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imagic's Avatar imagic 01:34 PM 03-14-2015


Mark Henninger checks out some pricey audio and video toys at this invitation-only show held in Manhattan.

The Luxury Technology Show in New York is an event for invited guests and the press—you can't just buy a ticket to get in. Inside was a crowd of beautiful people (guests) and a number of scrubs like me (press) hustling around with our camera rigs.

On the floor, I found an eclectic mix of luxury goods. Not all of them were AV-related, but I did find products from SIM2, Vutec, Crestron, McIntosh, Sonus Faber, Technics, and a few others.

One of the most impressive displays at the show came from Fine Sounds Group, the parent company of McIntosh, Sonus Faber, Audio Research, Wadia, and Sumiko. The $140,000 system on display was up and running, cranking out tunes. Check it out in this video featuring Mike Russo from McIntosh.

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Panasonic had a sizeable booth right next to Fine Sounds Group. It dedicated most of that space to a pair of Technics systems. I wrote about the re-emergence of Technics at CES 2015, where the team played classical tracks in a silent room.

At the Luxury Technology show, the mood was much more party-like than at CES. Food and drinks were free, gorgeous models floated around on IO Hawks, and the music had a beat to it. I thought the cocktail-party vibe was a more appropriate setting for showing off the new Technics gear. Take a look at this clip where Gene Kelsey from Panasonic talks about the two systems on display.

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Crestron's systems can control just about anything, including all the gear you'll find in a dedicated home theater. Soon you'll be able to use your iPad to control anything that works with Crestron thanks to the company's new app, Pyng. Check out this short clip where Delia Hansen from Crestron describes Pyng's functionality.

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You can't have a great home theater without a good projector and a quality screen. SIM2 was at the show with its latest light cannon, the Nero3. It's an LED-lit DLP projector with a light source rated at 30,000 hours and no moving parts.

In the following clip, Alberto Fabiano from SIM2 explains how the Nero 3 solid-state projector is a viable alternative to a flat panel TV, even in a room with ambient light.

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Speaking of ambient light and front projection, the secret to getting a great image in a brighter room is in the screen. Vutec was at the event, paired with SIM2's projectors to show off how bright and contrasty front projection looks in a room flooded with ambient light—as long as you have the right screen.

Check out Andrew Clampitt from Vutec discussing the advantages of the company's SilverStar screen material.

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Whole-house audio exists at the periphery of what I typically cover for AVS, but I always appreciate a product that takes sound quality seriously. Autonomic Controls was showing its Mirage audio server and digital amplifier. Check out Michael De Nigris describing his company's distributed-audio solution.

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Luxury can often mean something different from performance. One example is a luxury TV that doubles as a mirror. Seura's Vanishing Entertainment TV Mirror is semi-reflective, and unlike competing products, the panel is right up against the mirror glass, which avoids distracting internal reflections.

Here's Jessica Yurchich from Seura discussing the new product, which debuted at the show and looked surprisingly good.

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The Luxury Technology Show offered a fun glimpse at some of the latest products aimed at affluent consumers. Much like the L.A. show I attended this past September, it was clear that everyone attending was having a good time. I look forward to the next one.


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NorthSky's Avatar NorthSky 03:32 PM 03-14-2015
OzHDHT's Avatar OzHDHT 04:08 PM 03-14-2015
Was suprised that Crestron is only releasing the ipad control app now. I was quite down on fact my A/V suppliers used Control4 in my townhouse over Crestron, but at least they've had the ipad/Android and smartphone apps for some time. I use my spare Sony tablet from my X1 player to run the Control4 app and act as the house controller GUI interface instead of using the RF remotes a lot of the time.
blu-dog-avs's Avatar blu-dog-avs 04:29 PM 03-14-2015



