2013 International CES
Constellation Audio to perform demos at the 2013 international Consumer Electronics Show.
At the 2013 International CES, Constellation Audio will be demonstrating components from our Reference and Performance series.
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Las Vegas Convention Center and World Trade Center (LVCC)/Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (LVH)
2013 International CES Exhibit days and hours
Tuesday, January 8: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday, January 10: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday, January 11: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
CES 2013 Reviews and Show Reports
Robert Harley?s Best of Show
Best Sound (cost no object)
Magico Q7 driven by Constellation electronics and MIT cables, Rockport Altair powered by Absolare electronics and Echole cables at T.H.E. Show, YG?s new Sonja with D?Agostino amplification and dCS front end, Raidho D1.1 powered by Rowland 725 amplifiers and Aeris DAC
Best Sound (for the lowest price)
The Triton 7 tower from GoldenEar Technology was miraculous at $1398 per pair, as was the minimalist Audience Clairaudient 1 + 1 at $1695 per pair. Two radically different approaches, two great values.
Most Significant Product Introduction
Magico?s new $12,600 S1 loudspeaker. Although not inexpensive, the S1 brings many of the Magico virtues to a more accessible product.
Greatest Technological Breakthrough
A new DSP algorithm for the Meridian DSP7200 V2 active digital loudspeaker that corrects the bass-lag problem in loudspeakers. Existing DSP7200 owners can upgrade to the new software.
Most Important Trend
The targeting of younger music lovers with high-performance products that fit this generation?s lifestyle. Portable products, headphones, sub-$500 DACs, and all-in-one systems with wireless streaming are being introduced by savvy high-end companies hoping to capture new customers and create lasting brand loyalties.
CES 2013 Report
Constellation Audio Virgo II
Constellation Audio is a high brand that I have been waiting to see and hear in the UK for far too long. With metalwork that makes most everything else look shabby this California based company has cornered the market in high end designers for hire and created electronics that sound as good as they look if experiences this year and inthe past are anything to go by. Absolute Sounds is now distributing Constellation but prices have not yet been released, take it as read that the range comes in above nearly everything else in that distributors luxurious range.
This year Constellation was using it's new Virgo 2 preamplifier which is now fully balanced with four Centaur monoblocks and the highly desirable Cygnus Digital file player/DAC as a source into Magico Q7 floorstanding beasts.
To say that this system has authority is a serious understatement, rarely have I heard this degree of control, gravitas and effortless power. Stevie Ray Vaughn is oft heard at shows but never with the grounding and complete absence of colouration encountered with this system, the dynamics and imaging take your breath away because both are achieved with so little effort.
CES 2013: Constellation Audio
Constellation Audio brought a pair of Magico Q7 loudspeakers to demo their new gear at CES, so I suppose you could say that no matter what happened, this was going to be a popular room. And so it was ? each of my three times through the room only got me to the edge of the crowd. Getting to the sweet spot required me forcibly removing someone, but I did it, and too bad. Ha! Anyway, the long and short ? I think the Q5 might have been a better fit for the room. Maybe?
Constellation has some of the hottest looking gear currently being made in today?s high-end, with visually entrancing subtleties to the textures and surfaces that I want to touch almost as much as I want to hear...