SIDE 3
CES (Consumer Electronics Show)
T.H.E. Show

Las Vegas
Day 3, Saturday, January 7th, 2006

Track 3

The Audio Note Kondo, ART room

The JAS Audio room

The NFS Audio / Audiolites room

The Opera, Graaf room

and more...

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Audio Note Japan (Kondo) $250K Gakuon-II amplifiers, M1000 preamplifier, KSL-DAC, 4704 PiTracer transport and ART loudspeakers. Guess which was the weak link (and the most inexpensive!) piece in the chain? Which is nothing to be ashamed about, few speakers in the world are of the caliber of these components.

 

 

 

 

The Audio Note Japan (Kondo) GAKUON II $250K 50 watt / channel mono block SET amplifiers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4704 PiTracer transport

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
Very high-end power cords offered by the Lotus Group
 

 

 

JAS Audio. This room sounded pretty good - lots of ceramic driver speakers at the show this year; even though it looks like Venture speakers are no longer using them - many other speaker manufacturers are doing well with them, to my ears anyway.

This system had good control of the bass.

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
Oracle CD player, ISI "Array 2.2" 300B / 805 amplifiers, ISI 1.1 Preamplifier, Shrag Va(?) integrated amplifier (the big cool hunk in the center)
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
More JAS speakers and a ISI 2.1 integrated amplifier
 

 

 
Concert Fidelity electronics, ESP loudspeakers
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
NFS (Not for sale) Audio / Audiolites room. Beads guard the door to this room with a ....different... decor. The beads could have been in the picture of something a little friendlier.... :-)
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
A number of couples got married at the Alexis on Saturday and Sunday nights.
 

 

 
Opera speakers, Graaf electronics

A group of us traipsed into this room to here the Graaf electronics, but they started playing this system so LOUD (for some other show goers obviously digging the music) that I immediately went into the other room to photograph their smaller system setup.

There is loud, for example the Halcro room was always LOUD, and then there is loud with DISTORTION. Some people think that there is always distortion when music is played loud but it ain't so!

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
An Opera loudspeaker
 

 

 
A GRAAF GM 508 integrated amplifier and a CD player with all its identification labels painted over.
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
Opera 'Linea Classica' monitor / bookshelf speakers
 

 

 

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