There are 10 types of people in this world, lets hope your the one that gets that joke. Digital is the default setting for our music collections these days, but our ears aren't digital. There's a range of products out there to help make the 1's and 0's into sweet, smooth, silky sound. From smart speakers to DACs to the humble CD player, theres plenty of sources for your music out there.

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  • PS Audio PerfectWave SACD Transport

    This is the recently released version of PS Audio's CD Transport. And what sets this unit apart from anything that PS Audio has done before and also anything that's been done before by any other HiFi company, is their galvanically isolated output stage. That means that the data is being transfered from the input stage to the output stage via a type of very focused short wave radio frequencies. Any vestiges of interference that inevitably occur when these stages are hardwired, are completely eliminated.

    Input and output stages have their very own board and power supply to keep them completely separated as well. FPGAs (Field-Programable Gate Array; if you'd like to learn more about these very handy devices see Paul McGowan's video here) is utilised to ensure clocking and data buffering are spot on. 

    The best way to use this unit and unleash its full potential is to use the I2S output or the HDMI out put to a DAC (like the PS Audio DirectStream) that can handle it. In this respect you can hear a complete Raw DSD file...and that truly is another experience. A DSD file is what makes an SACD an SACD. Instead of sampling at a determined fast rate (bit rate) the sine curve of the musical file, a DSD file samples the whole sine curve. These raw files are bigger and have to be compresesd to even push it out of a transport. But not with this unit and the I2S...full blown raw DSD files streaming into your speakers. Heaven.

    Of course you can still use this unit without the I2S and it's still devastatingly good. A pair of BNC connectors will double a normal DSD output to make it DSD128 and this connection is particularly scintillating with a Chord Dave...

    Read theaudiobeatnik review of the unit here (he uses the I2S connection with a non PS Audio Dac with superb results)

    The PS Audio website has some extra reading on this unique product too

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    Regular Price: $10,495.00

    Special Price $8,396.00

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  • Chord Hugo M Scaler

    For the uninitiated in the digital realm of HiFi, the exact purpose and functionality of the M Scaler can seem perplexing. A unit that sits between your digital source and your DAC to drastically improve the digital signal....isn't it all ones and zeroes at that stage? How can you make ones and zeroes better?

    Well, it's all about the Taps...the digital Taps that is. Taps refers to how many times and therefore how accurately the unit revisists the algorythm that's going to create the analogue Wave Form from the sample rate that's given by the source. Normally DACs would perform this function themselves but no DAC, not even Chord Electronics very own Dave comes even close to the amount of Taps that the M Scaler has. Normally an ordinary DAC would have a 100-tap filter, the Dave has 164,000-tap filter but the M Scaler has 1,015,808-tap filter!

    In Rob Watts own words "If you have a conventional filter with 100 taps, you will recover some of the transient information. A 100-tap filter gives you sufficiently good frequency-domain performance, but not in the time domain. . . . Every time you increase the number of taps, you improve the perception of pitch, timbre gets better—bright instruments sound brighter, dark instruments sound darker—the starting and stopping of notes becomes easier to hear, the localization of sounds get better. There is less listening fatigue—the brain has to do less processing of the information presented to it to understand what's going on." 

    And that perfectly sums up what you hear when you add an M scaler to a Chord Hugo TT2 or the Dave. It's an opening up of the musicality getting this normally step wise wave form of a CD player or 44kHz back to the most accurate analogue Wave Form you can possibly get. 

    And this is where the M Scaler is particularly special because it's the most accurate digital device out there by a long margin. And that's because of the Taps. Turn on the Taps!

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  • Yamaha CDS 3000 CD Player ... smooth angel disc spinner

    Every now and then you get a piece of high fidelity that oozes high class as soon as you touch it, The Yamaha 5000 series preampifier and power amplifier have this quality in spades and so does this the highest ranging CD Player in the range of Yamaha high fidelity kit.

    In the trade we can go a long way on the tactility of a product as a real assessment of its build quality, That and the less than minor matter of one's reaction to a component's particular sound quality are simply something that can never be realised via internet shopping. this is a device that begs to be individually auditioned.

    There is definetly a Rolls Royce feel to this device and it immediately reminds me of the original Yamaha Centennial CD Player the no compromise CDX10000 that was released in 1987 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Yamaha music products.

    The CDS3000 is also an external DAC that is a 32 bit device ...

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  • Leema Antila IIS Eco (Quattro DAC)

    Available to Audition in our 164 Lygon st Showroom.

    The Antila IIS Eco CD player introduces many unique technical and ergonomic innovations to combine state-of-the-art performance with surprising ease of use.

    Leema's latest "Quattro Infinity Multi-DAC" employs multiple 24 bit / 192 kHz multi-bit delta-sigma data converters, specifically selected for their audio quality. These are driven from a fully balanced digital data stream. The result is significantly reduced levels of noise, distortion and crosstalk, thereby producing a breathtakingly real musical performance and a tactile panoramic image.


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  • PS Audio DirectStream DAC ($1540 extra for Bridge II streamer)

    There are only a few left of these units at a special price. All are black units. These are now a finished model.

    We're huge fans of the digital magic that the folks over at PS Audio weave. From the first moment we heard the Perfect Wave, we knew there was some black magic under the bonnet. Now with the DirectStream, PS Audio have taken it to another level, producing one of the most fluent music communicators we've heard in quite some time.

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    Regular Price: $8,395.00

    Special Price $7,135.00

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  • Roksan Blak CD Player

    This is that rare beast from the UK ... a high end CD Player that sits between the likes of the Rega Saturn at $3.5K and the multiple tens of thousand dollar devices like Chord and DCS. It does a very good job of providing the euphony and amiability of the Rega as well as the micro detail of the Chord. In spite of coming from the town of Vauxhall manufacture this is a beautifully engineered piece of kit.

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  • Aurender N150 Streamer and Caching Music Server

    Aurender is the new kid at Carlton Audio Visual. The choice for digital streaming options in the realm of real HiFi has blossomed over the last couple of years and for the uninitiated the nuances and the differences between a good digital front end and an incredible digital front end get lost in a lot of computer terminology.

    Like a caching server. What is caching? And whiy is it useful in a streamer?

    Caching is a temporary storage of information using certain drive and memory chip hardware. Having this caching server on board the streamer means the music files are stored right there at the streamer once selected so data is handled at dramatically increased speeds. It also eliminates annoying drop out problems from sub optimal internet connections.

    This all means a better musical experience.

    And more than the caching server, the Aurenders examine all the detail within the circuitry and connections in their units to reduce or eliminate noisy electronic componentry corrupting the musical signal. This means quieter noise floor, more detail and essence...more Music, less noise!

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  • Marantz SA12SE CD Player and DAC

    Marantz CD players have often been the port of last call for that particular customer that is searching for music in a digital realm where everything measures well but is post apocalyptically sterile to the listening. There is also that small but significant in our fanatics base of people for whom SACD is the only answer. And for them these high end Marantz players are the go to product for real quality and realisation of the potential of the format.

    This new piece of kit has been voiced and refined by the Marantz dream team sound engineers and is an excellent external Digital to Analogue Converter for your other digital sources.


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  • Naim ND5 XS 2, Network Player

    A dedicated HiFi streamer from beloved and iconic british manufacturer, Naim.

    More people are turning to real HiFi streamers and moving away from the Sonos and Heos units that are good starters but lack the wow factor when it comes to musical reproduction. If you're after a life like musical experience from your streaming source, it's time to think about upgrading to something like the ND5 XS2. 

    I love how easy to use the Naim is as well. Sometimes Highend HiFi orientated streaming units sound fantastic but lack the software to back them up. Not the case with Naim.

