CES 2017

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Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 12, 2017  |  1 comments
Under the mistaken impression that I had covered all the new cables, accessories, and $20,000/pair-and-up speakers in the Venetian—save for one cable company whose rep was deeply engaged both times I visited the room and one speaker company whose blare into the hallway discouraged me from visiting—I invited our own Jana Dagdagan and her video camera to join me as I indulged in auditioning the two rooms populated by Magico loudspeakers.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Although you may associate Elac solely with Andrew Jones's expanding collection of bargain-priced loudspeakers, the 90-year old German company actually has a wide range of products at various price points. "We're famous for a lot of bass from small cabinets," said Rolf Janke (above), head of research and development, as he discussed Elac's new 90th anniversary Concentro loudspeaker ($70,000/pair).
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  1 comments
The Philharmonia loudspeaker ($50,000/pair), designed by Jean Nouvel and the French audio-engineering firm Amadeus, is the first consumer-level product from a company whose specialty is studio monitors…
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  2 comments
Musical Surroundings' impressive setup included the new entry-level Rockport Atria II loudspeaker ($26,500/pair)…
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Transparent Audio has added to its line the Opus power cord ($5750/2m) and Opus Power Isolator ($15,950 including an Opus power cord). Claimed to use all-new technology that improves vibration control and hence lowers the noise floor, these are the company's new top-of-the-line products in their respective categories.
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  0 comments
Bea Lam (that's her hand in the photo above) demonstrated the VTL phono preamplifier's varied display options…
Herb Reichert  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  5 comments
I visited the VTL room three times, collecting photos and data, and every time Luke was smiling his big Luke-smile: "Herb, how can I help you?" The room was well-lit—and yet I failed to get good pictures.
Jon Iverson  |  Jan 10, 2017  |  14 comments
It's bad enough that CES makes us advertise for Sony everywhere we go with those bright yellow lanyards. Now they've added a new "feature" to our badges: how long you've been going to CES.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Winner of a coveted CTA Innovation Award, Wilson Benesch's A.C.T. One Evolution loudspeaker, here shown in the P1 version with eye-catching blue carbon-fiber composite cabinet ($38,800/pair, or $36,500/pair with standard cabinet), maintains the company's use of carbon-fiber technology.
Jon Iverson  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  4 comments
Who knows why somebody decided to put a mattress company between Aaudio Imports and AudioQuest. Their door was closed each time I passed by. Maybe they were napping.
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  0 comments
The most stunning Ypsilon product on display was their MC-26L-SLV silver-wire step-up transformer ($18,500), sitting next to the turntable in the room's live exhibit…