In our series of #CEDIAShares blogs, we’re talking with exhibitors about the hottest technologies and trends they’re looking to see at CEDIA Expo 2021.
Q&A with John Clancy, executive vice president, residential, Crestron.
It has been six years since Crestron last exhibited at CEDIA Expo; we had planned to return last year so the excitement and momentum has only grown. Over the last several years, Crestron has evolved and so has the home technology channel as a whole — we’ve introduced Crestron Home and many other solutions for the residential space that we can’t wait to show off in person. There truly is no better setting to connect with dealers and our colleagues in the industry.
What is the most exciting trend you expect to see at the show?
Audio is always a hot topic at CEDIA Expo with attendees raving about various demos and this year Crestron gets to contribute to this topic thanks to our new DM NAX distributed AoIP amplifier. The shift towards AoIP and AVoIP has been a trend Crestron has paid close attention to as we seek to create solutions that can deliver the speed and quality homeowners are looking for these days.
I’ve been in this industry a long time and I’ve never seen something like our DM-NAX, the flexibility it offers is unrivaled and it essentially eliminates the forced choice between user experience and scalability. The DM-NAX changes the game by finally giving homeowners complete control over their environment, allowing them to toggle between TV audio, streaming music from natively integrated platforms like Pandora and Spotify Connect, podcasts, alarms, doorbells, and even paging and intercom usage to any speaker output in the house.
When you pair the DM-NAX with our new speakers created in collaboration with Origin Acoustics, you have the full Crestron audio experience that I think attendees will be talking about this year.
What will you focus on at the show?
Crestron Home is taking center stage for us at the show. Over the last two years since it was launched, Crestron Home has continuously evolved to add features and functionality, including over nine software updates, and several native integrations with partner companies. Sometimes these features can be hard to grasp in a webinar format, so we look forward to showing attendees a hands-on experience with Crestron Home and how it can be easily deployed and scaled for any project. We’ve seen over 20,000 projects installed with Crestron Home — so we know we must be doing something right and we’re excited to share that opportunity for success with attendees.
Of course, I can’t forget to mention the rest of our product line up, including the battery-free Horizon Thermostat, Crestron Home Audio Conferencing, and our suite of new audio solutions. We also have a few products we’re planning on debuting at the show.
To learn more, check out Crestron in Booth 3600 at CEDIA Expo 2021 and visit Crestron.com.