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CES 2008

Philips brings SHB9000 Bluetooth over-the-ear headphones

Posted in Bluetooth,CES 2008,Headphones,Headsets,Philips by Darrin Olson on January 14th, 2008

Philips SHB9000 wireles Bluetooth headphonesPhilips has a new headset announced at CES last week that promises to bring quality sound from your mobile music-playing handsets as well as clear calls through a wireless Bluetooth connection. The SHB9000 Bluetooth headset features 40mm neodymium speakers and native MP3 decoding which according to Philips makes the sound quality the “best-ever”.

Be that as it may, the headphones also have SwitchStream letting you switch between incoming calls and music seamlessly, and also offer a subtle “side-tone” that lets you hear your own voice while talking on the phone as you would normally without wearing headphones. If you’ve ever talked on the phone while wearing over-the-ear headphones like these you’ll appreciate this feature. They also will auto adjust the volume based on surrounding noise and filter out background noises and echoes.

CES 2008

Sony launches new HD tuner and tabletop radios

Posted in CES 2008,HD Radio,Sony by Darrin Olson on January 14th, 2008

Sony XDR-F1HD Tuner and XDR-S10HDiP HD RadioSony pushed out a couple of new HD radios last week at the annual CES event for those audiophiles wanting some high fidelity sound without the subscription costs of satellite radio. The XDR-S10HDiP HD Radio (pictured bottom) is a tabletop type player that comes ready to go with speakers and an iPod dock on top. The XDR-F1HD Tuner (pictured top) is component HD tuner that can connect and bring HD radio to your existing home theater system.

Both systems will pick up over 1,500 nationwide HD radio stations and will also bring in regular FM and AM signals. The XDR-S10HDiP is the first of this type of HD radio from Sony and features the ability to dock and charge an iPod when connected. While listening to HD radio the iPod owners can also use the iTunes Tagging which lets you mark songs you like playing on the radio and save the titles in your iPod. The next time you sync your iPod with iTunes, it will find those songs and prompt you with the option to buy them. The tabletop player also comes with a wireless remote that not only controls the radio but also controls the iPod when docked.

CES 2008

Philips rolls out 7000 FlatTV series

Posted in CES 2008,LCD,Philips by Darrin Olson on January 14th, 2008

Philips 7000 line of FlatTV LCD HDTVLast week at CES 2008 Philips launched the new 7000 FlatTV series line of HDTV LCD’s, boasting a design look that promises to stand out from the sea of LCDs on the market today. The 7000 series comes in sized from 19 to 52 inches and offers some unique features such as rounded edges instead of the usual square corners, four HDMI 1.3a input ports and the absence of a front speaker grill in the bezel.

The 7000 FlatTV line has speakers on the back and pushes the sound through the acrylic frame around the TV to avoid having the speaker grill on the front. This Philips LCD also has the 120Hz ClearLCD technology with a 2ms response time and the HD Digital Motion which will actually estimate motion in some recorded movie content and insert its own “compensation frames” to keep the motion looking smoother. The sets of course also feature the LED Ambilight which produces a light behind the TV.

CES 2008

VIZIO wants to make you have “Envy”

Posted in CES 2008,HDTV,VIZIO by Nino Marchetti on January 14th, 2008

vizio-envy.jpgAmongst the other LCD HDTVs VIZIO was showing off last week at CES, one line which is being called “contemporary styled” is the new VU “Envy” series. It is set to be available sometime this year, though plans are finalized as of yet.

VIZIO said the VU series, which consists of 32-, 37- and 42-inch displays, offers up a side “HD Game Port” for easy connectivity to HDMI enabled devices. VIZIO said these models offer “exceptional video performance with reduced pixel noise and color equalization.”

Get more details on the new VIZIO VU series after the jump.

CES 2008

New Samsung displays offer external connectivity

Posted in CES 2008,HDTV,Samsung by Nino Marchetti on January 14th, 2008

samsung-series67.jpgSamsung was showing off at CES last week its new LCD HDTV Series 6 and 7 displays. Besides the nice style touches these LCDs are noted for their networking and easy connection capability. The Series 6 models are due out in March and the Series 7 units will debut in May.

