After an exhausting yet exciting first day of CES 2017, and perusing literally hundreds of products, here are my top 5 picks of items that truly stand out amongst them all.
Barco Loki CinemaScope
I love Constant Image Height projected to my 21:9 screen. I love how immersive the image is and how I don't have to see black bars on my screen. However, up until now, this could only be achieved by zooming in a 16:9 projector which, in return, makes the picture have less contrast and brightness compared to when showing a 16:9 image. Barco came up with a solution that mimics what I've been tweeting, posting, and discussing in various forums over the past decade: a natively 21:9 projector. This way, the contrast, brightness, even colours will be identical regardless of if you're projecting a 16:9 image or a 21:9 image.
The Loki CinemaScope dual-laser 4K projector (shown above) is slated to be released starting in the U.K. in April 2017 for a price tag of GBP 52,000 with worldwide pricing still TBD.
This ultra short throw 4K laser projector is the successor of Sony's previous-generation $70,000 model. What caught my attention is that it is not only about half the size of the previous one, visibly brighter, and weighs about half of its predecessor, but it's also priced at half the cost, at $35,000. Just add a screen, or just your wall, then up to 120" of 4K bliss will be projected in front of you.
Audio Technica AT-LP3
If you are just starting to get into the world of vinyl but still want some room to grow, the AT-LP3 might be a good solution. This fully automatic belt driven turntable from Audio Technica has a high mass platter and a balanced straight tone arm equipped with 1/2" universal mount headshell typically not found on an automatic turntable. Furthermore, this US$279 turntable features a built in switchable phono pre-amp for both moving magnet and moving coil. To my knowledge, this is an industry first.
AfterMaster Audio Personal Remastering Device
This DSP in a box is an audio processor that makes audio appears to be dramatically clearer, fuller, with wider sound stage but without sacrificing dynamics. It's essentially a magic box that, from my limited observations, seems to work. Backed by a group of audio engineers, they have produced a panacea for the most poorly mastered soundtracks by manipulating 16 unique audio parameters controlled by a BelaSigna 300 DSP chip. For only US$170, I think it's worth it.
The new PX800HD from Viewsonic is a budget ultra short throw projector that features 2,000 lumens of brightness and Rec.709 colour accuracy, as well as SuperColor technology for true-to-life colour performance. It comes with integrated speakers that boast SonicExpert sound technology. The ultra-short throw lens projects a 100- to 120-inch image with the placement of the projector just inches from the wall. Ideal for media rooms, family and living rooms, the ViewSonic PX800HD uses a sleek design without compromising big image entertainment. Did I mention the $1,299 price?