Great Days for Audio at CES
• Paradigm fielded a new custom installation in-wall/in-ceiling speaker line at its suite. The CI Pro replaces the AMS series and the CO Elite will usurp the SA series (spring availability). The company also showed the Shift collection’s Wireless Series multiroom system components, which will include the PF 600 bookshelf speaker ($600), the PF amplifier ($500) and the PF 800 speaker ($800). The system uses DTS’s Play-Fi technology and works with the Play-Fi app. Also on exhibit was a prototype of the Prestige 2000W 2m000-watt 15-inch subwoofer (spring availability). The sub will complement the just-shipping Prestige 95 towers ($5,000/pair).
• SVS, says company principal Gary Yacoubian, is “re-messaging its brand vision to bring world-class audio experiences to a broader audience.” At CES, it demo’ed its Prime series ($1,000/pair) and the $499/pair Prime bookshelf speakers and $270/pair satellites. It is making a 5.1-channel bundle available for $999. Also on display was the PC-2000 Pillar of Bass cylinder subwoofer.
• GoldenEar Technology held demos of its new Triton Five passive tower speaker ($999 each; March availability) – a larger version of the Triton Seven – in one Venetian tower room – and in the other room, showed off the “inertially balanced” SuperSub XXL ($1,999; summer availability), by running the subwoofer-challenging “The Art of Flight” snowboarding video while balancing a nickel on its edge atop the XXL.
• Totem’s Vince Bruzzese exhibited and demonstrated the Tribe V on-wall full-range speaker and Element series Metal speakers. The Metal features the company’s Torrent driver, which offers a panoramic non-directional distribution of sound.
• Thiel fielded its new Third Avenue Collection – labeled as such as an homage to downtown Nashville’s iconic Third Ave., Nashville now being where Thiel’s operations center is located, said senior vice president of sales and marketing Paul Fisher. The series includes the TT1 floorstanding tower ($5,800/pair), the TC1 dedicated center channel ($2,495), the TM3 rear channels ($3,500/pair) and a new prototype subwoofer (due out in Q2 at $3,000). “We’re moving Thiel from a two-channel company to being a surround sound company – evolving with the marketplace,” said Fisher. Future products in development include larger TT tower speakers and additional center channel and subwoofer models; also in the planning stage is a new series of in-wall architectural speakers.