Cuttin-Edge, On-the-Spot Reporting

January 6-9, 2011

All prices in US dollars unless indicated otherwise

Super Speakers: Results

Let's get down to brass tacks and talk results. Here is what I heard from the Super Speakers of CES 2011.

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Verity's Vision

You have to admire aspiration and vision. The renderings for Verity Audio's new Monsalvat loudspeaker ($325,000 per pair) show truly inspired thinking. It's simply beautiful. Not beautiful as in a really good-looking loudspeaker, but beautiful as art in and of itself.

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Tidal Wave

In some ways, the Tidal line of speakers looks quite conventional and some of the materials they use may seem common. But when you hear Tidal speakers, you know there's far more going on under the surface than might be obvious to casual onlookers. 

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Vivid Audio Arrives

Could the B&W Nautilus be the most iconic loudspeaker of all time? How many companies have copied B&W's Matrix enclosure-bracing system over the past decade?

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Victorious Vandersteen

As we presented the SoundStage! Network Product of the Year award for stereo loudspeakers to Richard Vandersteen for his Model Seven design, it was obvious to me that this model represents a top choice for a discerning audiophile seeking a state-of-the-art time-and-phase-aligned speaker. 

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Magico's Ascendency

Those were the days: You could build a "high end" loudspeaker by purchasing off-the-shelf drivers, tinkering with the crossover network in your garage, and building the cabinet with a table saw and a few bar clamps.

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Super Speakers: Intro

I'm packing for CES right now. I can see the Venetian in my mind as crates are unloaded and audio systems are dialed in. I'm just crazy about this stuff!

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