Our favourite tech from CES 2019
LG Roll-up TV
Without a doubt, 2019 is set to be the year of the 8K TV, with all of the big manufacturers showing off their latest 8K offerings. But it was LG that stole the show this year, not with an 8K TV, but a 4K TV that actually rolls away.
When it’s switched off, the TV is nothing more than a soundbar, albeit a very good looking soundbar. But when you turn the TV on, the 65-inch OLED screen slowly rises from the base. And the effect is stunning.
Aside from that incredible screen, the base doubles up as a 100-watt Dolby Atmos soundbar, making this one of the most advanced entertainment systems we’ve ever seen.
While the Dolby Atmos soundbar isn’t anything new, the price point that Sony is pitching this at certainly is.
Dolby Atmos replicates the type of audio experience you’d get in a cinema, filling your room with sound using multi-directional speakers. And normally, this type of soundbar would set you back at least £600. But the Sony HT-X8500 will soon be available for around half that.
Instead of packing in lots of physical (and expensive) speakers, this is actually a 2.1 channel soundbar, meaning it has left and right firing speakers plus a front firing speaker. But It’s the software that adds the Dolby Atmos part.
The Sony HT-X8500 uses advanced processing technology to create 7.1.2 virtual channels and, like most of the stuff Sony makes, it looks great too. Considering this will be the most affordable Dolby Atmos soundbar on the market, this is a very nice looking piece of kit indeed.
Philips Hue Outdoor Sensor
Smart home security has probably featured bigger than ever at this year’s CES. We’ve already talked about the Ring Doorview Cam in our ‘Latest CES launches’ article, so let’s look at something from Philips.
Along with a handful of new outdoor light fixtures, Philips also revealed its new Hue Outdoor Sensor. Installation is simple and it’s completely weather-proof - so you can mount it anywhere.
The sensor has a detection range of 12 metres and you can set it to trigger whichever Hue lights you want – so you’ll be able to automatically turn your porch light on for a warm welcome after a long day. Or, if you’re going on holiday, set it to turn an upstairs light on when triggered so it looks like someone’s home.
Sony LSPX S2 glass speaker
We’re not sure how many of Sony’s loyal customers have been asking for a portable speaker that resembles a prop from Downton Abbey, but that seems to be what they’ve given us with the LSPX S2.
It’s easy to dismiss this speaker as an elaborate gimmick but in truth, this is a beautifully designed piece of kit that packs in some serious tech. It’s got 360° Hi-Res audio and Spotify Connect.
The glass isn’t there just to look pretty either. There’s a circular driver at the base that causes it to gently vibrate when music is playing, this effectively turns the glass into one large transparent tweeter sending the sound upwards and in a 360° radius – Sony calls it ‘Advanced Vertical Drive’.
On top of all the fancy audio tech, it also has a flickering LED at the base of the glass which makes the whole thing look great in low light.
These days, expectations on headphones are extremely high, particularly when it comes to noise-cancelling.
Audio-Technica is the latest company to release a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, and the competition is fierce. Brands like Bose, Sony and Sennheiser have already been extremely successful in this area so Audio-Technica needs to bring something special to the table in order to tempt customers away from other brands.
The company says these are its most advanced pair of headphones to date, with features like Bluetooth 5 that’s able to send more data faster and further, touch controls, and different noise-cancellation modes depending on your surroundings, we think these headphones might just give the big boys a run for their money.
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