AT A GLANCE
Superb sonics from high-resolution digital sources
Substantial amplifier power
Unusual looks; fine finish quality
No headphone or other additional outputs
Un-ergonomic remote controller
Reference-quality sound from hi-rez music files made
simple—at a reference-grade price.
What form will the Audiophile System of the Future take? It’s an open question, though it’s a pretty fair bet that the pallet-loads of tube power amps and skyscraper speakers of the high end’s golden age will not return any time soon. One proposed answer, from Wadia Digital, is the Intuition 01 power DAC, a swoopily formed oblong that incorporates very substantial two-channel amplification (190 watts x 2 into 8 ohms, rated), highly sophisticated digital-to-analog conversion facilities, and basic input-selection and volume controls.