The CEDIA Expo 2020 virtual show floor opens today, and here is a glimpse at some of the products you can learn more about by visiting each company’s booth.
Digital Projection Launches Satellite MLS Projector Solution
After an attention-grabbing debut at last year’s Expo, Digital Projection is now launching its Satellite Modular Laser System (Satellite MLS). The keystone feature of this new system is the separation of the pure laser light engine, with the associated power and thermal management, to a remote location. This enables a compact and virtually silent projection “head” that only contains the primary optics.
Featuring a fully modular concept, integrators can easily design custom configurations ranging from 2500 to 40,000+ lumens, powering up to four projection heads. This results in a lumens-per-volume and lumens-per-kilogram ratio that is far superior to any other projection system currently on the market, according to the company. Additionally, this design makes RGB laser illumination technology and REC 2020 color quality accessible, more deployable and more affordable to the wider AV market.
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AudioControl Boosts Amp Lines with New Firmware
AudioControl is introducing the Director 2.0 firmware that adds new features and an easier-to-navigate graphical user interface (GUI) for the company’s complete line of Director Series and RS Series DSP amplifiers. The new 2.0 firmware adds important functionality and improves efficiency for integrators.
The new user experience offers a clean look, providing easy accessibility to all features from a single page. The new GUI is also a responsive web page, making it easy to view on a variety of devices and screen sizes from phones and tablets to computers. The new interface is compatible with Apple and PC computer platforms as well as both iOS and Android mobile devices.
The SDS switching (Signal Detecting Switch) enables users to seamlessly interact with smart doorbell devices, command prompts from voice assistants, and other devices, pausing entertainment content until the event has passed.
AudioControl has added six additional parametric EQs for enhanced system tuning capability, channel metering for visual confirmation of signal levels (at the amplifier’s output stage) and a touch-sensitive webpage, enabling full system configuration from a phone, tablet or other touch-enabled devices.
Vanco EVO-IP LITE Simplifies HDMI over IP Installs
Vanco is showcasing the EVO-IP LITE, a cost-effective HDMI over IP system developed from the award-winning Evolution EVO-IP platform, ideal for today’s residential installations.
EVO-IP LITE utilizes the same control box and GUI platform as the original EVO-IP, but with one less SKU that can be used as either a transmitter or receiver. It is the ideal solution for installers looking for a matrix, switching, and splitting platform for video resolutions up to 1080p @ 60 Hz. EVO-IP LITE also includes analog and digital audio breakouts, IR and RS232 passthrough, and full cloud control through the current EVO-IP apps and interfaces for scheduling events, remote monitoring, and iOS and Android app control.
Amidst the recent movement towards working and learning from home, conferencing and video distribution products are in higher demand than ever before for residential AV installations, and EVO-IP LITE provides an ideal cost-effective solution.
Crestron Launches Cameo Universal Wireless Dimmers
Crestron’s new Crestron Cameo Universal Wireless Dimmers are a smart, attractive, and cost-effective lighting control option that offers residential systems integrators the flexibility to design lighting projects before the load types have been defined. Cameo dimmers auto-select the ideal dimming voltage for LED, incandescent and magnetic, or electronic low voltage connections, so integrators no longer need to stress over what lighting fixtures will be in a home.
Working natively with the Crestron Home app, Cameo Universal Wireless Dimmers are feature-rich with advanced flicker reduction for LED loads, customizable dim curves, reliable inifiNET EX wireless mesh communication, and include robust protection against miswiring, short circuits, and MLV saturation. Available in 12 Cameo designer styles and colors, the dimmers also offer customizable button layouts and engraving at a competitive price.
DISH Hopper 3
DISH will be showcasing the Hopper 3 whole-home DVR at CEDIA Expo, which lets clients watch and record up to 16 shows at once and store 2TB of programming. Integrators will be glad to find that the Hopper 3 supports auto-discovery for fast control system integration with platforms such as Control4, Crestron, ELAN, URC, Savant, and RTI. Plus, it also provides 2-way feedback for a better customer experience.
