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AudioFiles: Playing Vegas

The coolest new audio products from the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

HiFiMan Edition 6 headphones
HiFiMan Edition 6 headphones
Pioneer’s SE-MS5T headphones
Pioneer’s SE-MS5T headphones
DACAmp L1 portable headphone amp and digital-to-analog converter
DACAmp L1 portable headphone amp and digital-to-analog converter
GoldenEar Technology Triton Reference speakers
GoldenEar Technology Triton Reference speakers
KEF LS50 Wireless speakers
KEF LS50 Wireless speakers
Music Hall pa2.2 phono preamp
Music Hall pa2.2 phono preamp
Pro-Ject Debut III RecordMaster turntable
Pro-Ject Debut III RecordMaster turntable

There might be a hundred annual consumer-audio shows, but there’s only one where you can hear everything from speakers that cost more than a Steinway grand to earbuds that cost less than a CD. It’s CES, which stands for Consumer Electronics Show and takes place every January in Las Vegas. As I write this, I just returned from my 28th CES, where I spent six days in search of the best audio gear coming out this year. Here are the coolest new products I saw and heard.

Alone Together

If your ideal sonic experience involves just you and a great set of headphones, the 2017 CES provided great options no matter what your budget. Those who consider sound quality priceless will welcome the introduction of HiFiMan’s Edition 6 headphones. The $5,999 Edition 6 resembles HiFiMan’s $2,999 HE1000 v2, but uses new audio drivers said to provide a clearer, cleaner path for the sound to reach your ears. A headphone this sophisticated can’t deliver its best performance plugged into an iPhone, so HiFiMan also created the $15,000 EF1000 amplifier to go with it.

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