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Leaving Las Vegas on a Roll
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Written by Doug Schneider   
Monday, 11 January 2010 02:38

As I write this article, Jeff Fritz is finishing with the last bit of product coverage and proofreaders are going over our work to weed out mistakes. Undoubtedly, they'll find more than a few errors. In four days we produced more coverage from CES 2010 in Las Vegas than all of our competitors combined. We shot and published over 100 high-resolution product photos and wrote captions for each one, gave out awards, and worked late every night and woke up early every morning to continue working so that we could bring to you our brand of timely, high-quality coverage. It was important to do this -- especially this year.

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The Future is Here Now
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Written by Roger Kanno   
Monday, 11 January 2010 00:30

I recently heard someone at a local dealer say they couldn't believe the digital source for the high-end system being demonstrated was actually a laptop computer feeding a USB-capable DAC. But at CES this year, it was actually kind of unusual to see new DACs that didn't have a USB input, and many demo rooms featured some kind of computer-based audio system. Our publisher, Doug Schneider, believes that the future of high-end sound is computer-based playback of digital audio files stored on a hard drive, and he's probably not in the minority.

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Turntable Roundup: Part 1
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Written by John Crossett   
Sunday, 10 January 2010 23:33

Publisher Doug Schneider and editor-in-chief Jeff Fritz assigned me to a specific task: find as many new turntables as I could at this year's CES. So with that command in mind, I set off down the hall of the Venetian where the high-performance-audio exhibits were to see what I could find. 

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3D Everywhere
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Written by Roger Kanno   
Saturday, 09 January 2010 01:30

A recurring theme at this year’s CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center was 3D video. There were 3D-enabled Blu-ray players, flat-panel displays, projectors, satellite and cable TV services, and even video games. They were everywhere, with many of the major electronics manufacturers seemingly devoting the majority of the space in their exhibit booths to this new 3D video technology.

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Day -1
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Written by Doug Schneider   
Thursday, 07 January 2010 01:04

Our show coverage doesn't technically start until the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- this year, that's January 7. However, the hard work begins one day before the CES, when we hand out our annual Product of the Year awards and take photos of the winners. Pictures of the recipients can be seen in the "Annual Awards" section of this site. As the pained look on Roger Kanno's face suggests, presenting awards is not an easy task.

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This Coverage Inside . . .
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You will find this coverage from CES 2010 inside these pages. Look for regular updates from now until the end of the Show.

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Turntable Roundup: Part 2
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Written by John Crossett   
Sunday, 10 January 2010 23:53

In Part 1, I looked at the more expensive turntables that made their debut here at CES 2010. Many of them could be considered accessible for serious audiophiles who put a lot of value in spinning vinyl, but I'm aware that a large number of buyers want something even less expensive. So for this second part I wanted to focus my attention on the more reasonably priced models I found. These are ideal for someone who wants to get into vinyl for the first time, or for someone who simply wants a new turntable to wring a little extra out of their LPs. 

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HD and 3D for Adults
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Written by Doug Schneider   
Saturday, 09 January 2010 12:41

Kitty-corner to the CES exhibits at the Venetian hotel is the annual Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE) at the Sands Convention Center. The AEE is a large event that invites industry, press, consumers, and fans. It's been a well-known secret for decades that many CES attendees make time to see what's happening at the AEE.

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Mainstream Beryllium
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Written by Jeff Fritz   
Friday, 08 January 2010 07:34

Beryllium is, according to many loudspeaker designers, a near-perfect material for tweeter domes. The high stiffness-to-mass ratio and the ability of beryllium to maintain its shape into the very high frequencies is technically beneficial. Whereas many tweeter materials start to "break up" (deform) near the audible limit of human hearing around 20kHz, beryllium is able to play linearly out to 40kHz and above. What this translates to is cleaner treble -- a benefit of a more pistonic tweeter driver.

Beryllium has been used for a number of years now and, as we saw at CES 2010, many of the most ambitious loudspeaker designers in the world are now using beryllium in their tweeters, and that number is likely to continue to grow. Rockport Technologies and Magico -- two of the cutting-edge manufacturers chasing the state of the art -- are prime examples.

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