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CES 2004 Show Report
2004 Consumer Electronics Show in
Bertrand Audio Imports room featured floor-to-ceiling speakers from
Audio resorted to sensationalism, with their ads featuring model Linda ONeil.
Nevertheless, Atmasphere amps and Gilmores Model 2 speakers created musically
coherent sound and impressive bass, as demonstrated by fully-clothed
I found myself returning to the Vandersteen room quite often. Vandys new Quattro ($6500) and Audio Research tube monoblocks filled the room with subtle warmth and vivid harmonic textures from both analog and digital sources. If I could choose one system from the show to live with for the rest of my life, the one in the Vandersteen room would certainly be on the list.
room with pleasing sound was shared by E.A.R. and
Axiss Distribution also made wonderful music with a little help from Air Tight amplifiers, sculpted Odeon speakers, TransRotor turntables, and Accuphase CD players.
other products are worth mentioning for their potential. Music Hall displayed a beautiful
wood version of their successful MMF5 turntable with a
Goldring 1022GX cartridge for $850. Margules Audio of
Finally, I must report on the inevitability of 5.1 audio, as deftly demonstrated by such established companies such as Genisis, Theil, Magnepan, Talon, Verity, Wisdom, Halcro, JMLab and many others in the main convention center. Although the demonstrations of high-quality 5.1-channel audio were clearly impressive, I walked away feeling ambiguous about the new paradigm. For me, stereo is still such a rich and rewarding experience, and I only needed to listen to any of the rooms hosted by the companies listed above for evidence. Victor Chavira