By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS — Soul Electronics, the headphones manufacturer helmed by rapper Ludacris, used International CES to launch its Tim Tebow line and had Tebow himself unveil the line at a press conference on Thursday at the Venetian.
Tebow skillfully side-stepped questions about his current NFL status — one of the models is named the Jet, which, as Tebow pointed out, really refers to its designated audience, the business traveler.
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.
LAS VEGAS – In a frank, passionate and unscripted keynote address, Pandora co-founder/chief strategy officer Tim Westergren recounted the iffy start and meteoric rise of his wildly popular streaming music service at the CEA’s annual Leaders in Technology Dinner (LIT) Wednesday night at the Wynn.
LAS VEGAS – Sakar International celebrated here Wednesday the 75th Anniversary of its Vivitar brand, which Sakar founder Charles Sakar rescued from oblivion after the previous owner, Syntax-Brillian collapsed in 2008.
Since that time, Sakar International has reinvented the brand with an expanding portfolio of products for the mass market, including the new Vivitar Action camcorder (DVR785HD), designed as a high value alternative to Go-Pro HD models.
LAS VEGAS – ProSource, the BrandSource buying group’s specialty A/V and custom install division, held its annual CES eve reception here at Bally’s Monday night.
The umbrella group for independent CE dealers is comprised of the Progressive Retailers Organization (PRO Group) and Home Entertainment Source (HES).
In brief remarks, PRO and ProSource president/COO Dave Workman said the group was happy to put 2012 behind it, and eBay VP Michael Jones reminded members of the online opportunities his company offers through its cyber storefronts.
Las Vegas – I have to hand it to Huawei, the Chinese cellphone and tablet maker. They know how to handle the crowds of reporters, bloggers and others who jam into overcrowded rooms to hear the latest product announcements from major CE companies.
Unlike some other companies who held press conferences – now called media events -- at the Mandalay Bay on Monday, Huawei kept tabs of the number of RSVPs it received before the show, then found that more people would show up than its room could accommodate.
Las Vegas – DTS wants to stimulate adoption of its Multi-Dimensional Audio (MDA) surround-sound format by offering the object-authoring format to the content-creation community as an open format much like PCM.
The technology places individual sounds inside a movie theater or home theater room in significantly more places than can be achieved with traditional discrete-multichannel surround-sound formats, delivering a new level of realism, the company said.
Las Vegas – Premium audio brand Bang & Olufsen came to International CES to unveil its latest custom-installed home speakers, a 3D OEM autosound system for Audi, and a new opening-price TV lineup that includes the company’s first smart TVs and first TVs with DLNA networking.
Las Vegas – Luxury-audio brand McIntosh unveiled its first products since its purchase last fall by Fine Sounds from D+M Group.
The seven new products are two-channel audio electronics components, including three integrated amps, the company’s first stereo receiver in about 20 years, a tube preamp, a turntable, and a digital preamp with five built-in DACs.
Las Vegas – DTS is putting in an appearance at International CES to demonstrate Headphone:X multi-channel surround sound technology, which promises to deliver up to 11.1 virtual surround channels over any pair of headphones.
The company is also talking up its first third-party Play-Fi licensing deals for its Play-Fi wireless multiroom-audio technology with Asus and with startup Wren Audio, a direct-to-consumer company headed by former Harman executive Mike Giffin. Play-Fi turns Wi-Fi-equipped Android smartphones into wireless multiroom music sources.