The matching CDD-1 (also $8,000), a DAC/CD player, includes external inputs for a direct connection to its DAC circuitry, including support for 24bit files and up to 192kHz sampling over asynchronous USB or coax. No word on DSD, but the player doesn’t support SACD, so I wouldn’t expect it here.
I was quite taken with the look of this brand — if this is what “lifestyle styling” can be, I want it. Oh yes, yes indeedy I do. And yes, for those keeping track — the sound quality coming out of the big Aerials was very good.
Gato Audio also manufactures a stand-mount, called the FM-2, and floor-standing loudspeaker, called the FM-6, neither of which I got to hear at the show.