As the proud parent of Denon and Marantz D&M Holdings came away from CES with a pair of <I>UAV</I> awards. Denon's AVR-5805 was the best AV receiver we saw and heard, while the Marantz VP-11S1 remains the top 1080p projector we've seen in 2006 or any other year.
For the most part there are two kinds of people in this consumer electronic world: those that want a flat panel TV and those that already have one. We've seen a growing number of loudspeakers designed to live in this flat panel society, Sunfire's got the first narrow profile on-wall or in-wall powered subwofer I've seen, the SubRosa.
Pioneer nearly swept <I>UAV's</I> version of the Oscars this year taking home the trophies for the top flat panel display of the year, and winning our overall Product of the Year with the Elite PRO-FHD1 1080p plasma.
I ran into industry icon Joe Kane at Warner's Total HD glitz and glam event, and among tha many things I learned in the conversation was that the HD DVD version of <I>Digital Video Essentials</I> is on hold again.
It's been confirmed that LG's Multi Blue player won't include a full implementation of HD DVD's HDi interactivity layer. More than one source stated that because of this the player won't receive full endorsement from the HD DVD Group and won't bear an HD DVD logo. It was also related to me that this is not an issue with the Broadcom integrated circuit solution, but rather a conscious choice by LG that HDi is not a critical feature.
Silicon Optix was demonstrating the 1080p HD beta version of its renowned <I>HQV Benchmark</I> disc with deintlacing, scaling and other various torture tests for displays. On top of that, select memebers of the press, including yours truly were given copies that we can run the tests on our HD DVD players and displays upon returning home.