All About the New HDMI 1.4 Spec

More than 394 million HDMI-enabled devices will ship in 2009, creating an installed base of 1 billion devices, says In-Stat. But the successful HDMI standard is about to be upgraded to Version 1.4. The HDMI spec is chasing added functionality by consumer electronics and PC makers. Says Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing LLC, “The […]

All About the New HDMI 1.4 Spec

CEDIA EXPO 2009 Registration Open!

You can now register for CEDIA EXPO 2009.  Sign-up by July 15th and take advantage of early-bird registration discounts.  Visit http://www.cedia.org/expo for all the information you need for planning your most profitable CEDIA EXPO ever. CEDIA EXPO 2009 September 9 – 13 Georgia World Congress Center Atlanta, Georgia Detailed information about education, certification, discounts, and everything going […]

CEDIA EXPO 2009 Registration Open!

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

CEDIA Technology Council’s First White Paper: “Dimming Screw-in Compact Fluorescent Lamps: Residential Applications”

The CEDIA Technology Council has written its first technical White Paper, designed to help technicians and designers become educated on the benefits, performance, correct use, and limitations of screw-in compact fluorescent lamps (siCFLs), as well as some control considerations. This White Paper is FREE to CEDIA members and non-members alike, and can be downloaded at http://www.cediacrosspoint.com, CEDIA’s […]

CEDIA Technology Council’s First White Paper: “Dimming Screw-in Compact Fluorescent Lamps: Residential Applications”

Key Digital Announces Red Iguana

This issue seems to be all about weird names and marketing-speak. Here we go again with Key Digital announcing a new line of HDMI cables called Red Iguana.  With specs like “precision internal windings” and “14.9 Gbps Super Sonic Speed,” the new line does include Plenum CL3 Rated cables and they say 12-bit color depth […]

Key Digital Announces Red Iguana

It’s Official: Sanyo Debuts Wireless HD Projector

rAVe broke this story earlier this month via sources that wouldn’t go on the record, but Sanyo has officially released a wireless HD projector. The new PLC-WXU700 is an LCD-based WXGA (1280×800) resolution, specified at 3800 ANSI lumens LAN-base projector that has one totally unique feature – wireless HD transmission and reception. By inserting a […]

NAD Launces “Paradigm Breaking” M2 Direct Digital Amp

Claiming their new M2 Amplifier is “superior to any previous digital amplifier,” NAD says the M2 is more of a digital-to-analog converter that directly drives a loudspeaker.  Capable of delivering 250 Watts of power for each channel, the M2 is rated at 500 Watts IHF dynamic power.  The M2 is priced at just under $6000. […]

NAD Launces “Paradigm Breaking” M2 Direct Digital Amp

Cabasse Shows New Altura MC Series of Floor-Standing Loudspeakers

Cabasse has announced the Altura MC, a new series of floorstanding loudspeakers that feature some weird names (but nice looking designs) such as the Iroise 3 and Egea 3. Retail for the Iroise 3 is $3,450 each and the Egea 3 comes in just over $3,000 each.

Cabasse Shows New Altura MC Series of Floor-Standing Loudspeakers

projectiondesign Launches LED-based Projector Line

projectiondesign has announced a new projector line called AVIELO that uses LED illumination (instead of lamps). The company says the first model in their new AVIELO line, the KROMA, can last for more than 100,000 hours.  They also claim that their LED technology gives “incredible contrast ratio and an image with a colour spectrum purer […]

projectiondesign Launches LED-based Projector Line

rAVe Founder to Speak at InfoComm Three Times

Don’t miss rAVe Founder Gary Kayye speaking at InfoComm: 1. Projection Summit: The first time Gary will speak at InfoComm will be (June 16th) Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. at Insight Media’s Projection Summit where he will deliver a short keynote: Not Quite Symbiotic: The display system used to be the most important part of a ProAV […]

rAVe Founder to Speak at InfoComm Three Times

VIZIO Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Funai

Seeking both monetary damages and an injunction, VIZIO has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Funai Electric Company, Ltd., a Japanese distributor of digital televisions and related components and its wholly-owned subsidiary Funai Corporation, Inc. In the suit, VIZIO, a U.S. company based […]

VIZIO Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Funai

Global Cache and NuVo Announce Strategic Alliance

IP-based control system company Global Cache and hand-held remote control company, NuVo Technologies, have formed a strategic alliance that will have them join forces in both product development and marketing.  Although no specific details were announced, it is likely that NuVo will use Global Cache’s GC-100 network adapter to allow all of NuVo’s remotes and […]

