As expected, CEDIA was full to the gills with cool and interesting products. In the article below, you can read about our take on industry trends and see what products we considered noteworthy.
4K was prominent, but largely in the projector space. Planar showed a technology demo of a 4K flat panel in dealer and press events, but one of the stars of the show was undoubtedly the 84” Sony XBR-84X900 LCD TV.
In an economy where dedicated home theaters are increasingly disappearing from blueprints and the living room or family room has to double as the home theater, an expanding array of products are springing up (or being re-designed) for use in mixed-use rooms. Products in this category included high ambient light projectors and screens, in-wall projectors, hidden speakers, high-end sound bars, wireless surround sound systems and impossibly slim flat-panel mounts.
As expected, wireless was everywhere. Several vendors showed new wireless audio and video solutions and the emerging WiSA organization showed some impressive sounding wireless speakers.
NFC was popular. Crestron’s AirConnect was probably the most impressive demo of NFC at the show. (See hot products below.) With an increasing number of NFC-capable mobile devices coming to market, this is destined to be a huge growth area.
Low-cost Home Automation
There were several vendors showing, low cost home automation solutions. Many of these were simply IOS or Android Apps using off the shelf hardware, such as Global Cache products (iRule). Others were basic HTML only apps controlling proprietary hardware (Gefen’s GAVA). Several remote control vendors showed solutions that allowed an entry in home automation with RF remotes and a main controller for under $2,000 (ProControls, URC).
Tablets and Tablets Accessories
Both Crestron and AMX showed an array of new tablets and there were more iPad mounts and accessories than I could count: I’m sure there’ll be a lot more Nexus accessories next year, but the iPas is still the dominant force in this arena.
With rising energy costs and increasing environmental awareness, many homeowners are turning to motorized shades for daylight harvesting as part of a holistic energy management solution. Crestron launched an impressive line of shading products a few days prior to the show.
As one would expect, there were plenty of vendors showing HDMI switching solutions. Without exception, every one of them showed HDBaseT solutions. On the HDBaseT alliance booth, a concept TV connected by a single cat6 cable (including power) was demonstrated.
And here are some products of note:
Mitsubishi Electric – 3D Home Theater Projector
The new HC7900DW projector features 150,000:1 contrast ratio, 1500 lumens of brightness and up to 5000* hours of lamp life as well. It comes in a white cabinet, and when installed, can easily match the aesthetics of a white ceiling. It uses Texas Instruments’ latest DLP® .065-inch DMD chip to create exciting, vibrant 2D and 3D images in full high-definition, 1080P resolution. An ultra-hushed fan in each creates 23 dBa in low mode, so viewers only hear quiet dialogue or soft music during a movie or television show, not an annoying fan hum. Two of the latest HDMI™ version 1.4 inputs in the projector support 3D signals as well as provide easy set-up options for multiple video inputs. The projectors’ RS232 support offers plug-and-play connectivity for easy integration with third-party remote operations and control in higher-end installations.
HAI by Leviton – 600W CFL/LED Dimmer
The device is UL listed for CFL and LED bulbs with the ability to control up to 600 Watts of incandescent or Halogen bulbs. The 600W CFL/LED Dimmer – HAI by Leviton part number 35A00-1CFL – features a special dimming curve that is optimized for CFL and LED bulbs to provide smooth dimming throughout the entire range. The CFL/LED Dimmer also features a minimal brightness level to prevent the bulb from flickering and an auto-off feature, ideal for pantries, closets and other spaces where light is not always needed. A small LED on the switch will blink when the switch is timing out. The 600W CFL/LED Dimmer is available now in almond, light almond, black, brown, grey, ivory and white. Additionally, the CFL/LED Dimmer uses a standard Leviton Decora style wallplate for limitless décor options. The CFL/LED Dimmer is available in a case of 12 (HAI part number 35A00-1CFLCS).
Autonomic Controls – Mirage Media Server MMS-5A
The Mirage Media Server MMS-5A streams 24-bit/192kHz, reference quality digital audio. USB to DAC for jitter-free, native resolution and precision clocking. Store lossless, uncompressed WAVs, FLACs and WMAs on 1TB internal drive. Streaming services through Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify & others. Automatic synchronization, Integrated control options, distribute audio to any number of zones, the MMS-5A is sure to meet all audiophiles standards.
