Feature Article - March/April 2017

Powerful Motivation

Electronics Incentives to Drive Peak Performance

By Emily Tipping

Sight & Sound

Everyone loves a good gadget that makes their life easier or more fun, but most of us probably still think first of the ways consumer electronics can keep us entertained, with big-screen, high-definition TVs, and great-sounding headphones and speakers.

One thing to be aware of, Anderson said, as you're adding TVs to your program, is price and availability. "This winter we saw some factories have actually had pricing increases on 1080p panels due to production cost increases," he said. "Since the consumer is redeeming more and more 4K panels, it has not been as noticeable, but it is something program managers should be aware of. 4K panel redemption have really clicked up going into spring."

While 4K TVs are ramping up and changing people's favorite way to watch, there have also been changes in sound capabilities, changing people's favorite ways to listen.

"As big sound is arriving in a variety of sizes, wireless headsets and speakers are hitting the market like never before," Fishman said. "Consumers are craving incredible audio performance without worrying about connecting wires."

The Bose QuietControl 30 wireless headphones let you listen like never before, with breakthrough technology that allows you to control how much of the world you want to let in. Connect easily to your devices with Bluetooth and NFC pairing. Volume-optimized EQ gives you balanced audio performance at any volume. And a lightweight neckband design conforms to your body for all-day wearability.

If you demand professional-quality sound, but without the wires, the P7 Wireless utilizes Bowers & Wilkins' five decades of experience in transducer technology to offer a seamless audio experience. These incredibly immersive over-ear headphones deliver 17-hour battery life, and professional-quality sound in a large but foldable design, while wireless streaming via aptX Bluetooth means you can listen anywhere completely free of cables.

Available through Incentive Concepts, the Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones are engineered with world-class noise cancellation that makes quiet sound quieter and music sound better. Free yourself from wireless and connect easily to your devices with Bluetooth and NFC pairing. And enjoy up to 20 hours of wireless listening per battery charge.

When you want to go wireless and listen out loud, you can experience the magic of wireless streaming and amazing sound with the SOLIS SO-6000, available at the end of June through Spectra Merchandising. This stylish speaker fits in well with any décor with its unique shape, wood finish and chrome trim. Convenience and wireless technology are front and center with both Chromecast built-in and Bluetooth. With Chromecast built-in, multi-room sync is also available and lets you customize your home audio listening experience. Connect multiple compatible smart speakers like the SO-6000 and play the same music or listen to different music in each room. The SO-6000 also includes Spotify Connect, allowing Spotify users to control the music playing using the Spotify app installed on their phone, tablet or computer. Music streams directly to the SO-6000 from the cloud, so no more relying on unstable connections from your device. Listening is seamless, so you can take calls, play games, even switch your phone off—all without interrupting the music.

The Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II was engineered to deliver bold sound wherever life takes you. From the pool to the patio, its rugged, water-resistant design lets you enjoy the music you love in more places. Voice prompts make Bluetooth pairing easy. And up to eight hours of listening per battery charge lets you keep your playlists playing.

For those who aren't yet completely reliant on digital music (and there are quite a few of us, still), the stylish yet practical Sharp 240W 5-Disc Mini Shelf System with Cassette, AM/FM and Bluetooth is the perfect audio solution for any environment. This system comes complete with a docking slot for your iPod or iPhone that not only plays audio files but also charges the device. It also has a five-CD multi-play changer, cassette deck, digital AM/FM tuner with 40 presets and a pair of two-way speakers. Enjoy your favorite music! Also play a CD-R/RW disc with all your favorite WMA and MP3 hits. Dynamic speakers feature 2x5 1/8-inch woofer and 2-inch tweeter.

"Hi-Def Audio products are also something to keep an eye on—bringing better quality audio to your music," Fishman said. "This has emerged as the ultimate audio selection for digital music fans overseas, and manufacturers will be looking to push sales in the United States."

With the Sony MDR-1000X/C Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, you hear what matters, with industry-leading adaptive noise cancelling, wireless freedom and Hi-Red Audio that lets you focus on music in its purest form. Listen and talk without taking them off with the easy touch-control shells, while the SENSE engine adapts to your environment and eliminates noise in all conditions. All with up to 20 hours of battery life.

T7 Wireless is Bowers & Wilkins' most portable, versatile wireless system yet, allowing you to have fantastic sound in places other speakers can't reach. Moreover, T7 Wireless supports the superior aptX Bluetooth codec, which means you can stream high-resolution audio files for crystal clear sound. Just charge it up, and it's good for 18 solid hours of playback. Available in a choice of black or gold finish.

You can capture the audio and listening experience the artist intended you to with the SOLIS SO-7500/8000, available in mid-June through Spectra Merchandising. Featured prominently on the top of the unit are vacuum tubes, the same technology used in guitar amps for the highest and purest sound quality. With vacuum tube technology, you'll hear the rich, authentic clarity and crisp sound quality any audiophile is looking for. The SO-7500 includes Bluetooth for wireless streaming from your phone or Bluetooth device, and two auxiliary inputs for connecting a turntable or any other wired device. The unit delivers 2x17W (RMS) and operates on 120V AC power. Leave no note unheard.