CES 2013: What You Can Expect from The World’s Biggest Tech Show

3/12/2013 9:13:58 AM

As the calendar ticks over for another year, the focus of the consumer electronics industry, and anyone remotely interested in technology (that’ll be all of us, then), will once more turn to Las Vegas, Nevada.

CES is the curtain-raiser for a new year in tech and the traditional launch event for hundreds of new products covering every aspect of the AV industry, from TVs to hi-fi, home cinema to portable audio. It runs from the 8th to the 11th of this month and to bring you exclusive news, we’ll be right where the action is. The What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision team will once again be out in force to search out all the best new products to look out for over the coming year.


If there’s one product that dominates CES, it’s televisions literally, last year, with massive prototype 4K TVs dominating. OLED sets broke cover, too. 3D was pushed down the pecking order in favor of smart functionality and gesture and voice controls.

The Antelope Audio Rubicon preamp and Morel Sopran speakers have scooped CES 2013 Innovations awards

The Antelope Audio Rubicon preamp and Morel Sopran speakers have scooped CES 2013 Innovations awards

‘Ultra HD’ will be the buzz phrase this year if the Consumer Electronics Association has its way. The CEA would like it to replace 4K as the official term, though Sony has already said it’s sticking to ‘4K Ultra HD’.

Samsung will, perhaps briefly, aim to hold the crown of the world’s largest Ultra HD set with its rumored 85in monster, though with Panasonic already making commercial Ultra HD plasma sets even bigger, CES 2013 could well be a case of ‘my one’s bigger than yours’ – not for the first time. Expect plenty of noise from Google TV, more talk of streaming from smartphones and tablets and, of course, thinner and thinner profiles.

LG and Sony will no doubt show off their 84in Ultra HD TVs, but will be see them bigger or, better still, cheaper?

Smartphones and tablets

Rumors persist that Samsung could replace its massively successful Galaxy S3 with a new, you guessed it, S4. Talk of a 5in screen with a 1080p resolution certain whets our appetite and expects to see other Full HD phone screens.

Analysts expect Android to overtake iOS in the tablet marketplace sometime in 2013, so expect plenty of cut-price offering, with Asus said to be planning a budget 7in rival to the Nexus 7. Elsewhere in the portable market, look out for flexible screens, integrated keyboards and cases and improved ‘second-screen’ experiences.

the Nexus 7

The Nexus 7

Hi-Fi and home cinema

There’s plenty of space for Hi-Fi and home cinema kit, too – The Venetian hotel, in fact. Expect further convergence, from streaming functionality in AV receivers to DACs with, well, everything. Expect affordable, portable and wireless DACs alongside offerings from serious high-end companies such as Burmester.

We’ve already had our hands on a prototype of Sony’s 4K Ultra HD TV. It’s a promising look at the new format

And on that subject, there are always plenty of high-end electronics and speakers to get excited about, with the likes of Krell, Meridian and McIntosh wowing us with products last year. We’re looking forward to more of the same. Grab your seat and watch this space!

Pixels on Sony 4K Ultra HD TV: 8,294,400

Resolution of Ultra HD TVs: 3840 x 2160

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