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Best New Audiophile Accessories from CES: Part 1

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Best New Audiophile Accessories from CES: Part 1


February 26, 2009
In This Issue:
The 2009 CES show attendance may have been down from 2008, but it is still a hot bed of new product introductions. All the webzines will tell you about that new amp or new speaker, but let's focus for a moment on the best new audiophile upgrades for 2009. (Many of these highlights are in fact imported by our Ultra Systems to  affiliate, which may make our comments seem self-serving, but we call 'em as we see 'em and the following are all worthwhile.)

Fuse News: SilverStar from HiFi-Tuning

New 2 Cycle Disc Demagnetizer

Artkustik Animator Ultra
Raising the bar in LP care, the Vinyl Cleaner from Audio Desk Systeme and the Double Smart Matrix from Clearaudio

The Clearaudio Double Smart Matrix
Purist Audio Design's Digital Isolation Adapter
Show Samples from Audience, JPS Labs, and Purist Audio Design

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Fuse News: SilverStar from HiFi-Tuning
Upgrade fuse pioneers, HiFi-Tuning, have released a new series of fuses without the gold-plating of their standard fuses. These unplated SilverStar fuses are pure silver, tip to tip, and this consistency of materials delivers an even faster and more open sound than the gold-plated version.

So far only available in the most popular fuse amperages, and only in the small (.75"/ 20mm) size, fast and slow blow. Plans are in place for the large SilverStar fuses sometime later this year.

More good news: The small SilverStar fuses are $29.95 each , which is  $5 less per fuse than the gold-plated versions.

New 2 Cycle Disc Demagnetizer

HiFi-Tuning has taken the Disc Demagnetizer to another level by adding a second demagnetization cycle at a different frequency. This follows on the heals of the single cycle Furutech RD-1 and RD-2,  and Acoustic Revive's RD-3, which we are told were "benchmarked" in the design of HiFi-Tuning's product.

We have them all here, and while it is difficult to do a controlled evaluation of a disc demagnetizer,  the new HFT product makes sense to us, and in use is at least as good if not better than the others, and at a lower cost ($399), all of which makes this our new default recommendation for this category.

Each demagnetizing cycle takes about 8 seconds. After the first cycle, turn the disc over, and run the second cycle.

How does an aluminum disc magnetize? The inks used on the the disc label may contain materials that can pick up a magnetic charge as they are moved in and out of their case and the CD transport, and are spun at high speeds. The impact of this magnetization is most acute on older discs, which can be sonically rejuvenated with the Disc Demagnetizer. But even brand new CD's, DVD's, Blu-Ray, and other formats will benefit.

Artkustik Animator Ultra
We were intrigued by a new name to us, Artkustik from Austria. The Artkustik line, though new to North America, has been present in Europe for at least 10-15 years. Their quartz  crystal -filled  "Ultra Animator" is a magic wand of sorts: just wave it over a CD and be amazed at the improvement. Or at least we were!

We were told that DVD’s and Blu-Ray reproduction is also improved, with better color fidelity and image depth.

How does the Animator work? (Buckle your seat belts:-)

It was explained that natural Quartz crystals along with proprietary materials cause a molecular restructuring of the discs, which reduces stress, and significantly improves its mechanical, acoustic, electric, and optical characteristics.

The device also works on speaker drivers and cables. In fact in addition to the  aforementioned  full size "magic wand,"  a smaller version to is also available to attach onto audio cables  -  12" from the IEC for AC cables and interconnects, and in the center of speaker cables).

We were told that  the Ultra Animator has found uses in high end kitchens, where it can be kept in the refrigerator to keep food fresher, and we were also told  to pour two glasses of whisky or wine, leave the Animator next to one, and then do a taste test. Still got to try that - didn't seem to work at Starbucks!
Raising the bar in LP care, the Vinyl Cleaner from Audio Desk Systeme and the Double Smart Matrix from Clearaudio

Not one, but two new archival quality LP cleaning machines at CES? Why not? In case you haven't heard we are in the midst of an analog revival.

First up is the Vinyl Cleaner from Audio Desk System. Everyone who saw it at CES wanted it!  This is the first and only LP cleaning machine that incorporates an ultrasonic cleaning cycle in addition to a more conventional mechanical cleaning via bi-directionally rotating microfiber cleaning drums, and the result is the cleanest LP's ever!  