The Hopper 3’s MultiView mode divides a display or video projection system into four quadrants, each displaying a different program to give the same experience of a sports bar at home. This feature works with live TV, as well as On Demand content and recorded TV shows and movies. Hopper 3 also allows for bingeing with apps integrated apps for Netflix and YouTube.
The Hopper 3 supports HDR10 and gives clients access to an extensive selection of 4K content, including On Demand movies, shows and events, hundreds of Netflix movies and shows, football, basketball, and racing content with FOX Sports.
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Samsung Expands Lifestyle TV Portfolio
Samsung Electronics is launching The Terrace Smart TV, its first outdoor 4K QLED TV and accompanying soundbar. Available in 55-, 65- and 75-inch models, The Terrace’s IP55 rating makes it weatherproof and durable against water and dust, as 2000 nits brightness and anti-reflective coating provide a clear, vibrant picture in any lighting.
All features of Samsung’s QLED 4K experience are supported. The integrated Samsung Smart TV platform Tizen delivers a seamless content experience and features like Samsung Health. Mobile viewing capabilities like Multi View and Tap View are supported, as are multiple voice services such as Bixby, Amazon Alexa, and the soon-to-launch Google Assistant. With its built-in HDBaseT receiver, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, The Terrace requires only an AC outlet and a minimal amount of technician labor in mounting.
The optional Terrace Soundbar features audio tuned for outdoor environments, along with smart connectivity and the same weatherproofing features. For commercial applications, The Pro TV Terrace Edition is available in the same sizes and with similar specs.
Modus VR Debuts Modus Photo
Modus VR is showing Modus Photo, a companion application to Modus VR that helps dealers instantly create project images; updated tools for editing floor plans and rapidly generating line drawings; and new design assistants for projector placement, reverberation, and Dolby Atmos speaker placement.
Modus VR has gained huge momentum in both the residential and commercial custom installation market since making its debut at CEDIA 2018, where it was named a CEDIA Best of Show Award winner by Residential Systems and TWICE magazines. Over the last year alone, the company has added a host of new manufacturers to its database, including Acoustic Innovations, Artnovion, Barco, Bowers & Wilkins, Chief, Control4, Crestron, Episode by SnapAV, GoldenEar, JVC, HP Enterprise, iPort by Sonance, Origin Acoustics, Poly, Starke Sound, and Uber Displays.
Access Networks Expands Certified Access Points Line
Building off a successful launch of the A750 enterprise-grade Wi-Fi 6 certified access point, Access Networks rounds out its offerings with two additional Wi-Fi 6 certified access points. Joining the family are the A550 and the A650, designed for entry-level and mid-range residential projects, respectively. Combined with the higher-end A750, the two new additions create a complete family of Wi-Fi 6 certified access points, providing integrators with options to suit any size or scope of residential project.
The new family bridges the performance gap from ‘gigabit’ Wi-Fi to multi-gigabit’ Wi-Fi, supporting the insatiable demand for better and faster Wi-Fi as families strive to maintain their work and school obligations online. The Access Networks A550, A650, and A750 provide residential integrators with a way to begin upgrading customers’ homes to the latest Wi-Fi standard, alleviating bandwidth bottlenecks and vastly improving the user experience.
Legrand | AV Unveils Enhance On-Q Plastic Enclosures
Legrand | AV is introducing new On-Q enhanced plastic structured wiring media enclosures for wired and wireless low-voltage systems. Now made in the U.S., the plastic enclosures feature a new reversible hinged door with toolless installation, a free integrated trim ring, added structural rigidity, and other design enhancements that help residential installers save valuable time and money while providing a clean, centralized location for a home’s wired and wireless services.
