CES 2007

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John Atkinson Posted: Jan 09, 2007 2 comments
The mark of a great large speaker is that it can sound small when the music demands it. Such was the case with the humongous La Sphère speaker from French manufacturer Cabasse, one of the many high-end companies who chose to “outboard” this year at an off-site hotel. With its four-way coaxial design, it resembles a scaled-up version of the Baltic that Mikey Fremer reviewed in September 2005, but is fully active with the crossover realized in the digital domain. Demonstrated in a large room with Cabasse’s own amplification and Bel Canto preamp and source components, it offered tremendous dynamic range and loudness capability on full-scale orchestral music and film soundtracks (for which the pair of Spheres was joined by a full surround system and a subwoofer using a 22” driver). For me, however, the magic was greatest when Christopher Cabasse (shown standing with his company’s creation) played a two-channel recording of solo violin and piano, proving that La Sphère can be a quiet speaker when necessary.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
Here's the part that goes on your iPod to communicate with the base unit.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
An inside look at PrimaLuna's adaptive auto-bias. Sometimes simpler is quite complex.
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Kalman Rubinson Posted: Jan 09, 2007 2 comments
Photographed by Jason Victor Serinus in the Sumiko room on the 35th floor of the Venetian Hotel, this is the prototype of a new flagship speaker from Vienna Acoustics. Its signature elements are an innovative coaxial midrange/tweeter with a flat, reinforced, flat diaphragm for the midrange to eliminate any horn effect on the tweeter dome and an ultra HF unit to optimize polar response in the upper range. Note that the upper enclosure can be aimed to improve imaging.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
"Well, there's another new development—sort of," Channel Island Audio's Dusty Vawter said. "We've upgraded our $599 VDP-1 by essentially removing the entire circuit board and replacing it with a better circuit."
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Robert Deutsch Posted: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
People whose memories go back a long way may remember Dick Sequerra’s highly-regarded Metronome Seven loudspeakers. They haven't been made for some years, but the importers of Thorens products have prevailed on Dick Sequerra to start making them, and a pair of these (serial No.3) was being used in a system that included a Thorens turntable (natch), Ron Sutherland’s PhD phono stage and Direct Line Stage, and new $15,000/pair Thorens monoblocks. The speakers are designated Metronome 7.7 Mk.6, and are priced at $1995/pair. Very nice sound, especially considering the fact that the system was in one of the Venetian rooms with ceilings that are much higher than any normal home. Here are Ron Sutherland and Thorens importer Chuck Kennedy, kneeling at the altar of High Fidelity.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
"I have a theory," I said to Jon Iverson. "There are two types of rooms at CES: The ones that make you want to sit down and listen forever and the ones that make you want to cover your ears and run into the halls screaming. This room," I said, encompassing Naim's $85,000 system with my sweeping arm, "is one of the former."
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John Atkinson Posted: Jan 09, 2007 1 comments
Italian manufacturer Simetel, who makes tube amplifiers with a distinctively "retro" appearance, showed its new Nightingale Gala two-chassis power amplifier in one of the Venetian's lower-level rooms. Tubed power supply is one chassis, the tubed amplification stage, using 300Bs, is is on the second. Projected price is $16,000, and Simetel has now set up its own US distributor. Designer and company founder Luciano Del Rio stands by the silver-finish Gala (black is also available), which was being demmed with Revolver Cygnis speakers.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
Here is the receiver or a place to put a second iPod.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 09, 2007 0 comments
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 3 comments
"DeVore's just down the hall," he says.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 Published: Jan 09, 2007 12 comments
At least that's what Kevin Deal called the $1395 PrimaLuna Prologue Eight CD player.
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Robert Deutsch Posted: Jan 09, 2007 1 comments
Sennheiser’s PXC 450 ($499.95) headphones are both the new top model in their noise-canceling series and the first using the Talk Through technology, which distinguishes between general ambient noise and the voice of a person talking to you. I tried them briefly, and was impressed both by the sound quality and by the acoustical isolation. They’re modeled here by Nicoll Public Relations’ Erika Pearson.

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