Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson

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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: 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.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2008 4 comments
When we wandered into Resolution Audio's room, we hadn't heard about the company for a while and weren't sure what to expect. It didn't matter, nothing could have prepared us for Jeff Kalt.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
We glanced into Oracle's room to see what was new. We'd seen the Delphi, we'd seen the CD 1500 and CD 2500 before. "Nothing new?" we asked.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
The PS Audio Memory Link ($1695) is a CD/DVD/RAM drive. It's a mechanical player (ie, it still spins the discs), but it has an unusually large cache. Conventional players have caches of around 8–16MB, the Memory Link has a 64MB cache. Why is this better?
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2008 3 comments
The Replay Turntable ($3499) is Revolver's re-entry into the turntable market after a lengthy absence. It comes packaged with a Jelco tonearm although the company might eventually supply a top plate that can be drilled for any arm. It has a decoupled suspension—which is not sprung–and a large flat belt driven by an AC motor with an outboard power supply. At 50 lbs, it's no lightweight.
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Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson Posted: Jan 08, 2008 0 comments
We were listening to Magico's fabulous V3s ($25,000/pair), which John Atkinson will be reviewing in the May issue, when we noticed a large music server. "What's that?"
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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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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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