|CES 2009 Report|
|Home Theater Feature Articles Other|
|Written by AVRev at CES|
|Monday, 12 January 2009|
CES 2009 has come and gone. Reports estimate the crowd in attendance was somewhere between 110,000 and 130,000 people. While this is a decrease in overall attendees from CES shows of the past, the halls were still packed shoulder to shoulder with gadget hungry techies, bloggers and industry professionals. The team at AVRev dove into the fracas to bring you everything worth hearing about at the show.
It’s no surprise that advances in HDTV technology were one of the more impressive aspects of the show. Central Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center housed all the major consumer electronics manufacturers and their enormous booths. Hitachi’s Gesture control HDTV brought in crowds of people to watch the demonstration of hand gestures to change channels, control the volume, turn the TV on/off and even control home automation tools such as the house temperature. It was an odd amalgamation of motion technology from a product like the Nintendo Wii and home theater design.
One of the more relaxing aspects of CES 09 was leaving the madness of the convention floor and escaping to the Venetian to find our audiophile friends hiding away at the top of the hotel. Exuding luxury and style, the high-performance audio and home theater exhibits were lining the halls and offering amazing listening experiences.
We started our tour by checking out the cable manufacturers. We were thoroughly impressed with the Obsession line of cables created by Echole. We sat down for a demonstration with Karem Kücükaslan and our ears were tickled by the full range of the classical recording.
Meridian’s 810 Reference Video Projector was very impressive. Inherently massive, it has the ability to produce a resolution of 4096 by 2400 pixels. The scaler takes an HD image and used the digital video processing systems to upgrade the image to the full resolution. Meridian’s DSP loudspeaker was as equally interesting, in design and specifications.
We advanced onto loudspeakers and spent some time listening to Elipson’s Prestige line as well as the snazzy 42xx concept line. The high fidelity performance of the Prestige 3 & 4 was quite the treat. The only listening experience that seemed to top it during our time in the Venetian was a demo of Anthony Gallo’s Reference line of loudspeakers. In the realm of amplifiers / preamps, we prefered the line at Rogue Audio as well as the delightful product demo in Bel Canto’s suite.
Our time spent on the show floor at CES 2009 was frantic, but the technological advances made in the realm of home theater products were definitely worthwhile to see in person. Stay tuned for our picks for the Best of CES in home theater & high performance audio.