It is almost here — the annual CEDIA Expo where the industry gathers to talk shop, learn from the experts, and experience all the new products that we are going to want in our arsenals. Here is a quick look at some of the gear opportunities that you can experience at the 2019 CEDIA Expo.
Atlona — Booth #2947 Atlona returns to CEDIA Expo with Opus, a series of three HDMI-to-HDBaseT matrix switchers and one receiver built for high-performance 4K/HDR and Dolby Vision signal distribution and extension in residential AV environments. Opus products are engineered with a comprehensive range of control and audio matrixing features, making the series ideal for a wide range applications that require multi-zone AV distribution.
AudioControl – Booth #1813 The AudioControl Avalon G4 high-performance amplifier is fully configurable to operate as a 4-channel, 3-channel, or 2-channel amplifier using rear panel controls. The 2U rack space Avalon G4 provides high performance from a Class H design that achieves 230 watts/8 ohms or 300 watts/4 ohms into four channels all channels driven. The made in USA Avalon G4 has been designed as a match to AudioControl’s Maestro M9 and M5 cinema processors and is ideally suited for immersive surround formats such as Dolby Atmos or as a premium standalone power amplifier for nearly any multi-zone entertainment system.
D-Tools – Booth # 1343 New to D-Tools Cloud is the addition of critical, intelligent system design. Built for collaboration on opportunities, quotes, and system design, D-Tools Cloud’s browser-based and data-driven drawing capabilities remove the need for outside drawing applications such as Visio or AutoCAD. D-Tools Cloud’s browser-based design tools automatically create data-driven signal flow drawings (Line Diagrams) based on a quote’s bill of materials. D-Tools Cloud’s new Whiteboards enable users to sketch out and share ideas, collaborate on design, and help clients visualize their project — all in-app. Whiteboards enable users to quickly add products to floorplans, or photos, to enable impactful visualizations that enhance client communication and validate system design.
GoldenEar Technology – Booth #SR-2 GoldenEar Technology is launching the new Triton One.R. Its monocoque cabinet is constructed of multi-density medite, engineered with the goal of making it as non-resonant as possible and optimized with extensive use of accelerometer-generated spectral decay analysis. The baffle is as narrow as possible, minimizing diffraction issues for superb imaging as well as delivering a sleek tower design that almost disappears in the room.
Induction Dynamics – Booth # 3925 MSE Audio’s Induction Dynamics ID1 combines a four-way tower speaker with a subwoofer via a rear switch. Incorporating a three-way design, the ID1 features dual 10-inch subwoofers with an upper drive spaced to alleviate floor-bounce resonances. Measuring 56 inches tall, 11 inches wide and 10.5 inches deep, the ID1 features MSE Audio’s patented crossover, S4X super 4th order, with almost 30-dB-per-octave slopes at 80, 700, and 3800 Hz. The ID1 drivers include a 1.125-inch, titanium, inverted-dome, phase-controlled tweeter, with a three-inch soft dome midrange and a 6.5-inch Kevlar woofer. The subwoofers incorporate a dual 10-inch, mica-graphite poly cone driver with a case frame and rubber surrounds. The ID1 features a three-way portion with a nominal impedance of 8 ohms, 98 dB for one-watt at one meter, with the subs boasting 4 ohms and 89 dB/1w/1m.
Jetbuilt – Booth #4401 At CEDIA 2019, Jetbuilt will show Project Management 2.0, which provides users with a single, unified platform for sales and project management. Project Management 2.0 features a management task list to create an enhanced visualization of steps, conversation, photos, and documents between project managers and technicians. Users can comment on individual tasks from the desktop software or with the JetbuiltGO app, available for Android and iPhone devices, enabling two-way communication between sales managers, engineers, project managers, and technicians in the field.
Josh.ai – Booth #4319 For the first time Josh.ai will have its own fully enclosed demo room where attendees can witness in real time how its full ecosystem of products work and integrate with other brands. This includes voice commands given to its hardware product, Josh Micro, as well as through its mobile apps for phones and iPads, and its web-based integrator portal for more advanced functionality such as setting up distributed AV architecture. In addition to its own booth, Josh.ai can also be found driving demos at other exhibits, including Lutron and Sony booths.
Just Add Power – Booth #1817 J+P will be holding its annual CEDIA party on Thursday, September 12. This year’s event with be at Summit Music Hall (www.summitdenver.com) and will feature Mötley Crüe tribute band Dr. Crue (www.drcruerocks.com). Doors open at 7:00 PM and the music starts at 8:30 PM. Passes will be available at the Just Add Power booth (#1817).
