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Positive Feedback ISSUE 11
january/february 2004


2004 CES "blur" of a show... Part 4 of a few more to come!
by Dave and Carol Clark


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The Musical Surroundings room was awash with tables from Clearaudio. Pictured here is the Master Reference at $17,500.

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The Master Solution at $11,000.

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The Matrix record cleaner at $3000.

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Clearaudio's own line of electronics, with the same fit'n'finish of their tables. A really gorgeous look!

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Another view of the record cleaner.

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The Musical Surrounding's system...

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Ah, the long overdue phono stage from Aesthetix. Someday, my ship will come in... "Now what reviewer still has the unit?"

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Von Schweikert showed their new VR-4jr speakers ($3995) with Spectron amplification. Sounded like any other VS speaker we have heard at shows—really good! Shown is Paul Garner doing the "Safety Dance."

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A VR-4jr all by its' lonesome.

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Chapter Electronics (out of England) showed their line (really gorgeous stuff too!) with the ubiquitous Talons—which seemed to be in at least 4 rooms at CES! Along for the rise was HRS showing a WAY more upscale version of their Harmonic Recovery System. Nice sound, but the speakers could have been more out into the room.

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The Music Hall room showed off their new integrated and SACD/CD player with Spendors and, naturally, their own line of tables. Great sound as usual from the always entertaining Roy Hall.

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The new Music Hall class-A Mambo integrated at $1300. Amazing quality for the money. From the looks should retail for 2-3 times the price. Good work Roy!

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The MMF-7 at $1199.

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The MMF-9 at $1699.

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The Shanling STP integrated at $1750.

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The Shanling SCD-T200 at $2595.

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Hey, Roy, thanks for the good times and scotch!

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Innersound showed their "system" approach (electronics and speakers) and the sound was very nice and seamless/coherent. Great musicality as well. Use of a World Power Wing to address AC problems.

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The Golden sound room showed enormous speakers (side mid/tweeter towers,to the inside the woofer towers, and with a center channel. The surrounds were out of the shot) with Machina Dynamica's stands and platforms. Big, BIG sound that did  not overpower the room. Really!

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The Uniwave Anaco 2 stereo digital amplifier.

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A bottle of Brilliant Pebbles (several were placed in the room) were used to address room issues.

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Ming T. Chen and Percy Deng.

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