Weekly Wrap-Up | September 15, 2014


It’s Friday, so that means it is time for the Weekly Wrap-Up. This week we are featuring a couple blog post, the latest AV People column, Barco is launching its new multi-screen theatrical format and more! Gary Kayye writes about business traveling for the recent grad and Corey Moss writes about Google Glass. Enjoy and […]

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CEDIA EXPO Shows Steady Growth


CEDIA EXPO 2014 showed steady growth in attendance and exhibitor participation. More than 480 exhibitors and 18,500 attendees from 82 countries participated in the 2014 event in Denver. Professional and overall attendance both grew by 3 percent, and the overall exhibitor footprint also saw growth with a 14 percent increase in the square footage of […]

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CEDIA Releases 2014 Market Research Findings


CEDIA has released preliminary findings from CEDIA’s annual market research report, Size and Scope of the Residential Electronic Systems Market. The report is a part of CEDIA’s research offerings, which are designed to provide CEDIA members, industry businesses and other key stakeholders with market data that will enable them to make better business decisions. The […]

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Crestron Adds Audio Streaming Box


Crestron’s new Network Stream Player (CEN-NSP-1) provides both wired and wireless options for streaming music from an iPod, iPhone or iPad to a Crestron audio distribution system. It also gives listeners the freedom to enjoy SiriusXM Internet radio without a web-enabled device. Listeners can use AirPlay to wirelessly stream music from their Apple device to […]

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CEDIA Announces 2014 Manufacturers’ Excellence Award Winners


CEDIA has announced the winners in its Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards. Honorees include 10 Best New Product winners and one Sustainable Lifestyle Product Innovation winner. Best New Product Winners: Basalte – Sentido Control4 – Control4Composer Express Crestron – 4K DigitalMedia Receiver and Room Controller Crestron – Crestron Pyng Lutron Electronics – Lutron Sivoia QS Triathlon Roller […]

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Epson Adds 3LCD Reflective Laser Pro Cinema Projectors


Epson’s new line of Pro Cinema projectors with 3LCD reflective laser technology include the PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000 4K Enhancement Projector and the Pro Cinema LS9600e Wireless 1080p Projector. Both are spec’d at 1,500 lumens of color brightness and 1,500 lumens of white brightness. Epson’s new 3LCD Reflective technology, along with the laser light source, […]

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ELAN Debuts UltraMatrix Line of Switchers


The ELAN UltraMatrix includes three lines of matrix switchers that switch analog, digital, HDMI and HDBaseT audio return inputs, along with analog, digital and HDMI outputs. Using integrated audio routing, installers can route audio from analog, optical SPDIF, coaxial SPDIF and HDMI inputs to analog, coaxial SPDIF or HDMI/HDBaseT outputs. The series flagship gMV1616 combines […]

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Crestron Intros New Motorized Shades


Crestron is demonstrating at CEDIA Expo the new Digital QMT 3 Series shade motor (CSM-QMTDC-163-1), which expands its industry-first line of brushless motors with solid-state controls. The new motor features a smaller diameter than the 5 Series (CSM-QMTDC-256-2), enabling placement in narrower window jambs and shallower pockets. Crestron says it delivers tremendous torque with virtually […]

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Control4 Introduces Composer Express for iOS and Android Aimed to Simplify Home Automation Installation


Control4 is shipping its new Composer Express, a mobile configuration tool that enables Control4 dealers to supposedly simplify and accelerate the set-up process for home automation systems. According to Control4, a technician should be able to configure most one-room home theaters quicker, or set up hundreds of devices in the most complex whole-home installations in […]

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Crestron Redesigns Handheld Remotes


Crestron introduced its new family of handheld remotes at CEDIA EXPO 2014. The family includes the TSR-302 touch screen remote, the HR-150 50-button remote, and the HR-100 34-button remote. Each model is engineered for use in different types of rooms. Functional navigation is consistent across the family of remotes, so homeowners won’t get confused as […]

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IDEAL VDV II Verifies and Troubleshoots Voice/Data/Video Cables


IDEAL NETWORKS is debuting its new VDV II Series of affordable cable verifiers at CEDIA. Available in three versions, VDV II verifiers check the integrity and detect all wiring faults in low-voltage copper cables commonly deployed in residential, commercial or industrial voice, data or video installations, including telephone wiring, LAN (CAT 5 to CAT 7, […]

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AMX Ships Alero Eight-Zone Distributed Audio Power Amplifier


HARMAN’s AMX announced at CEDIA EXPO 2014 that it’s shipping its Alero 8 Zone Power Amplifier (ALR-AMP-8). Whether listening to music in the living room, the kitchen or outdoors, Alero has multi-room distributed audio with 16 channels using a Class D amplifier technology that, when in standby power, it requires no external cooling sources to […]

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Global Caché Introduces Control Tower Online IR Database


Global Caché today at CEDIA announced the availability of Control Tower, a secure IR database in the cloud. The online database is available for integrators/installers, users and Global Caché partners. Global Caché’s products connect almost any electrical device to a Wi-Fi and/or IP network so it can be controlled, automated and maintained by network-based software. […]

