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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 15, 2016 Published: Jan 14, 2016 14 comments
Analog was well-represented at CES 2016. It was at "The Zoo" as we "affectionately" call the main convention center and of course at The Venetian where high performance audio resides.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 6 comments
Clearaudio introduced the new Innovation Basic turntable in importer Musical Surroundings' room at CES.

The new 'table features an aluminum Panzerholz wood sandwich plinth, custom optically controlled DC motor system, POM platter and magnetically levitated ceramic ball-based bearing system. Cost is $6000 without arm.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 1 comments
EAT's American importer VANA Ltd. announced a series of price drops on EAT turntables.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 8 comments
What is an "DSD-capable" turntable? Sony's new HX500 turntable incorporates a high quality A/D converter capable of operating at 192/24 bit resolution or native DSD (5.6Mhz).

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 15 comments
In the Devore Audio room I found Well Tempered's new $12,500 Royale 400 turntable complete with sixteen inch long tone arm.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 0 comments
Acoustic Signature's new Challenger Mk3 turntable, like all Acoustic Signature 'tables, is all about the mass.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 13 comments
Music Hall's Roy Hall stepped away long enough from the sauce to show me the significantly updated 2016 turntable line.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 1 comments
VAC's Kevin Hayes introduced the new Renaissance phono preamplifier at CES 2016 that costs one-fifth as much as the top-of-the-line Statement, which made its debut at CES 2013.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 14, 2016 Published: Jan 13, 2016 5 comments
Jonathan Monks demonstrated the new $2500 Keith Monks record cleaning machine— to date, the company's least expensive model, but it incorporates many of the high quality components found in the more expensive Monks machines.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 12, 2016 Published: Jan 11, 2016 43 comments
Audio Desk Systeme and its USA agent Ultra Systems, Inc. announced at CES 2016 the Vinyl Cleaner PRO, the next generation, upgraded edition of its ultrasonic LP cleaning machine, reviewed here.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 11, 2016 Published: Jan 10, 2016 16 comments
Seeing Crosley's C10 turntable at last fall's WAX event in the Capitol Tower parking lot, was a highlight of that record fair. Built for the company by Pro-Ject, the C10 appeared to demonstrate Crosley's commitment to higher quality vinyl playback.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 11, 2016 Published: Jan 10, 2016 45 comments
So much nonsense and bitching posted on the Internet about this new turntable, with people claiming it's an SL-1200 Mk2 re-introduction but at a much higher price.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2016 Published: Jan 09, 2016 0 comments
Vacuum Tube Logic (VTL) introduced at CES 2016 the new 2.5i preamplifier. Priced at $3000, the all-tube design is far less costly than the TL 5.5 but, according to VTL's Luke Manley, the new preamp gives up very little in terms of sound quality and features.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 08, 2016 8 comments
Grand Prix Audio's Alvin Lloyd talks about the NextGen Monaco turntable, which is a direct drive design that takes speed accuracy to the max.

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