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CES 2008 Show Report Part 2

ARTICLE INDEX

One of the most beautifully styled floorstanding speakers was from the Italian Eventus Audio with their phobos which features the proprietary EA-HDR or high density resin material. What I noticed was a strong horizontal line about every 1 ½" which exposes the other technology, SACC. This refers to the idea that the cabinet is as neutral as possible by individually stacking layers of MDF versus full panels thereby reducing vibration. What I was able to hear was the three-way monitor Lysithea on beautiful stands at $28,000 for the pair.

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My eyes though kept coming back to the rust-colored phobos, said to be priced at $17,000. I noticed the substantial base (not bass), and was to learn the crossover is located at the bass.

Tube gear is of course everywhere yet very few offer such value and performance like PrimaLuna and their ProLogue series has been touted for some time. New however are the additional pieces added to the DiaLogue Series of amplifiers and integrated units. "Tube Dude" Kevin Deal of Prima Voce, distributor of PrimaLuna, took me through the lineup starting with the DiaLogue One integrated with the best feature a remote control switches from triode to ultralinear modes with 36 wpc in ultralinear and 18 wpc in triode, which most seemed to prefer. Now available are DiaLogue 4 at $2,199, 5-$2,525 and monoblock DiaLogue 6 at $4,350 per pair.

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Denon's surprise showing was hidden behind the theater room. Almost secretively Denon quietly demonstrated the stunning midi separates normally only available in Europe or Japan. Yes they had all the new great receivers including the new 5308 and their new DHT soundbar, and of course their Blu-Ray player/transport, but today I was especially attracted to this small room. The CX Series included a SACD player and receiver and optional speakers. Solidly built, elegantly styled, it sounded sweet! At about $1,300 per component it's not inexpensive but very alluring.

 

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McIntosh unveiled an unbelievable new turntable, the MT10 at CEDIA and before they knew it 50 orders were placed with dealers, all from the prototype. Step back and it's a classic McIntosh component, until the brilliant glowing thick platter gives away its true nature. At $9,000, reasonable in today's world, the 3 speeds, 33 1/3, 45 and 78 can be monitored from the front classic meter. The MT10 includes a custom aluminum tone arm and moving-coil ebony cartridge.

 

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This CES, the world of displays, was all about big, thin, fast and black. Clearly the industry has received the message that consumers like flat panel displays, and are showing some real innovation in improving the image on plasma and LCD-based displays. There were a number of new projectors on display as well.

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