CES 2016

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Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Chinese TV makers are all over CES showing sets with the same high-end tech that Korean and Japanese companies are touting. While some companies — HiSense, for example — will sell those models through outlets familiar to U.S. consumers like Best Buy, others like Konka have no plans to ship their premium models to these shores.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
CES isn’t much a platform for launching video projectors (that’s why there’s CEDIA), but one company not typically known for home A/V products did use the show to introduce a pair of models designed for home theater, rather than classroom, use.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  First Published: Jan 08, 2016  |  2 comments
Anyone who ever writes about consumer electronics—especially at shows like CES and CEDIA—runs the risk of praising a really cool product that, unfortunately, never sees the light of day. (It’s also the curse of anyone who covers Kickstarter and Indiegogo campaigns.) So I’ll begin this post with the following caveat: I have no idea whether or not the folks at Senic in Germany will be able to bring their Nuimo “Universal Control for Your Smart Home” to life as a real, honest-to-goodness product. But I sure as hell hope they do.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
While everyone likes to think they have perfect hearing, the reality is that most folks don’t.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Resolution is everything when it comes to a surveillance system, and each extra pixel can be the difference between positively identifying a bad guy and just being able to say, “Yep, we got robbed.” Swann is upping the DIY surveillance game with an upcoming everything-you-need-in-a-box surveillance system that will include four Ultra High Def 4K cameras and a 2 Terabyte NVR giving you more than 8 million per camera, all dedicated to keeping an eye on your stuff.

 |  Jan 08, 2016  |  3 comments
For those of you who have been waiting for DTS:X—the company’s new object based audio format designed to compete with Dolby Atmos—to be released (or rather updated to your existing system via a free firmware download) the answer is, “It’s coming really soon.”

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
ARCHT Audio (pronounced “ark” as in “architecture”) arrived on the audio scene last year with its ARCHT One wireless speaker, following its Kickstarter campaign in 2014 that raised $242,000 from over 500 backers. Following on that success, ARCHT is debuting the Mini speaker.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
The Nvidia Shield Android TV player will be receiving the new Android version 6— Marshmallow. While no official date is being promised, the Nvidia spokesman said the update will be pushed to the Shield “later this month.” In a meeting room away from the CES exhibits floor, the company revealed some of the new features.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Dynaudio’s first- and second-gen Xeo wireless speakers were previously reviewed in Sound & Vision. Long story short, we liked ‘em. Now the company has a new wireless speaker, the Xeo 2, that adds a few features the previous versions lacked, and is also considerably more affordable.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  1 comments
LG made a bold statement with its Signature model and other OLED TVs at CES, but it isn’t the only company hawking the technology. A surprisingly small A/V product showcase in Panasonic’s booth featured the company’s forthcoming 65CZ950 OLED UHDTV.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  1 comments
The world in which our smart cars drive us to and from our smart homes isn’t here just quite yet, but Control4 is already doing its part to make that smart home living dream come true.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
One of the biggest catch phrases at CES this year has been the IoT, or the Internet of Things. JBL is partnering with PubNub to create a Developer Ecosystem to the Pulse 2 and other JBL speaker systems to make them better than ever.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
The KUBE portable speaker is one of the coolest new products at CES - literally.

Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
Buried deep in the Mobility zone of the LVCC’s North Hall, Libratone’s minimalist wood and glass-lined booth seemed an oasis of Scandinavian design amidst the electronic(s) noise.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
You probably haven’t heard of Maroo Audio. The company, after all, is just launching this year. But based on the sound quality of its initial products, you might want to hear more from Maroo Audio.