А вот личное мнение двух ведущих обозревателей издания "The Abso!ute Sound" :
Роберт Харли :
RH’s Best of Show
Best Sound (cost no object)
The Lamm room with Kharma Grand Exquisite speakers and an Air Force One turntable was easily the best sound in Vegas (see Jonathan Valin’s report for system details). I also heard BOS-quality sound from the VTL room with Wilson Duette 2 speakers, VTL’s terrific sounding new TP-2.5i phonostage ($3750), and a Brinkmann Spyder turntable with Lyra Etna cartridge. Another contender was the Vandersteen Quattro CT ($14,600 per pair) driven by Vandersteen’s new M5-HPA amplifiers, all on HRX equipment racks.
Best Sound (for the money)
Totem Acoustic, VPI, and Transparent Audio teamed up to put together a remarkably musical system priced at $7105 including cables, power cords, and a power conditioner. The components were a VPI Cliffwood turntable with Grado Green cartridge, Moon 240i integrated amplifier, Totem Signature One speakers, Transparent MusicLink Phono, MusicWave speaker cable, Hardwired by Transparent power cord, and a Transparent PowerBank 6 AC conditioner.
Most Significant Trend
1) The move to make all music distribution high-resolution. 2) The profusion of LP-playing products, led by Technics’ entry into the ultra-high-end with its SL-1000R.
Most Coveted Product
The TechDas Air Force One turntable in the Lamm/Kharma room.
( http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/ces-2018-robert-harley-on-analog-digital-and-personal-audio/ )
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JV's Best of Show
Best Sound of Show (Cost No Object): Vladimir Lamm and Charles van Oosterum’s fabulous Lamm/Kharma system—not just the best of CES 2018 but one for the ages.
Best Sound (For the Money): In my category of speakers $20k and up, that would have to be the reborn KLH Model 9, driven by Rogers Sound integrated amps and an Oppo disc player—perhaps the most completely natural sound at CES.
Most Significant Trend: Well, I could say the abundance of analog gear (including Nagra’s fabulous reel-to-reel tape player), but the most obvious and significant trend is, of course, the decline and fall of high-end audio at CES. CES High End been heading for disaster for years and, now, disaster has arrived. It didn’t have to be this way—a lower-priced venue, more reasonable drayage, aggressive publicity à la Munich High End, more attention paid by CTA. But the truth is that high-end audio has never been a priority at CES, because it’s never been the moneymaker that, oh, cell phones and computers are. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a rebound (there were, as I’ve noted, some positives in attendance and business done), but it's gonna take a village effort to bring CES High End back.
Most Coveted Products: A tie between the “new” KLH Model 9, the Kharma Exquisite Midi Grand Signature, the new Technics SL-1000R turntable (I used a Panasonic SP-10—Panasonic is Technics' parent company—for almost a decade), the new VTL 2.5i phonostage, the new D’Agostino Progression electronics, Audio Technica’s novel AT-ART1000 mc, and (if only) Nagra’s reel-to-reel tape player and a choice selection of René LaFlamme’s fabulous mastertapes
( http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/ces-2018/ )