The custom installation industry has changed a lot over the years, with much of its current “personality”
having been affected by the state of the U.S. economy and ubiquity of certain product categories that were
once the unique bastion of high-end integration companies. New products at CEDIA EXPO, therefore, are
now more “evolutionary” than “revolutionary” than in prior years. The incremental changes in technology
may not have elicited as many “must-see” reactions from attendees at the show, but there were still plenty of
new products and burgeoning technologies on display. Here is Residential Systems’ editors selection of “most
notable” new products, technologies, and trends from Indianapolis.
Most Notable… Dedicated Touchpanels
|The CEDIA EXPO show floor opens on Day 1 in Indianapolis, and picks up steam on the show floor the next day (inset).
Despite the growing popularity of tablets and
smartphones in the CI market, there were still a
notable number of application-specific dedicated
in-wall and tabletop control system touchpanels
introduced at CEDIA EXP.
The newest addition to the Crestron family is
the TSW-750 surface-mount touchscreen featuring
seven-inch edge-to-edge glass, Core 3 UI graphics
and five soft-touch buttons for quick access to
commonly used functions such as “Power,”
“Home,” “Lights,” “Up,” and “Down.” Additional
features include high-performance H.264 video,
Rava SIP intercom, and advanced Core 3 UI
Clare Controls added a
new Linux-based controller
and wireless Z-Wave support
to its ClareHome line of
home automation systems to
reach more aggressive price
points and expand the selection of controllable
home systems. The addition of Z-Wave support
enables Clare’s systems to control such Z-Waveenabled
products as Schlage door locks and Z-Wave
RTI unveiled its new KX7 in-wall seven-inch
color-LCD touchpanel, 3.5-inch KX2 in-wall
keypad controller with LCD display, and SURFiR
RF companion remote for home-control functions.
|Clare Controls founder
and CEO Brett Price with
the ClareRemote, an iPod
URC’s dual-gang TKP-7000 in-wall touchscreen
features a 7-inch 1024x600 full-color capacitivetouch
display that uses finger swipes to reach room
menus to control systems in remote rooms. It
provides two-way feedback from URC components
and select third-party components, and it displays
security-camera video. Power can be supplied via
a single Ethernet cable connected to a Power Over
Ethernet (PoE) router/switch or PoE injector.
three new Equinox LCD
basic single-gang Equinox4,
a larger 7-UX, and
single-gang 4-UX. They
connect to the company’s
Infusion control system.
|Andrew Wale, VP of marketing
for Vantage, with the Equinox
7, one of four in-wall LCD
keypads that the company
introduced at CEDIA EXPO.
Offering installers and
homeowners a flexible
dual-use interface device
for residential environments,
Systems is adding its
ELAN VL10 Valet 10-
inch hard-wired tabletop
and under-cabinet mounted color LCD touchscreen
family ELAN g! system interfaces. It features
ELAN’s “touch and swipe” can double as a TV
thanks to the included analog video input.
Among the 90 companies new to the show floor
at CEDIA, startup G2 Interactive (G2i) was one
of the most visible, introducing its mid-market
cloud-based security/home automation system
with a monthly recurring revenue service contract
business model, and a turnkey design with strong
margins, requiring no programming.
|DarbeeVision’s general manager Gary Beckstrom.
Also notable was DarbeeVision
, which is led
by Universal Electronics co-founder Paul Darbee.
This CEDIA newcomer demonstrated the Darblet,
an iPhone-sized accessory that uses proprietary
technology to process any HDMI video output and
deliver an enhanced sense of perceived depth and
clarity in video.
Also new to EXPO was Simplicikey, a
manufacturer of remote control electronic deadbolts
that provides three methods of home entry: via
keyfob, keypad, and key. Up to eight different key
fobs can be programmed to one SimpliciKey, each
featuring robust 128-bit encryption and offering a
range up to 50 feet.
XGOLF America manufactures golf simulators
that feature industry firsts, such as Xplate, a stance
platform that changes and shifts according to ball
lie position on the screen and Xball, an automatic
ball-teeing system that gathers, feeds, and tees up
the next shot.
EdenDesign featured its new flush-mount inwall
adaptors for iPad, iPod, and lighting control
solutions, including mounting adapters for iPad
that feature an integrated biometric lock and a
covert lock using a proximity key.
|Jeff Zemanek (standing), VP of sales and marketing at Silicon Valley startup G2 Interactive and Reed Stevens (third from right), CEO, used a unique press conference forum featuring veteran custom
integrator dealers who endorsed their idea. Also pictured (r-l) are integrators Peter Shipp, Richard Millson, and Tom Doherty.
AudioXperts is a new luxury audio brand
founded by industry veteran, Eli Harary, with
products that include the Korners Speaker, a twoway
L/C/R loudspeaker with the ability to fit
perfectly into any corner or anywhere a wall meets
the ceiling or floor, and the Korners Kompact Sub,
a wireless-ready, 100-watt powered subwoofer.
Former Niles Audio president Frank Sterns
returned to the systems integration industry as
president of low-voltage LED lighting manufacturer
NuLEDs, which offers a patent-pending Power
over Ethernet (PoE) lighting technology powered
via Cisco network IT infrastructure and controlled
by Apple and Android mobile devices over the IT
Celerity Technologies is a manufacturer
founded in 2011. It offers a fiber optic HDMI
product with detachable connector, which is
available in multiple pre-terminated lengths from
40 to 1,000 feet, converts HDMI at the source to
optical signals, eliminating attenuation and HDMI
handshake issues at up to 1,000 feet.
