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.