CES 2016

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Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2016  |  0 comments
OLED TV. Maybe you’ve heard of it. In the HiSense booth at CES, the company made a point of displaying the lauded technology to great disadvantage. What does it offer as an alternative? ULED.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Audiophile or sport? MEE Audio has two new headphone offerings that lets you choose one or the other (but not both).

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  1 comments
EZVIZ makes cheap—no, that’s not right, because they’re high-quality so let’s say very affordable—cameras for DIYers to use to monitor homes and apartments without breaking the bank in the process. The company’s cameras are also small, unobtrusive, and, importantly, not ugly. I tried out the EZVIZ Mini last year and was quite impressed with the performance and form factor, especially considering the $69 price. Now EZVIZ is introducing several new models that, if they live up to their pre-release promises, will be even more exciting.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  9 comments
The Samsung UBD-K8500 should be the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player when it hits the market sometime between now and March 30 at a projected price of $399.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Have you heard of Riva Audio? Yeah, me neither—until earlier this evening when I attended a press reception in the Riva Audio suite at the Westgate Hotel in the midst of all the craziness that is CES. Riva currently offers two extremely well-reviewed models of portable, rechargeable, Bluetooth speakers: the water-resistant Turbo S and the larger, more powerful Turbo X. (You can read Lauren Dragan’s review of the Turbo X here. But that’s just the beginning for the young company, because Riva plans to introduce a wireless, multiroom speaker ecosystem later this year.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
It’s hard to put together a side-by-side comparison of anything in video—too many variables get in the way. It’s even harder to show such a comparison through the filter of a camera, a bandwidth-limited Internet connection, and a desktop computer monitor. But this comparison that LG showed in its booth looked close in person to what you see here, and perhaps even more strikingly so. Ignore the color differences; they were either produced in the camera or were on the screen. I was looking for other things in trying to get the shot of a moving image at an opportune time, so can’t say for certain. But they’re not part of the HDR process!...

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
It may be next fall before we see TCL’s premier Xclusive X1 Series. The largest is the 65-inch model shown here. No prices were offered as yet (projected retail prices were, in general, in short supply at the show)...
John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  1 comments
You’ve heard it a hundred times before…”All HDMI cables are the same.” Essentially, if you can see an image on the screen that is lacking in sparklies, or doesn’t flash in-and-out, then your HDMI cable is every bit as good as it needs to be. Well, Marseille is looking to change the game with its new mCable, the only HDMI cable that is designed to improve picture quality.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
GoldenEar is thinking big with two new towers and small with a new sub.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
LG's version of widescreen gaming placed three 21:9 curved monitors side by side...
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
The much-loved Technics SL-1200 turntable has been reborn in a limited edition.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  1 comments
For those who can't position a video projector in the usual locations, LG offers the Mini Beam PF1000U at $1399. Said to offer 1000 lumens, it can be positioned close to the screen or a suitable wall as shown here.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
The SVS Prime Elevation speaker is a versatile performer when it comes to placement.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  2 comments
Vinyl has made a big comeback and is everywhere at this year’s CES. Audio-Technica has brought the experience of playing records into the twenty-first century with the addition of Bluetooth to its AT-LP60-BT Bluetooth turntable.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Australian manufacturer Audiofly is showing off their latest audiophile-grade in-ear monitors at CES.