Global Cache and NuVo Announce Strategic Alliance

Shure Raids Chinese Warehouses, Finds Counterfeit Shure AND JVC Earphones

Last Thursday, Shure announced that it has struck another blow against suppliers of counterfeit Shure products.  Following an investigation initiated by Shure, officials of the Baoshan Office of the Shanghai Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) conducted raids on wholesale stores and warehouses of Han Si Appliance Co., Ltd and Run Zheng Digital Ltd on […]

Shure Raids Chinese Warehouses, Finds Counterfeit Shure AND JVC Earphones

CEDIA EXPO 2009 Registration Opens June 1st!

Mark your calendars, registration for CEDIA EXPO 2009 begins in less than one month. Starting Monday, June 1 at 8:00 a.m. (Pacific) you can register for CEDIA EXPO 2009. At this year’s show, CEDIA will be introducing several new courses, new certification exams, and will also be celebrating the association’s 20th anniversary.  Visit here for all the […]

CEDIA EXPO 2009 Registration Opens June 1st!

New e-Learning Offerings On the Way with Reduced Rates!

CEDIA University is helping students ease the burden of the economic downturn with a new suite of online courses. CEDIA has reduced rates for all e-Learning courses to $79 per course for members and $99 per course for non-members! Now through September 23, CEDIA will offer a lineup of webinars from four of the five […]

New e-Learning Offerings On the Way with Reduced Rates!

A rAVe Reader Responds to Gary Kayye’s ‘Atlanta Sucks’ Column (and More)

By Jeff Kocher Systems Designer/Sales Manager, AVIO, Inc. In our last issue of rAVe, rAVe founder Gary Kayye wrote a piece wondering why CEDIA liked Atlanta so much – to put it nicely. CEDIA member, and Atlanta-fan, Jeff Kocher of AVIO Inc. responds to that article, and some of our other news stories from that […]

A rAVe Reader Responds to Gary Kayye’s ‘Atlanta Sucks’ Column (and More)

Kaleidescape Introduces “Affordable” Mini System

Kaleidescape recently announced the availability of the Kaleidescape Mini System, which is the first Kaleidescape product to integrate a complete multi-zone Kaleidescape system into a single component, and the first to include a remote control. It is priced about 40 percent less than the regular Kaleidescape system. The base Mini System stores up to 75 […]

Kaleidescape Introduces “Affordable” Mini System

VIZIO Still #1 – Gee, thanks Walmart!

Price does matter.  VIZIO, according to iSupply, is the #1 shipper of LCD HDTVs in North America at 21.6 percent, with a 69 percent increase Year-over-year (YOY). VIZIO’s successful YOY sales includes 258 percent percent Full HD 1080p growth and also experienced quarter-over-quarter growth with 46 percent increase in Full HD 120Hz sets and 19 […]

VIZIO Still #1 – Gee, thanks Walmart!

Sonance Ships Truly Invisible Speakers

Sonance, the company that first popularized architectural, in-wall, and in-ceiling speakers, is now shipping their Invisible Speaker Series. These speakers are entirely flat and vanish into the room design. The new Sonance Invisible Series consists of three models. The SA3 and SA1.5 combine unique, variable-thickness planar flat-panel midrange/tweeters with conventional, round dynamic woofers.  The Invisible […]

Sonance Ships Truly Invisible Speakers

Futuresource Claims that 10 Percent of US and Japanese Homes will be 3D by 2012

Now more than ever, 3D is coming to the home, with backing from all major sectors of the entertainment and consumer electronics industries. 3D movie production is intensifying, cinemas all over the world are investing in 3D technologies and feedback from audiences has been highly positive, with encouraging ticket sales. Yet the ultimate goal is […]

Futuresource Claims that 10 Percent of US and Japanese Homes will be 3D by 2012

NAD Launches “Value-Level” HD Receivers

NAD Electronics last week introduced the T 747 and T 737 AV Receivers, aimed at value HD receiver buyers – a timely announcement, in rAVe’s view, considering the current economic climate – way to go NAD! The T 747 and T 737 possess everything needed to form the centerpiece of a high-definition Home Theater. Both […]

NAD Launches “Value-Level” HD Receivers

ABI Research Says Home Automation Manufacturers will Sell 2.8 Million Systems in 2011

Largely undeterred by current negative economic conditions, vendors of home automation will ship nearly 2.8 million systems in 2011, says ABI Research. Only one of the four segments of this market –luxury systems – will be significantly impacted by the recession, according to senior analyst Sam Lucero. “The luxury home automation market for systems costing […]