Perhaps the most surprising addition to CEDIA
EXPO was Monoprice, an e-commerce website
that delivers what it says are high-quality tech
accessories at bargain prices. Although Monoprice
started out with the goal of selling HDMI cables,
flat-panel TV mounts, security cameras, and
other consumer electronics accessories straight to
consumers, the company had been developing a
large enough following from custom integrators to
warrant exhibiting at EXPO. Ajay Kumar, CEO of
the California-based e-tailer, hoped to demonstrate
to attendees that the company was a real place with
knowledgeable employees behind the scenes. And
because the company respected concerns of CIs
that were reselling its products at a considerable
mark-up, the company has begun its first line of
“no-logo” products, which cannot be “shopped”
online by the consumer, yet are otherwise exactly
the same as Monoprice-branded products.
Several companies announced partnerships during
CEDIA, with one of the most interesting involving
a deal between Sony and Control4 introducing
new audio video receivers with a complete home
automation system built in. The STR-DA5800ES
and STR-DA2800ES both contain the full
Control4 software suite and differ by their levels
of AV performance. There are two levels of home
automation available, including an out-of-the-box
solution with a setup wizard that consumers can use
to set up an entire rack of gear, and the receiver
controls all automation control. The other option
is for dealers to enable the Control4 automation
functionality with an activation code for $300.
Programming is conducted with Control4’s
Composer software suite to fully control audio,
video, lighting, thermostats, energy management,
security, and mobile access.
Access Networks and Meridian also entered
into a new engineering and product development
partnership to enable better performance and
ease of use for audio and video equipment on the
network. The Access Networks Approved program
is intended to assist in all aspects of the product
development process as it relates to network
|Neal Manowitz (left), director of Sony Electronics’ home division for home audio & video and Martin Plaehn, president and CEO, Control4.
Harman Luxury Audio Group has entered into
a distribution partnership with video processing
manufacturer Lumagen, providing Harman’s
JBL Synthesis, Lexicon, and Mark Levinson
customers access to Lumagen’s entire product
line of 2D and 3D video processing solutions.
Lumagen offers HDMI 1.4, proprietary no-ring
scaling, linear-gamma RGB-color-palette CMS,
21-point parametric grayscale calibration, video
deinterlacing, MPEG artifact reduction, and
temporal noise reduction.
Vanco International and Wyrestorm
Technologies have struck a joint co-operation
agreement under “Vanco powered by Wyrestorm
Technologies,” which allows Vanco to offer a
select range of HDMI products that are
|Kevin Kraus, senior product manager, and Jason Williams, general manager of Yale Locks & Hardware.
and supported by Wyrestorm Technologies. Brad
Corbin, president and owner of Vanco, said he
recognized the increasing global demand for quality
HDMI distribution products and saw Wyrestorm as
an excellent partner for engineering, manufacturing,
and technical support of such products.
ELAN Home Systems also introduced an
electronic door lock integration solution with Yale
Residential that allows users to makes changes
to pass codes and lock schedules right from a
g! interface, with no technician required. Users
can view a simple table with events for each lock,
including when and how a door was locked, as well
as which user unlocked a door. Dealers can also
configure the g! system to send outbound alerts
through text or email to the homeowner, giving
them instant notification when a lock jams or has a
low battery, or when a lock is opened in their home.
|Jeff Singer, Crestron’s director of global marketing campaigns, triggers one of the company’s new Roman shades products.
At its massive CEDIA booth, which some referred
to as “Planet Crestron
the Rockleigh, NJ, control
offered its “Shades
Pavilion” for a first-look
at the company’s complete
line of shading solutions.
All the available
styles of shades were on
display, including Roman
shades and Crestron’s
Crestron is prepared
to walk dealers through
every element of adding
shades to their installations, from design to spec to
Savant Systems introduced Savant Lighting
Control, transforming the LiteTouch products that
it purchased earlier in the year into a solution that
can be used as part of a complete package within
Savant’s automation and energy management
ecosystem or as a standalone lighting control
system. Savant will continue to support third-party
lighting control systems through the company’s
Partners in Excellence Program.
Procella Audio unveiled its first power
amplifier, the DA-2800. Delivering a total of 2,800
watts into 4-ohm loads, the amplifier is rated at 700
watts per channel into 4-ohm loads and 360 watts
per channel into 8-ohm loads. Channel pairs can
also be bridged, producing 1,400 watts at 8 ohms.
Two versions of the four-channel amplifier are
BlueBOLT became it’s own brand, spun off
from Panamax/Furman in the Core Brands
consolidation. The company’s MD2-ZB smart
plug provides energy monitoring, load control,
scheduled conservation, and surge protection in
a compact form factor that plugs directly into
any standard 120V, 15A outlet. Utilizing ZigBee
wireless communications, the MD2-ZB can be
monitored, controlled, programmed, and remotely
accessed via Panamax/Furman’s cloud-based
BlueBOLT energy management and control
platform (with BB-ZIGBEE gateway).
|Gary Kasmeier, product engineering manager, D-ILA, visual systems division, JVC U.S.A., with the company’s DLA-RS66
Perhaps an indication of the types of products it
will offer within the reorganized Core Brands group
of Nortek companies, Niles
offered a new line of
five systems integration amplifiers that includes
the re-tooled SI-1230 Series 2 amplifier, the
successor to the SI-1230 that was inducted to the
CEDIA Half of Fame in 2011. The new Niles SI-
1650 16-channel amplifier features a web browser
configurator that allows each channel to select from
any of the 16 inputs or combination of inputs.