LeakSmart – Booth #4208 LeakSmart now works with the Samsung SmartThings Hub, enabling homeowners to connect the LeakSmart system to their already connected home. The SmartThings Hub allows users to connect wirelessly with a wide range of smart devices to make them all work together. SmartThings currently integrates with LeakSmart’s Protect by LeakSmart Valve, as well as LeakSmart’s water sensors that are placed around the home to detect leaks.
By setting rules for the LeakSmart System via the SmartThings app, your system will automatically shut-off the home’s main water supply or homeowners can easily turn off their water if one of LeakSmart’s sensors detects a leak or pipe-freezing conditions.
Legrand | AV Residential Solutions – Booth #905 At CEDIA Expo 2019, Legrand | AV Residential brands, including Chief, Da-Lite, Luxul, Middle Atlantic Products, Nuvo, On-Q, and Vantage, come together to deliver three major areas for residential integrators: infrastructure, networking, and AV systems. Integrators can build a strong foundation with Legrand | AV’s infrastructure and networking brands, then integrate AV systems to transform smart homes and deliver an exceptional AV experience for homeowners.
Integrators interested in learning more about Legrand | AV’s latest products and solutions should sign up for the variety of CEDIA Manufacturer Product Training courses being offered throughout the show across all major areas.
Modus VR – Booth #4343 Having introduced virtual reality design software for media rooms and home theaters, Modus VR is at CEDIA 2019 ready to unveil a significantly updated version of its platform. What’s more, according to Modus VR co-founder Ken Brueck, show attendees can also experience the future of AV room design at the booth with a one-on-one session in virtual reality that is led by a Modus VR specialist. With the latest version of Modus VR, the company says integrators can deliver an impressive virtual reality experience to clients that expedites the design process and increases sales opportunities. The newly updated software provides more flexibility and options, including an updated CAD export workflow, options for new virtual finishes and materials, support for new Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and improved organization of the virtual objects library.
OneVision — Booth #2651 During CEDIA Expo OneVision is inviting integrators to “Tame the Beast.” The “beast” being the overwhelming demand that technical service and support places on the average CI company and the impact it can have on the bottom line. OneVision has developed a state-of-the-art offering to tame the service beast. Partnering with integrators across the country, OneVision’s dedicated team, technical expertise, and software suite streamlines the process of service while creating RMR at the same time.
Platinum Tools – Booth #4133 Platinum Tools is featuring the new Waterproof RJ45 Coupler System (p/ns 740C and 741C) at CEDIA Expo 2019.
There are those installs where Ethernet connections will need ruggedized protection due to exposure to water, dust, corrosion, harsh elements, and vibration. The waterproof RJ45 coupler system is rated to IP67 to meet those harsh environmental conditions commonly found in outdoor and indoor installs. The screw mating system assures secure connection, and it is RoHS compliant.
PowerHouse Alliance – Booth #2137 PowerHouse Alliance is bringing a brand new booth to better showcase its A2V products, including outdoor speakers, subwoofers, HDMI cables, mounts, racks, and more. The group will provide dealers with easy access to a large variety of product from its own line, as well as from over 250 vendors, including audio, video, security, networking, home control, accessory, and other categories. PowerHouse will have manufacturers and members in the booth focusing on what’s new, and educating dealers on how they can maximize and expand their projects with new technologies from the show to capture new business.
Pro Audio Technology – Booth #SR-6 Pro Audio Technology will display and demonstrate its new and improved loudspeakers and amplifiers, which, according to the company, are the best products it has ever produced both in sound quality and specifications, as well as fit and finish.
Rayva – Booth #3837 Unlike traditional offerings which are known for being complex and fraught with challenges, Rayva’s home theaters are engineered to be fully-customizable yet turnkey, and can be installed in a matter of days (rather than weeks or months). During CEDIA Expo, Rayva will have a theater in the Origin Acoustics booth (#3837) as well as as a kiosk in the CEDIA Wellness Pavilion.
Want more CEDIA Expo product previews? Join the “Things You Can’t Miss at CEDIA Expo 2019” webinar on September 5.
RoseWater Energy Group — Booth #2654 RoseWater Energy Group will highlight its new partnership with Alpine Power Systems at CEDIA 2019. RoseWater Energy Group has partnered with Alpine Power Systems to manage installations of the HUB SB20 Energy and Storage System. Alpine Power Systems brings resources to over 150 technicians and vehicles in over 20 locations nationally, as well as 24 hours of customer service. Alpine Power Systems is positioned to provide RoseWater’s customers with reliable, fast and efficient service, whether it’s an initial install or a customer service call.
