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CES'2017 Show Reports

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HiFiplus.com

CHRIS MARTENS’ BEST OF CES 2017: TRADITIONAL TWO-CHANNEL AUDIO

…and now for two special mentions.

Kharma Enigma Veyron EV2 loudspeakers, Lamm electronics, Garrard/SME turntable & EMMLabs CD/SACD player/DAC

One of the most expensive but also most musically evocative systems at CES consisted of Kharma’s Enigma Veyron EV2 loudspeakers ($437,500/pair), Lamm’s new L2.1 Reference line-stage preamplifier ($22,790), two pairs of Lamm M1.2 Reference monoblock amplifiers ($55,180 in total), a deluxe Lamm LP2.1 phono preamplifier ($9,190), a vintage Garrard Model 401 turntable in a custom base ($7,500), a discontinued SME Model 2012-R tonearm ($3,500), an Ortofon Cadenza Black phono cartridge ($2,729), and—for digital playback—an EMMLabs XDS1 V2 integrated CD player and DAC ($25,000).  Tying all these elements were some $54,490-worth of Tchernov Cables, plus $6,520-worth of Sanus and BDR racks. Add all these prices together and you get a total system price of $601,899, which is sobering to say the least. Yet for Bill Gates types among us, such a system could make sense. The beauty of the thing, really, is that it sidesteps assessment of layer upon layer of traditional audio performance parameters to simply convey the feel real music as played on real instruments by real musicians. And isn’t that really what’s at the heart of this hi-fi business in the first place?
 

http://www.hifiplus.com/articles/chris-martens-best-of-ces-2017-traditional-two-channel-audio/?page=3

 

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