One feature of the show was “Demo Alley”. This is a series of rooms with product demonstrations ranging anywhere from remotes to full home theatres. The demo that stood out to me was put on by a group of manufacturers to demonstrate a complete home theater system.

EHExpo Fall 2008 - HomeToys Report

Brandon Hetherington

EHExpo Fall 2008 - HomeToys Report

Author: Brandon Hetherington

One feature of the show was “Demo Alley”.  This is a series of rooms with product demonstrations ranging anywhere from remotes to full home theatres.  The demo that stood out to me was put on by a group of manufacturers to demonstrate a complete home theater system.

The EH Expo fall show was held at the Long Beach Convention center in Long Beach, California.  This year there were 138 exhibitors and while this is more of a regional show many companies did make the trek cross-country to participate.  Whether this trip was for business purposes or simply to enjoy the beautiful November weather in Southern California can be brought into question.  However there was plenty going on at the show including a New Product Showcase, an immersive gaming demo area and a Go Green section.

Another feature of the show was “Demo Alley”.  This is a series of rooms with product demonstrations ranging anywhere from remotes to full home theatres.  The demo that stood out to me was put on by a group of manufacturers to demonstrate a complete home theater system.  The companies and products included in this were:


TX-NR906 Receiver & DV-BD606 Blu-ray disc player

Atlantic Technology logo small
8200e family of speakers

Mitsubishi logo small 
The new HC 7000 LCD Projector

Draper logo
106 inch ONYX permanently tensioned screen

Dolby logo
Dolby True HD


They started the demo off by playing a digitally remastered version of the 1966 Beatles song Eleanor Rigby.  It was a great choice in song because most people will recognize the original version and be blown away by how different it sounded in this setting.  They followed this up with a 5-minute clip from the new Indiana Jones movie, a part of the movie that included plenty of action and transitions from darkness to bright light.  It demonstrated the great clarity and smooth transitions of the projector.

The great thing about this demonstration was that the collective MSRP for all of the products used in the demo was under $20,000.  This price point is much more attainable for mainstream consumers and after the 15 minute demo I can tell you that it would be very difficult for a professional let alone your average consumer to point out any major differences in this setup compared to a $75,000 system.   

As mentioned earlier the EH Expo featured a New Product Showcase, this was a central area where companies can display their newest product on the market for attendees to touch and feel. 

Some of the New Products displayed were:

PulseWorx Lighting Control System from PCS

The PulseWorx Lighting Control lines is a complete powerline-based lighting control system.  This system gives you one touch control over a home’s lights via keypads, dimmers, switches and plug-in receivers inside and outside your home.  Since the PulseWorx products are designed to be installed using only existing house wiring they are ideal for retrofit, remodel and new construction applications.

MECO the new MediaCOre Digital Lifestyle System


Computer System Case - You Can Have This Instead


MECO’s hand-crafted cabinet is a high-specification computer case masquerading as a stunning side table; designed to to live by your sofa and available in a range of stylish finishes to suit any décor.  The contents include a blazingly fast PC featuring a quad-core Intel processor, up to 8GB of RAM, dual crosslinked graphics cards, and 4 TB of storage.  And there’s still space in the cabinet to accommodate our other AV equipment.

TrickleStar PC Standby Power Saver

The TrickleStar PC Standby Power Saver reduces the standby energy consumed by PC Peripheral equipment. The product connects to a PC via a standard USB connector and detects the power status of a PC via the USB port.  When a PC is powered the product will switch On all peripheral devices. Conversely when a PC is switched Off, the product will switch Off all peripheral devices. It is easy to install and provides simple automation to reduce wasteful standby energy consumption.TrickleStar is suitable for residential and workplace PC applications.

It can be connected directly to equipment or connected to a standard electrical powerstrip with a number of connected devices.


Guardian by Generac Power Systems

Guardian 20kW generator

The NEW Guardian 20 kW standby generator provides the quietest, cleanest and most affordable whole house power outage protection on the market. The aluminum enclosure ensures corrosion resistance for the generator's weather-proof housing as the stylish fascia trims out its industrial design. It comes standard with the PowerManager LTS automatic transfer switch that prevents overload while eliminating the need to add a separate service disconnect when backing up the entire house. For extra convenience, this model has a digital control panel, external main circuit breaker, system status LED and maintenance interval LED as well as an external GFCI outlet for outdoor power needs.


Active Thermal Managements Cool Line Series

Cool-stack III is a 2 speed, temperature-controlled 1-unit high exhaust system for mid-size racks with mid-size heat loads! With four 120mm fans and an 18” depth, the Cool-stack III has the power – and the reach – to pull up to 70 CFM of hot air out of tightly-packed racks while generating very low noise levels. Heated air is normally exhausted through the perforated front panel, but exhaust fittings and tubing provided can move the hot air safely away to the rear.

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