CES 2016

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Rob Sabin  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
The message from Chinese TV maker Hisense to its competition at CES on Tuesday was muted but still clear: Duck and cover, because we’re coming for you.

In a pre-show press conference that was short on product demos but refreshingly business-like and informative, the owners of the leading TV brand in China for the last 13 years running and the number 3 brand globally laid out their plans for conquering the U.S. market.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  4 comments
Andrew Jones speaker demos have been reliable crowdpleasers at CESes going back many years. Having decamped from TAD and Pioneer to the German company ELAC, he continues to impress.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Samsung announces its first Ultra HD (UHD) Blu-ray player and a new line of "Ultra HD Premium" TVs.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Audioengine drew on the tradition of its bestselling A5+ and A2+ wireless powered speakers when designing new step-up models.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
There were no shortage of smart locks on display at CES, but the one that truly takes security to the next level is SecuRAM’s Genesis. Not only does the lock have an incredibly high-end, solid and luxurious look, it uses state of the art biometric technology to “analyze the vascular pattern below the epidermal layer of your finger to authenticate.”

Rob Sabin  |  Jan 05, 2016  |  First Published: Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Panasonic’s 2016 CES press conference focused largely on industrial and business-to-business products and services, but the brand highlighted a few choice tidbits for the A/V consumer sector that included new OLED and LCD UltraHDTVs, an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, and an expanded line-up of Technics audio products—among them the return of the Technics SL-1200 direct-drive turntable, a true audiophile classic.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  1 comments
Beyer’s T5p was an excellent headphone and gained a certain audiophile following. According to Beyer, the Second Generation version offers improved tuning with slightly more bass, and some different building materials, as well as the ability to operate in a balanced mode.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Everyone and their brother (and mother) are making headphones these days, but Audio-Technica has been doing it for far longer than most. They continue to refine their designs, and are showing five new or upgraded headphones in their High Fidelity line.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Nestled among LG's home appliance announcements was word that the brand is introducing a line of Super UHD LCD/LED TVs and showing it's first 8K TV, but there was no mention of an Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
We had a word with Onkyo USA marketing director Kevin Brannan about the future of two storied A/V receiver brands now that Onkyo is in the midst of absorbing Pioneer.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Recognizing that the number of cord-cutters and cord-nevers (those that have never subscribed to cable) are increasing, and that they will want local programming to go along with their streaming entertainment, Terk and RCA revealed it’s new line up of stylish TV antennas.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
When is a mono-block amp a home theater product?
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
A year after Sling TV was first unveiled, the streaming premium channel service has announced a new, easier menu with recommended content.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
“Works with Apple HomeKit” was a common theme among many of the new automation companies demonstrating at the International Consumer Electronics Show, and Elgato’s Eve family of devices offers some very affordable options to quickly and easily bring smarts and Siri-based control to your home.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 05, 2016  |  First Published: Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
Shure is showing two very upscale products at CES: the KSE1500 electrostatic earphone system (MSRP $2,999) and SHA900 portable listening amplifier (MSRP $999).