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Play­back De­signs has an­nounced a new ‘Dream Se­ries’ DAC/Trans­port/SACD/CD/Server sys­tem, but de­spite this an­nounce­ment, it’s early days yet, as An­dreas Koch, Play­back De­signs’ pres­i­dent and de­signer, showed only ‘early pro­to­types’ of the Dream Se­ries com­po­nents at the re­cent Mu­nich show. The Dream Se­ries con­sists of the MPD-8 stand­alone DAC and MPT-8 trans­port with CD/SACD drive and op­tional mu­sic server built in. The MPD-8 DAC uses DAC ar­chi­tec­ture based on Play­back De­signs’ ex­ist­ing dis­crete con­verter de­sign but ac­cord­ing to Koch, ‘ in­cor­po­rates sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments and new tech­nolo­gies.’ Its dig­i­tal in­puts sup­port all cur­rent sam­ple rates and for­mats up to Quad DSD, and soft­ware is provided that al­lows you to cre­ate PCM or DSD mu­sic files on a com­puter from any dig­i­tal source con­nected to the MPD-8. The MPT-8 Dig­i­tal Mu­sic Trans­port uses what Koch told Aus­tralian Hi-Fi Mag­a­zine is ‘ a newly de­vel­oped CD/ SACD drive mech­a­nism that was de­signed from ground up for au­dio­phile ap­pli­ca­tions.’ The op­tional mu­sic server (Syrah) can be con­trolled via i- and An­droid de­vices and pro­vides in­ter­nal stor­age (SSD) as well as ac­cess to ex­ter­nal stor­age and net­works via DLNA. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Play­back De­signs’ Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor, Pure Mu­sic Group on (04) 0950 4805 or at www.pure­mu­sic­

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