Each year CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) holds an event where the industry gathers to show off their wares. We’ve been to a few of these and actually enjoy the show more than CES. It takes the parts of CES that we are interested in and compresses it down to a more manageable show. We didn’t go this year but that won’t stop us from talking about some of the products we think are interesting.
BDXTT ($100) – The new Xantech BDXTT allows you to make a wireless connection between any A2DP Stereo Bluetooth® enabled audio source and any single or multi-zone audio system. This includes connecting products such as the Apple® iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch®2G, a large number of mobile phones, and personal computers. Integrate these audio sources into Xantech multi-zone audio systems using the Xantech MX88/MRC88 controller, Digital Delivery System (DDS), or any other audio amplifier or amplified speaker with RCA or 3.5mm stereo mini-phone inputs.
GefenTV Auto Volume Stabilizer w/ Digital Audio Decoder ($229) – The GefenTV Auto Volume Stabilizer with Digital Audio Decoder product serves two functions: it is a high-quality volume stabilizer and also delivers a mixdown from a 5.1 channel to two-channel, Left Right audio using Dolby AC3 decoding. It actually makes the volume adjustments in such a subtle way that you won’t even notice the change.
An additional feature includes a bypass button that allows the pass-through of unmodified incoming audio. Using Dolby Volume technology, the unit senses changes in volume levels, and then maintains a steady volume level for any input sound coming from DVD, Blu-ray or other multimedia source. Listen to movies and TV shows easily without the inconvenience of continuously fiddling with the volume levels. er)
GefenTV Home Theater Audio Processor ($899) – The GefenTV Home Theater Audio Processor provides pass-through connection for a Hi-Def source to two mirrored HDTV displays using HDMI features supporting 1080p full HD, Deep Color, Lip-Sync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA, and 3DTV pass-through. The audio from both the HDMI and coax inputs is sent to the coax and optical outputs as compressed AC-3 digital audio and to separate six-channel audio on the RCA and binding post connectors. Up to 5.1 channels of LPCM, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Pro Logic II is decoded on the output.
Speakers can be connected to the binding posts using the built-in amplifier, delivering 25 watts per channel RMS. The audio can also be sent to an external power amplifier using the RCA connectors. The front-left and front-right channels use bi-amplification to enhance the sound quality.
Disney WOW World of Wonder (DVD $30, Blu Ray $35) – The Disney WOW World of Wonder Disc is a definitive “how to” guide for in-home High Definition (HD) optimization of home entertainment systems featuring the help of classic Disney character GOOFY and including HD demonstration clips from popular Disney titles including Toy Story, Up, Bolt and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. The easy to follow on-screen guide is designed to help consumers get the best quality experience from their home theater systems by providing everyone from beginners and enthusiasts to experts and custom installers alike with valuable high quality calibration tools.
Ethernet over Coax MoCA Network Adapter ($175) More and more electronic devices require high speed Internet access. From IPTV to media centers, DVRs, BlueRay players, and game consoles etc, the biggest challenge facing consumers is how to connect these devices to the Internet. Now with MoCA technology, existing coaxial wires in the home can, in essence, be converted to an Ethernet network and deliver high speed Internet access to every connected device. Plus, installation is a breeze. Simply plug a MoCA adapter into your Router and to the device requiring Internet access. Most do-it-yourself consumers can complete the installation in less than 5 minutes and installation professionals no longer need to pull cables throughout the house.
iPort CM-IW100T In-Wall Control Mount for iPod touch (Check with Integrator/Dealer) -
Denon AVR-4311CI Audio/Video Receiver ($2000) -
Wireless Dock for the iPhone/iPod Touch ($119) – The Sonos Wireless Dock accesses all of the music stored or playing on an iPhone or iPod and sends it wirelessly to Sonos ZonePlayers all throughout your home – before converting the music to analog – guaranteeing the best possible audio quality.
The Sonos Wireless Dock is compatible with the following devices: iPod touch (1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation), iPod classic, iPod nano (3rd, 4th, and 5th generation), iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G and iPhone, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. The wireless dock will be available in October.
Runco introduced two high end projectors, the SC-50D ($88,995) and the SC-60D ( $98,995) both shipping in the fall. Both projectors support 3D and use the new Runco Smart Lens System.
Savant Home Automation Systems built a custom remote control out of an iPod Touch. It does not look like an iPod Touch rather like a custom remote control. It also makes VOIP calls. It can play video and it supports FaceTime video chat. It will ship first quarter 2011 for $399.
Integra introduced two high end receivers. The DTR-80.2 and the DTR-70.2 are both 9.2 systems that include Windows 7 and support DLNA. Both should be available by the time you read this and go for $2,800 and 2,000 respectively. Additional features include:
Mitsubishi introduced their new Diamond 3D projector which can display a 3D image up to 100 inches. Its SXRD based with a 120,000:1 contrast ratio. We could not find pricing or availability information.
JVC DLA-HD250 LCoS technology for less than $3,000. They also introduce new projectors starting at $5K that include 3D.
Posted by The HT Guys, September 23, 2010 11:46 PM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.