CEDIA Announces 2013 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Winners

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CEDIA has posted the winners of the annual Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet announced Saturday night at CEDIA Expo. The honorees included over 40 winning projects in the Designer Awards competition, 14 Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards winners, one new inductee into the CEDIA Fellows program, and the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Also honored were the year’s […]

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CEDIA All Good for 2013

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CEDIA EXPO 2013 experienced positive gains in attendance, exhibitor participation, and training registrations. More than 470 exhibitors and 17,900 attendees from 84 countries participated in the 2013 event in Denver. Professional and overall attendance both grew by 6 percent while new exhibitor participation grew by 20 percent and first-time attendees increased by 50 percent year […]

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Acurus Unveils Aries Integrated Amplifier at CEDIA 2013

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Indy Audio Labs, owners of audio brands Aragon and Acurus, unveiled a new 2.1 Integrated Amplifier named “Aries” at CEDIA Expo last week. The Aries is the latest Acurus product to be added to the company’s lineup of amplifiers, pre-amps and home theater processors. All Acurus models are web-enabled for Ethernet control as well as […]

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AMX Adds Fiber to Enova Line

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At CEDIA Expo 2013, AMX introduced the new DXLink Fiber components that offer the ability to distribute video content (including HDCP content) up to 10 kilometers (six miles) away. Features include 10 Gbps data rate, field serviceable fiber modules, identical board sets throughout the entire switcher line, built-in Gigabit Ethernet switch and single-mode and multi-mode […]

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Sony Home Theater Products Emphasize Quality Experience at CEDIA 2013

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By Phil Wright DisplayDaily Sony at CEDIA Expo 2013 introduced its latest home theater products for the custom install market. Foremost among the company’s three new front projector offerings is the VPL-VW1100ES 4K home theater projector (see photo). The latest Sony 4K Ultra HD projector delivers 2,000 lumens for use with screen sizes up to […]

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Crestron Announces Integration Award Winners at CEDIA EXPO 2013

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Crestron named its 2013 Integration Award winners during a special ceremony at CEDIA EXPO 2013. Now in its ninth year, the Integration Awards spotlight projects featuring Crestron technology. This year, Crestron received a 50 percent increase in entries from dealers in 18 states, plus the British Virgin Islands, Canada, Mexico and Taiwan. Top honors in […]

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So Close! Why True “Smart” Residential Power Management Needs to Happen

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Last week I received a press release from BlackWire Designs about its new SafePlug Smart Energy Electrical Load Controller. My high hopes came crashing down through the floor as I realized it was just one more broken smart power solution to be tossed onto the slag heap along with: Belkin Wemo, BlueBolt, ube (remember them?), […]

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CEDIA 2013: Day 1 Impressions

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There’s no question that the theme for this year’s CEDIA Expo is, “We’re going commercial.” What? Yep, the HomeAV’s annual trade show is full of ProAV gear. It’s all over the place. In small ways — like Draper showing its VTC camera-lift systems and in big ways where AMX and Crestron are showing as much […]

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CORE Brands Offers Korus Line to CI Channel

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Core Brands’ new whole-home Korus audio matrix controller is available via the CI channel now. Korus is a whole-home system based on DTS Play-Fi technology for wirelessly streaming music to architectural speakers simultaneously from multiple sources such as iOS, Android and Windows mobile phones and tablets, as well as Windows computers. CORE says it’s also […]

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Crestron Shows New Quiet Shade Controller

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At CEDIA this week Crestron is lowering the volume on its shade motors with a new Digital QMT (Quiet Motor Technology) motor and a power supply (CSA-PWS10S-HUB-CAEN) that supports up to ten motorized shades and provides integrated diagnostics and controls. The Digital QMT motor can operate Crestron window shades of any size and the company […]

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Stealth Acoustics Allows for Custom Finishes of StingRay Flat Speaker Line

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Stealth StingRay speakers are available in five standard finishes including black, white, sandstone, graystone and greenstone. These standard finishes, along with the new aluminum look of Element line will fill most project needs right out of the box, but Stealth is now adding “custom” to their color options. You can customize any StingRay speaker or […]

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JVC Debuts Entirely New Home Theater Projector Line – All 4K Capable

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JVC Professional today announced a new line of home theater projectors that incorporate a new imaging device, upgraded version of the company’s e-shift technology, 4K source compatibility and a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture. The entire line is D-ILA based and has a new wire grid polarizer. JVC has also added a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture […]