Projection screen manufacturer Elite Screens,
spun off a new company, called AirFlex5D, to sell a
2D/3D projector stacking system that gives precise
digital alignment of images from multiple projectors
vertically and horizontally into one single picture
with amplified brightness.
Gefen moved beyond signal distribution boxes
with its new GAVA (Gefen A/V Automation)
system, which is now configured for commercial
environments. The residential-based GAVA began
shipping in July. For both resellers and integrators,
GAVA may be particularly appealing because it is
designed for a simple, point-and-click method of
setup. GAVA is using IP connectivity to control all
devices in the system.
Leon Speakers, long known for its customdesigned
on-wall speakers and soundbars, offered
its Boundary Series of outdoor speakers. Inspired
by the American craftsmanship of the Chris Craft
Thunderbird, each speaker is custom crafted out
of hand-selected mahogany and finished with the
same rich varnish as the hull of the classic ship.
|Jennifer Davis, VP of marketing for Runco.
URC further expanded its Total Control of
whole-house control products the Z-100 Advanced
Network Thermostat, which provides users the
ability to control climate from anywhere within a
home or business environment through integration
with Total Control.
…Shrinking Category: Flat-Panel TVs
Remember when CEDIA was a great place to find
the latest high-end flat-panel TVs? Those days
are mostly over, as major manufacturers of TVs
have moved down-market and no longer look
to the custom installation channel for support.
Fortunately channel-specific video projector
manufacturers seem more committed to CI than
ever, and a few big names in video continue to use
EXPO to demonstrate their continued support for
the high-end front projection market.
|SIM2 U.S.A. VP of sales and marketing Alberto Fabiano poses with the new Sirio high-brightness, single-chip DLP-based projector.
For instance, JVC
announced that it is expanding
its home theater lineup with nine new models and a
new version of its e-shift technology, called e-shift2,
that is now available on all but the two base models.
The e-shift2 technology upconverts and scales
2D content to a 4K signal (3,840 x 2,160), using
improved proprietary algorithms and a new eightband
filter applying more correction to more areas
of the image.
DPI’s exhibit included two formal theaters
featuring its newest three-chip and single-chip DLP
home cinema solutions, with screens illuminated
in media room ambient lighting. The company
is featuring its HIGHlite 330-3D, DPI’s newest
entry for value-driven, 3D capable, three-chip
DLP performance, as well as the dVision 35-1080p
LED, equipped with DPI’s latest generation LEDs,
which feature lifetime illumination. The dVision
Scope 1080p employs DPI’s exclusive “Scope
1080p” DMD, along with aspect ratio autosensing
to render 16:9 and 2.35:1 content at a native aspect
ratio without relying on costly and mechanically
complex anamorphic optics.
Mitsubishi featured two 3D DLP projectors:
the HC8000D, which boasts a 330,000:1 contrast
ratio for rich details and extra-long lamp life–up to
5,000 hours in low mode.
|Stewart Filmscreen’s VP of sales, Joaquin Rivera, with CIMA, Stewart’s 4K+-ready projection screen
The 3LCD-based Epson
PowerLite Pro Cinema
6020UB delivers 3D and 2D images with 1080p
native resolution, contrast ratio of up to 320,000:1,
and white and color brightness of up to 2,400 lumens.
Runco’s new SC-30d and SC-35d both utilize
a Runco-patented technology to enable the use
of digital cinema lenses in a proprietary optical
system. The digital cinema optics deliver crisp
digital projection imagery, starting at prices
under $40,000–making them the most affordable
projectors in the Signature Cinema portfolio.
SIM2 introduced Sirio, a high-brightness, 3D
active single-chip DLP-based projector designed for
entertainment systems where the demand for high
light output is mandatory, and Cinemaquattro, a
4K DLP three-chip home cinema projector utilizing
Christie technology. Some of the key specifications
include three 4K 1.38-inch DLP chipsets, up to
20,000 ANSI lumens, triple flash 3D technology,
SIM2 exclusive high contrast and colorimetry
profiles, a user-replaceable xenon bubble lamp, and
Wolf Cinema’s SDC-10 3D projector and
Reference (REF) cinema projectors demonstrated
the difference between the $10,000 and $95,000
models from the company. The SDC-10 is a threechip
D-ILA 1080p engine features the internal
VariScope optics package for sharp imaging and
can create three aspect ratio memories between
1.78:1 and 2.40:1. The Reference cinema projectors
use next-generation xenon arc lamps to balance
brightness, deep contrast ratio performance, and
accurate color fidelity.
|Knoll Systems’ Claire Deaust, Clayton White, and Kevin Knoll, at the company’s CEDIA booth.
Knoll took its best-selling projector and
upgraded the light engine. The HDO2200 features
a Pixelworks processor that is bright enough to use
on a 280-inch diagonal screen. A complimentary
premium ceiling mount kit is included.
…Companion Technology: Projection Screens
Where would projector companies be without their
colleagues in the screen manufacturing community?
Seymour-Screen Excellence debuted
its Absolute curved fixed-frame acoustically
transparent film-screen, with a full-closing,
motorized lateral masking system. The Absolute
is the first on the market to offer a motorized
lateral masking system that returns to a fully closed
position. The masking system can be programmed
to stop at any aspect ratio from 1.33:1 to 2.37:1. So
as to not compromise sound, both the screen and
the masking layers are acoustically transparent.
|SunBriteTV welcome CEDIA attendees to relax and enjoy their hospitality, while checking out the Marquee Series of outdoor TVS.
