SAVANT Ships SmartLink and SmartAudio


Savant Systems is now shipping the SmartLink matrix switch and the SmartAudio SSA-3220, both of which were shown at CEDIA Expo 2013. Savant’s SmartLink technology is available in three versions, each with eight HDMI video/audio inputs and eight S/PDIF audio-only outputs. Integrators can select between four, six or eight HDBaseT 5Play or HDMI video and […]

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Digital Projection Ships 9K Lumen Cine 730 Projector


Digital Projection unveiled the HIGHlite Cine 1080p 730-3D at CEDIA — spec’d as a 9,000-lumen, 1080p projector. DPI’s HIGHlite Cine 1080p 730-3D projectors feature built-in HDBaseT (video, audio, control and ethernet over standard Cat5e/6), Dual Flash Processing (DFP) that enables distribution of 3D content via 60 Hz formats by frame-doubling the signal within the projector, […]

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CEDIA Announces 2013 Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Winners


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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Crestron Shows New Quiet Shade Controller


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


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


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


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 Makes Smart TVs Smarter at CEDIA


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


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


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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Is CEDIA Irrelevant?


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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rAVe Scoop: Crestron to Debut 4K HDBaseT Modules for DigitalMedia at CEDIA


Crestron will debut at CEDIA Expo a new family of HDMI over HDBaseT extenders, which transmit and receive 4K content using standard CAT5e/UTP cables. Crestron says it’s upgraded its DigitalMedia matrix switchers to handle 4K resolutions (4096×2160). The HD-EXT3-C and HD-EXT4-C are specified to support 4K content and can transmit HDMI long distances (up to […]

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BlackWire Designs Debuts New SafePlug Smart Energy Electrical Load Controller


BlackWire Designs’ latest introduction is called SafePlug 1313 Electrical Load Controller. With the ability to monitor energy consumption and control electrical loads, the new 1313 also provides automated on-off control of pumps, water heaters, HVAC, lights, fans, heaters and many other loads based on schedule, remote commands or local button pushes — all controllable via […]

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rAVe Scoop: Crestron Intros AIR Landscape Speakers and In-Ground Sub


Crestron is introducing a new series of AIR Landscape Speakers (LS4T and LS6T) and In-ground Subwoofer (IGS82T). The AIR family is weather- and water-proof, featuring either 4” or 6.5” coaxial drivers with built-in 70/100V transformers. The speakers can be attached to a post or wall, or staked directly into the ground. The Landscape Speakers, sold […]

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WyreStorm Launches Enado Control System at CEDIA, Again


WyreStorm is re-launching Enado at CEDIA Expo this week in Denver. We say re-launching because the company launched it at last year’s CEDIA. So, a year after the original launch, it’s still not shipping. Enado is an a 1U, 19″ rack-mounted controller that features 16 assignable IR ports, 8x integrated IP ports and an array […]

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Stealth Acoustics to Debut Outdoor Subwoofer at CEDIA


Stealth is integrating its B30 invisible subwoofer speaker platform into an outdoor version in the form of the completely-sealed StingRay SR430 subwoofer. It uses eight 8-inch high power cone woofers firing actively into four independent, 512-square inch, impenetrable panel faces on the sides of the environmentally protected pedestal style box. This device uses four Stealth […]

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Extra Vegetables Shows Two-Way URC Total Control module for Sonos at CEDIA Expo


Extra Vegetables has announced that the URC Total Control module for Sonos is now available from the Extra Vegetables website. By leveraging the power of URC’s Total Control Accelerator, Extra Vegetables has enabled comprehensive two-way integration via a new module. The module is simple to install and enables the following features in Total Control: • […]

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