This is usually the time of the year when audiophiles and early adopters alike start drooling and checking their bank accounts as the CES Show rolls into town (that town being Las Vegas this year) highlighting manufacturers dreams and plans for the forthcoming year in electronics and more importantly to us, audio.
The Consumer Electronics Show has been running now for the best part of four decades and is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) with an active membership of over 2000 companies to date. Traditionally audio companies have used the CES to launch their roadmap and enw products for the forthcoming year and in 2012 we had exciting line-ups from Sennheiser and Philips to name but a few.
This year in Vegas the CES is being hosted in the Las Vegas Convention Center and World Trade Center (LVCC)/Las Vegas Hotel & Casino (LVH) and The Venetian. last year the event hosted more than 3000 exhibitors and something like 150 different countries has representatives with over 150, 000 attending as part of the general footfall. That is some serious numbers and you can understand why many companies want to get a piece of the action.
Us humble press and bloggers that cannot make it to the show instead hit the refresh on FB every five minutes starting from January 8th 2013 to January 11th 2013. It is going to be 5 days of some very interesting news for headphones and mobile audio.
Just a snippet of some key milestones first shown at the CES show over the last four decades include:
Videocassette Recorder (VCR), 1970
Laserdisc Player, 1974
Compact Disc Player, 1981
Digital Audio Technology, 1990
Compact Disc – Interactive, 1991
Mini Disc, 1993
Radio Data System, 1993
Digital Satellite System, 1994
Digital Versatile Disk (DVD), 1996
High Definition Television (HDTV), 1998 Hard-disc VCR (PVR), 1999
Digital Audio Radio (DAR), 2000
Microsoft Xbox, 2001
Plasma TV, 2001
Home Media Server, 2002
HD Radio, 2003
Blu-Ray DVD, 2003
HDTV PVR, 2003
HD Radio, 2004
IP TV, 2005
An explosion of digital content services, 2006
New convergence of content and technology, 2007
OLED TV, 2008
3D HDTV, 2009
Tablets, Netbooks and Android Devices, 2010
Connected TV, Smart Appliances, Android Honeycomb, Motorola Atrix, Microsoft Avatar Kinect, 2011
Companies included in this years line up that may catch you eye are:
The list goes on and is very long indeed so I have thrown in a link to the floor plan to give you an idea of the scale of things.
If you are going let us know how it went. We will post whatever we hear and find starting next week on our Facebook page at Headfonics Facebook as well as any big news here at the main website so stay tuned.