CES2012: ‘Phoning It In
During the last few years, CES has been a launch pad for audio as an enhancement for flat-panel TVs, which offer buyers a great picture but lousy sound. At this year's show, there were many more intros of personal music devices, smartphones and tablets—hardware products that have taken the lead in getting consumers to pay attention to audio. That's why headphones were so ubiquitous.
Headphones aside, the Venetian housed the usual gathering of high-end audio companies. More offerings than ever were tailored to meet the practical needs of today's non-audiophile.
Monster hit nearly every definable demographic with a slew of headphones. Head Monster Noel Lee hosted a fashion show of models sporting bejeweled headsets and magnetic earbuds, such as the Diamond Tears headphones and N-Credible earbuds, that consumers can wear like fashion accessories when they're not listening to music. The company's interchangeable-headband line of Inspiration headphones was aimed at both the trendy wearer and the executive on the go.