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The CES this year was held in Las Vegas (Nevada) from January 6th to the 10th – but you knew this already, otherwise you wouldn’t be here! 🙂

Hôtel de Las Vegas le jour

The C.E.S (Consumer Electronics Show) is the biggest gathering for the audio, video, photography, and electronics industry for both the general public and professionals.

One can easily say that the CES is to our industry as Mass is to church. This is the place to be to see and hear all about the break through equipment of today and tomorrow – it is an event not to be missed, and we were there.

Hôtel de Las Vegas la nuit

A few words on Las Vegas

It’s big and beautiful.
Big, not just in the humongous sense, it’s more than that; it is gigantic, immoderate, and exuberant.

Hôtel casino de nuit à Las Vegas en 2010

Constantly active, 24/7, as night comes along immense luminous panels light up on practically all main axes of the city. As a matter of fact, Las Vegas Boulevard is decorated with the most beautiful hotels and casinos of the city.

Hôtel de Las Vegas la nuit

Hôtel de Las Vegas la nuit

The cleanliness and silent traffic are two of the aspects that struck me the most as I left the airport.

Diesel engines are reserved for buses and trucks, all other vehicles run gracefully on gasoline or are hybrid (although in minority) – but all sounds on main roads, just like at the exit of the airport, are muffled.
Everything is organized around getting the new-comer to his or her entertainment destination, i.e. casinos. Buses and cabs are permanently accessible.

Since the bus is only $6.50, as opposed to a $20 cab-ride for the same trip, you can imagine that it is the most popular mean of transportation. This generates long lines that never end at rush hour.
If you want to pay less, then you’ll be waiting and taking the bus.
If you want a cab, you will have to pay the price, but you are guaranteed a faster trip. In addition, there is the limo option for more comfort at $60. It’s as you want.

Same for food – it’s either 7 or 8$ for fast food, $ 20 at a main stream restaurant, or a $60 minimum for all other higher end restaurants.
Point being, rest assured – you will always have choice as long as you are responding to the omnipresent incentive to consume, especially when it comes to gaming and sex.

On the other hand, everyone is constantly being watched in the streets and through cameras – giving a safe feel to the place. The police are present, but discrete and effective.

Introduction to “my” CES 2010

The title says it all, not because I am trying to take credit for the show, but because this is the show as I saw it; the CES as I lived it for 4 days, on my feet 90% of the time.
This is all to say that there were many journalists on site, and each will present their views. I could bet that no two people will report on the same topics, or at least it will be approached from different angles – a great thing for readers eager for a variety of views and photos.

We were all there (millions of us) to check out hundreds of manufacturers gathered from all around the world to present their products. These ranged from simple iPhone and iPod accessories to more complex high tech solution systems for Mac and PC, automobiles, miscellaneous gadgets, photography equipment, 3D television, high end audio, and much more.

Don’t forget that for many of the exhibitors, this show was an opportunity to get out on the economic crisis that started in 2009. This was demonstrated in the fierce desire for many to push the boundaries and innovate.

How? Through colors, shapes, and an enthusiastic attitude.

Some should use this difficulty to their advantage to find a dose of inspiration… if you know what I mean.

Without a doubt, the current and future envisioned trends at the CES 2010 were clearly displayed:

• 3D television
• iPod/iPhone and accessories
• Wireless
• High tech multicolor accessories
• Laptops, netbooks, and ultra mobile PCs
• Data storage
• Battery solutions for mobile phones and computers
• GPS
• Environmental awareness and green products

I noticed a strong Asian representation (Chinese and Korean) in various areas such as the TechZone parc.


The Organization

Everything was thought out such that every visitor – whether a businessman, here out of curiosity, or a press representative – could easily navigate their way around and find exactly what they were looking for.

The Convention Centre was the “central nervous system”, where we could find most of the exhibitions and the press room over 3 floors.
There were free shuttle buses at our disposal from there to the Venetian or Hilton.

There were information desks all throughout the corridors and volunteers with yellow caps on which was written “Ask Me”.

It could not have been any easier.

