CES 2008
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CES 2008
Stephen Mejias Jan 12, 2008 2 comments
The totally new-to-me Indiana Line, imported by VMAX Services, was a great surprise. VMAX Service's Richard Kohlruss tells me the company's been around for 30 years. Their Arbour Series of loudspeakers are finished in an attractive real-wood cherry veneer with nicely rounded front panel edges. At just about 37" high and only 25lbs, the 5.02 is not only easy on the eyes, it's also practical for small listening rooms like mine.
CES 2008
Stephen Mejias Jan 12, 2008 0 comments
Both the GT 1 bookshelf and GT 2 floorstander loudspeakers offer a handy tweeter control for "precise adjustment of the frequency response in relation to the listening room and associated equipment," said Thierry Comte.
CES 2008
Stephen Mejias Jan 12, 2008 1 comments
The Atohm Grand Thrill Series made its world premiere at CES 2008. Designer Thierry Comte is pictured here with the very handsome GT 1 bookshelf speaker which exhibited an almost uncanny ability to fill the room with deep, powerful bass. Highs were also impressive: crisp, clean, and fast. Overall, I felt the presentation was tightly focused and lively, without being overly sharp.
CES 2008
Stephen Mejias Jan 12, 2008 0 comments
Bent Holter loves his work. And the camera.
CES 2008
Stephen Mejias Jan 12, 2008 2 comments
I met Hegel's Bent Holter at HE 2007, and I was instantly attracted to his combination of tech-talk and passion for music. Bent is at once serious and strangely wacky.
CES 2008
Stephen Mejias Jan 12, 2008 0 comments
It was late. I was exhausted. After a delicious dinner, I stopped at the Venetian with the intention of picking up my laptop, camera, and other heavy things before returning to my hotel room and passing out. When I reached the 29th floor, however, I ran into Richard Vandersteen and his family. They were also coming from a dinner, also looking exhausted.
CES 2008
Stephen Mejias Jan 12, 2008 0 comments
As usual, Totem did a wonderful job of transforming their booth to provide a fun and distinct listening environment. The company was also playing their Tribe wall-mount, which provided a surprisingly robust sound.
CES 2008
Stephen Mejias Jan 12, 2008 8 comments
Totem's The One sounded excellent with Naim's CDX2 CD player, amplification, and power supplies.
CES 2008
Stephen Mejias Jan 12, 2008 0 comments
Totem was showing their special anniversary model, The One ($3595). Along with Naim electronics, the sound created was powerful, fast, and fun. We listened to "How I Love That Woman," a soaring instrumental by Bob Brozeman.
CES 2008
Wes Phillips Jan 12, 2008 1 comments
I got another chance to see—and this time, hear— the $9000 MT10 turntable. "You know, this product generated more comments in our CEDIA2007 blog than any other component."
CES 2008
Wes Phillips Jan 12, 2008 1 comments
"Basically, what we're offering is some fun for a rainy Sunday afternoon," said Upscale Audio's Kevin Deal, who had two replacement I/V op-amp upgrades for the $2499 Prima Luna ProLogue Eight CD player. Both are ready to just pop in as replacements for the Eight's existing board. The Basic ("around" $150) has open slots for bypass capacitors and a heavy-duty PS. The Super ("around" $225) already has surface-mount caps and the HD PS installed.
CES 2008
Wes Phillips Jan 12, 2008 0 comments
That line got me a kitten when I was five. It doesn't seem to work so well on audio manufacturers, though. I must have lost me some cute.
CES 2008
Wes Phillips Jan 12, 2008 0 comments
Poor Kevin Halverson! Since Hesiod only named nine muses in Theogony, Kevin has had to double up as Muse's line of players has increased. The Erato II is available as a transport ($5300) or one-box CD/DVD/DVD-A player ("up to" $7300).
CES 2008
Wes Phillips Jan 12, 2008 1 comments
Franc Kuzma was showing a fascinating tonearm, the $7300–7500 4Point, named because it has unique vertical and horizontal bearings. Kuzma said, "It's like a unipivot tonearm that can't 'chatter' in the horizontal plane."
CES 2008
Wes Phillips Jan 12, 2008 0 comments
"Any source components?" I asked Cayin importer and VAS Audio maven Sze Leung.
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