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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2016 0 comments
Who? I thought as I walked the halls of the 35th floor of the Venetian tower. It turns out Aries Cerat was founded in 2010 on the isle of Cyprus, a location that doesn't exactly scream out convenience for a hi-fi manufacturer, and this was their US debut. Nonetheless, Aries Cerat manufacture a full line of audio gear including those pictured above; Kassandra Reference PCM DAC ($35,000), Impera Signature Edition Preamp ($82,500), the Concero 65 SET Class A Monoblocks ($35,000/pair), and the Symphonia Aries Limited Edition speakers ($125,000).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 14, 2016 0 comments
The LH Labs Vi DAC comes in two flavors; Vi DAC ($5000) and the Vi DAC Tube ($7,000). Inside every fully balanced dual mono Vi DAC resides a pair of ESS9018AQ2M converters, one per channel, and dual Femto Oscillators (one for 44.1kHz and Integer Multiples, a second for 48kHz and multiples). The chassis, which I like looking at, is all aluminum with no parallel walls aids in taming resonance and noise. The Vi DACs can handle PCM resolutions up to 32/384kHz and DSD to a whopping 12.228MHz.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2016 13 comments
I ran into PSB's Paul Barton earlier in the day and he told me I had to hear the Doors MQA'd. And boy O boy, am I glad I did.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2016 0 comments
Bam! The new Dynaudio Xeo 2 ($1599/pair) are wireless active speakers that also house a 24/192-capable DAC and you connect to them via Toslink, Bluetooth, or add an analog component via the RCA inputs or 3.5mm jack. There's a 3-position EQ switch for tailoring the output to placement (Neutral, Wall, Corner) and touch sensitive controls up top for power, source select, Bluetooth pairing, and volume control. And they come in colors (eventually).
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2016 0 comments
When I enter the VTL room at shows, I'm always asked if I brought any music I'd like to hear and I typically say no. This year I said yes.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2016 6 comments
When I need to unwind, chill out, or just hang out while at CES, or any hi-fi show, I head to John DeVore's room because I know I'll be greeted with smiles, great music, and great sound. This year, there was a very special treat(s) in store.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2016 0 comments
The Paradigm Class-D PW Amp ($499/ea.) puts out 2 x 100W RMS into 4 ohms and you can stream your music to it from an iOS or Android device or PC, up to 24/192 losslessly, over your WiFi network. Connect to any pair of passive speakers and you're ready to roll. Anthem teamed with DTS Play-Fi for the wireless solution (2.4GHz and 5.0GHz; 802.11 g/n) and they've also thrown in their Anthem Room Correction (ARC™) Technology and a calibrated digital microphone to set the PW Amp's internal DSP to suit your room. There's also an Ethernet input for hard-wiring to your network, 1 pair of analog inputs, sub out, and a USB input for firmware updates. The PX Amp comes in black and white.
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Michael Posted: Jan 13, 2016 0 comments
The new Sony PS-HX500 USB Turntable ($599), a bunch of words I'm sure I never saw coming as a group, can send your LPs to your PC via USB in 24/192 format.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 13, 2016 0 comments
UK's Audio Note typically spin vinyl or CDs at shows so I typically do not cover their fine sounding DACs. On display in the Audio Federation room at CES 2016 was the Audio Note DAC 5 Signature ($100,000) getting its bits via AES/EBU from the the ReQuest Beast server ($36,800). The Acapella La Musika integrated amp drove the Acapella Cellini loudspeakers and I noted that "My Favorite Things" sounded lovely and "plinky sounds sounded plinky".
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jan 12, 2016 1 comments
"Speaker completely gone. Endless space, solidity, and precise position even for piano keyboard which is physically present in space. F*cking lovely." To say I was jazzed with the sound of music in the MSB room would be an understatement. I was lit up with musical joy. The MSB Select DAC ($89,995) with the Femto 33 clock option ($9950) sending the converted bits to the MSB M203 Class A monoblocks ($27,500/pair) driving the YG Sonja 1.2 speakers ($72,800) brought all of the power and glory of John Lee Hooker singing "I Cover the Waterfront" to Las Vegas which is quite a feat since sincerity and soul are endangered species in sin city. These were some of my favorite sounds at the show.

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