    A pleasure to use.

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  • Marantz SACD30N ... the Model 30 CD player and streamer

    This is something of a reincarnation product but with rather cutting edge digital disc and streaming tech . . Made in Japan with love. Physically the SA30 is actually gorgeous, the photos don't do it justice, it really exudes a quality aesthetic presence. In combination with the matching amp it is a piece of Hi Fi art that will make people who know nothing about stereo want to go and fondle it inappropriately ...

    StereoNet on the Model 30 release 

    Marantz UK site for the SACD30 

    "Hi-Fi News" loves the Model 30 

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  • PS Audio DirectStream Upgrade Kit

    Provided in store free of charge when you purchase the DirectStream upgrade kit Upgrade your PWD to a DirectStream.

    Built in Boulder Upgrade your PWD I or II to both Stereophile and Absolute Sound magazines’ product of the year, the new DirectStream DAC. Simple to install, includes complete instructions. Once the PWD’s insides have been removed and replaced with the DirectStream kit, your PerfectWave DAC will be identical to a new DirectStream.

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  • Auralic Altair G1 Streaming DAC/Pre-amplifier

    ALTAIR G1 has received several updates from both the G1 and G2 series of products. It
    now uses the ESS 9038Q2M DAC chip, providing you with more detail and resolution than
    ever before. To match the higher levels of performance available from this new DAC chip,
    the analog circuitry received design and parts upgrades and an improved layout for a
    balanced presentation.

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  • Auralic Aries G1 Wireless Streaming Transporter

    The Auralic Aries G1 is a new addition to the stable here at Carlton Audio Visual and it's been an impressive one!

    It is 'only' a transport so you'll need to pair it with a high quality DAC. But as with everything in the Hi-Fi world when you can separate out the components, you can maximise the sound quality. Separate power supplies and separate chassis, so individual circuits don't inadvertently interfere with one another, are crucial.

    This unit is the successor to the original Auralic Aries and it has big boots to fill. Many consider that unit to be what brought Hi-res network streaming to the discerning world of the everyday Audiophile. But the Aries G1 is certainly up to the job.

    So how to describe how this streaming transport sounds. The best way to describe it is resolving. A cleaness and a delicacy in the music is revealed.

    A truly stunning piece of kit and will be the unit of choice for those passionate about their music and needing an excellent quality streaming device that's not up at the $10K mark.


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  • Synthesis Roma 14DC+ Valve CD Player with Built In DAC (Made in Italy)

    Synthesis has just released a new Compact Disc Player ROMA14DC+. It uses a pair of  ECC88/6DJ8 on the output stage for warm sound characteristics. The particularly configuration is used to obtain a very low output impedance and extremely large bandwidth.

    The Roma 14DC+ has USB "B" type, DSD 5,6MHz and optical input. The 32Bits of resolution give you a fantastic sound stage and a perfect sound reproduction. The TEAC mechanism is specially developed for audio reproduction guarantee at this CD Player high quality performances.

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  • Creek Voyage CD Player ... uber digital replay machine.

    Creek Audio Voyage CD Player can stream audio from the internet or local network, convert all your high-resolution digital data files into analogue, and play CDs on it's reliable Stream Unlimited CD80 slot-drive transport.

    This EU manufactured piece of slick and thick alloy has a fabulous diversity of inpts and outputs ... it is a multifunction and multiply connective device for serious quality digital music.

    Creek's own website on the Voyage CD Player 

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  • Musical Fidelity M6sCD

    A superior high quality CD player where no detail has been overlooked in the circuitry design. Extensive measures have been taken to make sure the inherent jitter from the loading mechanism doesn't reach other sensitive circuitry.

    A 32bit DAC is paired with 192KHz Upsampling capability giving tremendous results. 

    This high quality DAC can be used separately as well. This means you have a multitude of different options for your digital sources - 2 Coax, 2 optical inputs and Type B USB. You also have the option of RCA or balanced XLR out.

