World’s First 3D FIFA World Cup

Sony Corporation and FIFA have announced an agreement: FIFA will produce the world’s first FIFA World Cup in 3D (up to 25 of the 2010 matches) using Sony’s 3D professional cameras. “Global sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup are very important drivers of new technology, particularly in the TV market”, explains Tom Morrod, […]

World’s First 3D FIFA World Cup

Movie “Avatar” to Add to 3D Gold Rush

It’s the most expensive production Fox Films has ever made. Director James Cameron probably spent more than $300 million, the cost of the last “most expensive film ever made,” Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Fox teamed up with Cameron for Titanic (1997), which at the time cost a record-breaking $200 million but earned […]

Movie “Avatar” to Add to 3D Gold Rush

Extra Vegetables Launches (Or Should It Be Lunches?) AppleTV/Control4 App

A full two-way Control4 driver for AppleTV is now available from little known firm Extra Vegetables.  iTunes is the leading computer-based music server client and by providing a two-way interface with an Apple TV connected to an iTunes account (via Control4), this is now possible. Music stored in iTunes can now be selected directly on […]

Extra Vegetables Launches (Or Should It Be Lunches?) AppleTV/Control4 App

Chief Ships Fusion Pull-Out Mount

Integrated with Chief’s ControlZone leveling system, their ClickConnect mounting system and built-in cable stand, the new Chief Fusion Pull-Out mount is shipping.  At only 3.7” in depth, this mount is cool as it pulls straight out rather than simultaneously tilting.  The Pull-Out mounts extend 7” (178 mm) for easy cable access and servicing in hard-to-reach […]

Chief Ships Fusion Pull-Out Mount

A $1000 HDMI Cable! Huh?

Wireworld just debuted a $1000 HDMI cable.  There’s no better way to describe this other than simply letting you read the superlatives they used to describe this $1K wire: “The Platinum Starlight HDMI cable features molded carbon fiber connectors, the company’s unique new 24-conductor DNA Helix design with solid silver conductors, and high-speed/high-bandwidth capabilities to […]

A $1000 HDMI Cable! Huh?

CEDIA University in 2010 – Closer and More Cost Effective Then Ever!

CEDIA University has scheduled a year filled with exceptional education and training. Set the foundation for a successful 2010 by taking part in CEDIA education. From business owners to installers, CEDIA has the right course or education event to meet your needs. CEDIA has set the standard for affordable training excellence and with a multitude […]

CEDIA University in 2010 – Closer and More Cost Effective Then Ever!

Are DIY Products Are Killing Your Business? (Or Maybe Just Your Ego?)

By Linda Seid Frembes rAVe Columnist So I seem to have touched a nerve – a really, really raw nerve – when poking around about DIY whole home audio. I’d been hearing lots of good things about the Sonos ZonePlayer S5 system and thought I would investigate further. Little did I know that this would […]

Are DIY Products Are Killing Your Business? (Or Maybe Just Your Ego?)

Epson Launches Gaming-Specific Projector

Dubbed the “Ultimate Gaming Projector,” the Epson EH-TW450 is a 3LCD-based, native 720p projector rated at 2500 lumens (not ANSI though), a 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 1-1.2 zoom lens.  Although not available in the US yet, here’s the European site so you’ll know what’s coming.

Epson Launches Gaming-Specific Projector

JVC Debuts Wireless Soundbars

JVC debuted a soundbar home theater system (wireless) that features a wireless subwoofer and wireless surround speakers. JVC’s new TH-BA3, is a 280-watt, 5.1-channel surround sound system that includes a sound bar, wireless subwoofer and wireless rear speaker kit comprised of wireless left and right surround speakers and a wireless receiver. The sound bar contains […]

JVC Debuts Wireless Soundbars

Pass Labs Introduces New X260.5 Power Amplifier

At CES, Pass Laboratories will show their new X260.5 Power Amplifier, spec’d as a 260-watt mono-block amplifier aimed at improving performance by matching characteristics of the two halves of a balanced amplifier. To the extent that distortion and noise can be made to appear identical at the two output connections, the X260.5’s balanced output will […]

Pass Labs Introduces New X260.5 Power Amplifier

5 Ways CEDIA Management Conference Will Help You in 2010!

If you’re seeking out new and effective ways to bring success and prosperity to your business in 2010, CEDIA Management Conference is the first place you should look.  At this business event, taking place March 3-6 in New Orleans, LA, owners and managers will learn key principles that will help them build successful and profitable […]

