Absolute Sounds, UK importer and distributor of hi-fi and home cinema equipment, got in touch with Hifi Pig to CESlet us know what the brands they represent will be doing at this year’s CES.
Audio Research
The American company unveil their latest entry-level CD player, the CD6, which also serves as an outboard DAC. This will be demonstrated alongside their SP20 preamp and Reference 75 power amp, with speakers provided by Sonus faber (the Olympica III).
Constellation Audio
This recently formed audio electronics brand will demonstrate The Argo, Constellation’s first integrated amplifier together with the Cygnus media player.
Crystal Cable
Dutch company Crystal Cable, celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2014. CES sees a special preview of forthcoming Crystal Cable products, including the Minissimo standmount speaker and The Cube, a compact integrated amp featuring the Light Drive system developed by sister company Siltech. Cables on show include the Absolute Dream, the world’s first 100 per cent monocrystal cable range.
Dan D’Agostino
Dan D’Agostino will launch the first integrated amp under his own name, the  Momentum Integrated,complete with D’Agsotino’s signature front-mounted meter – inspired by the styling of fine Swiss watches.
The only audio manufacturer permitted to use the prestigious ‘Swiss Made’ mark, darTZeel will unveil their LHC-208, described as a ‘danalogue’ integrated amplifier.
New at CES 2014 is the flagship Devialet 500 combining two Devialet 240s in an intelligent dual-mono or bi-amp configuration, coupled together with proprietary software.
Legendary American high-end brand Krell is remaining secretive about the new products it’s set to unveil at CES, but you can bet your bottom dollar that something on the power amplifier front will be unveiled.
The latest member of the much-lauded Magico family of speakers is the S3 a midsize floorstander that slots between the entry-level S1 and their S5.
Best known in the UK for its  hybrid electrostatic speakers, Kansas-based MartinLogan continues to expand its range with a tabletop speaker called Crescendo, which supports both Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth wireless streaming. Elsewhere, the company’s Motion Series of dynamic speakers continues to expand with the addition of the Motion 60 – the largest floorstander in the range, complete with MartinLogan’s Folded Motion Tweeter. Sonus faber
The full Olympica range is on show at CES 2014, alongside Sonus faber’s other speaker lines, while the new Homage Vox centre speaker takes part in a home cinema demo alongside the Amati Futura and Guarneri Evolution loudspeakers.
Designed and built in Japan, the TechDAS Air Force One turntable has a platter that floats on an air bearing, while adjustable air suspension “ensures a complete absence of interference from air- and floor-borne vibration”. A silent outboard vacuum pump clamps records flat against the platter, and there’s the facility to mount two different tonearms. TechDAS is unveiling the Air Force Two at CES, a more affordable deck forged upon the same engineering principals as Air Force One.
Theta Digital
US-based Theta Digital is showing off the latest Casablanca IV Music and Cinema Controller– a multichannel preamp/processor. A host of advanced features include a new 192kHz post processing board, Dirac Live 96K digital room correction and Theta’s proprietary Jitter Jail II anti-jitter technology.
Wilson Audio
Utah’s Wilson Audio is demonstrating the forthcoming Sasha Series 2 – the latest descendant of the legendary WATT/Puppy – in its suite at the Mirage Hotel. Among the other speakers on show are the new Mezzo CS, a low-profile design that’s the aimed at being the centre channel partner for the Sasha Series 2 in a home cinema context, together with the Duette Series 2 standmount speaker.

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