International CES 2010
& THE Show Report
Consumer Electronics Show & THE Show
This year i'm
gonna try something different here at CES 2010. Enough with the photos and endless
specifications as Enjoy the Music.com
has an extensive CES preview with over 70 products (click here for the CES
2010 preview). So this year i'll just have some espresso and let the streaming
thoughts happen as i traverse this merry circus. For it is the many
wonderful people and families that make this industry such a joy.
The Magico room was playing analog master tape
using their new Q5 speakers. The MIT Cables for speakers was the model Oracle
MA-X ($34,500) that really is a cool all-out effort. Great guy Steve Holt gave
me the low-down and they should be really sweet. Check 'em out.
So here we have the Sonus Faber Stradivari
mated with REL's G1 subwoofers ($4,000
each, stack of three shown) and they have large 750 watt amplifier. Looks good
and gives those Stradivari more deeeeep bass oomph. Also seen at the Audio
Research Ref 610 monoblocks, lots of glowing tube love to dig and enjoy.
Since this is really early in the show, got to
the Lamm room and somehow missed Elina, who is always a joy to see and chat
with. Well, what's a journalist to do... so here is a photo of Lamm Industries
award-winning ML3 Signature.
Well, well, spoke too soon and here is Elina!
Here she is next to their new LL2.1 that was covered in the CES
2010 show preview.
Business is picking up and they are looking forward to having us review more
of their goodies. Check out our search ending for the many Lamm Industries reviews we already have
online. This company is another husband and wife team,
with Vladimir doing all the designing and likes to call himself "a
theater of one actor". He basically works on the details and oversees the
implementation. Their gear is made in the USA by hand.
You know, i could just sit here and talk with
this cast of characters all day. This motley crew is JC Morrison, Sungho Bar,
Joe Roberts and Manho Oh. So where to begin, well, JC i have known since what
seem to be the dawn of time with the nyNOISE and other shows (see our show
report page for those events). He is back to designing cool stuff like
the new Silbatone PQ105 ($60,000) phono preamplifier. JC says he could never
have done all the good stuff with the new phono without Bae's help. Rumor is
that awesome best preamplifier i have ever heard to date, the Loth-X's Silbatone
C-102, is being re-tweaked by JC.
Look at my review in Superior Audio
for the Silbatone's excellent 300B integrated amplifier as that is also a
winner. As for that Wildman Joe Roberts who unbelieveably is actually wearing
a jacket and blue tie, he
never inhaled nor knows what the word ‘IS’ means. Ok, seriously, Joe
Roberts is the great guy behind Sound Practices
magazine, which you can see within the Enjoy
the Music.com Review Magazine.
Gershman Acoustics is also a husband and wife
team. Based in The Great White North (that is Canada to you hosers), they have
been going strong for over 16 years. i mean the business, “Marriage is 26
very good and very interesting years” says wife Ofra. They also had
their new Gershman Acoustics cables so check out their website for more
information on those plus new speakers called the Avant Garde,
which small floorstanders ($7900 per pair). BTW he loves to competition
sailing and does it yearly.
Raysonic, always the fun people/to hang with,
had their CD228 ($4200) and Reference 23 monoblocks with a nice grouping of
KT88 output tubes ($9990) with Acoustic Zen speakers.
Bonjour a voustous !Bienvenue chez Oracle Audio
Jacques Riendeau presente la nouvelle version de la Oracle Delphi Mk VI. For
those who do not read French, Jacques has reworked the longstanding and highly
regarded Delphi turntable (reviewed
here). Now it is in Mk VI status (starting at $7700 CAD up
to $9500 CAD) for the table alone. Many of you know i truly love my Oracle
Delphi and it has brought me many years of musical bliss. The new version was
covered within the CES 2010 preview so check it out to learn more and there is
a link there to my original review.
Click here for page 2.