CES 2016

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Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  First Published: Jan 08, 2016  |  2 comments
Anyone who ever writes about consumer electronics—especially at shows like CES and CEDIA—runs the risk of praising a really cool product that, unfortunately, never sees the light of day. (It’s also the curse of anyone who covers Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns.) So I’ll begin this post with the following caveat: I have no idea whether or not the folks at Senic in Germany will be able to bring their Nuimo “Universal Control for Your Smart Home” to life as a real, honest-to-goodness product. But I sure as hell hope they do.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
It’s hard to put together a side-by-side comparison of anything in video—too many variables get in the way. It’s even harder to show such a comparison through the filter of a camera, a bandwidth-limited Internet connection, and a desktop computer monitor. But this comparison that LG showed in its booth looked close in person to what you see here, and perhaps even more strikingly so. Ignore the color differences; they were either produced in the camera or were on the screen. I was looking for other things in trying to get the shot of a moving image at an opportune time, so can’t say for certain. But they’re not part of the HDR process!...

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  4 comments
I speculated a few months back that what the world needs is an Atmos soundbar. The industry must have been listening, because we now have at least two such products, one from Samsung and the other from Yamaha. I haven’t heard the Yamaha, but the Samsung HW-K950 was being demonstrated at this year’s CES...
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  1 comments
Few manufacturers make value products with Emotiva's fervor and expertise, so the new Airmotiv speaker line is big news for those who want bang for buck.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
GoldenEar is thinking big with two new towers and small with a new sub.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  1 comments
Two of three members of Anthem's new receiver line do Dolby Atmos.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
The folks at SAE often find their products used in 8- to 15-channel installations, so the SAE 8300 multichannel amp offers eight times 300 watts into eight ohms (and lots more into lower impedances).
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
The much-loved Technics SL-1200 turntable has been reborn in a limited edition.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Thiel's SmartSub 1.12 is the company's first wi-fi sub.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Focal says the flax composite driver in its SUB1000D sub ($1499) is tougher than Kevlar and prized for its low mass and high damping.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
The SVS Prime Elevation speaker is a versatile performer when it comes to placement.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
There’s certainly no lack of interesting DIY home monitoring cameras at CES2016. The original Oco is here, still featuring self-learning sound and motion-detection algorithms, night vision capability, and two-way audio communication. But the diminutive 1280 x 720 (25 fps) camera isn’t alone at the company’s booth.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  1 comments
With 25 years of history creating a musical enterprise that expands far outside the 4 walls of the historic nightclub in the UK, Ministry of Sound is putting their name on a series of Bluetooth speakers.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Australian manufacturer Audiofly is showing off their latest audiophile-grade in-ear monitors at CES.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  1 comments
EZVIZ makes cheap—no, that’s not right, because they’re high-quality so let’s say very affordable—cameras for DIYers to use to monitor homes and apartments without breaking the bank in the process. The company’s cameras are also small, unobtrusive, and, importantly, not ugly. I tried out the EZVIZ Mini last year and was quite impressed with the performance and form factor, especially considering the $69 price. Now EZVIZ is introducing several new models that, if they live up to their pre-release promises, will be even more exciting.