CEDIA Fellow Michael Heiss is a contributing editor to Residential Systems out of Sherman Oaks, CA.
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.”
Games aside, Microsoft’s big news at E3 was the introduction of Xbox One S. Sony focused on virtual reality.
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.
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.
With these new models, TiVo is among the first to provide for DVR capability with the anticipated introduction of native 4K content via cable as well as the existing 4K content offered by Netflix Amazon Prime and others.
There is potential in this new product, along with installation pitfalls somewhat unique to the custom world. It will be interesting to see how this device finds a home in the custom environment.
We now have part of the answer about where superMHL stands with regard to “productization” with the announcement yesterday by Lattice Semiconductor that it has released the world’s first solutions for superMHL that use USB Type-C for connectivity.
While the Apple faithful wait for next week’s World Wide Developer’s Conference (WWDC), Google-holics gathered at the Moscone Center in San Francisco this past Thursday for the annual “Google I/O,” to get the latest news from their side of the fence.
When DTS first announced its DTS:X format suite at CES, the details were a bit scarce. An "unveiling" at DTS's headquarters last week makes it a bit easier to plan for home theater systems that are designed to accommodate object-based and immersive audio for not just Dolby Atmos and Auro3D, but now for DTS:X as well.
For the Apple event held in San Francisco on March 9, I pay particular attention to the things that some might call minor or not even report on, that have important significance for the custom installation world.
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Bowers & Wilkins North America president Doug Henderson show demonstrates how to open the door on the McLaren.
Bowers & Wilkins speakers in the McLaren.
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Senior product manager Andy Kerr holds up the very heavy solid-body turbine head.
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To show off the company’s legendary diamond tweeter dome, one was encased in plastic to protect the brittle material. The tweeter domes ...
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The silver 6-inch FST midrange drive unit of the 800 D3 uses Bower & Wilkins’ new proprietary Continuum woven material. Developed af...
Bower & Wilkins’ showcases its in-wall speakers in this space.
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A wall plaque in the “Nautilus demo room” itemizing the price of the system
A theater demo showcasing the flexibility of 800 D2 speakers
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