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  1. Speakers
    I was going through the video clips that I brought back from CEDIA 2017 last month, in order to back them up and archive them. In the process, I noticed some b-roll that I shot while in the KEF booth, but that I have not used in a video. It's nice footage, shot with a 3-axis stabilizing...
  2. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    The various articles that I have written about CEDIA 2017 in San Diego collectively do not capture what was surely the biggest news at the show: The complete embrace of Amazon Alexa as the voice assistant of choice, and the Echo Dot as the physical device of choice, for controlling anything and...
  3. Speakers
    The annual CEDIA convention is a trade show that's all about custom-install and custom-integration products. The latest speaker offering from Paradigm is the Decor Custom Collection, and it fits right into that mold. The new system addresses the need for stylish, low profile, high-performance...
  4. Screens
    I first learned of Crystal Screens at CEDIA 2016. I was so impressed that I had two of the company's optical engineers on Home Theater Geeks to talk about their technology. At CEDIA 2017, the company was there demonstrating its newest ambient light-rejecting (ALR) materials, Crystal Screens...
  5. Speakers
    The words affordable and MartinLogan may appear to be antonyms, and that's certainly true for the company's electrostatic speaker offerings. However, its Motion Series speakers combine folded-ribbon tweeters with traditional woofers providing a surprisingly wallet-friendly entry point for the...
  6. Ultra Hi-End HT Gear ($20,000+)
    Sony's booth included a blacked-out theater in which the company was demonstrating the VPL-VW885ES, one of the stars of CEDIA 2017. This bad boy is a true 4K HDR projector with laser-phosphor light engine and a light output of 2000 lumens for a list price of $25,000. That's a lot, to be sure...
  7. Networking, Media Servers & Content Streaming
    Kaleidescape's Strato server offers exactly the same quality as UHD Blu-ray playing a digital download from the Kaleidescape Movie Store. However, those who also own a Kaleidescape Premiere Blu-ray/DVD server/player can't access that content using the Strato's user interface. In particular, the...
  8. Ultra Hi-End HT Gear ($20,000+)
    Digital Projection brought a raft of new projectors to CEDIA 2017—and none had a lamp. Virtually all of them employ a laser-phosphor light engine, which have a lifespan of about 20,000 hours with little or no maintenance. (DP also uses LEDs in a couple of models, but they have lower light...
  9. Screens
    I hadn't seen Screen Research at CEDIA for the last couple of years, so I was a bit surprised to find the company's booth on the show floor. The French screen maker was acquired by the Italian Adeo Group in 2011, and manufacturing was established at the Adeo Screen factory in Poland. Wanting to...
  10. Digital Hi-End Projectors - $3,000+ USD MSRP
    Laser-phosphor illumination is becoming more common in projectors, even relatively low-cost models. Case in point—the Optoma UHZ65, which made its debut at CEDIA. Like all current 4K/UHD consumer DLP projectors, this one is a single-chip design using Texas Instruments' 0.7" DMD (Digital...
  11. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    Harman is serious about reviving the Lexicon brand, and to prove it at CEDIA 2017 the company showed off three new devices: The RV-6 and RV-9 AV receivers and the MC-10 AV preamp/processor. These are notable for being Arcam designs, but with Harman's secret audio processing sauce added to the...
  12. Speakers
    KEF rounded out its newly revamped Q-Series loudspeaker lineup with the introduction of the Atmos-enabled Q50a add-on 3D immersive audio module. This provides a relatively affordable option to add elevation channel capability to compatible systems. And thanks to KEF's concentric 2-way Uni-Q...
  13. Receivers, Amps, and Processors
    At CEDIA 2017, which took place a week ago in San Diego, Sound United brands Denon and Marantz both announced that Auro-3D will now ship as a standard, unlocked feature in 3D immersive audio-compatible AV receivers, whereas previously it had been an optional $150 upgrade. This is a...
  14. Speakers
    Lifestyle-centric wireless speaker systems have caught on as a convenient way to enjoy tunes from the vast streaming libraries available through various Internet services. The key to a great lifestyle streaming speaker design include a compact form factor, high-quality audio, and flexible...
  15. Speakers
    Klipsch came to CEDIA 2017 intent on making its mark in the custom integration space. It introduced 50 new products at the show, including four lines of architectural speakers that are directly aimed at the CI industry. The new CI-friendly speaker lines—Custom, Designer, Professional Reference...
  16. Subwoofers, Bass, and Transducers
    Avid AVS Forum readers may recall that last year, at CEDIA 2016, Monoprice announced a 15" subwoofer that was going to be a world-beater in terms of performance. Well, as is sometimes the case with prototypes at shows, that particular subwoofer never came to be. However, for 2017 Monoprice has...
  17. AVS Forum® Podcasts
    Journalists Mike Heiss, Mark Henninger, and Tom Norton join me to talk about what we saw and heard at the CEDIA 2017. Topics include the new Sony projectors, such as the market-disrupting VPL-VW285ES ("4K for under $5K"); the new lower-cost JVC projectors; how none of the DLP projectors looked...
  18. Latest Industry News
    Many CEDIA demos are exercises in maximalist presentation, with 11 or more channels creating 3D immersive audio. But this year, Pro Audio Technology decided to take a different approach. The company assembled a simple 5.2 system that is the most affordable it offers. With a price tag of...
  19. Community News & Polls
    On the last day of CEDIA 2017, Sony hosted an AVS Forum meetup in its demo room at the San Diego Convention Center. Sony Product Technology Manager Philip Jones presented abbreviated versions of two seminars offered by Sony on each day of CEDIA—this time, exclusively for AVS Forum members and...
  20. Speakers
    While CEDIA is full of established brands occupying giant booths, it is also a show where you'll find startups that target specific needs with dedication. The drive to succeed fuels competition, and Next Level Acoustics showed up at CEDIA ready to rumble. The company, started by AVS Forum...
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