CES Preview 2013
Each year we make our way through the California and Nevada deserts to spend some quality time with the latest in electronics. Today we will focus on what the large manufacturers are planning on showing. This information is compiled by reading through the countless press releases we get sent each day starting in November. The next show will focus on what we see when we are there in person. We usually try to find the cool stuff that the smaller, lesser known companies are showing.
Intel is rumored to be releasing a set top box that could offer an over the top TV service. The service could eliminate the need for a DVR by storing everything in the cloud.
Looks like plasma isn’t quite dead yet. LG will show off three plasma TVs. But you could say that Plasma is on life support as this is fewer models than last year. LG is going all LED for its LCD TVs. They’ll also be showing a 84 inch 4K TV and its OLED will be brought out for another visit to Vegas. Two TV models the GA7900 and GA6400 will have Google TV 3.0 built in.
We haven’t heard too much from Westinghouse in the last couple of years but that will change this year. They will be showing off 110” 4K TV. They will be show 4K TVs in 50, 55, and 65 inches. We’ll check out their booth to see if there is anything else noteworthy of talking about on our recap show.
For us Sharp is about TVs and this year we are really interested in seeing the “Largest LED on the Planet”. It measures in at 90 inches and should give some projector setups a run for the money. Sharp showed one of our favorite TVs last year, the 8K LCD. We’re hoping they can top it this year.
We’ve already seen the Harmony Touch and didn’t like it that much (Podcast #554). What we want to see is the UE Smart Radio. This looks like a very cool device that can stream music from just about any source online (Pandora. local.fm, tunin Radio, etc). We’ll ask the guys if those who invested in the Squeezebox will be left out in the cold or if they can join in on the fun.
Last year we were blown away by Samsung’s OLED TV. We’re sure it will be there again this year but with a little less fanfare. Samsung’s booth will be huge and full of all kinds of electronics but one thing that caught our eye is a see through TV. We’re not too sure what it can be used for but it sounds pretty cool. Samsung is also expected to show a TV with an “unprecedented new TV shape.” Not sure what that means either.
Are they killing Plasma or aren’t they? We’ll check to see if there is something called a VT 60?? Panasonic usually has has a large presence most of it taken up by TVs. If they are getting out of the business then we’d expect a smaller booth or something else in its place. Regardless, we’ll see what’s cooking with Panasonic this year.
Last year Sony was showing a technology called Crystal LED. We haven’t heard much about it since. What we expect to see this year is 4K everywhere. Sony usually has some great gadgets as well. Last year they demoed HD goggles this year a brain implanted chip???
Dish has been eluding to an announcement about something that will “top the Hopper.” We’ve been invited to see what’s next with the DISH Hopper at their press conference, but won’t be able to attend. “On Press Day, DISH Chief Executive Officer Joe Clayton will reveal how DISH will stay a hop ahead of the competition and give the consumer greater choice and control than ever before.”
There are always a ton of projector demos and we love sitting through them. Last year it was 4K. This year we expect it to be better and cheaper 4K. We are excited to check out the “Affordable” Graywolf series of projectors from Wolf Cinema. The SD8 and SD12 have a MSRP of $8K and $12K respectively. Both have a next-generation, three-chip, D-ILA® light engines. The SD8 is a 1080p projector and the SD12 is 4K.
We are always on the lookout for new and better ways to automate our homes. This year we expect to see a wave of security products especially IP Cameras. Ara has discovered how easy it is to setup cameras throughout his home and is hoping that we can find some cool products that everyone can easily setup and use.
The last few years has seen a large drop in participation from the likes of Denon, Klipsch, Pioneer, Yamaha, and so on. These companies are still represented but in much smaller scale. The CEDIA show is where they do most of their announcements. But fear not we’ll be on the lookout for them.
What we’d like to see:
Something >8K, just ‘cuz
We know there will be a plethora of 4K televisions at the show this year. We’re also expecting to see a few 8K TVs scattered about the conference halls and exhibits. What we really want to see is something even more amazing, even more astonishing, even more mind blowing. If a manufacturer can’t win by creating the biggest TV at the show, maybe they can win by cramming the most pixels into a TV ever. 12K? 16K? 20K?
Fully wireless (except power, of course)
We’d love to see more systems adopt a fully wireless concept. For example, how about a Home Theater in a Box system that came with seven wireless speakers, a wireless subwoofer and a wireless HDMI transmitter. You could connect all your components into it in a closet or another room and have it wirelessly beam your home theater into whatever room you wanted – or even outside. Or how about a box that looks like a seven channel amplifier that is really just a seven channel wireless audio distributor for surround sound?
Glasses-free 3D…that works
We’ve been subjected to the glasses-free 3D demos for almost as many years as we’ve been going to CES, but we’re yet to see one that worked well enough to get excited about. This year we’re really hoping someone has cracked it, someone has found a way to immerse viewers in a 3D experience without the need for expensive, headache inducing glasses. We aren’t going to put any money on it, but we’d sure like to see it.
See through cell phones and tablets
We’ve seen some pretty cool cell phones in the movies over the years, but somehow we never get them in our pockets. Bruce Wayne and Batman had a pretty sweet portable in the the most recent installment of the Dark Knight movies. Samsung will be showing off a see through TV. Can’t we get the best of both worlds and show off some sweet see through phones and tablets? Of course, if we want our predictions to come true, we should probably be looking for foldable or rollable tablets instead.
Posted by The HT Guys, January 3, 2013 11:21 PM
About The HT GuysThe 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.