Now that the Consumer Electronics Show is officially over, we’d like to tell you about some of the other great new gadgets we saw over the course of the event at various manufacturers’ booths. Overall, there were an estimated 20,000 new technology products showcased across 1.7 million net square feet of exhibit space at this year’s show.
Onkyo will be coming out with a new audio receiver (model TXSR507) that will replace its TXSR506 model and will offer HDMI upscaling and HDMI audio. The company’s three top of the line receivers are being bumped up from 7.1-channel to 9.2-channel systems, and there will be new speaker packages for the home theater systems. The replacements for Onkyo’s HT-S3100 and HT-S5100 systems will feature a new piano gloss finish and new styling for the compact design speakers. The HT-S5100 replacement will have more compact speakers and also a new subwoofer. The HT-S7100 replacement will feature narrow tower front speakers and upgraded center and rear speakers.
Onkyo HT-S7100 Home Theater System
Definitive Technology is introducing a new line of “disappearing” in-wall speakers. These will feature all new styling, with ultra-thin magnetic grills that will disappear into a home’s décor with a little paint. Universal showed off its new iPod docking model that has the ability to show the graphic interface of the iPhone or iPod touch on a user’s TV screen. Polk Audio’s new SoundBar SDA Instant Home Theater system features a smaller speaker than previous models (nearly 11-inches shorter), 260 watts of power (with no additional a/v receiver required), and it now comes with a wireless subwoofer.
Polk Audio SoundBar SDA Instant Home Theater
All of these products should become available to consumers in the next few months. Check our website frequently for updates on the latest product releases. —by Jim Kozicki (at CES) and Graham W.