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  1. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
    As I've said many times, evaluating image quality on a trade-show floor is usually an exercise in futility. There's a ton of ambient light, and most manufacturers show carefully selected or custom-made content—usually bright, colorful, and slow-moving—designed to make their displays look as good...
  2. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
    One of the biggest stories at CES 2017 was the inclusion of Dolby Vision high dynamic-range (HDR) capabilities in many TVs and a few UHD Blu-ray players. This trend stands in stark contrast to last year, when only LG announced and actually brought its OLED and Super UHD LCD TVs to market with...
  3. Speakers
    Although CES is a lot more than just an audio show, every year there are plenty of speakers and Hi-Fi electronics to see and audio demos to hear. From soundbars to super speakers, there was plenty to listen to in Las Vegas. Some manufacturers had a presence on the CES show floor at the Las...
  4. 2-Channel Audio
    At CES 2017 attendees touring Samsung's gargantuan booth were treated to an unusual sight. Right in the middle of it all was what could be called an Island of Harman that included Revel speakers and Mark Levinson electronics. Meanwhile, over at the Hard Rock Café, Harman's expansive CES exhibit...
  5. Speakers
    Wireless, lifestyle-oriented, self-contained streaming audio speaker systems are having a bit of a heyday lately, and one of the more serious contenders to make its debut at CES 2017 was the Samsung H7 Wireless Speaker. This minimalist, retro styled speaker is a surprisingly sophisticated audio...
  6. AVS Forum® Podcasts
    Journalists Mike Heiss, Mark Henninger, and Robert Heron join me to recap some of what we saw and heard at CES 2017. On the video side of things, there were OLED TVs from LG and Sony, Samsung's QLED LCD TVs, the appearance of Dolby Vision HDR in many TVs and UHD Blu-ray players, 4K...
  7. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Cinephiles who crave nothing more than a large, flat, gimmick-free screen on which to watch sports, TV shows, and movies can rejoice in the end of the curved screen era. One of the more notable things about CES 2017 was that every flagship TV from a major manufacturer was flat. It doesn't mean...
  8. Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers
    The Reference Premiere R-110SW, R-112SW and R-115SW subwoofers from Klipsch are great performers but don't have onboard DSP and advanced features like EQ or auto calibration. That all changes with the introduction of the R-110SW-BLE, R-112SW-BLE and R-115SW-BLE subs, first show at CES 2017...
  9. High Dynamic Range (HDR) & Wide Color Gamut (WCG)
    When Samsung unveiled its QLED TVs at CES (which you can read about here ), the company placed a lot of emphasis on the concept of color volume and how QLED achieves a much larger color volume than OLED. This emphasis was maintained in Samsung's booth and Innovation Room, a meeting room in the...
  10. Speakers
    Revel has a new wireless sub called the Concerta B8 and it is providing the foundation for several subwoofer/satellite systems featuring an updated version of the company's Concerta M8 speakers. The company offers the speaker systems in a five-pack (with accessories) for $1500 or two-pack (with...
  11. Speakers
    During CES, I didn't get to spend much time at the Venetian, where most of the high-end audio was. One demo I did hear there was Comhear MyBeam beamforming technology, which creates a binaural soundfield without headphones, and it was quite impressive. Beamforming is a technique in which digital...
  12. Soundbars
    2017 is the year that Dolby Atmos went mainstream. Klipsch contributed to the steady stream of immersive audio compatible soundbars seen at CES 2017 with the Theaterbar ($1300 target price). This model offers four HDMI inputs, one HDMI output, optical-digital, and analog RCA inputs as well as...
  13. Speakers
    Jamo's Studio 8 system struck me as a good compromise between aesthetics, performance, and price. Not that they can tell all that much about sound quality on the show floor during CES. But, what I did hear was good, and these are good-looking speakers. Follow the link for more...
  14. Speakers
    Looking for affordable speakers with Danish design flair and Atmos-enabled capability? Jamo's Studio 8 series should fit the bill, at least based on what I saw and heard at CES 2017. The Studio 8 Series brings Scandinavian design to Atmos-enabled stand-alone speaker systems and the result...
  15. Ultra Hi-End HT Gear ($20,000+)
    The Venetian Hotel is home to most of the high-end audio companies at CES, but there's always a few good home-theater demos there as well. Case in point: The Wolf Cinema TXF-5000 projector was the centerpiece of an entire immersive-audio home-theater setup. The projector fired onto a Vutec...
  16. Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP
    In addition to two 4K/UHD projectors—the UHD60 and 4K UST ultra-short throw —Optoma showed three DLP-based 1080p models in its suite at the Westgate hotel during CES 2017. The Optoma ZH55 (seen above) looks very interesting, with a laser-phosphor light engine that is specified to deliver 3000...
  17. Speakers
    Looking for that famous Klipsch sound in a more decor friendly format? The company has you covered in 2017 with the new Reference Premiere Designer On-Wall series of speakers. There are four new models in the lineup including a passive soundbar called the RP-440D-SB ($700) featuring four 3.5"...
  18. Speakers
    Ready for a blast from the past? JBL celebrates its 70th anniversary with the introduction of the JBL 4312SE . This loudspeaker clearly has the DNA of the company's iconic 4310 and 4311 studio monitors that date back to 1968. It sports a 3-way design featuring a 12" pulp-cone woofer, 5"...
  19. Speakers
    Wireless whole-home audio is certainly a "thing," and everyone wants in on the action. The Optoma NuForce Q7 is one of the latest entries into this crowded field, offering higher build quality than many others. It is said to be the first wireless speaker with a high-grade monocoque aluminum...
  20. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    As clearly illustrated at CES this year, China has become a major player in the global TV market, including the US. One of the new names in this arena—at least as far as American consumers are concerned—is LeEco (pronounced "le-EEco"), which had a booth at the show for the first time as far as I...
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