I don't know who managed to sneak that thing off the Death Star, but I wouldn't be standing around at some swap meet trying to hawk it to anybody, rich or not. Darth Vader is storming around looking for his s#&t. I would advise standing a few feet to one side, and pointing at other people.
BIGmouthinDC's Avatar BIGmouthinDC 05:31 PM 03-14-2015
enough about the gear where are the pictures of the hot models?
NorthSky's Avatar NorthSky 05:42 PM 03-14-2015
That was all the excitement looking towards ...
thehun's Avatar thehun 06:39 PM 03-14-2015
I wish companies would bring designers and engineers to talk about their products instead the marketing and sales guys. Some of those just flat out clueless about the technology they pedaling.
J.Mike Ferrara's Avatar J.Mike Ferrara 06:00 AM 03-15-2015
Thx Mark, must be fun to hobnob with the 1%ers. Was Steinway Lyngdorf there?
imagic's Avatar imagic 06:05 AM 03-15-2015
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Thx Mark, must be fun to hobnob with the 1%ers. Was Steinway Lyngdorf there?
No Steinway Lyngdorf. The other big name in audio that was there was Harman, but for some reason the rep could not do an interview. I did resolve to visit the Harman Flagship Store in Manhattan, it has a JBL Synthesis demo room.
RLBURNSIDE's Avatar RLBURNSIDE 09:33 AM 03-15-2015
Some of the black painted screens here in the DIY section have better daylight appearance than these high end ones. I'll pass. Actually I don't see the point, just get some decent blackout shades and it's like the middle of the night in my theater room here. We have a spare TV but it simply never gets used, the projector is too awesome. The only problem with such good blackout shades is that you end up sleeping in so much!! It's crazy how upgrading my theater room changed our weekend sleep patterns so drastically. All for a few hundred bucks.
GalvatronType_R's Avatar GalvatronType_R 01:06 PM 03-15-2015
I've heard about this show. It's attended by bourgeois yuppie country club snobs who like to pay $100,000 for speakers that won't outperform the $5,000 Goldenear Triton One.

So I'll stick to my slightly more common and sensibly priced and reasonably marketed HT gear.
OzHDHT's Avatar OzHDHT 04:08 PM 03-15-2015
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No Steinway Lyngdorf. The other big name in audio that was there was Harman, but for some reason the rep could not do an interview. I did resolve to visit the Harman Flagship Store in Manhattan, it has a JBL Synthesis demo room.
No SL, that's really quite something for such an esteemed high-end show like NYLTS.
imagic's Avatar imagic 05:53 AM 03-16-2015
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No SL, that's really quite something for such an esteemed high-end show like NYLTS.
Maybe next year? I'm not sure there's room for more than two high-end audio displays at that show. I do love Steinway Lyngdorf's approach to sound reproduction, but the McIntosh system that was on display was no slouch either.
Montucky's Avatar Montucky 07:51 AM 03-16-2015
Extravagant as the tech in that show may appear, I'd like to know...how does one get invited to such a thing? I'd love to attend something like that someday!...even if much of the DIY stuff we do smokes some of that stuff.
imagic's Avatar imagic 07:59 AM 03-16-2015
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Extravagant as the tech in that show may appear, I'd like to know...how does one get invited to such a thing? I'd love to attend something like that someday!...even if much of the DIY stuff we do smokes some of that stuff.
I only know how to get in as press... I have no idea what the criteria is for invited guests, but doI know that you can ask for an invite to a future event from this contact page... http://theluxuryreview.com/contact-us/
Montucky's Avatar Montucky 09:37 AM 03-16-2015
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I only know how to get in as press... I have no idea what the criteria is for invited guests, but doI know that you can ask for an invite to a future event from this contact page...
Awesome! Thank you for posting that! As much as some of the products may not be for most of here, many of us have clients who would love some of these things. This show could actually give me some level of insight to some products that might actually do well for some markets. Hope I can score an invite for next year's show!

I usually think along the lines of what can I afford, but sometimes I have to get out of that mindset to better serve certain customers, some of whom couldn't care less about getting the most bang for the buck, but would rather blow their neighbors out of the water. Haha. Some of these products are made for exactly that person in mind.
OzHDHT's Avatar OzHDHT 04:51 PM 03-16-2015
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Maybe next year? I'm not sure there's room for more than two high-end audio displays at that show. I do love Steinway Lyngdorf's approach to sound reproduction, but the McIntosh system that was on display was no slouch either.
Yeah big fan of McIntosh as well. Love my MX-150 in my biggest current HT system. Mind you it's giving way to a Marantz 8802 shortly. Don't suppose McIntosh shared anything about a replacement for the MX-151 at the show?
doughman's Avatar doughman 04:50 AM 03-17-2015
With the latest generation not even being interested in a driver's license I see this or the CES replacing the auto show. Imagine the interest in a traveling Consumer Electronics Show. Just seems inevitable.
Utopianemo's Avatar Utopianemo 10:39 AM 03-17-2015
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enough about the gear where are the pictures of the hot models?
Every entry had the respective brand's newest hot model on display.
Daniel Chaves's Avatar Daniel Chaves 11:00 AM 03-17-2015
I would like to see more video follow up on the Sim 3 projector and the screens being used...
thrang's Avatar thrang 07:29 PM 03-17-2015
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Originally Posted by GalvatronType_R View Post
I've heard about this show. It's attended by bourgeois yuppie country club snobs who like to pay $100,000 for speakers that won't outperform the $5,000 Goldenear Triton One.

So I'll stick to my slightly more common and sensibly priced and reasonably marketed HT gear.
I was at the show last year, and you're much more wrong than right. Mostly better quality stuff that rightly commands a higher price.

