CES 2015

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Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
First, a word of clarification: Ultimate Ears is a brand of Logitech. As you might surmise, UE handles the audio products, while Logitech is more computer focused. Now, the product news: UE's first portable wireless speaker was the UE Boom. As you might expect, the Megaboom is the new and improved version. It features more power, louder sound, and more bass. Ergo, it is better.

Michael Trei  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
Dan D'Agostino returns to the monster power amp business.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
Panasonic has partnered with Mozilla to create a new smart TV experience that is powered by Firefox. The underlying operating system of these “Life + Screen” TVs is no longer proprietary to Panasonic and will interact with any brand smartphone, tablet, or computer that is on the same WiFi network.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  First Published: Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
One of the best demos I took in at CES was provided by French tech company Giroptic, a participant in the cutting-edge Tech West expo at the Sands. Part of it had to do with the quality of the seamless 360-degree HD video captured by the company’s Go Pro-style compact camera. But a bigger part had to do with the fact that the footage was being displayed on the Oculus Rift—my first experience with that storied, soon-to-come VR headset.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  1 comments
If your home is filled with an array of Bluetooth speakers, you know the challenge of introducing “new” technology into your system. Since everything old is new again, Ion Audio has just introduced a vinyl turntable with a Bluetooth output so you can wirelessly break out your old LPs and 45s.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
I like to sweat. Sweating is good. I like to listen to music. Most earbuds are destroyed by sweat, or else if they are sweatproof, they sound bad. Sennheiser has overcome that conundrum and sold some excellent sports earbuds in the past, but they have doubled-down on the product category with their new Sport Series comprising four new models, all aimed at our inner athlete clamoring to get stronger, fitter and faster.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
There is no shortage of all-weather Bluetooth speakers but the Boomjacket takes longevity to a new level with 40 hours of playback time on a single charge. (Moreover, Altec Lansing claims that you don't have to lower the volume to achieve that.) The Boomjacket is the sequel to the Life Jacket; like its predecessor, the Boomjacket features rain/dirt/shock-proof construction; in addition to its improved playing time, it has improved sound quality and more mounting capabilities.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  7 comments
Later this year you may truly be able to say goodbye to your cable company including dropping broadband cable. A new technology will make it possible for telephone companies to boost their speeds to over a Gbps (gigabit per second)
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
When it comes to guitars, Gibson knows a thing or two. And perhaps no guitar in its inventory is as well known as the Les Paul series. Les Paul, as you know, pioneered the solid-body guitar (as well as multi-track recording) and the world of music has never been the same. Now, Gibson is honoring the Les Paul guitars with three reference monitors with the same signature style

Michael Trei  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Once again Magnepan shows us that you don't have to be a one-percenter to afford exotic flat panel loudspeakers.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Think hi-res audio has to stay planted indoors? Think again. With these portable DACs, you can plug into your mobile device and enjoy audio quality as good as your headphones permit. Onkyo's DAC-HA200 and new DAC-HA300 digital-to-analog converter/amplifier combos are bite-sized and they sound awesome.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
If you buy a whole system from Steinway & Sons, you'll have access to the P200 pre-pro, which handles every conceivable height-enhanced surround format.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
4K TV? Old news. Japanese broadcaster NHK already has plans underway to start 8K broadcasts sometime in 2016. That date isn’t far off at all, so there are presumably plans in the works to make TVs that can actually receive those broadcasts.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Auralic's Vega USB DAC does a lot to earn its $3500 pricetag.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
At 400 watts and $15,000 each, the new Mark Levinson monoblock (single-channel) power amplifier is not for the feint of heart or the light of wallet. Everyone else can line up to purchase 11 of them for their 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos systems!