CES 2014

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Michael Fremer  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  4 comments
Okay it was a typo but we like kicking people when they are down, so we're using the press release date. Obviously importer Bluebird Music meant 2014. French electronics manufacturer Jadis introduced a new granite plinth-based Thalie turntable.
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 15, 2014  |  0 comments
This year's CES wasn't one for the record books, though plenty of records were played and that was good. From the main convention site to the Venetian to T.H.E. Show at the Flamingo, the show was rather lackluster and attendance was off, mostly due to cold weather flight disruptions.
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.

Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2014  |  0 comments
Clearaudio Introduced the Absolute Phono, a compact, fully balanced, current-based moving coil phono preamplifier built into the head shell of the line's linear tracking tonearms or into the arm tube Clearaudio's pivoted arms
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2014  |  0 comments
Osaka, Japan-based Zanden Audio added a third phono preamplifier to its line with the $7,500 Model 120, a solid state LCR RIAA design using Jensen dual tap step-up transformers with 60dB and 71dBs of gain and input impedances of 36 ohms and 470 ohms respectively.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 10, 2014  |  1 comments
Soundsmith's Peter Ledermann demoed his latest Strain Gauge cartridge system, the SG-230. The new model offers a complete system preamp solution that features the strain gauge function plus four line inputs, remote control, balanced, single-ended and fixed outputs.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  8 comments
Rega and importer The Sound Organization launched the new Rega RP10 turntable.
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 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 15, 2014  |  1 comments
Seeing these Pear Audio Blue turntables in the Audio Skies room produced both surprise and familiarity. Surprise because it was a three-turntable line I'd neither seen nor heard of and familiarity because certain design elements looked like they had been lifted from the late Tom Fletcher of Nottingham Analogue fame.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2014  |  0 comments
AMG's new Teatro moving coil cartridge is an international collaborative effort, combining a machined, two-piece Tiodize Type III Titanium body manufactured in America and a Japan-sourced generator system, featuring separate coils for each channel said to increase separation (most cartridges have two coils mounted on a single former).
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 12, 2014  |  0 comments
Creek Audio demoed an update to its OBH-15 MM/MC phono preamp.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  1 comments
Germany-based Transrotor added four new models to its lineup.
Michael Fremer  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  2 comments
The Sperling Turntable we profiled in our Munich 2013 coverage is now being imported to America but AudioArts.