Besides an included trim ring for concealing imperfections in drywall, the new On-Q enclosures have a new hinge design that allows the door to snap easily and quickly into and out of the trim ring for faster installation without tools. Moreover, the hinge is reversible, so the door can swing left or right within a 180-degree range to maximize installation space. The door also includes new locking capabilities, with the option to install a lock and key to keep components safe before and after commissioning. The On-Q enclosures come in three sizes — 20-inch, 30-inch, and 42-inch — and can be purchased as a kit, separately, or in convenient five-packs.
Savant Offers Pro Remote X2 in Premium Finishes
Savant is now shipping the Rose Gold and Jet Black premium finishes for the new Pro Remote X2.
Pro Remote X2 features an all-aluminum chassis, sleek, easy-to-press backlit buttons, and a 3.1-inch high-resolution glass touch screen. The remote delivers a full range of control for Services and Scenes, including Entertainment, Lighting, Climate, Shades and more. And with Siri voice control, color control, Savant TrueImage lighting, plus the ability to select different video tiling layouts right from the screen, the remote experience blends power with simplicity.
The X2 remote can be tailored for the functionality of the room or to the individual user, making interaction with smart home features a breeze for every member of the family. The Savant Pro Remote X2 is also designed to provide users with quick access to the all-new Savant Home App for Apple TV.
For every X2 Premium purchased, Savant will donate a percentage of the proceeds to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund, led by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Z-Wave Alliance Issues Ecosystem Report
The Z-Wave Alliance is sharing organizational and technical updates, as well as findings from its recently released Z-Wave State of the Ecosystem Report 2020 at Virtual CEDIA Expo 2020. The report focuses on smart home and connected technology inside and outside of the home and how Z-Wave plays a role, with insight from industry experts and predictions for how technology will evolve, including for the professional install industry. While conducting research for the report, the Alliance surveyed a wide range of industry experts and media to get their take on smart home trends, opportunities, and challenges. The report includes data around the top ten Z-Wave categories primed for growth, including data from ABI Research that found that Z-Wave all-in-one devices, smart doorbells, and water sensors are the top three categories predicted to grow the most through 2025. The full Ecosystem Report is available for download at https://z-wavealliance.org/z-wave-state-of-the-ecosystem-report/ and will also be available in the Alliance’s online CEDIA booth.
K1D Desk Clamp Mounts at Chief
Chief’s enhanced K1D Dynamic Height-Adjustable Desk Clamp Mounts are the ideal monitor mount solutions for the home. Key enhancements have been made to Chief’s patented Centris Extreme Tilt technology for effortless fingertip monitor positioning. Their enhanced, three-step installation and quick-release monitor interface allows for easy mounting and maintenance, with included tool storage in the updated base. The monitor mounts float displays in the optimal ergonomic position above your work surface to create a more productive and comfortable workspace.
DISH Fiber is a gig-enabled managed Wi-Fi and live-streaming TV solution designed for MDUs with 100+ units. With DISH Fiber, clients receive a secure personal area Wi-Fi network that is available instantly, anywhere on the property. Plus, with gig-enabled speeds, bingers can binge, gamers can game, and online shoppers can still shop without interruption during peak hours. Plus, plan managers can choose a lineup of 24 popular DISH channels for the residents to access property-wide on their browser-enabled devices. Live channels include ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, Disney, and more.
The DISH Fiber referral program offers potentially lucrative cash incentives to partners that refer MDU property leads that result in an executed DISH Fiber agreement. For example, integrators can earn $20k if they refer a qualifying 400-room MDU to DISH Business and the deal closes. There is also a one-time per-door incentive paid to the referrer.
To learn more, integrators should make plans with their DISH Strategic Account Manager or the DISH VIP Concierge Team at CEDIA Expo.
