CES 2015

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Kris Deering  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  1 comments

AudioControl debuted two new receivers and their flagship processor at CEDIA. The Maestro M9 AV processor and the Concert AVR- full 9 and AVR-7 feature full support for the latest HDMI specs, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X processing but also Dirac Live room correction.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
The MicroliteScreen is unlike most other examples breed. It’s composed of several layers that together are said to offer high light rejection when used in ambient lighting. Four versions are available, up to a gain of 3.3, with a half gain viewing angle said too be up to +/- 80 degrees—previously unheard of in a screen with a gain that high.
Rob Sabin  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  First Published: Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
Canadian audio manufacturer Mass Fidelity is at CEDIA showing off its unique Core wireless speaker in anticipation of its imminent shipping to consumers this holiday season.

Kris Deering  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
If there was one thing that was abundantly clear at the show, immersive audio isn't going anywhere. While the software continues to trickle out, the flood gates have opened for hardware with just about every manufacturer on the floor demonstrating something that would help you in your pursuit of immersive audio.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 15, 2015  |  0 comments
There were no big surprises in streaming announcements at this year’s CES.  Few new media players were shown, as the Fire TV and Nexus Android TV were released in November. Streaming 4K and HiRes Audio became a reality in 2014. Instead, it was the trends and the new technologies that will move online streaming to the next level that were the news at CES 2015.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 12, 2015  |  4 comments
Two weeks ago, I had two friends ask me to recommend an MP3 player for them. “No problem, “ I replied. I was heading to CES, showcase for all that is bright and good in the world of electronics. “I’ll make a list of all the MP3 players I’m bound to see.”

Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Wolf Cinema has consistently offers the best home theater setups at CES’s Venetian hotel venue. That’s probably not saying much, as the displays at the convention center are dominated by flat panels and the Venetian is mainly high-end audio heaven. CEDIA EXPO, held in September, is the show for projector-based home theater demos...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  2 comments
If your audio memory extends back far enough you’ll recall Audio Alchemy. That company marketed an extensive line of inexpensive DACs long before streaming and downloading digital music was possible and D/A converters were the hot ticket...

Lauren Dragan  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
New headphone company Phaz has announced a line of Bluetooth headphones that charge your phone while you listen to music.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
As much as I was impressed by HiFiMan’s HE-400i headphones and EF100 tube headphone combination (see my previous post), the company’s HE1000 prototype, open back cans blew me away...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  0 comments
To date I haven’t been much of a headphone person, but I still recognize their importance and appeal in today’s market. Headphones, in short, are now a very big deal for many consumers...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 11, 2015  |  1 comments
We don’t cover turntables much here at S&V, but an interesting new line of upmarket turntables from European manufacturer E.A.T. is being distributed in the U.S. by VANA Ltd.

Shown here is the middle child of the three E.A.T. tables VANA brought to the show...

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 10, 2015  |  4 comments
I’ve seen plenty of cool product concepts in my time. A lot of them, perhaps the majority, have imploded along the way as the fragile dreamscape of the theoretical world is thoroughly trashed by the much harsher, take-no-prisoners landscape of the real world. Since nothing other than beta units have shipped yet, it’s not possible to tell whether or not Ecovent’s intelligent HVAC vents and environmental sensor network will manage to be more than a brief blast of hot air. But I truly hope so, because it’s one the most exciting products I can every remember coming across.

Put simply, Ecovent makes...

John Sciacca  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  First Published: Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
Bluesound launched at last year’s CES, causing me to write a post titled, “Is Bluesound an Audiophile Sonos Killer?” Since then the company has gone on to prove its worth with high-res, 24/192 file playback and a terrific control app that lets users easily stream and enjoy music all around their homes. This year the company is broadening the reach of beautiful music listening to outside of the house by adding BluOS software to an outdoor speaker by sister-company PSB.

Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
For those who can split their attention, Sharp offers MultiView that displays four separate streams onscreen. Easily controlled by Sharp’s tablet app, users can choose videos from myriad online video streaming services. MultiView is part of Sharp’s SmartCentral 4.0 that has been fully redesigned from last year’s Smart TV user interface.