CES 2007

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
The breakfast SM is referring to below.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 1 comments
Devore clearly has a monkey fixation.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 4 comments
Sugden's US importer analog George Stanwick proudly preens with his A21SE 30wpc Class-A integrated amp and CD21SE CD player. What made the Keith Jarrett trio sound so good—was it the electronics or was it the Proac Response D28s?
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 1 comments
Roy Hall was blunt as usual. "I'm bringing in some obscenely expensive tubes. They're Telefunken ECC803Ses, which is one of the best tubes available, but Cool Valve measures them and selects the most perfectly matched, and then bonds their EAT Cool Damper to them. The result is lower operational temperatures, longer life, and lower microphonics. They cost . . . "
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 2 comments
Sooloos is a company to watch, and here's the crew assembled in one room: Angus MacDonald, Enno Vandermeer, Rob Darling & Sandro Pugliese. These guys cringed if we even discussed anything less than full-resolution CD on their system.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
DEQX's PDC3 preamp/processor (price tdb) combines an analog preamplifier with a DAC and measurement-driven DSP. In a hotel room with zero treatment, Jon Iverson and I were enthralled by the three dimensional soundstaging of a pair of B&W 805s and a pair of B&W ASW 700s. Nope, it wasn't because the CD player was fabulous, either—it was solid, but not audiophile approved.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
Stephen Mejias and longtime Primedia CES assistant Cynthia get the awards ready to be handed out later in the day. We'll have complete pictures and story later.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 1 comments
Naum Dorkhman was chuffed about Audes' new Excellence series of loudspeakers. "I told he engineers to take a blank sheet of paper and make loudspeakers that would satisfy audiophiles, not the bean counters," he said.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
If $250 per tube seems too dear, you can supply your own 12AX7, ECC 83, E83CC, 7025, 5751, 7058, 7729, 6681, CV492, CV8156, or 6057—and add Cool Valve's Eat Cool dampers for $40 each, as seen on the right..
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
What's in a name? "It's a palindrome, sort of an anagram, and an ambigram," said Rob Darling. It's pronounced, "su loose," by the way.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 2 comments
As we were walking out of DLS' room, we passed Supro Cables' display. "Are those Deltron connectors?" I asked.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
This is the first year that the high-end audio exhibits are clustered in the Venetian Hotel and Casino. Emphasis on the casino part - to get to the majority of hotel room exhibits, we must negotiate about a quarter mile of hallway and casino to get from the shuttle stop to the elevators. The rooms themselves are nicely appointed, but several exhibitors are already complaining about the acoustics and the challenge of finding ways to make the two level suites music friendly. And on a personal note, the press room is back the quarter mile through the casino near the shuttle stop. End of gripe.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
With another act of blatant scoopage (I'm writing this as my colleagues are meeting for breakfast), I must let you know that, while ripping through the Venetian halls, late yesterday evening, making some final preparations before today's morning activities, I nearly fell on my face at the sound of such sublime elfin wonder coming from the Audes Room (suite 29-324, conveniently close to where Primedia's Home Tech Group resides, which is to say: I'll be back, again and again.)
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 1 comments
We always make a point of visiting DeVore Fidelity's rooms because John DeVore always makes music come alive—and we are so down with that.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
Proac's $6000/pair Response D-28 was making real music connected to Sugden's $3000 CD21SE and $4000 A21SE 30Wpc integrated amplifier. I eyed the 42.5" floorstander, noting its 1" silk dome tweeter and 6.5" midrange/woofer—but I saw no port.

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