CES 2014

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Michael Fremer  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  1 comments
Music Hall introduced a black version of its snazzy looking $1195 Ikura turntable. Analogplanet.com profiled the original white version in an earlier show report.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
Vladimir Lamm introduced at CES 2014 the new LP 2.1 phono preamplifier, a pure Class A vacuum tube based phono preamplifier operating pure "Class A" with no loop feedback.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  1 comments
Billed as a state of the art phono preamp, ARC's new Ref Phono 10 is a two box true dual mono hybrid design featuring a JFET front end coupled to a 4 6H30 tube output
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  20 comments
Pro-Ject announced at CES 2014 a major line upgrade. We have a GoPro video covering all of it but because of pathetic internet speed we are unable to post at this time. It might have to wait until after CES.

For now, here are the details: The $199 Elemental is now in full production. This is an "out of the box" ready to play 'table complete with Ortofon OM-5 cartridge. The intent is to kill the grew chewing Crosely junk by convincing budget buyers that spending $60 on a turntable and $30 on a 180g version of Dark Side of the Moon is DUMB.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  4 comments
The 2014 International CES opened yesterday, with attendance down due to the extremely cold weather conditions gripping the nation, but among vinyl fans warm feelings prevailed as sales were the highest in 2013 since the 1991 debut of Soundscan. And it can be argued that Soundscan barely "scratches the surface" of actual record sales.