Audio News for January 6, 2017

LG’s Ultra-thin TV at CES –  The new LG Signature LED W7 might be – at 2.6 mm – the thinnest TV ever made. They call it a “Picture on  Wall” and it uses both magnetic hardware and nails to mount it nearly flush to the wall. And it is UHD, and allows you to impress your friends by peeling it off the wall. It will be available in 55-inch and 65-inch screen sizes with a premium aluminum stand and bezel in the screen size. It includes a Dolby Atmos-enabled sound bar that delivers 2.0.2 Atmos sound. They are expected to ship in April, and will be expensive.

Sony Now Also Has OLEDs –  The Sony A1E is based on an OLED LG display, but includes the X1 Extreme processor, a powerhouse with three main functions: a dual database for noise reduction and 4K upscaling, Super Bit Mapping to smooth gradations by reproducing the equivalent of 14 bits from an 8 bit source, and object-based HDR remastering that identifies individual objects in the image. Speakers are eliminated entirely: the entire screen vibrates to reproduce stereo sound. It also supports Dolby Vision HDR and Chromecast lets you send contact from a mobile device to your TV. You can also control the TV by voice with a Google Home Device.  The A1E will be available in 55”, 65” and 77” screen sizes. Price and launch date to be announced.

Samsung New AV Products for CES –  They have a new MS750 sound bar and the M9500 UHD Blu-ray player, plus the H7 wireless speaker – which looks all metal, and uses a 32-bit system to upscale music and deliver clearer and more detailed sound. (To enjoy it to its fullest, you will need 32-bit audio files, which so far do not exist.) The sound bar is the first with an integrated subwoofer, and is also 32-bit. The Blu-ray player transfers to Bluetooth headphones for quiet late-night watching, and also automatically adjusts screen and audio levels based on the current content.

Alexa Vs. Google Home at CES – Although Google Home is also there, Amazon’s Alexa platform is being integrated into all kinds of products. It’s the stuff which you cannot imagine voice-controlling that will really surprise you. There is also a lot about how VR and Augmented Reality can make everything better – in spite of some being excited and others being a little skeptical. 5G is where cell networks are going now, leaving behind 4G. This will not be just another “4K” year – real innovation and progress for displays will trickle down to computer monitors and cell phones down the road, so be excited.

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