Based on the latest TVs we’ve been testing in our TV labs, some of the things we didn’t especially like in some of last year’s models—such as fair or poor sound quality and bulky, costly active 3D glasses—are no longer as big an issue with some manufacturers. For example, most of the major brands that offer active 3D TVs , which use battery-powered active-shutter glasses, have replaced the bulky designs we saw in earlier generations with lighter, sleeker glasses.

Panasonic reveals new TV prices, availability

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Panasonic announced its first wave of 2012 HDTVs , which include a new XT50 series of lower-cost 3D plasma sets, and larger screen sizes—47 and 55 inches—in its LCD TV lineup. Panasonic is also offering passive 3D technology in its LCD sets for the first time. Pricing for other models, including the company’s flagship VT50 series 3D plasma TVs, will be announced closer to availability, the company said

As I mentioned in my preview CES coverage for cameras , manufacturers of point-and-shoots continue to expand zoom ranges in compact cameras and develop sturdier, more rugged models.

Video: Testing headphones

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Celebrities from Kanye West to Lady Gaga are touting headphones for Beats by Dr. Dre. We brought those into our lab for testing, as well as models from Bose, Sony, Panasonic, and more