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Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Thiel Audio normally displays at the Venetian Hotel, the venue for specialty audio. But this year they elected to have a booth on the main floor of the Convention center. It was obviously not a spot for an effective, active demo, but the new, 4-way Thiel 40.3, at $35,000/pair, is a big step up in price for the company...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Well, more precisely, on the wall...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
From a company called ibabylabs (ibabylabs.com) comes this tiny iBaby robot.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
In a spare few minutes while waiting for yet another video demo I wandered into the surprisingly extensive space at the Convention Center reserved for drones of all sizes and shapes, each of them demonstrated inside barred cages that were actually, thin, heavy strings that looked like they could be easily breached by a rabid, runaway drone...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
While they might have little application to our audio- and video-centric coverage, robots and drones drew large crowds...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Chinese HDTV manufacturer Hisense showed a range of new UHD HDTVs. The company claims that it can offer performance that equals or exceeds what you can get from more well-established brands, and at much more competitive prices. But their most interesting demos were of a pair of their “Laser Cast” short-throw projectors...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
When Sony showed something they called Crystal LED at a CES few years ago, we all thought it looked intriguing. But then it disappeared. Apparently, however, Sony has continued work on this technology...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 04, 2017  |  0 comments
Amid the appliances and robots, LG unveils a flood of TVs, including five new OLED series, two impossibly thin models, and many new Super UHDTVs
Tom Norton  |  Dec 27, 2016  |  3 comments
In just a bit over a week Sound & Vision contributors will be traveling en masse to sleepy, laid-back Las Vegas for CES 2017, hoping to be wowed by all the new audio and video products headed our way in the coming year. Our show blogs will begin on Wednesday January 4th, the most significant (for us) of two days of formal press conferences before the show floor opens on January 5th.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Dec 13, 2016  |  1 comments
“The press-heads were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of CES danced in their heads.”

It’s the same every year. With the festivities of the season keeping everyone furiously running around making preparations for holiday celebrations, those of us involved in the consumer electronics industry—manufacturers, public relations folks, distributors, dealers, trade press, and consumer press (note the hierarchy!)—have something else on our minds—the annual January CES. ...

Thomas J. Norton  |  Nov 29, 2016  |  9 comments
Oppo has (finally) released details on its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Here's what we know...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Nov 15, 2016  |  4 comments
While popular among readers, direct A/B tests comparing one audio or video component with a competing model are far more difficult to do properly than you might imagine. I’ve conducted or participated in numerous such tests over the years, going back to speaker shootouts when I wrote exclusively for Stereophile back in the ‘90s. I also set up or participated in several shootouts of video displays for Home Theater.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 25, 2016  |  13 comments
HDMI is a boon to videophiles. It can carry both audio and video using one cable, in contrast to the 9 (!) required for a totally analog A/V connection (R, G, B, and 5.1 audio). It can also pass all the features offered by current HD and Ultra HD formats.

HDMI is a nightmare. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it works but limits the information it transports from the source to the display. And sometimes it doesn’t work at all.

Take your pick, but the truth sits somewhere between these two statements.

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