As part of CES 2014, high-end hi-fi manufacturers took up the top floors of The Venetian to display their wares. From $200 Bluetooth receivers to speakers that require a mortgage on the house the full breadth of the hi-fi hobby was on show.
It wouldn't be a hi-fi show without something truly unusual and this is it: Parts Express' $2,000 line-array kit speaker, the Audio Artistry CBT36. Inventor Don Keele was on hand and he explained that the speaker was derived from military research on underwater speakers. See those silver things along the edge? They're tweeters...72 of them!
The speakers come unfinished as part of a DIY kit, but the example on show was professionally powder-coated in an auto workshop. You can opt to receive the speakers assembled or assembled and finished for an extra charge.
Here the CBT36 speaker is paired with a subwoofer.
Keele said the speaker was also used in professional applications -- such as in a house of worship -- where its wide dispersion and consistent coverage regardless of distance were particularly effective.
There are several unusual things about British company Arcam's new $5,000 amplifier, the FMJ A49. Firstly it's made in the US, and secondly, though it looks like the company's AV receivers, it's analog stereo only. The company says the new irDAC ($699) is well up to the task of converting digital sources, or you could step up to the big-daddy D33 DAC ($3,200).
While most Music Hall turntables are named a mixture of numbers and letters, the company has taken the naming tack of its Marimba speakers with its latest table. The $1,195 Ikura turntable features an eye-catching gloss-white plinth and platter.
One of the more affordable options on show at the Venetian hotel was this combo of the Music Hall Ikura turntable, Creek's Evolution CD/DAC ($1,495) and amplifier ($1,195), and Epos K2 speakers ($1,750).
Across town at the Gibson stand, and in keeping with the "Back to the Future" theme, the company was displaying some old-school hi-fi components that included this CD deck. The Onkyo Integra C-1E CD player was made between 1992 and 1994 and cost around $1,700 US at the time. Not even Rega makes them like this anymore.