Editor’s Picks: Best Tech Products of 2012
Bob Archer's top products of 2012 show how the market's emphasis on audio has taken priority.
Robert Archer · December 7, 2012
It’s amazing to see how much the residential electronics market has evolved in just two years.
In 2010 as part of my Product of the Year choices, my picks included a CD player, a flat-panel TV and flagship projectors.
Now the CD’s best days are in the rear-view mirror, flat-panel TVs aren’t the desirable, sexy purchase they use to be, and big, expensive projectors seem to represent a bygone era of wealth and excess.
Today’s electronics are all about convenience, cost-friendliness and networking capabilities, unless it’s a specific step back into time to wade into the waters of analog audio through the purchase of a turntable or tube amp. My 2012 Products of the Year reflect this shift in consumer preference.
Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at [email protected]
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