CES 2012

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jan 17, 2012 0 comments

From a technical standpoint, speakers have hardly changed since I went to my first CES back in January 1990. Yet each CES is still jam-packed with new speaker designs. Some are merely modifications on the classic black box. Others are aesthetic flights of fancy intended to captivate those who really don’t much like audio gear.

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Ken C. Pohlmann Posted: Jan 13, 2012 0 comments

If you’ve ever ridden the Tokyo subway during rush hour, stood in line to buy Nike Air Jordans, or been pepper-sprayed at a Walmart on Black Friday, you may have a sense of what CES is like. The only difference is that CES is a lot more crowded, dangerous, and painful.

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Michael Berk Posted: Jan 18, 2012 0 comments

Wi-Fi, 3G, and LTE networks may have been overwhelmed during CES 2012 itself, but news of wireless and wireless standards for audio (and video) was everywhere, with high-end manufacturers and do-it-all mega-corporations alike looking to free their consumers from their plastic-sheathed copper bonds.

In keeping with the overall haziness of CES 2012, the buzz came in the form of a meme with a few almost-maybe-real devices attached rather than as a single wowza product debut. During last Monday's press extravaganza, pretty much every TV titan talked about integrating content across all of the screens in their customer's expanding gadget arsenals, and while there was certainly plenty of excitement around do-it-all wired connections like MHL, making everything converge seamlessly seems to require a wireless approach.

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Jan 11, 2012 0 comments

Like Samsung, LG has announced a 55-inch OLED display. Like Samsung’s, it looks amazing.

No comparison is possible, given different content, booth lighting, and locations, but for the time being, scroll down for some photos to ogle.

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Jan 11, 2012 0 comments

Few details were announced regarding Samsung’s OLED, or Organic Light Emitting Diode HDTV.

With all the skepticism and cynicism I can muster, I will say this: OMG.

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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 19, 2012 0 comments

There was no shortage of cool stuff being pitched by TV makers at this year’s CES. While 55-inch OLED sets around 4 millimeters thick nabbed the spotlight (rightly so, since they weren’t prototypes but actual products scheduled to come out in 2012), we were also surprised by the number of 4K models — some of which were also real products on target for a 2012 release.

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Jan 11, 2012 0 comments

Not that 2D images can convey what 3D looks like, but here are some images that'll give you an idea about the limitations of current glasses-free 3D.

These images are from Toshiba's booth, where they were showing off some surprisingly complete-looking autostereoscopic 3D TVs. 

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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jan 13, 2012 0 comments
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jan 11, 2012 0 comments
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Al Griffin Posted: Jan 09, 2012 0 comments

LG packed info about lots of new stuff into its CES press conference: refrigerators, phones, washer/dryer combos — you name it, they announced it. But the appliances I came to hear about were the TVs.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jan 09, 2012 0 comments

Cutting the cable” is a fashionable trend, but Monster is doing it in a different sense: It’s now just going by Monster instead of Monster Cable. True to its new moniker, the company didn’t even mention cable in its CES press conference today. But given the onslaught of cool new products the company introduced, nobody seemed to notice.

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Leslie Shapiro Posted: Jan 10, 2012 0 comments

At their Monday press conference the day before the CES officially opens, Pioneer focused on their car electronics line.

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Brent Butterworth Posted: Jan 03, 2012 0 comments

The Consumer Electronics Show begins next Tuesday in Las Vegas. Starting Monday — press day — you’ll be barraged with news of the latest gadgets and gizmos. But what gadget bloggers and TV talking heads are likely to miss in their search for sexy baubles is all the stuff that’s going on in audio.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jan 15, 2012 0 comments
Attendees of the Monster Retailer Awards could wax nostalgic with Chicago. Many who swayed and sang along with the hit-filled concert could not have been born 45 years ago when the band began, yet the audience sang along with hits from five decades.
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Darryl Wilkinson Posted: Jan 11, 2012 0 comments
“People have been conditioned to accept poor quality sound, and we are here to change that,” claims Dean Kurnell, President of ClarityOne Audio. (Actually, we at HT Mag are here to change that, but we appreciate the help...) The company’s PureSound processor is designed to eliminate the distortion in analog speakers caused by magnetic field build-up that “occurs in traditional crossovers where only a single wire coil is used.” The patented technology is supposed to provide the most direct route possible for the signal while minimizing distortion between input and output.

The company’s first products to feature the PureSound processor are a series of earbuds and over-the-ear headphones. The PureSound technology allows ClarityOne to use 8 ohm voice coils in their models. Most other manufacturers, according to ClarityOne, use voice coils with a much higher resistance - including some that are more than 32 ohms - in order to mask distortion. In addition to providing better sound, having a lower-resistance voice coil means the player driving the earbuds/headphones doesn’t have to work as hard so the batteries’ charge lasts longer.

Prices are expected to start at $109 MSRP.

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