5 Ways CEDIA Management Conference Will Help You in 2010!

Audio-Technica Goes Retro with New Turntable

Audiophiles are still audiophiles!  And, quality audio is still analog.  Audio-Technica’s new AT-LP60 is a fully automatic turntable system that includes a built-in phono preamp, phono cartridge, cables and accessories. Featuring the most contemporary design we’ve seen in a turntable, the AT-LP60 comes with a pre-installed phono cartridge, connecting cables, a hinged removable dustcover and […]

Audio-Technica Goes Retro with New Turntable

New Audio Preamplifier by Einstein Audio Components

Einstein Audio Components, a German designer of self-designated “premium audio components,” will launch the Tube MKII Balanced Audio Preamplifier at CES next month.  Einstein says the Tube MKII represents a new concept employing proprietary new ideas and circuitry that help it stand apart from other preamplifiers. Basically, fully balanced, it features dual-differential, dual-mono design. Einstein […]

New Audio Preamplifier by Einstein Audio Components

WHDI Finalizes Spec For Multi-Room HD Streaming

The Wireless Home Digital Interface (WHDI) consortium finalizes its WHDI 1.0 standard for streaming uncompressed 1080p video. It’s based on Amimon technology — other competing wireless technologies also offer multi-room capability but almost all use compression. The 5GHz-band technology will be demonstrated at CES in January. The finalized standard would ensure interoperability among different-branded devices […]

WHDI Finalizes Spec For Multi-Room HD Streaming

HDMI Updates Trademark and Logo Guidelines, Confuses Us Further

HDMI Licensing, LLC released updated Adopted Trademark and Logo Guidelines this month that are aimed to simplify trade marking, but remind us of the ever-perplexing color-coding “terror alert” system we see at airports. The so-called HDMI Guidelines include specific new requirements for manufacturers, distributors, retailers (that’s some of you!), and installers (that’s the rest of […]

HDMI Updates Trademark and Logo Guidelines, Confuses Us Further

Home’s Going Pro

By Gary Kayye, CTS As many of you know, the ProAV industry’s largest trade show (InfoComm) was held earlier this month in Orlando.  After walking the show floor for three days, teaching a few classes and meeting with both exhibitors and some of the more than 29,000 people (a record for InfoComm at an east […]

Home’s Going Pro

New Denon Receivers Integrate Anchor Bay Video Processing

Anchor Bay, a supplier of video-processing semiconductors (ASICs) and systems, announced today that Denon Electronics has chosen to incorporate Anchor Bay video processing chips, with the latest proprietary Video Reference Series (VRS) technologies including Precision Video Deinterlacing and Precision Video Scaling, across their newly introduced product line. Seven AVRs and one Blu-ray player, scheduled for […]

New Denon Receivers Integrate Anchor Bay Video Processing

VIA and ArcSoft Bring Full HD Audio to Home Theatre PCs

VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator of power efficient x86 processor platforms, today announced that the recently launched VIA Vinyl HD Audio codecs, the VIA Vinyl VT1818S and 1828S, are now supported by ArcSoft’s universal multimedia player, ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre.  Essential for uncompromised audio performance, VIA Vinyl HD Audio codecs support Blu-ray Disc audio content […]

VIA and ArcSoft Bring Full HD Audio to Home Theatre PCs

KRELL Releases S-1200 and S-1200U Surround Sound PreAmps

Coupling Krell preamplifier technology and the HDMI 1.3 surround formats, the S-1200 is marketed by Krell as an “ideal centerpiece for any high performance music and home theater system.” All eight S-1200U analog output stages are built to the same exacting standard and feature balanced and single-ended cable connections and Krell claims its preamplifier circuitry […]

KRELL Releases S-1200 and S-1200U Surround Sound PreAmps

Onkyo Goes Low-End

Onkyo USA, last week announced the availability of their products through Magnolia Home Theater, a division of Best Buy Company Incorporated, beginning later this year. “Having Onkyo A/V receivers and components sold though Magnolia Home Theater is one of the most exciting developments in my 15 years at Onkyo,” said Tom Ishii, Executive Vice President […]

Onkyo Goes Low-End

Da-Lite Offers New Dual-Format Imager Masking System

Da-Lite Screen Company introduces a new addition to its comprehensive line of home theater projection screen options with the launch of the Dual Format Imager masking system. In a response to the home theater market demand for even larger projection screens that can display optional format choices, Da-Lite’s new Dual Format Imager allows for sizes […]

