CES 2016: The Trouble With Trotters

What do Hunter S. Thomson, Philip K. Dick, and L. Ron Hubbard all have in common? For starters, they all use an initial in their names, and anyone who does that is obviously trying hard to appear to be intellectual. More important, I think they would all have enjoyed attending this year's CES.

MartinLogan ‘Reinvents’ the Hybrid Electrostatic

MartinLogan announced at CES 2016 that it has redefined hybrid electrostatic speaker technology with the Renaissance ESL 15A it plans to launch this spring.

The Sweet Sounds of CES 2016

Audio highlights and trends from CES 2016 worth writing home about.

CES 2016: The Smart Home Builds a Solid Foundation

A look at the smart home category and why it didn’t have quite the sizzle at CES 2016 as it has had during past shows.

Wolf in the House

Wolf Cinema has upgraded its existing four projector platforms for 2016. It showcased the STC-15 ($15,000) at CES on a 10-foot wide, Seymour Screen Excellence 2.35:1 screen. It's images were truly spectacular...

Arcam Gets Dirac

Arcam has added Dirac Live to its new range of receivers. The headliner shown at CES 2016 was the AVR 850 with Dolby Atmos, HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2, and 7 channels of Class G amplification at $6,000...

TCL's Ultra-Wide 21:9 LCD

Like many demos at CES 2016, this 2.35:1 (21x9) “scope” curved LCD widescreen Ultra HD design was likely brought in to test its commercial viability with the army of retailers who attend CES. According to the information I received, however, TCL (a Chinese company) does plan to distribute it in Hong Kong, at least initially.

RIP: David Bowie

David Bowie the trend-setting, genre-defying pop star who continually reinvented himself and his music for nearly 50 years, died yesterday at age 69.

David Bowie: Five Years — 1969-1973

Also see “RIP: David Bowie”

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“Five years—that’s all we’ve got.” That ominous prognostication, put forth by David Bowie ostensibly about an Earth heading toward imminent destruction in the opening track to 1972’s incendiary game-changer The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars, also serves as a fitting epigraph for both the core title and scope of this massive box set, the first in what will likely prove to be a series that will go well beyond merely making the grade.

From CES 2016: A Happier, Healthier New Year Sounds Good

It’s a few days after CES and I’m finally winding down from the relentless press events, press releases, and my feet have forgiven me for the miles of hiking the floors of the Convention Center. My waistline, however, may take a while to recover from the receptions and cocktail parties that manufacturers love to host during CES.

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