CES 2017

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Jon Iverson  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  1 comments
Cocktail had their new brawnier and refined X-50 server/player on hand. And I'm comparing it to the previous X-30 model, which I'd seen at previous shows. The new X-50 feels much heavier and looks built to kill in a solid black case. On the front is a similar layout to the X-30, with a CD slot on the left and a slightly larger color display on the right.
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Naim Audio first displayed their monolithic flagship Statement amplification system at the 2014 CES; this year it was present in a static display…
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  1 comments
A 2017 CES Innovation Awards honoree, the HiVi Swan MS-10 ($4000 per pair) is a wireless active stereo system that resembles no loudspeaker that I've seen. (I kept thinking that it looks like one of those "ergonomic" office chairs.)
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  0 comments
The CES 2017 demo of the TAD Micro Evolution One ($12,495/pair)—shown here with Jonathan Derda of MoFi Distribution, the importer—provided convincing proof of the engineering skill of TAD's current Japanese designers. The sound (with all TAD electronics) was simply superb…
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  5 comments
In the D'Agostino exhibit, pure AC power was fed to the Progressive monoblocks by a Stromtank independent power source ($30,000): a 276-lb enclosure in which a 16-cell Lithium phosphate battery pack stores up to 4000W, ultimately to be converted to pure-sinewave AC.
Jon Iverson  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  0 comments
I was thinking this was a nice $1,000-2,000 product as Questyle's representative was going over the features: 3 types of headphone jacks (regular unbalanced, 4 pin balanced XLR and 2.5mm balanced), USB/Optical/SPDIF inputs on back, swithcable gain via three small switches on the bottom, and AKM AK4490 DAC chip inside.
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 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Dennis Bonotto, new International Sales Manager for Nordost, joined the company's Michael Taylor to introduce Nordost's new top USB cable, the Valhalla 2 USB ($3500/1m)…
Robert Deutsch  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  3 comments
Based in the Czech Republic, Acoustique Quality is a highly sophisticated loudspeaker design and manufacturing facility that uses the latest technologies, including 3D modeling, five-axis machining, high-precision cutter saws, etc.
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  0 comments
The Heisenberg—Audionet's largest and most powerful monoblock amplifier—was on display in a portion of the suite shared with YG Acoustics…
Larry Greenhill  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Mark Levinson's engineers partnered with VPI's Mat Weisfeld (seen above) to develop the Mark Levinson No.515 turntable. The platter is belt-driven and the speed-control electronics are housed in a metal case under the 'table…
Jon Iverson  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  0 comments
British manufacturer RHA, known primarily for their in-ear headphone models, had the new Dacamp L1 for the first time at CES. Beautifully built and feeling hefty in the hand, the new headphone amp and DAC sports independent processors for each channel. Three knobs along one side control gain (there are three settings), bass and treble, and inside is a 4000mAh lithium ion battery that RHA claims will give you 10 hours of play time.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Jan 09, 2017  |  0 comments
In response to requests for a more affordable cable that's truly high end, High Fidelity Cable founder Rick Schultz has introduced the company's entry-level Reveal interconnect ($699/1m pair) and speaker cable ($1399/2m pair).
Jon Iverson  |  Jan 08, 2017  |  4 comments
Photo: John Atkinson

It's safe to say our experiment bringing Jake Shimabukuro to CES this year as a live music reference worked out pretty well. Response was overwhelmingly positive and we're sifting through the comments and will start filing reports on each of the seven rooms we visited over the next week or so.
Herb Reichert  |  Jan 08, 2017  |  6 comments
Last year I liked these HRT (High Resolution Technologies) Stage loudspeakers ($500/pair, plus $800 for companion Sound Anchor stands), and this year I love them…

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