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CES 2013 Wrap Up: Is this the year for 4K?

by Blogger on ‎01-14-2013 08:31 AM - last edited on ‎05-16-2013 11:42 AM by JorgeM Recognized Expert


Samsung has just announced that their 85" 4K panel will run over $30k, with pre-orders starting in Korea. 4K, or Ultra HD (not to be confused with Netflix's new Super HD service) was one of the big stories. So the question is: will this be the year for 4K.



Shattering your device, whether it’s a tablet or a phone, can be heartbreaking. That’s why Gorilla Glass has been so popular; it does a great job preventing cracks and scratches in screens.


CES 2013: Samsung’s Evolution Kit could make your TV last for years longer

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:46 AM by Retired Administrator

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Ultra HD and OLED have gotten the lion’s share of the hype at CES, but one of the most intriguing ideas surrounding TV is how to make them ‘new’ again for consumers. Samsung’s Evolution Kit may provide an opportunity in the future for TV owners to upgrade and gain access to new features the company comes out with in later TV models. In other words, spending all that money on a high-end flat-panel can presumably get a new lease on life after this kit is placed on the back.


CES 2013: Wrapping up Day 2, on to Day 3

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 09:02 AM - last edited on ‎03-11-2013 03:05 PM by Retired Administrator


It doesn't matter how many trade shows you go to, you'll still find that CES can kick your rear. It's a big, unforgiving monster that chews up people and spits out sore feet, sore backs, and big grins. Day 2 didn't disappoint, and left me anxious for more great stuff on Day 3.


CES 2013: LG gets into OLED in a big way

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 01:39 AM - last edited on ‎09-24-2013 12:12 PM by Blog Editor in Chief


OLED Technology is finally here, and LG is leading the way. These feather-weight panels are incredibly thin, and deliver an unprecedented image experience from a display so thin. It's premium technology, so you can expect it to be expensive this year, but just like the flat panels of yesteryear, expect widespread adoption as these awesome displays become more affortable.


CES2013: Android owners plug into MHL

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 01:28 AM


Android owners are invited to kick back and game on the big screen right from their phone with MHL technology. The MHL booth at CES is equipped with an MHL cable and an MHL enabled display, letting Android owners plug in and take their phone for a spin in a big way. 


CES2013: Polks collaborates with Microsoft to set a new bar for gaming sound.

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 01:14 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 08:48 AM by Retired Administrator


Listening to the SurroundBar 5000 IHT today I was blown away. We swapped back and forth between TV sound at max volume and the IHT at a moderate setting, and the difference was noticeable: the Polk provided richer, cleaner, louder, more immersive sound than the TV could ever hope to.


CES2013: WD shows off their TV smartening WDTV Live.

by Blogger on ‎01-10-2013 01:08 AM - last edited on ‎03-11-2013 03:04 PM by Retired Administrator


Don’t have a smart TV, but want one? Looking to smarten up an existing display and want to do it easily? Meet the WDTV Live, it’s WD’s answer to the “I really like my TV but wish it had apps” problem.


Sony 4k TV – Future Shop @ CES 2013

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 12:18 PM - last edited on ‎08-27-2013 12:11 PM by Blog Editor in Chief

Sony TV Sideview – Future Shop @ CES 2013

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 12:07 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 03:29 PM by Retired Administrator

CES 2013: Sony will offer up-converting from Blu-ray to 4K

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎05-16-2013 11:41 AM by JorgeM Recognized Expert

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You can’t walk the show floor without either seeing something about Ultra HD (or 4K) or hearing somebody mention it, but one thing that hasn’t been mentioned as much is upconverting from Blu-ray to 4K. Sony presented what upconverted content looks like, and while it appears impressive, it harkens back to a time when DVD looked just a little closer to HD.


CES 2013: Slingbox adds new functionality for watching content

by Blogger on ‎01-09-2013 09:07 AM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 09:57 AM by Retired Administrator

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If you know about the Slingbox, then you know what it can do, and if you have the newest Slingbox 500, then you might want to read further to see what the box will be able to do. My Media and Slingbox Companion are the two new features introduced on the show floor today and they add some useful additions to what is becoming a more versatile product.


Sharp Aquos 90” – Future Shop @ CES

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 09:43 PM - last edited on ‎01-10-2013 03:31 PM by Retired Administrator

CES 2013: There’s no actual way to show you how awesome this Sharp TV is.

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 07:33 PM - last edited on ‎01-09-2013 09:04 AM by Retired Administrator

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4K is the next big thing. Sharp’s gone one further, showing off an 8K display. What does that mean? 8000 lines of horizontal resolution. It is, without a doubt, ridiculously good.


Which is why I took this picture with my iPad Mini. Because it doesn’t matter if I had an incredibly good camera, you’re still not going to be able to see how good this thing is... unless you had an 8K display.


So you’ll have to take my word for it. It was, like, awesome, man.


CES 2013: dts is stepping into the world of streaming audio.

by Blogger on ‎01-08-2013 06:56 PM - last edited on ‎01-09-2013 09:02 AM by Retired Administrator

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Home theatre nuts know the name dts. It’s that format that, when it first launched on DVD, everyone loved because it seemed to kick just a little bit more than Dolby Digital. It’s been 10 years, and in the meantime we’ve seen DD evolve, and dts has stayed in lock-step with dts Master Audio HD.


Which is why it was so odd to see a virtual house with dancing twenty-somethings. What the heck does that have to do with home theatre?


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