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Michael Heiss

Michael Heiss

CEDIA Fellow Michael Heiss is a contributing editor to Residential Systems out of Sherman Oaks, CA.

  • What Apple HomePod Means to the CI World

    June 06, 2017

    Monday’s WWDC keynote presentation software and hardware announcements were, for the most part, in line with rumors and expectations. For those of us in the residential and consumer world, however, there was more than meets the eye…or ears.

  • Site Visit: CinemaTech Expands to LA

    March 23, 2017

    The new showroom space will enable the Dallas-based company to provide Southern California interior design firms to give clients an in-person, first-hand, demonstration of a wide range seating and interior finish materials well beyond the ability of most firms to stock themselves.

  • Samsung QLED Premieres at LA Retailer

    March 21, 2017

    Samsung’s new QLED TVs and their latest UltraHD Blu-ray player has hit retail shelves starting with a “World Premiere” event at Los Angeles-based Video & Audio Center’s (VAC) store at the Topanga Village Mall in Woodland Hills, CA.

  • DIRECTV NOW and Sling Cloud DVR Take OTT Further

    November 29, 2016

    In a world where traditional cable and satellite services compete with apps, services, and “skinny bundles” from a variety of companies, the most interesting thing about yesterday’s announcements about DIRECTV NOW and Sling Cloud DVR is that both came from services that are part of major media purveyors.

  • Apple Unveils a New TV App, But Not a Device

    October 31, 2016

    The current, fourth-generation Apple TV was introduced only a year ago, but given the fast pace of progress in the streaming devices category, it has fallen behind the competition. As reported here over the last few weeks, Roku has totally refreshed its product line, including three new 4K models and two with HDR. Similarly, Google will ship the new Chromecast Ultra by mid-November with 4K, HDR-10...

  • Google Makes AI ‘the Center of It All’ in New Product Plans

    October 05, 2016

    On the surface, it might appear that the announcements from Tuesday’s Google product introduction event was about, well, products. There were certainly more than enough new products to fill a shopping cart. The underlying message, however, may well have been what Google Inc.’s CEO, Sundar Pichai called “…a move from mobile first to AI first.”

  • Apple Product News Distilled Down for the CI Channel

    March 30, 2016

    For the most part, what was said was expected. A new iPhone, the “SE,” that combines the 4-inch screen of the older iPhone 5 and 5s generation models with innards that, exclusive of some higher-end functions, is identical to the current iPhone 6S/6S Plus models.

  • Roku 4 Ups the Ante with 4K Services

    October 06, 2015

    The new Roku 4 bests the 4K functionality of its streaming competitor, the new Fire TV, by offering both 60 frames per second streaming and the HDMI 2.0 output required to deliver it. By comparison, Amazon’s 4K device is capable of only 30 frames per second, which indicates that its HDMI output is 1.4 only. 

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BP900 Family

The full BP900 speaker family

Full Shot

BP9060 Bipolar Tower Speaker

At the Base

A close up of the base of Definitive Technology’s BP9060 and its height-channel module

Logo Glamor

The iconic Definitive Technology logo.

From Above

Looking down at the Definitive Technology BP9060 Bipolar Tower Speaker

At Home

An example of the BP9060 speaker towers at home.

CS9080

The CS9080 component center channel speaker

CS9080 2

The back panel of the CS9080

CS9080 3

A width up shot of the CS9080

A90

The A90 component height modules

A90 Integrated

The A90 height module integrated with the BP9060 tower speaker