Da-Lite’s Multi Vision Imager was designed in
response to the home theater market demand for
a single screen unit that contains two projection
screen surfaces, one for 2D projection and one for
3D projection. It combines a fixed-screen and a
tab-tensioned electric screen in one frame.
dnp denmark unveiled the Supernova Core II,
which is available in Supernova 08-85 ISF certified
film, as an economical solution for projecting high
contrast images in high ambient light. The Core II
also features a revamped tensioning system utilizing
hardened, rubberized straps that hold the material
firmly in place.
Vutec is expanding the ambient light rejecting
SilverStar brand with the new SilverStar SSX,
which is a rigid screen with an ultra thin fixed
frame formulated from the company’s SilverStar
|Just Add Power owner Ed Qualls introduces the 2G+ at a press
conference in Indy.
Stewart Filmscreen’s CIMA Screen offers a
utilitarian design and versatility to satisfy the needs
of most standard residential two-piece projection
applications. Available in NEVE white screen
material and TIBURON gray screen material,
CIMA is suitable for a variety of commercial and
Draper’s High Performance XS850E viewing
surface is available on the company’s Clarion and
Onyx fixed screens, for improved ambient light
rejection capability, precise resolution, high contrast,
a vivid color palette, and a broad viewing cone.
Draper also introduced Ecomatt XT700E, the
first viewing surface to be Cradle to Cradle Silver
certified. The Cradle to Cradle Certified program is
a third-party, multi-attribute eco-label administered
by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
that assesses a product’s safety to humans and the
environment and design for future life cycles.
Screen Innovations’ Black Diamond
Motorized utilizes one motor, four custom helixes,
and a spool of slender aircraft cable to silently lower
a thin wing containing the rolled Black Diamond
screen downward from a recessed ceiling-mounted
cassette. The cable-hung wing then stops, and
from it, a small tube quickly emerges and lowers
itself down to an adjustable, pre-determined image
height, leaving only the image space in sight.
Because Black Diamond screens do not require
masking or any black drop material.
|KEF’s brand manager Johan Coorg with the company’s Blade
speaker, which inspired the company’s new desktop speakers.
Severtson Screens showcased its proprietary
water-based PristiVue finish, which is the
cornerstone of all its screen surfaces.
…Under-Appreciated Category: Outdoor TVs
Video projectors are great for indoors, but with
outdoor entertainment spaces growing in popularity,
the outdoor TV category still seems under-appreciated
by the CI channel, despite new competitive prices
that manage to keep margins in tact.
SunBriteTV showcased its Signature Series and
new direct sunlight-readable Marquee Series. With
the launch of the Signature Series, the company
is effectively lowering prices 40 percent across the
|NuVo Technologies’ Jack Hanser prepares to award a lucky winner
with a Supreme Eagle guitar, specially customized by sister
company B.C. Rich in honor of NuVo’s 10th anniversary.
Seura’s Storm Outdoor TV has been designed
to survive the harshest outdoor conditions while
providing a high-performance video solution for
the discriminating homeowner, according to the
company. Storm delivers a clear picture even
on sunny days from an ultra-bright 1080p highdefinition
…High-Growth Category: IP Connectivity
CEDIA’s 2012 marketing emphasized the double
meaning of networking. Sure, it’s a great place
to network with peers, but more and more it’s
also the place to learn about integrating home
networks when virtually every product has IP
Among new IP-centric products at CEDIA, Just Add Power launched its Second Generation
Plus (2G+) HD/IP enhanced transmitter/
receivers. Features include an HDMI passthrough
port on the transmitter, USB over
IP, an integrated stereo audio extractor with
programmable audio delay, an RS-232 on 3.5mm
port with an integrated null modem, support for
locking HDMI cables, and an independent CEC
over IP CPU on board.
Xantech offered XtraNet, which enables
native IR, Wi-Fi, and serial control of networked
AV devices using any IR remote or wireless,
web-enabled iPad, iPhone, and Android tablet or
|Remote Technologies technical marketing manager and marketing assistant Brett Stokke demonstrates the CX7, an advanced tabletop controller.
||Lowell Manufacturing’s John Lowell (left), president/CEO and Tom Lowell, residential sales manager.
SurgeX is introducing Axess by SurgeX,
which is an IP addressable, surge eliminating and
power conditioning management system that
allows integrators to monitor and control power
distribution platforms via the internet, 24/7. Beyond
power monitoring, Axess Elite adds a new level of
device energy management, by offering two-way
communication that monitors and manages system
|Celebrating Wharfedale’s 80th anniversary, Bob Springston (left) president of the company’s U.S. distributor Sound Import, and Walter
Schofield, VP sales and marketing, invited attendees to enter a contest to win a pair of limited-edition Denton twoway bookshelf speakers.
The industry that used to seem like the new kid on
the block is getting a little gray on the temples, which
was evident from the abundance of anniversaries
for exhibiting manufacturers at EXPO.
KEF introduced the LS50 Mini Monitor
speaker–a reinterpretation of the research, design,
and engineering approach of its LS3/5a–to
commemorate its 50th anniversary celebration.
NuVo Technologies celebrated its 10th
anniversary by displaying some of the company’s
most popular and award-winning products, such
as its streaming source device the Music Port, and
the company’s flagship whole home audio system,
the Grand Concerto. The company also gave away
a one-of-a-kind Supreme Eagle guitar, specially
customized by sister company B.C. Rich.
