Doug Schneider wrestles with the new Kharma KIC Grand Reference interconnects, which cost a mere $3999 per meter pair. All resemblances of the cable to a boa constrictor are coincidental.
Ian White holds the Meadowlark Vireo ($1000 per pair), a fully shielded monitor with a 1" tweeter and 5 1/4" woofer. Meadowlark recommends at least 50 watts of power to drive the Vireos because efficiency is a lowish 86dB.
The Mobile Fidelity music wall -- proof that the CES is not only about hi-fi equipment.
New from Nordost: the El Dorado power cord ($600 for a two-meter length), Silver Shadow coaxial digital cable ($499 for a meter length), and Pulsar Point decoupling devices --available in either aluminum or titanium ($100 per four in aluminum, $500 per four in titanium).
Estonian speaker maker Audes introduced its Blues loudspeaker, a three-way floorstander for $1999 per pair. Of particular note, especially at this price, is the side-mounted woofer.
The successor to the popular MG3.5, Magnepan's new MG3.6 loudspeaker, priced at $3750, debuted at the Golden Nugget.
Theta Digital's new Dreadnaught modular multi-channel power amplifer is upgradeable from two to five channels (200Wpc) with a price starting at $3000 going up to approximately $6000.
Ian White with the Wadia 830 CD player. Similar inside to the Wadia 860, the 830 comes with a digital volume control and is upgradeable to 24/96 performance. The price is $3250.
Stereo from a single speaker? Evett and Shaw's $995 One loudspeaker (yes, you need only one) will appeal to "lifestyle" listeners who want wide sound from a single unobtrusive source.
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