CES 2015

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Michael Trei  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Klipsch's Reference Series speakers get their most comprehensive updates yet, with a new name, Reference Premiere, and WiSA wireless technology.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  1 comments
Chances are you have a touchscreen phone that uses some form of swipe or button press combo to unlock the phone for use. As you know, the oils on your fingers can leave smudges behind, and over time can leave a tell-tale treasure map of greasy DNA to tell people which buttons are used to unlock your phone.

Since the touchscreens on smart door locks are used far less frequently – and primarily for entering the home’s unlock code – this can be a real problem, and can leave smart lock owners vulnerable to something far more than someone checking out your emails and selfies. Fortunately Kwikset has added a new technology to foil any would-be fingerprint grabbers with a simple and foolproof method called SecureScreen.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
When you think about portable loudspeakers, the first name that comes to mind is Lenovo. Well, maybe not. On the other hand, Lenovo might might come up in a conversation about data storage. The name might also appear when talking about innovation. Enter the ThinkPad Stack—a new product that hits all three categories: portable loudspeaker, storage, and innovation.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
If you’re one of the 83% of adults that drinks coffee in the US, then you probably care about the quality and flavor and freshness of your morning Joe. And if you are in the group of people that is looking to press the boundaries of freshness beyond just grinding your own beans, then you are definitely going to be interested in Bonaverde’s Dalia.

Tom Norton  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
As with most of the events that followed LG’s 8AM start on the annual Press Day, televisions were not first item on the bill of fare. LG’s first 15-minutes were devoted to home automation and health and fitness electronics. The last 15-minutes included (no joke) the launch of new LG washers, dryers, and refrigerators. But sandwiched in between were juicy bits on LG’s new OLED and 4K Ultra HDTVs...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
In a hidden room on the show floor, LG was showing two prototype High Dynamic Range (HDR) 4K sets (not shown in the photo here). One was an LCD design with full-array backlighting (full-array will be found in best HDR LCD sets, when they arrive in stores), the other an OLED...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
LG announced a bewildering array of 4K Ultra HDTVs backlit either by LEDs or the new kid on the block, Quantum Dots...
Al Griffin  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  1 comments
Curved screen or flat? That’s a choice buyers of new high-end TVs need to make these days.There are compelling arguments to be made for either option, especially when you ramp up to larger screen sizes. What if you could have it both ways?
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
LG demonstrated its newly designed Web OS 2 that will be available on their 2015 TVs. Web OS has a number of new streaming partners and will now include integration when connected to your set top box. Users will be able to display program guides from their TV provider and control a connected set top box then quickly switch to other apps including online streaming services.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Life n’ Soul realizes that not everyone plays it safe with their electronics. Some folks, in fact, play wet n’ wild with theirs. Enter the BM215 fully waterproof Bluetooth speaker. Take it to the pool or stick it to the bathtub - singing in the shower never sounded so good.

Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Wi-Fi dead spots can be a problem, especially if you have a sizeable home. To get wireless Internet connectivity to a bedroom at the opposite end from where your Wi-Fi router is set up very well might require a range extender—Linksys’ N600 PRO, for instance.
Michael Trei  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Once again Magnepan shows us that you don't have to be a one-percenter to afford exotic flat panel loudspeakers.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
At 400 watts and $15,000 each, the new Mark Levinson monoblock (single-channel) power amplifier is not for the feint of heart or the light of wallet. Everyone else can line up to purchase 11 of them for their 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos systems!
Rob Sabin  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  First Published: Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
Canadian audio manufacturer Mass Fidelity is at CEDIA showing off its unique Core wireless speaker in anticipation of its imminent shipping to consumers this holiday season.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
The MicroliteScreen is unlike most other examples breed. It’s composed of several layers that together are said to offer high light rejection when used in ambient lighting. Four versions are available, up to a gain of 3.3, with a half gain viewing angle said too be up to +/- 80 degrees—previously unheard of in a screen with a gain that high.