International CES is right around the corner and will once again be the annual curtain-raiser for the year in technology. So what can we expect to see?

We'll be on the ground in Las Vegas from January 4th to bring you all the best coverage from CES 2015, with a bigger presence at the show than ever before. As an official CES partner, we’ll be hosting the International News Stage with our sister publication, Stuff, with a host of interviews and product pitches featuring key players in the industry.

We will also be announcing our Stars of CES on Thursday January 9th, the best of the show’s specialist hi-fi and home cinema products.

Here’s our pick of five key trends to look out for at CES 2015...

4K for everyone

The average price of a 4K TV is now £1600, according to the latest Gfk research, with 100,000 4K TVs expected to be sold by the end of 2014. With this figure predicted to double in 2015, largely thanks to 50in+ TVs, expect to see a larger percentage of 4K Ultra HD TVs in all the big-hitters’ ranges for 2015.

We hope to hear more news about content, too. The top streaming providers are now delivering some Ultra HD content, but it wouldn’t take you long to watch it, while Sony and Samsung have offered bespoke packages to their customers. But we need more.

And what about 4K Blu-ray? Tipped for a 2015 release, an announcement at CES would be ideal.

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Car tech

It’s not just the home that’s getting smarter, expect plenty of noise from car manufacturers too. We’ve seen the first cars to integrate streaming music with Rara Music, Napster and Spotify all making their way inside motors, and Apple is now involved with its own CarPlay offering.

We expect to see more tie-ins and, hopefully, better sound quality for music on the move and how we can control it. With Ford – creators of Ford Sync with Spotify – giving a CES keynote, it looks likely we’ll hear a lot more from the car companies. 

More after the break

Next-gen TV

Always the biggest draw at the show, it’s likely to be a case of evolution rather than revolution in the television world. But expect plenty of headline-grabbing TVs to appear, with more curved, Ultra HD and OLED sets as well as a full range of new 2015 flatscreen models.

We don’t expect to see any plasma screens but we should see plenty more 4K LCDs, plus some of the first Quantum Dot displays – which looks likely to be the technology of choice for more affordable panels.

Curved TVs and bendable TVs have sprung surprises in previous years, so we’ll be on the look-out for the next tech-twist – and it could be that 8K screens bring the wow factor, after LG showcased an 8K-ready set at IFA in September 2014.

Also expect to hear more about new picture processing technologies, with the likes of High Dynamic Range (HDR), driven by Netflix, likely to be a key TV technology to look out for on 2015 TVs.

MORE: The future of TV

Super-Smart home

'Smart’ has been a much-used (nay, over-used) word in the consumer electronics world for a good few years now… and we don’t expect that to change any time soon. Smart Home technology has its own section at CES for the first time, with the booming multi-room audio market playing no small part.

And now Apple is involved, having launched ‘HomeKit’ in iOS 8 in an effort to make the iPhone the remote control of the future home. We’d expect to see a wealth of apps and products in this market, and we look forward to seeing how multi-room audio and even video develop in 2015.

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High-quality content

Streaming has usurped the download in the public consciousness in 2014, and we expect to see this trend continue apace at CES 2015 – hopefully with a renewed focus on quality.

CD-quality lossless audio would be a welcome addition to biggest mass-market players, most obviously Spotify (whose CEO has hinted about a CD-quality upgrade), while high-res audio streaming is the logical next step for us. 

We expect to find out more about a new high-res audio offerings using Meridian's MQA technology, while Neil Young’s Pono Music store should soon be out of beta and ready to launch to provide content for the PonoPlayer

And it's not just audio: Netflix and Amazon now offer 4K video and, as touched on earlier, we'd expect to hear much more about Ultra HD video at CES.


Our CES 2015 coverage from Las Vegas will begin on Saturday 3rd January.

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MickyBlue's picture

spotify cd streaming... yes

spotify cd streaming... yes please

Graham Luke's picture

Uh oh Tobleroh!

A music player that is shaped like a triangular chocolate bar is going to struggle to sell...yes, I know; you can hear the lavatory attendant wheezing as he mops out the Gents during Mahler's 4th.

bobstcyr's picture

wireless audio

Unless something has changed bluetooth is not hi-fi, and only connects one device at a time, so I don't even see it as in the running.

Really all I'm after is that as I do stuff around the house I could listen without having the living room cranked to volume 11 making it too loud when I go to the living room and just loud enough in the dining room and not loud enough if I go upstairs. The other problem is that it has to sound pretty good I've got Linkwitz Orion speakers ( $14,000) in the living room and if I stick some grotty sounding box in the dining room where you can still hear the living room and you'll notice. The sonos 5 sounds good enough and is an ok price ($400) but the box to send the signal to the hi-fi is a stupid price ($350). Then there's the issue of control and software etc. I bought a squeezebox touch with the notion that I would eventually expand on that and - boom - logitech decides that it's not going to persue or support those products anymore. Here we are a few years later and wireless audio is supposedly taking off. Sonos is the only system that I'd say is robust and mature. But by the time I ad a bridge I'm at a cost of almost $1000 to ad one small speaker to my dining room and connect my music wirelessly (which I already have through the squeezebox or computer). The other system that  seems promising is the audioengine W3 at $150  plus $60 for a second reciever, and that leaves $790 to spend on an ampified speaker - probably better sound and more choice.

Wireless audio definitely has some promise, but the technology is all over the place, most of my friends wouldn't spend the hundreds of hours burning music to a NAS - and that's the whole point isn't it - to access our music?