SANUS – XF228 Full-Motion TV Wall Mount
The XF228 is a full-motion wall mount for 42" – 84" flat-panel TVs. The mount features a pre-assembled interface and strong, ultra-light extruded aluminum wall plate for the quickest, easiest installation possible. Featured technologies include the FollowThru™ in-arm cable management channel, Virtual Axis™ fingertip tilt, ProSet™ height and leveling adjustments, an open wall plate and up to 20" of extension.
Draper, Inc. – High Performance XS850E
When it comes time to watch your favorite movie or the biggest sporting event of the century, more and more of that content is being offered in higher quality and at a greater resolution than ever before. When the projector is fired up in your home theater you don’t want all that fine detail and vivid contrast to get lost on the screen. Draper’s High Performance XS850E is an optical screen surface incorporating multilayer film technology to provide precise resolution, high contrast, a vivid color palette and a remarkably broad viewing cone.
High Performance XS850E gives a nice bright image in the dark or with ambient light. What sets this surface apart is its 180-degree viewing cone. The audience sees the same great image off axis, and the contrast levels are excellent in all conditions. High Performance XS850E is available on Draper’s Clarion and Onyx fixed screens.
ATLONA – AT-PRO3HD44M (High-Speed HDMI® 4×4 Matrix Switcher)
Featuring the latest HDBaseT™ technology and CEDIA 2012 “Best New Product Winner”, the Atlona® AT-PRO3HD44M 4×4 HDMI® matrix switcher extends HDMI from sources up to 230 feet over Cat 6a cables at 1080p and 1920×1200, or 197 feet with Cat 5e/6 cables. The unit allows for effortless control of up to eight devices through IR remote control, RS-232, third-party IR control boxes, and the front panel.
The AT-PRO3HD44M has built-in digital audio S/PDIF loop outs that allow audio distribution to an AVR or amplifier. S/PDIF output supports PCM 2-channel, Dolby® 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, and DTS 5.1 digital audio formats. To ensure that all audio passes through, the 4×4 matrix switcher supports all lossy and lossless formats up to Dolby True HD — including DTS HD Master Audio pass-through for HDMI outputs — as well as 3D signals. Programmable, learned EDID memory presets are loadable to any source connected to the matrix switcher, ensuring that any display can receive audio and video.
The AT-PRO3HD44M will be available in September 2012.
Panamax – MR Family
Panamax’s MR Family of elegant home theater power management solutions provides a touch of class to any A/V system, while offering rock-solid protection from surges/spikes andmaximizing equipment performance. With auto-resetting voltage protection (AVM) and protection from catastrophic lightning strikes (Protect or Disconnect™ circuitry), peace of mind is never out of reach. Performance-robbing AC noise is eliminated with Level 2 Noise Filtration (MR4000) and Linear NoiseFiltration (MR4300 and MR5100) for the best system performance possible.
Control Shark, Inc. – Voice Viper
The innovative Voice Viper allows control of lighting, shades, climate, security, and audio visual systems via voice commands. By pairing the Voice Viper with a control system, everything controlled by touch panels, remote, and keypads can also be controlled by just speaking.
The Voice Viper is ideal for commercial and residential installations wanting to add the ultimate ease of use. Corporate boardrooms can be simplified with a “Turn on the system” voice command which will start the projector and close the shades. Residential automation can be streamlined with a “Welcome home” voice command to turn on lights and adjust the temperatur
Pro Control – ProPanel App
The ProPanel app gives end users complete control over any Pro Control system containing a ProLink.z control processor from the convenience of their iPod touch®, iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ smartphone or tablet of any screen size. With so many control app options for dealers, ProPanel stands above the rest by enhancing the control experience for end users with unique capabilities such as full two-way feedback including cover art, weather graphics, and dynamic image lists, in addition to high-resolution graphics for the newest generation of iPad. Redefining ease of use, the app displays in both portrait and landscape views by rotating the Apple® or Android device with no additional programming required. ProPanel supports local connection via Wi-Fi™ and offers remote access capabilities via auto-switching Wi-Fi and 3G wireless — providing users with the convenience of control and monitoring from virtually anywhere in the world. Additionally, the ProPanel app sports a completely customizable graphical user interface, giving end users a consistent user experience across all Pro remote controllers in their system.
Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI) – KX7 In-Wall Touchpanel
The KX7 in-wall color LCD touchpanel provides complete, customized control over a home’s entertainment, environmental, and security systems. Sporting a 7-inch, 800×480 WVGA LCD with a multitouch capacitive touchscreen, the unit’s control interface is fully customizable via RTI’s Integration Designer® software. The KX7 displays crystal-clear composite, S-video, or component video inputs at resolutions up to 576p. A slim profile and sophisticated design conceals the amazing features of this unit, such as wired 10/100Base-T and wireless 802.11 Ethernet connections providing two-way control and feedback, access to Web pages, video from network security cameras, and convenient programming.
The KX7 is unique in providing a self-contained control system to lower costs. A high-output IR port provides direct control of multiple devices from up to 1,000 feet away, while a two-way RS-232 port runs RTI’s one-way and two-way control drivers without the need for a separate control processor. The touchpanel’s low-profile faceplate is available in a variety of colors to match any décor, and integrated mounting wings help provide easy installation.
MuxLab’s new HDMI over IP Converter will allow HDMI content to be streamed over any Ethernet LAN allowing AV broadcasts to be set up and changed without the need to install a dedicated cabling system or additional AV matrix-switching hardware. The unit features two devices; HDMI Encoder & HDMI Decoder. A web-based interface allows the devices to be managed and optimized for best performance. Supports up to 1080p resolution, Ethernet 10/100/1000BaseT, unicasting & multicasting. Ideal for meeting and event broadcasts, training and education, TV and video distribution, digital signage, web 2.0 marketing, digital video surveillance & monitoring, and video conferencing.
Definitive Technology – SoloCinema XTR
The SoloCinema XTR, the newest addition to Definitive’s industry-leading line of high performance loudspeakers, is the only surround bar on the market that delivers on every attribute desired by today’s premium home theater enthusiast: shallow depth to match slim TVs, sleek appearance, premium fit and finish, high quality materials, effortless installation and superior sound. We refer to it as High Performance…Simplified.
Cutting-edge industrial design, operational simplicity and outstanding sound unite in Definitive Technology’s SoloCinema XTR. This ultra-slim (2-3/8” deep) amplified sound bar, powerful wireless subwoofer, and ergonomic remote offer an immersive 5.1 channel sound experience with contemporary aesthetic beauty…minus the clutter of component systems.
Luxul Wireless – XAP-1050
The XAP-1050 addresses the real world challenges associated with delivery of IP camera-based security at a gate, boathouse or other remote location. Historically, the remote security alternatives have been expensive, complex and labor intensive. As is the case with the entire Luxul Xen line, the XAP-1050 is designed to simplify deployment and help our dealers provide a reliable and cost-effective solution to their clients.
The XAP-1050 simplifies IP camera installation by providing 30W of PoE power directly to any PoE-enabled device. This allows the installer to run a single Ethernet cable from the XAP-1050 to the IP camera-delivering both data and power and eliminating the need for a separate power run.
NAD Electronics – NAD VISO 1 AP
NAD Electronics expands its VISO Series with the new NAD VISO 1 AP, a complete digital device that offers Wi-Fi network capability and supports Apple AirPlay. Like its sibling, the highly acclaimed NAD VISO 1 unveiled at CEDIA 2011, VISO 1 AP is a game-changing wireless digital music system with a platform that remains solidly true to NAD's brand values of performance, simplicity, innovation, and value. The NAD VISO 1 AP will be available in November, in White or Black finishes, for $600 MSRP.
- Complete digital device that offers Wi-Fi network capability and supports Apple AirPlay
- Easy to set up, simple to operate.