It is also unique in the use of a fan-assisted air dry system, rather than the conventional vacuum arrangement.

And it is fully automatic - just put the LP in the slot, push the button, and come back in 5 minutes for a thoroughly cleaned and dried LP (both sides). Whole new layers of inner detail and air are revealed in the recordings, and of course most surface noise is eliminated.

Not TOO big. Not TOO noisy.

Comes with a proprietary cleaning fluid developed specifically for this machine. A container of the fluid concentrate plus 4 liters of distilled water (just over a gallon) cleans 200 new LP's, or 100 used LP's.

The price you ask?  $3495.   Additional fluid is only $14.95.
The Clearaudio Double Smart Matrix
But if you are more hands on, or don't want to wait 5 minutes while your LP is being cleaned, or you just like the way it looks, the next best thing must be the  ClearAudio's $2400 gem, the Double Smart Matrix.  A more conventional wash and vacuum system than the above, and based on this company's $5200 flagship cleaner, this is a beautifully executed high speed cleaning system. Very nice!
Purist Audio Design's Digital Isolation Adapter
Lots of new products in the digital domain at CES this year. DAC's for iPods, DAC's for computers, and DAC's for transports at all prices. Answering the question: "How can all of these devices properly interface with each other..." Purist Audio Design had a nifty little $299 impedance matching, jitter and noise reducing device for SPDIF digital cables called the Digital Isolation Adapter.  The more dissimilar the digital devices in use, the more useful this will be. In other words you probably don't need it between your Zanden transport and DAC, or your Esoteric separates, but a laptop, media server, Wadia iTransport,  or CD player + Benchmark DAC? Sure!

Available for in-home evaluation through The Cable Library.
Show Samples from Audience, JPS Labs, and Purist Audio Design
One of the best things about the major trade shows is that there are usually good pickin's to be had after the show, especially from the popular cable manufacturers who wire up quite a few systems. This time we have grabbed products from Audience (including some of their T version line filters appearing in our Used Components listings), JPS Labs, and Purist Audio Design, and loaded these into the listings in our Used Cable site, UsedCable.com, at used cable pricing.

Here is a preview, but keep in mind that availability is very limited and these always go fast.

Audience:
Line Filters:
Adept/Response aR6-T  (Black or Silver)   special $3149       Orig.:  $4600
Adept/Response aR12-T (Silver)                 special $5499.55  Orig.:  $8000

Interconnects:
3ft/1m   Audience   AU24 E Version Phono cable (DIN to RCA)   special $599   Orig.:  $  868
5ft/1.5m   Audience  Conductor Subwoofer Cable (RCA)              
special $109   Orig.:  $  161
8ft/2.5m pr. Audience   Conductor Balanced (XLR)                       
special $249   Orig.:  $  375
5ft/1.5m pr. Audience   AU24 (XLR)                                              
special $898   Orig.:  $1361
6.5ft/2m pr.  Audience   AU24 (XLR)                                             
special $998   Orig.:  $1542
6.5ft/2m  pr. Audience   AU24 E  Version (RCA)                           
special $749   Orig.:  $1133
2.4ft/0.75m pr. Audience   AU24 E  Version (XLR)                       
special $725   Orig.:  $1080
3ft/1m  pr.  Audience   AU24 E  Version (XLR)                             
special $835   Orig.:  $1250

Power Cables:
5ft/1.5m   Audience  Powerchord                     special  $339  Orig.:  $482
6ft/1.8m   Audience  Powerchord                    
special $349   Orig.:  $509
6ft/1.8m   Audience  E  Version Powerchord  
special $449    Orig.:  $ 74

Speaker Cables (pairs):
8ft/2.5m   Audience   Maestro (Spades)                                  special $ 325   Orig.:   $ 538
6.5ft/2m   Audience   AU24 (Spades)                                    
special $ 750   Orig.:  $1107
10ft/3m   Audience   AU24 (Spades)                                     
special $ 939   Orig.:  $1445
6.5ft/2m   Audience   AU24 E Version (Spades)                   
special $  965   Orig.:  $1441
8ft/2.5m   Audience   AU24 E Version (Spades to Bananas) 
special $1075   Orig.:  $1611


