CEDIA Expo 2019 just wrapped up last week, and while there was nothing revolutionary introduced at the show, here are the top 5 evolutionary products I found to be the most interesting.
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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.
I've never been a fan of powered speakers, other than ones from Mackie and Genelec. I find that too many powered speakers don't sound natural, but rather have boomy bass and shrill treble. Mackie and Genelec speakers, on the other hand, sound extremely accurate without unnecessary "spices." But there's one problem: they are very expensive, running around $2,000 to $3,000 per pair.
Many people have asked me over the last a couple decades how to improve the centre channel of a system that tends to be too soft for dialogue. The following is the elaborated version of my usual answer.