For many of its early years, the big Consumer Electronics Show was presented every spring in Chicago and featured the hottest high-tech, most-wanted toys of the day: hi-fi and stereo gear. So even though CES now takes place in Las Vegas every January, there is still a large portion of the show that features high-end audio reproduction and home theater.These are items that, when combined correctly, reproduce music. Unlike modern-day video products like large, flat-screen TVs and next-generation disc players for which people are willing to spend to get the best, the audio industry is mostly about portability at any cost. Who cares if it doesn't sound like real music, as long as buyers can can cram 10,000 tiny files into their pockets. Thanks Apple ( AAPL). The day the iPod was introduced was the real "day the music died." There are still expert craftsmen and engineers making breakthroughs in home audio systems, though. And a number of those small companies were showing off some pretty impressive gear at this year's confab. Take, for instance the new flat-panel speakers from Magnepan. These Magneplanars are so new that they haven't officially been named yet. When I entered the Maggie demonstration suite, all I got to see was a white curtain in front of the new speakers. I sat down and listened to some of the best music reproduction I've ever heard. Especially in a hi-fi show setting, I imagined the speakers behind the curtain to be their new, flagship models: maybe 6 feet tall, with their super ribbon tweeters reproducing everything from voices to cymbals like I've never heard them before.