CES 2009

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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
The world of Blu-ray just keeps getting bigger and better. This time around, Samsung has introduced the first Blu-ray-equipped soundbar, the HT-BD8200. Designed to coordinate with the Touch of Color series of flat panels, Samsung’s innovative soundbar features a sleek design to complement its virtual surround sound technology. But what sets this one apart is its integrated Blu-ray player.
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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
Not many people can casually tote their projector around without pulling a muscle. SANYO’s PLC-XW60 projector ($899) aims to make your projector both portable and convenient. Its size and weight are unusually small; it measures in at about 10-inches wide and 2-inches tall and weighs a mere 3.6 pounds. Also, with an easy on/off function (you simply unplug it to turn it off), you’ll want to carry this one wherever you go.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
In addition to the new Focus 360, Dynaudio showed the cosmetically matching but smaller 220 II, heir to the original 220. In addition to a makeover that makes it resemble a smaller 360, it’s also got significant upgrades to the crossover and port tuning. Price is $2200/pair, shipping in March.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
The Obama transition team has asked that the DTV transition be postponed beyond its previously scheduled February 17, 2009 deadline. We'll cover this story in our News section next week when we have time to breathe.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
This is the disc drive of Denon's universal player. It is entirely a Denon creation, not sourced from another company. So now you get more of an idea of what your $3800 pays for. But wait, there's still more.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
If you like your iThing-docking speakers chunky and bass-hip, the Earthquake IQ-52W/B ($475) may be worth hearing, though it wasn't demoed on the floor.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 5 comments
This prototype of a new A/V pre-pro from the folks at Emotiva (AV123.com) was spotted lurking in the Dolby booth. Why there? It's one of the new products to incorporate Dolby Volume.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
This lucky manufacturer, who shall remain nameless, wins the prize for the most thirst-quenching product at CES. You can use it right away. No boiling or other purification required.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
You can even get a sauna at CES (well, at least you can buy one)
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
Totem Acoustic has updated the 10-year-old Wind, which continues in the line in its original form, with a new variation called the Wind Design Series. It includes a improved crossover plus a high-end automotive-grade polyurethane lacquer finish in four shades: blue, red, white, and black. Pricing ranges from $11,000-12,500 for the new version ("we're still reeling from the cost of the paint") or $9000 for the conventionally veneered old version.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
Here are the vital stats on the Mitsubishi shown above. The peak contrast isn't particularly impressive, and the price high by today's standards, but the ANSI brightness will fill a lot of screen.
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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
Now that Blu-ray players have dramatically decreased in price, DVD is making a slow exit out of the consumer electronics industry. But Pioneer’s newest upconverting DVD player caters to those who are still holding on, and offers a few innovative features for the Blu-ray-converted group too.
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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 08, 2009 1 comments
Naming a series of iThing docking systems for the sainted songwriter of early Pink Floyd may seem an excellent idea but the Kanto people insisted this was the furthest thing from their minds. The Syd 5 ($349) is nice and chunky with an AC jack that would make it convenient to connect a wireless bridge. The smaller Syd 4 ($159) has dual slot ports in front to increase bass response from the sub driver deep in the back of the enclosure. See Syd Play. Astronomy Kantonome. Gigolo Kanto. You can never have too many Syd Barrett references.
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Tom Norton Posted: Jan 08, 2009 0 comments
Hisense was seen at CES last year, too. We don't know much about them (they don't advertise widely, and aren't found in Best Buy or Circuit City). But they're persistent at doing CES. This year they had a prominent spot right in front of the entrance to the South Hall.

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