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  1. Smartphones
    The Galaxy S21, S21+ 5G and S21 Ultra are the latest and greatest flagship-class smartphones. All three phones sport variable refresh rate, up to 120 Hz AMOLED screens, with the S21 Ultra offering the largest size and highest resolution (3200 x1440 pixels, 6.8 inches), befitting its...
  2. Headphones
    Many music lovers and home theater enthusiasts are familiar with Dirac Live, the advanced room correction solution found in premium AVRs and pre-pros. It offers premium performance in terms of improving sound by compensating for playback anomalies. Now, the company is bringing its technology to...
  3. Soundbars
    When Samsung acquired Harman, it picked up some of the sharpest minds in the audio business. The company invested in a state-of-the-art research and development facility. Consequently, it was inevitable that at some point they would accomplish a heretofore unheard of feat, getting the speakers...
  4. Speakers
    Sony's 360 reality audio is an object-based audio format (like Atmos of DTS:X) but for music. The company has demoed it in the past, but now the format is beyond the conceptual stage with streaming support from Tidal, Deezer and Nugs.net. You can use it with any headphones. Sony also demoed...
  5. Soundbars
    Two highly appealing features of sound bars are their compact size and relatively low price compared to full-size AVR based systems. When creative debuted its Sonic Carrier soundbar a couple of years back, the company threw caution to the wind and created a no holds barred high-end soundbar...
  6. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    NAD has enjoyed great success with its Masters M10 BluOS DAC/Amp. Now, audiophiles seeking more power may consider the newly announced Masters M33 that features more power and is the first integrated to use Purifi amplification technology that's rated at 200 W per channel with either 8 ohm or 4...
  7. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Although this hardware debuted at CEDIA 2019, my first opportunity to demo the latest processor and AVR from JBL Synthesis coincided with CES 2020. JBL put on a complete home theater demo using JBL Synthesis in-wall and in-ceiling speakers along with the SDP-55 Pre-Pro handling the processing...
  8. Soundbars
    Before hearing the Cleer Audio Crescent at CES 2020, it was not clear whether a single device that could "do it all" was to be found at the show. But I've heard driver arrays use beamforming to create an enhanced soundstage, and even convincing surround sound effects, so I'm a believer in that...
  9. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    At CES 2020 Vizio presented a broad array of TVs covering the bases from entry-level models with appealing features all the way up to its high-performance offerings that now encompass both FALD-LCD and OLED options. While the company did not exhibit on the show floor at the LVCC, it provided...
  10. Dedicated Theater Design & Construction
    Hisense is unveiling their 2020 TV lineup, which includes a short throw laser TV and a 4K ULED TV alongside implementation of new streaming services. The lineup includes: L5 4K Ultra Short Throw Laser TV:The L5 offers an affordable and energy efficient solution to large LCD screens and...
  11. Speakers
    At CES 2020 JBL showed the compact sibling of its popular L100 Classic speakers, the new L82 Classic. Full press release: JBL Introduces L82 Classic Bookshelf Loudspeakers at CES 2020 Las Vegas, Nev. — HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused...
  12. Speakers
    Last week I went to Las Vegas to attend CES 2020. During press day, one of my first stops was the KLH suite at the Hard Rock Cafe, where I saw and heard the company's new Model 5 speakers. This is a true return to the company's roots, and an updated interpretation of a classic loudspeaker. In...
  13. Latest Industry News
    Sony has unveiled the brand new Z8H 8K LED TV in both 75” and 85” at CES 2020. Now at the dawn of 8K, the Z8H is here to make content look absolutely amazing. The Z8H gives you precise images thanks in part to Sony's best-in-class Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, while its Full Array LED brings...
  14. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    TCL has unveiled their new Vidrian Mini-LED technology at CES 2020, allowing you to experience picture clearer than ever. Chris Larson, Senior Vice President of TCL North America, explains the new technology. “Mini-LED backlight technology is critical for delivering powerful contrast...
  15. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Skyworth launched two new premium TV series – the Q91, its first 8K TV, and the W81, the company's wallpaper-thin OLED TV – at CES 2020. Q91 Series The brand new 8K Q91 series is supported by 120fps 8K for a smoother picture and supports 8K hardware decoding for up to 60fps, making 8K...
  16. OLED Technology and Flat Panels General
    Panasonic has a brand new flagship OLED TV, the HZ2000, featuring Dolby Vision IQ, a revamped custom professional panel, increased peak brightness and Filmmaker Mode. For more info, visit: https://www.techradar.com/reviews/panasonic-hz2000-oled-tv
  17. Soundbars
    Full press release: "Q800T Soundbar: The compact and elegant Q800T complements Samsung’s industry-leading TVs with immersive audio. When paired with a Samsung QLED TV, the Q800T delivers a new feature, Samsung Symphony, which plays sound from the TV’s top speakers as well as from the soundbar...
  18. Speakers
    When will the wireless revolution finally provide a simple solution for surround sound in a home theater or living room setting? That's a trick question, WiSA has been doing this for years. The problem is a relatively small selection of products, and a lack of consumer awareness. However, in...
  19. Soundbars
    Klipsch unveiled three new sound bars at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020. These soundbars are the Klipsch Bar 54, the Klipsch Bar 48, and the Klipsch Bar 44. All three are crafted from wood and employ Klipsch’s signature horn-loaded technology. The Klipsch Bar 54 features Dolby Atmos...
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