- Latest aptX high fidelity Bluetooth wireless capability
- Rear USB port for connection and charging of Apple iOS devices eliminates need for a docking cradle
- Direct Digital technology is trickled down from NAD’s highly-acclaimed Masters Series
- Acoustic design refined and tweaked by Paul Barton of PSB for high-end sound
- Striking industrial design from world-renowned designer David Farrage of DF-ID
PSB Speakers announced an exciting entry in the desktop audio market, the Alpha PS1, a Powered Speaker system designed for today’s music lover who enjoys their musical experience almost exclusively from the computer, game console, or smart phone. Featuring PSB’s famed sound quality, the Alpha PS1 offers an affordable and musically satisfying experience in a simple plug-and-play solution that is ideal for contemporary listeners.
The PS1 is the perfect sonic upgrade for any device with a headphone output and it also features a subwoofer output for additional flexibility. Its driver complement sports a 3.5” metalized polypropylene cone and oversized magnet structure paired with a ¾” aluminum tweeter. To get the most out of its performance drivers, the Alpha PS1 includes a highly efficient 2 x 20W power amplifier. The universal power supply works with any AC voltage making it convenient for world travelers.
Screen Innovations – Black Diamond Motorized
Even under the harsh lighting of a trade show floor and driven from a sub-$4K projector, the Black Diamond Motorized screen was impressively bright (see photo below). Due to its ambient light rejection screen technology, light scatter is measurably reduced by over 75%. Delivering a next-level entertainment experience while literally disappearing into the room’s existing décor when not in use, Black Diamond Motorized appeals to the senses – and satisfies the needs of – a diverse audience in either residential or commercial environments. Black Diamond Motorized is the ultimate blend of art + science.
Screen Innovations – Black Diamond Zero Edge G2
The New Black Diamond Zero Edge G2 by Screen Innovations is the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejecting projection screen technology that has the look and feel of a flat panel TV. Featuring a rigid panel, a pencil-thin 10mm bezel, and the award-winning Black Diamond screen technology that can boost a projector’s contrast by over 900%, Zero Edge screens blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, deliver a stunning image, and provide a fully immersive entertainment experience for light or dark room applications.
ProControl – iPro.8 Companion Controller
Patent pending technology and bi-directional RF communications allow this remote to reconfigure itself when the source is changed. For example, when an iPod is playing, the play, pause, next, previous, buttons all control the iPod. If a user then switches the source to a DVR with their phone or another remote, the companion remote will recognize this and the buttons functions are then switched to those of the DVR. Designed to overcome some of the inherent limitations of tablets and smartphones as primary controllers, the revolutionary iPro.8 delivers instant connectivity and reliable operation seamlessly and inexpensively.
Crestron – airConnect
Rather than requiring expensive to buy and install RFID readers wired back to a main controller, airConnect uses NFC stickers (costing about $1 each) and the mobile device’s NFC reader and Wi-Fi communications to relay the UserID and LocationID back to the central location for triggering a user and location-specific event or sequence of events. Based on Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, airConnect enables Crestron customers to trigger personal settings on a room-by-room basis for lighting, temperature, shades, entertainment systems or any other devices connected to the control system when their smart phone is in proximity of the specially programmed NFC tag. The paper-thin, approximately one square-inch in size, can easily be embedded in convenient and multiple locations, such as behind wall keypads and faceplates.
Crestron – Shading Solutions
In the past, Crestron has relied on partnerships with shading providers, but now has an impressive and comprehensive line of shading solutions, including easy to use and customize touch screens. The complete line includes silent motorized roller shades, Roman shades and drapery track systems available in over 400 fabrics. Featuring its new low voltage Quiet Motor Technology™ (QMT™), Crestron shades are silent, operate smoothly and seamlessly integrate with Crestron AV and control products from touch screens, keypads, remotes and Apple® or Android™ smart devices. Only Crestron Shading Solutions bring together designer shading with electric lighting, AV, climate and security control for complete, integrated, intuitive home management.
