Archive for September, 2008

AV Toolbox Introduces Three New v1.3 HDMI Products

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

ERLANGER, KY, September 17, 2008—AV Toolbox has added three new v1.3 HDMI products to the line-up. The three new products consist of the AVT-6041 four input HDMI switcher, the AVT-6071 HDMI Multi-Format Switcher/Scaler and the AVT-6114 four output HDMI Signal Splitter. All models are available for immediate shipment. (more…)

OmniMount Introduces Motion40 Motorized Mount

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Manufacturer also offers dealers aggressive new pricing on existing Motion52 model.

Phoenix, AZ – September 16, 2008 – OmniMount, the leading global manufacturer of mounting and furniture solutions for residential home entertainment, today announced the availability of the Motion40, a new remote-controlled motorized cantilever mount for medium-sized flat-panels, as well as an enticing price cut for its existing Motion52 model, which can handle the most popular large flat panel sizes. Together, the Motion40 and Motion52 comprise OmniMount’s compelling MotionPicture Series. (more…)

Richard Gray’s Power Company Provides Remote Access to Dealers with Extender IP

Monday, September 15th, 2008

RICHARD GRAY’S POWER COMPANY PROVIDES REMOTE ACCESS TO DEALERS WITH EXTENDER IP

The Extender IP provides useful and time-saving diagnostic features that allow RGPC dealers to identify and fix some problems without making a costly service call. (more…)

Paradigm’s Reference Signature SUB 25 has Brains to Match its Brawn

Monday, September 15th, 2008

PARADIGM REFERENCE SIGNATURE SUB 25 HAS BRAINS TO MATCH ITS BRAWN

A range of features, such as universal input power, Power Factor Correction and optional integration of room correction technology, make the new subwoofer as smart as it is powerful. (more…)

Boston Acoustics Announces Representative and Distributor of the Year

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Boston Acoustics Announces Winners of Its First-Annual
“Representative of the Year” AND “Distributor of the Year” Awards

– Winners Publicly Recognized at CEDIA 2008 –

Denver, CO, September 12, 2008 — Boston Acoustics, Inc., world-renowned manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, recognized the contributions of its valued distributors and representatives at CEDIA 2008 with the presentation of its first annual “Representative of the Year” and “Distributor of the Year” awards. The winners, respectively, are Solutions Development, Inc. from Minnesota, and Easy Access, from Massachusetts. The awards were presented on Wednesday, September 3rd at the Denver Marriot City Center. (more…)

Wisdom Audio’s Award-Winning High-End Sage Series Audio Systems Now Shipping

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

CARSON CITY, Nev., Sept. 11, 2008 — After a tremendously successful 2008 CEDIA Expo, Wisdom Audio (www.wisdomaudio.com), the leader in planar magnetic technologies, is proud to announce that its new award-winning Sage Series high-end architectural and freestanding speaker systems is now available to ship to new dealers. The acclaimed Sage Series’ L75i speaker won a Residential Systems Magazine 2008 Resi Award in the “Speakers – On-Wall or In-Wall” category during the recent CEDIA Expo. (more…)

TV One Shipping Upgraded C2-2000A Series with HD-SDI Capabilities

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

TV One Shipping Upgraded C2-2000A Series with HD-SDI Capabilities

ERLANGER, KY, September 10, 2008—TV One has taken product diversification up a notch with the addition of HD-SDI to five of the ten units in the newly upgraded C2-2000A series. These units now feature HD-SDI along with DVI resolutions of 1900×1200 or 1080p/60. The group of ten consists of two Universal Switcher/Scalers, Four Switcher/Scalers and four Down Converters. The units are all available for shipment. (more…)

Runco launches the world’s first in-wall video display featuring cinewide

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

RUNCO LAUNCHES THE WORLD’S FIRST IN-WALL VIDEO DISPLAY FEATURING CINEWIDE

The CineWall™CW-95HD offers CEDIA professionals an installer-friendly, in-wall HD projection display with Runco’s CineWide™ 2.35:1 cinema experience. (more…)

T.H.E. Show at CEDIA – Piero Gabucci – September 9, 2008

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

 “T.H.E. Show” has for the last couple of years taken space near CEDIA very much as they have each year in Las Vegas for CES. Although not very large at all and predominately known as a 2-channel show, this year it was held at the Denver Athletic Club a mere two blocks from the convention center.

