VIDEO: Ten of the best CES 2011 gadgets and announcements

While a tablet-saturated CES didn't make for an exactly inspiring 2011 show, there was still more than enough great tech on display to have us looking forward to the year ahead. Leaps forward in 3D display quality were exciting, while…

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Gerald LynchVIDEO: Ten of the best CES 2011 gadgets and announcements

CES 2011 VIDEO – Pioneer Network Vision HUD laser car satellite navigation concept preview

While CES is primarily a platform for companies to tout their latest and greatest wares for the coming year, the show often throws up a little concept gem that has the potential to truly revolutionise our day to day lives….

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Gerald LynchCES 2011 VIDEO – Pioneer Network Vision HUD laser car satellite navigation concept preview

Even in these troubled economic times people still NEED a big new HDTV

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Despite the news all being about the end of the universe and how you’re best off mashing up all your remaining money into papier-mache logs to burn to keep warm, one statistic on the UK economic trends chart is pointing UP – sales of HD LCD and plasmas TVs are still rocketing.

Stats compiled by GFK for the BBC show that sales of fancy flat high-def TVs increased by nearly 11% in the last three months of 2008 compared to the same period of 2007, presumably because no one’s got jobs any more, so sitting around in the house watching TV is now the main occupation of the UK population. And if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it properly with a nice new 52″ Samsung…

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Gary CutlackEven in these troubled economic times people still NEED a big new HDTV

Pioneer introduces BDP-LX91 Blu-ray player

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Pioneer is launching another Blu-Ray player, called the BDP-LX91. The company is referring to it as its ‘flagship’ player, and for good reason – it’s got a freshly-developed 16-bit video engine which will perform decoding, conversion, scaling and other adjustments at a rapid pace, as well as upscaling DVD content to 1080p.

As well as lovely video, the player delivers crisp audio with 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and bit stream output. There’s dual HDMI outputs, too, and it’s been certified as sounding really rather good by none other than legendary Beatles producer George Martin’s AIR studios.

This player’s available now, but it’ll set you back £1,700. Ouch. Still, it’s a damn fine machine, and if you’re even considering it, then you won’t bat an eyelid at that price.

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Duncan GeerePioneer introduces BDP-LX91 Blu-ray player

CES 2009: Pioneer unveils new Blu-ray and upconverting DVD players, new AV receivers

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Pioneer has been showing off its latest range of Blu-ray players, upconverting DVD player, and AV receivers.

First up is a new collection of advanced Blu-ray players, all capable of handling BD Live for advanced disc features.

The BDP-120 and BDP-320 are aimed at consumers who want a simple high definition disc player right out of the box and come with 1GB of memory (either via a flash drive or internal memory), full BD-Live functionality, USB and Ethernet ports, True24FPS feature for realistic reproduction of discs recorded at 24fps, full support of all high resolution audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD bitstream output, and up to 7.1-channel analogue output…

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Andy MerrettCES 2009: Pioneer unveils new Blu-ray and upconverting DVD players, new AV receivers

Pioneer announces HDJ-2000 professional DJ headphones

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I should probably have left this announcement for our resident DJ Duncan, but as an aspiring one (and resident trumpeter) I’ll bring you the news that Pioneer has just announced its HDJ-2000 professional DJ headphones.

Let’s take a look at the specs:

These fully-enclosed dynamic headphones have a decent frequency response of 5Hz-30kHz, 36Ω impedance, 107dB sensitivity, and 3,500mW maximum power input. They are constructed with 50mm dome type drive units and come with a 1.2m-long coiled type connecting lead which connects via mini-XLR…

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Andy MerrettPioneer announces HDJ-2000 professional DJ headphones