We love the annual Consumer Electronics Show that happens in Vegas each year, we just wish we could afford to attend every year! CES is a chance for manufacturers to show off their new products and here’s a round up of new products that we are looking forward to. However, sometimes new products can take a while to reach our shores or don’t make it at all. So don’t be expecting these to all be available in the next few months, but we’ll do our best.
Teac 501 Series
Teac has released a new range of high performance micro sized components that are styled on their TASCAM range of pro audio gear. There’s a dedicated Headphone amp, DAC and CD player as well as an Integrated Amp/DAC/Headphone amp that is all class with the analog VU meters. More Information
Cambridge Audio has come out firing with 4 new Home Theatre products. Leading the charge is a new flagship Bluray player, the 752BD – More info here
Updating it’s line of AV Receivers Cambridge Audio has released a new flagship 200W per channel AVR, the 751R. There’s also an update to the successful 651R and a new entry level model the 351R (slotting below the current 551R) for those that only require 5.1 channels.
Onkyo is joining the crowded headphone market and has launched four new models. With an emphasis on street style, no doubt Onkyo will also back these up with great sound. More info here
Hot on the heels the amazing Micromega MyDAC (read my review here) comes the matching MyZic Headphone amp. If it’s up to the standard of the MyDAC this will be one to watch. More info here
Audioengine has updated its popular A2 model to the A2+. The big upgrade here is that now the A2+ inlcudes an internal DAC, so you can connect your computer to your the A2+’s via USB and do the digital to analog conversion away from the noisy computer environment. More info here
Jeff Rowland Design Group have announced the bridgeable 525 Mono block amplifiers. These are an update to the excellent 501 model and are a class D design capable of driving 250W into 8 ohms, and this can be taken to a whopping 1000W @ 8 ohms when bridged. Interestingly, unlike most class D design these aren’t based on the popular ICEpower modules and are a new design from this outstanding audio desisigner. More info here
The kings of Tube amplification have released a new dedicated phono stage for those looking to get the very best out of their vinyl collections. The VTL 2.5 Phono is already picking up positive feedback, read more here.
The biggest surprise for us from the CES announcements was the 400w Intuition Amplifier from Wadia. I don’t think anyone saw this coming, a completely unique design that doesn’t look like anything we’ve seen from Wadia in the past. Check out the Computer Audiophile’s thoughts and pictures of the Intuition here.
German based company Dual have introduced a new model based on their 455M (High mass version) that we have been very impressed with. The new model is the CS-460 and features an all new platter and other refinements to the tone arm. More info here