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    by Published on 01-13-2014 03:34 PM
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    The 2014 International CES, no longer to be referred to as the Consumer Electronics Show by members of the press, is in the can. I had a wonderful time seeing and hearing the newest products from manufacturers such as Constellation Audio, Lumin, and TAD among many others. I enjoyed running into CA writer ted_b at the Hi-Res Audio Experience as well. However, this year I finally realized I can't cover the show and meet with manufacturers at the same time. Important meetings, to secure products for review and hear about undisclosed product plans etc…, consumed several hours each day. Thus, I missed way too much at CES in 2014. I've already started the process of hiring people to cover future shows. Fortunately I saw some great components during my run-and-gun show photography sessions. Here are my highlights from a very fun 2014 CES. ...
    by Published on 01-01-2014 10:17 AM
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    Happy 2014 to the CA readers around the world! CES starts Tuesday January 7, 2014 and runs through Friday the 10th. As usually there will be thousands of new products announced at the show. I'll be covering as much of the event as possible, focussing Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on the high performance audio sections and Friday focussing on the main convention center where all the computer related products and mainstream consumer electronics are on display.

    It's easy to get jaded after attending several audio and electronics shows, as evidenced by many writers complaining about the lines, the bad sound, the "hassle" of running from hotel to hotel, etc… However, we shouldn't forget these are first world "problems" that many people would love to experience. I'm looking forward to CES more than ever. I love technology, audio, music, computers, and the amalgamation of all of it into the next phase of high end computer audio. This is a major reason I got into the business. I live for this stuff. In November 2007 when I launched Computer Audiophile I dreamed of covering CES and writing about new products. I look forward to living this dream once again in a few days.

    Without further ado, here is a list of some products I'm looking forward to seeing at CES this year. ...
    by Published on 10-30-2013 11:35 AM
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    2. 2013 Rocky Mountain Audiofest
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    This year I covered RMAF a bit differently than I have in previous years. Rather than use a digital camera I used my medium format Hasselblad 503CW camera with a 120 film back (Ilford Delta 400 B&W file) and 80mm Hasselblad / Zeiss lens. Readers unfamiliar with medium format 120 film rolls should note that each roll contains only 12 shots. After these 12 shots are taken the camera back must be removed and a new roll of film must be loaded. In addition to this very manual process, the camera has no autofocus or built-in light meter. Before snapping each photo a light meter must be used to identify the correct aperture and shutter speed for the film in use. Once the meter reading is done the camera lens must be set to the correct values for the specific shot, then the camera must be leveled on the tripod, before depressing the cable release to take the photo. Then, it's off to another room to start the whole process over again. There are some intermediate steps but the basic point should be understood, this is not a typical show coverage camera. ...
    by Published on 10-01-2013 04:31 PM
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    Last week I attended the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo for the first time. A couple colleagues in the industry asked me why I attended this show. The simple answer is that one CEDIA show features more streaming audio and computer networking products than the last ten high end audio shows combined. The CEDIA show was a goldmine. I saw new networking products from Pakedge, new high resolution players from Sony, NAS drives from QNAP, and more Spotify, iTunes, MOG, and Pandora streaming products than I can remember. I think I saw someone using a CD player, but I could be mistaken. Playback of server stored music was the norm not the exception. The CEDIA show was really a computer audiophile's dream featuring both computer based sources and high end components. I saw familiar faces from AudioQuest, Wire World, Magico, Constellation Audio, TAD, Linn, Sonus Faber, Wadia, and Bryston at the show. Magico and Constellation put on a great sounding demo even though the ambient noise leaking into the room from the show floor was quite loud. Linn introduced its new Exakt product and also showed off the coolest turntable I've seen in recent memory with a plinth made from Highland Park whiskey barrels. ...
    by Published on 01-14-2013 08:21 PM
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    CES 2013 is in the can. I had a terrific time at the show this year capturing images of new, outrageous, and sensible products. My favorite product of the show was an absolute surprise. Usually manufacturers drop hints as to what's coming or a press release is sent out with an embargo date to notify people of a new product. Not so with Wadia at CES 2013. The new Wadia Intuition came out of the blue. Wadia was more secretive about the Intuition than Apple was with the latest iPhone. The Intuition is an integrated amp with 400 watts into 4 ohms, analog inputs, and digital inputs including USB. I spent about 45 minutes listening to the Intuition and was very impressed. The design (U.S.) and assembly (Italy) of the Wadia Intuition is made possible by the powerhouse that is Fine Sounds SpA. With several high end brands under it's control Fine Sounds is spreading the knowledge to produce even better products than the brands could produce alone. The look of the Intuition was designed by Sonus Faber's industrial engineering team while the audio part ...

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