CES 2007

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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 1 comments
Joseph Audio's Jeff Joseph didn't bring any new goodies to the show this year. He once again demonstrated the $2495/pair Insider. "I'm still trying to demonstrate how incredible an in-wall loudspeaker can sound—if it uses an infinite slope crossover, that is."
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 0 comments
Paul McGowan's $2500 PS Audio Power Plant Premier is radically different from his earlier power regenerating products. "For one thing, it's 85% efficient, which means it runs cooler and uses less energy," McGowan explained. "It has 10 Power Port receptacles with Nano Crystalline filters. It's even remote controlled."
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 1 comments
Franc Kuzma showed us his $900 VynVac record cleaner. "It's compact and, when it's not in use, it doesn't take up much space," he told us.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 1 comments
Is there any record collector who hasn't wished for a device that would flatten warped records without damaging them? It's the classic "why doesn't somebody invent that?" product.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 1 comments
Pathos Acoustics has one of the uniquest design esthetics in audio. Paolo Anriolo and Giaani Borinato beamed with delight as Jon Iverson and I oohed and ahhed over the $8000 Endorphin CD player and $1950 InControl preamplifier.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 0 comments
Pathos products don't resemble anything else in the audio world, but the $35,000/pair 150W Adrenaline Class-A monoblock is stunning even in a room packed with other Pathos gear. It's a zero feedback design and it sounded even more stunning than it looked.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 3 comments
Penaudio's Sami Pentillä brought an entirely new line of loudspeakers to CES: the Ambient series.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 10, 2007 7 comments
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Stephen Mejias & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 0 comments
At the GamuT house, the first beauty that caught my eye was their new Phi3 loudspeaker dressed in drop-dead gorgeous zebra wood. "In Europe," said designer Lars Goller, "anything striped is really hot right now."
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 2 comments
All GamuT speakers sport a ring-radiator tweeter. The pointy thing in the middle is a metal waveguide—the perfect defense against little children poking in the tweeter dome.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 4 comments
GamuT doesn't rent a display room at one of the hotels, instead they figure the best way to show off home loudspeakers is in a home. So they rent a palatial pad in the Las Vegas suburbs, invite us over for dinner (they fly in a Danish cook and assistant) and then we retire to the living room to check out the speakers and electronics.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 0 comments
VAS Audio's Sze Leung is the most consistently up audiophile we know—he's always raving about his latest listening session or discovery. "This one's incredible," he exclaimed, pointing to the 80Wpc Cayin H-80A Class-A tube hybrid integrated amplifier (approximately $4000)."
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 0 comments
Zanden's Kazutoshi Yamada builds amplifiers like Medieval villages built cathedrals: To glorify the quintessence. Jon Iverson and I were lured into his room because his Model 9600s were so . . . shiny (hey, we're guys, we're not complicated). Then we heard 'em driving the Ascendo System Z-F3 loudspeakers. Wowsers.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 0 comments
Bel Canto's John Stronczer made a bold decision to demonstrate exclusively with a music server streaming Music Giants. He ran the output from his laptop to the $2495 e.One DAC3 digital-to-analog processor and then directly to a pair of e.One REF1000 1000W monoblocks ($1995 each).
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2007 0 comments
We walked in to the room and spotted a pair of floorstanding speakers. Stevie Ray Vaughan filled the room, so we assumed the floorstanders were channelling him. "Oh no, you're listening to those."

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