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Published on January 12th, 2017 | by Remy Cuesta


CES ’17: Home Theater Audio round up

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With the Consumer Electronic Show being bigger then ever this year there is no question that certain industries are some of the highest performers during the event. Audio is nearly at the top as companies sport their newest audio systems and speakers. We got a chance to check out a few at CES 17 and here are some that stood out.

Home Theater Audio

SVS is an Up-and-comer of the audio speaker world and they’re showing big promise with newer tech and performance without the highest price tag. They showed off their bad boy subwoofer the PB16-Ultra which has a 16″ driver and 1,500 watts RMS (5,000+ watts peak). Our favorite was the ability to control all settings through their app for it and it was packing quite a punch.

Onkyo was showing off what their latest soundbar can do. Featuring Dolby Atmos and DTS:X the SBT-A500 sound bar has 6 drivers in the front and two overhead drivers on top, comes with a subwoofer and its own receiver as well. The receiver can be synced with bluetooth, has a number of functions like streaming music apps and 4k support. While it is up in the air if you are receiving immersive sound from upward firing sound this soundbar definitely seemed to have been doing the trick.

If you’re looking for just the right punch for your existing home theater setup it may be worth checking out AudioControl. Their audio experts put passion in everything they do including their receivers. The Concert AVR-9 comes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X ready and seemed to have great sound with the current setup. They also have all kinds of bells and whistles which we’re go over at a later time.

LG is entering the game of immersive audio with their latest soundbar the LG SJ9. This is said to be a 5.1.2 soundbar and comes with a wireless subwoofer. It has a very sleek design with a number of functions but can be connected within the soundbar itself. I got the chance to hear this in an inclosed room which gave an immersive sound of Dolby Atmos but would love further testing to see in different environments.

There was clearly much more going on at CES but this was just a snippet of some of the best I’ve experienced. Stay tuned as I’ll be giving more round ups of the best the show had to offer.

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