The sound quality of hi-fi systems and the immersive experience of AV have improved dramatically this year.
Today, I heard several really good sounding systems and experienced four demos of Atmos movies and two DTS:X demos. I am sure that the competition for the Best Sound and Best AV awards this year will be very stiff. The dealers have taken the trouble to get their systems to sound good (and look good, in the case of those selling AV equipment), which is great for audiophiles who attend the show.
Despite the manufacturing disruptions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, iFi has managed to launch a long list of products so far this year. Soon after the launch of the ZEN DAC V2, iFi has released two power cables — the Nova and SupaNova.
Exciting things are happening in the world of music streaming. After too many years of only MP3 quality music files, audiophiles will soon be getting CD-quality files from Spotify and (most probably) Apple Music as well.
Even today, many audiophiles still prefer the sound quality of R2R DACs compared with Delta-Sigma types. They claim that R2R DACs sound smoother and more like analogue. Audio-GD from China makes some R2R DACs which have received quite good reviews. All Audio-GD products are designed and developed under the guidance of He Qinghua, the 'First Prize Winner' of the National Semiconductor (USA) Audio Design Contest.