CES 2016

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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).

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
In a year when few new products surprised me, Lifeprint woke me up. Lifeprint demonstrated its photo printer and smartphone app that can make still photos appear to come alive and move. The experience brought to mind the excitement of the magical world of Harry Potter where printed photos in frames and newspapers would move like a short video.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Netflix Co-founder and Chief Executive Reed Hastings joined Consumer Technology Association President Gary Shapiro in the opening Keynote of CES 2016 to discuss the history of TV from three broadcast networks to pay TV and VCRs to DVRs and now streaming. The emphasis was that we are moving toward what people want from TV—being able to watch anything we want, anywhere we want—and ended with an announcement that Netflix is now making that happen globally.
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.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
We got a back-room briefing and did a little nit-picking on the technology behind Samsung's 2016 SUHD TVs. Here's what we learned...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
China's TCL is out to make a name for itself. The company held its first CES press conference on the eve of the show and, as you can see from the photo, spared no expense on constructing an extravagant exhibit.
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)...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Manufacturers are starting to realize that some folks locate their televisions where the back is visible. In the past the rear panel hasn’t exactly been a showpiece, but this TCL design shouldn’t embarrass anyone.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2016  |  0 comments
Like many demos CES, this 2.35:1 (21x9) “scope” curved LCD widescreen Ultra HD design was likely brought in to test its commercial viability with the army of retailers who attend CES. According to the information I received, however, TCL (a Chinese company) does plan to distribute it in Hong Kong, at least initially...
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  1 comments
Most battery-powered smoke detectors are designed to give a warning when the battery is running low, and that’s a good thing. On the other hand, it’s almost inevitable that your smoke detector will wait until the middle of the night before it starts emitting that purposely annoying chirp warning sound. The Roost Smart Battery For Smoke Alarms is a dead-simple, very affordable device that will prevent middle-of-the-night chirping and also add some smarts to your “dumb” smoke alarm.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  1 comments
Parent company Invoxia calls Triby “the next generation voice-controlled speaker for the kitchen”, which is a relatively boring, generic description for a device that is much more exciting than that tag line makes it seem to be. And now that Triby is “the first third-party device to announce integration with the Amazon Alexa Voice Service” it’s even more exciting.
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.

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.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
The Imagine XA is PSB's entry into the Dolby Atmos (and DTS:X) enabled speaker category.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 06, 2016  |  0 comments
When is a mono-block amp a home theater product?

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