Technology Tell’s sister publication Dealerscope and its editor-in-chief, Jeff O’Heir, handed out the Best in Show awards at CE Week in New York last week. Taking top honors were a wide variety of cool new products which were featured at the show.
The Overall Excellence Award was handed out to Epson’s PowerLite Pro Cinema 6020UB. This top speaker, which launched last September at $3,499, sports 1080p resolution and Bright 3D Drive Technology.
Honors for Multi-Room AV Streaming went to Libratone Zipp, a portable wireless speaker which actually provides AirPlay streaming on the go. Its PlayDirect feature creates a Wi-Fi connection with other devices to stream sound anywhere. The Zipp retails for $399.
At a CE Week show that was awash in headphones, the honors for Top Over-Ear Headphones went to Velodyne’s vFree Bluetooth headphones. It won on the basis of its overall sound quality, achieved through aptX coding. The headphones retail for $249.
The award for Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker was presented to Soundcast for its Melody Speaker System. Featuring water-resistant enclosure houses, the system sports a quartet of high-performance speakers which deliver sound in all directions. The Soundcast Melody Speaker System is $449.
Stelle Audio’s Pillar won the award for best Fixed Bluetooth Speaker. This foot-tall speaker sports an off-axis top-firing speakers and a 3-inch sub, and its battery offers 15 hours of playtime. This one retails for $349.
In the Home AV Component category, the award went to Pioneer’s Speaker Bar System SP-SB23W, the latest creation from Pioneer designer Andrew Jones. The system includes four TS-W305C speakers for enhanced bass response, and the speakers sit on top of a real wood cabinet. This one goes for $399 and ships this month.
The winner in the In-Vehicle/12 Volt category was Pioneer’s latest AppRadio, the AppRadio 3. The new generation of the product improves the touchscreen and interface, while supporting both additional apps and improved hands-free operation. The AppRadio 3 arrives this month at $399.
The Tablet Accessories category award went to IK Multimedia’s suite of musical accessories, including audio recording devices and such products as the iLoud studio monitor, the blueboard Bluetooth midi pedal, and the iRig HD A/D instrument converter. IK Multimedia’s booth was one of the most popular at the show.
In the Computer Accessories and Hardware category, the winner was the Arkami MyIDkey, the first-of-its-kind flash drive which sports passwords for use on the go- but fully encrypted. The product, which includes voice search, retails for $169.99.
Tiffen’s Steadicam Curve for GoPro HERO was the winner in the Digital Imaging category. The latest product in the growing Steadicam line weighs a half a pound and fits in your pocket. Pricing and availability are to be announced.
The show’s top cell phone accessory was the Olio Clip, a three-in-one camera lens system for the iPhone which retails for $99.99.
The top Health and Wellness product at the show was the G2 Netchef ($329) from Sungale. The product’s second generation, like the first, is a gadget for use in the kitchen which stores recipes and other cooking information. The new version, featuring a higher-resolution display, can hold up to 2,000 recipes.
The annual CE Week is organized in association with Martin Porter and Associates and the Consumer Technology Publishing Group/NAPCO, the publisher of Dealerscope, Technology Integrator, Tell Magazine and Technologytell.com.