CES 2018

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Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
We don’t usually expect to see new projectors at CES (that’s normally CEDIA territory) but LG showed its new HU80KA 4K entry.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  1 comments
We don’t generally don’t cover computer monitors at CES, but LG showed a wide selection of 4K and higher resolution designs...
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.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
With so many companies making big announcements, Shure is going low-key with an announcement about a new line of detachable cable options for their wireless earphones. It doesn’t seem like much to get excited about, but it actually is.

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Monster doesn’t really have a stake in the automotive field, unless you take into account Noel Lee’s lineup of custom car builds, including a Bentley, Lamborghini and Ferrari show car. However, with a new collaboration with Volkswagen, the Concept R could become a Monster first: a true production vehicle.

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.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
At its CES press event LG introduced new intelligent processors for its premier OLEDs (Alpha 9) and NanoCell LCD-LEDs (Alpha 7). These new devices are said to improve color and sharpness, along with enhanced noise reduction, better handling of smooth gradations, advanced color mapping, and a OLED frame rate capability of up to 120 frames per second...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Hisense spent much of the time at its press conference on its sponsorship of the upcoming soccer World Cup (football in most if the world). It even brought in two well-known soccer commentators (though not well known here) and several stars of the game. The big news on the Hisense-World Cup connection is that newly purchased Hisense Smart TVs will come pre-loaded with an application (via Fox Sports GO in the US) that will not only provide live feeds of the games but also offer 37 different, user selectable camera angles.

But there was news on Hisense’s new 4K displays as well...

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...
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  0 comments
While you might think Anker is only known for making oddly luxurious battery power banks, they’re venturing into the audio world in a big way by joining with Dolby to create the Zolo Model Zero, a new smart speaker with Google Assistant.

Joe Palenchar  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  2 comments
The wait for TVs, AV receivers, sound bars and other CE products with High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 2.1 connections will take a bit longer.
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.

Rob Sabin  |  Jan 09, 2018  |  4 comments
Samung made a huge statement as the 2018 CES was preparing to open—and we mean "huge"—with the introduction of The Wall, a 146-inch diagonal micro LED display that is expected to reach the consumer market later this year. Meanwhile, enthusiasts should cheer the company's new Q series quantum dot LCD UHDTVs, which will include the Q9S, an 85-inch model with 8K resolution, and the Q9, a more mainstream UHD set that marks the return of high-performance full-array local dimming to Samsung's premium model.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 08, 2018  |  0 comments
NVIDIA announces 65-inch gaming displays with a NVIDIA Shield streamer built in but they also play movies beautifully.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2018  |  0 comments
Audio software experts from Sonarworks just announced a new app that eliminates the inaccurate coloration introduced by most consumer headphones to create a flat, “studio reference” sound from over 100 popular headphones.