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Venetian:   2 A B    29 A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2   30 A1 A2 B1 B2 C1 C2   34  35  

  Alexis Park A B   St. Tropez A B C

 

 

Venetian Floor 30
(Wing C Part 1)

CES 2008
T.H.E. Show
Las Vegas

January 2008

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Previously, on the Audio Federation high-end audio CES 2008 Show Report that is trying the patience of the best of us, it is Thursday afternoon, the last day of the darn show, and we are finishing up the second of the last two Venetian hallways (Wings) we needed to do today.

But before we get too awfully excited and start congratulating and patting each other on the backs, we still have a few rooms to do on floor 35.

 

 

 

 

 
Kings Audio is always willing to try new speaker designs - and offer them at a reasonable price, too. This system was not playing when I took these photos.
 
     
 
 
 
This is the main system they were showing in this room. Kings Audio speakers and MBL amplifiers, Jolida linestage and what looks like a Denon changer, but it is hard to tell.
 
 
 
   
 
        
Not sure what they were using the make-up / shaving mirror behind the right speaker for.
 
A desktop system for ... the desktop. This could be cool.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
King's Audio's other room. King's Audio speakers, Jolida amplifiers and preamplifier, Linn digital.
 
 
 
Jolida's Music Envoy amps. As a show listener, always happy to see equipment that has been used before... means it is more likely to have been broken in.
 
 
A couple of photos of the Linn digital: the Karik transport and Numerik DAC. Numerik... good name. Karik... not so much.
 
     
 
 
 
Looks like they were using a bridge to single wire these bi-wirable speakers. Oh, bi-ampable. The power that these speakers also need might be improved by using a higher gauge power cord - but you never know for sure until you try it.

 

 

 

 
Furutech with their static display room.
 
         
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
Meridian with their aesthetically pleasing appearance.
 
 
 
          
 
 
 
 
They had a dozen or so of their components laid out. I apologize for not photographing them all - but it was the end of the last day, I wanted to make sure I got to all of the rooms.

 

 

 

 

 
CAT amplifier on I do not know what speakers.
 
 
 
 
 
 
CAT linestage.
 
Audio Aero* Capitole Classic CD player.
 
    
 
 
 
What an interesting looking linestage. Ten tubes. Nearly dual mono (the left 1/3 is reversed compared to the 2nd 1/3). And, of course, those top secret components wrapped in white tubes.

 

 

 

 

 
Even more spare and livable designs from Meridian.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
Focus Audio speakers, Oracle amplification and digital.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well..... first, we have to assume this has not just fallen on the floor and got trampled over by cables. We can then recognize that it does group the 4 or so cables together nicely - but it really doesn't raise them off the floor for any sizeable distance, so it is not really a horrendously successful anti-static device. And as for aesthetics, we'll put it smack in the middle of the group of cable elevators commercially available today.

 

 

 

 

 
Nola speakers, Audio Research electronics, Nordost* Valhalla cables. Nola took the side panels off so that we can see their largely cabinet-free approach.
 
       
 
       
 
The external crossover box for the Nola speakers.
 
         
Nola's smaller, more frequently seen speakers there on the right, with the back covers slid back a little on the closest one.

End of floor 30. Done with floor 29. My oh my there were a lot of rooms on these two floors. A Toys-R-Us for big people.

 

 

 

 

 

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