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IFA International 2019 Review Edition

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SEEN @ IFA / TVs AUDIO IFA IFA IFA Home & Entertainment Audio Entertainment Electronics KEY SELLING POINTS 1 / Multiroom technology 2 / Spotify and Airplay compatible 3 / USB and 3.5mm audio port WAKE UP WITH ENERGY SISTEM Energy Sistem’s Smart Speaker Wake Up includes an alarm-clock radio and multiroom technology, meaning you can listen to one source in one room and another source in another room simultaneously. There are different playback options compatible with Spotify and Airplay. It comes with a 2.0 stereo sound and 10W of power with a bass enhancement system creating highquality sound. Alongside Alexa virtual assistant, the alarm-clock speaker also features Bluetooth 5.0, a wireless charger compatible with the Qi standard, a USB port and a 3.5mm audio port . All options can be configured in alarm-clock mode. JUMP TO THE BASS Reversing the trend for portable speakers getting smaller and simpler, at 2.5kg and 43cm in length the chunky style of the XR 190 App Jump by Italian firm Trevi has echoes of the eighties’ boombox portable audio revolution. Combined Bluetooth, MP3, radio and AUX capacity make it a versatile wireless device, and its 24W power with passive subwoofers with two stereo front speakers boasting “Tube” Bass Reflex mean the XR Jump is ideal for outdoor parties. An LED indicator shows when the internal lithium battery is recharging via the speaker’s micro-USB port. HIT THE GREAT OUTDOORS WITH CRATER Slovakian company Orava has joined the many manufacturers launching a range of portable wireless speakers, and the Crater product line has the motto “we love fun and music” – a mission statement that explains the simple, rugged design style and splashproof housing of the Crater 6-BR. The Wideband speaker system provides clean and dynamic stereo sound, plus there’s a built–in FM radio and micro SD card reader. Power output is 9W offering five hours of music playback on one charge of the lithium battery. KEY SELLING POINTS 1 / Chunky retro boombox style with coloured light display 2 / Comfortable shoulder strap for easy portability 3 / Comfortable shoulder strap for easy portability KEY SELLING POINTS 1 / Waterproof and designed for outdoor use 2 / Small and portable, with rubber carry handle 3/ Clean and dynamic stereo sound KATCH THE LATEST DANISH DESIGN Danish Audiophile Loudspeaker Industries (DALI) has channelled its decades of sound engineering and design expertise into a very small and compact wireless speaker, the DALI Katch. Consulting artists, musicians and creatives in the process, the result is a smooth and classic flat design, with rich and detailed sound divided into two output settings “Clear” and “Warm” where ”Clear” is perfect for most listening situations and music genres, “Warm” is for a little extra bass and works better in larger rooms. The DALI motto “Music is our objective, technology the means” shows where its priorities lie, and why it has waited until now to release a portable wireless speaker. This product has a leather carry strap, to make listening on the move easier. KEY SELLING POINTS 1 / Two audio profiles: ‘Clear’ and ‘Warm’ 2 / Powerful battery for 24 hour untethered playback 3 / Available in a range of colours including Grape Leaf and Green Moss 30

SEEN @ IFA / TVs IFA IFA Home & Entertainment Electronics SAMSUNG TAKES 8K MAINSTREAM WITH NEW 55-INCH MODEL Samsung has already made great strides with 8K; but the launch of its new 55-inch Q900R 8K QLED TV has turned heads at IFA 2019. The key appeal of the new TV is that it offers 8K at a smaller size; more likely to fit in the average consumer’s living room. It is also on sale at an affordable €2200. Available in around 30 countries from this month, Samsung’s 8K QLED has a thin, dark frame that wraps around the screen, with large feet tucked under the set’s base. Like Samsung’s larger 8K models, all connections are put through an external One Connect box, that plugs neatly into the TV via one cable. SHARP GOES LARGE WITH 120-INCH 8K LCD TV Sharp used IFA to showcase, according to the manufacturer, the world’s largest 8K LCD TV, an impressive 120-inch. A key characteristic of the new TV is that it features 5G connectivity, a headline topic at the show this year. Sharp is making a big point of pushing 8K and 5G as a turbocharged technological combination. While the primary function of the set is to show TV content, it says the combination of 8K and 5G makes the new TV ideal for displaying works of art. On display at IFA, the set had super sharp images and a thin, neat black frame. KEY SELLING POINTS 1 / Affordable Mainstream Price 2 / 8K at a smaller size 3 / Tidy ‘One Connect’ Box KEY SELLING POINTS 1 / Super-sized screen 2 / 8K+5G tech combination 3 / Neat, elegant frame TCL UNVEILS FLAGSHIP 8K QLED X SERIES TCL launched a new suite of artificial intelligence (AI) televisions at IFA 2019 including its flagship 8K QLED X Series, available in 85-, 75- and 65- inch models. The 8K QLED features a retractable built-in camera and supports augmented reality (AR). Featuring a duo-display design, the 8K series allows viewers to enjoy a mini-screen independently and will become available in the second quarter of 2020 in selected markets. Key features include: 8K display technology, Quantum Dot display technology, Dolby Vision and Android P operating system. TCL also presented a 4K duodisplay version without a camera, available in 75-, 65- and 55-inch models. The 4K models will become available in the fourth quarter of 2019 in selected markets. KEY SELLING POINTS 1 / AI-enabled sets 2 / Quantum Dot display technology 3 / Duo-display design PANASONIC MAKES ITS MOVE IN THE TRANSPARENT TV MARKET Panasonic used IFA 2019 to provide information about its Transparent OLED TV, which its plans to bring to market in 2020. The transparent OLED display is a collaboration between Scandinavian based KEY SELLING POINTS 1 / Blends into home environment 2 / Stylish design 3 / Clever cable tidying solution designer Daniel Rybakken and Panasonic Design Kyoto. At first sight, the ground-breaking set appears to be a clear glass cabinet with a stylish, inch-thick wooden frame. Once switched on, the set displays content like a typical OLED TV. All of the TV set’s components are concealed within the frame, which doubles as a stand. The idea of the set is that it can integrate into the home decor. It is possible to place ornaments behind the TV so that, when turned off, it looks like a display cabinet. IFA International • Monday 23 September 2019 31

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