New Huddle Board Ready at Planar
Available in 75-inch and 86-inch sizes with Ultra HD resolution and 350-nit brightness, Planar’s HB Series Huddle Board allows users to see even the most detailed on-screen content. The series features a highly responsive touch performance to recognize up to 20 simultaneous touch points from multiple users and an included stylus that accurately captures even the smallest of characters. Enabling image import for easy annotation over maps, web page screen shots, reports, and more, Planar HB Series allows users to maximize each application’s individual features directly from the touch screen. The series is also compatible with industry-leading collaboration solutions and includes an integrated Android operating system complete with whiteboard software to create a one-stop collaboration solution for users.
For added flexibility, all Planar HB Series displays come standard with expansion slots that support Intel’s Open Pluggable Specification (OPS), making them compatible with a variety of OPS devices. With embedded tools tailored to in-room and remote unified communication, Planar HB Series is the ideal option for conference rooms, study group spaces, design centers, or the executive home office.
Torus Power Intros AVR Elite Power Control
Torus Power’s new AVR Elite is the ultimate power control system for high-performance audio-video systems. The AVR Elite isolates connected equipment from the electrical grid, ensuring clean power delivery to sensitive electronic components. High Current capability provides performance improvements that can be seen and heard in all AV systems. Advanced Automatic Voltage Regulation protects against voltage fluctuations, and Series Mode Surge Suppression protects expensive equipment from power line damage.
The AVR Elite features a powerful 32-bit processor and the all-new TorusConnect power control system. TorusConnect is a cloud-based system for control, programming, data logging and reporting that allows installers to remotely monitor and respond to user issues, and to control and reboot power zones. The TorusConnect WebApp works with all mobile devices and tablets and features an Installer Dashboard for power control of single or multiple installations. Wi-Fi connectivity makes firmware updates and feature enhancements easy to install.
Luxul Launches Epic Mesh Solution
Luxul is showcasing its Epic Mesh wireless mesh solution to integrators. According to the company, Epic Mesh is the first wireless mesh solution designed for the integration channel. Providing a solid foundation for today’s connected home and easy and fast installation for integrators, Epic Mesh combines a mesh node acting as a router and additional satellite nodes that require no wired link between them. Each node in the network can talk to all the others, forming a point-to-point mesh for fast, reliable, truly wireless internet.
Highlights include: dual-purpose mesh nodes can serve as either a router or a satellite node; simple to install using the Luxul Easy Setup App; a tri-band (2 x 2, 2 x 2, 4 x 4) antenna array enables two 2 x 2 bands for client connectivity and a third powerful 4 x 4 5 GHz dedicated backhaul channel; provides eight SSIDs for networking flexibility; and utilizes MU-MIMO technology for high performance.
Satin White Phase Tech Model Joins MSE PC Line
MSE Audio is showcasing the PhaseTech Premier Collection (PC) subwoofers, bookshelf, and tower speakers in a smooth white matte finish.
The PC9.5 Tower Speaker is the jewel of the premier collection with PhaseTech’s most advanced technology and design profile. It sports three patented 6.5-inch tri-laminate Kevlar/RPF/Glass Fiber flat-piston woofers, a 1.5-inch soft dome midrange, a one-inch soft dome tweeter, and Absolute Phase Crossovers.
Two center channel options, the PC3.5 and the PC33.5, produce the bulk of movie dialog and helps audio effects transition from left to right and vice versa with the help of PhaseTech’s Absolute Phase Crossovers. Theaters are completed with in-wall, in-ceiling or on-wall surround speakers. The PC loudspeakers also include 10- and 12-inch wireless subwoofers.
The modern white Premier Collection products are available with a choice of white or black speaker grilles.
Middle Atlantic Ships Forward Install Solutions
Middle Atlantic Products is now shipping its Forward installation solutions. Forward is designed around a new rackrail and Middle Atlantic’s patented universal hole pattern that allow the family’s blank and vent panels, cable management, lighting, and other rack solutions to be quickly installed without tools.
The Forward family includes:
- Forward Lighting toollessly mounts in the rack to illuminate the entire workspace.
