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Audio Files: Las Vegas Hosts the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show

Sounds from the Strip

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Sennheiser Momentum over-ear headphones
High Resolution Technologies dSp digital sound processor
ION Air turntable
PSB Alpha VS21
Revel Concerto2 F36 tower speakers
Sony NWZ-A17 high-resolution audio player

The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is as important to audio as the Newport festival is to jazz. CES is the only show where you can find everything in audio. At the Las Vegas Convention Center, you push your way through bustling crowds and booths the size of city blocks to find the latest headphones and wireless speakers. On the upper floors of the Venetian Hotel, you sit quietly with fellow audiophiles to audition $50,000 amplifiers and $100,000 speakers. No matter what your interest in audio or your budget, CES has the gear you’re looking for … if you can find it among the six hotels and two convention centers it takes to hold a show with 170,000 attendees.

In January I spent five and a half days at CES 2015 and returned home with a suitcase full of literature, press kits and product samples. Here’s a brief list of the audio products I saw that I think will appeal most to JazzTimes readers. The majority of these products will become available this spring and summer, but a few are out now.

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