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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.

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