Q&A with Mark Corbin, President, Vanco International
Q: Why CEDIA?
MARK CORBIN:Although InfoComm is an important show for us, CEDIA Expo is Vanco International’s largest national trade show of the year. At CEDIA Expo, we find that booth traffic is high and the leads are qualified. It is an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the latest AV products from our four brands including Vanco, Evolution, PulseAudio, and Beale Street Audio. It also presents an excellent opportunity for us to meet with our distributors and dealers from across the country to demo and discuss growing technologies, as well as important product categories.
Q: What is the most exciting trend you expect to see at the show?
MC: HDMI over IP continues to gain ground, giving integrators solutions for managing, transmitting, and receiving audio/video signals as well as controlling hundreds of devices over a local network. HDMI over IP also offers full HD capabilities with little to no latency, easy management of multi-point installations, and an easy and flexible way to expand AV systems like none other.
More and more integrators are embracing the growth of HDMI 2.1, due to its practical ability to support a range of higher video resolutions, refresh rates, and increased bandwidth. This is especially relevant as new products are being introduced using the new 4K@120Hz and 8K spec. We expect HDM 2.1 will become a market standard soon and will continue to be the standard for years to come, which means that future-proofing is a necessity. It will be interesting to see which brands are embracing this emerging trend with products to support it.
Q: What will you focus on at CEDIA Expo 2019?
MC: Although we can’t reveal everything we intend to show at CEDIA Expo this early, one of our main focuses at the show will be new audio solutions including new ways we are incorporating our patented Sonic Vortex technology.
We will also display our new PulseAudio Single Channel Amplifier, as well as Beale Street Audio 4-Channel Amplifier. Providing AV dealers with 70V – 100V-compatible electronics, the new amps add superior sound to any installation and are a welcome addition to our audio lines. Also from the Beale Street Audio brand we will showcase innovative Pendant Speaker Enclosures to the residential market for the first time. Designed to fit 4-inch, 6.5-inch, and 8-inch Beale Street Audio in-ceiling speakers, the Pendant Speaker Enclosures are available in black or white paintable finishes making them a designer-friendly installation option for open ceiling environments.
Vanco’s Evolution EVO-IP, a fully customizable, easy to design, integrate, and install HDMI over IP system will also be demonstrated in the Vanco booth. EVO-IP transmits nearly lossless 4K@60Hz, 4:4:4, HDR, HDCP 2.2 video, audio, and IR/RS232 control and can be used as a point-to-point, splitter, switch, matrix and/or video wall solution.
Of course it wouldn’t be CEDIA Expo without a display of Vanco International’s vast HDMI cables and AV accessory offerings. Of particular interest to dealers will be our new fiber and High Speed HDMI cables capable of uncompressed support for 8K and the HDMI 2.1 specification.