CES 2014

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Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 07, 2014  |  First Published: Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
The International CES is where new technologies are launched. Experts discuss what the market potential is, what consumers in that market really want, and how companies can deliver it. To that end, a show-within-the-show was created for hi-res music and the emerging market for high-fidelity recordings. Three panels are being presented, each with industry leaders with their pulse on hi-res music. The first panel discussed opportunities and challenges associated with the licensing and distribution of hi-res music recordings. Two subsequent panels will discuss ways to create and archive hi-res content, as well as ways to market hi-res titles.

SV Staff  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  1 comments
Vivtar is about more than cameras, lenses, and photography accessories. In addition to Kiss, Aerosmith, and other artist/band-branded headphones, sold under the Section 8 label, you can opt for dead rapper 'phones. Your choice: Tupac Shakur, who was gunned down in 1996 a few blocks from the Las Vegas Convention Center, or Notorious Big, who met a similar fate six months later in Los Angeles. Just what the world needs…
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Toshiba never really went anywhere, but they’ve kept a low profile for the past couple of years. No longer. The company’s Ultra HD 4K models, scheduled to roll out this summer, are a step back into the game.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Barbecue manufacturer, Lynx, demonstrated a connected grill that will text you or speak to you when it is time to turn over your food and when it is done to perfection.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
The M-Go online movie streaming service moves closer to fulfilling its potential with new sub-genres, powerful search and playlists.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
One of the most exciting products I’ve seen so far at CES2014 bills itself as “the first home security and automation device that combines panoramic video, Z-Wave home automation and environmental sensors into a single elegant product that you interact with on your smartphone or tablet.” Or, as the company says, “Piper is the new way to monitor and interact with your home.” Piper has an extremely impressive array of features, including three customizable security modes with a motion detector, two-way audio, and 105 dB built-in siren; full Z-Wave compatibility allowing use of a huge variety of Z-Wave home automation-oriented accessories; an HD Panoramic camera with a 180-degree fisheye lens that offers pan, tilt, and zoom in 1080p; built-in environmental sensors for temperature, humidity, ambient light, and sound; 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity; as well as Android and iOS smartphone and tablet apps for controlling the system. The user interface is clean and intuitive. Piper is available for pre-order now and is expected to begin shipping by the end of January 2014 for $239. There are no monthly or other recurring service fees.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
iLuv offers a plethora of portable wireless Bluetooth speakers. Not surprisingly, at CES, they expanded their lineup in this popular category. In particular, three portable speakers caught my eye: the SyrenPro, Wavecast, and Rollick.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  1 comments
I tried to get a glimpse of Samsung’s curved 105-inch 2.35:1 widescreen TV on the show floor, but in the Samsung booth was packed and the area around the set inaccessible. But I got a later look at a closed-room Samsung demo. On the left here, to provide a size perspective, is Samsung’s Mike Wood—a one-time regular at Home Theater who has now forsaken balmy Southern California for the cold, windswept snowdrifts of the Garden State, where Samsung has its U.S. headquarters. On the right is current Sound & Vision editor in chief Rob Sabin.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
While curved HDTVs appeared to be the order of the week at CES, particularly among Korean giants LG and Samsung (see above), Sharp stuck with flat screens for its impressively wide 2014 lineup of both Ultra HD and standard 1080p HD (the operative industry word for the latter now appears to be “Full HD”).
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
While every manufacturer is making speakers in any color you want, as long as it’s black, id America is breaking the mold with their colorful new portable Bluetooth speaker, the TouchTone. This is a compact speaker that won’t break the bank - it’s available now for $80. It comes in a variety of colors, with an even greater palette available soon.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 07, 2014  |  First Published: Jan 08, 2014  |  1 comments
The second installment of the hi-res music panels focused on content creation. Clearly, garbage-in, garbage-out. For great-sounding music in our homes, we must rely on engineers and producers to create it in the studio. Complicating that picture is the fact that artists and labels must also agree that sound quality is an important part of the job at hand. The panel tackled those and many other hi-res issues.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  1 comments
Most companies can ruggedize a speaker, give it some mild water-resistance and slap on a “water-resistant” sticker, and call it an outdoor product. BRAVEN has taken a much more serious approach in the new BRV-X and BRAVEN 855s.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
GoldenEar Technology's SuperCinema 3D Array XL, for TVs of 70 inches and up, is an upsized version of the existing SuperCinema 3D Array soundbar. The three-channel bar features a trio of the company's signature folded ribbon tweeters which provide wide dispersion and in general a beautifully listenable top end. The 2.5-way center-channel driver array is derived from the SuperSat 60. Price $1499. Also shown was the new flagship tower Triton One. (Another contributor will fill you in on that.)
Bob Ankosko  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
Toshiba may not jumping head first into the curved screen craze sweeping across the TV industry but it is demonstrating another way to deliver an “immersive” TV experience at 2014 CES: Stretch the standard 16:9 screen to an extra-wide 21:9—or 2.35:1—so it perfectly matches the aspect ratio used for most of today’s blockbuster movies.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2014  |  0 comments
It takes a lot to design a killer-looking speaker, but perhaps that money is better spent on sound quality. Ever practical, the designers at China’s Microlab put all their budget into making the FC10 ($77) good quality speakers that look nice in person, but they most certainly veer away from the sleek and swoopy design that Apple designers have deemed essential. They have a clean and simple look, lacking the curved aesthetic that most products embrace these days. The FC10 are wedge-shaped speakers designed to solidly surround any laptop - Apple or otherwise; the pair weighs 4.41 lbs.