CEDIA 2014, this years show used the slogan "Hyper-Change" to signify the ongoing evolution of the residential AV market and promises to showcase "New Products, New Innovations and New Demands." As usual HomeToys.com was on hand to see what was what at this years show. Below is a list of some of the new products featured at CEDIA 2014.
Brandon Hetherington for | HomeToys.com
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"For use with round, oval and flat wire cable, the Platinum Tools Maxim 6 is a heavy duty, self-adjusting wire stripping and cutting tool with an ergonomic handle that is designed for comfort and reduces fatigue," explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools product manager. "The autoform laminated stripping jaws form around the radius of the cable to ensure no damage to the inner conductor, while the built-in wire stop measures strip length. It has all the form and functionality the installer needs for any job."
OmniMount is showcasing the OE120IW and in-wall TV mount solution duo with in-wall box and a pre-assembled full motion wall mount for high end installations. The OE120IW eliminates the hassle of matching an in-wall box with compatible mount and makes in-wall wiring feasible without an electrician.
The Russound XStream X5 wireless music streaming system delivers the perfect balance of popular music content, audio performance and optimal control. X5 is a streamer, amplifier and room controller designed for custom installation professionals. Engineered for flexible configuration and easy integration, X5 satisfies any design challenge. The XStream Technology inside enables popular streaming content from the cloud, home network, tablets and phones - all from a single component. Every X5 zone can be controlled by a keypad or the My Russound App to ensure integration and control of any digital AV source connected.
Designed for moderate to high-end A/V system installations, the new M4000-PRO comes equipped with trusted BlueBOLT technology, allowing users to remotely manage their power, energy and network from any web-enabled device. To reduce excess energy consumption, the power manager provides visibility on energy usage with cloud-based monitoring and the capability to program scheduled on/off commands. When connectivity is lost, the M4000-PRO can automatically reboot network equipment, reducing service calls and equipment issues. So, instead of rolling a truck every time there’s a problem with an installed system, users can cycle the power and reset the components with the touch of a button from anywhere in the world.
D-Tools System Integrator 2015 (SI 2015) is a complete estimation, design, and project management software solution designed to fulfill the needs of residential and commercial integration companies alike. This new release offers improvements in virtually every functional area to help increase revenue while reducing time and costs associated with the design, installation, and integration low-voltage systems.
Building on the architecture of the System Integrator platform and D-Tools Cloud infrastructure, SI 2015 includes new functionality around mobile installation management and quoting for tracking the status of install tasks, tracking time, adding notes, and syncing field data – all from mobile devices. This enables integrators to work with customers and respond to immediate needs in the field and bring critical working information back into the system for further project management.
ELK’s M1 Gold Security & Automation Control is more than just a security system. With over 50 integration partners, the M1 Cross Platform® control offers a flexible and integration friendly approach to home and business solutions by combining security, energy management, lighting, access control, audio and more. This IP accessible system provides simple, yet powerful on-site and remote user interfaces, giving the consumer full control anytime, anywhere with free or fee-based remote control. M1 is a flexible, integration friendly system with easy system expansion ensuring it will be the right fit for today and in the future.
The 8 x 8 Cat 5e/6 Line Level Audio Matrix Switch supports audio switching between multiple audio sources and distribution via Cat 5e/6 cable. The Switch provides full non-blocking port switching and distribution between multiple stereo line level analog audio sources. The Switch uses RJ45 connectors and works in conjunction with MuxLab’s stereo audio baluns and digital audio baluns. The Switch provides port buffering, unity gain compensation and ground loop isolation. The unit can be managed via push-button, IR, RS232, Ethernet, Web Server, or 3rd party software.
AudioControl’s new Maestro M8 surround processor is geared towards the movie enthusiast who demands exceptional home theater performance including an amazing audio experience! This incredible processor supports today’s high-resolution formats, including 4K Ultra H and delivers a movie experience, rich in top tier audiophile quality. Movie buffs and audio enthusiasts will immerse themselves in their obsession, enthusiasm and zeal for their favorite movies and media content.
