CES 2008: Audiophile’s Delight

Far from the madding crowd of CES lies the high-end audio area, a quiet spot to crank up the world's best systems as loud as you want
What do speaker designers do when they get bored? Apparently at Waterfall Audio they make speakers out of glass. These conversation pieces start at a very reasonable $3,900 a pair. Insert stone-throwing joke here. Mike Haney

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Even if you think the Bose Sound Dock is the pinnacle of audio clarity, you can’t find a more pleasant way to spend an afternoon at CES than touring the high-end-audio area, moved last year from a sketchy off-Strip motel to the Venetian. There are no flat-panels in sight. No pushy PR people. No throngs. Just room after room of equipment you can’t afford, all set up simply for you to sit and listen to unbelievably realistic reproductions, for as long as you like. It’s also the only place here that you’ll find so many devices built by hand, in America.
And if you’re really lucky, you may get an audio-geek fanboy moment, like having Jim Thiel, founder of
Thiel Audio, personally explain the crazy new tweeter he designed and made himself. Awesome.

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