CES 2016

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Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
One of the biggest catch phrases at CES this year has been the IoT, or the Internet of Things. JBL is partnering with PubNub to create a Developer Ecosystem to the Pulse 2 and other JBL speaker systems to make them better than ever.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Resolution is everything when it comes to a surveillance system, and each extra pixel can be the difference between positively identifying a bad guy and just being able to say, “Yep, we got robbed.” Swann is upping the DIY surveillance game with an upcoming everything-you-need-in-a-box surveillance system that will include four Ultra High Def 4K cameras and a 2 Terabyte NVR giving you more than 8 million per camera, all dedicated to keeping an eye on your stuff.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Definitive Technology and Polk Audio demonstrated for the first time the capability of its soundbars pairing with smaller, wireless speakers to form a true 5.1-channel wireless surround system. While company representatives would not confirm the technology being used, one could infer that since all of the speakers involved were from the PlayFi wireless ecosystem, and since one of the recent PlayFi updates enabled the possibility of adding surround speakers, that PlayFi was the underlying wireless technology at play.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Mark Levinson has a strong tradition of making ultra-luxurious audio gear, and under Harman’s stewardship, the tradition is alive and well. Harman showed the ML No. 519 Audio Player, and the No. 526 Dual-Monaural Preamplifier. Both will break your bank and are worth every penny.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
The KUBE portable speaker is one of the coolest new products at CES - literally.

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For those of you who have been waiting for DTS:X—the company’s new object based audio format designed to compete with Dolby Atmos—to be released (or rather updated to your existing system via a free firmware download) the answer is, “It’s coming really soon.”

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  1 comments
Cassia Networks demonstrated what the company is calling, “the world’s first Bluetooth router which uses a new enabling technology that redefines what’s possible with Bluetooth.” The word router isn’t one that’s normally heard in association with Bluetooth. Nor is the term “long-range”. (I’ve used another choice term or two when talking about Bluetooth, but we’ll leave those unspoken for the moment.)
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Buried deep in the Mobility zone of the LVCC’s North Hall, Libratone’s minimalist wood and glass-lined booth seemed an oasis of Scandinavian design amidst the electronic(s) noise.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
ARCHT Audio (pronounced “ark” as in “architecture”) arrived on the audio scene last year with its ARCHT One wireless speaker, following its Kickstarter campaign in 2014 that raised $242,000 from over 500 backers. Following on that success, ARCHT is debuting the Mini speaker.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
This morning I climbed Mt. Everest and floated outside the space station over earth. Of course, I was actually in the Nvidia suite at CES, but my experience was that of having a grand adventure. Nvidia demo’d two different Virtual Reality headsets to showcase the company’s video card capabilities and how well they handle VR.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
You probably haven’t heard of Maroo Audio. The company, after all, is just launching this year. But based on the sound quality of its initial products, you might want to hear more from Maroo Audio.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
The Nvidia Shield Android TV player will be receiving the new Android version 6— Marshmallow. While no official date is being promised, the Nvidia spokesman said the update will be pushed to the Shield “later this month.” In a meeting room away from the CES exhibits floor, the company revealed some of the new features.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Chinese TV makers are all over CES showing sets with the same high-end tech that Korean and Japanese companies are touting. While some companies — HiSense, for example — will sell those models through outlets familiar to U.S. consumers like Best Buy, others like Konka have no plans to ship their premium models to these shores.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
For Sony’s CES exhibit, the company put the focus on its proprietary TV technology, rather than trot out an extended lineup of 2016 models. The model it used for the demos, which encompassed its new Slim Backlight Drive, 4K Processor X1, and X-tended Dynamic Range PRO, was the XBR X930D.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  1 comments
LG made a bold statement with its Signature model and other OLED TVs at CES, but it isn’t the only company hawking the technology. A surprisingly small A/V product showcase in Panasonic’s booth featured the company’s forthcoming 65CZ950 OLED UHDTV.

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