CES 2017 Hi-Fi brands to see – Absolute Sounds
CES 2017 is huge and you don’t want to miss the latest delights from all the eminent audio brands whose products are distributed in the UK exclusively by Absolute Sounds.
Here’s a handy list for you.
The American luminaries of valve-based audio technology add a power amp to the newly launched Foundation Series. The VT80 (below) joins the LS28 preamp, PH9 phono stage and DAC9 D/A converter at the entry-level end of the Audio Research range.
The much-lauded, astronomically named high-end audio dream team showcases its extraordinary component range at CES 2017, including its most affordable integrated amplifier – the Integrated 1.0 (below) from the Inspiration Series.
Constellation Audio’s sister-company, Continuum Audio Labs, specialises in record players of the highest order. Its latest design is the Obsidian, a turntable assured to dig every drop of musical detail from the grooves of its owners’ beloved vinyl collections.
Dutch company Crystal Cable, maker of some of the world’s most exquisitely designed audio cables and speakers, is unveiling a new range of cables at CES 2017. Also look out for the Minissimo Diamond standmount speaker, matching Subissimo bass unit and forthcoming, cuboid Crystal Cable Integrated Amplifier (latter pictured below).
Krell’s legendary founder shows off his latest creations, including the stunning Progression Series. Pictured below is the mighty Progression Monoblock – delivering 800W into 8 ohms, doubling to 1600W into 4 ohms and again to 3200W into 2 ohms, it’s the most powerful amplifier that Dan D’Agostino Master Audio Systems has made to date.
British hi-res audio pioneer dCS demonstrates its proprietary digital technology playback systems, including the Vivaldi 2.0 (below) and Rossini components, plus the new Network Bridge, in a super-system with Dan D’Agostino M400 monoblock amps, Wilson Audio Alexx speakers and Transparent Audio cables.
Amps made by French firm Jadis are a glorious amalgam of chrome, brass and glowing glass valves. A selection of new and current models will be shown at CES, including the I-88 integrated amplifier (below), incorporating the latest KT150 valves for greater power and an effortless dynamic range.
America’s preeminent high-end audio brand shows its range of top-notch audio electronics, including the new Theater 7 multichannel amplifier (below). This seven-channel power amp utilises Krell’s iBias technology, delivering the rich musicality of Class A amplification with greater efficiency and lower power consumption than traditional Class A designs.
Engineered by Sonus faber, PRYMA headphones combine high-quality sound with a luxurious sense of style – handmade in Italy with premium materials and impeccable attention to detail. Pictured below is the PRYMA 01, complete with interchangeable leather headbands with belt-style buckles.
Italy’s masterly loudspeaker maker showcases key models from its impeccably crafted range, including the fabulous Sf16 – a splendidly upscale all-in-one solution for wireless multi-room sound, complete with stereo speaker pods on motorised wings.
Wilson is the doyen of true high-end loudspeaker design. This year you’ll find them at the Mirage Hotel during CES, parading its magnificent range including the new Yvette floorstander (below), which sits between the entry-level Sabrina and best-selling Sasha W/P. The forthcoming WAMM Master Chronosonic – the ultimate expression of Wilson’s art – won’t be present at CES, but expect to hear more about this astonishing speaker (which will set you back north of half a million pounds per pair) during 2017…