Sony Kicks Off CES

The day before the opening of CES is devoted to press conferences, mostly by the big boys: Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, etc. These are generally of little interest to Stereophile readers, so our detailed show coverage doesn't start until the official CES opening.

The exception is the Sony press conference. Sony is a kind of "elder statesman" among manufacturers, and its history is one of innovation. The Sony press conference was, as usual, well attended, and several of the announcements drew applause from the crowd. Alas, the emphasis at Sony has largely shifted from audio to video and still photography, with most of the press conference being devoted to the use of 4K video by amateur and professional videographers, and demonstration of the low-light capability of Sony's latest digital imaging sensors.