CES 2015

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Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Micromega is not a company associated with speakers, so we were astounded when we heard how good the $349/pair MySpeaker sounded.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
NAD wisely hedges its bets with a modular design that enables the M17 surround pre-pro to accept a future 4K upgrade.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
The Slim Base is the middle kid of three flattish soundbars from Nakamichi.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  1 comments
Remember when Nakamichi was a leading maker of cassette decks? No? Maybe you haven't been around long enough...
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  1 comments
While it was at the LG press conference that Netflix announced its Netflix Recommended TV program, it was Hisense who made a point of letting booth visitors know that their TV made the list. This is a little misleading. Netflix stated that Roku TVs are expected to make the list but didn’t specifically name Hisense who makes a Roku TV. Sony, LG, Sharp, and VIZIO are some of the manufacturers whose names are expected to be the first to receive a Netflix Recommended TV logo.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  1 comments
Neil Young's Pono presentation was loaded with wit and wisdom and included three newsworthy developments. One is that Harman International will market a car audio version of the portable Pono high-res music platform, with early design efforts being shown at the Vegas Hard Rock Cafe. Another development is that Pono has licensed 2.1 million tracks from the big three record companies and is now courting the independent labels. And finally, Pono will make its retail debut on Monday of next week at 80 retailers throughout the U.S. But Young had so much more to say; I could hardly scribble fast enough. Here's a taste:

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Part rock legend, part entrepreneur, part evangelist, part curmudgeon, Neil Young held a press briefing on Tuesday. Mr. Young and his PonoMusic venture have enjoyed considerable media exposure lately and the CES is perhaps the juiciest venue of them all. At a Hi-Res Audio event, Mr. Young reiterated his passion for Pono. And, the press was informed of an interesting partnership.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Mobile lifestyle product maker, E FUN, is joining the smart home fray with the introduction of a line of DIY home automation devices. The new smart home systems and devices will be sold under the Nexturn brand name. Neturn systems will initially be available in three starter kits labeled Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The systems are built around…
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
NYNE is making it harder and harder to find an excuse not to get outside and ride your bike, or taking your kids out for a stroll. They’re showing off three new IPX-rated outdoor speakers, all with Bluetooth and all ready to roll.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Think hi-res audio has to stay planted indoors? Think again. With these portable DACs, you can plug into your mobile device and enjoy audio quality as good as your headphones permit. Onkyo's DAC-HA200 and new DAC-HA300 digital-to-analog converter/amplifier combos are bite-sized and they sound awesome.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Most of the current DIY smart home automation systems suffer from multiple drawbacks, many of which become apparent during the setup of the smart home hub and identifying the smart devices in the system. When it comes to market, OOMI’s Cube is designed to change all that.

The OOMI Cube is the heart of the...

Lauren Dragan  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Audeze, the oft-lauded makers of planar magnetic cans, announced the release of the EL-8, their first more-portable planar magnetic headphones.
Lauren Dragan  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Sometime this spring, Oppo plans to release its first ever closed-backed planar magnetic headphones. Meant for audiophiles on the go, the headphones are much more the size of traditional closed-backed over-ear headphones.
Rob Sabin  |  Jan 05, 2015  |  1 comments
The first announcement of a 4K Blu-ray player and the return of the storied Technics audio brand, along with word of a new flagship UltraHDTV, were the big headlines for AV enthusiasts at Panasonic’s CES 2015 press conference this morning in Las Vegas.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  2 comments
While the Panasonic booth was heavy on things other than HDTVs and Ultra HDTVs (unlike past years, where walls of the Panasonic were covered with now defunct plasma sets), there were a couple of items of video interest...