Crestron – Sonnex and Speakers
Sonnex supports 24 inputs, 8 x 140w outputs and up to 72 zones of HD audio. Instead of having to home-run all cables back to a central location, Sonnex allows a single-wire (cat5e up to 220-feet and fiber up to 2,000-feet) to be run to other expanders in remote zones, where speaker home-runs are localized. Sonnex allows the model of speaker and room profile to be entered for each room, so that the EQ and power levels can be optimized for the precise (Crestron) speaker and environment. Crestron now provides four speaker ranges, all designed for ease of installation:
- Excite – for passive listening environments and smaller spaces, such as hallways, foyers, bathrooms and kitchens
- Aspire – for more active listening and larger spaces, such as bedrooms, family rooms and dining rooms
- Essence – high performance for media rooms, home theater, etc.
- Air – surface mount outdoor
Crestron – Crestron Studio – Home Designer
Destined to replace 19 individual applications, Crestron Studio will eventually become the single tool for all Crestron system programming. The software has a modern look and feel, similar to Visual Studio, allows users to switch between drag and drop and a more complex programming mode. This enables system programming to be delegated to the member of staff with the appropriate level of expertise. Core3 UI brings smart objects and vector graphics with 9-slice scaling. The media player is a good example of a smart object: when Pandora is selected as thumbs up and thumbs down buttons appear; when a different source is selected the buttons disappear. Previously, every source needed its own media player object and every button, slider, etc. was an object that had to be programmed. In addition to designing the objects, each had to be reproduced for different resolutions and sizes. Not the object scale intelligently to fit any size screen. Smart objects represent a massive reduction in programming for installers. The image below shows the same DVR control on five different screens.
Leaf – LTHDMI2020E 20×20 HDMI Matrix
The LTHDMI2020E is 20 port HDMI switch with a myriad of connections:
- 20 HDMI inputs
- 16 HDBaseT and 4 HDMI outputs (for local devices).
- 16 S/PDIF digital coax inputs
- 16 pairs of RCA line-level stereo outputs
- 16 RJ45 RS232 ports
- 16 3.5mm RTS sockets for IR devices
A unique Zone Lock feature enables specific EDID information to be transmitted so that the source and the display function correctly. This can be useful where certain displays have specific capabilities, such as 3D.
Sony – XBR-84X900 84-inch diagonal LED edge-lit LCD
The quality of this 84” behemoth was stunning. Having the advantage of owning lots of 4K native content and 4K capture devices, Sony was able to demonstrate stunning footage (including the latest Bond movie trailer in 4K). In comparison, Runco (Planar) showed a Japanese chef slicing a Peking duck – please! As phenomenal as the picture is, it’s edge lit LCD (not OLED) and is priced at $25K (same as Sony’s 4K projector), BUT it will ship in December. With OLED round the corner, it’s going to be a tough sell (with its 1 year warranty)
Sony – ES Receivers
Sony's new ES line of AVRs with Control4 technology has powerful automation built-in. The STR-DA5800ES and STR-DA2800ES receivers include automation right out of the box with an easy set-up wizard to create and control a home entertainment system. These receivers come with customizable scenes which can be configured to perform selected tasks, all with a simple push of a button, including powering on your TV and components, changing to the correct inputs, and dimming lights for the perfect theater environment. Moreover, all that functionality can be controlled from Sony's free Apple iOS and Android ES apps. Additionally, ES receivers include Control4 Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), Crestron Connected, and AMX Device Discovery to simplify integration regardless of the home control system. $300 unlocks full Control4 functionality.
Sony – VPL-VW1000ES Projector
Seeing this with native 4K content just 6 feet from the screen was an impressive experience. Up-scaled 1080P content looked pretty good too. (Unfortunately, there was no side by 1080P/up-scaled 1080P demo.). With 2,000 ANSI-lumens of brightness, the VPL-VW1000ES projector delivers nearly twice the output of previous Sony home theater projectors, making it suitable for screen sizes up to 200 inches diagonally. The VW1000ES projector offers a variety of installations options, including dual triggers, a 2.1 motorized zoom, expanded throw distances, an RS232 interface, control over IP and compatibility with leading home automation systems.
