CES 2014

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Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  First Published: Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
Of the three series of XBR Ultra HDTVs announced by Sony at CES, the X950B is the only one it’s calling a “reference standard.” (The one directly below it, the X900B Series, is merely a “statement in picture, sound and design.”) What makes an X950B Series set so good? For starters, it’s got a full-array LED backlight with Sony’s X-tended Dynamic Range Pro processing to dynamically deepen blacks and boost highlights. It also has the same Triluminos tech found in select Sony HDTVs and UHDTVs from 2013.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
iUi Design’s Bass Jumper is an adorable little speaker designed to clip onto a backpack or parachute pack ready to leap off any building, antenna, span, or earth - the four elements that make up B.A.S.E. Jumping. A rather clever play on words, don’t you think?

SV Staff  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
I love the Walking Dead as much as the next guy, but a Walking Dead guitar? At 2014 CES, Peavy showed a number of character guitars. Don’t like zombies, how about a Captain America or Incredible Hulk axe?
John Sciacca  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
There’s been a lot of talk at the show about 4K – or Ultra High Definition, if you prefer – but no one is talking about how you’re going to move that signal from one side of your house to the other. Well, HDBaseT wants people to know that its technology is ready and waiting for the 4K revolution, and that it can send 4K video – along with full-resolution audio, control, Ethernet and power – over a single Category rated cable up to 328 feet!

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
Metra Home Theater hates cords and cables more than you do. The company’s new 3.1 Audio Mount Sound Bar combines an active soundbar with a 160-watt class D amp with a wall mount capable of handling 50- to 90-inch TVs. But Metra didn’t stop there. It also incorporates a powered subwoofer into the mount itself, possibly making the 3.1 Audio Mount Sound Bar the world’s easiest-to-install and cleanest-looking AV system ever. The MSRP for the 3.1 Audio Mount Sound Bar will be $899 with the product shipping early this year.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
If you haven’t got thousands or even hundreds of dollars to shell out for a smart, universal control system or you’ve been looking for a way to add app-based control to you theater or you wanted to add Bluetooth audio streaming to a legacy system, Blumoo might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
It's been suggested that the next manufacturers to break into the HDTV market will be Chinese. That's not surprising as many current sets branded by manufacturers from Japan and Korea are often subcontracted, in whole or in part, to Chinese factories.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  First Published: Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
Two new items from Digital Innovations caught my eye at CES2014. The first was the company’s new antimicrobial formulation for its line of ScreenDr. portable screen and device cleaner. The new cleaner includes antimicrobial ingredients that “stab” bacteria to kill them rather than employ a resistance-building antibiotic ingredient. The fluid in the Screen Dr. cleans the surface of your portable device or flat-screen TV and helps prevent the re-growth of bacteria and microorganisms on the treated surface. The patented all-in-one bottle/cap/cloth holder design is extremely convenient, too. Two ounce bottles are available for $9.99. Five ounce bottles are available for $14.99. Nine ounce bottles – ideally suited for use on large-screen displays – sell for $19.99. The Digital Innovations folks say that the best value is the combo pack containing a two-ounce and a five-ounce bottle for $19.99. Also available from Digital Innovations is the cleverly designed Nest Earbud Case that quickly stores earbud cables and allows them to be removed tangle-free with a single pull. The soft, flexible silicone case is available in blue, pink, and green for $9.99.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
Stopping into the Gibson tent at CES was like stepping back in time - back to when speakers looked like speakers and had full, balanced sound. The main CES show floor was full of tiny earbuds and tons of tinny portable wireless speakers, but here in the tent, Cerwin-Vega was showing off their new line of active desktop speakers, and I was glad I stopped by.

Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  First Published: Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
With Samsung bowing out of the OLED race in 2014, LG has been the one raking in all the OLED accolades here at CES. The company’s 77EC9800 not only has 4K resolution, but at 77-inches, it will be the largest OLED on the consumer market when it arrives in June.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
The Velodyne Wi-Q 12 sub ($899) is wireless, omitting needless and inconvenient cabling and operating up to 50 feet from the transmitter. It has auto EQ, efficient digital amplification, remote control, and a 12-inch driver. There's also a 10-inch version, the Wi-Q 10 ($799).
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
Portable Bluetooth speakers seem to be multiplying like bunnies here at CES, so it must take something very special to earn a CES 2014 Innovations Award. The speeCup managed to break through the clutter with a really great set of features, and a design that’s just begging to be in a cupholder on your next road trip or out on a bike ride. In fact, I’m dying to get home and try this one on my beach cruiser.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
The Life Jacket iMW575 is a ruggedized, portable Bluetooth speaker. It is the flagship in a line of speakers carrying the Altec Lansing name. The Life Jacket stands out with an impressive 16 hours of battery life. It features a rubberized case that provides an IPX7 rating; that means the speaker is waterproof - it can be submerged in a meter of water for 30 minutes. The design also confers a degree of shock resistance, and the speaker can withstand a degree of dirt, sand, and dust.

Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
If you love to listen to or play rock—particularly classic rock—then you know (love?) the Marshall sound. You can now own your own mini Marshall in the form of the Stanmore compact stereo speaker system, designed to look like a vintage Marshall guitar amp.

Available in black or cream, the finely appointed, 11-pound cabinet measures roughly 14 x 7 x 7 inches and packs a 5.25-inch woofer and two 0.75-inch dome tweeters powered by a 40 + 2 x 20-watt Class D amp.You can wirelessly stream music to the Stanmore via Bluetooth/aptX or plug in via an RCA input, minijack (coiled cord included), or optical input. Sorry, you can’t jack in your Les Paul. Pricing is expected to be in the $600 to $700 range.

Al Griffin  |  Jan 09, 2014  |  0 comments
Sharp’s new AQUOS Quattron+ TV line is being pitched as the company’s solution for consumers who want a new set capable of handling Ultra HD content, but don’t want to pay a premium price for it. What Quattron+ brings to the table is added resolution: By dividing up subpixels in the display, Sharp is able to double the vertical pixel count.

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