Nagra Newsletter March 2019

NAGRA HD PREAMP Best of the year 2018 Mono&Stereo

CES 2019, Las Vegas

Nagra launch a new DAC the HD DAC X

Nagra’s room delivered not only the show’s best sound, but also one of the best-sounding demonstrations I’ve heard at any show. Robert Harley, The Absolute Sound
Of all the systems I auditioned at this year's CES, Nagra's was the unquestionable standout. Its sound was full-range and transparent, with brilliant and glistening highs, a totally realistic midrange, astounding low bass reach, and an ability to flesh out complex overtones and undertones without distortion. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile.

Read more at https://www.stereophile.com/content/ces-discoveries-continue#MZrh5ORiDj7BzaDh.99

Best in show award! Nagra elevates our listening experience In all of the show room visits I have experiences, I have never heard a system go so deep and wide as the organ emerged and conquered from the potent Wilson Audio Sasha DAW speakers. I am going to find a copy of that CD..
Building a great sounding room inside a hotel is an art, but Nagra seems to have perfected the recipe. No matter if they played tape, streamed digital or CDs the sound was intoxicating. I wish I could have cancelled all my meetings and camped out in Nagra room.


Thank you Mohammed Samji !

Available now the new Nagra TubeDac

Our friends at Criterion Audio Ltd got one of the very first Nagra Audio new Tube DACs and they're highly enthusiastic about it: "Fresh from the factory and joining our demo stock before it appears on NAGRA AUDIO's website, the Nagra Tube DAC replaces the old HD DAC, building on its performance with a wide range of improvements drawing on the work done for the reference HD Preamp. Inside is a range of top tier components, put together with Nagra’s usual lavish attention to detail. Clearly visible is the tube that gives it its name and a Xilinx, Inc. Spartan FPGA which provides enormous processing power while also giving Nagra complete flexibility to carry out future upgrades by reprogramming the silicon."

"The Tube DAC has optical, USB, RCA, BNC and AES inputs, as well as two Nagra Link single-mode ST1 optical inputs to support future high resolution sources. It can decode PCM 24 bits up to 384 kHz as well as DXD and DSD up to x4. The remote control drives the CNC machined aluminium volume control, with output as RCA and XLR balanced signals, allowing the Tube DAC to be directly connected to a power amplifier or active loudspeakers.

Even fresh from the factory, the sound was beautiful: clean, accurate and very musical with great imaging and toe-tapping timing—a noticeable step up even from the old HD DAC. We can’t wait to let it warm up and settle down: more posts soon, as we already have our first few demonstrations coming up.

The team at Criterion have long been Nagra fans, so it’s great to see them as popular as they are with our customers. Their combination of compact size, beautiful design and stunning sound quality regularly win out in comparative demos.

New Nagra ClassicPSU


The newly developed SuperCapacitor power supply is a new technology which combines the very low noise of a battery with the high current capability of the best linear power supplie

RMAF 2019

Musical Artsans / Nagra suite

The Sky is Crying, the latter recorded when he was perhaps 66 years old, blew me away. The intimacy of the recording, the huge contrast between the man's aged speaking voice and still intact, surprising sweet singing voice left me breathless. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile
Julie Mullins’ Best of Show Best Sound (Cost No Object) The Absolute Sound. Speaking of superb sound and standout demo material, Nagra introduced its new HD-DAC-X ($65k) in a setup with its other HD-line electronics, a vintage Nagra tape deck, and Rockport speakers. René Laflamme presented myriad well-recorded tracks ranging from Norah Jones’ new live album (96kHz-24bit upsampled to DSD256 by the HD DAC X) to Sonny Boy Williamson native DSD256 plus rare gems, such as a digital file transfer of a mono recording of Peggy Lee singing “Bye, Bye, Blackbird” from 1948, where her voice displayed a more earthy naturalism compared to her vocal styles on later material. But those Rockport speakers really disappeared like never before on one of René’s own (analog) recordings where the harpist was fully present, in three-dimensional flesh, and convincingly scaled to lifelike proportions. A few show-goers walked in and exclaimed, “Now, we’re talking!”

Nagra around the world!


René.Laflamme@nagraaudio.com (America)

export@nagraaudio.com (Europe, Australia and Asia)

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