LG W7 OLED TV 65-inch model US$8,000 | Available March in US; AU TBC
The gorgeous W7 OLED TV from LG is designed to stick to your wall, using a series of magnets and screws, and will only protrude 3.85mm. It interfaces via ribbon cable with the included Dolby soundbar, which also houses the TV’s connections. The W7 is also packing some seriously pretty punches with Organic LED — the same type of display found in some phones and laptops, but very rarely in screens this size — and naturally they’ve been improved since LG’s previous OLED efforts.
SAMSUNG Q SERIES QLED TVS Pricing and availability TBA
Just to add some more confusion to the already misleading acronyms, Samsung has introduced QLED displays, a term which looks an awful lot like ‘OLED’ when written down. The Q Series uses Quantum Dot technology (hence the ‘Q’) to accurately display all colours at any level of brightness, and with a wider viewing angle than before. Three options have been announced, with an entry level Q7, a curved Q8 and Samsung’s powerful flagship Q9.
NVIDIA SHIELD (2017) US$199 | Availability TBA
Nvidia has already released a few products under the ‘Shield’ title, none of which have seen official Australian releases, unfortunately. Although there weren’t many specs revealed, the latest Shield (below) claims to be a gaming console like its 2015 predecessor, as well as offering streaming of 4K HDR content from Amazon and Netflix, and smart home integration with Google Assistant and a peripheral device dubbed ‘Spot’. Let’s see if this one will hit Australian shores or not.
LG SJ9 SOUNDBAR Pricing and availability TBA
LG tried to sell its latest soundbar as “4K High Resolution”, something that doesn’t exist in audio. But despite its unfortunate mathematical glitch, this small package packs a massive audio punch. With built-in Dolby Atmos support (two of its myriad drivers are pointed at the ceiling for overhead surround sound), it can up-sample any audio files to 24-bit, while also totally happy to provide an HDMI passthrough option for your games console or UHD Blu-ray deck.
PANASONIC GRAND CLASS SL-1200GR Pricing and availability TBA
The revival of the classic SL-1200 turntable continues into 2017. Panasonic brought the Grand Class SL-1200GR to CES this year — a new highend hi-fi setup with new SB-G90 speakers and a reference-level integrated amp. The SL-1200GR is like its predecessor but with a few tweaks for better performance, the most significant of which is a coreless direct drive system featuring a single surfacing-facing rotor magnet and a 2.5kg platter to help reduce unwanted vibrations.
SEVENHUGS SMART REMOTE US$299 | Available from June 2017 in US & Europe; AU TBC
The Sevenhugs Smart Remote (below) seems like an unremarkable touchscreen device, but it’s oh so smart indeed. It’s won three CES 2017 awards, including most innovative product in the smart home category, putting the Logitech Harmony range to shame. Point it at any gadget and it calls up the corresponding controls, thanks to three sensors that you place around the house. And because it supports infrared, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, it can control practically any device in any room.
The LG W7 OLED TV is less wall-mounted and more ‘wall-stuck’, utilising the power of magnets, as well as screws. The “4K High Res” LG SJ9 soundbar. Panasonic’s Grand Class SL-1200GR. The Samsung Q Series QLED TV.