CES 2020

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John Sciacca  |  Jan 10, 2020  |  0 comments
There were no shortage of startups in the smart-home category at CES, but cruising up and down the aisles of Eureka Park in the Sands Expo Convention Center, I stumbled across Oval, a new all-in-one sensor that makes it an exciting entry into the crowded DIY smart-home sector.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  1 comments
A star of NAD’s 2019 CES exhibit was its compact Masters Series M10 BluOS streaming amplifier. At this CES, the company has taken that concept to a new level — and to a full chassis size — with its M33 BluOS streaming amplifier.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 10, 2020  |  0 comments
While Meridian’s line-up of digital speakers might be out of your budget, you can still enjoy some of the company’s sonic digital wizardry which is featured in the new line of LG premium soundbars. These bars leverage a long-standing partnership between LG and Meridian Audio and apply Meridian’s in-depth understanding of psychoacoustics and world leading DSP expertise, incorporating key technologies such as Bass & Space, Image Elevation, and Meridian Upmix Technology to boost low-frequency reproduction, widen the soundstage, and ensure a more lifelike listening experience by elevating the perceived height of lead instruments and vocals — extra important when the bar is positioned beneath a display.
SV Staff  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
Panasonic has introduced a compact speaker designed for serious gamers that has sound modes tailored to specific types of games.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  0 comments
For years, the THX logo on a product meant you were buying something that was a cut above the rest, with the company’s demanding certification process guaranteeing that a component met a certain performance level criterion that ensured buyers they were getting the goods, especially when it came to home theater electronics or speakers. However, the certification became diluted over the years as THX seemed to start certifying products and systems well outside of their key areas, and the THX badge seemed to nearly become extinct. But the company is back at CES and has several new technologies, including the launch of Drop + THX Panda, the first audiophile wireless headphone to receive the THX badge.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
PSB is showing an active version of its compact, Top Pick-winning Alpha series speakers at CES. Slated to arrive sometime in the first half of 2020, the Alpha AM5 and AM3 powered bookshelf speakers will feature DSP control and EQ, along with aptX Bluetooth for streaming.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  3 comments
I met up at CES with Dan Mackta, Managing Director of Qobuz USA, for an update on how things have been coming along for the high-resolution music streaming service since it officially launched in the U.S. market last February. Here’s what Dan had to say.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  0 comments
If there is one thing you can count on at CES, it is to expand the world of smart, connected, Internet of Things devices. From smart salt shakers, to smart toothbrushes, to connected sex toys, to every kind of fitness/health tracker imaginable, CES has it all. To that list you can now add Robbox Tools’ world’s first Digital Smart Drill.
Joe Palenchar  |  Jan 06, 2020  |  0 comments
Samsung is bringing 8K UHD displays and color-enhancing quantum-dot technology to lower price points in a 2020 TV lineup that features more 8K models, more choices of big-screen sizes measuring 70 and 80 or more inches, new contrast-enhancing LCD technologies, and new TV-audio enhancements.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 10, 2020  |  0 comments
While the majority of hubbub at Samsung’s booth was centered around new televisions with thinner bezels, more pixels, larger and brighter screens (along with all things Galaxy and a bevy of smart appliances), there was an interesting demonstration going on in a back corner of the booth called Q-Symphony. Fortunately, I took the time to sit through the demo and learn about how certain upcoming Q-Series Samsung displays will utilize this unique feature to greatly expand the audio soundstage delivering a far more cinematic experience.
SV Staff  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  0 comments
HDR10+, the enhanced version of the HDR10 high-dynamic-range (HDR) format that leverages dynamic metadata to maximize a TV’s black level and peak brightness frame by frame, is kicking off the New Year with an expanded roster of supporters and technical updates.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  1 comments
One of the more intriguing items in our earlier Samsung CES TV overview was the company’s new Q950TS Series 8K sets, which feature a “virtually-no-bezel” design. If you thought we were kidding, take a look at the picture above—seriously, these TVs have virtually no bezel.
SV Staff  |  Jan 06, 2020  |  0 comments
Headphone specialist Sennheiser announced on the eve of CES 2020 that it has teamed with the technology company Continental to create a unique “speakerless” car audio system designed to fill the interior of a vehicle with lifelike immersive sound.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
Sennheiser headphones are known for having great sound, but they’re also known for being pricey. With a flood of new Bluetooth/Noise-Canceling headphones hitting the market over the past year, the company decided to release new models aimed at the mobile audiophile on a budget.
Joe Palenchar  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  1 comments
Sony is bringing new audio- and video-enhancements to its lineup of 8K and 4K TVs, including a feature that optimizes audio and video playback for individual room environments, 4K/120fps high-frame-rate (HFR) playback, and reception of Next Gen TV (ATSC 3.0) over-the-air TV broadcasts.