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article imageOp-Ed: CES 2014 — Tech firms bet on miniaturized audio systems

By Angela Atkinson     Jan 28, 2014 in Technology
At CES 2014 held this month, tech firms unveiled a recent trend in home entertainment: the miniaturization of audio systems.
"Honey, I shrunk the sound system" might be a thought that comes to mind.
In Las Vegas, Vizio, LG, and Samsung all displayed sound stands -- flat stereo systems designed to fit snugly under your flat screen TV. These devices serve as hardware platform stands for televisions but complete with advanced functionality and apps.
What's with the slim designs?
For years, Bose had seen success with its slim sound bars, while Apple introduced aesthetically-designed home entertainment hardware -- such as Apple TV -- meant to be minimalist. Other firms are catching on.
When it comes to audio, many consumers are opting for simple, non-intrusive designs that convey high quality sound.
Visually, home entertainment is largely left to flat screen pixels.
LG's home audio version, SoundPlate (LAP340), rests sleekly under the television, but unexpectedly comes packed with a wireless subwoofer located at the bottom of the device. At 35mm tall, SoundPlate features a robust 4.1 channel, remote control, WiFi, HDMI and optical outputs, and various smart apps.
Will miniaturization be a technology theme of 2014?
Last year, consumers saw Samsung's bold experimentation with wearable smart watch Galaxy Gear. At this year's CES, the electronics maker showed off its HW-H600 Sound Stand. Vizio's home audio solution is simply called Sound Stand.
Sleek sound bars and slim audio platforms are here to stay. In the near future, what else will be miniaturized?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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