TVs all look decent enough these days. In fact, picture quality is such an easy target that manufacturers have moved on to compete with widgets and 3D. Screw that. I'd like to remind everyone that TVs need better sound.
We got hands-on (and eyes-on and ears-on) time today with Bose's first ever TV, the VideoWave, which puts sound quality at the forefront of priorities. The TV itself has a decent but not astounding picture, but that's not what Bose was focusing on. Bose claims the VideoWave's sonic guts are the result of 10 years of research, and the sophistication of what they've managed with so little space lends some credence to this claim. Rather than setting speakers around you, all of the VideoWave's audio comes from behind the screen itself. Six compact woofers produced thick, rumbling bass notes—enough to shake our room. But the real dazzler of the VideoWave is Bose's PhaseGuide technology, a vented tube that is able to aim a beam of sound around a room wherever needed. A Bose rep on hand was able to demonstrate the effect with a laser-mounted PhaseGuide—and sure he enough, where he pointed, so followed the sound, as if a speaker were attached right there. (Yamaha has similar tech in its soundbars, based off sonar principles.)