I browsed through my local Best Buy and found the Samsung HW-MS650, which is sold at an MSRP of $600. It caught my eye for being very attractive, with no-nonsense, industrial rectangular sculpting. Add to that the brushed finish on the top, and the industrial-style grille over the speakers, and everything harmonized together beautifully. So I brought it home with me.
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Bass is a difficult creature. Any room almost inevitably wreaks havoc, no matter how good the speaker is. Below 100Hz, the speaker's sound is reflected around the room and the direct sound arrives to your ear in one big lump with the room effects.
Not too long ago, I wrote an article on why I no longer watch movies at commercial cinemas in Canada. I have to go to the U.S. in order to enjoy the great sound of commercial cinemas, including 7.1 and Dolby Atmos.
Living in Canada and being surrounded by technology, I'm so used to various technological tools - from something as basic as the Internet, to connected everything the house, including light switches, a thermostat, and even my slow cooker; along with Alexa-enabled macros, and TVs set for THX or SMPTE viewing distances.
In stores, manufacturers purposefully max out brightness and contrast, among other settings, to make their TVs look artificially "better" than the competition. We know that "better" actually means "we jacked the brightness, contrast and colour settings as much as possible so you would buy our TV."
After spending two days at the Las Vegas Convention Center, my third day was spent at the Sands and Venetian suites. There, another five items caught my eye.
Amongst the barrage of excitement and the tsunami of new products on display at CES 2018, here are five AV products I've come across thus far that show great promise.
After walking the show floor on the first day of CES, I've selected five AV products that stood out.
You've already read about 5 cool products that caught my eye at CES Unveiled. Now, here are five more that made a splash at the pre-show press event.
For us Canadians, CES 2018 provided a great moment to escape the -30 weather in some provinces and cities. And to kick off the press events prior to the show was CES Unveiled, which showcased more than 100 tech items.
I've been going to CES for many years. This year, the trip will be my 15th consecutive one, and possibly my last. Just like last year, I've been inundated with e-mails from CES first-timers asking what should they bring. Whether I'm traveling to CES, CEDIA, or another trade event, there are always a few essentials.