OPINION: The IFA shopper electronics present is again and this marks that point of the yr when the summer season frolics are winding down as manufacturers make the bulletins that can see them by till the top of the yr.
What will we count on to see on the present? There’s stuff we will speculate on and others that we will’t, however IFA 2022 appears to be like prefer it could possibly be an attention-grabbing present, particularly in the event you’re concerned with choosing up audio and residential cinema-related merchandise within the run-up to Christmas.
Technically a few of the manufacturers talked about aren’t truly at IFA and maybe it’s simply me, however I’m a little bit stunned there aren’t many new merchandise that haven’t already been teased or leaked. Maybe there’s a shock or two within the offing, however nonetheless, I’m excited IFA is again on the menu.
Right here’s what we’re anticipating at IFA 2022
After a mushy launch earlier within the yr for its 2022 vary, Philips tends to launch its hero OLED – almost definitely the OLED907 and OLED937 – in September. The TVs had been truly leaked earlier within the yr with the OLED907 anticipated to be obtainable in 48-, 55- and 65-inch sizes. From leaked photos, the OLED907 appears to be like to have an built-in soundbar on the backside, whereas the OLED937 continues with the Bowers & Wilkins sound system with Atmos assist. I believe they’ll each characteristic the brand new OLED EX panels from LG, wouldn’t count on costs to be introduced on the occasion.
It’s been years since Sennheiser launched its large, however undoubtedly spectacular Ambeo Soundbar. Nonetheless, market circumstances have been altering as smaller, Atmos-enabled bars have been hitting the market. Sennheiser has had a couple of excessive profile launches in 2022 with the Momentum True Wi-fi 3 and Momentum 4 Wi-fi headphones, and the expectation is that they’ll be revealing a compact, inexpensive model of the Ambeo soundbar. I’m very concerned with seeing what audio wizardry it has conjured up this time as a result of the Ambeo is the finest Atmos soundbar in the marketplace proper now.
Japanese audio model Audio Technica is listed as one of many exhibitors, and in line with the blurb on its web site, new turntables and headphones are on the way in which, although I can’t say far more about that.
Bang & Olufsen will likely be opening up their doorways in Berlin (from 1st to third September) for individuals to see The Sound Bar, the Danish firm’s newest house cinema providing. We preferred the Beosound Stage, so we’re to see what innovation the model will likely be bringing with The Sound Bar.
Qualcomm bigged up its Snapdragon Sound ecosystem again in early 2021, so it’s taken a while for the ecosystem to construct up nevertheless it’s nearly at a degree the place merchandise are about to launch with assist for the know-how. Snapdragon Sound and aptX Lossless are anticipated to be additional detailed on the present, and I’d have an interest to listen to how properly aptX Lossless fares after listening to the NuraTrue Professional earlier this yr.
Toshiba will likely be there, doubtless presenting its new TVs, and XGIMI will likely be displaying off its present vary of projectors (you may examine their newest one within the Horizon Professional).
Urbanista will likely be at IFA however we’re not anticipating any beforehand unannounced merchandise on the occasion after the reveal of the Phoenix true wi-fi in August. Elsewhere, whereas LG and Samsung are on the occasion, we consider their focus will likely be on different areas reminiscent of sustainability and residential residing, and we aren’t anticipating something from Panasonic which is nearly to carry its new OLEDs to the market.
We don’t count on any information from the likes of Bose and Sony on the occasion, each manufacturers have skipped the occasion lately to deal with their very own bulletins.
If there’s something to take from IFA forward of the occasion, it’s that it feels as if it’s enterprise as regular. That’s a very good factor, particularly after the previous couple of years, however I’d additionally like a sprinkle of one thing really new and completely different. There’s an pleasure about these kinds of tech exhibits that feels diminished due to the pandemic, and if they’re to proceed, they’re going to have to be again with a bang to seize individuals’s consideration. Let’s see what IFA has to supply.