January 7 Product Coverage
All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise specified.
Limited-edition components have been a rich part of Siltech's history, and here we have their latest: the C1 all-tube preamplifier ($28,000). The C1 features battery-powered operation and a bold claim from the company: that it is the "world's quietest pure-tube preamplifier." We are told 50 of these units will be made and then production will cease. [www.siltechcables.com]
MartinLogan's least-expensive speakers are from the company's new Motion Series. Seen here is the Motion 6 center-channel ($299 each) flanked by the Motion 2 (right front, $199 each) and somewhat larger Motion 4 (left front, $249 each) bookshelf models. [www.martinlogan.com]
Finnish loudspeaker manufacturer Amphion debuted the latest version of one of their most popular models: the two-way, stand-mounted argon3 ($2950 per pair). [www.amphion.fi]
Furutech, long known for their cables, connectors, and accessories, now produces standalone components. On the left is the Le Mans 24-bit/96kHz DAC with integral 60W class-D amplifier ($1200). To the right is the GT40 24/96 DAC with integral phono stage. We liked how Furutech combined the functionality of two components in each product along with the ultra-small form factor. [www.furutech.com]
Canada's Focus Audio always has something cool at CES, and this year was no different. Seen here in the foreground is the floorstanding Prestige FP80 ($8000 per pair). Sitting back a bit is the stand-mounted FP50 ($4200 per pair). Between the two models just discussed is a slightly smaller floorstander, the FP70 ($6000 per pair), and a slightly larger stand-mount, the FP60 ($4520 per pair). [www.focusaudio.com]
Usher Audio Technology introduced a brand-new version of their popular BE-718 at CES 2010. The BE-718 Diamond incorporates what the company claims is a diamond-coated alloy tweeter, which replaces the previous beryllium unit. The BE-718 Diamond also sports a 7" woofer and weighs 38 pounds. The retail price, when available later in the year, will be between $3000 and $3500 per pair.
Note the aluminum-enclosed modules heavily shielded within the chassis of the Parasound JC 3. The inscription on these modules also indicates that Carl Thompson was responsible for the circuit-board design.
Here you see Yoav Geva with his newest creation, the YG Acoustics Carmel loudspeaker ($18,000 per pair). This two-way floorstander has a cabinet that is made entirely from aluminum, which is machined in the company's Colorado-based factory. The Carmel is YG's lowest-priced product to date.
In the "it costs how much?!" category was The Lars XLS mono power amplifier ($90,000). These 32W power amplifiers are the Swedish company's second product and feature 300B-XLS tubes in a fully balanced circuit design.