A modest show with 3 rooms it included; Martin Logan, Magnepan, Audio Research, Professional Home Cinema, 3LCD, Stewart Filmscreens, Ayre Acoustics, and more.

At the time of my arrival the Magnapan room shared with Audio Research was unavailable with a photo shoot which left the Martin Logan/Ayre Acoustics/ASC room my first demo and what a delight. Martin Logan’s new CLX electrostatic speakers which start around $20,000/pair, visually dominated the space painted in bright red.

The CLX is a 57” curvilinear line source with a double diaphragm. They delivered delicate, clean and a rich dynamics, all through some awesome components from Ayre including a pair of MX-R mono amplifiers. The highly respected C-5xe universal player and the new K-1 preamplifier delivered an elegant presentation.

I walked into a full-throttle surround sound demonstration with PHC, Professional Home Cinema rocking the room. Ironically enough, they are known for some very large hulking speakers that look and sound like they could easily fill a commercial theater. Thousands of watts of power and a beautiful picture care of a Digital Projection on a Stewart Filmscreen showed the absolute best a home theater can sound.

Attendance overall at CEDIA this year was down but exhibitors at T.H.E. Show were enthusiastic about the crowds filling their rooms and anticipate it growing, so look for them in Atlanta next year!

 

Daily Blog – Adrian Wittenberg – September 9, 2008: CEDIA POST-SHOW REPORT.

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

I had a great time attending CEDIA this year.  The pacing of it was very relaxed and the show floor wasn’t that crowded.  In fact, most of the manufacturers were pretty calm about things and they simply showed off their latest iterations of products that raised the bar on quality or lowered the price to the consumer through efficiencies and cost savings in the manufacturing process. 

Blu-ray, having been the declared winner of the format war that was still right in the middle of its battle during CES didn’t have an elaborate booth to show off BD-Live or Bonus view with and there was merely a section of the Sony booth displaying a few informational placards here and there.  Blu-ray was the defacto standard at the show for displaying high detail content though as many booths used a Playstation 3 or some stand alone player to show off their displays or screens.  I was a bit amused during a press conference when Sony announced a 400 disc mega changer in the works.  Certainly the price of Blu-ray media will have to come down a ways before a product like that will become attractive.  In fact, some manufacturers such as Toshiba weren’t ready to buy in to Blu-ray just yet as they thought that it represented only a small piece of the pie and other forms of receiving content such as via high speed downloads would compete for just as much attention in the near future.

There were a lot of other cool products to see at the show though but not many of them were heading into new frontier.  Most of the manufacturers were releasing products that kept up with the latest technologies such as the latest lossless sound codecs or the latest trends such as in-wall speakers or subs.  There were a few exceptions to this such as Mitsubishi’s booth which had a demonstration of their 3d technology present in their DLP displays.   I found it to be very novel while playing video games to see the hero character virtually hover in front of me as he hacked and slashed away at the three dimensional ghouies that seemed to float in mid air.   During movies though, my eyes would often lose focus while looking through the specialized 3d glasses and it often became a strain to continue watching not to mention that I often became distracted with annoying characters that I wanted to reach out and squash.  Still, it’s something new and different and Mits gets the kudos for that.  Dolby and Audysssey also definitely get the thumbs up for their dynamic volume technologies that give regular listening levels that much more punch without disturbing the other residents of our domains.  At least half of my listening is done way below reference levels and these features are a welcome addition as they also handle abrupt changes in volumes between source material such as a broadcast movie and a noisy used car commercial.

Alas, the most enjoyable aspect of this CEDIA for myself was corresponding with all of the people who make up this industry.  Whether it be the awesome group from Paradigm who always push the envelope in quality and features, Ron Stimpson from SVS who is passionate about getting consumers great products at great prices, Jason Liao from Oppo who is determined to deliver the best player to value ratio, or all the others who I am failing to mention, these are great people who love this stuff and continue to bring it to market year after year.

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