CES 2008

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2008 3 comments
The digital outputs include HDMI for audio only output.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Jan 08, 2008 1 comments
Choose a door, any door. Confronted with three entirely different systems in the Norvinz room, for some reason I ignored my usual inclinations and moved to the far right. There I encountered veteran electrostatic guru Roger Sanders, formerly of Innersound, who now markets Sanders Sound Systems products online and through Norvinz.
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
See this man?
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 3 comments
The back of the iTransport fully decked out with XLO cabling.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 1 comments
The show has just opened its doors and Stereophile's Stephen Mejias holds the new Product of the Year awards to be handed out all day long.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 1 comments
Sumiko had a new Pro-Ject turntable on display, the "approximately $2000" Perspex, which sports the new 9CC Evolution tonearm.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 3 comments
Ayre's Steve Silberman was excited about the new DPS Ayre turntable. Charlie Hansen had hipped Wes Phillips to the then pending debut of the DPS Ayre back in September.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 2 comments
"This," Quartet Marketing's Stirling Trayle proudly said, "is the T + A Music Player."
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 20 comments
It exists; we saw it for ourselves! Wadia's $349 iTransport can take the digital signal out of an iPod before the DAC, outputting 16-bit/44.1khz resolution for uncompressed files—it doesn't upconvert lower-rez files like MP3s, but it does reformat them to 16/44.1, according to Wadia's John Schaffer.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 7 comments
We ran into SinglePower Inc.'s Mikhail Rotenberg as he was sprinting down the hall to the Synergistic Research room. "Check these out," he said. "These are a 1932 Tung Argon 4327 and a 1943 722A (323), labeled Centennial, but manufactured by Western Electric."
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 4 comments
We're stunned at how few exhibitors spend money for the larger rooms on the 35th floor of the Venetian, since they are so sonically impressive. Sumiko's room with the $28,000 SME 2012, $6000 Audio Research PH7, $10,000 Audio Research Reference 3, Audio Research Reference 210 monoblock amplifiers ($9000/each), and brand-spanking new $25,000/pair Vienna Acoustic Die Musik loudspeakers had us glued to the sweet spot.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments
Sumiko's Norbert Schmied showed us their new upscale cartridge. "What's it called?"
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 1 comments
The ever-lovely Rosemarie Torcivia and Cynthia Fontaine, running the Stereophile room at the Venetian. They'd appreciate it if someone would bring them a decent sounding stereo to listen to. An ipod even.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 1 comments
We were stunned to see Roger Skoff in the Ultralink/XLO room—we thought he'd retired years ago. "I did," he explained, "but I was asked to design some new stuff incorporating new technologies and more advanced versions of our existing designs."
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments
The new Wadia iTransport detailed above also comes in your choice of hot rod finishes. Well not officially, but they couldn't resist making one for the show.

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