CES 2008

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Jason Victor Serinus  |  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."
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 12, 2008  |  8 comments
Totem's The One sounded excellent with Naim's CDX2 CD player, amplification, and power supplies.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 12, 2008  |  0 comments
Totem was showing their special anniversary model, The One ($3595). Along with Naim electronics, the sound created was powerful, fast, and fun. We listened to "How I Love That Woman," a soaring instrumental by Bob Brozeman.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 12, 2008  |  0 comments
As usual, Totem did a wonderful job of transforming their booth to provide a fun and distinct listening environment. The company was also playing their Tribe wall-mount, which provided a surprisingly robust sound.
Wes Phillips  |  Jan 12, 2008  |  2 comments
I have seen few turntables, no any mechanical devices more likely to induce flat-out gadget lust than the $150,000 Transrotor Artus. It has a magnetically coupled drive assembly, which means no points of contact between motor and platter. It's machined from solid billets of high-grade aluminum, finished to an impeccable sheen. Its deck is gimbal-mounted to freakishly huge counterweights for absolute level and stability (think gyroscope here). Its power supply uses something called "Konstant M3," which I gather is pretty special, but my limited German and the Transrotor rep's far less limited English prevented me from determining in what way.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 12, 2008  |  0 comments
You wouldn't tell by looking at him, but Martin Tremblay is camera-shy. He's modest, though he has every reason to be proud. Triangle's new Genese Series continues the French firm's tradition of sophisticated styling. With its slender, elegant cabinet and smooth, glossy finish, the $4900/pair Quartet descends from Triangle's Magellan Series and is just as lovely.
Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson  |  Jan 09, 2008  |  5 comments
Pictured are Dotson, Alazard, Jon Iverson, and Wes Phillips in the specially "tweaked" air molecules.
Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson  |  Jan 08, 2008  |  0 comments
We'd heard of Aurum Acoustics, of course. We read Stereophile and were impressed by Art Dudley's account of his adventures with the Integris 300B Active loudspeakers.
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 12, 2008  |  2 comments
The Sumiko suite at CES provided a huge listening space to introduce the new Vienna Acoustics' full-range, four-way Die Musik loudspeaker ($25,000/pair). Designed by Peter Gansterer (see photo), a pair of Die Musiks produced some of the best sound I heard at the show. The speakers were positioned quite far apart against a side wall, and the listener sat on a couch closer to the plane between the speakers than the distance between the speakers. This created a very wide, coherent soundstage quite unlike any other than I heard at the show. Bass response, which was superb, actually could be credited, in part, to a huge REL Studio 3 subwoofer, which was parked and running in the nearest room corner.
Wes Phillips & Jon Iverson  |  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.
Jon Iverson  |  Jan 07, 2008  |  3 comments
The back of the iTransport fully decked out with XLO cabling.
Stephen Mejias  |  Jan 08, 2008  |  4 comments
Back home, at the end of a long day, John Atkinson will often come into my office and wish me a good evening. It's very sweet.
Jon Iverson  |  Jan 08, 2008  |  0 comments
Several rooms this year are sporting 1/4" reel to reel decks as source components. The Tape Project has caught on with exhibitors in the Venetian including Pioneer/TAD & Magico. Representatives from TTP were often spotted hauling reel to reel tapes, along with the machines that play them (such as this modified Technics 1600) up and down the halls.
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 08, 2008  |  0 comments
The Sony booth had a lot of interesting products on display, but hardly anything specifically dealing with audio. Last year, the only product I found I could find in the Sony booth that I could mention in my CES blog was a pair of headphones. This year, the product that I spotted that I thought would be interesting to Stereophile readers was "a pair of headphones!"