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The Lutron Design Collections Offer Homeowners More Fabric Choices

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Lutron Electronics has announced the availability of The Lutron Design Collections — more than 1,500 redesigned, high-fashion fabrics and materials for the company’s motorized shade family of products. The move comes after the company said it identified a market need to offer stylish and fashion-forward options at a variety of price points. New additions to […]

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Crestron Launches Modules Store for Crestron Control Systems

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Whether Crestron dealers and partners need a module to drop into a Crestron system or want to sell one they have designed, the new Crestron Application Market (ApplicationMarket.Crestron.com) is the place to go. Crestron Partner Modules are created specifically to support popular AV, security, lighting, HVAC and other diverse products using Crestron’s RS232 and IP […]

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Nest Adds API-Based Developer Program – Hints at Getting into Control System Market for the Home

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Today at CEDIA, Nest Labs, the Apple-like HVAC Wi-Fi-based HVAC controller, announced plans to begin working with developers on creative ways to connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat through integrations such as home appliances, lighting and home automation. By introducing a Web API, Nest is taking the first step toward working with partners to build a simple, secure and connected experience for […]

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Crestron Makes Smart TVs Smarter at CEDIA

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Crestron has announced at CEDIA today that it is building the Crestron control system interface into SmartTVs as an app – starting with Samsung and Sony – eliminating the need for a touch panel. Available soon, the Crestron App for Samsung Smart TV enables Crestron system owners to control AV, lighting, shades, climate and more […]

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New, Energy-Saving Features Added to Lutron HomeWorks QS System

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Lutron Electronics today announced three new features for its HomeWorks QS total home control system.  RF SoftSwitch Module Switches large loads, like landscape lighting, pumps, and gates, without any wear on the relay, and without the need for multiple devices Can switch an entire branch circuit of lighting, up to 16A, from Pico wireless remotes, […]

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Your Next Competitor is Staples as It Enters the Control Market Selling HomeAV, ProAV and IT Gear

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At CEDIA, Staples, the world’s largest office products company and second largest Internet retailer, announced Staples Connect — an exclusive offering that lets customers’ home or office technology interact and be controlled by a single app. Staples is promoting it to end-users as: “With the touch of a button, Staples Connect lets customers shut down […]

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Yeah!!! ihiji ConnectNinja Eliminates the Need for VPN or Unsecure Port Forwards

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ihiji at CEDIA today announced the release of a new feature enhancement called ConnectNinja. Available now, ConnectNinja allows authorized network technicians simple and secure remote access to troubleshoot and configure their client’s devices and networks through the ihiji invision web portal. ihiji invision, a cloud-based remote network management system, simplifies the work of IT Professionals […]

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Digital Projection Intros 1080p LED Titan

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At CEDIA, Digital Projection International (DPI) announced the TITAN 1080p LED 3D projector, which the company says is the world’s first combination of 3-chip DLP imaging and solid-state LED illumination. Utilizing Texas Instruments’ DarkChip DLP technology, DPI’s new TITAN 1080p LED 3D is spec’d at 2,000 lumens and lists for $79,995. The benefits of LED […]

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Tripp-Lite Adds Surge Suppressor with Two USB Ports and Clamps

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Tripp-Lite has expanded its line of surge protection products with the introduction of the new TLP606DMUSB Protect It! Surge Suppressor — a new economical surge suppressor that features built-in clamps that attach to the sides of desks, workbenches and tables for better accessibility to outlets. It also has two USB ports for charging and powering […]

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SAVANT Adds Wi-Fi Power Management Products to SmartEnergy Lineup

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At CEDIA, Savant Systems introduced three power management products in its SmartEnergy product line. The SmartEnergy products are primarily focused on energy monitoring, and these new devices bring Wi-Fi connectivity to the lineup. Installers and end-users can now access SmartEnergy monitoring and control features with simple plug-in modules. The three new energy management products include […]

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Is CEDIA Irrelevant?

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The annual CEDIA Expo is the industry’s premier HomeAV trade show, where every major manufacturer of home automation, whole-home audio and video distribution systems, HDMI gadgets, HDTVs, projectors and set-top boxes convene annually to show their new stuff. And, the 2013 edition opens this week in Denver, Colorado. We have a handful of reporters there […]

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