Audiophilia reports on the VPI: I’m NOT Going to CES, NJ Party!

Audiophilia reports on the VPI: I’m NOT Going to CES, NJ Party!

Displeasure at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas has been building over the years by those involved in high-end audio. High-end's presence has dwindled to about 1 floor, while at the same time the show has been expanded to include everything ‘consumer’ from gaming to self-driving cars and robots. When one peruses the ‘About’ section on the 2018 CES website, there is not one mention of high-end audio (e.g. speakers, amplifiers, turntables, DACs, etc.).

The cost for a manufacturer to display its wares has skyrocketed—I have heard of room prices as high as $500 per night! Distributors and dealers of high-end audio have for the most part abandoned CES, and thus, so have most high-end audio companies. Even the high-end audio media has pulled back its participation. For example, in a January 9 article in Stereophile, written by Jon Iverson, it is stated that this year, ‘we are running a skeleton crew ....Where in the past we’ve focused mainly on new product announcements, this year we’ll try to cover everyone who made the effort to show up.’

Questyle Audio CMA400i DAC with Headphone AMP

Questyle Audio CMA400i DAC with Headphone AMP

I admire small high-end audio boxes that do big things. Audiophilia's Karl Sigman recently published a superb review of Mytek's seemingly unbelievable Brooklyn DAC +. Lots of audiophile needs covered in audio glory for about $2500. According to our analytics, it's been read many thousands of times worldwide in only a couple of months. Seems like we're not the only audiophiles that like good things in small packages. 

Questyle Audio, the Chinese manufacturer and designers of exceptional DAPs, solicited its engineering team to design similar small parameters but for a one-box DAC/Headphone Amp/Preamp solution. The CMA series was born. The subject of our review is the entry level of the series, the 400i.