Stewart Filmscreen – CIMA Projection Screens
Traditionally Stewart screens are made to order and carry price tag that reflects this. In their first venture into SKU’d items in the screen product line, Stewart have launched CIMA. Available in two materials four mounting styles and several sizes, there are a total of 80 SKU’s. The breakthrough design of CIMA by Stewart Filmscreen provides unprecedented versatility to integrators who have long enjoyed the high quality and fine-tuned performance of the Stewart Filmscreen brand. With CIMA, Stewart provides screen solutions that have been designed to deliver exceptional performance under a wide range of viewing conditions and at a competitive price.
Stewart Filmscreen – Mystik!
Mystik! is ideal as a storefront application, as well as in other retail and public venues when a 2-piece projection solution is desired. It can also be applied to any window or glass door to transform the surface into an opaque projection screen, enabling privacy while also creating a fun home entertainment space. Designed with peak performance in mind, Mystik! is 4k+ ready, optimized for enhanced resolution projectors and content. Available in standard sizes and aspect ratios, Mystik! can also be made for custom applications on request. For added versatility, the material is available in roll form, up to 78” wide and 50’ long for trimming on-site.
Atlona – LinkCast Wireless HD Audio/Video System
LinkCast provides a quick and easy way for users to get content from up to five HD sources – including laptops, game consoles, Blu-ray players, and much more – to displays, projectors or A/V receivers without the hassle and unsightly clutter of cables. With the support of HDCP 1.2 and WHDI 1.0 protocol, the LinkCast Wireless HD cuts the amount of cords and cables used in A/V systems by providing plug-and-play wireless connectivity of virtually any HDMI source to the LinkCast A/V base station. The LinkCast system consists of an A/V base station (AT-LINKCASTAV), one expander (AT-LINKCAST-HTX) as well as an IR Remote Control for switching between sources with ease. Using additional expanders (sold separately) up to five sources can be connected wirelessly to each A/V base station to reduce installation costs.
Amina Technologies – Evolution Series Invisible Speakers
The all new AIW550E Evolution Series loudspeaker takes invisible loudspeakers into new territory with respect to sound quality. An evolution of the highly successful AIW5X loudspeaker, the AIW550E retains the same familiar installation technique and is compatible with all previous mounting accessories. Recent engineering development has resulted in improvements in key areas of audio reproduction:
- OptiDrive technology optimally distributes the audio signal to the speaker’s exciters to ensure exceptional high frequency clarity on and off-axis. The result: improved tonal balance and treble detail.
- OptiDamping technology delivers increased low frequency extension and improved mid-range accuracy by selectively tuning discrete vibrational modes that are generated in the loudspeaker’s acoustic panel.
Installation is accomplished in the same way a drywall patch would be applied.
Atlantic – PowerBar PB-235
The H-PAS PowerBar 235 is a 43" long self-powered soundbar that delivers multi-channel high-fidelity sound for your home entertainment system. It features Atlantic's H-PAS bass system, which produces deep, distortion-free bass without the need for a subwoofer!
Using just two 4" woofers, the H-PAS PowerBar 235 reaches down to a solid 47Hz at very high theater-like SPL's, for an absolutely convincing and totally satisfying sonic experience. Because of its extended frequency response and dynamics, the H-PAS PoweBar 235 is the first soundbar where the subwoofer is truly optional.
Accell – AVGrip® Pro Locking High Speed HDMI® Cable
The Accell AVGrip® Pro Locking High Speed HDMI® cable features locking connectors which have a hold on the HDMI port many times greater than a conventional HDMI cable. The AVGrip Pro cable will eliminate picture loss commonly caused by a loose or disconnected HDMI cable.
- Supports All Resolutions and Video Formats Including 1080p, 4k and 3D
- Throughput up to 10.2 Gbps (340MHz), Maximum Allowed by the HDMI Specification
- Supports Deep Color™ and x.v.Color™ Technologies for Billions of Colors
- Passes Both DTS-HD or Dolby True-HD HD 7.1 Digital Audio Formats
- Locking Connectors and Cable are Compatible With All HDMI Devices
- Works With all HDTV Refresh Rates Including 60Hz, 120Hz and 240Hz
Sanus – Modular Stackable Racks
The CFR1615 (15U) and CFR1620 (20U) are modular stackable AV rack structures that can be coupled in five different height combinations; Use the 15U or 20U racks singly or combine two racks together to achieve 30U, 35U, and 40U heights. Each rack comes complete with screws, removable shelves and blanking shelves in one UPS shippable box.
