CES 2017

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Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
New Revel speakers cover all bases from towers to satellite packs.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
While you’ve probably heard that all HDMI cables are created equal, and that you either get perfect picture and sound or you don’t, that’s only true to a point as we enter the ultra-high-bandwidth world of Ultra HD signal transmission.

In the real world, I’ve found many cables struggle to deliver the full 18 Gbps signal between source and display when you start pushing the 6 meter cable length. This is especially true when using a source capable of delivering 4K/60 such as the Kaleidescape cover art GUI on the Strato movie player. Sure, this isn’t an issue when you’re talking about a connection to your wall-mounted flat panel display, but if you have your electronics remotely located in another area (say an equipment rack in the back of the room) or you are wiring to a video projector, then a short 3-4 meter cable probably ain’t gonna cut. So, what do you do if you have a cable run inside your walls and you connect that fancy new 4K source to your TV and you get the dreaded “No Signal”? You might just turn to Metra Home Theater’s Gigabit Accelerator.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 06, 2017  |  0 comments
A common talking point amongst IoT providers at CES is how they are designing products to protect against malicious Internet DDOS attacks like the Mirai botnet that recently took down the Net for millions back in September. The reality is that network security is a complex, difficult to understand concept for many people, and creating a truly secure network is simply beyond the ability of most users and their networking components. That’s where Dojo comes in, becoming your own full-time network protecting ninja!

Al Griffin  |  Jan 04, 2017  |  First Published: Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
The pre-CES buzz surrounding Sony was that the company would introduce OLED. Turned out the buzz was correct: The main product the company unveiled at its CES 2017 press conference was its new XBR-A1E Series BRAVIA OLED TVs.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 04, 2017  |  First Published: Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
As you might know, Blue Microphones makes microphones. Really good microphones, actually. The company also makes some darn nice headphones. The newest members of the family are Ella and Sadie, along with Satellite.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 04, 2017  |  First Published: Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
Braven is joining the fitness craze with four new performance-oriented wireless earphones. The in-ear models are part of the Flyte Sport series, complementing Braven's ActiveSeries. The new models are the Flyte Sport, Flyte Sport Reflect, Flyte Sport Power, and Flyte Sport Glo.

Rob Sabin  |  Jan 04, 2017  |  First Published: Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
Samsung Electronics executive vp Joe Stinziano introduces new QLED UHDTVs at 2017 CES.

New advanced UHDTVs and UHD Blu-ray players were the most notable product announcements for A/V enthusiasts at Samsung's 2017 CES press conference today.

The brand's new QLED TVs are said to push the state of the art with a new metallic-core quantum dot formulation in the backlight, one that ultimately provides the ability to deliver brighter highlights and an even wider color gamut than Samsung's top-line 2016 models.

Rob Sabin  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
Sony upped its soundbar game at CES with introduction of a new flagship model featuring Dolby Atmos capability, while also announcing a new mid-priced AVR.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
Hisense presented their line of smart TVs that includes models with a redesigned smart TV hub and Roku TVs.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  1 comments
Terk has redesigned the antenna. The Omni may be the perfect shape to receive all of your channels. If you use an indoor, tabletop antenna to get over-the-air local broadcasts, it’s likely that you needed to physically turn the antenna to pick up different channels.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
Samsung continues to redesign and refine its smart TV experience. Last year the company released TVs with the Tizen powered smart TV hub and one remote with voice control. In 2017 Samsung has three goals for their streaming and entertainment experience—a unified experience across all devices, improved personal discovery of content, and expanded 4K UHD HDR content availability.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
You know that commercial where the dad uses Alexa to turn on the front yard sprinklers to soak his daughter’s boyfriend? The hardware behind that voice-activated dousing is Rachio, and they are at CES showing their new Gen 2 sprinkler controller.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
First, let’s make sure everyone knows who Franz Mesmer was. Ok – good. Now, let’s consider the JBL Pulse 3. I wanted to post a video of the Pulse 3 in action, but S&V’s crack legal staff wouldn’t permit it. It’s just too darn mesmerizing, and hence poses a liability issue for the magazine. Instead, you’ll have to be content with a photo, and my wholly inadequate description.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
It seems that over-the-ear headphones have become more than just a fashion statement. iFROGZ new Impulse wireless headphones combine the comfort of headphones with the convenience of Bluetooth wireless capabilities.
Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 05, 2017  |  0 comments
When the zombies attack, the most important thing is to have your playlist cranking. In particular, if your list is heavy with Abba, the zombies will fearfully run away and attack someone else. Thus, the good news is that you are saved. The bad news is that you have to listen to Abba. All of which brings us to the Ion Survival Rocker.