CES 2015

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Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
It’s hard to get big bass sound from a small, portable player, but the Braven Balance, debuting at CES seems to make it work.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
GoldenEar Technology showed a prototype sub with a total of four 12-inch drivers.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
The Wireless Speaker and Audio Association (WiSA) room contained products from Klipsch, LG, Fostex—and what is billed the first WiSA-certified mass-market 5.1 speaker system, from Enclave Audio.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  1 comments
TCL showed what they claimed to be the world's largest 110-inch curved 4K UltraHDTV. Presumably that means that it's bigger than all of the other 110-inch curved 4K UltraHD sets out there.
John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
The coolest bits of technology can often come from someone looking at the same problem everyone else has but seeing a new and better way to fix it. Every been awakened at 3 AM to the dreadful CHIRP! from a smoke alarm? Ever heard the chirping and then had to wander around the house trying to figure out which detector it is that is making the infernal racket? What if you were away at work or on vacation and your house caught fire…wouldn’t you like to know about it before you came home to find the smoldering ruins of Pompeii where your home theater used to be? These are all problems solved in a brilliantly simple manner by Roost.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Ultra HDTV will soon be divided into two tiers: lame, regular old UHD, and awesome, premium-grade UHD. How will you know which grade to get when you fill up at the pump—I mean, visit an electronics store?
John Sciacca  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
If you have a home, then you probably have a lawn. And if you have a lawn then you probably have an irrigation system. Even with programming and some crude scheduling, these are dumb devices that essentially haven't been changed or seen any real technological updates in years and just run until you remember to tell them to stop. I can’t tell you how many times I wake up to hear my sprinkler system running as it competes with a massive South Carolina rainstorm. Or how I try and remind myself to turn the system off for winter – and back on for summer – but inevitably forget to do it until multiple cycles into the new season. Fortunately, technology in the form of Skydrop is coming to bring some intelligence and Internet control to irrigation controllers.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
A new Firefox-based streaming dongle called Matchstick takes on Chromecast with new features. But there's a catch: It's not yet available for sale.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  2 comments
While the Panasonic booth was heavy on things other than HDTVs and Ultra HDTVs (unlike past years, where walls of the Panasonic were covered with now defunct plasma sets), there were a couple of items of video interest...
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Soundwall calls its flat-panel, on-wall, wireless, stereo speaker system a “connected canvas” because it’s both a connected speaker capable of streaming audio from internet music services or from your mobile device and...
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
NYNE is making it harder and harder to find an excuse not to get outside and ride your bike, or taking your kids out for a stroll. They’re showing off three new IPX-rated outdoor speakers, all with Bluetooth and all ready to roll.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Paradigm uses a new kind of tweeter lens in its Prestige line.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Isn't that one beautiful on-wall?
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  1 comments
Consumer alert: we’ve all been misled for years, with companies selling us wireless headphones with wires. While they might use Bluetooth to wirelessly transmit the signal from the player to the headphones, typically there is still a cable of some sort connecting the left and right earpieces. HearNotes is truly wireless – or WireFree as they like to say.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
In a couple of months, Cambridge Audio will be shipping a couple of receivers.

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