Show Reports

CES 2008 Show Report Part 2

ARTICLE INDEX

Driving the package from Cary was the CAD 120S ($5,000), a class AB, push-pull amplifier which operates in both ultra-linear and triode mode operated from a switch on the front with ultra-linear doubling the output of triode“ triode at 60 watts and ultra-linear at 120 watts per channel.

TAD or Technical Audio Devices was considered Pioneer's professional audio department back in 1975 when they impressed the industry with the Model-1. All these years later and a little beryllium, Pioneer has made a huge statement with Reference One. A pair of 10" bass drivers achieve 25 Hz and a Concentric beryllium midrange/tweeter round out this 3-way, front ported 330 pound speaker. At a mere $45,000, Reference One will be available later this year. A pair of Ayre monoblock amplifiers made the sound big and delicate at the same time.

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Wisdom Audio showed off their Sage Series which range from 20" to 95", from floor standing to on-wall, and in-wall applications. The working package includes full height units with a horizontal center channel and the rack of components that support up to 7.3 channels, the SC-1 System Controller. Crucial to the operation is the Audyssey MultEQ room correction technology. A full 2.1 system with amplifiers will cost $28,000!

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A rare treat at CES is to have a good live jazz performance and with Mark Levinson developing a speaker and component line with none other than the electronics giants LG, legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz was on hand.Those in attendance witnessed a wonderful solo rendition that Mark recorded and immediately played back on the system.