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Go to the list of exhibitors on the Cedia expo website. Of course some manufacturers missing from that list may be exhibiting in Denver at one of the hotels near the Convention Center. Some exhibitors listed won't even show up for one reason or another.
Manufacturers are in great part recognizing that trade shows are a great waste of time and money and are not needed to reach dealers and installers. Much of the show traffic is now consumers and press. No effort is made to keep consumers out of the show any more because the show hall would be pretty empty of traffic if they did.
Of manufacturers still showing, many have downsized their exhibit space in an effort to reduce costs (read throw away less money).
If your interests are video only, you can easily see all that there is to see in one day. On Sat, the show halls are really empty and line waits are very short. Thursday is usually the busiest day but even then compared to the old days 10 years ago, the show is very sparsely attended despite any efforts to tell you otherwise by Cedia.
Now for some positives. The following projector manufacturers are exhibiting:
Digital Projection, Epson, JVC, Runco (closed to anyone not a Runco dealer or legitimate press), Sim2 (absent last year), Sony and Wolf.
Lumagen will not be showing but you should be able to find Jim Peterson somewhere at the show.
There are too many screen manufacturers showing to list. In the old days of audio, every Tom, Dick and Harry became a speaker manufacture, entry to this sector was easy. Now its HT screens because you do not need to invent any technology or invest much..
However, the field has much more capacity than demand right now and screens FOR HT USE will pretty much not be needed within 10 years or so.
Demand is already slacking. Hts in the classics sense are fading rapidly as far as new construction is concerned being replaced by media rooms which have multiple uses and use panels. I don't like what is happening but happening it is.
You think there might be a reason there will likely be no AV Science Forum party this year? It costs a lot of money and generates zilch for any sponsoring manufacturer let alone for the owners of the forum.
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Last edited by mark haflich; 08-17-2014 at 07:34 AM.