CEDIA 2015

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Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 14, 2015  |  First Published: Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
Before EXPO, the folks at SunBriteTV told me that they would have a BIG announcement at CEDIA. Often when a company says that, it means they’ll have some sort of incremental upgrade that really doesn’t mean diddly squat for most people. SunBriteTV’s big announcement is indeed big. It’s two big announcements, actually. First of all, SunBriteTV announced two new outdoor TV models that are “among the first 4K-enabled weatherproof televisions available on the market.” The 55-inch diagonal SB-5574UHD is part of SunBriteTV’s very slim Signature Series and has a maximum depth of only 3.5 inches. The other announcement is that the 2nd 4K UHD from SunBriteTV—the SB-8418UHD—will be part of the Pro Series and will feature an 84-inch diagonal screen. Although a working prototype of the 84-inch TV (shown above) was on display, pricing and availability dates have not been announced.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  3 comments
The PlayBox isn’t hard to understand. It’s an enclosure (a.k.a., a box) that allows you to mount a Sonos PLAY:1 speaker in a recessed niche in a wall.
Kris Deering  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
Anthem debuted their latest surround processor, the AVM-60, delivering their first foray into Atmos sound. At $2999 it is also the least expensive Anthem processor to date!
John Sciacca  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
Anthem Electronics announced three new receivers at CEDIA, ranging from the entry-level MRX 520 at $1,399, to the MRX 720 at $2499, to the flagship MRX 1120 at $3,499. The new models feature many improvements over the previous generations, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (via free firmware update) for the top two, 720 and 1120 models. All models will feature network connectivity for control via a variety of automation partners such as Control4, Crestron, RTI, and URC.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
Atlantic's 3.1 HSB H-PAS soundbase may be making waves but the company is not neglecting the soundbar, conventional speaker, and in-wall categories.

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.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
Beale Street Audio’s Sonic Vortex technology is the secret sauce behind—actually, inside—the company’s in-ceiling speakers. Sonic Vortex technology turns the speaker’s integrated back box into “a compact, integrated, tuned cabinet that offers a ‘twist’ on Ported Transmission Line design by optimizing air movement” to produce stronger, deeper bass response more efficiently.
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...
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
If you hate the way AC outlet and light switch wall plates look, Canadian design company, BOCCI, can change your outlook on outlets with its series of in-wall mounting plates.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
Cambridge Audio's use of BMR flat-diaphragm drivers in its new TVB2 soundbar addresses one of the principal problems of soundbars: their limited width.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 13, 2015  |  0 comments
Our Coverage Begins Wednesday, October 14

Better late than never. CEDIA EXPO 2015—“the global showcase of the future home experience”—officially begins this week on Wednesday, October 14, with the Tradeshow portion of EXPO opening at 9:00 AM on Thursday. Normally, EXPO takes place in September; but due to scheduling conflicts, the custom install event of the year takes place a month later. Another change this year is that rather than happening in the smaller, cozier confines of Indianapolis or Denver, EXPO is returning to a city that saw some of the earliest CEDIA conventions—Dallas, Texas. We’re sending a bevy (yes, a bevy) of editors and contributors to Big D to cover the newest, the best, the most interesting, and even the most ridiculous things that’ll be announced or on display at this year’s EXPO. Starting Wednesday, make sure you check out our CEDIA EXPO 2015 blog.

If you’re not familiar with CEDIA EXPO, it’s a fascinating custom installapalooza chockablock with all sorts of vendors involved in one way or another with custom installation (CI) tools, products, devices, and systems. Although this is ostensibly a show aimed at professional installers and designers, there are usually a number of DIY systems on display, as well. Here’s a sampling of some of the more interesting things we’ll be on the lookout for...

Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 14, 2015  |  0 comments
Wednesday's CEDIA 2015 Keynote Address at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center paused just long enough to celebrate CEDIA's 25 years of success and unveil a new logo before futurist Michael Rogers took the stage. The author and consultant is MSNBC's Practical Futurist, Futurist in Residence of the New York Times, and consultant to Fortune 500 companies. "There's a certain liberty when there's a futurist in the room," he said. He then dazzled us with a cavalcade of internet-related technologies and filled the tall order of relating them to the audience of custom installers.

Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
You might not expect to see Comcast exhibiting at CEDIA but the company is here promoting the latest wrinkle to its Xfinity X1 platform—a rack-mountable box for custom installers.
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...

Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
Is your soundbar too tall for your TV? Definitive Technology has solutions in the form of two W Studio soundbars.