The CFR1615 and CFR1620 Stackable Skeleton Racks are self-aligning structures that can be freestanding or mounted directly to studs with only 4 bolts. Each unit is also compatible with the SANUS EcoSystem™ for added rack organization and efficiency. Each model is expected to be shipping in late September with a MSRP of $219.99 (CFR1615) and $249.99 (CFR1620).
Dana Innovations – SonArray
SonArray is a new sub-brand of Sonance and is an outdoor speaker system consisting of 8 satellite speakers and an 8" dual voice coil subwoofer. The system presents itself as an 8 Ohm load, so it can be connected to a regular AV receiver or 2 channel amplifiers. SonArray opens the door for the custom installer to provide a step-up from rock speakers or weather proof cabinets to a new market segment at a more accessible price point.
Launchport – AP.3 Sleeve
LaunchPort is a revolutionary way to mount and charge your iPad, virtually anywhere. The LaunchPort system consists of a Sleeve and any number of Stations. A Sleeve is a case that fits onto your iPad. A Station is the mount and charging unit that interacts with a Sleeve. A system requires a Sleeve and a Station.
LaunchPort uses induction which means as soon as a Sleeve is mounted to a Station, charging begins immediately- without a 30-pin cable or conductive elements. Magnets are used to mount and affix your iPad in its Sleeve to a Station. The tabletop BaseStation only uses some of the magnets in the LaunchPort system, making it easier to grab and go. The WallStation uses all magnets in the system for secure and safe mounting. The magnets are located on the Sleeve case which means you can also mount it to any metallic surface like a refrigerator or work bench.
Midlite – Power Jumper HDTV Power Relocation Kit
Easily relocate power to your wall mounted HDTV without the need of an electrician.
- Provides an affordable power solution for wall mounted flat panel TVs
- Perfect for retro-fit construction projects
- Prewired – No electrician required!
- Conceal wiring within the wall
- Meets NEC Code
- UL 817, CSA#22.2#21
- Can be used with remote Surge/Power Conditioner to HDTV.
Display Development – IW3 and IW4 In-Wall Projectors
Want to hide that projector completely inside a wall and have a $40K budget? Then the IW3 or IW4 is for you. Both the IW3 and IW4 projectors are dual lamp, three-chip DLP projectors designed to offer superior television and film experiences in all types of lighting environments, the IW3 is capable of light output of 8,000 lumens while the IW4 boasts 6,000 lumens. Combined with screen materials that work in rooms with ambient light, the IW systems create a TV solution that is far superior to a flat panel TV in terms of image size, fidelity and overall experience coupled with the ability for integrators to provide a completely concealed system when not in use.
Key temperature points inside each projector’s chassis are carefully monitored by Display Development’s proprietary ventilation system to ensure proper operation. The projectors’ included surface-plated mirror system project beautiful, high definition images forward and feature significant offset adjustments and geometric distortion correction that improve installation flexibility.
XSpot – Wire Location System
We all know that pre-wiring during construction results in the cheapest wire-pulls you’ll ever experience, but keeping those wires hidden and finding them a year later can be a real challenge. Not so with Xspot. Xspot allows wires to be buried behind the surface of a wall, floor or ceiling. The Xspot device is later retrieved in less than 2 minutes accurate to 1/4 inch through an inch of wood and is re-usable. Xspot uses extra-strength magnets in both the Xspot device and the XLocators. Xspots devices have prongs that snap-in and securely hold the wires to your exact location. The XLocator tools use reverse polarity to confirm the location and magnetic fields to give you the location accurate to 1/4 inch every time. Xspot requires no special skills or experience. View in action
AMX – Modero X® Series Touch Panels
With the plethora of inexpensive iOS and Android tablets around, it still amazes me how many vendors go out and develop their own instead of developing an App. Occasionally, there’s one that justifies that decision and the Modero X Series is one of those. These stunning OLED touch screens are visually stunning. However, the 19” panoramic version will set you back five figures (and no, that not $999.99).