Da-Lite Offers New Dual-Format Imager Masking System

Morel Ships SoundSpot Theater System

Morel’s new spherically designed SoundSpot Music Theatre 1 (MT 1) 5.1 speaker system finally started shipping this month. The compact and creatively styled satellite system is designed for home theaters but is better served in game rooms or media rooms where the theater experience is desired as secondary to the room because this is a […]

Morel Ships SoundSpot Theater System

rAVe Does Video (and Tweets!) at InfoComm09

With the introduction of our all-new rAVe NOW service at InfoComm last week, rAVe Publications took a major leadership position in digital publishing.  In an effort to continue to make our coverage of the AV market better and even more valuable to our readers, we launched rAVe NOW as a virtually real-time way to report […]

rAVe Does Video (and Tweets!) at InfoComm09

SurgeX Shows IP-Addressable Power Conditioner

Designed as a 20-amp, 1U rack-mount unit with eight individually controllable outlets, the new SX1120iP can be configured and managed via a Web browser to control and monitor individual outlets online. The SX1120iP monitors outlet status, current draw, power consumption and rack temperature. Email notifications can be sent based on certain conditions and thresholds. Unlike […]

SurgeX Shows IP-Addressable Power Conditioner

CEDIA EXPO 2009

CEDIA EXPO has helped create more profitable companies in the residential electronic systems industry than any other show. If you want to succeed in this industry, you’ll only find the best resources at CEDIA EXPO 2009. As the #1 show in the residential electronic systems industry, CEDIA EXPO offers the most networking, incredible special events […]

CEDIA EXPO 2009

JVC Launches Unique LCD Monitor Targeted at Digital SLR Users

Last week JVC launched a new series of monitors that they say “establishes a new category in flat panel TV design,” with a super slim LCD TV monitor that features a color space that is wider than a typical HDTV’s. The new JVC Xiview LT-42WX70 is a 42-inch, 120Hz, 1080p LCD TV monitor that targets […]

JVC Launches Unique LCD Monitor Targeted at Digital SLR Users

BenQ Releases New LED Projector

BenQ is now officially shipping their lamp-free GP1 LED Projector shown at CeBIT. It’s true it doesn’t have a lamp, but its light source is LED. Being promoted by BenQ as the world’s first pocket projector with LED technology (it’s not, though) and integrated USB video reader, the tiny 22-oz. (barely over one pound) mini-projector […]

BenQ Releases New LED Projector

Tributaries Ships Space-Saving Right Angle HDMI Adapters

Tributaries Cables has released two new models of “right angle” HDMI adapters — the HDMI-A and HDMI-B. Each measure about 0.75” wide, tall and deep. Each model is currently available individually or in bulk of 25 pieces. Both models will work with HDMI receptacles that are either up or down. The HDMI-B comes with the […]

Tributaries Ships Space-Saving Right Angle HDMI Adapters

Chief to Launch New Mini-Mount

Chief Manufacturing recently announced a new line of mini projector mounts available late summer 2009. Chief’s new Mini RPA Elite (RSMA) is a miniature version of the popular RPA Elite (RPM) projector mount, perfect for today’s smaller projectors. The mini mount features a newly designed universal projector interface bracket with convenient lamp and filter access, […]

Chief to Launch New Mini-Mount

Sunfire Shows “Coolest” Stand-Speakers EVER

Sunfire, a specialist in the design, manufacture and marketing of luxury audio/video products for the custom installation and specialty retail markets, recently announced that their CRM-STAND is now shipping. The CRM-STAND is purpose-built for Sunfire’s Cinema Ribbon Duo loudspeakers, and features the same attention to aesthetic details and acoustical performance.  Gentle curves in the column […]

Sunfire Shows “Coolest” Stand-Speakers EVER

CU On the Road @ Capitol Sales Learning Institute – Regional Outreach Events

July 12-14, 2009 • Eaglewood Resort & Spa • Itasca, IL (near Chicago) Register by June 21, 12:00 p.m. (EST) and save with early bird pricing! This is your opportunity to take part in CEDIA and Capitol Sales’ top notch education program. Gain knowledge and continuing education units (CEUs) while meeting industry experts, all at […]

CU On the Road @ Capitol Sales Learning Institute – Regional Outreach Events

Are the HomeAV and ProAV Markets on a Collision Course?

 By Gary Kayye, CTS Years and years ago, the ProAV market dominated the AV space and community.  Products would debut at commercial AV shows like NAVA, InfoComm, NSCA and even broadcast AV shows like NAB and eventually trickle on down to the HomeAV world. That all changed in the late ‘90s.  Some says it was […]

Are the HomeAV and ProAV Markets on a Collision Course?