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Designed for mounting soundbars onto most 37- inch to 90-inch TVs, Bell’O’s ultra-thin Universal Soundbar Mount attaches between a TV mount and the TV to position the speaker directly under the wallmounted screen.
It supports soundbars weighing up to 30 pounds and up to 41 inches, which accounts for most of the best-selling soundbars on the market. The mount is also compatible with Bell’O’s popular Triple Play audio/ video stands.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Last November, Sony kicked off what appears to be the next era of the Digital Television Revolution by introducing the first consumer large-screen LCD 4K Ultra HD TV in the XBR-84X900.
The reverberations will likely continue for years to come – in par, warranting designation as the first winner of the TWICE VIP Award for the 58-inch and Larger Flat- Panel TV category.
The KeyCover Hard Shell Keyboard for iPad from Kensington is a protective aluminum shell with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard.
An iPad snaps securely into the shell in either portrait or landscape mode, secured by integrated magnets. The shell features a soft rubber interior lining and cutouts for easy access to I/O ports, speakers, and front and back cameras. The bottom side of the keyboard has a cutout to facilitate wrist movement during typing.
The Yard Master series from Elite Screens feature portable projection screens designed for outdoor use.
The screen brings drive-in movie action to the backyard, a campground or a park, and are available in diagonal sizes ranging from 100 inches to 180 inches.
The outdoor DynaWhite material, a durable weather- resistant composite, is fitted to a heavy-duty metal frame that ships with cables and eight stakes for wind stability.
Offering FullHD 1080p resolution, active-shutter 3D capability and an option for wireless HD connectivity, Epson America’s Powerlite Home Cinema 3020/3020e ($1,599 and $1,700 suggested retails, respectively) proved to be among the most popular home theater projector models of the past year, earning TWICE’s first VIP Award for the Home Theater Projector category.
Both models offer the essentially the same feature sets, with the 3020e including wireless HD connectivity.
The headphones category certainly doesn’t get any less crowded once the pricing climbs. If anything, the competition is fiercer as the price tags bring out an even more discerning consumer.
Polk’s UltraFocus 8000 is described on the company’s website as “the last pair of headphones you’ll ever need.”
Bringing the console experience to Android tablets, Nyko’s PlayPad is a travel-sized wireless Bluetooth controller designed to work with a long list of the most popular Android game titles.
Designed in conjunction with Nvidia, the PlayPad is compatible with numerous high-end mobile games optimized for Tegra-powered devices. For expanded compatibility, the PlayPad works with Nyko’s free Android app, Playground, to provide backward compatibility for the PlayPad with legacy tablet titles, including those that utilize keyboard mapping and mouse support.
In a category that’s about as crowded as it comes, the Skullcandy Crusher headphones tried to stand above the pack with a bass performance that was heavy and natural rather than gimmicky and distracting.
The Crushers were engineered with the reproduction of immersive bass as a forefront goal, Tom Bishop, product and manufacturing VP, and Sam Noertker, headphone creator and engineer, told TWICE. To achieve this, the company developed the Sensation55 driver, also known by the company as a “Vibration Transducer.”
There’s no shortage of soundbar brands and models as suppliers tap into demand from consumers who find most TV speakers woefully lacking. But Harman International said its JBL SB200 stands out from the crowd because it’s a “great performer at an outstanding value.” Said Christopher M.
After nearly a century of top-mount domination, bottom-mount configurations have become the cat’s pajamas in home refrigeration.
And for dealers and distributors voting in TWICE’s VIP Awards, the industry’s top bottom-mount in terms of features, design and value is LG Electronics’ LFX31935 Super-Capacity three-door French-door refrigerator with “blast chiller” technology.