Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  1 comments
A star of NAD’s 2019 CES exhibit was its compact Masters Series M10 BluOS streaming amplifier. At this CES, the company has taken that concept to a new level — and to a full chassis size — with its M33 BluOS streaming amplifier.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
PSB is showing an active version of its compact, Top Pick-winning Alpha series speakers at CES. Slated to arrive sometime in the first half of 2020, the Alpha AM5 and AM3 powered bookshelf speakers will feature DSP control and EQ, along with aptX Bluetooth for streaming.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
JBL launched a new suite of soundbars at CES, but by far the most exciting for Sound & Vision readers will be the company’s new Bar 9.1, JBL’s first soundbar with Dolby Atmos built-in. The bar not only delivers full 5.1.4 Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio playback, but does it with true wireless operation of the surround speakers.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  3 comments
There are those marquee brands in the high-end world that carry instant name cachet and immediately call to mind cost-no-object designs that most mortals can only aspire to owning. Dropping names like Krell, McIntosh, Trinnov, and Wilson Audio lets fellow AV aficionados know you’re familiar with truly high-end. Mark Levinson is a company that definitely belongs on that list of names, and with the company’s 5000 Series of products, they are trying to make membership in the audiophile owners’ club a bit less daunting, and also attract the next generation of music loving audiophiles.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
Soundbars are perfect problem solvers for many as they provide a greatly improved listening experience over the anemic audio offered by nearly every modern flat-panel display. Many opt for a soundbar because they require no additional hardware like an AVR, usually require just a single-wire connection to the display, need no extra controls, and are affordable. But what if there was a way to get all of these soundbar benefits while still enjoying far better sound, with actual front channel separation and true surround sound? That’s the promise Enclave Audio is delivering with its new CineHome wireless audio systems.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
Control4 is the preferred automation system by many custom installers (myself included), and while the company offers some Z-Wave integration, it is meager at best, interfacing with only a very small handful (less than 15) of devices. For users that want to tap into the hundreds of widely available and unique Z-Wave components, Flex Automation debuted two new devices to bridge the control gap.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
There have been lots of developments over the years in the category of smart lighting control, but most of these smart controls don’t really look much different or nicer than a classic paddle switch you can pick up for a couple of bucks at your local Home Depot. Hogar Controls feels that the modern smart home deserves something that looks better than just an ordinary light switch, and the company’s new Prima Touch Switch line offers a sleek designer finish that makes your modern home actually look modern!
SV Staff  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
The HDMI Forum used CES 2020 as a springboard to announce a certification program for “ultra-high-speed” HDMI cables to ensure products marked under that banner are compliant with all HDMI 2.1 capabilities, including 4K and 8K video, high-dynamic range (HDR), variable refresh rate (VRR), and enhanced audio return channel (eARC).
SV Staff  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
Panasonic has introduced a compact speaker designed for serious gamers that has sound modes tailored to specific types of games.
Joe Palenchar  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
TV manufacturers are stepping up their efforts to fatten up the sound of thin TVs.