CEDIA 2014

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SV Staff  |  Sep 12, 2014  |  0 comments
…who you might run into at a trade show but there he was—Buddy Valastro (aka The Cake Boss), surrounded by throngs of camera-crazed showgoers. America’s favorite baker delivered the massive cake shown above to help home automation powerhouse Elan celebrate its 25th anniversary. The base of the cake is modeled after the company’s next-gen g1 system controller. The globe…well, we’re not sure what it signifies—perhaps the desire for world domination? (Actually, it’s probably a nod to Elan’s tagline: “Your World Made Simple.”) Valastro is no stranger to Elan. His 7,000 square foot New Jersey home (next door to Tony Soprano) and state-of-the-art bakery production center are both equipped with an Elan g! system.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 13, 2014  |  0 comments
While Yamaha's lineup of new AVRs is heavy into support for Atmos, the company's well-reviewed Avantage pre-pro remains Atmos-free. A spokesperson for Yamaha told me that there are no immediate plans to come out with a new version that supports Atmos. It will certainly happen eventually (unless Atmos turns out to be this year's HD-DVD, and it doesn't appear that it will), but until then they're likely to loose customers to Marantz, Onkyo, and Integra, all of which offer competing pre-pros with that feature.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 12, 2014  |  0 comments
Yamaha's excellent Aventage surround receiver line now features two Dolby Atmos compatible models, both with nine amp channels: the RX-A3040 ($2199, 150 watts with two channels driven) and RX-A2040 ($1699, 140 watts with two channels driven). The semi-enclosed demo, with Yamaha speakers, was crisp enough to rise above the noise of the show floor, and the height effects (from ceiling speakers) were clearly discernible. Yamaha also showed its first sound base, the SRT-1000 ($500), which features eight front "beam drivers" along with two oval mid-woofers and two bottom-firing bass drivers. Made of sturdy MDF, it is designed to hold sets up to 88 pounds and 55 inches. In addition Yamaha showed two soundbars, one with HDMI input and lossless surround decoding for $1000 and one with legacy inputs for $399. The former is the YSP-2500, which simulates "true 7.1" surround from 16 beam drivers. It is the first soundbar we've encountered with a headphone jack.
John Sciacca  |  Sep 15, 2014  |  0 comments
Soundbars are one of the hottest growing market segments, letting people add significantly better sound to the mediocre garbage that spews out of the “speakers” included with most flat panel TVs. While most sound bars talk about sound quality and surround immersion – both important traits, of course – the new Yamaha YSP-2500 has a “Target” feature that addresses a completely different issue!

Bob Ankosko  |  Sep 14, 2014  |  0 comments
Soundbar pioneer Zvox demonstrated its new Platinum Series SoundBase systems designed to support TVs as large as 80 inches. The line includes three low-profile models: the 30-inch-wide model 570 ($400), 36-inch model 670 ($500), and 42-inch model 770 ($700).