Archive for August, 2008

Daily Blog – Piero Gabucci – August 31, 2008: CEDIA September 4-7.

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

CEDIA 2008 in Denver is just around the corner, next week in fact and I feel corny enough to say I’m really looking forward to it, again. Firstly it’s really nice to see and spend time with the other staff at Secrets scattered around the country. Although the show is exhausting to cover, we all look forward to working together to bring the latest and greatest, along with a few anecdotes and some humor.


I also enjoy meeting many of the great people in the industry from the PR companies to the manufacturers themselves who put so much effort into these shows.


Call me stuck in the 70’s, but I’m looking forward to seeing the Doobie Brothers sponsored by SpeakerCraft and Monster Cable.


Hopefully along the way we’ll experience some great demonstrations both in video and audio, have some terrific dinners, drink some amazing wines, walk miles, and spend as little time in shuttles as possible.


As much as we want to cover it all, by all means if there are those of you that want to hear about anything specific, tell us and we’ll find it for you.

Stereostone’s New Fountain Speaker Now Shipping

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 28, 2008 — StereoStone, Inc. (, a leader in American-made architectural outdoor weatherproof speakers, is proud to announce that its new Fountain Speaker is now shipping. StereoStone will also feature the working water fountain at the 2008 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 4-7 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth 223. With a MSRP of $599.95, StereoStone’s Fountain Speaker is a high-performance 250 Watt audio system. (more…)

Phoenix Gold® Launches New Four-Level True-Spec Accessory Series

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 28, 2008 — Phoenix Gold® ( is proud to announce that it will feature its new True-Spec accessory line at the 2008 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 4-7 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth 560. Phoenix Gold’s True-Spec line consists of four new series, including the 300 (good), 500 (better), 700 (best), and 900 (ultra high quality). The True-Spec Series replaces Phoenix Gold’s current accessory series and is expected to ship by September 2008. (more…)

NuVision® Launches High-Definition Amplified Cat-5 Distribution and Control System

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Scottsdale, Ariz., Aug. 28, 2008 – NuVision® U.S. Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based manufacturer of high performance 1080p Deep Black™ LCD displays, is proud to announce it will showcase its new MultiView NCMVIR46 High-Definition Amplified Cat-5 Distribution and Control System at the 2008 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 4-7 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth 950. The NCMVIR46 is a six zone, four high-definition source amplified distribution, matrix, and control system scheduled to ship Q1 ‘09. (more…)

Wisdom Audio Launches L150i Reference Line Source In-Wall Speaker for Sage Series

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev., August 28, 2008 — Wisdom Audio (, the leader in planar magnetic technologies, is proud to announce that it will debut its new L150i reference line source in-wall speaker system at the 2008 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 4-7 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth SR-16. The L150i is the tallest line source within the new award-nominated Sage Series. (more…)

Daily Blog – Ross Jones – August 28, 2008: REALLY WIRELESS SPEAKERS?

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

One of the questions I am asked by friends is whether they can use “wireless” speakers. The issue comes up mostly when it comes to surround speakers. I understand why people ask; they can visualize putting traditional left/right speakers near their display, and putting a center channel speaker along the same wall near the amp/receiver makes sense to them. But those pesky surround speakers are a problem, visually, aesthetically, and most-of-all, how do they run wires to them?

While there are currently several solutions for wireless speakers, they pose numerous issues. Sound-quality tops the list, but for some folks more interested in the convenience factor, that’s not a deal breaker. The real issue is that wireless speakers require power to drive them, and since they are not getting a signal from speaker cable, that power comes from an AC line (generally via a wall wart). Which means . . . you need to run a cable from the speaker anyways, plus it needs be located near a wall outlet. If someone figures out how to drive a quality speaker with a wireless signal that doesn’t also make you glow in the dark, the world will beat a path to their door.

Daily Blog – Adrian Wittenberg – August 26, 2008: BRIGHT BLU FUTURE.

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

While browsing through Blu-ray announcements lately, quite a few of them got me excited about the steam that BD has been picking up and the way the format is developing.

For instance, movie studios such as Pixar are starting to implement BD-Live and content will be seen on  WALL-E and more of Pixar’s upcoming releases.  Hellboy 2 is going to have an interesting use of BD-Live with a feature that allows download of screenshots to make a custom video comic book.  3-D films have been coming to the theaters and now companies like Phillips and others are working on bringing that same technology to Blu-ray players.  Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight when it is released will reportedly include the 2:4 IMAX aspect ratio which has added detail.  Finally, more and more newer BD releases are including the lossless HD audio tracks on the disc as well as getting quality video treatment.

NetStreams® DigiLinX Now Integrates With Qsonix™

Monday, August 25th, 2008

NetStreams® DigiLinX Now Integrates With Qsonix™
Music Management Systems

Customers Can Use Qsonix User Interface to Stream Audio Over the DigiLinX Network to Different Rooms in the Home

AUSTIN, Texas and WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., | August 25, 2008 | – Qsonix™, developer of the simplest and fastest drag-and-drop user interface in digital music management systems, and NetStreams™, the global leader in networked A/V systems based on Internet Protocol (IP) standards, announced the NetStreams DigiLinX™ Audio, Video and Control system now offers integration with the Qsonix Q110 Series Digital Music Management Systems. Customers can now use the award winning Qsonix user interface to stream audio over the DigiLinX network to different rooms in the home. NetStreams will demonstrate the power and ease of the Qsonix Q110 music system integrated with their DigiLinX system in their booth #930 at CEDIA EXPO in Denver, CO. (more…)

projectiondesign’s new avielo home cinema series touts professional DLP® features

Monday, August 25th, 2008

projectiondesign’s new avielo home cinema series touts professional DLP® features

Denver, CO (CEDIA EXPO) August 25, 2008 – projectiondesign announces their new avielo series of premier home cinema DLP projectors that offer important Hollywood moviemaker capabilities to residential users. Notably, the avielo series scores on two counts. First, it provides the very latest in high performance projection technology. Second, avielo sets the pace for esthetic achievement, reflecting top-level industrial design. (more…)

SI Screens’ New Award-Winning Black Diamond Projector Screen Now Shipping

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Austin, Texas, Aug. 25, 2008 – SI ( is proud to announce that it will feature its new award-winning Black Diamond™ projector screen at the 2008 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 4-7 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth 1056. Now shipping, Black Diamond, winner of an Electronic House 2008 Product of the Year Award and a “Best of Demo Alley” award-winner during the Electronic House Expo Spring 2008 trade show, has also recently been named a 2008 CEDIA Manufacturer’s Excellence Awards Finalist. (more…)

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