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February 2020 ertonline.co.uk


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Far left: Panasonic’s new HZ2000 flagship OLED TV. Above left: Smart yoga with Panasonic. Left: Sony’s 360 Reality Audio soundbar. Above: Sony surprised everyone with a concept electric car, the Vision S. Right: The EAH- AZ70W true wireless headphones from Technics have Dual Hybrid Noise Cancelling.


Apparently there are 33 sensors in the Vision S, to augment the driving experience rather than replace it. Sony says it has no plans to enter the electric vehicle market, but as stunts go this reveal was a doozy.


Conversely, any hopes we would see a preview of the PlayStation 5 were quickly dashed. The company merely unveiled the logo – which looks exactly like everyone thought it would.


By far the most ambitious new screen roll-out


came from Samsung. It not only revamped its 8K offering, but also expanded its 4K line-up, adding more affordable models. It also set out to challenge the status quo with both the Sero and its MicroLED Wall technology, to be made available in multiple pre-configured screen sizes. The Sero has a rotating 43-inch QLED screen, which, at the touch of a button, switches from landscape to portrait format, allowing easy casting from a smartphone to panel.


Samsung said it’s intended to court millennials,


but it’s difficult to judge real world appeal. What is noteworthy is the 4.1 sound system built into the Sero’s base, which sounds remarkably good with Bluetooth music streaming.


To infinity and beyond


The poster boy for Samsung’s 2020 range is the Q950TS, a ‘zero’ bezel 8K flagship TV. Featuring an ‘Infinity’ design, the screen’s bezel has been reduced to just 2mm, making it all but invisible from the average viewing distance.


Although full array backlit, it’s only 14.9mm deep. It even has a 4.2.2 speaker configuration with drivers placed top, bottom and on the sides, alongside something called Q-Symphony sound. Good news if you want to upsell to a new soundbar, this allows the set’s audio system to work in conjunction with a 2020 Samsung ‘bar, to literally create a wall of sound.


Not that the big TV four made all the running. Hisense touted a dual-cell 4K Quantum Dot LCD,


Sony surprised everyone with a prototype concept electric car, the Vision S, developed to showcase its sensor and in-car entertainment gear.


dubbed ULED XD. The technology combines a monochrome LCD panel with a colour panel, resulting in crisp, high brightness HDR with excellent contrast. Ingenious, but no word on a possible UK introduction. One area that has seemingly slipped from the CES grasp is home audio. The Venetian Tower, once hallowed ground for audiophiles, is now an echo of its former self. That said, Technics used the show to enter the


true wireless headphone arena. Its EAH-AZ70W will land later this year with an earful of clever tech that could give Sony and Bose a headache. Utilising Dual Hybrid Noise Cancelling, with a trio of microphones, a large 10mm driver and airflow optimised acoustic control chamber (patent pending), these are not cookie cutter buds. Boasting sound tuning by the brand’s legendary engineers and a competitive retail price (£240), it could have a potential bestseller on its books.


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