CEDIA 2015

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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.
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.

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.
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.
John Sciacca  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
Movie server giant, Kaleidescape, looks to definitively answer the question, “How do I get content for my new 4K TV?!?” with the launch of the company’s third-generation movie store which will feature the largest selection of full-resolution, 4K Ultra HD titles for download and viewing on the company’s new line of Encore players and servers.

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.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
Klipsch is expanding its recently introduced Reference Premiere speaker line by adding new wireless powered models, based on the WiSA wireless standard, and piecing them together into full systems.

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.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
The paired active and passive drivers on GoldenEar Technology's new SuperSub XXL are "inertially balanced both horizontally and vertically," Sandy Gross told showgoers.
John Sciacca  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
DISH continues to expand the Hopper ecosystem with its new 4K Joey, expected to arrive by November. The new player features an ultra-slim form-factor that can slip behind a wall-mounted flat panel TV and will cost DISH subscribers only $50 to upgrade and carry the same monthly fee as current Joeys, so there is no reason for DISH subscribers not to grab one!

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
At Sonance’s press conference this morning, Jack Hill, the company’s Director of Marketing, detailed the expanded capabilities of Sonance’s DSP amplifiers with built-in SONARC (Sonance Advanced Room Correction). Sonance currently offers over 600 specifically designed DSP presets already preloaded. The DSP amps also include a built-in 10-band parametric EQ that allows for additional, optional DSP customization. The three amps in the series—DSP 2-150, DSP 8-130, and DSP 2-750—sell for $900, $2,750, and $1,500, respectively.

Esteemed members of the press (even me) were given a hands-on demo of the new Surface Mount from Sonance’s sister company, iPort. Surface Mount is a special mounting system that allows for...

Bob Ankosko  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
Despite all the hoopla over the new immersive surround-sound formats, stereo is still very much in the mix at Pioneer’s CEDIA exhibit, where the company is spotlighting a limited-edition reference-grade headphone, portable digital audio player, and stereo receiver with networking and high-resolution playback capabilities.
Rob Sabin  |  Oct 15, 2015  |  0 comments
LG Electronics is showing an expanded line of OLEDs at the CEDIA Expo, including aggressive pricing for new 4K models with HDR (high dynamic range) capabilties and a new 55-inch entry level 1080p model that’ll sell for less than $2,000 this holiday season.

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