CES 2017

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Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Who says your ears have to be covered up while listening to music? The JBL Soundgear wraps around the neck, leaving your unencumbered ears free to enjoy a conversation, the sounds of nature, or just to keep an ear on the kids while immersing yourself in music.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
With Snugs custom eartips, why settle for one-size-fits-all earphones when you can easily go custom?

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Decibullz Contour ES earbuds use DIY thermo-fit custom-molded earpieces. They are the latest offering from Decibullz which first showed thermo-molded earbuds three years ago. The new earbuds also sport wireless capability; they are said to be one of the smallest and lightest Bluetooth earbuds available.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
The Explorer audio player from Echobox, crafted from solid blocks of luxurious wood, is easily the most attractive player on the CES show floor. While most companies are making blocky (or triangularly - looking at you, Mr. Young) plastic players, the Explorer looks more like a flask of aged whiskey than a piece of high-end audio gear.

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
The Playlist (pictured) is a wireless home speaker but unlike most of its countless brethren, it has Chromecast built-in, and its D/A converter supports 24-bit/96-kHz high-resolution audio. The BassPro Go, uniquely, is designed to function as a car subwoofer, as well as a portable speaker.

Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Onkyo is not one to miss out on audio trends. Any time that Dolby or DTS dreams up a new innovation — holographic, object-based, bone-induction surround, for example — you know that Onkyo will be the first to feature it in their AV receivers.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Riva Audio introduced a line of wireless multiroom speakers designed to deliver larger-than-life, live concert-style sound at its coming out party at CEDIA 2016 . Two of those speakers, the $249 Arena and $499 Festival, should be shipping in March. A new product the company has on display here at CES is the Theaterbar soundbar.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
The story of how the Epique CBT24 came to be was unlike any other at the show.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  1 comments
The Triton Reference is GoldenEar Technology's new flagship speaker, nudging aside the Triton One for the top slot.

Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
The Beoplay M5 is a new wireless multiroom speaker from B&O Play, the fun, affordable, and even more lifestyle-oriented wing of Denmark’s Bang & Olufsen.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
If you find that there are dozens of WiFi networks that show up when you go to connect your wireless devices, the Portal Router may be for you. In congested areas, like apartment buildings, dozens of users may be fighting to get an internet signal over the same channel on the same band (either 5 GHz or the extremely crowded 2.4 GHz band). The Portal router offers technology that can move you away from the crowds to get the best internet access possible.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Dish and Sling TV showed off the AirTV, the newest device that will make it easier to cut the cord on cable or satellite. AirTV streams from Sling TV, as well as over the air local channels, and from other streaming services and can stream in 4K.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 07, 2017  |  0 comments
On the eve of the Digital Entertainment Group’s (DEG) 20th Anniversary CES party, a profound statement was made when invitees were given digital codes instead of physical discs
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!

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.

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