Triad Speakers celebrated its 30th anniversary
by showcasing the first offerings of its new Cinema
Reference line of high-performance theater
Harman Luxury Audio Group showcased
its Mark Levinson 40th Anniversary No. 52
Reference Dual-Monaural Preamplifier, which is
an all-analog, true dual-monaural design with a
two-chassis configuration that separates the critical
analog audio circuitry from the control section to
maintain the purest signal paths possible.
RTI Celebrated 20 years by introducing new
and enhanced solutions in nearly every product
category, including new control processors, handheld
and in-wall controllers, audio and video
distribution solutions, the new APEX control
platform, and much more.
|Tributaries president Joe Perfito and executive VP Mary Victor during the press preview event at CEDIA EXPO.
Throughout 2012, Lowell Manufacturing
has been celebrating its 65th anniversary
as a U.S. manufacturer of AV and related products.
Wharfedale marked its 80th anniversary with a
year-long celebration as well, plus a limited-edition
80th Anniversary Denton loudspeaker, a two-way
bookshelf speaker in the classic bookshelf tradition.
…Developments in HDMI Switching and
Thanks to the recent ubiquity of HDBaseT technology, extending HDMI signals isn’t a total headache
anymore, and numerous other HDMI solutions
were available at CEDIA as well.
Tributaries offered two updates to its HX1C6-
PRO HDMI extender. The extender adds bidirectional
IR and RS232 and improved IR cables
for enhanced plasma support to its long list of
features. Because of HDBaseT,
the HX1C6-PRO will ensure total
signal integrity with just one Cat-6
cable for installations requiring a
signal over 300 feet. The HX1C6-
PRO will transfer deep color (12
bits/color) video and new lossless
compressed digital audio, with a
bandwidth up to 340MHz and a bit
rate of 10.2 Gbps.
Leaf debuted the LTHDMI2020E,
a 20x20 matrix switcher
with four HDMI and 16 HDBaseT
outputs. It features four, back-panel
HDMI outputs for in-rack or inroom
video and audio connectivity.
The 16 HDBaseT LTB1E remote
breakout units can receive audio and
video from up to 52 potential sources,
plus control data and Ethernet
connectivity, up to 328 feet away.
The new Intelix DIGIHDCOAX2
utilizes the company’s
second generation of HDMI over
coax extension technology to
distribute 1080p up to 300 feet,
and 1080i/720p up to 650 feet.
Linkable up to seven units, the
device transmits true 2.0, 5.1,
and 7.1 audio, and is fully HDCP
AMX’s Enova DGX 32 digital
media switcher enables plug-andplay
Featuring the latest HDBaseT technology, the
Atlona AT-PRO3HD44M 4x4 HDMI matrix
switcher extends HDMI sources up to 230 feet over
Cat-6a cables at 1080p and 1920x1200, or 197 feet
with Cat5e/6 cables. The unit allows for control
of up to eight devices through IR remote control,
RS-232, third-party IR control boxes, and the front
Pakedge Device & Software
introduced its S24H 24-port gigabit switch
with full PoE+ ports, a managed 24-port
gigabit PoE+ switch for powering AV devices
that require the high-power PoE+ standard.
Designed specifically for custom-installation
and audio/video bridging (AVB), the S24H
can deliver up to 25.5 watts per port for use
with HDMI-over-IP transmitters, wireless
access points, high-definition IP cameras,
home automation PoE+ controllers, and
other devices which require PoE+ operation
and gigabit Ethernet connectivity.
The Mountain Series 8x8 HDMI with
16x16 analog/digital audio matrix (HX-
0808HA/16) is the first digital matrix
from AVocation Systems to include 16
independently routable analog and digital
audio inputs and outputs with volume
control. Each of the eight HDMI, 16 analog
audio (RCA), and 16 digital audio (RCA)
inputs and outputs can be simultaneously
or independently routed, providing
enough distribution flexibility for the most
demanding AV set-ups.
Gefen unveiled its new GefenTV
4x1 HD switcher with audio amplifier,
providing a central, one-box solution that
integrates four HD sources using HDMI
and outputs audio as 5.1 surround sound
with 25w per channel amplification.
Alternatively, it can also process audio
sources using digital and analog audio
inputs as 5.1 surround sound for connection
to a pre-amp.
Transformative Engineering’s newest
product is the HL-1 for those requiring a robust
HDMI extender without all of the functions
and features of the company’s flagship HDS-14.
Utilizing the newest version of HDBase-T, known
as HDBase-T Lite, it offers HDMI extension up
to 70 meters, along with bi-directional IR over a
single Cat-5e or Cat-6 UTP cable.
…Wireless Technology Developments
Last year was a burgeoning year for wireless AV
technology development, and 2012 brought even
more products to market.
the SYNERGi wireless
whole-house music systems.
Each transmitter in the
system provides quality audio
to as many as eight receivers
per transmitter. The transmitter
can accept inputs from
four sources. SpeakerCraft
also has begun shipping its
CS3 TV Speaker, an under-
TV sound system with Bluetooth
Soundcast showcased its SurroundCast system,
a kit consisting of a transmitter with speaker level
inputs and an amplified receiver module with 60
watts of digital power and speaker level outputs.
And, NuVo Technologies displayed its more fully
cooked system featuring two zone amps (smaller and
larger depending on the power needed for an area)
and a rackmount model that has three zones built
Three new wireless music speaker systems
from Pioneer Electronics (USA)–XW-SMA1,
XW-SMA3, and XW-SMA4–are equipped with
the latest wireless technologies including Apple’s
AirPlay, DLNA 1.5, and Pioneer’s Wireless Direct,
which allows the speaker to act as its own wireless
access point. All three models were specially tuned
by Pioneer sound engineer Andrew Jones to provide
high volume output with excellent sound quality.
