Top 5 AV Tech From Day 2 at CES 2017

David Susilo

Published: 01/07/2017 03:22:06 PM EST in Sound

Top 5 AV Tech From Day 2 at CES 2017

Technics SU-G700

It is the definitive integrated amplifier. By utilizing reference class audio technologies such as "Jitter Elimination and Noise Shaping Optimization Engine" to eliminate any timing error in both analog and digital domains, and "Load Adaptive Phase Calibration" to calibrate the timing phase of any given speakers used in conjunction with the integrated amplifier, essentially any audio signal being fed into this unit (including a turntable through its built-in phono input) will be pumped through any given speakers in the most faithful way possible. Alas, pricing is still to be determined.

LG Signature Series OLED

Not satisfied being the thinnest and lightest, LG's Signature Series OLED with a W7 panel (available in 65" and 77" sizes) is also the most future-proof TV I've seen at CES 2017. Why? It's the only TV that can handle all flavours of HDR, including HDR10 (the minimum HDR standard for UHD Premium certification), Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log Gamma (invented by the collaboration between NHK Japan and the BBC UK as the HDR standard for broadcast) and Technicolor. I don't know of any other brand that can handle all of those four standards. The only drawback: this TV can only be wall mounted. Pricing is still TBD.

Audeze iSine20

At US$599, these earphones are quite a bargain considering the nature of their planar magnetic drivers being employed in order to produce better dynamics and frequency response. Add the included Lightning cable with DSP, and the earphones will be able to produce any type of music with virtually zero distortion. The design by DesinWorksUSA, a BMW group company, doesn't hurt either.

Mytek Brooklyn

The Brooklyn DAC is a reference USB DAC with built-in MQA decoder, 384 kHz PCM and DSD 256. As if that's not enough, it is also a line and phono analog preamplifier and a reference headphone amplifier. The digital inputs can accept USB2 Class2 formats, AES/EBU professional digital input, S/PDIF, Toslink and even the studio exclusive format: ADAT (Alesis Digital Audio Tape), albeit limited only to the first two channels of the 8-track ADAT audio stream. For US$2,000 you'll be hard pressed to find a DAC that can accept this many formats from both consumer and professional levels.

Pioneer SEMS5T

A breakthrough from Pioneer, the SEMS5T headphones series (available in black, red, and silver) are the epitome of a delicate balance between quality, appearance and price. At $179, these headphones were built with an aluminum casing with a wide PU-leather headband for the utmost comfort. Utilizing a 40mm driver unit with 105dB sensitivity and 10Hz to 30kHz frequency response, these headphones can be classified as a Hi-Res Audio peripheral. Making things better, they can fold into a compact configuration for easy storage, and they come with a built in-line microphone and remote control.


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