CEDIA 2015

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Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 14, 2015  |  0 comments
Jeremy Burkhardt took the stage today on the eve of CEDIA Expo to introduce multiple new products for the already massive Origin Acoustics architectural speaker product line. Notable among the bunch are two in-ceiling subwoofers that use a flexible “bass tube” to port bass from a separate enclosure containing dual-voice-coil 6” or 8” long throw subwoofers...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
I’ve long preached against mounting a flat screen over the fireplace, but the concept is so beloved by interior designers that the trend continues unabated. There have been several motorized HDTV wall mounts on the market that move out and down to position the set into a more comfortable position for viewing, but they have ranged from pricey to higher than the cost of the set itself.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
You couldn't even approach the Paradigm sound room without noticing the imposing Concept 4F speaker standing mutely outside.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  1 comments
The maybe-up-and-coming Auro-3D surround format shared its demo room with PMC, the Britain-based Professional Monitor Corporation, which showed the largest monitor we have ever seen.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  1 comments
Polk's Omni Collection of DTS Play-Fi devices brings wireless connectivity to surprisingly good-sounding compact audio products, a soundbar, an amp, and a preamp.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
Quantum Media showed its full RGB 4K laser projector. The booth was too dark to get a good shot of it, but it’s large (and loud) enough to deserve a small projection booth of its own. In its 4K guise it will cost you between $150,000 and $200,000...
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  2 comments
Perfectionist speaker brand Revel is taking a good-better-best approach to marketing, with the new Concerta 2 occupying the entry-level part of the spectrum, joining the step-up Performa 3 and step-way-up Salon.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
I finally was able to make it by the Rosewater Energy Hub booth on the EXPO floor earlier today. RoseWater says the Energy Hub is “the first all-in-one residential and light commercial power solution to integrate three capabilities into one platform to serve the entire needs of one premises. The Hub protects all home and office electronics by delivering clean and conditioned power and offers seamless and total system integration using a dual inverter system. With everything integrated into the Hub, prewired and tested upon delivery, the potential for installation and set-up problems are greatly reduced.” While that’s a mouthful, the Energy Hub is essentially a surge suppressor, power conditioner, and UPS backup power supply for your entire house. It can also serve as a power manager by integrating alternative sources of power, such as solar and wind, into your home along with traditional AC from the power grid. This tower of power is more sophisticated than that simple description, however; and a peek inside the rack reveals designs and parts suitable for long-term industrial use. You have to have money to get all this power, though. The two-rack system on display with its included advanced lead-acid batteries runs approximately $80,000. RoseWater Energy Hubs are available for order and shipping now. It seems expensive—oh, what the hell am I saying? It is expensive. Really, really, really expensive. All it takes, however, is a few days of suffering through a major power outage or incurring a serious loss from a lightning strike to become aware of how valuable electricity is. The RoseWater Energy Hub is certainly worth the money. I just wish I could afford it.
John Sciacca  |  Oct 14, 2015  |  0 comments
Russound expands its XStream whole-house wireless audio systems with the introduction of the XZone4 four-stream/four-zone audio system, XSource streaming audio player, and XTS color in-wall touchscreen controller. All of these new components are designed to expand the capabilities of Russound’s XStream wireless audio systems.

Rob Sabin  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  First Published: Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
Salamander Systems is at CEDIA offering up a variety of enhancments to its furniture and accessory line, among them a new roll-out component rack system for its cabinetry, a new high quality premium leather offering for its theater chairs, and the slim-profile lowboy pictured above.

SV Staff  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  0 comments
A collection of random photos from the show floor. Gotta love the "lunar module" booth.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
Screen Innovations, or SI as it is more commonly known today, made its mark with ambient light rejecting screens. But it has a few more tricks up its sleeve.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
This isn't the best way to showcase the best image quality your screen can provide, even it it's a light rejecting design.
John Sciacca  |  Oct 14, 2015  |  0 comments
Part of the expense of many distributed audio systems is the proprietary hardware required to make them work. Simpfony is looking to turn this model upside down by leveraging standard hardware for other companies to deliver flexibility, affordability and ease of use while still delivering a terrific user experience.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  1 comments
According to Sony, an expected 100,000,000 4K displays are expected to be sold worldwide by 2017. Not all of these will come from Sony, but the company certainly covets its share. And while flat screen sets will make up the bulk of these sales, CEDIA is not a show at which a mass of new flat screen sets is introduced. That’s CES. The displays featured at CEDIA are invariably projectors.

And Sony showed three new 4K projectors at the show...