CES 2016 always has a huge range of audio and visual delights, with headphones and speakers of all shapes and sizing wanting to entertain your ears.
We paced the showfloor, picking out some of the most exciting new headphones and speakers coming your way in 2016.
Read on to find out the best speakers and headphones launched at CES this year.
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 35
Never one to shy away from spectacular design, the B&O BeoSound 35 is an all-in-one wireless music system promising to deliver great sound from its pentagonal bar design, simple yet elegant and offering a range of mounting options.
The BeoSound will integrate with B&O's BeoLink Multiroom system, can be controlled through the on-board buttons and OLED display, or via the BeoRemote One or smartphone app.
Essentials like Spotify, TuneIn and Deezer are supported, and it's also AirPlay, Bluetooth and DLNA compatible. It's hitting stores from April 2016, but as you might expect, it's costly, at £1,745.
Sony h.ear on Wireless NC
Sony has produced some impressive headphones over the years. With Sony sticking to its guns and pushing High-Resolution Audio, the h.ear on Wireless NC are a funky pair of headphones that do it all.
They offer the freedom of wireless connectivity, but also bring noise cancellation, so could be popular with commuters wanting to block out noisy backgrounds, while delivering that hi-res audio.
They come in a range of funky colours, from Cinnabar Red through to Lime Yellow, and offer an over-ear style with a 40mm driver unit, but in a body that's still fairly compact. There's no confirmed price just yet, but the h.ear on Wireless NC will be available from May onwards.
Naim Mu-so Qb
There’s a stack of audio kit tucked away at CES, but as top quality yet affordable audio products go Naim’s Mu-so Qb stood out from the crowd for a number of reasons.
The follow-up to the Mu-so all-in-one speaker system, the Qb is a shrunken-down, cube-design version of the original. That means excellent audio right out the box, a striking design with interchangeable colour grilles and an even smaller price point – at £595.
Big sound without the dominating scale means this little musical marvel should be even more appealing to a wider audience. So whether streaming via Spotify or Tidal, using Bluetooth or UPnP, as all-in-one wireless speakers go Naim has hit the mark on all counts. It truly is hip to be square.
Samsung HW-K950 Soundbar
Samsung announced a new audio system at CES 2016 that features a soundbar with Dolby Atmos on board. The new soundbar goes by the catchy name of HW-K950 and it forms part of a system comprising rear speakers and a sub.
The complete system is a 5.1.4-channel setup. It offers wireless rear speakers that deliver sound forward and upwards, while the soundbar has three front-firing and two upward facing speakers. Everything connects to a sub for the setup. Pricing and a release date has yet to be detailed.
Philips Fidelio Soundbar
Philips is the second company to announce a soundbar incorporating Dolby Atmos but unlike Samsung's option above, Philips claims it can create a 5.1.2 surround sound with just the soundbar and subwoofer.
The Fidelio Soundbar features 18 speakers including two upward-firing, all of which pump of 400W of sound, while the subwoofer offers a low frequency of 200W.
The soundbar measures 50mm slim and offers Bluetooth AptX, AAC and NFC, alongside two HDMI-in ports, HDMI Arc, Optical, Coaxial and a 3.5mm audio jack. Pricing has not yet been announced but the Philips Fidelio Soundbar with Dolby Atmos will be available from the summer.
Monster announced the Elements Bluetooth Headphones at CES 2016. The company has taken its 24K headphones style and adapted it for a new line of wireless over-ear cans that playback high-res audio.
The Elements Bluetooth range comes in several colours including rose gold, gold, platinum, black platinum and slate. They are bass heavy but there are two sound profiles to choose from and they also offer swipe controls on the band, next to the ear cup. The Monster Elements Bluetooth Headphones will be available from spring for £299.95.
Audio-Technica Art Monitor
If utter clarity of sound is what you seek in your headphones, no matter the cost, the latest Audio-Technica Art Monitor headphones are for you.
Audio-Technica has taken the wraps off its latest range of top-end Art Monitor headphones that comprise four models: the ATH-A2000Z, ATH-A1000Z, ATH-A990Z and ATH-A550Z. These are all hand assembled in Japan and offer newly designed drivers, enhanced bass performance, improved design and finishes.
On the hardware side of things you can expect 53mm drivers, with carbon-coated diaphragms to minimise sound loss and enhance top end frequencies. Bass fans don't fret, there's also a Double Air Damping System which extends the range while a magnesium baffle should minimise vibrations.
Pricing starts at £120 and goes up to £530 with availability from January.
Jabra Intelligent Headset Developer Edition
These headphones aren't just made for listening to music, they're pioneering a new kind of audio system that will allow the blind to 'see'. This is something Jabra is calling 3D audio.
A combination of sensors including Bluetooth, GPS, gyroscope, compass and accelerometer make up an intelligent situational detection system. Head movement can be detected extremely accurately.
Microsoft has partnered with UK Guide Dogs to create an Intelligent Headset app called Cities Unlocked. This collects audio data from the surrounding environment and can help create an audio picture for the visually impaired wearer.
Anyone can download the developer kit to create apps for the headset. It'll be interesting to see what becomes of this step in a new headphone hardware direction.
Kuai GPS, heart rate, MP3 playing, smart sensor sports earphones
Yes you read that title correctly, the Kuai earphones have it all, and they don't even need a phone. These stand alone in-earphones are made as a complete solution for sport. Not only are they waterproof to three metres for swimming but they'll connect to ANT+ sensors like cadence for cycling and have motion sensors for running tracking. All that and they store and play music and track heart rate. Not bad for a five hour battery life.
Live coaching is another bonus thanks to the motion and heart rate sensors which work out your levels and goals. The headphones read back how you're doing and encourage you or tell you to slow if needed. These are available to pre-order now for $150 but will be $250 when released.