After attending a few pre-CES events along with walking the show floor on the first day, here are 5 AV products that caught my eye and are worth checking out.
Puro PuroSport Bone Conduction Headphones
Aftershokz is no longer the only well-known company making bone conducting wireless headphones: Puro has released its own pair. The aptly named PuroSport are not merely bone conducting headphones but are tuned to have the so-called Puro Balanced Response Curve which has been engineered to deliver a listening experience with clear vocals and dynamic bass; something that previous bone conducting headphones failed to do. Furthermore, following Puro's mantra to address hearing health in all of its audio products, the headphones are limited to 85db average/95dB peak loudness as per recommendations of many organizations such as OSHA, WHO, and the Hearing Health Foundation. Check this space for a review in the near future.
HDMI Ultra High-Speed Certification
All your 48 Gbps HDMI 2.1 cables up to this point are fake! Yes, you read that right. Why? Because only as of January 6, 2020 has HDMI LLC released the mandatory certification program for Ultra High Speed cables and showed some prototypes. These cables are fully 48 Gbps HDMI 2.1 compliant and include features such as 4K and 8K video, HDR, VRR, eARC, and all other HDMI 2.1 features. Any cable currently available on the market claiming to be HDMI 2.1 certified is (let's say it together) fakes.
Nextbase 622GW 4K Dashcam
UK-based Nextbase introduced its latest and greatest dashcam with exceptional useable features such as 4K HDR with built in polarizer to the lens so glare can be reduced up to 80% (compared to a camera without a polarizer). The camera itself uses a 4K sensor similar to the ones used by GoPro 4K, so you know the quality is up there. With extra functions such as Enhanced Night Vision, Image Stabilization, Super Slow Motion, Extreme Weather Mode, and 5GHz WiFi Sync, this dashcam is one of the most advanced I've seen to date. Check this space in the spring for a review of the 622 when it becomes available. Estimated price is targeted at $399.
Navitas GaNFast Galium Nitride Charger
Tired of laptop charger that are huge, heavy, and cumbersome? If you are like me, you will love the new technology by Navitas called GaNFast which uses Galium Nitride technology that allows faster and more powerful charging while maintaining a small size and light weight. Companies like Anker, Belkin, Eggtronic, and many others have used this patented technology, making their charger faster and run cooler and lighter. Just look at the picture below comparing the same 300W regular laptop charger vs the GaNFast version.
Pronounced "Ray-Dance," this 3.1 soundbar with Dolby Atmos capability was developed by TCL dwith Dolby Labs to create a psychoacoustically radiant and enveloping soundstage from one front firing centre channel and two port guided front speakers (all housed inside a single bar, of course). The effect is very real - it does not sound like fake surround at all. The sound radiating from the single enclosure is fantastic. Perhaps they should pronounce it "Ray-dee-ance?"