LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Philips announced that the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has awarded six of its new products with the prestigious 2014 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award. The CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics products. Among the winners is the Philips Fidelio E5 Wireless Surround Cinema Speakers, which were deemed a "Best of Innovations" of all the honorees in the Home Theater Category.
"We are thrilled to have these six products recognized with this prestigious award from CEA," said Keith Michael, vice president of marketing for P&F, the exclusive electronics licensee for Philips in North America. "Philips has an exceptional heritage in audio, from inventing the world's first radio receiver in 1931 to the world's First Airplay 2.0 Docking Speaker in 2011 and these new innovations continue that tradition. For more than 10 years, CEA has recognized the insight, innovation and design that Philips puts forth and we are proud to have these awards as proof of their continuing innovation. At 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in January, we will unveil not only these six award winning products, but a complete suite of Philips innovative solutions for consumers at home and on-the-go."
Best of Innovations -- Home Theater Category
Philips Fidelio E5 Wireless Surround Sound Cinema Speakers (CSS7235Y)
The stylish E-Series is the ideal home cinema audio solution for consumers who want high-definition surround sound without the wires. These sleek speakers, the latest step in Philips' commitment to Surround on Demand, feature a unique design that allows the top to detach, creating four independent wireless speakers for a full surround sound experience. For added power and a theater feel, the E5 comes with a wireless subwoofer.
The E5 speakers are sleek pillars measuring just under 16" tall, featuring detachable tops that allow the system to go from stereo to Surround on Demand. Consumers will enjoy a true surround sound experience without the clutter of multiple speakers or unsightly wires running across the room. The products feature double BASS for richer sound and a deep bass, for a true home cinema experience. The premium soft-dome tweeter encased in the pillar ensures crystal clear sound. Consumers will experience a hassle-free setup with two HDMI inputs and the ability to enjoy music from their smartphone, tablet or laptop with aptX® and AAC Bluetooth streaming. The E5 is also equipped with NFC for one-tap pairing of devices. There are discreet buttons on the device for volume and source control. The E-Series is designed to blend seamlessly into your home environment. The lower half of the tower is covered in a luxurious black wool speaker cloth while the stainless grill features warm cedar accents along with a leather handle to assist in detaching and moving the detachable tops.
Innovation Award Honorees
Philips Blu-Ray TV Surround Base (HTL3525B) -- Winner in the Home Theater Category
Philips new TV Surround Base, offers consumers amazing sound quality in a beautifully designed wooden casing that fits seamlessly under their television. The TV Surround Base combines all of consumers' audio and video needs in one elegant solution that will blend into any room. Offering an integrated Blu-ray 3D player and the Philips Smart TV Internet TV service giving consumers access to the top Wireless Streaming services like VUDU®, NetFlix®, Pandora®, YouTube® and more for a full home cinema experience.
The TV Surround Base's wooden design is not only attractive -- it is also ideal for conducting sound. This space-saving speaker can support a flat screen television up to 55-inches in size, making it an innovative design complement to any room. Featuring an integrated subwoofer and virtual surround sound, the Philips TV Surround Base gives consumers a rich-sounding home cinema experience.
Philips BR-1X Wireless Portable Speaker (SB5200) -- Winner in Portable Media Players and Accessories Product Category
The BR-1X speaker gives consumers powerful sound for hours of fun on the go. Bluetooth pairing allows everyone to share their music at home and on the go and the speaker's two-inch drivers delivers immense sound. The unique indoor and outdoor modes mean they work for all occasions. The indoor mode offers deeper bass and crystal clear details, while the outdoor mode drums out loud, heavy audio. Consumers can connect multiple BR-1X for maximum sound impact and unlimited music streaming with friends.
Philips Fidelio Wireless Studio Speaker E2 (BT7000) -- Winner in the Home Audio/Video Components Category
The Philips Fidelio Wireless Studio Speaker E2 is the ideal solution for consumers who want high fidelity stereo sound without the wires. Space in the living room is at a premium and consumers do not want to sacrifice sound quality in order to save space. This new addition to the Fidelio family meets that need by delivering the sound quality Fidelio is known for in a truly unique and flexible design. These sleek pillars offer high-fidelity APT-X and AAC Bluetooth wireless streaming and simple set-up with one-touch NFC pairing with your device. An integrated subwoofer ensures deep, powerful sound so consumers can enjoy their music as the artist intended.
Philips Fidelio M1 Bluetooth Headphones (M1BTBL) -- Winner in the Headphone Category
Philips introduces the Fidelio M1BT Bluetooth® headphones, which combine the freedom of Bluetooth with the sound quality of the Fidelio brand, the M1BT is natural fit for those who have a passion for sound and music. Unlike other Bluetooth headphones, the M1BT utilizes the latest Bluetooth 4.0 standard along with APT-X, AAC and SBC for the superior music streaming.
To enjoy high-definition sound, the Philips Fidelio M1BT headphones are built with 40mm high magnetic intensity neodymium speaker drivers that provide a wide dynamic range, so the listener can hear those very subtle details of their favorite tracks. The acoustic closed-back architecture ensures excellent noise isolation whilst delivering a controlled and dynamic bass. Deluxe memory foam ear-pads, made from breathable materials, are designed to disperse pressure and heat build-up so that they not only sound brilliant but feel exceptional too.
The Bluetooth functionality, new to the M1 range, allows users to enjoy both their music and phone calls wirelessly. Controls on the ear 'cans' make it easy to switch tracks without pulling out a music player. The M1 Bluetooth edition works with a wide range of Bluetooth smartphones, tablets and music players.
Philips WeCall Bluetooth HD Conference Speaker (AECS700) -- Winner in Portable Media Players and Accessories Category
Philips WeCall is a smart Bluetooth® HD conference speaker, makes hands free calling from your smartphone a truly pleasurable experience. The WeCall, is a compact speaker combines both high-quality sound and voice performance, even at ranges up to 16 feet. It comes with the Philips WeCall app that manages scheduled conference calls and will dial and call participant numbers at the touch of a button. The WeCall app not only automatically dials into conference calls when they appear on the calendar; it also enters the conference call ID number for the consumer making it the perfect virtual assistant in the office and on the road.
The Philips WeCall uses four high-quality, intelligent microphones and advanced noise and duplex acoustic echo cancellation technology to enable complete 360 degree voice pick-up from anywhere in the room. This means you can speak naturally and be heard clearly from across a room, at distances of up to five meters. Although small in size, the speaker is powerful enough to ensure full clarity whether speaking alone, in a small group of colleagues or in a meeting room full of noisy participants.
The WeCall works with all Bluetooth-enabled smartphones and comes with a travelling pouch and USB cable for complete mobility. The USB cable can be used for charging the battery, as well as for connecting to your smart device when Bluetooth® is not available. The built-in lithium ion battery allows for approximately 8 hours usage.
All of these Innovation award winners will be on display at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas in Philips in Ballroom 1 of the Renaissance hotel adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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