Audio Research Reference DAC Digital Media Bridge | £13,998.00 | audioresearch.com
so, you have finally ditched the tapes, CD and vinyl in favor for high-quality lossless digital formats but as any connoisseur will tell you, you still have a lot to do to squeeze every bit out of those digital files. with the Audio Research Reference DAC Digital Media Bridge you will not only be treated to reference-grade sonic performance but it becomes a center to all you digital media, be it Blu-ray players, MP3 players or whatever. it boast the same vacuum tube analog stage and power supply as the Reference 5 SE and features an user-friendly 3.5-inch TFT display interface that keep you in the know of the unit functions as well as metadata, if available, from certain sources. other features a host of connectivity, including Ethernet port, WiFi, built-in Internet Radio tuner, AES/EBU input, S/PDIF optical and coaxial inputs, DLNA and USB 2.0 ports for PC, iOS devices and USB flash drive. one interesting features is its Crestron RS-232 control input that allows it to be integrated into your home automation systems, while an IR input offers the usual direct remote control. all told, the Audio Research Reference DAC Digital Media Bridge, like the rest of Audio Research audiophile-grade equipment, doesn’t come cheap. be prepared to sweep £13,998 (roughly US$22,500) off your bank account if you want one.