Typically Venetian- and/or Mirage-bound exhibitors including dCS, Bluesound, and ELAC were also on active display at the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion in the LVCC, the circus circus carnivalesque commodity trading floor pumping pounding shoving flashing booth-babe sporting sports center of CES.
Rob Watts illustrating an essential ingredient in any presentation
Chord Electronics Ltd introduced three new products at CES 2017; the new and improved Hugo2 (£1,800), Blu MkII upscaling CD transport (£7,995), and Poly (£499). I'll let Chord's slide show tell you most of story and just add that I had to leave before the Poly presentation. Poly attaches to the Chord Mojo adding a micro SD card reader, Bluetooth, and WiFi so that the Mojo becomes a nifty little high-resolution wireless network music player, streamer and SD card playback device.
while HDtracks did not speak at the DEG event, their message, especially "...and streaming enthusiasts", sure did
Thursday, January 5 was the first day of the show and also the date of the Digital Entertainment Group's Hi-Res Audio Update. For the most part I felt a strong sense of déjà vu (not the CSN&Y song but that would kinda make sense too) as the language used to describe the hi-res listening experience had more goosebumps and raised hairs on the backs of necks than a tower of giraffes in a blizzard.
In a few short weeks, or long weeks depending on to what extent you've been infected with the audiophile bug, AudioQuest DragonFly Red & Black owners can download and install the free AQ app which facilitates a firmware upgrade turning your 'Fly into an MQA-enabled DAC.