- Forward Cable Management and Power Bracket Solutions keep cable runs tidy with horizontal and vertical options, while the power bracket simplifies any button power strip installation, thereby eliminating the need for tools.
- Forward Blank and Vent Panels achieve optimal rack design in minutes and without needing hardware.
- Forward Small Device Mounting Clamps quickly mount and secure small non-rack mount devices vertically or horizontally using absolutely no hardware.
- Forward UPS base comes preinstalled.
Further simplifying the design process, Middle Atlantic is also offering a BGR enclosure that comes preconfigured with Forward installation solutions and can be ordered using one simple part number.
PRO Ships New Amplified Loudspeaker Controller
Pro Audio Technology (PRO) is now shipping the ALC-3316 Amplified Loudspeaker Controller worldwide. The ALC-3316 includes a 96 kHz/32-bit DSP processing engine that uniquely combines the functionality of a multichannel DSP processor, high-power multichannel home theater or distributed audio amplifier, multichannel mixing amplifier, and high-resolution loudspeaker processor, with built-in matrix bass management, all packed into a stylish 1U chassis.
Simultaneously, PRO is introducing its new companion Configurator Amplified Loudspeaker Controller software. Configurator makes the deployment of surround sound or distributed audio systems easy by integrating intelligent predefined DSP filters to address the acoustic challenges commonly encountered in such systems. The filters are identified in plain, easy-to-decipher English – no audio engineering degree is required.
For advanced users, Configurator grants access to 160 parametric EQ filters (20 input, 20 output, per channel), input trim, output gain, delay, source routing, bass management via PRO BassDirector interface, channel input and output naming, and bass and treble and master volume control, as well as a configurable signal generator for system setup, diagnosis, and testing.
SurgeX Unveils UPS + Isolation Transformer Line
Built with line interactive technology, SurgeX is introducing its family of UPS + Isolation Transformers, which are continuous power supply solutions with power conditioning to create a complete power management system. Available in three models (UPS-1440-Li-ISO, UPS-2200-Li-ISO, and UPS-3000-Li-ISO), the compact solutions bring all the benefits of a large format UPS to the rack-level, containing low-impedance isolation transformers that constantly filter and condition power at the rack to create a stable power environment.
The isolation transformer separates ground and neutral voltage, eliminating anomalies that cause lockups and downtime. The devices prevent high-frequency electrical noise from affecting performance, delivering clean, fully conditioned power to the source, and stopping harmful harmonics from reaching sensitive loads to ensure a safely managed interface between equipment and electrical supplies.
Suitable for both commercial and residential applications with the power to manage environments from 15 amps to 300 volts, the UPS + Isolation Transformer is so compact it can be rack mounted. It is also silent while providing a fast outage response time, 0.9 output power factor, true sine-wave output, and a hot-swappable battery.
Legrand Ships Nuvo P600 DIN Rail Player
Legrand | AV’s Nuvo P600 DIN Rail Player is now available in kits for complete two- (NV-P6002Z-NA), three- (NV-P6003Z-NA), or four-zone (NV-P6004Z-NA) systems. The kits include everything needed to provide customers with complete systems. Designed for simple installation in projects incorporating the international DIN rail mounting standard, the P600 provides any room with instant access to endless music options from networked collections or a variety of internet radio and streaming services and can be easily expanded throughout the home.
The P600 supplies 2 x 20 watts of efficient, Class D digital amplification for a single zone of powerful audio. The streaming audio player is powered by the PW1060 24VDC power supply, which drives up to three P600s for a scalable system that can easily be expanded up to 16 zones. For users, convenient control is always at hand with the Nuvo Player Portfolio app, in addition to optional in-wall keypads and on-wall touchscreens. The P600 can also be seamlessly integrated into third-party automation systems from Vantage, KNX, Control4, URC, Elan, Crestron, RTI, and more.