CES 2013 Preview

L-R: Piero Gabucci, Tom Norton, Chris Boylan

As CES 2013 arrives, a panel of audio/video journalists—Piero Gabucci of Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, Tom Norton of Home Theater, Chris Boylan of Big Picture Big Sound, and me—discuss was we expect to see and hear in Las Vegas, including 4K displays, glasses-free 3D, OLED, Samsung's mysterious concept TV, audio sources, audio DACs, class-D amps, a new method of measuring color light output, media streaming, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

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Piero Gabucci is an architect living in northern New Jersey with his wife and two sons. His love of art and architecture is a natural transition to his enjoyment and passion for music and movies. His taste in music is eclectic, including rock, traditional jazz, and classical music.

Writing for Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity the last several years, Piero believes that a reviewer's duty is to inform and involve the reader in his audio experience rather than preach absolutes. With potentially so many factors involved in the evaluation of audio equipment, the results cannot possibly be "correct" for everyone, making the art of high fidelity extremely subjective. Whether you believe in capturing the quality of the original live performance or the reproduction of music matters not if the end result is pure enjoyment, and that's the goal.

Tom Norton earned BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. During his service in the US Air Force, he was a pilot-engineer, flying both fighter and transport aircraft and managing engineering contracts, with assignments that sent him to Vietnam, Thailand, and Germany in addition to US assignments from Florida to Los Angeles.

A lifelong interest in audio and video (including a brief flirtation with his own small, irregular, miniscule-circulation audio-review publication), led him to begin writing for Stereophile magazine in 1986. In 1990, he moved to Santa Fe, NM to work full time for Stereophile as Technical Editor and then Consulting Technical Editor.

When the Stereophile Guide to Home Theater was launched in 1995, Tom also served as Technical Editor of that publication, writing for both SGHT and Stereophile. In 1999, he took over as editor of SGHT. He continued in that capacity as SGHT morphed first into Ultimate AV and then in 2004. In 2008, he moved over to become Senior Editor and Video Technical Editor for Home Theater magazine.

Big Picture Big Sound co-founder Chris Boylan fell in love with music at an early age and discovered the joys and obsessions of hi-fi audio shortly thereafter. In the early 1980s, Chris' passion for film naturally led him to the wonders of home theater, which back then meant a HiFi VCR, 25-inch TV, receiver, four speakers, and an outboard Dolby Surround decoder hooked to the receiver's tape loop. Chris was an enthusiastic fan and owner of the original Yamaha DSP1, the first true home-theater processor that also happened to be packed with cheesy multichannel surround modes. Chris admits he took guilty pleasure in his misspent youth, playing punk music through the DSP1's "Cathedral" setting.

Chris' professional background in the consumer-electronics industry began in 1988 with a sales gig at Hifi Buys in Atlanta, Georgia. He moved to New York City in 1990 to marry his college sweetheart, and began contributing to Enjoy The Music Magazine in 2001 as a travelling show reporter and equipment reviewer.