CES 2013 The Wrap!
My favorite part of CES is absent from most of my pictures and that's people. I had the opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with a number of manufacturers and colleagues talking about all things computer audio and here I would also say a lot of time was spent discussing DSD. It was the acronym on most lips. And on a related note, I saw one show attendee, MOG's founder and until recently its CEO David Hyman, with "PONO" on his badge (but he wasn't talking)! I am also happy to report that a number of new Q&As with equipment manufacturers and industry people will be forthcoming in 2013.
I was treated to some great music in a number of rooms for which I am always grateful. A nod and thank you goes out to John DeVore of DeVore Fidelity, Cookie Marenco of Blue Coast Records, John Quick of Tempo Distribution, Peter McGrath of Wilson Audio, Luke Manley and Bea Lam of VTL, and Philip O'Hanlon of On a Higher Note for always placing the focus on the beauty, fun, and fulfilling-ness of the music they play. Peter McGrath shared a DSD recording of Nat King Cole through the dCS Vivaldi stack that was simply stunning so much so that if you heard it you'd know why DSD was on so many lips and being played through so many systems.
I'm also a fan of the introduced music approach and here Philip O'Hanlon, Andrew Jones of TAD, Jonathan Derda and David Solomon of Peachtree, and the gentleman from Audionet whose name I neglected to get were stand outs.
Perhaps my most favorite part of CES took place on the plane ride home when my friend and colleague Stephen Mejias and I swapped music sources and spent hours listening to each others music. Flying is among my least favorite things to do but with wonderful music playing into my ears and quick excited discussions about what we've just listened to in between, I almost wished the flight was longer.
Apologies to all of the people, rooms and equipment I missed as I certainly missed a lot. For full coverage of CES, make sure you visit the other Source Interlink Media websites: