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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2017 0 comments
Well, more precisely, on the wall...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2017 0 comments
Thiel Audio normally displays at the Venetian Hotel, the venue for specialty audio. But this year they elected to have a booth on the main floor of the Convention center. It was obviously not a spot for an effective, active demo, but the new, 4-way Thiel 40.3, at $35,000/pair, is a big step up in price for the company...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2017 0 comments
Sony brought along part of an airplane interior to the show. Well, not really, but they used this mock up to demonstrate the effectiveness of their MDR-1000X noise canceling headphones...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2017 0 comments
Chinese manufacturer Changhong has appeared at recent CESs without making much of a dent in the U.S. market. But give them credit for trying...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 06, 2017 0 comments
In case you haven’t already heard, some weeks back Samsung announced that it was buying Harman Industries...
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jan 04, 2017 1 comments
Amid the appliances and robots, LG unveils a flood of TVs, including five new OLED series, two impossibly thin models, and many new Super UHDTVs
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 23, 2016 0 comments
I’d heard of Angry Birds but completely missed their first flight of fame in an immensely popular game for smartphones. Subsequently, they went bird-flu viral with follow-up games, an animated TV series, and more. A movie launch was inevitable. It features hotheaded Red and other (non-flighted!) feathered citizens of Bird Island. Sentenced to take an anger management course, Red meets a few similarly explosive (sometimes literally!) souls.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Dec 13, 2016 1 comments
“The press-heads were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of CES danced in their heads.”

It’s the same every year. With the festivities of the season keeping everyone furiously running around making preparations for holiday celebrations, those of us involved in the consumer electronics industry—manufacturers, public relations folks, distributors, dealers, trade press, and consumer press (note the hierarchy!)—have something else on our minds—the annual January CES. ...

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Nov 29, 2016 9 comments
Oppo has (finally) released details on its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player. Here's what we know...
Thomas J. Norton Posted: Nov 23, 2016 0 comments
PRICE $350

Excellent UHD performance
Solid build quality
Good value
Limited streaming apps
Less-than-perfect 4K upconversion

It’s not without minor flaws, but the second UHD Blu-ray player on the U.S. market delivers a stellar picture from UHD discs at an attractive price.

The launch of Ultra HD Blu-ray players has now progressed from a slow drip to a trickle. Samsung was first with the UBD-K8500 (reviewed in our June issue and also available at At CEDIA, Sony showed its upscale UBP-X1000ES but won’t have it out till next spring and hasn’t announced pricing. Oppo’s new player is expected sometime this fall. And Panasonic’s own high-end DMP-UB900, at $700, became available in late September as we were going to press (watch for a future review).