CEDIA 2015

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Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 22, 2015  |  0 comments
I heard what seemed like hundreds of vendor pitches and saw thousands of new products at CEDIA EXPO 2015 before it closed on Saturday, October 17th. Here are some of the coolest things we didn't cover previously in our (should have been) award-winning CEDIA blog...
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 20, 2015  |  0 comments
Monitor Audio has applied knowhow from its flagship line of freestanding speakers to the new CP-IW260X and CP-IW460X speakers, which use the company’s latest drivers in a “super compact” three-way in-wall configuration only 4 inches deep.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 19, 2015  |  0 comments
KEF's October 16 press event at CEDIA 2015 firmed up its already formidable loudspeaker lines with new in-walls and in-ceilings, some of them THX certified, as well as refinements of existing products and new portable audio goodies.

Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 18, 2015  |  1 comments
It’s been a few years since I checked out motion seating (had a butt massage) at an electronics tradeshow so I stopped by the Jaymar booth at CEDIA 2015 to experience the “world premiere of new luxury D-Box motion-enabled seating.”
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 18, 2015  |  First Published: Oct 17, 2015  |  1 comments
Behind this innocuous photo is one of the most exciting demonstrations I had at this show, a demo of a technology and not a specific product. For several years now DLP has faded a bit from its glory days in home theater projectors (it continues to be big for business and theatrical presentations). LCOS and LCD have ruled the roost, particularly from the trio of Epson, JVC, and Sony.

The chip at the right in the photo is TI's big 4K DLP chip, widely used in 3-chip theater projectors. On the left is a new, smaller "4K" chip...

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  1 comments
Vivitek launched three new projectors at CEDIA 2015.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
The Trinnov preamp-processor definitely falls into the "if you have to ask" category. But as long as you're asking, $17,000 will get you a version with 8 outputs and $21,000 will give you 16...
Kris Deering  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments

Legacy Audio had a static display at CEDIA this year but that didn’t stop visitors from swooning over the gorgeous finishes of their latest offerings including the new on-wall/in-wall Silhouette pictured. This beauty features their flagship AMT tweeter and Silver/Graphite midrange.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
Control4 announced the release of the company’s latest software release, OS 2.8, during EXPO. As part of this release, updated Control4 HC-250 and HC-800 controllers will add native integration of three additional audio streaming services—Pandora, Deezer, and TIDAL—to the three that were already a native part of the Control4 OS (Rhapsody, Napster, and TuneIn). OS 2.8 also sports a new My Movies and My Music screen that offers a grid-view for showcasing high-res cover art or a Details View for presenting metadata.

Control4’s OS 2.8 update involves more than adding a few streaming services and a new interface for My Movies and My Music, though. The new OS includes...

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
Parts Express showed a prototype of a new subwoofer plate amp (available soon). It includes two separate amp channels, to separately power two subwoofer drivers in the same cabinet (with each amp rated at over 1200W into 4 ohms), or perhaps single driver with a slaved sub located elsewhere. The amps also offer DSP room compensation, and while it wasn’t yet clear exactly how this would be implemented or how extensive it might be, a microphone for it is included. Price TBD.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
People who walked in to the GoldenEar sound room at CEDIA 2015 sat down eager to hear a Dolby Atmos setup anchored by the Triton One tower speakers in the front of the room. Despite the presence of those floorstanders, all of the speakers used for the Atmos demonstration were in the ceiling—including the left, right, and center. Only the new Supersub XXL was operating on the floor.
Kris Deering  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments

While I only just made it in for the final showcase of the night, Barco capped the show off in style with a stunning cost-no-object showcase of a full 4K laser 6P projector coupled with an insane audio system from Dutch loudspeaker company Alcons. The Dolby 3D theater, designed by Barco with North America partner Display Development, showcased some of the best 3D images I’ve seen to date.

John Sciacca  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
What do you do if you want to have a terrific sound system, the low bass impact of a subwoofer, access to all the modern sources, full control and power management, and see absolutely nothing except the video display on the wall? The answer very well may be, “You use Millson Custom Solutions’ new CinemaFrame.”

John Sciacca  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
If you haven’t heard, DTS Play-Fi is a housewide wireless audio streaming solution making a heavy play to take a bite out of the Sonos’ pie. Play-Fi's technology has been licensed by many partners including Definitive Technology, Polk Audio, MartinLogan, Paradigm, Anthem, McIntosh and more. However, because the Play-Fi system is so reliant on the smart device - iOS or Android, phone or tablet - that is currently controlling it, there has been no way to integrate any of the Play-Fi products with third party control. Until now.

John Sciacca  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
The one thing that nearly every home in the country has been wired with is good o’le RG6 coax cable. This is traditionally used for off-air antenna, cable TV or satellite video distribution, but now the smart guys at Metra Home Theater Group have introduced the M3B Metra Multimedia Broadcast system to utilize this existing cabling to create a low cost, incredibly scalable HDMI matrix distribution system.