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.
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.