Al Griffin

Al Griffin  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  3 comments
I met up at CES with Dan Mackta, Managing Director of Qobuz USA, for an update on how things have been coming along for the high-resolution music streaming service since it officially launched in the U.S. market last February. Here’s what Dan had to say.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  0 comments
Chinese manufacturer Konka has been a regular exhibitor at CES for years. What’s different about the company’s presence at this particular CES is they are showing a number of new TVs destined for sale in the U.S. and Canada in 2020.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 09, 2020  |  0 comments
A highlight of Thomas J. Norton’s recent review of TCL’s 75-inch 8-Series LCD UHDTV was that set’s “class-leading local dimming.” The deep blacks and punchy HDR performance delivered by the 8-Series model was made possible by its mini-LED backlight, a feature found only in the company’s 8-Series TVs for 2019. In 2020, TCL plans to expand mini-LED backlights to its 6-Series, a more valued-oriented line that also features the same built-in Roku streaming platform found in the 8-Series.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 08, 2020  |  0 comments
Sennheiser headphones are known for having great sound, but they’re also known for being pricey. With a flood of new Bluetooth/Noise-Canceling headphones hitting the market over the past year, the company decided to release new models aimed at the mobile audiophile on a budget.
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.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  1 comments
One of the more intriguing items in our earlier Samsung CES TV overview was the company’s new Q950TS Series 8K sets, which feature a “virtually-no-bezel” design. If you thought we were kidding, take a look at the picture above—seriously, these TVs have virtually no bezel.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  0 comments
LG’s massive OLED TV rollout at CES 2020 includes the company’s smallest OLED yet: the 48-inch CX series model. And while the new baby OLED is packed with all the other features found in other models from the company, including 4K resolution, a9 Gen 3 AI processor, Dolby Vision HDR, and HDMI 2.1 connectivity, its gaming features are what the company chose to highlight in its CES booth.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 07, 2020  |  2 comments
Sound & Vision’s earlier post on Hisense’s CES product lineup included detailed info on the company’s 65XD9G 65-inch 4K LCD TV. What’s most notable about that model, shown above, is a dual-cell design that uses a 2K black-and-white panel as a backlight for a 4K full-color LCD panel, effectively giving the display two million local dimming zones.
Al Griffin  |  Jan 03, 2020  |  0 comments
Now that 2019 is done, it's time to take stock of the year by reviewing the list of products that received Sound & Vision Top Pick awards. It's also time to single out some trends.

A key trend is that OLED and LCD TVs have become available in substantially larger screen sizes—the 70-plus-inch category is where the action is at for set makers. Not surprisingly, high-end models in general are also getting less pricey. While at $3,800 our 2019 TV Top Pick of the Year at isn't any cheaper than last year's winner, it's notable that the list includes a full-featured $1,000 LCD Ultra HDTV with a full-array LED backlight. Projectors, too, are part of the downward pricing spiral, with good-quality 4K-capable models now selling for under $1,500, and great ones selling for under $3,000.

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