JPS Labs:
Interconnects (pairs):
6.5ft/2m   JPS Labs   Aluminata (RCA)   special  $2495   Orig.:  $4199
10ft/3m   JPS Labs   Aluminata (RCA)   
special  $2995   Orig.:  $5399
13ft/4m   JPS Labs   Aluminata (RCA)   
special  $3599   Orig.:  $6599

Power Cable:
10ft/3m   JPS Labs   Kaptovator   special  $1365   Orig.:  $2099

Speaker Cables (pairs):
4ft/1.2m   JPS Labs   Aluminata (Spades or Bananas)   special  $3650   Orig.:  $6099
8ft/2.5m   JPS Labs   Aluminata (Spades or Bananas)  
special  $5098   Orig.:  $8499



Purist Audio Design:
Digital Cables:
5ft/1.5m   Purist Audio Design   Aqueous Anniversary (RCA)          special  $475   Orig.:  $720
5ft/1.5m   Purist Audio Design   Aqueous Anniversary (AES/EBU) 
special  $549   Orig.:  $840
5ft/1.5m   Purist Audio Design   Anniversary SPDIF (RCA)           
special  $1750   Orig.:  $3250

Phono Cables:
4ft/1.2m   Purist Audio Design   Proteus Provectus (RCA to XLR)              special  $2498   Orig.:  $3920
4ft/1.2m   Purist Audio Design   Dominus (DIN to RCA)                             
special $3495   Orig.:  $5930
5ft/1.5m   Purist Audio Design   Anniversary (Right Angle DIN to XLR)  
special  $5495   Orig.:  $9200

Interconnects (pairs):
10ft/3m   Purist Audio Design   Museaus (XLR)                              special  $349   Orig.:  $525
24.6ft/7.5m   Purist Audio Design   Aqueous Anniversary (RCA)  
special  $995   Orig.:  $1810
1.5ft/0.5m   Purist Audio Design   Proteus Provectus (RCA)
special  $2050   Orig.:  $3400
3ft/1m   Purist Audio Design   Proteus Provectus (XLR)     
special  $2095   Orig.:  $3500
5ft/1.5m   Purist Audio Design   Proteus Provectus (RCA)  
special  $2150   Orig.:  $3550
5ft/1.5m   Purist Audio Design   Proteus Provectus (XLR)  
special  $2250   Orig.:  $3650
10ft/3m   Purist Audio Design   Proteus Provectus (RCA)   
special  $2350   Orig.:  $4000
16.5ft/5m   Purist Audio Design   Proteus Provectus (RCA)
special  $2998   Orig.:  $4600
29.5ft/9m   Purist Audio Design   Proteus Provectus (XLR)
special  $3550   Orig.:  $5900
39ft/12m   Purist Audio Design   Proteus Provectus (XLR) 
special  $3998   Orig.:  $6800
5ft/1.5m   Purist Audio Design   Anniversary (RCA)           
special  $4998   Orig.:  $8400
24.6ft/7.5m   Purist Audio Design   Anniversary (XLR)      
special  $7995   Orig.:  $13300

Power Cable:
10ft/3m   Purist Audio Design   Museaus AC   special  $425   Orig.:  $655
10ft/3m   Purist Audio Design   Anniversary   
special  $2098   Orig.:  $3300

Speaker Cables (pairs):
5ft/1.5m   Purist Audio Design   Vesta (Spades)   special  $199   Orig.:  $320
6.5ft/2m   Purist Audio Design   Vesta (Spades)  
special  $210   Orig.:  $340
26ft/8m   Purist Audio Design   Musaeus Biwire (Spades)  
special  $849   Orig.:  $1445
10ft/3m   Purist Audio Design   Aqueous Anniversary Biwire (1/4inch Spades)   $ 1295   Orig.:  $2200
6.5ft/2m   Purist Audio Design   Proteus Provectus Biwire (Spades)   special  $4750   Orig.:  $8525
10ft/3m   Purist Audio Design   Anniversary (Spades)  
special  $11198   Orig.:  $22500

Stay tuned for part 2 of this report coming soon and including the new AC cables from Shunyata Research, the Elite Series line conditioners from Running Springs Audio and more.

For additional information on these offers and frequent updates speak with your Cable Company consultant, or visit our websites:  www.thecableco.com and www.ultrasystem.comFor hundreds of specials on used and demo cables, visit  www.usedcable.com.

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