ABI Research Says Home Automation Manufacturers will Sell 2.8 Million Systems in 2011

Sanus Launches Another Furniture Line

Sanus Systems announces a new series within its AV Foundations furniture line scheduled for shipment in the next week. Appropriately named the “Designer Series,” this collection of AV component stands was created exclusively for Sanus by renowned industrial design firm Cramer Studio, which had previously designed the Sanus AV Foundations Component Series. To see the […]

Sanus Launches Another Furniture Line

40″ OLED Panels by 2010, Says Panasonic JV

rAVe Europe reported this week that while Panasonic is also cooperating with other partners to develop OLED technology, the Nikkei business daily in Japan says a new joint venture between Panasonic and Sumitomo Chemical aims to develop and manufacture 40-inch or bigger OLED panels by 2010. In an LCD, tiny packets of liquid crystal make […]

40″ OLED Panels by 2010, Says Panasonic JV

Sanus Releases Motorized Mount – Includes Remote Control Tilting

Sanus System is now shipping the VisionMount LMT15 Motorized Tilting Mount, the first motorized tilt mount in the HomeAV market.  The coolest feature is that the LMT15 offers automated movement by remote control, making it easy for users to adjust the viewing angle of their TVs.  In fact, the LMT15 automatically tilts to a pre-set […]

Sanus Releases Motorized Mount – Includes Remote Control Tilting

Klipsch Sells Aragon and Acurus Brands to Employees

Back in 2001, Klipsch purchased selected assets of the privately held Mondial Designs Ltd., thus acquiring the Aragon and Acurus brands of amplifiers, preamplifiers and processors.  According to Mike Klipsch, president of the Klipsch brand, Klipsch purchased the brands because, at the time, it was aggressively seeking new ways to enhance its sound experience and […]

Klipsch Sells Aragon and Acurus Brands to Employees

Pantel FINALLY Delivers 42″ Outdoor 1080p Displays

US-based Pantel, the market innovator (in rAVe’s opinion) in outdoor displays, has finally come out with an outdoor, weatherproof 1080p HDTV.  The 42-inch (PAN-420) LCD HDTV is now 1080p compliant, joining the 1080p 52- and 65-inch screen sizes. Pantel’s 1080i 20- and 32-inch screen sizes round out the most complete outdoor weatherproof LCD HDTV line […]

Pantel FINALLY Delivers 42″ Outdoor 1080p Displays

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against InFocus Board

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, InFocus said that shareholder Donald Donovan has filed a class action lawsuit against the company regarding its recent efforts to sell to Image Holdings Corporation, controlled by California entrepreneur John Hui for $39 million. Donovan is not one of the company’s largest shareholders. Donovan says the […]

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against InFocus Board

Upcoming CEDIA University Events

Take advantage of the many education opportunities listed below to enhance your business and technical skills. Intermediate EST Workshop-Taking Your Skills To The Next Level May 14, 2009 ADI – South Plainfield, NJ CU On the Road @ Capitol Sales Learning InstituteTM – Regional Outreach May 17 – 19, 2009 Dallas, TX EST Basic Residential Boot Camp […]

Upcoming CEDIA University Events

For a Limited Time Only: 1/2 Price CEDIA EST Residential Boot Camps

Get a step up on the competition with CEDIA’s EST Residential Boot Camps, which are now more affordable and accessible than ever. CEDIA’s EST Basic Residential Boot Camps are now being offered ½ priced through the end of June. Upcoming Dates include: EST Basic Residential Boot Camp May 18-20: CEDIA Training Facility – Indianapolis, IN […]

For a Limited Time Only: 1/2 Price CEDIA EST Residential Boot Camps

CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award – Deadline May 29th!

Nominate your pick for this year’s CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award! This award recognizes an individual who has exhibited outstanding, creative, innovative, and visionary leadership to the growth and advancement of the residential electronic systems industry. Nominees should be individuals who have displayed career achievements that have brought about significant industry advancement or have contributed outstanding […]

CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award – Deadline May 29th!

Speaking of Runco…

In one of the weirder press releases we’ve ever received, Runco sent out an announcement late last month “reaffirming its commitment to custom flat-panel displays” (that’s a direct quote).  The release went on to say, “Runco… has confirmed its unyielding commitment to deliver premium flat-panel displays to the custom installation industry. In a marketplace where […]

Speaking of Runco…