 as DAC chip, AD797*5 for voltage reference and low pass filter. OPA1632*2 for buffer and preamplifier output. Headphone amplifier is base on diamond buffer circuit. ON audio transistor pair output.  Also DA8 II  includes short circuit protection.  The Canadian Plitron high quality transformer, LT1129/LT3021 and WIMA capacitor provide pure power supply for ESS9018. For analog circuit power supply, Panasonic FC、VISHAY BC046、WIMA MKS2、 NPO capacitors were selected to provide outstanding performance and natural listening experience.

USB input uses customized Combo384 chip which co-designed by Italian Amanero and Yulong.  It supports DSD and PCM for formats up to 32Bit/384KHz under Mac OS X, Linux and Windows.

· USB Input format support: PCM 16-32bit,  44.1Khz、 48Khz、88.2Khz、96Khz、176.4Khz、192Khz、352.8Khz、384Khz、DSD64, DSD128 – On Windows DSD256, DSD512
· Operating system support Mac OSX  Linux with UAC2 compliant kernel. KS/Wasapi/WDM/ASIO Drivers for MS OS XP to Win8 32-64bit 。
· Inputs: Optical、Coaxial、AES/EBU: 16-24Bit, 44.1-192KHZ。