What caught my attention

Note to the readers: some of the exhibitors distinguished themselves from others by their design, technical innovation, or audio performances (where it applied). To identify them, a particular tag was designated to them.
I forced myself to a neutral and childlike outlook on all the exhibitions. Without asking myself many questions, I was charmed by a number of products just from what they represented: nothing other than the enthrallment of discovery and the delight of a moment. It is with this outlook that I invite you to rediscover the endless corridors of the Las Vegas 2010 CES with me.

If you will, we will begin this “CES 2010 tour” with the letter A. It also happens to be the first of my favorites in the “innovation” category.


A.D.N Acoustics

Haut-parleurs ADN, Barcelone (Espagne)

This loudspeaker manufacturer came straight from Barcelona (Spain) to present us with an audacious and beautifully successful line.
It was their first Las Vegas CES participation and they were located at the corner of the hallway leading the press room on the 2nd floor of the Venetian.

Prix d'innovation au CES 2010

Not only was there technical conception extremely interesting due to the melted aluminum pieces they used that they then shaped into an interlocked stratum, but the sound was spot on. It would obviously be better to judge the sound in more favorable conditions, but the speakers have a really great potential.

Extremely detail oriented, the sound provided a beautifully balanced tone while also providing appreciably subjective dynamics. The stereo image was large and of realistic height – a rare quality in “show” conditions, especially for used electronics with nothing of a high end line. The CD player Raysonic, which we had the pleasure to test, did not especially enthrall us due to a lack of a large extent of dynamism and true tone qualities, but still, played well.

I am absolutely convinced that this manufacturer will be talked about all over the world, if I trust my guts; especially when having gone back on Sunday, I particularly wanted to listen to music on this piece.

ADN system

The people from ADN were extremely charming and considerate with all the visitors, patiently answering all the questions, and believe me, there were many.

Vue des pièces en aluminium non assemblées

Notice the particularity of each casted piece and the reproduced relief inside the speaker, all to effectively focus the stationary sound waves. This casket assembly guarantees an absolute rigidity, and therefore, leads to no or little energy loss – should’ve thought of it.

For a first, this is a master stroke, bravo!

Vue éclatée du squelette de l'enceinte acoustique ADN

A.D.N Acoustics

Web site : www.adnacoustics.com

Este fabricante de altavoces llegó directamente de Barcelona (España) para presentarnos una línea al diseño audaz y logrado; es su primera participación al CES, se situaban al ángulo del pasillo que llevaba a la sala de prensa al nivel 2 del Venetian.

No sólo la concepción técnica es de las más interesantes, por el uso de partes coladas en aluminio masivo, ajustadas entre ellas en forma de capas imbricadas, sino que el sonido es también a la cita, con serias reivindicaciones; sin embargo sería por supuesto necesario pasar por escuchas en situación más favorable, pero el potencial es real.

Muy detallado, en el contexto, el sonido presentaba no obstante un hermoso equilibrio tonal ofreciendo al mismo tiempo una dinámica subjetiva apreciable, oportuna, la imagen estéreo era amplia, y de una altura realista, cosa rara en “show”, sobre todo respecto al material electrónico utilizado, que no tenía nada de gama alta, en particular el lector de Cd Raysonic que habíamos tenido la oportunidad de probar y que no nos había entusiasmado; le faltaba entonces una dinámica ancha y de verdaderas calidades de timbre; no obstante sonaba bien.

Estoy íntimamente convencido de que se hablara pronto de aquel fabricante, si me fío a mi intuición del momento y el domingo antes de mi salida, fue uno de los lugares donde tuve ganas de escuchar música.

Los encargados de ADN fueron encantadores y atentos con todos los visitantes, quienes fueran, al contestar a todas las preguntas que se les planteaban y las había muchas, créenme.

Notaran la particularidad de cada pieza moldeada, tengan en cuenta al relieve reproducido dentro del recinto, esto con el fin de doblar eficazmente las ondas estacionarias, el cofre así ensamblado es avalador de una rigidez absoluta, así que casi no hay pérdida de energía; había que pensarlo.
El montaje en trípode sobre puntas en acero inoxidable es también una marca evidente de sensatez de que los diseñadores de ADN hicieron prueba en su voluntad de obtener el máximo de resultado.

