CES 2009

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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 09, 2009 Published: Jan 10, 2009 16 comments
The touchscreen music server market has picked up a new face with the official release of Blue Smoke's "The Black Box". Demonstrated in prototype form at last year's CES, the final version is a sleek, um, black box with a single disc slot on the front and an array of connectors on the back. Retail is $6995 and should be hitting dealer shelves Q1 2009.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jan 10, 2009 0 comments
Also on display at Esoteric was the nifty E-03 phono section ($5500). It has two phono inputs—MC and one that can play either MC or MM cartridges. It also sports a demagnetizing function, which takes a scant 30 second. It has externally selected impedance and capacitance for each input. The E-03 also has a high-voltage custom power supply. It should be available in March.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2009 1 comments
Also revealed were two disc player upgrades from Ayre. Both the C-5xe universal player and the CX-7 CD player now have MP (Minimum Phase) appended to their names reflecting a new filtering option that the company says has no pre-echo and only one cycle of post-ringing. On the back of the players is a switch to select between the previous generation "apodizing" filter and the new MP filter.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Jan 10, 2009 5 comments
Kerem Kücükaslan (pronounced something like "Kooshookasslan," shown standing in the center of the photo), former President of the Istanbul HiFi Club, is justifiably proud of his Echole Obsession cables. When I first encountered these cables, mated with Kaiser Kawero speakers from Germany at last year's Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, I was mightily impressed with the huge, three-dimensional soundstage that the system achieved in a huge ballroom. Playing a portion of Ivan Fischer's R2D4 recording of Mahler's Symphony 2, this system spoke musical truth.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Jan 10, 2009 2 comments
Is PS Audio's Paul McGowan out to harness all of the world's AC for musical ends? You'd think so from the host of new power products in his line-up.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2009 0 comments
Esoteric USB upgrade back panel.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2009 1 comments
In addition to Sooloos and Blue Smoke, Qsonix was also demonstrating the latest iteration of their touchscreen music server system. The fully self-contained Q110 package is comprised of the single DAC/HD drive/software box and up to four touchscreens.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2009 7 comments
As more audiophiles start to view their computer systems as another audio source component, finding good sounding ways to bridge from the computer to the preamp becomes paramount.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jan 10, 2009 0 comments
Triode Corporation Ltd of Japan had a room full of equipment featuring—you guessed it—triodes! The TRV-4SE($2800)) preamplifier has an S/N ratio of 96dB and has an internal MM phono section, Its frequency response is 10Hz-100kHz. The TRV-4SE uses Mundorf and Nichicon capacitors, kiwame precise resistors, and an exclusive Triode Corpration stepped attenuator.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 10, 2009 24 comments
Saturday morning Ayre held a press conference at the top of the Venetian to reveal their latest products, which include a new USB DAC, the QB-9.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
Gary Koh of Genesis was delighted to show me his Absolute Fidelity Foundation. These brand new, extremely attractive rack and amplifier stands are available in various sizes and support configurations.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jan 09, 2009 1 comments
Credit where credit is due: Here's the man himself, Lars Engstrom, standing with theLARS.
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Wes Phillips Posted: Jan 09, 2009 2 comments
Simaudio's 100Wpc Moon i3.3 ($3300) is a very flexible component. In its stock version, it's an integrated amplifier with five single-ended line-level inputs, an RS 232 communication port, and a headphone jack. However, users can add a phono section module ($300), a balanced input module ($200), and a DAC module ($400) that accepts USB2, S/PDIF, and Toslink. In fact, buy all three modules when you buy the i3.3 and you get the whole package for $4000.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
To access the drive, a drawer on top slides open.
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 09, 2009 0 comments
Wadia is also showing the new 571 CD transport at &7,950 and is also slated for a March ship date.

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