This sensor can be used to monitor either a door or a window, sending a Z-Wave signal when the door or window has been breached. This trigger signal can then be used to activate various other Z-Wave devices and perform preprogrammed tasks. This sensor comes with everything you need to install it into an existing Z-Wave network, including mounting screws, adhesive tape, and a CR123A battery for power.
XWC-1000, a Wireless Controller that delivers cost-effective centralized management for up to 8 Wireless Access Points (APs). The XWC-1000 enables efficient WLAN setup, optimization and management, while minimizing roaming issues typically associated with multi-AP wireless networks. Designed to be both simple and cost-effective to deploy, the XWC-1000 offers an ideal solution for residential and light commercial wireless networks at an MSRP of $399.
The new Atlantic Technology 44-DA Dolby Atmos-enabled loudspeaker module utilizes a 5 ¼" woofer and 1" silk dome tweeter in a concentric driver array (CDA), firing from the top of the speaker enclosure at a precisely-determined angle, to achieve the optimum effect. Particular attention has been paid to delivering a "controlled acoustic scatter" in an effort to dramatically broaden the sweet spot of the sound reflected by the ceiling, allowing for greater placement flexibility within the listening room.
Upon seeing and hearing the first working sample from Atlantic Technology, Dolby decided to feature the Atlantic system in closed door partner demonstrations at last year's CEDIA. Later that year, Dolby provided its employees a glimpse into the future of home entertainment when it featured this system during its worldwide sales and marketing conference.
The BDP-1USB joins Bryston’s flagship BDP-2 in the company’s music player lineup. Because the BDP-1USB is engineered to work with an external USB DAC, Bryston is able to build the new player without including the premium-grade internal sound card featured in the BDP-2. This reduces the cost of the new player without any penalty in sound quality and opens the world of high-resolution audio playback to a broader audience. As media coverage and prominent recording artists have touted the benefits of better digital formats, consumer interest has been on the rise and the BDP-1USB targets this demographic.
Christie®, the global leader in visual display and audio technologies, now brings its illustrious pedigree and 85 years' experience to home entertainment at CEDIA 2014. Christie will be showcasing a variety of 3-chip DLP®, 1-chip DLP®, flat panel and audio solutions available for home entertainment, all bearing the celebrated Christie name and backed with the quality, reliability and service of the distinguished Christie brand.
INSTEON formally announced its integration with Cortana in July 2014. Cortana is Microsoft's intelligent assistant that uses natural language understanding and text to respond to users' inquiries, launch applications and set/send reminders. The all-new digital assistant also offers proactive suggestions, providing useful recommendations as she gets to know each unique user. Integrating Cortana with INSTEON products enables users to accomplish a variety of tasks by simply speaking to Cortana.
The Somfy Connect expands Somfy’s robust line of interfaces and provides a solution to operate Somfy RTS and Somfy Digital Network™ (SDN) motorized applications with RadioRA® 2, HomeWorks® QS, Grafik Eye® QS, and Quantum® control systems. The addition of these integration protocols to Somfy’s extensive range of compatible interfaces, including Z-Wave®, ZigBee®, Wi-Fi, IR and serial protocols allows RTS motors to communicate with virtually any system. This provides easy integration into many of the leading home automation systems and smart home hubs on the market offering users the benefits of Somfy-powered products no matter which solution they have.
The Crestron Pyng™ app provides a quick, easy solution for setting up and controlling lighting, shades, thermostats, door locks, and security systems in a home. This free home automation app enables complete setup from an Apple® iPad® and control from iPad, iPhone®, and iPod touch® devices.
Using an iPad with the Pyng app opened, an integrator can simply walk from room to room in a home and pair each wireless accessory—such as Crestron® switches, dimmers, keypads, remote controls, and shades—to the dedicated Pyng hub using infiNET EX® communications.
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