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  1. Speakers
    I've been following WiSA (the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association) since its inception in 2011. This industry group has developed a robust, open standard for transmitting up to eight channels of high-resolution (24/96) uncompressed audio wirelessly in the 5 GHz RF (radio frequency) band. In...
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    Dolby has posted the video of the panel discussion about Atmos at CEDIA 2014. Check it out! At Dolby's press conference at CEDIA this year, I was privileged to moderate a panel discussion about Atmos. The panel included (L-R in the photo above) me, Greg Russell, re-recording mixer for...
  3. Speakers
    I've always admired Pro Audio Technology's approach to high-end consumer-audio products, which are based on pro-audio designs and components. At CEDIA, the company showed three new products. The SCRS-6iw in-wall speaker, seen above, sports a 1" compression driver in an elliptical...
  4. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    I've always admired Pro Audio Technology's approach to high-end consumer-audio products, which are based on pro-audio designs and components. At CEDIA, the company showed three new products. First, there's the DMA-1508 class-D power amp (seen above), a 1U rack-mount unit that weighs only eight...
  5. Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP
    Wolf Cinema is known for rebranding and refining various projection technologies, and the company demonstrated three of its models at CEDIA. In the photo above, the uppermost projector is the SDC-6, a 1080p single-chip DLP projector that outputs up to 2200 lumens. Below it is the SDC-12, a...
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    Mark Henninger, senior writer and social media manager for AVS Forum, Tom Norton, senior editor for Sound & Vision, and Michael Heiss, industry consultant/analyst and jolly-good CEDIA Fellow, talk about all we saw and heard at the just concluded CEDIA Expo, including a dozen demos of Dolby...
  7. Speakers
    As I wrote about from NAB this year, Christie makes speakers and power amps as well as projectors for commercial cinemas, and now the company wants to extend its audio reach into the residential/consumer market with its Vive audio products. Pictured below is the LA3S line array with six 3.5"...
  8. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    In addition to projectors for the residential/consumer market, Christie was also showing an 84" LED-FALD LCD UHD flat panel, dubbed the FHQ841-T. A Christie rep acknowledged that the panel itself is OEM'd from one of the few companies that actually make LCD panels, but that Christie has added...
  9. Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP
    After 85 years making commercial-cinema projectors, Christie is venturing into the residential/home-theater market, but its focus is on ultra high-end products—nothing under $15,000. For example, the DWX555-GS seen above is a 1080p, single-chip DLP projector that uses a...
  10. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Yamaha has a history innovation when it comes to surround sound, which is why I was surprised when the company's Atmos demo at CEDIA 2014 turned out to be unremarkable. The setup was similar to some of the best demos I heard, just not the end result. The company used a 5.2.4 Atmos setup...
  11. Video Processors
    I spent quite a bit of time at the DVDO booth, because there was a lot to learn about. First up was the iScan Mini video processor (seen above sitting on a Quick6 HDMI switcher), which performs 4K upscaling as well as the same video enhancement found in the iScan Duo, including sophisticated...
  12. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    When I go to the Denon booth, the company was ready to start its very last Atmos demo of the show. I'm glad I made it there in time because it was a great display of what Atmos is capable of, featuring a very thorough explanation of the immersive sound format. A Marantz AV7702 11.2 channel...
  13. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Onkyo's booth proved you don't have to pay a fortune to have a fully satisfying immersive sound experience with Dolby Atmos. The company used a TX-NR3030 AV receiver for both processing and power, with Definitive Technology Mythos ST-L towers handling front L/R duties. A Mythos 10 took care of...
  14. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Integra came to CEDIA 2014 loaded for bear, with a total of six Atmos-capable devices, including two with 11.2 channel capability—the 135 watt/channel DTR-70.6 AVR and the DHC-80.6 pre-pro. Interestingly, the DHC-80.6 acted as the processor for two of my favorite Atmos demos at CEDIA: Integra's...
  15. Community News & Polls
    This year's custom-install confab was full of exciting news. What got your AV motor running the most? CEDIA Expo 2014 has come and gone, but the melody lingers on. I thought this year's show was exceptional, with no less than a dozen demos of Dolby Atmos, multiple projectors with laser or LED...
  16. Speakers
    I'd heard the rumors that JBL's Atmos demo was not to be missed; it was so popular, the company only granted admission if you had a ticket—and those went fast. When I finally caught the demo on the last day of the show, the JBL rep told me, "You'll need a friend in Hollywood to use one of these...
  17. LCD Flat Panel Displays
    Bang & Olufsen is known for AV products that not only perform well, but that also embody the best of Danish design. Among the offerings in its CEDIA booth was the Beovision Avant 85, seen above with Kathy Thornton-Bias, president of B&O North America. This 85" LED-FALD LCD UHDTV provides a...
  18. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    The device responsible for the demo's super sound was the Steinway Lyngdorf model P200 surround processor, which supports both Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D. The P200 is slated for a Q1 2015 release, and it brings serious AV capabilities to the table, which it should considering its $18,000...
  19. Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP
    Display Development is an integration company that creates projector-based packages for well-heeled home-theater owners. At CEDIA this year, the company was highlighting its RPCS45 (Rear-Projection CinemaScope) package, which includes a small Barco-sourced projector and rear-projection screen...
  20. Screens
    Elite Screens was demonstrating its new DarkStar ambient light-rejecting (ALR) screen material in a semi-enclosed portion of its booth with a couple of torchiere lamps to simulate normal room lighting. The 1.4-gain retro-reflective material has a viewing angle of 70° horizontally and...
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