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Today’s Show:

What we expect to see at CES

We know its kind of late to be talking about what we expect to see at CES since there is only two days left of the show, but what the heck. Here we go!

Speakers – We typically don’t expect anything big in the way of speakers but we got an email from Marcus asking us to check out a Klipsch speaker system that screws in like a light bulb. The system is based on a LED light and a wireless speaker that operates on the 2.4 Ghz frequency. A base station and two speakers go for $600. A standalone speaker goes for $250

Tablet PCs – We know the rumored Applet Tablet won’t show up at CES.  Apple will wait until they have everyone’s undivided attention, but Google should be showing their new phone, the Nexus One, and may even have a tablet as well.  There are also rumors about a Microsoft/HP tablet.

Boxee Box – We have been big fans of Boxee for a while. While we think the pictures of the stand alone box look interesting we will hold judgment until we see it in person. We’re hoping to get a little hands on time with the device. More info…

OLED – We are hoping to see anything new here. Hopefully LG will show something larger than 11 inches!

Rear Projection TVs – A few years ago we scoured the show floor looking for CRT TVs, this year we’ll look to see if any RearPro TVs remain.  Will Mitsubishi bring any, or will we witness the death of another TV technology?

Wireless Audio/Video Distribution – We’ve seen wireless HD at the last two CES shows but this year we are hoping to see HD video distribution. How cool will that be to have all your gear in one spot and send it wirelessly throughout the house.

Plasma TVs – Along the same lines as RearPro, we really only expect to see plasma TVs in the Panasonic booth.  It’s too bad because in years past plasma, specifically Pioneer Kuro plasma, had been the highlight of the show for us.  Another technology gone?  probably too early to say.  Maybe Panasonic will have something as good as the Kuro to show.

Sharp’s Quad Pixel technology – Sharp is adding a forth color, yellow, to each pixel on their LCD TVs, supposedly increasing the color gamut to more than a trillion of colors.  Should look pretty awesome and unlike 3d, provide a viewing experience that benefits the typical TV experience.

Thin is in! – LG will be showing a 42 inch LCD that’s only 2.6 mm thick.

Gadgets galore – There are pictures popping up of all sorts of gadgets.  Stuff like universal remotes with larger than normal LCD screens that run widgets from your home PC so you don’t need widgets on your TV.

3D – While we are not very enthused about this technology, it is all the buzz at the show. We’ve seen 3D at every show since we’ve been going. We’ll report on any progress in this area.

Toshiba’s Cell TV – Toshiba should be showing a TV with a built in cell microprocessor, 1TB hard drive and a Blu-ray player.  It should be able to do everything your TV, cable box, computer and blu-ray player do, and then some, all in one unit.  And it will even rip Blu-ray and DVD movies to the internal hard drive.  Nice.

Something really cool! – Each year there is something that blows us away that we had no idea we’d see.

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Posted by The HT Guys, January 7, 2010 11:31 PM

About The HT Guys

The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.