    Feature packed unit that doesn't disapoint musically.

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  • Cyrus CDt-XR, flagship CD Transport

    The brand new Cyrus transport CDt-XR builds on a lineage of exceptional reference CD players.

    Cyrus is a small brand in the HiFi world hailing from just outside Cambridge, UK where many heavy hitting HiFi players originate. Think Mission, Quad, Arcam and Cambridge Audio. Of course it's not really much of a surprise that such awesome HiFi comes from the University town where engineering excellence and ingenuity are in good supply!

    The master clocks of the old Cyrus SE models that are now incorporated into the XR models are what provide Cyrus CD players with their true magic. Timing and rythym is sorted - period.

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  • Synthesis Roma 69DC High Resolution Valve DAC & Headphone Amplifier (Hand Made in Italy)

    The Roma 69DC has USB "B" type, DSD 5,6MHz and optical input. 32Bit of resolution give you a fantastic sound stage and beautiful sound reproduction.

    Using a ECC88/6DJ8 on the output stage in as differential amplifier for a perfect matching with the Dac's output (Asahi Kasei AK4495S ), obtaining a very low output impedance and extremely large bandwidth. Paticular attention has been dedicated to the headphone output. Using a high-fidelity driver, we obtained a incredible natural sound performance, the sound stage is simply perfect!

    To back this up the design has an over size shielded power transformer for reduce the interference. An array high grade metalized polipropilene capacitors controlling the audio signal circuits. The all important component of this unit are run by a multi stage fully regulated power supply.

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  • Roon Nucleus Plus music server

    Nucleus is the center of your Roon music system. It’s the housekeeper, the traffic cop, and the brain that takes care of the music in your life. Using Nucleus, Roon manages all your music – on hard drives, NAS, and streaming content – and allows you to play it on all the audio devices around your home. Nucleus is the best way to run Roon, at any price.

    The Roon Nucleus Plus is the hardware server offered by Roon Labs, creators of the software system Roon. The interface has a lot under the hood, housing front-end functionality that is fast becoming known as an exciting new way to explore music. 

    Roon Labs has issued two editions of their customized server, a standard Nucleus model and the beefier Nucleus Plus. The Nucleus Plus music server is custom-built to optimize Roon to store and play your music collection across multiple zones and a wide variety of media and services as it “makes it all play nice together.”

    The Nucleus Plus server offers twice the capacity than the standard edition, with less than twice the price. Such high performance provides all the horsepower an enthusiast needs for their greatest audio ambitions.

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  • Cyrus CDi-XR

    At 9 years old, my first trip overseas was spent in the UK visiting family and friends.

    Dad (mis)spent most of his youth in Cambridge and we followed him around to his old haunts.

    But because he owned and ran Carlton Audio Visual a 'family trip' was always sprinkled with a bit of Hi-Fi. Somehow the family and friends we visited were conveniently located next to HiFi factories...and nestled just next to Cambridge is Huntington where the Cyrus factory still develops and produces its units.

    Needless to say after such an early introduction to the brand, our whole family has owned Cyrus gear. I think my brother currently has 6 cyrus mono blocks set up with his Dynaudio speakers - a great combination. I own a smaller stack with CD8SE, Phono Signature and PSX-R power supply.

    There is no doubt that this boutique English brand commands loyalty from its customers. It's a sound that is effortless and timelessly musical. Their CD players are quieter, letting you hear more detail and sound stage. And they get timing right. Attack on notes is precise & clean bringing you closer to that feeling of 'being there', with the musicians in your living.

    And now Cyrus has launched their new XR series. New casework and buttons reveal a new aethestic direction for cyrus. But improvements to power supply and DAC have elevated this unit beyond their older models.

    The CDi-XR is in stock now and ready to demo.

    Read a glowing review on the new XR series from Stereo Magazine here

    And more information on the Cyrus official website here


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