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Russound Announces MCA-88X Streaming Multizone Controller Amplifier


Russound has announced the new MCA-88X Streaming Multizone Controller Digital Amplifier, an eight source, eight zone controller with built-in XStream Technology that streams content from the cloud, home network, tablets and phones, all from a single component. Scalable up to 48 zones by combining multiple controllers, the MCA-88X is part of Russound’s next generation of […]

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RTI Unveils Next Generation Control System


Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced its lineup of new products at CEDIA EXPO 2014, including a 10-inch KX10 in-wall touch panel with HDMI video, the ZW9 Z-Wave interface and the XP9 control processor featuring an HDMI output with support for on-screen display (OSD) capabilities. The 10-inch wide-scrreen (WXGA) KX10 in-wall color touch panel allows […]

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Epson Unveils 3LCD Reflective Laser Pro Cinema Projectors


Epson today announced a line of new Pro Cinema projectors with 3LCD Reflective laser technology. It includes the PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000 4K Enhancement Projector and the Pro Cinema LS9600e Wireless 1080p Projector – both with 1,500 lumens of color brightness and 1,500 lumens of white brightness. These groundbreaking projectors (these are the first home […]

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Crestron Launches Totally New Control System for the Home Called Pyng


Crestron today unveiled Crestron Pyng, an app-based control system. As we all know, so far, all home automation apps have been add-ons to control systems that are programmed using computers. Setting up a new home is streamlined by pairing Crestron Pyng accessories with the app. Accessories include Crestron wireless lighting controls, shading solutions, thermostats, and […]

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Bryston Adds CIW Architectural Loudspeaker at CEDIA 2014


Bryston’s new CIW architectural loudspeaker is designed to accommodate the requirements of newer surround formats such as Dolby Atmos, which require ceiling speakers for proper configuration. The Bryston CIW is a round coaxial design based on a 6.5-inch aluminum woofer and a 1-inch titanium tweeter. The CIW takes advantage of the same tweeter design found […]

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Atlantic Technology Intros 44-DA Speaker Module for New Dolby Atmos Sound Technology


Dolby Atmos is a new technology developed by Dolby Laboratories that adds a degree of realism to movie soundtracks. Dolby Atmos is an object-based audio format that allows sound mixers to accurately define the specific location of an audio object in a three-dimensional listening space. This represents a significant departure from the confines and limitations […]

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Torus Power Adds to Lineup Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioner


Torus Power will use CEDIA to show its AVR2 Series and entry-level TOT Series. The AVR Series is Torus Power’s top-end toroidal isolation power conditioning and surge suppression line. Designed for large-scale custom installations like home theater, automation, and audio installations, the AVR2 Series features two models: the AVR2 8 CE and AVR2 16 CE. […]

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High Hopes for CEDIA 2014


On a random side-note, has anybody really read Frank Sinatra’s lyrics to “High Hopes”? They are weird. For instance — a ram trying to destroy a hydroelectric plant? I’m coming to CEDIA this year with an open mind — and like many attendees, I really want to be blown away with a clear winning product or […]

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CHUI Brings Facial Recognition to Front Door


A start-up company debuting at CEDIA this week named Chui has combined facial recognition with advanced computer vision and machine learning techniques to make your face your key. “The great thing about your face,” says CEO and co-founder Shaun Moore, “is that you can’t lose it, nor can it be hacked or stolen.” Welcome news […]

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Stealth Acoustics Intros 305 Watt Mono Amplifier


Stealth Acoustics’ new SA255 is a 350W monaural (mono) amplifier with a variable low-pass filter and clean power at 4 ohm loads. The filter stage can be bypassed to allow for full range mono-brick operation. Built on a high-current class A/B amplifier platform from the previous 255R model, the new SA255 includes Stealth’s “Cool-Blue” back-lit […]

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Christie to Launch Home Entertainment Division at CEDIA Thursday


Christie will be showcasing a variety of three-chip DLP, one-chip DLP, flat panel and audio solutions available for home entertainment at the CEDIA Expo, exhibiting at the show for the first time in the company’s 85-year history. Using DCI and alternative 4K content, the 1,200-square-foot booth features a premium home-entertainment theater where audiences will enjoy […]

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Russound Announces New MCA-66 and MCA-88 Digital Multizone Controllers


Russound’s latest upgrades to its MCA series of controllers come in the form of the MCA-66 and MCA-88. Both units feature streaming of Bluetooth content streaming from phones and tablets; the ability to listen, control and share sources through three digital inputs; updated IR code libraries to control any AV source; and expandability to as […]

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OSD Audio Debuts Black Series Architectural Loudspeakers at CEDIA Expo 2014


OSD Audio today announced a new speaker line called the Black Series, comprising of 18 models including ceiling, wall, LCR and dual-tweeter units switchable for Single-Point Stereo and Surround applications. While positioned firmly at the high end of OSD’s speaker offerings, the company says the the Black Series is also competitively priced. Available in three […]

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