URC – KP-4000 Commercial Keypad
The KP-4000C is an elegant, in-wall color keypad/controller that is Native to the Network in that it does not require a black box to connect to WI-Fi.
- Interchangeable Buttons
- IP control of many popular IP-based components
- PC programmable, fully customizable GUI on (3.5”) color LCD touch screen
- User configurable internet browser
- Pre-programmed modules enable drag-and-drop set-up
- Accesses and displays metadata from devices such as PCs, iPods, and other networked devices
- LAN programming (no USB)
The KP-4000C is compatible with DSP’s from Symetrix, BSS, DBX, Bose, Community and Ashley and provides a much lower cost solution than a traditional AMX or Crestron solution.
Silicon Image – VRS ClearView
With more and more content being streamed from the web, having poor compression and subsequently being sent from mobile devices to big screens, any technology that can cleanup images or video is more than welcome. Silicon images VRS ClearView derived from the professional VRS technology removes mosquito noise, enhances edges and sharpens the overall image considerably. The image below shows clearview on/off on the left and right respectively.
Silicon Image – InstaPrevue
InstaPrevue™ technology makes TVs and AV receivers easier to use by taking the guesswork out of switching between HDMI sources. Instead of having to remember whether the Blu-ray player is “HDMI-1” or “HDMI-4,” the user gets a live picture-in-picture video preview of each connected device, making it simple and intuitive to switch between the cable box, the disc player, the gaming console, and any other HDMI-connected source. Just click on a video thumbnail and go.
Of course, if you have an advanced remote (even a Logitech Harmony) or a home automation system, all devices not being used will be off making it fairly useless.
HAI – OmniBus
The HAI Omni-Bus lighting system fully integrates with HAI automation controllers, providing control of Omni-Bus devices using standard HAI interfaces and software applications, including Snap-Link Mobile for iPhone and Android. Additionally, lighting may be integrated into HAI scenes, enabling lighting to be controlled by schedule, time, event, and more.
Switches, Load Control and other DIN rail modules connect to the Omni-Bus network using standard Cat-5 wiring. Each hardwired switch connects to the Omni-Bus network using Cat5. Omni-Bus communicates with Omni or Lumina home control systems using the Interface Translator DIN Rail Module, termed the "Gateway of the Omni-Bus system." Programming is accomplished with a simple software tool using the USB Programming Interface Unit.
HAI – Bluetooth Remote Input Module
The Bluetooth RIM allows wireless devices, such as laptops, tablets and smartphones equipped with Bluetooth, to wirelessly broadcast stored and streaming music throughout a home or business. The device also has an input module for wired devices like radio tuners and DVD changers. Up to eight Bluetooth devices may be used in a single installation to play music from the devices’ Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, iTunes, Google Music or YouTube playlists.
WiSA – WiSA Compliant Speakers
There are many circumstances where it’s not convenient, practical or desirable to run speaker cables for surround sound system. There are also many wireless speaker systems on the market, but prior to WiSA, they all used proprietary wireless protocols. WiSA allows vendors to produce WiSA-compliant products that can work with any WiSA device. Typical applications include surround speakers for soundbars, WiSA transmitters in TV’s to alleviate the need to buy and setup a full AVR/Surround sound solution. I listed to a set of WiSA-compliant Klipsch Gallery speakers and they sounded terrific. Sharp, Klipsch, Pioneer, Aperion and others are already on board and bringing products to market.
Xantech – XtraNet IR-OVER-IP
IR repeater systems are somewhat passé these days. The current trend in home automation and distributed AV is IR over Ethernet or HDMI. The XtraNet range of products enables native IR, Wi-Fi and serial control of networked A/V devices using any IR remote or wireless, web-enabled iPad®, iPhone®, Android® tablet or Android smartphone. The XtraNet product range includes standalone devices that separately provide native IR control over installed wired or wireless IP networks. A separate device adds serial control capabilities. A master device provides comprehensive system control where multiple XtraNet devices are combined on a network. All XtraNet devices are self-configuring when integrated into any wired network.