CES 2008

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Larry Greenhill Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
"The best loudspeaker on earth!" proclaimed the sign for the YG Acoustics Limited Exhibit. The company's founder, designer, and CEO, the ever-upbeat Yoav Geva, was just as proud as the papa of his new $33,000/pair "Kipod" floorstanding speaker. And proud he should be. "Kipod means hedgehog," he told me, "which is my daughter's nickname because of her hairstyle."
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Stephen Mejias Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
And here is Adam Shaw-Cotterill licking the Mezzo 1's Aspirated Tweeter. I'm not sure why he's licking it. He must really love it.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Jan 08, 2008 3 comments
"What have you heard that’s good at THE Show?" I asked the fabulous Kara E. Chaffee of deHavilland Electronics. "I'm heading to Joe Cohen's The Lotus Group,” she replied. "I've been told I've got to hear the new Feastrex speakers."
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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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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 3 comments
We'd been told to check out Boulder's new music server, but that's not exactly what the $24,000 1021 Disc Player is. It's a CD player (with a few other formats "to be announced") that uses a computer disc drive to feed a one-minute buffer to "preserve the integrity of the audio signal delivered from the drive. "Also," confided Steve Rockwell, "the clock is about this far [pinches fingers together], so jitter is phenomenally low."
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 0 comments
Sumiko was showing the $2495 Primare DVD110 DVD/CD player/reciever. It's a two channel unit with a class-D 102Wpc amplifier and a couple of features you don't see on most stereo components: a subwoofer and 1080p video outs.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 9 comments
The three phase power supply is pure Ayre. There are three amplifiers, one for each phase. "Essentially, they are mini-MXRs," said Silberman. They are 120 degrees out of phase with one another, and we need to tune each one with a stethoscope to achieve absolute pitch stability. The result?
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 07, 2008 3 comments
The Music Player has tons of inputs: USB2.0, iPod (with control and display), S/PDIF digital coaxial, TOSlink digital optical, LAN, W-LAn, and RS232 for update and control interface.
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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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