CES 2015

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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.”

SV Staff  |  Jan 05, 2015  |  First Published: Jan 02, 2015  |  0 comments
The largest consumer technology show on the planet is just around the corner. 2015 International CES opens in Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 6 and runs through Friday, January 9, but our coverage kicks off on Monday with pre-show news from LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Dish, Samsung, and others.

A dozen S&V correspondents will be combing more than 2 million square feet of exhibit space in search of the latest and greatest audio/video gear so be sure to check back frequently. Lots of news is heading your way.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Stumbling through the Sands Expo, I came across one of those seemingly insignificant products that turn out to be an elegant and simple solution to a never-ending problem. In this case, I found the NEET booth and its assortment of Cable Keepers. Something the company calls the “World's Simplest Cable Management Solution”.

Using one of NEET’s Cable Keepers is like having...

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
You could crank up the sound system in your car. You could open your windows and use your home theater. I guess you could even turn on your phone and have everyone keep really quiet. But the best way to enjoy tunes out on the patio is to buy an outdoor speaker. Outdoor speakers are typically portable, cordless, and water resistant, provide a bit of fidelity even if it's not always high. AR has some nice new ones for your outdoor listening pleasure

Ken C. Pohlmann  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  0 comments
There is no shortage of all-weather Bluetooth speakers but the Boomjacket takes longevity to a new level with 40 hours of playback time on a single charge. (Moreover, Altec Lansing claims that you don't have to lower the volume to achieve that.) The Boomjacket is the sequel to the Life Jacket; like its predecessor, the Boomjacket features rain/dirt/shock-proof construction; in addition to its improved playing time, it has improved sound quality and more mounting capabilities.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
The first thing we noticed about Arcam's Solo Movie, a combo AVR and Blu-ray player, was that it was cute.
Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 06, 2015  |  1 comments
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, ARCHT (pronounced "arc") is taking pre-orders on the ARCHT One, a single device with a patented sound array and iOS sound optimization program that creates an omnidirectional, room-filling sound.

John Sciacca  |  Jan 09, 2015  |  First Published: Jan 10, 2015  |  0 comments
Astell&Kern has made a name for itself with ultra-high-resolution portable music players like the AK240 and AK120, allowing users to listen to their high-res FLAC and DSD audio files while on the road. At CES the company unveiled its new AK500N Ultimate Network Audio Player, bringing audiophile listening into the living room.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
A small-scaled but pleasing Dolby Atmos upmix demo unfolded in Atlantic Technology's room at the Venetian, uniting the company's new sound base and existing Atmos add-on modules.
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...

Leslie Shapiro  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
It seems that every single company is coming out with a new fitness product. Fit is in - who knew? Audio-Technica has had an impressive selection in the past, but these new SonicSport earphones are certainly up for a long day at the gym, track or in the saddle.

Kris Deering  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 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.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Auralic's Vega USB DAC does a lot to earn its $3500 pricetag.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  1 comments
Without a doubt the most mind-blowing surround demo at CES combined Auro-3D height-enhanced surround technology with gear from CAT, ATI, and Theta.
Barb Gonzalez  |  Jan 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Bang & Olufsen showed a trio of new products including new headphones, a 75-inch 4K TV, and a music player that learns what music you listen to at different times of day. The newest addition to the BeoVision Avant line fits in between the previous 55-inch and 85-inch models. BeoPlay headphones include the H8 top-of-the-line, noise-canceling wireless model and the low-end over-over-the-ear H2. But it was the BeoSound Moment music system that stole the show.