AXPONA Must-Visit Rooms! Apr 13 by Jonas Sacks in News

Going to AXPONA 2018? While preparing your hiking route, make sure to include the rooms in which you can listen to DSD 256, DSD 128 and/or DSD 64 music from the NativeDSD catalog.

These are 12 of our valued partners, who create and showcase superb DSD DACs and Players at AXPONA 2018. If you would like to compare your own setup with theirs, make sure to listen to the selection of DSD Tracks (scroll down) at home before you go. In all of the rooms they have access to those DSD Tracks – and more!


Bricasti Designs – Room 316

ATC/Lone Mountain Audio – Room 362

Playback Designs – Room 396

MSB Technology – Room 430

The Voice That Is – Room 446

Vinnie Rossi – Room 486

Bryston – Room 496

Innuos – Room 674

Merging Technologies – Room 1540

iFi Audio – Ear Gear Expo #442

KimberKable (+ IsoMike) – 15th Floor, Club Lounge

Astell & Kern – Ear Gear Expo #229


NativeDSD Music at AXPONA 2018

Bricasti Designs – Room 316

Bricasti M12

We are planning to show the M12 and possibly a new product that also has the NDSD feature of the M12 working on that now. But the M12 will be there and its key feature is the fact that it as a true DSD converter. We will be running it with our M28 power amps, and Tidal Piano G2 speakers. All music will be streamed to the M12 via Ethernet as it has included our network streamer that is also found in our M5 product as a standalone network bridge for any dac. Currently we can play DSD128 over the network to the M12, but we are planning to upgrade that in the future.


ATC/Lone Mountain Audio – Room 362

New CDA2 Mk2 CD Preamp with DSD 256 DAC

As for DSD playback set up, we will be playing DSD256 with the new CDA2 MkII (CD Player/DAC) from ATC.

Showcase: ATC’s SCM50ASLT Active (custom piano black)
ATC Entry Series SCM7 (custom piano black), SCM11 (cherry)
Home Theater Series – models HTS7, HTS11
New CDA2 Mk2 CD Preamp with DSD 256 DAC



Playback Designs – Room 396

The new Dream Series

The new Dream Series of products, the new flagship products for ultimate performance in DSD. We are partnering with YG Acoustics for loudspeakers and Kubala for cables.

“Production versions of the new Dream Series MPD-8 Standalone Audio DSD 256 DAC and MPD-8 Transport with SACD and CD Player and optional Music Server and Streamer built in incorporating the latest Ultra High Performance technology with be shown at the Axpona show in Chicago.”

MSB Technology – Room 430

The Reference Transport

Select DAC with Mono Power Bases
Reference Transport with Reference Transport Power Base
M204 Monobloc amplifiers
YG Sonja 2.2 speakers
Analysis Plus Gold speaker cables, Gold interconnects, Ultimate Power Cords
Audioquest 5000 Power conditioner



The Voice That Is – Room 446

Antipodes DX Music Server

TIDAL PianoG2 Speaker
TIDAL Audio Preos Preamplifier
TIDAL Reference Cables
Transfiguration Proteus Cartridge
Anitpodes DX Music Server
Dynamic Design Neutron SW16 Digital Power Chord
StillPoints ESS Racks, Aperture Panels and Isolators

Vinnie Rossi – Room 486

Vinnie Rossi LIO Integrated Amplifier

We’ll be using the Vinnie Rossi LIO Integrated Amplifier, with our built-in LIO DAC 2.0 module option.
LIO Integrated Amplifier information can be found here.
(Note: The one Vinnie Rossi will be be using at the show will feature their Directly Heated Triode linestage section)

LIO DAC 2.0 module information can be found here.

We are teaming up with Harbeth Loudspeakers and all cabling by Triode Wire Labs


Bryston – Room 496

Details To Be Announced!


Innuos – Room 674

Innuos Zenith Music Server

The system will be based on a high-end Innuos music server partnered with:

– YG Hailey 1.2
– Audio Research GS Pre/GS150
– Aqua Formula xHD
– Transparent Cables
– Vicoustic acoustic panels


Merging Technologies – Room 1540

Merging + Nadac

Merging Technologies: Merging + Player, Merging + Nadac, Merging + Power

PSI Audio: Pair AVAA C20 active velocity acoustic absorber, Pair A25-H Speakers

Star Sound Technologies
Rhythm Platform RP3 and Backstage Speaker Platform BSPL101

Purist Audio Design: 25th Anniversary Interconnect Cables. 30th Anniversary Usb Cables. Cat 7 Ethernet Cables. AC Power Extension, Power Distribution. Neptune AC Power Cables. Diamond Edition Dominus AC Power cable.

Acoustic Geometry
Curved Diffusers and Fabric Wrapped Panels

iFi Audio – Ear Gear Expo #354

Details To Be Announced!

KimberKable (+ IsoMike) – 15, Club Lounge

Details To Be Announced!

Astell & Kern – Ear Gear Expo #229

Astell & Kern AK70 MKⅡ

We will be displaying 3 of our current portable players:

AK70 MKII – DSD to PCM conversion for playback (DSD64, DSD128 – Stereo)
KANN – Native DSD playback (DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 – Stereo)
A&ultima SP1000 – Native DSD playback (DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 – Stereo)
We will also be demoing our new home audio line ACRO which consists of our two current products in the line:
L1000 Desktop Headphone Amplifier – Native DSD (DSD64, DSD128, DSD256 – Stereo)
S1000 Desktop Speakers

And more A&K headphones and accessories!


NativeDSD Music at AXPONA 2018


Track 10
“La Catedral – I. Preludio”
genre: Classical

En Silencio

Ricardo Gallén

Qualities: DSD 64fs, 128fs, 256fs
Channels: Stereo, Multi

Track 8
“At Seventeen”
genre: Jazz, Vocal

The Moonlight Sessions Volume Two

Lyn Stanley

Qualities: DSD 64fs, 128fs, 256fs
Channels: Stereo

Track 4
“3 Chord Trick”
genre: Rock

3 Chord Trick


Qualities: DSD 64fs, 128fs, 256fs
Channels: Stereo

Track 2
“Violin Concerto no 2 in g minor – Andante assai”
genre: Classical

Prokofiev Violin Concerto no. 2

Rosanne Philippens

Qualities: DSD 64fs, 128fs, 256fs, DXD
Channels: Stereo, StereoDXD, Multi, MultiDXD

Track 8
“Counting Frogs”
genre: World, Vocal


Breno Viricimo, Laura Polence, Lilian Vieira

Qualities: DSD 128fs, 256fs, 64fs
Channels: Multi, Stereo

Track 1
“Take The A Train”
genre: Jazz

Take the A Train

Duke Ellington

Qualities: DSD 64fs, 128fs, 256fs
Channels: Stereo

and much more….

Jonas Sacks

Jonas Sacks

Jonas is Co-Founder & CTO at NativeDSD. He was trained as a Cinematographer. His work can be seen at

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