Para una primera, es un acto magistral, bravo!

A.D.N Acoustics

Abraham De la Rosa
e-mail : info@adnspeakers.com
Web site : www.adnacoustics.com


Wisdom Audio

At Wisdom, we enter another level.
The main aim for the engineers at Wisdom Audio is to make the audio equipment disappear. Naturally, the speakers find themselves embedded in the wall for a perfect integration.

Vue de la pièce audio/video réalisée spécialement pour le show

We were able to judge the final product as the setup at the show was a simulation of how the speakers would be set in real life.
The drivers’ quality and the assembly of a variety of material appear to come together to provide a high sound quality.

Note the systematic presence of the “planar” type speaker for all the medium/high tones – a first.

The subwoofer has an elegant shape, with fine and profound lines. This allows it to be less visible if placed along a wall.

I discovered here a manufacturer that is resourceful and redefines cutting-edge technologies.

Here is the system that was present by Wisdom Audio:

The loudspeakers:
L100i (L/R)
C38i (center)
S90i (subwoofer)
L75 (surround; freestanding)

Le bloc fait des amplificateurs et filtre actif

The electronic ones:
SC-1 system controller
SA-1/2/3 amplifiers (pour alimenter les subwoofers et tous les autres haut-parleurs)

Vue de la partie arrière du set up

Total system price of all speakers and our matching electronics above was 76,500 USD.

If my budget allowed it, this is the kind of system I would gravitate towards. I love the idea; the application of the planar-type speakers associated with those mounted in line array mode, as well as the electronic integration, makes me think of a diffraction grating. It’s a great idea for both heat dissipation and the looks.

Mark, would it be possible to have a few words from your experience at the CES show this year?

We were pleased with the sound we achieved in the hotel suite and also the reaction of attendees, many of whom have never heard such performance from an in-wall system.

Kind regards,

Mark Glazier
President, Wisdom Audio
1572 College Parkway, Ste. 164
Carson City, NV 89706
Tel.: 775.887.8850
Fax: 775.887.8820
Cell: 203.915.8214
mark@wisdomaudio.com
Web site : www.wisdomaudio.com


Kwang Sung Electronics

Kwan Sung is a manufacturer of ultra flat cables, trademarked as WireTape.
They don’t limit their activity to cables as they also demonstrate an expertise in computer and audio wireless technologies.

Le câble WireTape qui a reçu le prix de l'innovation en 2010

The WireTape, recognized in the “innovation” category by the organizers of the show, is extremely flat, very sturdy and flexible at the same time, and is constructed of a combination of aluminum and self-adhesive. It can be used for practically all connections and is easily hidden as it can slide anywhere.

Vue en détail des différentes applications possibles

Nordost has a similar product, however, it is not self adhesive and has a steeper price, making it less accessible to the general public.

Kwang Sung Electronics

Unit 201 World Meridian Venture Center #1, 60-24 Gasan-Dong, Geumchun-Gu, Seoul, Korea
Seoul 153-801
Republic of Korea (South Korea)
Web Site : www.ksparts.com


Psyko Audio Labs Inc.

Coming to us from Calgary, this manufacturer has been distinguishing itself for the last couple of years by its particular headphone design.

casque d'écoute idéal pour les jeux et le cinéma maison

Casque d'écoute 5.1 de chez Psyko

Psyko was the recipient of the CES 2009 Innovation Award for this model. It has a wide range of applications, from video games, to listening to music, movie soundtracks in 5.1 DTS, online chat, etc…

Extremely comfortable, this headphone, made of little headphones, has many appealing attributes. Judge for yourself: lightness, comfort, complete sound immersion, independent volume and bass controls, absolutely adjustable to your head, and many more… it doesn’t brew coffee, but it almost could! ☺

Knowing that there are many of you that cannot afford a piece specifically dedicated to either music or movie watching with real-life-quality sound, Psyko offers you an elegant alternative. The sound quality is comparable to any high-end systems while being gentle on your wallet.

