CES 2017

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 13, 2017 Published: Jan 12, 2017 5 comments
Axxis Audio displayed a "wrap it up I'll take it home" system featuring the Reed Muse 3C turntable and Reed arm(s), Accuphase E270 retro-receiver with phono card, and Franco Serblin Lignea speakers.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 15, 2017 Published: Jan 14, 2017 18 comments
The Digital Entertainment Group brought high quality sound in the form of high resolution digital audio to the gadgeteers at the main convention center.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 11, 2017 9 comments
In 2017 most consumers know Mark Levinson as a car audio brand. Audiophiles know it as a luxury home audio brand and older audiophiles know Mark Levinson the man.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 13, 2017 Published: Jan 12, 2017 3 comments
VTL's Luke Manley describes the design of the new TP 2.5i Phono Preamp, which costs $3750 including custom wound MC step-up transformers.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 11, 2017 8 comments
Music Hall's always cheerful Roy Hall introduced a new budget-priced $299 three-speed belt-drive turntable that includes among its many features electronic speed control, a built-in switchable MM phono preamp, a dustcover, as well as an Audio-Technica AT3600L cartridge.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 13, 2017 Published: Jan 12, 2017 6 comments
Jon Monks, son of Keith Monks who's regarded by veteran vinyl lovers as the originator of vacuum-based record cleaning machines, shows us the new DiscoveryOne.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 17, 2017 4 comments
Audio cables are probably the most contentious component in a system's chain. There are those who insist they cannot produce sonic differences once you account for the basics: resistance, inductance, capacitance, and of course the outer sheath color.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 10, 2017 Published: Jan 09, 2017 22 comments
Pro-Ject had two rooms at CES 2017. One included a few prototypes and special "one-off" designs, including one for the band Wilco and one for Best Buy/Magnolia currently available, produced for Ron Howard's Beatles film.

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Posted: Jan 04, 2017 Published: Jan 03, 2017 10 comments
The photo here is from C.E.S. 2005. C.E.S. 2017 coverage begins Thursday, January 6th. Editor Michael Fremer has been attending The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas since 1978, making this his 39th consecutive C.E.S.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 17, 2017 7 comments
Of course C.E.S. 2017 will not be the final C.E.S. for the gadget hawkers and manufacturers of products that upon introduction are born obsolete. The big halls will continue to attract those who traffic in appliances, gadgets, and soon to be commoditized and devalued innovations.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 11, 2017 Published: Jan 10, 2017 5 comments
Clearaudio manufactures an unusually wide range of turntable and tone arm models. In all the years I've attended C.E.S. or Munich for that matter, no one lays it all out (at the very least the lines imported to America by Musical Surroundings) so clearly and precisely as does Musical Surroundings' Customer Service Manager Michael Fajen in this video.
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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 17, 2017 2 comments
This edition of Transfiguration's explosive low output moving coil Proteus phono cartridge features a diamond, not boron cantilever.

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 06, 2017 4 comments
Japan-based DS Audio introduced at CES 2017 its latest optical cartridge design, the DS002 at an attractive $5000 price point. The DS002 places the optical sensor in front of the elastomer suspension, which should produce faster response analogous to Audio-Technica's ART1000 cartridge that puts the coils on top of the stylus (not that there's really an comparison to be made between a coil and magnet based generator and one that uses an LED and optical shutter to generate a voltage).

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Michael Fremer Posted: Jan 08, 2017 6 comments
First shown at CES 2016, the HRS VXR rack system is now in production and available for purchase. These are ultra-rigid, super-adjustable modular stands that are also very expensive.

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