Sony at CES 2018

In my opinion, Sony won CES 2018 this year when it comes to main consumer electronics. They seem to be trying to return to their roots to bring great quality products, some extra innovation and a polished overall experience to the user. The started off by showing us their new TVs - as does all the big electronics manufacturers. Sony is doing something a little different with their models this year though. They don't have speakers - and you don't need a soundbar. Instead, the use several transducers sandwiched between a support bracket and pushed against the back of the glass OLED panel. The result is a very impressive sound experience that was easily audible over the roar of the show floor. What's more impressive is the posititional effect they manage to pull off. They can reproduce sound on the side of the TV where the noise is coming from - giving it a "stereo-on-'roids" feeling and it works quite well.

Transducers

 

They also showed off a new intermediate glass-tube speaker from a design that they showed off years ago, but never brought to the masses due to the high costs. This is a pretty cool product and it is a full 360° speaker that looks like a functional art piece.


Glass 360° Speaker

 

One other thing that was pretty cool was their new laser projector. It starts up and runs full brightness within 5 seconds and has something like 30,000 hours of laser life - before you see ANY degradation. It can put out a 150-inch image when placed only 8-inches from a wall. When placed 3-inches from a wall, you still get an incredible 90-inch image. This will cost over $30,000 at launch and before you gasp and start complaining, remember that the focus of this product is at 100-inch or larger panels - which cost considerably more. Also the projector is much easier to ship and install than a 140-inch LED display.

Sony also showed off Bluetooth speakers that are capable to sync with a total of 100 speakers for an incredible block-party. Also, they showed off their new noise-cancelling headphones, neckband earphones and true wireless solutions as well. As always, Sony has lots of nice stuff, but this year they seriously upped their game with transducer panels and some incredible short-throw projector goodness.