13 Jan 2017
TWICE is proud to announce the winners of its third annual TWICE Picks Awards, honoring the best products at CES 2017. TWICE editors reviewed over 170 entrants, the most in its history, and chose winners based on the impact they’re expected to have at retail and the marketplace.
“The TWICE Picks Awards are the answer for anyone who wants to know about the most exciting, game-changing products at CES 2017,” said Ed Hecht, TWICE publisher/VP. “Our winners are chosen using deep perspective by some of the most experienced editors in the business. Each of the winning products demonstrated rich innovation and is expected to positively disrupt the tech market. We offer congratulations to the winners and all the nominees —standing out above the crowd at CES is an accomplishment in itself.”
One of the chief reasons I fly to woebegotten Las Vegas, USA is: I love all the wild, eccentric audio persons that treat CES as a business-building pilgrimage site. The other is that CES is the best place to find new products to review. This year I found several, and the one that has me the most stoked is the Rogers High Fidelity 65V-1 class-A, single-ended EL34/KT88 integrated amplifier ($3999). Not to mention: I have never seen an amp painted with industrial-black crinkle paint that I didn’t love.
I have met Rogers’ president and chief designer Roger Gibboni several times, at his New York dealer Stereo Exchange. I have auditioned his amps powering a variety of loudspeakers, including the fabulous DeVore Fidelity Gibbon XLs, and they always sound vivid and athletic—fast-moving and excitement-generating. But I’ve never felt the urge to review one, until now. This time it was love at first sight.
Rogers High Fidelity introduced their new 65Wpc 65V-1 integrated amplifier ($4000) as part of a neat system: Besides the EL34 stereo Rogers amp, the system included a pair of EgglestonWorks Niko Bookshelf speakers ($2500/pair), and a Detroit-manufactured Shinola Runwell turntable ($2500). The components weren’t just made in the US, but beautifully made in the US. All combined, this system produced very pleasing sonics—and the Rogers integrated amplifier could be controlled from a Bluetooth-based iPhone app.