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CES 2008 Wishlist

The big consumer electronics show begins in one week on January 7th. Here are my top wishes for PS3 fans:

Better HDTVs

Most current TV models max out at 1366 x 768 resolution and there are only a very few models with LED back lights. I’m really hoping the selection of models with full 1080p support and LED backlights improves.


There are a few good HDMI receivers out there, but the selection is limited and the prices are very high. I’m really hoping this situation improves. An HDMI receiver is required to hear games run with full PCM 5.1/7.1 audio. I have yet to experience this and I’m very excited. Supposedly, this is noticeably better than regular DVD level Dolby Digital 5.1.

Mid-Level Speakers

Some users use the junky speakers in their TV and others use full blown speaker systems with dedicated amplifiers. But there is a middle-ground for users who want something better than integrated TV speakers, but cheaper and smaller than a full blown home amplifier/speaker setup. There are some good options such as this, but I would still like to see something more like this but one than can handle a full 5.1 PCM signal. Such an offering would be ideal for PS3 owners, and I don’t know why such a product hasn’t hit the market yet.

Sony Music Store

Amazon, Wal-Mart, and iTunes all have decent music distribution services. But they all seem to be missing features that I want. The DRM-free catalogs are still somewhat light, Amazon and Wal-Mart are stuck on the older MP3 format (I wonder why newer formats such as AAC aren’t an option), and I still can’t get SACD quality music and multi-channel music. I’m hoping Sony unveils their store and delivers on some of my most wanted features.

Any other wishlist items?