These new Samsung displays come in 40-, 46- and 52-inch screen sizes. The Series 6 will let you connect multimedia devices and access their content on-screen. The Series 7 takes it a step further by letting devices be connected to a USB slot as well as offering internal flash memory preloaded with content.

Get more details on these Samsung displays after the jump.

CES 2008

Intempo Daisy wireless internet/FM radio

Posted in CES 2008,Intempo,Radio by Darrin Olson on January 14th, 2008

Daisy radio from Intempo does internet radio and FM radioIntempo has a new radio out that it claims to be the world’s first low-power internet and FM radio on the market. The Daisy radio features the ability to pick up as many as 6,000 different radio stations wirelessly through a Wi-Fi connection, provided you’re in range of one. If you’re not, the little radio can also pick up regular FM signals.

We haven’t seen a lot from Intempo lately but they kicked this device off at last weeks CES conference to start out their 2008 with a new product on the market. The radio features a somewhat unique design with an offset rectangle separating the speaker from the display. It has touch-sensitive controls on the right for navigating stations and volume and also features a clock and alarm. Internal batteries keep the device portable and give it up to 20 hours of playback.

CES 2008

Sony updates mylo handheld Internet device

Posted in CES 2008,Internet Appliances,Sony by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

sony-myloupdated.jpg[NOTE: With CES now over, we are winding down our CES coverage. Expect to see a trickle of stories on trade show announcements next week, but also expect we will be focused on MacWorld and anything else that comes our way. Thanks to everyone who has visited and linked to us – we enjoyed providing you indepth coverage of new product releases.]

Sony seems to have found enough success with its mylo Internet device to have unleashed at CES this week a new generation of the product. The updated Sony mylo goes on sale this month for around $300.

The Sony COM-2 mylo communicator, as it is being called, comes in black or white body colors and has a backlit, slide out QWERTY keyboard. Like its predecessor it lets you connect to open wireless hotspots to instant message with your buddies. You can also use it to view Web videos, take pictures and post them directly to a variety of sites, use widgets to do various online functions, play games and enjoy various media formats.

Get more details on the new Sony mylo after the jump.

CES 2008

Monster turns to Dr. Dre for high end headphones

Posted in CES 2008,Headphones,Monster by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

Beats by Dr. DreMonster teamed up with music producer and artist Dr. Dre at CES this week to showcase some new headphones “engineered to accurately reproduce the best of today’s pop music.” These headphones are called “Beats by Dr. Dre” and they will set you back 400 bones come springtime.

“Beats by Dr. Dre,”, according to Monster, use technologies never before found in consumer grade headphones. This includes some new driver technology. The end result, supposedly, is “unequalled performance, with remarkably natural sound, incredible transient response and rich, deep bass.”

Get the digs on “Beats by Dr. Dre” after the jump.

CES 2008

Philips, Swarovski add new Active Crystals

Posted in Accessories,CES 2008,Philips by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

philips-acrystals.jpgPhilips and Swarovski were showing off at CES this week some new colors to their Active Crystals line up of consumer electronics accessories. You’ll find some headphones retailing for around $100 and some USB memory keys at about $180. These products are supposed to be out next month.

Philips and Swarovski have in the Active Crystals Color range the USB Heart Ware Crystal Vitrail Light memory keys, the vibrant Space Violet in-ear headphones, the USB Lock Out Jet Hematite memory keys and the Space Jet Hematite in-ear headphones. You can get details on all of these after the jump.

CES 2008

New Sharp televisions offer Internet access

Posted in CES 2008,Sharp,Television by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

Sharp LC-52SE94USharp towed to CES this week its usual interesting line up of cutting edge consumer electronics. A shining example of this is its AQUOS SE94 series flat panels which, among other features, are Internet-enabled. This particular family of Sharp televisions ranges in size from 46 to 65 inches and is priced between around $3,200 and $11,000.

