By Lisa Johnston
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LAS VEGAS – Panasonic kicked off its new LCD-centric TV phase at International CES by showing an expanded lineup offering step-up models, including additional Ultra HD TVs and an advanced Beyond Smart TV system worthy of a new Life+Screen designation.
The new offerings fill in for the recent departure of plasma displays as the brand’s bread-and-butter TV technology.
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.
IRVINE, CALIF. – Two years into taking over the JVC brand for TV in the U.S. market, AmTran Video Corp. (AVC) has methodically grown its share of the value-oriented FullHD LCD TV market, and is now ready to expand those efforts with more screen sizes and its Ultra HD products.
Drew Pragliola, AVC/JVC sales VP, told TWICE that the JVC TV line this year will include its first Ultra HD LED LCD TVs with screen sizes ranging to 85 inches.
LAS VEGAS – Liquid Image unveiled at International CES the Ego LS action cam that will have an optional Verizon 4G LTE module.
With a 4G LTE module, the Ego LS action camera will be capable of transmitting live WQVGA video at 30 fps as well as still images.
Recorded video can also be uploaded via Verizon 4G LTE to social networks.
The company also unveiled a pair of Hydra-series scuba masks with integrated waterproof action cams and a pair of OPS-series goggle cameras — one optimized for skiing and one for swimming.
IRVINE, CALIF. – Vizio used its offsite suite during International CES to bring in dealers and press to see its significantly up-scaled 2014 TV lineup, featuring its first two Ultra HD LED TV lines, and two revamped series of FullHD LCD models.
LAS VEGAS – Bang & Olufsen came to International CES with the avowed intent to make it as easy to access music at home from the Cloud and from networked sources as it is to turn on a light.
LAS VEGAS – Start-up ClearView Audio is targeting A/V specialists and high-end design, home-furnishings and department stores for a tabletop 2.1 Bluetooth speaker that uses a thin, curved transparent acrylic sheet to generate music with a wide sweet spot.
The company is also targeting highend home-furnishings catalogs, wireless carrier stores and wireless specialty stores, said Allan Evelyn, business development VP and former president of Boston Acoustics.
LAS VEGAS – Vizio expanded its soundbar selection to eight SKUs from six, launched its first under-TV speaker, and unveiled a pair of streaming tabletop A/V streamers that downloads apps from Google Play and stream audio and video from the Cloud.
Pricing and ship dates will be announced at a later date.
LAS VEGAS – New home and car audio products at International CES got behind the industry effort to promote high-resolution audio formats.
New car products include aftermarket head units from Pioneer and Clarion, while new home audio products include a wireless DAC “bridge” from high-end audio newcomer Auralic, a DAC from Wadia, and Cambridge Audio’s Azur 851D DAC/preamplifier.
LAS VEGAS – Harman unveiled new JBL and Harman Kardon home audio products at International CES, including a networked speaker, networked Blu-ray HTiBs and networked stereo receivers.
Under the JBL brand, the company added JBL’s first networked soundbar, refreshed the top-end speakers in JBL’s mainstream speaker series, and launched the brand’s first two wireless tabletop speakers that incorporate AirPlay, DLNA and Bluetooth. They’re priced at a suggested $999 and $699. (See TWICE, Jan. 7.)
LAS VEGAS – Three in-dash A/V navigation systems launched by Alpine are the company’s first in-dash head units with HDMI inputs to display video stored on MHL-enabled Android phones and on the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c.
The three are also the company’s first head units compatible with Automotive Data Solutions’ iDatalink Maestro modules, which connect to factory databus systems to retain OEM-infotainment features that would be lost when the factory radio is replaced.