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So what should we be interested in at the upcoming 2019 CEDIA:
First, most folks miss Steinway-Lyngdorf, with its not quite $400,000 theatre system, ROOM Perfect optimization, and which last year Nigel/Arrow AV raved and raved about and Nigel personally took me into the demo - several times! Normally, they only allow in dealers. Their demo has super large tall floorstanding line arrays up front, very close to the screen wall, with I thought the best 3D imaging (with the soundstage nicely extending well behind the speakers) by quite a margin.
Wisdom Audio/Trinnov, with all in/on wall speakers, very nice, with very, very impressive bass that in effect lifts you up off your seat at times but not too/so much that the bass was ever fatiguing or bothersome.
Alcons/Storm Audio, with all in/on wall speakers, very nice, I felt close to Wisdom sonically, but the bass didn't lift you up off your seat quite like Wisdom did.
JBL Synthesis always of course is "viewed" by many AVSers as the top of the line home theatrewise! However, perhaps it was where I sat, but to me although all the frequencies and quality sonics were there, the imaging was simply too 2D for me! This year I'll try getting there earlier to get a more central location and "see" if I hear differently.
It was interesting how 2018 CEDIA almost everyone was emphasizing how musical the theatres sounded, playing some musical cuts from blu rays (I thought the 2017 CEDIA was more characterized often by too loud and bass too bloated, lack of musicality, and it appeared most demos had got the message and made nice improvements from a musical standpoint)! I want to emphasize folks should listen for how 3D real life the music sounds and to what extent the sonics extend behind the screen, like with a live performance. And if you want to hear some outstanding stereo music which does this, go no further than MBL speakers, sit and listen there awhile in stereo, and you will have a reference for outstanding 3D imaging which extends well beyond the speakers/screen! And if you do go to MBL, be sure to say hi to Jeremy from Mark Burnstein, who has gobs of MBL speakers!
https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/show....php?t=1158431 No dealer is authorized to tell you I refer to them - any referrals I make will be done personally by me. Over the years I have found certain dealer(s) who I cannot recommend for good reason.
! 9.4.13 Trinnov Altitude 32 Theatre renovation/upgrade starts end of July 2019!