Coverage of CES 2000 from Las Vegas, NV-Jan. 6-9, 2000
SoundStage! Live Standout Room-NBS
Big news at CES was that NBS, known so far only for cable products, is entering the audio-component business-but not in a slow and cautious way. They're jumping in with both feet. The system you see here is 100% NBS. The NBS/CD Player will retail for $20,000 (all hardware prices are approximate). It directly drives the NBS/Shields power amplifier, $60,000 per pair. The amplifiers drive the NBS/Monitor loudspeakers, $40,000 per pair. Connecting the components for signal and power are NBS Monitor Zero cables, about $70,000 for the full set. The sound surprised us with a high level of clarity and detail with no harshness. The sound field was large, three-dimensional and very, very clean-spic-and-span, crystal-clear, top-of-Everest clean. The loudspeakers are anticipated to be ready by March, the power amps by April, with the CD player coming in the summer. Add some room treatment products, some power-conditioning products, some racks and isolation platforms, and you're looking at your basic $200,000 audio system.
King/Serpent II Loudspeaker Cable and Interconnect
Manufactured by NBS Audio Cables
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