Stop hating, you'll live longer...
OzHDHT's Avatar OzHDHT 09:50 PM 03-17-2015
^^ Good point Thrang. Perhaps GalvatronType_R would like to put his Onkyo and Def techs in a shoot out with my SL system or MX-150 + Revel separates system (being the more budget of the two lol) .
GermanMan's Avatar GermanMan 04:01 PM 03-24-2015
Ugh. More "buy our automation gear that is locked in and proprietary and only works with our pricey 'whole house' solution base" nonsense. They just don't give up do they. Its like Home Theater Remotes with their idiotic "you people are too stupid to program your own remotes - or we want to artificially support the middle-man industry of installers" nonsense.

I'm smart, can use a multimeter, and damnit all I want is a seasonal adjusting self setting clocked switch (we have those) that also has a phone-app to remotely turn it on and off - WITHOUT having to buy a whole house system.
imagic's Avatar imagic 05:59 PM 03-24-2015
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Ugh. More "buy our automation gear that is locked in and proprietary and only works with our pricey 'whole house' solution base" nonsense. They just don't give up do they. Its like Home Theater Remotes with their idiotic "you people are too stupid to program your own remotes - or we want to artificially support the middle-man industry of installers" nonsense.

I'm smart, can use a multimeter, and damnit all I want is a seasonal adjusting self setting clocked switch (we have those) that also has a phone-app to remotely turn it on and off - WITHOUT having to buy a whole house system.
Are billionaires too stupid to drive their own cars or fly their own airplanes? There's a market for stuff that costs a lot and simply works, that's why it's luxury instead of DIY.
OzHDHT's Avatar OzHDHT 12:51 AM 03-25-2015
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Ugh. More "buy our automation gear that is locked in and proprietary and only works with our pricey 'whole house' solution base" nonsense. They just don't give up do they. Its like Home Theater Remotes with their idiotic "you people are too stupid to program your own remotes - or we want to artificially support the middle-man industry of installers" nonsense.

I'm smart, can use a multimeter, and damnit all I want is a seasonal adjusting self setting clocked switch (we have those) that also has a phone-app to remotely turn it on and off - WITHOUT having to buy a whole house system.
I've used Logitech Harmony in my home for years and rolled it out myself for living room and HT. However, when I forked out for a fit out in the townhouse I recently bought, the A/V store I've bought from for many years specced Control4 into the quote to run whole house. I was skeptical at first and found C4 kind of a very dumbed down system for A/V in a lot of ways- can't drill down to access deeper levels of settings on specific devices for example . However after rolling out the functionality for AC and lighting, I found it was really quite practical and most importantly easy for everyone generally to use. The simplicity was important as I'm not there all the time and I get friends and family staying there, didn't need the calls and texts for help all the time cause people couldn't turn on the living room TV and watch cable easily. To think of the time involved to roll out a DIY custom control system of that level of integration, there was zero chance I had the time or really enough know how to do it efficiently. So moral of my story is be Cestron or Control4, its horses for courses my Teutonic fruend..
thrang's Avatar thrang 06:29 AM 03-25-2015
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Ugh. More "buy our automation gear that is locked in and proprietary and only works with our pricey 'whole house' solution base" nonsense. They just don't give up do they. Its like Home Theater Remotes with their idiotic "you people are too stupid to program your own remotes - or we want to artificially support the middle-man industry of installers" nonsense.

I'm smart, can use a multimeter, and damnit all I want is a seasonal adjusting self setting clocked switch (we have those) that also has a phone-app to remotely turn it on and off - WITHOUT having to buy a whole house system.

Why not get an Insteon-based system? Switches are about $50, and browser-GUI network controllers range from $100-600. Several apps are available to control devices.

Depending upon your house, you might need one or two repeaters, but the more switches/outlets you add further solidifies system reliability without them.
Jimmy Hanes 07:19 PM 10-08-2015
Awesome show!!!
Jimmy Hanes 07:20 PM 10-08-2015
Wish I was there.
wse's Avatar wse 07:46 PM 10-28-2015
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No Steinway Lyngdorf. The other big name in audio that was there was Harman, but for some reason the rep could not do an interview. I did resolve to visit the Harman Flagship Store in Manhattan, it has a JBL Synthesis demo room.
Sweet thank you can you post a video of the demo room. Where is the Harman Flagship Store in Manhattan I might visit it next time I go to NY?
wse's Avatar wse 07:48 PM 10-28-2015
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I only know how to get in as press... I have no idea what the criteria is for invited guests, but doI know that you can ask for an invite to a future event from this contact page... http://theluxuryreview.com/contact-us/
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