CEDIA 2017

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John Sciacca  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Automation and control leader, Control4, released the latest version of its operating system this week, OS 2.10. This release expands performance and delivers a host of new features and upgrades that will be immediately available for free to dealers and customers. Much of the new update focuses on interoperability, peace of mind, personalization and audio improvements for both existing and new systems, all designed to improve customer happiness and satisfaction.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Although not associated with Stephen King and his his horror novel of the same name, smart firewall maker, CUJO, says that there are over 20 billion internet connected devices worldwide as of 2017. These devices include internet-connected TVs, refrigerators, thermostats, security cameras, home automation systems, and even baby monitors. Surprisingly, most of these devices have little, if any, security measures built-in, a situation which is essentially equivalent to leaving all the doors and windows in your home wide open with a sign on the lawn saying, “Take what you want.” If you have children in your home, there’s the additional worry of dangerous, devious, and/or deviant web sites that are waiting to be discovered by the youngsters who have access to the internet through your home network.

CUJO is a friendly looking, tabletop device with LED status “eyelids” embedded on the front. CUJO uses artificial...

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  0 comments
dARTS celebrated its recent renaming by flaunting 50 grand worth of holistically integrated surround gear in one of the show's best-sounding demos.

John Sciacca  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  First Published: Sep 08, 2017  |  0 comments
Having installed hundreds of lighting switches, dimmers, and keypads from a variety of companies over the years, it takes a lot to get me excited about lighting control installation. So when I say that the Deako smart lighting solution is totally unique and unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, I don’t do so lightly. In fact, this is one of the most exciting lighting control products I’ve ever seen, and one that revolutionizes the installation process!

Joe Palenchar  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  1 comments
Denon and Marantz aren’t playing favorites when it comes to high dynamic range (HDR) and immersive-audio technologies. And the brands are getting along with Alexa too.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  0 comments
One result of the merger of the Pioneer receiver line into Onkyo's receiver line is the spread of the D3 digital amplification pioneered by Pioneer into a greater array of price points.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Digital Projection impressed with three of its premier models for home theater buyers with deep pockets. The Insight 4K Laser, a 3-chip DLP, was shown on a screen big enough to be used in a modest multipex.
John Sciacca  |  Sep 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Founded in Denmark in 1977, Dynaudio is celebrating 40 years crafting audio products, now with a focus on the custom install market with its Studio Series. What makes the series so cool is not how great it sounds — which I’ll have to just take at their word, as the display at CEDIA was static — but the intelligent thought that went into the installation problem-solving design.

Most in-wall speaker designs give no thought to the installation process, namely that there very well could be a stud located right where you want to position the speaker. While it is usually possible to position the left and right speakers equidistant from the screen, the center channel is often a different story, with a stud usually located right where a speaker would need to be cut in.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Dynaudio celebrates 40th anniversary with a special speaker.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 07, 2017  |  0 comments
Where are the woofers in ELAC's new Adante speaker line? The camera didn't catch them because they were hiding within the enclosures.

Rob Sabin  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
The Norwegian high-end audio manufacturer Electrocompaniet was at CEDIA this year with something a little different: the North American launch of the company's EC Living wireless multiroom music system.

Al Griffin  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  0 comments
Epson is showing its new Home Cinema LS100 digital laser projector at CEDIA, a 1080p ultra short-throw LCD model capable of beaming a 130-inch picture from a distance of less than 2 feet from a screen.
Al Griffin  |  Sep 08, 2017  |  3 comments
Sure, many high-speed HDMI cables can handle 4K/60 content. But can they hack it at that resolution for distances greater than 15 feet?
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Year after year GoldenEar manages to get great results in its show demos, and this year was no exception. The new product being introduced here was the Invisa Signature Point Source in-wall speaker ($999 each)...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Harman went all out again this year with its Synthesis electronics and more JBL speakers than would fit in any domestic space sort of a McMansion.