CES 2018

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Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
Onkyo and Pioneer, now corporately joined at the hip, both showed high-resolution digital audio players. They have similarities and differences.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
While many companies are producing smart speakers with added features such as built-in video screens, Onkyo is flipping the script and adding a camera and home monitoring features into the VC-FLX ($280).

John Sciacca  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
If you’re like most of the world, that means starting the day off with a steaming cup of Joe. You brew a pot or K-cup or whatever and then pour it into your travel mug and head off to work, hoping that your insulated vessel will keep the precious liquid hot enough for you to get your day started. Or you start with a cold drink in a thermos, likewise hoping it will keep cold throughout the day. But what if your bottle could do more than just contain liquid? What if it could heat it to maintain your desired temperature throughout the day? Or likewise cool it? Or even boil water to purify it for drinking or for use with freeze-dried food packs while camping? Or if it could actually be used to blend up your smoothie or to brew your coffee? I give you…the Cauldryn Fyre!
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
Cleer’s motto “Be In the Moment” couldn’t be more apparent with a new product lineup that takes advantage of many new technologies emerging lately, including voice activation, heart rate monitors, and ruggedness for today’s active lifestyles. The 2018 lineup includes a series of new headphones, a smart speaker, and a VR headset.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  First Published: Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
The latest Kanto product to use the name Syd (whose significance has yet to be explained) adopts a horizontal form factor.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
Two new speakers from Revel borrow from the higher-end Performa line.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  First Published: Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
Don't you hate it when your phone battery runs out when you're in the middle of streaming "In a Gadda Da Vida"? That won't happen with the SVS Prime Wireless. You can start a stream from the six presets on the front panel.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
It's not every day we see a new surround receiver from Emotiva, better known for its separates, though we got to see some new pre-pros and multichannel power amps as well.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 10, 2018  |  0 comments
While Alexa got her start in a speaker tower built by a company with little experience in speaker design, now she’s really getting to shine in a smart speaker from Pioneer’s Elite product designers.


Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
While Hisense currently offers 4K short-throw laser projectors at 80-,88, and 100-inches (all of which require special, dedicated, included screens, at CES they showed a new 150-inch design.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Alexa voice control is now available for any car in the ROAV VIVA USB Charger by Anker. Alexa adds control in the car as well as remotely controls Alexa-enabled devices in your home.
Rob Sabin  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Audio product news is sparse at Sony's booth for this CES, but the headliner at its press conference was a compact, 3.1-channel soundbar/wireless subwoofer combo that touts compatibility with Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
House of Marley is known for using or reusing products that support sustainability while also functioning practically and performing up to a level that would make Bob Marley proud. The new No Bounds XL speaker ($149) uses an array of sustainable materials throughout to create a buoyant and impact-resistant speaker that’s begging to get outdoors.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  1 comments
Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s head honcho for the US market, gave Sony’s entire press event standing in front of a huge screen with constantly changing images (though all of them stills). There was no information provided as to what sort of display the screen was, but I plan to inquire later in the show as it was perhaps the most impressive display shown during the entire press day. But it’s apparently not a technology currently used in a consumer product...
Rob Sabin  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Roku founder and CEO Anthony Wood (left) and TCL Sr. VP Chris Larson announce the TCL Roku Smart Soundbar

TCL announced at its CES 2018 press conference a revamped line-up of budget Ultra HDTVs and its plans to introduce the first Roku-enabled soundbar.