CEDIA EXPO 2015 will be held from October 14th - 17th in Dallas, Texas . This HomeToys.com Special Tradeshow report aims to bring you news, articles and products from this years event. Updated 10/15/15
If you haven't looked at AV receivers in the past five years, you might be surprised at some of the new features. The best part is that many of the features described in this article were only offered on high end models just a few short years ago, and are now coming in at affordable price points.
By Chris Leo Palermino for Digital Trends: While we reported about the Chromecast 2 earlier today, it sounds like that’s not the only Chromecast that Google will be debuting on Sept. 29. The tech giant is also working on Chromecast Audio, a separate device focused on “Wi-Fi-enabling the speakers in your home,” according to 9to5Google. Allegedly called “Hendrix” internally, the music-focused Chromecast will attach to speakers via a standard 3.5mm headphone cable. The new device will allow users to listen to music and other audio like podcasts (and maybe even online radio?) via wi-fi from Android devices or the Chrome browser. Chromecast currently supports Google Play Music, Pandora, Rdio, and — as of recently — Spotify. It will have ‘multi-room support,’ which means that it may have the ability to play the same audio through multiple speakers. Cont'd...
Here is a list of software that can be used to control home automation and or A/V systems. It's a growing resource so check back often for new content. Updated 9/15/15 - Details added for HAL and CastleOS
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By: Joseph Palenchar for Twice: Sales growth is slowing in wireless multiroom audio even as more companies enter a market whose top brand – Sonos — enjoys almost a 90 percent dollar share of the market at the retail level. So you’d think the market would be in the midst of a shakeout, shrinking margins, and a downward spiral in average selling prices. But you’d be wrong, at least for now. Some audio suppliers see ASPs and retail-level margins holding steady or rising as high-performance audio brands begin to play in a market established by Sonos 10 years ago. And they aren’t too worried yet about slowing growth because the household penetration rate is still very low. Only 2 percent, or 3 million, of the country’s 116 million households have wireless multiroom-audio speakers, according to estimates from Yamaha, which entered the market in August. Cont'd...
TRIM enablement can aid the performance of some third-party SSD units in a system. However, as we work with larger and larger files and come to depend on external storage whether it's USB or Firewire attached or high-capacity RAID solutions it becomes even more important to choose SSD that doesn't depend on TRIM.
The grand prize winner will receive a 2015 Ford F-150 XLT Crew Cab customized by off-road specialists Addictive Desert Designs in Mesa, Arizona.
How does Bluetooth work, and should it be considered for serious critical listening?
More than 120 Christie projectors comprising the Boxer 4K30 and Roadster HD20K-J displayed rich and colorful multimedia content, including 3D effects, that enhanced the scale and grandeur of the celebrations befitting of Singapore's Golden Jubilee, also known as SG50.
By Peter Burrows, Lucas Shaw and Gerry Smith for Bloomberg: Apple Inc. customers waiting for the company to revolutionize live television as it did for music and phone service will have to keep waiting, at least until next year. The company wanted to introduce this year a live TV service delivered via the Internet, but is now aiming for 2016, said people familiar with Apple’s plans. Talks to license programming from TV networks such as those owned by CBS Corp. and 21st Century Fox Inc. are progressing slowly, some of the people said. Apple also doesn’t have the computer network capacity in place to ensure a good viewing experience, said some of the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. Without enough content deals in place, Apple has scrapped plans to announce the service at a Sept. 9 event in San Francisco, which would have coincided with the beginning of the new network TV season, the people said. The Cupertino, California-based company still plans to introduce a more powerful version of its Apple TV set-top box at the event, said the people, but customers -- for now, at least -- will need a cable or satellite TV subscription or an antenna to watch live network television. Cont'd...
The Internet is full of amazing resources to help guide buyers to the best television within a specified budget. Your best bet is to arm yourself with research before heading to the store.
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By Ben Munson for CEDMagazine: Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI) is strengthening its position in the smart home market by acquiring Ecolink Intelligent Technology, a wireless home security and automation specialist. UEI is spending about $12.4 million in cash and incentive-based considerations over the next five years to acquire Ecolink’s assets. Those assets include over 25 issued and pending patents, related intellectual property and Ecolink’s smart home, wireless security and home automation business. Ecolink will become a wholly owned subsidiary of UEI and continue being operated and marketed under the Ecolink name. For Ecolink, the acquisition likely means a significant boost in market penetration. For UEI, the purchase means a stronger foothold in the smart home/home automation market that’s becoming part of many cable companies’ and telco’ businesses. Cont'd...
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