CEDIA 2015

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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...
Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 20, 2015  |  0 comments
Monitor Audio has applied knowhow from its flagship line of freestanding speakers to the new CP-IW260X and CP-IW460X speakers, which use the company’s latest drivers in a “super compact” three-way in-wall configuration only 4 inches deep.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 19, 2015  |  0 comments
KEF's October 16 press event at CEDIA 2015 firmed up its already formidable loudspeaker lines with new in-walls and in-ceilings, some of them THX certified, as well as refinements of existing products and new portable audio goodies.

Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 18, 2015  |  1 comments
It’s been a few years since I checked out motion seating (had a butt massage) at an electronics tradeshow so I stopped by the Jaymar booth at CEDIA 2015 to experience the “world premiere of new luxury D-Box motion-enabled seating.”
John Sciacca  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
The one thing that nearly every home in the country has been wired with is good o’le RG6 coax cable. This is traditionally used for off-air antenna, cable TV or satellite video distribution, but now the smart guys at Metra Home Theater Group have introduced the M3B Metra Multimedia Broadcast system to utilize this existing cabling to create a low cost, incredibly scalable HDMI matrix distribution system.

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
One of the things I dislike about most dedicated multiroom wireless music systems (i.e., Sonos, HEOS, Bluesound, etc) is that the only way to control them is through an app on a smart device, unless you’ve integrated the components into a larger whole-home control system, such as Control 4. Nuvo aims to eliminate that annoying lack of tactile control with its new P10 Keypad, a wall-mounted keypad utilizing Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), that provides “quick access to the system’s basic functions, including volume/mute, play/pause, next/previous track navigation, as well as a “Favorites” button that allows the user to quickly scroll through up to five of their preset favorites at the preferred volume.” The Nuvo P10 will be available in three choices of finishes (white, light almond, and nickel) and is expected to begin shipping in November. Pricing was announced.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
You may not have heard of the networking component-making company, Edimax, but that’s to be expected because the majority of what the company has made in the past has been targeted at commercial use or has been sold under other companies’ brand names. Edimax is starting to bring more of its own branded devices to the market, one of which will be the new SP-2110W, a very small Wi-Fi smart outlet switch with power metering capabilities. Of course, Wi-Fi-based smart outlet switches aren’t a new concept. Edimax’s SP-2110W, however, is one of the smallest such switches that I’ve seen so far. Its rounded, shallow design is much preferable to the standard wall wart-style of most smart switches available from other companies today. The SP-2110W is controlled by Edimax’s app and is capable of email push notifications of on/off status, as well as real-time power-usage statistics. MSRP is expected to be under $30 with availability in early 2016.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 18, 2015  |  First Published: Oct 17, 2015  |  1 comments
Behind this innocuous photo is one of the most exciting demonstrations I had at this show, a demo of a technology and not a specific product. For several years now DLP has faded a bit from its glory days in home theater projectors (it continues to be big for business and theatrical presentations). LCOS and LCD have ruled the roost, particularly from the trio of Epson, JVC, and Sony.

The chip at the right in the photo is TI's big 4K DLP chip, widely used in 3-chip theater projectors. On the left is a new, smaller "4K" chip...

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
There are both advantages and disadvantages to acoustically transparent screens. On the downside they reduce screen gain as some of the light passes through them rather than contributing to the brightness of the image. They also affect the sound, however slightly, in much the same way (though sometimes more significantly) as grill on a speaker. And their lack of a completely smooth texture can reduce resolution, which will be even more important with 4K than with 1080p HD.

On the upside they position the sound to best support the picture on the screen...

Kris Deering  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments

Legacy Audio had a static display at CEDIA this year but that didn’t stop visitors from swooning over the gorgeous finishes of their latest offerings including the new on-wall/in-wall Silhouette pictured. This beauty features their flagship AMT tweeter and Silver/Graphite midrange.

John Sciacca  |  Oct 16, 2015  |  First Published: Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
While the best Dolby Atmos systems arguably feature speakers placed in or on the ceiling over the listening position, sometimes that isn’t possible. Whether it is due to wiring issues or ceiling construction, if you can’t place speakers over your listening position, that doesn’t mean that you are out of luck when it comes to enjoying Dolby Atmos. And for MartinLogan speaker owners, the new Motion AFX Atmos Enabled Speaker lets them simply place the module on top of their existing speakers to still enjoy the benefits of this next generation, immersive surround audio format.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
People who walked in to the GoldenEar sound room at CEDIA 2015 sat down eager to hear a Dolby Atmos setup anchored by the Triton One tower speakers in the front of the room. Despite the presence of those floorstanders, all of the speakers used for the Atmos demonstration were in the ceiling—including the left, right, and center. Only the new Supersub XXL was operating on the floor.
John Sciacca  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
If you haven’t heard, DTS Play-Fi is a housewide wireless audio streaming solution making a heavy play to take a bite out of the Sonos’ pie. Play-Fi's technology has been licensed by many partners including Definitive Technology, Polk Audio, MartinLogan, Paradigm, Anthem, McIntosh and more. However, because the Play-Fi system is so reliant on the smart device - iOS or Android, phone or tablet - that is currently controlling it, there has been no way to integrate any of the Play-Fi products with third party control. Until now.

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.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Oct 17, 2015  |  0 comments
These lucky showgoers (probably weary AV scribes worn out from a hard day spend pounding the keys) catch a few winks before getting back to the grindstone.