CEDIA 2017

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Rob Sabin  |  Sep 11, 2017  |  0 comments
M&K Sound, known for its studio-quality speakers and subwoofers, was at CEDIA this week talking up some new powered studio monitors, a new slimline on-wall speaker, and a new powered subwoofer.

John Sciacca  |  Sep 10, 2017  |  0 comments
Every tradeshow has that one standout product that seems to be able to do just about everything. At this year’s CES, I gave that award to Kef’s LS50 Wireless ( read about them here) for outstanding achievement in a streaming loudspeaker. The award for most do-it-all product at CEDIA this year has to go to Meridian for its new 251 Powered Zone Controller, a product capable of satisfying the audio demands of numerous situations, and doing it all while keeping a British stiff upper lip and delivering Meridian’s world class performance.

The 251 is the latest product in Meridian’s new 200-series, and it does so much, it’s almost easier to say what it doesn’t do...

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Sep 10, 2017  |  1 comments
Newcomer Hauk Technologies hawked the company’s Signal Transparent Surface technology at CEDIA 2017 with the promise of providing a way to eliminate “the days of ugly satellite receivers perched on the roof of your beautiful home.” In my case, I live in a very, very rural area—not far from the middle of the middle of nowhere—so the only sensibilities offended by the presence of the DISH satellite TV and satellite internet antennas on the roof of my house are those of the geese and ducks during migration season. Those of you who live in more populated areas, however (especially the ones who live under the heavy burden of Homeowners’ Association rules and restrictions about such unsightly things as antennas and satellite dishes on their homes), should pay attention to this interesting cloaking technology...
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Sep 10, 2017  |  0 comments
At CEDIA 2017, NETGEAR introduced the Netgear FlexPower, ONVIF Compliant Wire-Free IP Camera System, what the company describes as “the industry’s first and only wire-free, battery-powered ONVIF-compliant camera.” The new NETGEAR security-camera system consists of two basic components...
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.

Rob Sabin  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Seymour Screen Excellence, already known for its high-quality acoustically transparent screens, used CEDIA to show off its newest generation Neo screen material.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Stewart Filmscreen’s LuminEsse is a high performance fixed frame screen that can be ordered with any of Stewart’s front projection screen materials. An optional LED light package can be added to surround the screen in a range of available colors...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  2 comments
While Epson’s ProCinema LS10500 laser-based projector isn’t new, it was upgraded via firmware earlier this year.
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.
Rob Sabin  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Sanus, after some success with its dedicated stands for the Sonos Play:1 and Play:3 speaker, will soon be adding one for the company's flagship Play:5.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
I’ve written about NuBryte before because of the company’s unique and beautiful TouchPoint color touch-screen consoles that fit in single- or double-gang junction boxes, replacing existing light switches—and the company continues to be noteworthy...
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Longer cable runs between a source and display, the latter usually a projector, are a hot topic in the custom install business and in DIY installs as well. HDMI can’t usually handle much over 25 feet of UHD over HDMI, and even that’s iffy.
John Sciacca  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Due to room layout, many homeowners opt to mount their flat panel TV over the mantle above a fireplace. And while this might work with symmetrical design sensibility and produce the right feng shui flow for the space, it almost always puts the display too high, frequently producing odd screen reflections, causing neck strain, and making viewing uncomfortable. The simple – and obvious – solution is to use a mount that can lower the TV down to a more comfortable height while viewing, but then retreat to its position above the mantle when finished. That solution is what MantleMount is all about.

Rob Sabin  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
UK-based Meridian, known for its high-end, DSP-driven self-powered loudspeakers, has created a component interface that, for the first time, allows any surround processor or preamp to drive its digital speaker line.

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.

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