CasaTunes is offering its multiroom music
servers with CasaTunes Air technology, which
directs music from AirPlay-equipped music sources
such as PCs and tablets to custom-installed wired
speakers, wireless AirPlay speakers, and other
Legrand’s 2x40-watt airQast Wi-Fi speaker,
which can also be controlled from the company’s
app, streams music from up to six digital sources,
such as an iTunes-equipped PC, and it streams
internet radio and online services such as Sirius
XM, Pandora, Last.fm, and YouTube.
Proficient Audio’s newest wireless
multiroom-audio system, the Zero, which was
previewed last year, offers wireless distribution
of up to six audio sources simultaneously to up
to 24 rooms if three wireless transmitters are
used at a time. Each transmitter supports up
to eight tabletop amplifier/receivers, and each
transmitter is capable of sending stereo audio
from two separate sources while also sending
mono wirelessly to a powered subwoofer in the
same room or another room. The new system also
features stereo Bluetooth.
Intelix’s new SKYPLAY-HD wireless HDMI
distribution system sends uncompressed 1080p
HDMI audio and video up to 100 feet in both
point-to-point and point-to-many
configurations, even through drywall.
Each SKYPLAY-HD transmitter is
compatible with up to 20 receivers,
and the system utilizes WHDI and
AES 128-bit encryption to ensure the
integrity of every transmission.
|Proficient’s Loren Maldoon.
Paradigm Electronics’ AERA Air-
Play speaker system, which is part of its
SHIFT Series, offers users the freedom
to play music content directly from their
iPod, iPad, iPhone, or computer wirelessly
via AirPlay, or to use AirPlay to
stream music from iTunes and other
popular on-line music streaming sites.
WASP Audio Technologies’ LINK-Mount
System 2.1 is comprised of an uncompressed wireless
audio transmitter and two patent-pending universal
wireless amplified speaker brackets. Combined,
a complete system allows the custom integrator to
mount speakers where needed wirelessly.
|Liberty VP of business development James Blumhardt
holds an Intelix SKYPLAY-HD
Luxul introduced a wireless bridge client
designed to simplify some of the common challenges
associated with installing an IP security camera in a
remote location. Available now, the IP-66 outdoorrated
Luxul Xen XAP-1050 allows for the use of any
Power over Ethernet (PoE)-enabled IP
camera at extended distances from the
…Bleeding-Edge Products: Voice,
Near-Field, Gyroscopic Control
While AMX-based software maker
CineTouch is already offering a
data-driven voice operated home and
commercial control software package,
featuring “Ask Cindy” voice control
in 42 languages, and other integrators
are custom designing home automation
around Apple’s Siri technology, at
CEDIA, VOCO showcased V-Zone+
and the V-Spot to control music and video in every
room using your voice. VOCO’s Voice Touch
User Interface (VTUI) leverages Wi-Fi broadband
connectivity, smartphones, tablets, and cloud-based
House Logix introduced VoicePod, a patentpending
wireless Zigbee device that provides handsfree
control in any room. VoicePod continuously
listens for a wakeup phrase such as “Hello VoicePod.”
Once awake, VoicePod’s dual processors instantly
recognize hundreds of spoken commands and
interact with users using synthesized speech.
|Richard Schneider, Antennas Direct.
Offering its own take on consumer-friendly
control features, URC
technology, available through its new TRG-
100 and TRG-200 gyroscopic remote controls.
uMotion is a motion-based technology that
enables users to simply move and point the TRG-
100 or TRG-200 remote naturally–like a TV
“mouse”–to control the cursor directly on the big
screen for home systems control.
…Media Server Developments
For those looking to store massive amounts of
personal video and music content locally on “the
cloud,” several companies were offering new
products at EXPO.
Autonomic introduced the Mirage Media
Server MMS-5A, which supports up to
24-bit/192kHz output. Local music syncs to the
MMS-5A from a Mac, PC, or NAS, then uploads
to the cloud for automatic library synchronization
with other Mirage Media Servers at a different
location, offsite backup, and remote library access
from anywhere in the world. The MMS-5A
streams popular audio formats at native quality.
USB audio, AirPlay, and gapless playback provide
a more dynamic and fulfilling music experience.
Fusion Research’s Premiere Movie Server boasts
an internal capacity for approximately 225 DVDs
or 45 Blu-ray discs with the ability to expand the
storage to over a thousand movies for a $495 license
fee. Premiere also features EasyLoad, the unattended
movie loading service for both Blu-ray and DVDs.
Kaleidescape has partnered with film critic
Leonard Maltin to curate a unique compilation of
both historically significant and modern movies.
Available exclusively from Kaleidescape, the
Leonard Maltin Recommends collection helps create
the ultimate home cinema experience by identifying
great films for adding to personal collections.
Energy Squad, a distributor devoted to green
tech and education, displayed a variety of
environmentally friendly technologies, along
with information on vendors for LED lighting,
home automation systems, AV products, HVAC,
and energy management solutions. Energy
Squad hopes to leverage its experience to become
a trusted distribution partner for integrators to
turn to for all of their green tech needs.
