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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 10, 2014 0 comments
TOWERING TROPHY Quite possibly the most striking speaker system at 2014 CES, Scaena’s statuesque Iso-Linear Array is made of chrome-encased stone and boasts 15 midrange drivers and nine ribbon tweeters per column. The subwoofers have 18-inch drivers and are governed by a digital bass-management system that employs a 32-bit SHARP processor and 24-bit Crystal A/D and D/A converters. Asked who might be interested in this sonic work of art, designer Sunny Umrao does not mince words: “People who have the best but still want something more—a trophy of achievement.” At $75,000, it is a trophy, indeed.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 09, 2014 0 comments
If you love to listen to or play rock—particularly classic rock—then you know (love?) the Marshall sound. You can now own your own mini Marshall in the form of the Stanmore compact stereo speaker system, designed to look like a vintage Marshall guitar amp.

Available in black or cream, the finely appointed, 11-pound cabinet measures roughly 14 x 7 x 7 inches and packs a 5.25-inch woofer and two 0.75-inch dome tweeters powered by a 40 + 2 x 20-watt Class D amp.You can wirelessly stream music to the Stanmore via Bluetooth/aptX or plug in via an RCA input, minijack (coiled cord included), or optical input. Sorry, you can’t jack in your Les Paul. Pricing is expected to be in the $600 to $700 range.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 09, 2014 0 comments
Let’s face it, square and rectangular speakers are boring. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen ‘em all, which is why I did a double take as I walked past the Edifier booth and spotted a row of colorful and stylish e25 Luna Eclipse speakers. How refreshing, though I had to admit the Luna reminded me of one of those egg chairs from the’60s, and in a setting right out of 2001: A Space Odyssey to boot.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 08, 2014 0 comments
Southern rock kings Lynyrd Skynyrd—anchored by founding member Gary Rossington (guitar), original drummer Rickey Medlocke (guitar), and Johnny Van Zant, brother of original frontman, the late Ronnie Van Zant—mesmerized fans with a greatest hits show played to gritty perfection at the Hard Rock last night.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 08, 2014 0 comments
Over the years International CES has become a melting pot of every imaginable consumer technology. The show has been a showcase for aftermarket car stereo and entertainment since the ’70s and has in recent years evolved into a showcase for new-car tech—from superbly integrated and great sounding entertainment systems to sophisticated sensors and head-up displays to Internet and Bluetooth connectivity, and more. From BMW to Chrysler, a record nine automakers are occupying 140,000 square feet of exhibit space at 2014 CES, many with booths reminiscent of the New York Auto Show. Let’s take a look…
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 08, 2014 0 comments
This gorgeously customized Harley, on display in the Diamond Audio booth at the 2014 CES, is enough to make a non-rider want to jump in the saddle and ride off into the sunset. Apart from its sheer beauty and the fact that it has a 12-speaker sound system powered by a single Diamond Audio Micro4 power amplifier, no one knew anything about the bike, and its owner was nowhere to be found when I stopped by the booth. I came back a second time and someone had put a placard on the seat that highlighted one other interesting fact about the sound system...
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 08, 2014 0 comments
Toshiba may not jumping head first into the curved screen craze sweeping across the TV industry but it is demonstrating another way to deliver an “immersive” TV experience at 2014 CES: Stretch the standard 16:9 screen to an extra-wide 21:9—or 2.35:1—so it perfectly matches the aspect ratio used for most of today’s blockbuster movies.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 07, 2014 0 comments
Hisense is not exactly a household brand but the Chinese-based company came out swinging at a pre-CES press conference touting aggressive plans to grow its business in the U.S. and become one of the world’s top three TV manufacturers. The company, which opened a U.S.-based subsidiary in Atlanta more than a decade ago, sells boatloads of TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, and other products through Walmart, Best Buy, hhgregg, and Costco.com. In TV alone, it produces more than 10 million sets a year globally.

Hisense executives are counting on the new Android-powered H7 VIDAA series smart televisions to meet their goals.

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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 07, 2014 0 comments
If you patiently search the big-name booths at 2014 CES you’ll find a couple old-fashioned Blu-ray Disc players tucked away—far away—from the gleaming Ultra HD TVs everyone is ogling over. But you really have to hunt. My Day One travels in the cavernous main hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center turned up a couple models, both of which offered new features.
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Bob Ankosko Posted: Jan 07, 2014 0 comments
Texas Instruments is touting miniaturization at 2014 CES with a showcase of 30 products based on its DLP Pico video projection technology. Several implementations were demonstrated at the Digital Experience exhibition on the eve of the show, including the “smallest video projector in the world” from Korea-based Sekonix.

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