By Jeremy J. Glowacki September 16, 2014
Last week at CEDIA EXPO, positive energy was clearly in abundance for the first time in many years as integrators road the wave of a rebounding housing market, manufacturers showed more product innovation after banks freed up more development dollars, and Denver served its final year as our favorite EXPO host city. The only “good-news, bad-news” story that I observed during the show involved Control4’s acquisition of software house Extra Vegetables’ and the adverse affect that business deal had on URC dealers.
By Matt D. Scott September 15, 2014
This year marked the shift toward laser as a dominant new technology.
By John Sciacca September 13, 2014
By far the biggest theme in surround sound at CEDIA EXPO 2014 was Dolby Atmos. In fact, you practically couldn’t enter a home theater demo at CEDIA without hearing about and experiencing Atmos. Whether it was a speaker or AV receiver/processor manufacturer Atmos was the most buzz-worthy trend at the show.
By Heather L. Sidorowicz September 12, 2014
We may think that the only place to find new commercial products are at shows like InfoComm, but I’m here to tell you there are many on the show floor offering a slew of great new light commercial products.
By Dennis Burger September 12, 2014
The vast majority of outdoor speakers at this year’s show are practically indistinguishable from one another. It makes sense, I suppose; there are only so many ways to cram a waterproof speaker into a fake rock or a faux light fixture. But I think that’s why the handful of exceptions to this rule genuinely make me giddy.
By Todd Anthony Puma September 12, 2014
URC’s booth was extremely crowded, and true to the high-low trend this year, Total Control was again the big story with ccGEN2 getting its own room.
By Matt D. Scott September 12, 2014
The lighting control market, as well as the lighting industry as a whole, continues to evolve and no where is this more evident then on the CEDIA EXPO 2014 show floor. As the show opened, I committed to seeing what’s new and exciting in the world of residential lighting control, and a couple of dominant trends have burst onto the scene.
By Todd Anthony Puma September 11, 2014
One thing is starting to take shape in the control and automation market: the high-end providers are offering more accessible product, and the entry level guys are trying to expand their footprint and capabilities into larger systems.
By John Sciacca September 11, 2014
Rookie Row is where the manufacturer newbies at CEDIA EXPO introduce their companies to the custom installation world. This year there were fourteen manufacturers on The Row and I talked to them all, finding out how long they've been in business, why they decided to come to EXPO and what they are all about.
By Heather L. Sidorowicz September 11, 2014
With "Hyperchange" as the CEDIA EXPO 2014 tagline, the rise of this technology (invisible to our clients) has become the foundation that the rest of our systems live upon. Here are a few companies worth noting as the trend grows, morphs, and changes. (Photo credit: John Staley)