CES 2017

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Michael Fremer  |  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.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 17, 2017  |  3 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.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 17, 2017  |  3 comments
This edition of Transfiguration's explosive low output moving coil Proteus phono cartridge features a diamond, not boron cantilever.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 17, 2017  |  4 comments
KORG's new DS-DAC-10R seen at C.E.S. 2017 in the AXXIS Audio room where one usually finds expensive products, is a $595 full-featured, compact analog/DSD digital product.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 14, 2017  |  23 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.

Michael Fremer  |  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.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2017  |  2 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.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2017  |  0 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.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  27 comments
AnalogPlanet has covered the design and development of these two unique products since they were in the breadboard stages. The are finally ready for production and sale.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  0 comments
Premium headphone company Master & Dynamic showed a VPI sourced Player turntable variant fitted with a fuzzy "vegan leather" base covering. It's not for sale but rather the headphone-amp equipped 'table will be available to distributors and dealers worldwide to demonstrate the company's headphones.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  4 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.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 11, 2017  |  3 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.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 10, 2017  |  3 comments
Germany-based Transrotor is another company with a wide range of turntables. In a crowded American market the importer Axxis Audio can't possibly bring in every Transrotor turntable.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 10, 2017  |  3 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.