Audioquest's latest Horizon termination hardware consists of a solid alloy that is guaranteed not to bend regardless of how many times you strike another human over the head with it. If unsuccessful in the audio market it will be a surefire hit among law enforcement professionals looking for a billy club with flare.
Although exhibits at THE SHOW were primarily an example of how out of touch some high-end audio manufacturers are with reality, Magnepan's Wendell Diller demonstrated that given a deadline with a wad of money at the end a fertile mind can find a way to solve a technical problem. True dipole ribbon speakers don't lend themselves to in-wall placement, but when the owner of a large and well-heeled casino chose Magnepans for their high-roller suites Diller devised a way. He automated his panels so when the video display is turned on the panels swing away from the wall, ready for action. With an adjustable angle and automatic reset if bumped, these Maggies are ready to deliver more sparkle than a trough full of slot machine quarters
Atlantic Technology unveiled a new in-wall speaker that features an adjustable crossover that alters the speaker's lobbing effects to better control the speakers imaging and harmonic balance. Even when situated relatively high on the wall behind a Screen Research acoustically transparent screen the sound seemed to come from several feel below the speaker's actual physical position. Magic? No just solid engineering.
The equipment rack in the CEDIA Home of Electronic Lifestyles, jointly sponsored by HP and Lifeware provided the heart of a connected home on display across from the convention center. Perhaps putting the rack holding the utility gear for the bathroom would not always be the best choice.