AudioXperts offered its EVA (Environmental
Audio) collection of ecofriendly, compact tabletop
music systems. The initial EVA product lineup
includes the SCR400 dock FM clock radio with
Bluetooth; SCR400D dock FM/DAB+ clock radio
with Bluetooth; and the SPS300 dock speaker with
Bluetooth. The EVA collection features a natural
woven wool cover accented by bamboo–a natural
material, significantly more sustainable than
the wood found in traditional audio systems of
The Knoll KES600 is a Class A/B amplifier that
produces 50 watts per channel at 8 ohms and 70
watts per channel at 4 ohms. The “green” hook is
the product’s Eco-System circuit, which determines
which of the 12 stereo channels (6 pairs) are in use
and delivers power only to those channels needing
it. The channels that are “off” are truly off, not in
“standby” or “mute.”
Similarly, Lab.gruppen’s 1U power amplifier
range, developed specifically for the custom installation
market, utilizes much of the design philosophy and
energy-efficient concepts debuted in the Swedish
company’s flagship PLM 20000Q touring amplifier.
…Ways to ‘Accessorize’
Antennas Direct has partnered up with
broadcasters nationally to promote free, quality
programming via HD antennas. The Broadcast
Partnership Program allows local broadcast stations
to share revenue with Antennas Direct, while
making space on the airwaves for Antennas Direct
advertising. As part of the program, Antennas
Direct will also provide 200 antennas to each
broadcaster for giveaway to local viewers.
SnapAV offered its WATTBOX rack mount and
standalone power surge/conditioners and power
strips. Replacing and expanding upon the company’s
Episode power line, the WATTBOX models are
designed to simplify the process of mounting electrical
outlets in equipment racks, structured wiring cans, and
behind TVs via rugged, all-metal chassis designs that
are more compact, yet yield greater spacing between
outlets and rack models. SnapAV also announced the
addition of IP control to the WATTBOX 200, 400,
and 600 Series power conditioners.
|Sheldon Ginn of Monitor Audio.
Xantech launched its new XtraLink infraredover-
coax kits, designed to allow remote control
operation of a satellite receiver, cable box, DVD
player, or other device from a second room using
existing coaxial cabling. These new Xantech
XtraLink IR-over-coax kits support the latest
generation of LCD and plasma display screens and
work in all lighting conditions.
Wilson Electronics showed a new adjustable
signal booster specifically designed for professional
installation to provide optimal coverage in larger
buildings. The new AG Pro-Installer is available
now and will boost voice and data signals on
all cellular carriers’ 800 MHZ and 1,900 MHz
networks (except Nextel/iDEN).
Custom-installed speakers were among the hardest
hit product categories during the housing-industry
downturn, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers
from innovating with new products for the CI channel.
Earthquake Sound unveiled its Edgeless series
of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers with a low-profile,
frameless design to reduce their visibility when
installed. The grilles protrude less than 4mm from
the wall or ceiling.
GoldenEar Technology showed an expanded
selection of Invisa custom-install speakers, with
magnetically attached flat micro-perf grilles that hide
their flange to make the speakers virtually invisible.
KEF offered a full assortment of in-ceiling
and in-wall speakers that include round, square,
and rectangular models. The Q and C series
models feature two-way designs, ultra-thin bezel,
and low profile for a less-obtrusive appearance,
magnetically mounted speaker grilles, and special
grille treatments for use in humid environments.
|Jeffrey Brewer, Sonance VP of U.S. sales, with the company’s SLS high-output outdoor speaker.
||Sunfire’s Mark Weisenberg poses with the company’s In Wall 8.
Kevro’s Monitor Audio, which was celebrating
its 40th anniversary, showed an expanded line of
trimless, low-profile in-ceiling and in-wall speakers,
the first of which were unveiled early this year.
All feature paintable magnetic-mount low-profile
grilles for unobtrusive installs, and all are splashand
humidity-proof for installation in shower
rooms or pool areas. The new 100, 200, and 300
series represent a revision of the previous 100, 200,
and 300 series speakers, adding trimless grilles and
Proficient Audio expanded its selection of
value-priced custom-installed subwoofers with two
in-wall models and an in-ceiling model. They’re
designed to help installers step customers up to a
sub or opt for two subs in a room. All can be mated
with the Proficient M3 180-watt mono amp with
built-in crossover. The company also introduced
MaxTV, a one-piece stereo speaker system with
Bluetooth connectivity, designed for placement
under a flat-panel TV.
Revel relaunched its 3, 5, 7, and 8 Series
of custom speakers by adding a new mounting
mechanism that accommodates drywall and other
wall materials of up to 2 inches in depth. The
Harman brand also launched a new 2 Series of
custom speakers. The 2 Series, shipping in January,
also features the new mounting mechanism. Models
in all of the series feature zero-bezel magnetic
paintable grilles to minimize visibility, with both
round and square grilles to match ceiling fixtures
Sonance expanded its selection of 70-volt
Sonance Landscape Series (SLS) that do doubleduty
as in-door commercial speakers, and added a
Sonance 8-ohm outdoor audio system to reach a
more accessible price point.
Sunfire expanded its in-wall subwoofer selection
to two models with the launch of the
HRSIW8, which joins the SubRosa.
The new HRSIW8 is an in-wall version
of the company’s HRS8 subwoofer and
comes with external 520-watt amp.
The SubRosa in-wall sub comes with
2,700-watt amp. Both feature patented
StillBass antishake technology.
|Luc Guillaume, chief business
development officer for Wisdom Audio shows the Insight Series of highperformance in-wall speakers.
