Scott Wilkinson roams the exhibit hall at CE Week in New York City to find out what's new from companies such as Epson, Sharp, Toshiba, Sony, Screen Innovations, Vutec, Kaleidescape, Digital Projection, Audio Design Associates, Leon Speakers, Dish, Audio-Technica, and others.
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A couple comments and questions and please don’t take this as criticizing (well, completely) them. All these technological advancements seem great. I’m just trying to understand and learn from short video clips that don’t have the time to go into more detail about and explain their advantages.
1. Sony's 4K media player seems to be a huge snafu right from the start w/ it not working w/ any of their viewing devices.
Also, nobody has answered my question yet about whether it's just higher res material, or if there's more improvements to it w/ bit depth and color gamut w/ the pre-loaded content or what’s going to be available this fall.
I know it's just being released and nobody can even use it yet, but you would think Sony would be boasting about it had it been the case of having more improvements than just being 4K.
2. Toshiba loves their processing and up-scaling! Remember their Up-scaling DVD player they touted as near Blu Ray quality? And their HD DVD Player the HD-XA2 is supposed to be one of the best around (which BTW I own and need to A/B w/ my Oppo BDP-103 to see which can handle DVD’s better).
I'm not trying to make it out as a bad thing but it sure seems to be their forte.
However, I think I’d rather have the peace of mind knowing I had actual UHD material vs a processor trying to make lower quality stuff look better. Though, it is a good stop gap until content arrives.
3. Maybe I missed it, but what was Vutec showing off that was new and a prototype? He said a Silverstar retractable screen is coming out and Silverstar has been around for years.
So what was unique about this one? Is it an updated version of the Silverstar material?
4. Would be great if SI could come down in price. Would love to have something similar to my High Power screen that can reject light better and still increase contrast while maintaining high brightness but their cost is right up there w/ Stewart.
I would think the market they’re targeting in the living/family rooms, have their setup in there because a lot of them cannot afford to go the dedicated room route and are on a tighter budget. I would think they would generate a lot more sales if they priced more competitively.
Also interesting to see if they can get the BD screens to be AT!
5. I didn't hear any mention of pricing or availability of the Ultra D glasses free 3D from Stream TV Networks. Is this still a prototype or do they have a production version scheduled to come out anytime soon?
I wonder how this would compare in 2D to 3D conversion compared to the much touted Teranex box from Black Magic.
6. So Kaleidoscape doesn’t yet allow for adding 3D Blu Rays onto their servers yet?
The Blu Ray quality downloads from WB, are they compressed at all?
7. Interesting sound features in the Cinema Rapture from Audio Design Associates. Do any other companies do something similar to them around that price?
8. So Geffen is just taking lower quality audio files an up-converting them?
The price point seems good but is there really any audible difference Scott? Did you notice anything spectacular there?
He didn't really mention what the file type and quality was of the source file except that it was uncompressed.
Couldn't this be done by feeding it into an AVR w/ good DAC’s?
What exactly is their wireless technology? This isn't the new WISA standard is it? It seems to be just another wireless transmission which there are already many other products on the market for.
Yes, it did look mighty nice, especially considering that it was displaying upconverted 1080p from the BDX6400 media player, the first product to be certified for this by Technicolor.
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I didn't realize the significance of your reply at first Scott. This is the first player I've heard to do this which to me says we are one step away from 4K physical media. I think streaming this is just going to be too taxing on our Internet service. IMO