Far from the madding crowd of CES lies the high-end audio area, a quiet spot to crank up the world's best systems as loud as you want
By Mike HaneyPosted 01.10.2008 at 2:00 am 1 Comment
by Mike Haney
Even if you think the Bose Sound Dock is the pinnacle of audio clarity, you can't find a more pleasant way to spend an afternoon at CES than touring the high-end-audio area, moved last year from a sketchy off-Strip motel to the Venetian. There are no flat-panels in sight. No pushy PR people. No throngs. Just room after room of equipment you can't afford, all set up simply for you to sit and listen to unbelievably realistic reproductions, for as long as you like.
Anything goes in CES's auto-focused North Hall—from the latest ear-bursting custom audio rigs to wacky international wholesalers to, well, ex-Playmates hawking leopard-print Tasers
By John MahoneyPosted 01.09.2008 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
While most of CES is devoted to all things geek, there is one hall where the more macho gearheads come out to play every year: the temple to high-watt subwoofers and tricked-out rides that is the North Hall.
Tiny pyramids make for the toughest mountain-bike frame yet
By Nicole DyerPosted 01.07.2008 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
If a simple polygon can hold up a pharaoh's tomb for 4,500 years, it should survive some off-road riding. That's the thinking behind the 2.75-pound Arantix mountain-bike frame from Delta 7 Sports. It's 10 times as strong as a steel frame of the same weight would be—enough to survive the company's informal "run- over" test with a Ford F350 pickup.
The first camcorders with face detection keep the stars in focus
By Sean CaptainPosted 01.07.2008 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Photographers have it easy: They need to catch their subjects looking great for only a split second. Videographers have to capture a good-looking scene for several minutes. Sony helps them out by equipping its newest camcorders with face detection, which finds up to eight mugs and continually adjusts the focus, exposure and color to optimize their appearance.