CES 2015

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John Sciacca  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  First Published: Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
Bluesound launched at last year’s CES, causing me to write a post titled, “Is Bluesound an Audiophile Sonos Killer?” Since then the company has gone on to prove its worth with high-res, 24/192 file playback and a terrific control app that lets users easily stream and enjoy music all around their homes. This year the company is broadening the reach of beautiful music listening to outside of the house by adding BluOS software to an outdoor speaker by sister-company PSB.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
For those who can split their attention, Sharp offers MultiView that displays four separate streams onscreen. Easily controlled by Sharp’s tablet app, users can choose videos from myriad online video streaming services. MultiView is part of Sharp’s SmartCentral 4.0 that has been fully redesigned from last year’s Smart TV user interface.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
Pella Corporation has been making innovative door and window products for nearly 90 years and now the company is branching into technology with its new Insynctive line of sensors and control devices enabling homeowners to have simplified control over their home’s security, comfort and convenience features.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
Because I suffer from a rare form of workophobia and isolationism, I sometimes have to take a timeout from the world at large and listen to music or some sort of hypnotic trance-inducing soundscape. Lying down with headphones is difficult, at best, and even using in-ear monitors can be uncomfortable when you’re lying on your side. Of course, then there’s the headphone/earbud cable albatross around your neck that invariably gets caught on something and yanks one of the buds out of your ear or wraps around your neck almost strangling you.

SleepPhones calls its headphone-embedded headband “pajamas for your ears”, and they’re designed to be...

John Sciacca  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  First Published: Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
CES isn’t the place many speaker manufacturers choose to launch new in-wall or in-ceiling speaker models, but Paradigm is bucking this trend by launching two new speaker lines. The company has streamlined its AMS, SA and SIG offerings into two new lines, CI Pro and CI Elite. Paradigm listened to dealer and installer feedback to improve both the aesthetics and installation ergonomics of the new lines which have been redesigned to deliver better sound and a cleaner finished look to the end-user and an easier, faster install.

Rob Sabin  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  First Published: Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
iHome has put a "powerful" spin on the classic Bluetooth speaker with a clever line of Kineta systems that integrate a removable 2600 mAh battery pack whose purpose is to charge your other portable devices.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
For those who can split their attention, Sharp offers MultiView that displays four separate streams onscreen. Easily controlled by Sharp’s tablet app, users can choose videos from myriad online video streaming services. MultiView is part of Sharp’s SmartCentral 4.0 that has been fully redesigned from last year’s Smart TV user interface.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 10, 2015  |  5 comments
The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has named the future 4K Blu-ray format “Ultra HD Blu-Ray.”
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.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
The audio world has recently faced a dichotomy that seems to force listeners to choose between wireless convenience or good sound quality. Thankfully, German manufacturer Raumfeld has produced a line of speakers and receivers that blend Hi-Res Audio with wireless ease.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
If you’ve gone through the trouble of creating a kick-ass boombox, why scrap it and start from scratch every time you want to create a new or different style or look? The FUGOO Bluetooth speaker core comes with three different “sleeves” that all share a ton of great features and all sound good, but they have very different applications.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  1 comments
While it was at the LG press conference that Netflix announced its Netflix Recommended TV program, it was Hisense who made a point of letting booth visitors know that their TV made the list. This is a little misleading. Netflix stated that Roku TVs are expected to make the list but didn’t specifically name Hisense who makes a Roku TV. Sony, LG, Sharp, and VIZIO are some of the manufacturers whose names are expected to be the first to receive a Netflix Recommended TV logo.
Rob Sabin  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
After achieving success with 2013's passive Triton Seven mini-tower ($700 each) and last year's powered Triton One flagship ($2,500 each), GoldenEar Technology has plans to introduce another affordable passive tower, the Triton Five.

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