Companies featured in gallery below: Brinkmann Audio, Ypilson, EMM Labs, Grimm Audio, Amphion, Audio Research, Sonus Faber, BMC, Dynaudio, Ayre Acoustics, WestminsterLab, Audio Solutions, Dynaco
All prices in euros or US dollars unless otherwise indicated
The uninspiring MQA demo we heard in the Brinkmann Audio room overshadowed the introduction of Brinkmann’s new DAC, which was far more interesting. The Nyquist DAC, which will retail for about €12,000 when it's released later this year, has a modular digital section that can be exchanged and upgraded by removing two screws. With 32/384 PCM, at least double-rate (5.6MHz) DSD, and an Ethernet port for Roon compatibility, it probably won’t need an upgrade soon. The Nyquist has a tube output stage, variable gain, and a remote control, so it can be plugged straight into an amp.