CEDIA 2016

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Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  1 comments
Integra announced its new flagship surround preamp processor at CEDIA.
John Sciacca  |  Sep 17, 2016  |  0 comments
Bluesound added the latest products to its wireless BluOS ecosystem with the new Pulse Soundbar and Pulse Sub. Both models are meant to add easily to a BluOS audio system, but now bring improved TV audio into the mix.

The two-channel high resolution soundbar will support audio resolution up to 192/24-bit and also support Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio streaming, another first in the soundbar category...

Tom Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
At last year’s CEDIA we reported on a new DLP imagining chip from Texas Instruments that offered one-half the pixels required for full 4K resolution. To produce 4K, the digital micromirrors first display half the pixels in the image, then microseconds later shift by a fraction of a pixel to show the others. While this is similar to the pixel shifting (a.k.a. wobulation) now used by JVC in most of its projectors (the new BLUEscent excepted), and by Epson in its laser model, TI argues that its micromirrors can shift far more rapidly.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Alcons is a company new to me, but they went all out in a Pro-for-Home, home theater setup. The speakers were a complex assemblage, with pro mid and high frequency drivers, the latter claimed to be an extremely rugged ribbon...
Tom Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
The booths at CEDIA are invariably more modest in scale than what you’ll see at CES. But in LG’s case, that’s not for lack of trying. Outside the entrance, visible on the left side of the photo here, fifteen 55-inch OLED displays were clustered closely together, their thin bezels rendering the seams between them barely visible.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Samsung’s booth was very small (the same was true of both Sony and LG—common at CEDIA as the big TV makers guard their piggy banks until CES). While nothing was truly new, they did effectively demonstrate their sound-bar based Atmos audio system, and lined up three of their flagship KS9800 curved SUHD sets to wow the crowds.
John Sciacca  |  Sep 15, 2016  |  First Published: Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Likely no audio company exhibiting at CEDIA is as well known for digital audio as Meridian. The company pioneered and was built-on the idea of maintaining an digital signal path; keeping the signal in the digital domain from source to speaker and at every step in between. And while this is terrific in an all Meridian system, it doesn’t work so well when trying to integrate with other products.

Now Meridian is releasing the new 258 eight-channel power amplifier that will allow people to enjoy Meridian’s terrific sound quality with any speaker of their choice. The new high-performance, cool-running Class D amplifier comes in a svelte 1U rack mountable chassis and is rated to deliver 100-watts per channel into 4 ohms or 70-watts per channel into 8 ohms.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
In-wall, on-wall, and other such custom installation products are a staple at CEDIA. Free-standing speakers? Not so much. Though there’s an ample supply of those (some of which we’ve written up in other show blogs), CES in January is where new box speakers go to be launched.

TruAudio’s BD-8 WT/BK encloses its 2-way speaker in a pendant designed to be hung from the ceiling...

Joe Palenchar  |  Sep 15, 2016  |  First Published: Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Speaker maker Atlantic Technology will complement its lineup of speakers and soundbars with its first wireless multiroom-audio speaker, which will feature Google Cast, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Dynaudio says the soft dome tweeter in its new Contour Series is the best one it's ever used.

Mark Fleischmann  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Montreal's Totem Acoustic is a speaker brand we haven't celebrated as often as we'd like because for many years its lines didn't reflect a surround sensibility. But CEDIA 2016 turned up two new lines—one with a center speaker, the other with an LCR—that got our attention.

Joe Palenchar  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
Denon came to CEDIA 2016 to unveil a slim-line Heos audio/video receiver that it thinks will appeal to consumers who are interested in sound bar-like convenience but who want better performance.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
In an earlier blog I suggested that SIM2 with its new Nero4 projector was the first to use TI’s new pseudo 4K chip, meaning that it uses pixel shifting on its digital micromirrors to put the full resolution of a 4K source on screen, but not all at once. Half of the resolution is presented first, then microseconds later the mirrors shift by a fraction of a pixel and the rest of the image is displayed. Sounds fishy if you haven’t seen it, but it works...
Tom Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  2 comments
BLUEscent. That’s the moniker for JVC Kenwood’s newest LCOS projector, the DLA-RS4500. Larger than it looks in the photo above, and available with or without carrying handles (I’d recommend the handles!), it’s designed around three of JVC’s true 4K LCOS imaging chips.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 16, 2016  |  0 comments
While Epson’s projector demos at CEDIA were designed to impress custom installers and the press (the latter hard to please but pussycats when you win them over), it did show this short throw projector designed for the business market...