CES 2015

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Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  4 comments
It's not every show that a cable company invites a publication's staff to breakfast to preview a power conditioner whose faceplate isn't even ready for viewing. But after a short but most impressive listen to the patent pending circuitry in AudioQuest's forthcoming Niagara 7000 Low-Z Power–AC Grounded Noise-Dissipation System ($TBD), I'm convinced that something special is coming our way.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  6 comments
No, we're not talking alchemy, but rather AudioQuest's new line of USB to Lightning cables. Designed to facilitate transfer of music from iOS devices to computers or whatever, AQ's Cinnamon, Carbon, and Diamond models made their first appearance at CEDIA. Steve Niemi of AudioQuest (above), who introduced me to the cables, forecasts the lowest-priced Forest model by summer.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Synergistic Research has just introduced four levels of its new, hand-fabricated Atmosphere interconnects ($695–$2500 for a 1m/pair, depending upon level) and Atmosphere speaker cables (approx. twice the price). Non-active, which means that they don't need to be connected to an external power supply, albeit actively grounded, the cables come complete with blue and red tuning bullets specifically designed for this new "passive" cable line.
Herb Reichert  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  5 comments
The main joy of returning to audio and writing for Stereophile is the pure fanboy excitement of meeting the folk-heroes of high-end and getting to talk them. In one great-sounding room I got to meet three at once: Wendell Diller of Magnepan (one of the nicest humans in the audio schema) as well as Bill Conrad and Lew Johnson of Conrad-Johnson.
Kalman Rubinson  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Magnepan demonstrated their new .7 speaker with the Conrad-Johnson MF2275 ($3850).
Herb Reichert  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Those who’ve read my reviews will already know how much musical pleasure my vintage Creek 4330 integrated amp has given me. On the first day of CES I got to relax and listen to the legendary Mike Creek show and tell about the Evolution 50CD ($1695) which is really a high-end DAC with a built in transport.
Kalman Rubinson  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  2 comments
One of the trends in amplification this year is the large number of stereo integrated amplifiers with digital inputs. Among these, the Parasound Halo Integrated stands out for its impressive feature set.
Kalman Rubinson  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  3 comments
At Musical Surroundings, the Metis line-stage preamp from Aesthetix, first seen at the 2014 RMAF, was running the big demo system. This new 4-tube preamp replaces the multi-chassis Callisto at about $25,000.
Kalman Rubinson  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  1 comments
For years, I have greeted Rogue's Mark O'Brien with the question, "Anything new in digital?" fully knowing that Rogue Audio is committed to vacuum tube-based analog. This time I asked "Anything new that is not digital?" and Mark beamed. Finally, I had asked the right question...
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
That was the subject heading of an email that I received from GoldenEar's Sandy Gross back in November.
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Sandy Gross and his charming daughter, Wendy, who was at CES helping dad out.
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Bryston's James Tanner and Brian Russell (left to right) seemed pretty happy at CES, and with good reason.
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  4 comments
Thiel is back! Following a period of reorganization necessitated by the death of Jim Thiel, the "new Thiel," while varying in specifics, promises to respect Jim Thiel's sonic ideals while developing speakers for both two channel and multichannel.
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  2 comments
For those interested in audio, the products on display at Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) are of little interest. And yet...I don't think I would feel that I've attended CES unless I spent a few hours at LVCC. I figured that it would be best to go on the first day of 2015 CES, before the show really got going.
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  1 comments
However, I was rather touched by the banner promoting the stated aim of CES: "A Better Life, A Better World." It's hard to argue against this sentiment.