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Day 4
CES 2008
Consumer Electronics Show
Las Vegas

January 2008

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I don't think I posted any photos of our rooms yet [for some reason I have this mental block against photographing OUR rooms at shows like I do other rooms...but I am afraid all the money I should spend on therapy is spent elsewhere... ]. This is one of our two Audio Note U.K. rooms at the Alexis Park. New high-efficiency speakers with a new tweeter (see below). The new Balanced Kegons which are more or less 300B versions of the Gaku-On [their control, harmonic structure, controlled decay, separation...is extreme]. New TT3 turntable. DAC 5. A mix of the new statement SOOTTO cables as well as newly updated SOGON cables.... etc. etc. Everything on HRS platforms and equipment rack. In other words each piece of the system is killer and then we put them all together.
 
Audio Note introduced the world's first ever tweeter with an ALNICO magnet [thing weighs about, I would guess, 5-10lbs.]. The Kuzma tuntable, playing a white album. The LEDs there go in the opposite direction of the spin of the LP. Kind of a pleasant and interesting effect.
 
Manley with support for the iPhone.
 
The Transrotor statement turntable which I, I mean my camera, had trouble photographing for some reason.
 
Many open boxes were at the show. Perhaps a separate section of the show report should feature all these circuits in their high-resolution glory?
 
King's Audio little desktop speakers.
 
Harmonic Resolution Systems (HRS)* introduces a new platform costing about half of what their statement M3 Isolation Base costs (on the top shelf), with the standard M3's on the other two populated shelves, all on the SXR equipment rack.
 
A last look [before the full show report] LAMM ML3 Signature amplifier with it's power supply in the background.
 
Goodbye Venetian. In some ways we hate your smoke infested maze-like guts (although it is kind of OK that they have some kind of adult video conference here almost at the same time) and getting to and from this hotel in the constipated, bus-clogged, diesel-fumed, lane-bouncing event they call traffic in this town... it was a blast. More upbeat than last year - the hotel management being much more agreeable.

That said, we loved being at the Alexis Park at T.H.E. Show and I think we will return here next year. After all, only REAL audiophiles make the effort to see the exhibits at the T.H.E. Show, ... we get a higher class of crazies ;-)

For me, this was a show that was all about two amps... the LAMM ML3 and the Audio Note Balanced Kegons. How does that Tony Bennett song go? "Heaven. I'm in Heaven...". Well not quite, since we do not have these amps in our systems at home... and not likely to have the ML3's at $139K *whine* anytime in the immediate future. There needs to be another song, just as upbeat that goes somewhat ironically "Hell. I'm in Hell...". Yeah. yeah. I know.... along with every other audiophile on the planet who hears something they can't afford and yet can't get out of their heads.

 

 

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