RTI — Booth #SR-12 RTI’s flagship T4x handheld remote control will be a highlight of its control and automation lineup at CEDIA Expo 2019. The controller’s design offers solid ergonomics, a high-resolution 4-inch capacitive touchscreen, and fully programmable soft-touch buttons. The device also includes grip sensors, WiFi, and dual RF.
Savant – Booth #1500 Savant Breaker-Companion Modules provide panelized lighting control and energy management functionality that delivers individual load-level control throughout the home as well as utility-grade reporting of energy usage data. Designed in partnership with sister-company Racepoint Energy, Savant Breaker-Companion Modules have been engineered to deliver both control and energy management functionality of lighting loads as well as other devices throughout the home.
Severtson Screens – Booth #1826 Severtson Screens is showcasing its 4K thin/zero bezel fixed frame projection screen solutions during CEDIA Expo 2019. Severtson’s new 4K thin/zero bezel fixed frame projection screen solution offers simple assembly and Severtson Screens’ USA-made projection surfaces. An LED backlit add-on option is also available.
Sonus faber – Booth #SR-18 The Sonus faber Palladio is a collection of stylish custom in-wall and in-ceiling loudspeaker systems that feature two lines, Level 5 and Level 6, with 13 models in total. Level 5 offers two in-wall and four in-ceiling speakers and the Level 6 includes two in-wall and five in-ceiling speakers. Additionally, both lines boast the option to add a versatile passive subwoofer.
SoundTube Entertainment – Booth # 3925 MSE Audio brings IP-based, PoE technology to the residential market with the SoundTube Entertainment IPD-HUB2 Dante-enabled amplifier. The IPD-Hub 2 Amplifier offers an IP-based alternative to traditional audio distribution systems. The IPD-Hub 2 utilizes the Dante and Unify infrastructures to provide performance monitoring and EQ/DSP control over individual speakers in the system from any computer with an internet connection. The IPD-Hub 2 provides a complete IP-based system at a price point comparable to traditional 8-ohm systems.
Theory Audio Design – Booth #SR-7 CEDIA Expo 2019 will mark the official launch Theory Audio Design. Previewed at CEDIA 2018 and shipping this fall, Theory loudspeakers and amplified loudspeaker controllers marry Pro Audio Technology’s acoustic performance with contemporary design to bring large-scale professional sound to residential and commercial installations where aesthetics and installation flexibility are essential.
Torus Power – Booth #2533 During CEDIA Expo 2019, the company will unveil the all-new Torus Power AVR Elite lineup of toroidal isolation power products with the TorusConnect monitoring and control platform, and more. Attendees scheduling a booth appointment in advance of the show will receive a special limited-edition vinyl press.
Vanco International – Booth #643 One of our Vanco’s focuses at the show will be new audio solutions, including new ways to incorporate its patented Sonic Vortex technology. Vanco will also display the new PulseAudio single channel amplifier, as well as a Beale Street Audio 4-channel amplifier. Also from the Beale Street Audio are the Pendant Speaker Enclosures, which are 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.
Vivotek – Booth #1225 Vivotek is showcasing the CC9381-HV, the newest model in its line of H.265 180-degree panoramic network cameras. The new model offers up to 30 fps at 2560 x 1920 (5MP) resolution with built-in IR illuminators up to 15 meters; it provides complete video security throughout the day and night without losing angle coverage and video quality.
Yamaha – Booth #2143 Yamaha will be showing its XDA-QS5400RK MusicCast multi-room streaming amplifier at CEDIA Expo. Designed specifically for custom-integrated multi-room audio applications, this quad-streaming amplifier, “QS” for short, offers a combination of installation flexibility, expandability, and high-end audio performance, plus compatibility with the range of MusicCast audio products. It provides four zones of streaming audio with eight channels of amplification for powering in-ceiling speakers throughout the house, as well as outdoor speakers. The streams may be assigned to any or all pairs of the amp channels.
“Creating Sonic Connoisseurs” with Sam Cavitt
Residential Systems columnist Sam Cavitt is hosting a CEDIA Expo course entitled “Creating Sonic Connoisseurs,” which takes place Wednesday, September 11 from 1:00-2:30 PM. This course is part of an initiative to foster a greater appreciation and value of high performance private cinema experiences. The class reveals information about how sound can be seen as a new, inspiring experience that clientele should appreciate and value. Unfortunately, a large percentage of prospective clientele are not properly exposed to the pleasures of high performance audio experiences, which remain a pleasure, unexploited! Take this class to become part of the renaissance of luxury audio experiences in our industry.
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