Making Audio Sound Better at CES
A broad swath of introductions designed to make the most of the dominant consumer music source – compressed music – was presented by suppliers at all points in the product pricing spectrum at this year’s show. That doesn’t mean that short shrift was given to the luxury customer’s wants or willingness to pay highly for build quality and a bonafide conversation piece. There’s room for all tastes in audio appreciation these days, at all price tags.
Here’s a rundown of what was at some companies’ displays at the Venetian and in the Central and South Halls.
• Bang & Olufsen CEO Tue Mantoni presented B&O’s latest effort in “domesticating technology:” the BeoSound Essence one-touch system ($995; Spring availability), a simplified streaming solution that makes music listening as easy as turning on the light, he said, adding, “It’s all most consumers need, in about 80 percent of cases.” sends content from any source using AirPlay and DLNA. It consists of a wall- or table-mounted remote receiver that accesses a hideaway box which is the streaming center, via an app.