The Sharp AQUOS SE94 series can, when connected to an Ethernet port, let you access a Sharp service which provides “customized Web-based content as well as real-time customer support directly on the AQUOS television.” The company, working with Web based content providers, says you’ll be able to configure widgets which let you get information like the local weather forecast as well as enjoy your favorite comic strip via your remote control.

For more details on these new Sharp televisions, check out the full press release after the jump.

CES 2008

Samsung goes premium with UMPC

Posted in CES 2008,Samsung,UMPC by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

Samsung Q1UP-XPSamsung brought out at CES this week to showcase an upscale version of its popular UMPC line up. This latest high performance model is known as the Samsung Q1UP-XP and Samsung says it will be available for around $1,400.

The Samsung Q1UP-XP (Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC) has a seven-inch backlit LCD with is touch sensitive and has a native resolution of 1024 x 600. It’s powered by a 1.33GHz ULV Intel Core Solo U1500 Pentium CPU and offers up to 7.5 hours of battery life. It also features a split-QWERTY keyboard, 80GB hard drive and is based on the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system.

Get more information on this new Samsung UMPC after the jump.

CES 2008

La Crosse Weather Direct uses Internet for data

Posted in CES 2008,La Crosse,Weather Stations by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

La Crosse Weather DirectEverything in technology is getting more advanced and convergent it seems like. We even now have Internet-powered weather stations, as unveiled by La Crosse Technology this week at CES. The company’s Weather Direct system will consist of a product line with prices ranging from around $50 to $130.

The La Crosse Weather Direct platform uses a high speed Internet connection “to deliver customizable multi-day forecasts and current weather information for up to five cities of the more than 600 available city choices.” You can get this information in the form of on-screen displays, weather alerts and voice greetings. A Weather Direct station must be connected through Ethernet to work properly.

You can get more information on the La Crosse Weather Direct after the jump.

CES 2008

New Klipsch headphones are very small

Posted in CES 2008,Headphones,Klipsch by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

Klipsch ImageKlipsch, a purveyor of fine audio products, turned a lot of heads at CES this week by unveiling what it calls the “world’s smallest, lightest headphones” now available. This new product is the Image and it’s been priced at around $350.

Klipsch said the Image headphones, available for purchase now, use a special type of ear gel which is “anatomically designed to accurately fit inside the human ear canal.” Each Image comes with three different sized ear gels for a better fit.

You can get more details on the Klipsch Image headphones after the jump.

CES 2008

Philips’ good timing brings the BDP7200 Blu-ray player

Posted in Blu-ray,CES 2008,Philips by Darrin Olson on January 11th, 2008

Philips BDP7200 Blu-Ray disc playerJust on the heals of the news that Warner is going Blu-ray exclusive and talks that Universal and Paramount might be moving to Blu-ray, Philips has announced the new, reasonably-priced BDP7200 Blu-ray disc player. The BDP7200 is the successor to the BDP9000 and features full HD 1080p output with the ability to upscale regular DVDs to 1080p at 24 frames per second. It also uses EasyLink HDMI Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) protocols to let you control other compatible devices, picture in picture and Deep Color giving more than a billion colors and removing on-screen color banding. Phillips is offering the BDP7200 Blu-ray player at a price point of $349 and is expecting to have it available in April of this year.

CES 2008

Taser does zapper in leopard print

Posted in CES 2008,Taser,Weapons by Nino Marchetti on January 11th, 2008

taser-c2lep.jpgWe aren’t sure what shocks us more with this product announcement – the Taser itself or the fact it is outfitted in a leopard print. Either way you look at it Taser drew some attention at CES this week by unveiling this stylish (?) take on a way to zap your attacker. It is the latest addition to the company’s C2 line up of personal protection devices.

Taser also was showing off a holster for your C2 which doubles as a MP3 player with 1GB of memory. That’s right – you can stalk the streets at night, favorite rock song playing in your buds, as you zap bad guys all around town.

Read more about Taser’s new gear after the jump.