CES 2017

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 24, 2017
My favorite post from CES 2017 is the video compilation CES 2017: A Video Snapshot over on Stereophile put together by Jana Dagdagan. It's my favorite because it gives a good sense of the people and personalities within our industry. Too often these details go unnoticed, or worse still, purposefully ignored which can have a dehumanizing affect. While it should go without saying, the people in the hi-fi business are people, too.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 17, 2017
The biggest and most meaningful buzz from CES 2017 was . . . Prince. As I explained, Jonathan Derda was playing "Avalanche" from the Club-members-only album One Nite Alone... and I was told I must hear "Avalanche" in the MoFi room by Stephen Mejias. After hearing it, I passed on the word.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 12, 2017
yea: those bastards at AARP had a room amid the hi-fi rooms at CES 2017 to remind us we're all going to die a humiliating death

It all depends on how you look at it.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 12, 2017
In addition to the MoFi room, here are my other highlights.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2017
AudioQuest's new Perch Headphone Stand ($79.95). Form, meet function. Projected ship date: February.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2017
"Did you hear that Prince track in the MoFi room?" asked my good friend Stephen Mejias.


"I didn't know it was Prince."

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 11, 2017
An MQA encoded file can be played back in four ways; with no decoding, software decoding, hardware decoding, and a combined software/hardware decode.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 10, 2017
Typically Venetian- and/or Mirage-bound exhibitors including dCS, Bluesound, and ELAC were also on active display at the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion in the LVCC, the circus circus carnivalesque commodity trading floor pumping pounding shoving flashing booth-babe sporting sports center of CES.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 10, 2017
Rob Watts illustrating an essential ingredient in any presentation

Chord Electronics Ltd introduced three new products at CES 2017; the new and improved Hugo2 (£1,800), Blu MkII upscaling CD transport (£7,995), and Poly (£499). I'll let Chord's slide show tell you most of story and just add that I had to leave before the Poly presentation. Poly attaches to the Chord Mojo adding a micro SD card reader, Bluetooth, and WiFi so that the Mojo becomes a nifty little high-resolution wireless network music player, streamer and SD card playback device.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 10, 2017
while HDtracks did not speak at the DEG event, their message, especially "...and streaming enthusiasts", sure did

Thursday, January 5 was the first day of the show and also the date of the Digital Entertainment Group's Hi-Res Audio Update. For the most part I felt a strong sense of déjà vu (not the CSN&Y song but that would kinda make sense too) as the language used to describe the hi-res listening experience had more goosebumps and raised hairs on the backs of necks than a tower of giraffes in a blizzard.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 07, 2017
In a few short weeks, or long weeks depending on to what extent you've been infected with the audiophile bug, AudioQuest DragonFly Red & Black owners can download and install the free AQ app which facilitates a firmware upgrade turning your 'Fly into an MQA-enabled DAC.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 05, 2017
Tidal HiFi account owners can upgrade their account (for free) with the tick of that new "HiFi / Master" option in Tidal's settings menu and stream from "more than 30,000" MQA encoded tracks. Right now.