CEDIA 2016

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John Sciacca  |  Sep 18, 2016  |  47 comments
Niles Audio, a member of Core Brands, released a major update to its MRC-6430 (Auriel) audio distribution platform with the roll-out of Auriel 2.0. The new upgrade is will include a lot of performance enhancements such as streaming audio, climate and lighting control, plus remote access features and will be available for free to all existing system owners.

A single MRC-6430 chassis can deliver audio to six zones through seven input sources, and two chassis can be linked together to create a 12-zone system. With the 2.0 update, the chassis now natively supports streaming from Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn “and other popular Internet radio services.”

Al Griffin  |  Sep 18, 2016  |  0 comments
I first learned of Teenage Engineering when I read about its cool, affordable pocket synthesizers . What a surprise it was, then, to bump into them during my final few minutes at CEDIA, where the company was showing its new OD-11 wireless speaker on a quiet strip at the far end of the convention center.
John Sciacca  |  Sep 18, 2016  |  0 comments
You’d expect the British to know a thing or two about inclement weather, which is maybe why it took England-based Monitor Audio so long to come up with a right proper speaker designed to handle the elements with a stiff upper lip. The company proved it was more than ready to take on Mother Nature with the launch of its new All Weather in-ceiling speaker series.

The new line-up will feature four models, both a 6-inch and 8-inch version in stereo and single stereo-summing options. All speakers incorporate Monitor’s C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminium/Magnesium) driver system which has been ported from the company’s critically acclaimed loudspeakers, utilizing 1-inch C-CAM Gold dome tweeters.

John Sciacca  |  Sep 18, 2016  |  0 comments
Known for manufacturing incredibly powerful and accurate subwoofers like the Fathom and Gotham, JL Audio introduced the smaller and more installation friendly Fathom IWS in-wall subwoofer system at CEDIA. This slimmed down model will allow theater owners and music lovers to enjoy deep and tight bass in a far more discreet manner.

Part of the magic of getting significant bass performance from this new design is a ported enclosure that mounts inside standard 16-inch on center stud openings. Yes, a ported in-wall subwoofer enclosure. This unique design vents through a slot located at the perimeter of the 8-inch speaker driver and enhances the sub’s efficiency and low-bass output. The enclosure measures 61.626-inches high and fits between standard 2x4 wall construction, and makes the sub’s effective displacement 27.5 cubic inches.

Al Griffin  |  Sep 18, 2016  |  0 comments
Small enough to sit on a computer desk—which is how it was set up at CEDIA—but powerful enough to drive a pair of tower speakers, ELAC’s new EA101EQ-G Element integrated amp is built to fit into a range of hi-fi scenarios. At $699, it also embodies the same easy-on-the-wallet ethos as the company’s popular, Andrew Jones-designed speakers.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
By now we all know about the value-driven, Andrew Jones-designed Debut and Uni-Fi Elac speakers. At CEDIA they announced in-wall versions of most of these models, including a unique subwoofer...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
The JBL/Harman Luxury Group demo was perhaps the most impressive at the show for the totality of its picture and sound.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
Monoprice doesn’t offer just direct sale cables and big power amps. At CEDIA they offered some exciting new (and surprisingly cheap) products.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
CEDIA is a custom installation show by definition, and many or most of the demos used in-wall or on-wall speakers, for better or worse. One of the “better” was the GoldenEar demo.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
t may be unglamorous, but many of us have a need to darken our home theater spaces, particularly when using a projector and a conventional screen. Normally this involves either a tedious process of manually closing the drapes, or buying expensive, custom, powered blinds...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
Bose doesn’t often attend CEDIA (or CES for that matter), so I was surprised to see them here. The emphasis here appeared to be on lifestyle or custom install products, noted in another blog. The pair of 901 Series 6 loudspeakers shown here were also on hand, but not playing. I haven’t followed that speaker for years, but...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
This mini amp from Dayton Audio will be available soon from that company’s prime retail outlet, Parts Express.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  1 comments
Integra announced its new flagship surround preamp processor at CEDIA.
Al Griffin  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
With dedicated home theaters giving way to multipurpose media rooms, high ambient light rejecting screens have become an increasingly popular option for those seeking the ultra-large image that only projectors deliver.
John Sciacca  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
Designed to help in-wall speaker users maintain a discreet look while still being able to enjoy next-generation object-based audio soundtracks like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, SpeakerCraft demonstrated its new AIM Series 2 ATX100, the company's first in-wall Dolby Atmos-enabled height module.