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The Curtain Closes on CES

By | January 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

By Day Three of four-day CES 2019, reality had set in for most of the few high-end audio exhibitors who set up shop in the Venetian: the curtain has closed on CES as “the place” for high-end audio product introductions and business transactions. Several of the smaller companies I spoke with were already done with waxing nostalgic on the glory days of CES—an era when there were so many distributors, dealers, and journalists clogging the hallways and rooms that some exhibitors had to either close up shop at the factory or recruit extra help to cater to everyone.… Read the full article

MQA Advances and More Encountered at CES

By | January 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Besides the appearance there of many new components capable of MQA decoding and rendering, CES provided an opportunity to unveil two important MQA developments. The first is that Tidal Masters (MQA playback) is now available on Android phones and tablets. While Tidal’s potential rival, the French company Qobuz, is currently beta-testing its own hi-rez streaming platform for Android, iOS, Apple, and Windows devices, prior to its official launch in the US, Qobuz is limited to 24/192 resolution. MQA’s folding and unfolding technology, as seen on the Android phone held by MQA’s Ken Forsythe, enables Tidal to stream Masters titles of up to 24/352.8 or 384 unfolded resolution.… Read the full article

CES: Closer to Closure

By | January 13th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

A few surprises and delights still awaited on Wednesday afternoon, January 9. That was when I began to realize: save for Harman International’s off-site exhibit at Hard Rock Café and two products I encountered on January 10, I would have plenty of time to write blogs and pack on my final day in Vegas.

One of the most eagerly greeted high-end unveilings at CES was Elac’s new Carina Series BS243.4 Jet bookshelf loudspeaker ($1199/pair), part of a line including the CC241.4 Jet Center Channel ($849) and FS249.4 Jet floorstander ($1199/each).… Read the full article

CES Discoveries Continue

By | January 12th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

Of all the systems I auditioned at this year’s CES, Nagra’s was the unquestionable standout. Its sound was full-range and transparent, with brilliant and glistening highs, a totally realistic midrange, astounding low bass reach, and an ability to flesh out complex overtones and undertones without distortion. Had this thoroughly musical system been placed in a much larger room at AXPONA or the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, perhaps even with one of Wilson’s larger speakers in place of the excellent new Wilson Audio Sasha DAW seen here ($37,900/pair), it could easily have topped many of the other big rigs that I’ve raved about in the past.… Read the full article

Jason's Trek Continues at CES 2019

By | January 11th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

One of several small, wireless speakers unveiled at the Venetian Hotel, Audioengine’s A2+ ($269/pair), with built-in DAC and aptX Bluetooth, is manufactured in China, and scheduled to ship at the end of January. I didn’t get a chance to hear the A2+, but our niece, who has the wired version, raves about its sound with her Mac laptop.

Right across the hallway from the A2+ sat some of its competition, Kanto Audio’s Tuk 65Wpc, class-D powered bookshelf speaker ($799/pair). Due in April, Tuk, whose frequency response is 50Hz-20kHz ±3dB, offers onboard DSP, a 24/96 USB DAC, and a 28 x 35 mm AMT tweeter plus 5.25″ aluminum concave cone mid-bass driver.… Read the full article

The CES Challenge

By | January 9th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

After a few minutes in the VTL/Wilson/Nordost room on the 29th floor of the Venetian Hotel, the challenge I faced in covering CES 2019 was staring me in the face. The good news for me, and the bad news for exhibitors, was that visitor traffic was extremely light. To only two rooms did I need to backtrack because exhibitors were totally occupied with other visitors when I paid an initial visit. But, on the other hand, the sound in some rooms was so good, the musical selections so compelling, and the exhibitors so hungry for attention from someone that I had an extremely difficult time tearing myself away and moving on.… Read the full article

CES 2019 Unleashed

By | January 8th, 2019|Categories: Stereophile|

“They expect 180,000 people this year,” the Lyft driver told me as we headed to the Strip shortly after sunset. “That’s 10,000 more than last year!”

Does that mean there will be 10,000 more gadgets on display?

One thing’s for certain: there will be far less to see on the floors of the Venetian Hotel, which “high performance audio” once called home. The last time I glanced at a site map, there were only 25–27 high performance exhibit rooms scattered over three floors.… Read the full article

Dealer Event in Chicago Saturday

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

On Saturday, December 8, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Gryphon Audio Designs’ new Zena preamplifier will be demonstrated at Kyomi Audio, 4454 West Berteau Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641. The demonstrations will be conducted by Philip O’Hanlon of Gryphon’s US Distributor, On A Higher Note, and by Kyomi Audio’s George Vatchnadze, a noted concert pianist and recording artist. Among the music featured will be selections from the upcoming release, on Decca, of Vatchnadze’s recording of Kancheli’s 33 Piano Miniatures and other selections.

As space is limited, those who wish to attend are encouraged to call ahead at (312)513-2759 or contact George at [email protected]Read the full article

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Gryphon to Launch Zena Preamp in Chicago

By | December 5th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

On Saturday, December 8, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Gryphon Audio Designs’ new Zena preamplifier will be demonstrated at Kyomi Audio, 4454 West Berteau Avenue, Chicago, IL 60641. The demonstrations will be conducted by Philip O’Hanlon of Gryphon’s US Distributor, On A Higher Note, and by Kyomi Audio’s George Vatchnadze, a noted concert pianist and recording artist. Among the music featured will be selections from the upcoming release, on Decca, of Vatchnadze’s recording of Kancheli’s 33 Piano Miniatures and other selections.

As space is limited, those who wish to attend are encouraged to call ahead at (312)513-2759 or contact George at [email protected]Read the full article

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Herb's Postscript from the Park Lane Hotel

By | November 15th, 2018|Categories: Stereophile|

The super cool Rudy Dupuy of Dupuy Acoustique (in Congers, NY) says he used to make loudspeakers, but then he realized that the time-delayed and out-of-phase reflections from the wall behind the speakers always sabotaged any hope of loudspeaker coherence. So he stopped making speakers and developed the tunable Phase Restoration Acoustical Panel (PRAP). As Rudy tells it, “The PRAP can render a higher level of musical realism than any standard rig—no matter the cost.” As the Dupuy brochure tells is, “The PRAP addresses a structural deficiency inherent in the listening room acoustics that directly affects the reproduction of recorded music.… Read the full article

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