Wisdom Audio demonstrated
its Insight Series architectural
loudspeakers, bringing key core
technologies and performance
characteristics of the Sage Series to
more accessible price points. Each
Insight Series model incorporates
both newly developed planar magnetic thin-film
drivers and moving coil woofers, all proprietary and
designed by Wisdom Audio. Unlike the fully active
Sage Series, the Insight Series utilizes precision
passive crossover networks making it possible to
drive each speaker with a single amplifier channel,
and use of the SC-1 System Controller optional.
…Home Theater Developments
CEDIA EXPO may no longer be primary a home
theater show, but home theater-specific audio
systems still made a strong showing in Indianapolis
SVS launched the Ultra series of full-range
loudspeakers includes a 45-inch tall upswept
trapezoidal tower, a bookshelf speaker, center
channel, and a flexible surround speaker. SVS
engineers performed finite element analysis (FEA)
on all of the proposed components in a sophisticated
computer program that simulated the internal
forces of each speaker and allowed for advanced
engineering before the first prototype was ever built.
The Ultra Tower’s SoundMatch 3.5-way crossover
was designed so that only the top of the two 6.5-
inch composite glass-fiber midrange drivers crosses
over to the tweeter while the bottom midrange
driver works to ensure that off-axis performance is
smooth and even, with a wider sweet spot and a
more consistent sound across the entire
Integra completed the roll-out of
its 2012 audio video receiver lineup
with the introduction of its DTR-
70.4 THX Ultra2 Plus 9.2-channel
network audio-video receiver with
the 11.1-channel capabilities of DTS
Neo:X, using preamp outputs for the
Trinnov Audio unveiled its first
home theater processor, which features
32 individual channels. Trinnov
Magnitude32 offers Trinnov Optimizer
technology, which provides advanced
digital room correction and image remapping that
adapts the original media soundscape to the actual
Audio Design Associates (ADA) showcased
its Cinema Rapture multi-channel integrated home
theater controller-amplifier, which permits custom
setups similar to the company’s Suite 7.1 HD and
Cinema Rhapsody Mach IV. ADA’s new multichannel
Class-D amplifier provides 150 watt/
channel at 8 ohms and 300 watts/channel at 4
Induction Dynamics demonstrated its new ID
dARTS system, which combines high-end, U.S.-
made Induction Dynamics speakers with the digital
dARTS amplifier/room processor. The system uses
complex circuitry and room correction software to
carefully match each speaker to a room’s unique
Sherbourn’s PT-7030 is a no-compromise
7.1 channel preamp/processor, according to the
company. Dual Cirrus 32 bit decoders deliver the
ultimate in picture and sound quality, and ensure
lightning-fast response time. Six HDMI inputs are
switched by an AD 7623 fast HDMI switch, and
the full complement of legacy inputs feature full
Faroudja DCDI processing and up conversion.
JBL Synthesis has updated its ARCOS
Adaptive Room Correction and Optimization
System to Version 2.6 for WindowsXP, which
incorporates a number of performance and
user interface upgrades for faster operation and
improved system calibration. ARCOS v2.6 offers
10 times faster AutoEQ calculation than previously.
Triad Speakers unveiled the CR-1 passive
front-channel speaker–the first of its new Cinema
Reference loudspeaker system for larger screening
rooms and dedicated home theaters. The CR-1
boasts a 15-inch woofer, two eight-inch midranges,
and a proprietary air motion transformer tweeter,
all sourced from premium European professional
ADAM Audio showcased the ARTist Series 5.1
Surround system for those that want big sound with
musically accurate reproduction in a small room.
The ARTist surround system is fully powered with
matching drivers and is easy to position because of
its compact dimensions.
Without conventional cabinets, Steinway
Lyngdorf’s Model LS Concert open-baffle
speaker interacts with the room much as a musical
instrument would, resulting in extremely open and
life-like musicality. At the same time, the line source
construction allows sound to propagate over long
distances, providing increased sound reinforcement
and level equalization the farther you are from the
delivers CEDIA’s technical
design Gold Winners
During CEDIA’s Electronic lifestyles Awards
banquet this past September in Indianapolis,
Residential Systems magazine’s Jeremy
Glowacki presented CEDIA’s technical
design winners. Here’s a list of the winners
of the Gold prize in each category.
Definitive Concepts Inc.
Virginia Beach, VA
HOME THEATER LEVEL 1
($90,000 & under)
Encore Custom Audio Video LLC
HOME THEATER LEVEL 2
($92,300 - $126,000)
All Around Technology
HOME THEATER LEVEL 3
($142,000 - $270,000)
AV Works Inc.
Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
HOME THEATER LEVEL 4
($328,000 - $551,000)
Sterling Home Technologies Inc.
HOME THEATER LEVEL 5
($815,000 & up)
INTEGRATED HOME LEVEL 1
($59,000 - $140,000)
NTX SA DE CV
INTEGRATED HOME LEVEL 2
($180,000 - $245,000)
Graytek Solutions Ltd
Coquitlam, BC, Canada
INTEGRATED HOME LEVEL 3
($250,000 - $293,000)
Zio Group LLC
Winter Park, FL
INTEGRATED HOME LEVEL 4
($450,000 - $600,000)
Vancouver, BC, Canada
INTEGRATED HOME LEVEL 5
($700,000 & Up)
SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE INSTALLATION
Zio Group LLC
Winter Park, FL
Auckland, New Zealand
Audio Video Interiors
Middleburg Heights, OH
Vancouver, BC, Canada
BEST DRESSED SYSTEM
DSI Entertainment Systems Inc.
Los Angeles, CA
Integrated Electronic Solutions