Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson
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CES 2008
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 09, 2008 0 comments
Empirical Audio's Pace-Car Reclocker ($1100—2300, depending on number of clocks installed) is designed to reduce the jitter of any source to "inaudible levels." Empirical's Steve Nugent said the device is primarily intended for USB, WiFi, and network devices such as the Sonos and Squeezebox. "The pace-Car is inserted between source and DAC, it can either provide a master clock to the source or accept the source's data stream and 'bracket' the rate of the stream. No modifications to the source are required."
CES 2008
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 08, 2008 8 comments
Esoteric unveiled its new X-05 SACD/CD player ($5600), which employs a new VRDS-NEO "VMK-5" drive mechanism that includes a precision machined aluminum turntable and a polycarbonate clamping mechanism. The VMK-5 is said to be extremely rigid and optimized for SACD's high-rotation speeds.
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... 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.
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 10, 2007 2 comments
Ypsilon Electronics was a new name to me, so I wasn't sure what Jon Iverson and I would see when we entered its room. Whatever we expected, it wasn't the ginormous hybrid SET-100 monoblock amplifiers ($69,000/pair).
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 12, 2007 4 comments
"Recent advances in solid-state output devices and other components have opened up design possibilities never previously available," Audio Research's Terry Dorn explained. "And that led to our developing the Hybrid Drive HD220 stereo power amplifier ($8995)."
CES 2008
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 09, 2008 1 comments
T.H.E. Show at the Alexis Park reminded us of the new Will Smith movie—the infrastructure was intact, but there were few signs of life.
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 08, 2007 0 comments
That's what MSB's Larry Gullman called MSB's iLink, $2000 package that makes your iPod "better than CD."
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 10, 2007 1 comments
Franc Kuzma showed us his $900 VynVac record cleaner. "It's compact and, when it's not in use, it doesn't take up much space," he told us.
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 10, 2007 0 comments
Zanden's Kazutoshi Yamada builds amplifiers like Medieval villages built cathedrals: To glorify the quintessence. Jon Iverson and I were lured into his room because his Model 9600s were so . . . shiny (hey, we're guys, we're not complicated). Then we heard 'em driving the Ascendo System Z-F3 loudspeakers. Wowsers.
CES 2007
Wes Phillips & ... Jan 12, 2007 2 comments
This was our first chance to hear the $8995 Audio Research Reference CD7 CD player. We were impressed!
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