CES 2015

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Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
The MicroliteScreen is unlike most other examples breed. It’s composed of several layers that together are said to offer high light rejection when used in ambient lighting. Four versions are available, up to a gain of 3.3, with a half gain viewing angle said too be up to +/- 80 degrees—previously unheard of in a screen with a gain that high.
Kris Deering  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments

AudioControl debuted two new receivers and their flagship processor at CEDIA. The Maestro M9 AV processor and the Concert AVR- full 9 and AVR-7 feature full support for the latest HDMI specs, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X processing but also Dirac Live room correction.

Kris Deering  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
If there was one thing that was abundantly clear at the show, immersive audio isn't going anywhere. While the software continues to trickle out, the flood gates have opened for hardware with just about every manufacturer on the floor demonstrating something that would help you in your pursuit of immersive audio.
Rob Sabin  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  First Published: Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
Canadian audio manufacturer Mass Fidelity is at CEDIA showing off its unique Core wireless speaker in anticipation of its imminent shipping to consumers this holiday season.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 15, 2015  |  0 comments
There were no big surprises in streaming announcements at this year’s CES.  Few new media players were shown, as the Fire TV and Nexus Android TV were released in November. Streaming 4K and HiRes Audio became a reality in 2014. Instead, it was the trends and the new technologies that will move online streaming to the next level that were the news at CES 2015.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 12, 2015  |  4 comments
Two weeks ago, I had two friends ask me to recommend an MP3 player for them. “No problem, “ I replied. I was heading to CES, showcase for all that is bright and good in the world of electronics. “I’ll make a list of all the MP3 players I’m bound to see.”

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
To date I haven’t been much of a headphone person, but I still recognize their importance and appeal in today’s market. Headphones, in short, are now a very big deal for many consumers...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  1 comments
We don’t cover turntables much here at S&V, but an interesting new line of upmarket turntables from European manufacturer E.A.T. is being distributed in the U.S. by VANA Ltd.

Shown here is the middle child of the three E.A.T. tables VANA brought to the show...

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Wolf Cinema has consistently offers the best home theater setups at CES’s Venetian hotel venue. That’s probably not saying much, as the displays at the convention center are dominated by flat panels and the Venetian is mainly high-end audio heaven. CEDIA EXPO, held in September, is the show for projector-based home theater demos...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  2 comments
If your audio memory extends back far enough you’ll recall Audio Alchemy. That company marketed an extensive line of inexpensive DACs long before streaming and downloading digital music was possible and D/A converters were the hot ticket...

Lauren Dragan  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
New headphone company Phaz has announced a line of Bluetooth headphones that charge your phone while you listen to music.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
As much as I was impressed by HiFiMan’s HE-400i headphones and EF100 tube headphone combination (see my previous post), the company’s HE1000 prototype, open back cans blew me away...
John Sciacca  |  Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
The Internet of Things has expanded to include a new high performance rifle from TrackingPoint nicknamed the “Mile Maker” for its “tag and shoot” technology that virtually guarantees anyone can hit a plate-sized target at up to one mile even on targets moving up to 30 mph! This technology puts the level of shooting skills the likes of Navy SEAL and Delta Force snipers that have spent years honing their craft into virtually anyone’s trigger finger.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
Initially billed as “The first smart home security device for everyone”, it’s taken some time for Canary, to go from Indiegogo sensation to real product implementation. Canary was only looking to raise $100,000 during its crowdfunding campaign in July of 2013. By Aug 26th, they’d succeeded in collecting $1,961,663. Canary is finally shipping to U.S. backers now, and new retail deliveries should begin by...
John Sciacca  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  First Published: Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
Astell&Kern has made a name for itself with ultra-high-resolution portable music players like the AK240 and AK120, allowing users to listen to their high-res FLAC and DSD audio files while on the road. At CES the company unveiled its new AK500N Ultimate Network Audio Player, bringing audiophile listening into the living room.

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