CES 2015

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Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
This experimental iteration of the TAD-CE1 from Technical Audio Devices—a.k.a. celebrity loudspeaker designer Andrew Jones—has a machined aluminum side panel that is patterned to resemble sound waves.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
TCL is one of the Chinese HDTV makers vying for attention at CES. While still little known in this country, the company claims to have produced 30 million HDTVs this year, the bulk of them going, so far, to markets other than the U.S. (most, of course, were sold in China). The company has 75,000 employees, with 23 R&D facilities, 21 manufacturing bases, and markets in 80 countries. It’s also building a new panel factory (it also sells panels to other manufacturers, some of them outside of China, for use in their sets). That factory will be 70% devoted to making TFT LCD panels and, interestingly, 30% to OLED.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
An increasing number of manufacturers are starting to use Quantum Dots as a light source for their LCD TVs, replacing LEDs. QD Vision is a major supplier of these devices...
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
In typical Dish grandstand fashion, the company reeled off a slew of announcements about an upcoming 4K set top box, the launch of Sling Television stand-alone streaming service, newly designed hopper menus and remote control, and whole home audio.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
While the company teased the launch of its new app at CEDIA this past September, the new Savant app is now fully released and they’re real and they’re spectacular! Savant has always been known for a system that utilizes gorgeous graphics and the new app definitely doesn’t disappoint in this regard. Beyond just being a pretty face, the new app places a level of personalization, power and adjustment into the hands of the end-user like never before.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
When you think about portable loudspeakers, the first name that comes to mind is Lenovo. Well, maybe not. On the other hand, Lenovo might might come up in a conversation about data storage. The name might also appear when talking about innovation. Enter the ThinkPad Stack—a new product that hits all three categories: portable loudspeaker, storage, and innovation.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  1 comments
Remember when Nakamichi was a leading maker of cassette decks? No? Maybe you haven't been around long enough...
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Some people listen to music while sitting in a concert hall. Some listen to music sitting in their La-Z-Boy. Still others listen to music while running the Boston Marathon, preferably while on the way to breaking the 4-hour mark. Surely you are among the latter. The Free Wavz is the earphone for you.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
But didn't they used to make turntables? Or more specifically, record changers?
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Mobile lifestyle product maker, E FUN, is joining the smart home fray with the introduction of a line of DIY home automation devices. The new smart home systems and devices will be sold under the Nexturn brand name. Neturn systems will initially be available in three starter kits labeled Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The systems are built around…
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
On my walk from the Westgate hotel to the convention center I passed through the North Hall and ran into...a car show! Well not exactly, though most major car makers had room on the show floor. The emphasis was on car electronics and electronic car accessories.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Sharp’s 4K UHD lineup consists of three ranges, with a (claimed) wider selection of truly big screens than any other company. Sharp also showed a Super Slim UHDTV, less than ½ inch thick.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Fellow video scribe Pete Putman has described CES as the Chinese Electronics show. While not quite the case, you might think so if your only exposure to the show was the walk between the Las Vegas Convention Center and the adjoining Westgate hotel...
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Sony announced that all of its 2015 Sony smart TVs will run the Android TV platform and it has partnered with Netflix to improve 4K streaming.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Westinghouse’s new NUCLI deadbolt locking system is one of the most amazing and ambitious electronic door locks I’ve seen to date. The NUCLI replaces a standard deadbolt lock with no modifications necessary for most doors. What makes this lock stand out amongst a myriad of smart locks hitting the market is…

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