The icing on the cake – the whole system costs less than $300!

Trying the Psyko 5.1 headset means adopting it. I am not a big fan of videogames, but this experience has changed watching a movie in 5.1 DTS for ever.

Psyko Audio Labs Inc.

3553 31st St NW
Suite 271
Calgary, Alberta T2L 2K7
Canada
Web site : http://www.psykoaudio.com


pARTicular

Meuble audio video haut de gamme pARTIcular made in USA

Spectacular, clever, luscious, elegant, the list is not exhaustive; these pieces of furniture are truly remarkable.

mobilier design contemporain made in USA by pARTIcular

Modern Design Furniture, made in the USA by pARTIcular.
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you, the name of this company is really spelled that way and it is not the only thing unique about this manufacturer of audio and video racks and furniture, far from it; it is rather where it all begins and this guy got it right, articulating his designs around a rare technical expertise.

Detailed view of the coupling / decoupling system of the shelves

Vue en détail du système de couplage/découplage des tablettes

The level of finish is exemplary and the detailed attention to the coupling and decoupling of the shelves is well thought through, logical, obvious.

Volkmar Druebbish, manager and designer, makes it a point of personal pride to conceive state of the art shelves and furniture as he believes that if one is going to put a piece of high quality equipment on a shelf, it should offer the absolute best level of performance possible. For this reason pARTIcular gets the prize for Innovation and Design.

Chatting with Volkmar he indicated that he discarded materials like glass, MDF and granite a long time ago after coming to the conclusion that their performance level was unsuitable for his purpose. He rather uses acrylic, wood and aluminum which resonances are far more easily controlled. He uses steel primarily to build the frames and carrying structures

Being an audio furniture manufacturer myself I was very interested and impressed by the workmanship from this designer. His logic, although different from mine, resonates true with me and we converge on the question of actual listening results.

Take a moment to go and visit pARTIcular’s website and learn more about them; many pictures and explanations will help you better understand the philosophy of the brand in a market that does not always fully care or understand. Luckily for them, we talk about it regularly and audio shows provide an opportunity for more visibility to make audio furniture a reality, just knowing how much of an impact an audio support can have, either coloring the sound or limiting dynamics. Only folks who have experimented broadly know how impactful the support will be, so give it a try for yourself and find out.


Spectacular, clever, luscious, elegant, the list is not exhaustive; these pieces of furniture are truly remarkable.

Modern Design Furniture, made in the USA by pARTIcular.

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you, the name of this company is really spelled that way and it is not the only thing unique about this manufacturer of audio and video racks and furniture, far from it; it is rather where it all begins and this guy got it right, articulating his designs around a rare technical expertise.

Detailed view of the coupling / decoupling system of the shelves

The level of finish is exemplary and the detailed attention to the coupling and decoupling of the shelves is well thought through, logical, obvious.

Volkmar Druebbish, manager and designer, makes it a point of personal pride to conceive state of the art shelves and furniture as he believes that if one is going to put a piece of high quality equipment on a shelf, it should offer the absolute best level of performance possible. For this reason pARTIcular gets the prize for Innovation and Design.

Prix d'innovation au CES 2010

Chatting with Volkmar he indicated that he discarded materials like glass, MDF and granite a long time ago after coming to the conclusion that their performance level was unsuitable for his purpose. he rather uses acrylic, wood and aluminum which resonances are far more easily controlled. He uses steel primarily to build the frames and carrying structures.

Being an audio furniture manufacturer myself I was very interested and impressed by the workmanship from this designer. His logic, although different from mine, resonates true with me and we converge on the question of actual listening results.

Take a moment to go and visit pARTIcular’s website and learn more about them; many pictures and explanations will help you better understand the philosophy of the brand in a market that does not always fully care or understand. Luckily for them, we talk about it regularly and audio shows provide an opportunity for more visibility to make audio furniture a reality, just knowing how much of an impact an audio support can have, either coloring the sound or limiting dynamics. Only folks who have experimented broadly know how impactful the support will be so give it a try for yourself and find out.

