Positive Feedback ISSUE 71
january/february 2014

 

 

CES 2014 - Part 1
by Pete Davey and Adam Goldfine

 

Pete Davey - the big and amazing Marten Coltrane Supreme 2. Retail $450k US. Listening to Miles Davis on a Bergmann Statement with Ortofon MC Anna. Floored.

Pete Davey - Amazing Meitner mono blocks. The way they threw these Sony speakers around was quite amazing. Power and finesse. US 130k.

Adam Goldfine - New from VAC is the Master Signature Preamplifier featuring parts and techniques originally developed for the cost no object Statement Preamplifiers, bringing ultimate performance to a new price level. The sample seen is a prototype, the final version will feature upgraded cosmetics. Will begin shipping in about eight weeks. $26,000 line stage only $40,000 with phono section.

Pete Davey - New from Kondo - Kagura. Mono block design, dual power inputs per amp separating filament voltage. Quite amazing. US $200k. I'll take 4.

Pete Davey - WOW! An Air Force One turntable, in person! Made by the Micro Seiki engineers. Price - Unobtanium.

Pete Davey - Beautiful new BA71 loudspeakers. 32k euro. Sound as good as they look.

Adam Goldfine - Dirac showing a prototype of their next gen room & speaker correction software. Impressive!

Pete Davey - The always beautiful Acapella Audio "Atlas" - new model featuring the ion (plasma) tweeter. One of the only horns I can stand. US retail $100k+

Adam Goldfine - Boulder 2160 stereo amp, just started shipping. 500 wpc into 8 ohms. $52,000.

Adam Goldfine - Boulder 2110 preamp. Just started shipping. $54,000.

Pete Davey - King Sound enters the electrostatic headphone market. $2150 model was my favorite with tube amplifier. Very transparent, beautiful sound from what I heard using a digital Oppo source.

Adam Goldfine - Magico S3 loudspeakers, shipping later this month. $22,600.

Pete Davey - New Keith Monks discovery one record cleaner. Notice the Technics 1200 inside? Genius. $2995

Adam Goldfine - D'Agostino Momentum monoblock amplifier. Extremely transparent through the YGs. $55,000 per pair.

Pete Davey - AURALiC "streamer" Aries. Very versatile, removes the computer. US $999! Still a prototype. The remote app for the iPad is amazing.

Pete Davey - Beautiful Zanden phono stage with different EQ points. Very versatile. US $12.5K

Pete Davey - And Sony portable DSD 2x DAC! Headphones anyone? $499.

Pete Davey - Sony portable DSD recorder! Great for the, uh, discernible concertgoer... $999. PCM-D100.

Pete Davey - Korg DS-DAC 100 to decode DSD and other digital converting to DSD in real time! Retail $599.00. First entry out of the pro audio. Look for an upcoming review. Also has a DS-DAC 100 M mobile unit, portable, small and $349!! Big deal for those wanting to get into DSD 1x and 2x.

Adam Goldfine - Prototype of the new Wadia 321 decoding computer. Projected price, $2999 shipping in February.

Adam Goldfine - Focal Grande Utopias driven by VAC electronics

Adam Goldfine - From Dan D'Agostino the Momentum preamplifier. Stunning sound driving the YG speakers. $32,000.

Adam Goldfine - YG Acoustics' new Hailey speakers sound exquisite driven by D'Agostino electronics. $32,800.

Pete Davey - Peachtree Nova 220se included DAC integrated amplifier, killer headphone amp. $1999. Great stuff for those just getting into audio.

Pete Davey - something new from Audioengine - 2+ model now with built in 16 bit DAC! $249

Adam Goldfine - New from VAC is the Master Signature Preamplifier featuring parts and techniques originally developed for the cost no object Statement Preamplifiers, bringing ultimate performance to a new price level. The sample seen is a prototype, the final version will feature upgraded cosmetics. Will begin shipping in about eight weeks. $26,000 line stage only $40,000 with phono section.

Pete Davey - New DeVORE Gibbon X loudspeaker. Sound great - US $12k retail.

Adam Goldfine - Parasound's updated JC 3+ phono preamp.

Adam Goldfine - The rear panel of the JC 3+ shows the ability to fine-tune the input impedance.

Adam Goldfine - Parasound's new Halo P5 2.1 channel preamp with built in DAC, crossovers and front panel subwoofer control.

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