Volkmar, would it be possible to have a few words from your experience at the CES show this year?

Hi Marc,
The show has been good to us with a few new accounts and overall wonderful response for our new isolation platform Triangle with luxury edition finish on a air-craft-grade aluminum, as well as our new entry-level loud-speakerstand Column.

We appreciate at your professional presentation and wish you all the best for 2010, especially health and joy.

Sincerely,

Volkmar Druebbisch

www.particular.com
druebbisch@yahoo.com
209-293-1188 office

pARTicular

Manager : Volkmar Druebbisch
888 Starry Night Lane
Rail Road Flat, CA 95248
United States
Web site : www.particular.com


Scaena Loudspeakers

We had met Alan and Scaena loudspeakers in New York in 2007 – and he remembered. It warmed my heart.

Set up de Scaena Loudspeakers, CES 2010

Alan, would it be possible to have a few words from your experience at the CES show this year?

I Marc,

Our system was our Model 3.2 system which is our entry level system priced at $54,000.00 US.

The system includes two (2) towers with 12 midrange drivers per side operating from 80 hz – 6000hz and has 9 ribbon tweeters per side, carrying 6000- 26000hz.

Scaena speakers close up

The supplied woofers are two (2) 18 inch drivers per side operating from 16hz to anywhere from 80 -110 hz depending on set up and the challenges presented by each room.
The room we have at the Venetian is particularly difficult because of the split level and the room dividing railing.

The lower portion of the room is too small to accomodate both the towers and woofers without placing the listening seats too close ( 3-4 feet away) to the towers.
The top portion is likewise too small to accomodate both the towers and woofers without placing the listening seats too close ( 3-4 feet away) to the towers.

Amplificateurs Mc Intosh et Scaena speaker

We compromise by putting the woofers at the back of the lower tier of the room and the towers at the back of the upper portion of the top tier – resulting in a problematic 20 foot spacing
between woofers and towers and a resultant lag that we are able to blend into the towers and adjust via our supplied DSP crossover device.

We are able to adjust gain, slope, timing, phase and frequency response of the woofers via our supplied DSP system that only impacts the signal running from our DSP crossover to the supplied woofer amplifier that produces 1400 wpc at 4 ohms.

This allowed us to provide and demonstrate acceptable sound but not to really demonstrate the full capabilities of the system.

We also used the McIntosh 2301 monobloc amplifiers on the towers at 300 w/channel.

Source was the dCS Scarlatti system.

Cabling was Nordost Odin.

The rack was provided by Stillpoints.

Best Regards,

Alan Eichenbaum


My opinion

This is a dream system, composed of all the best technologies of the current market. I agree on the set up of the room: every show room has its own difficulties and CES is no exception.

However, the size of the room allows for a pleasant experience on two levels; and even smaller than desired, these spaces provide for an enjoyable experience.

I found the demo sounds of Scaena relatively good, with a noticeable sweet spot, a pretty narrow stereo image, but especially, I noticed a lack of vocal definition – quite unusual for this type of loudspeaker. As pointed out by Alan, they tried to compromise sound due to the size of the room; therefore, it should play ten times better in normal circumstances.

This being said, Mc will always be Mc, having a certain “romantical” side. It would not have been my top choice for the demonstration, especially associated with a “full” DCS in the back. It is like accelerating and breaking at the same – at least, that is my point of view.

Scaena Loudspeakers

Manager : Alan Eichenbaum
10059 NW 1st Ct
Plantation, FL 33324
United States
Contact manager : alan@audiotweakers.com
Web site : www.scaena.com


CES 2010 part II is available : http://magazine-hifi.info/ces-2010-part-2/


Information

Las Vegas CES 2010

CES organisation : http://www.cesweb.org


This article as been written by Marc Philip independent reviewer to www.magazine-hifi.info and www.magazine-audio.com, all rights reserved, copyright 2010, texts and photos are the property of the author, under liscence commons:
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/byncnd/2.5/ca/.
Have nice day and enjoy your listening.

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