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CEDIA Reveals Best New Product Finalists

CEDIA has revealed the finalists for its annual Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards. Three products were chosen as finalists for the Best New Technology award, of which one will be selected as the winner, and 33 were chosen as finalists for the Best New Product award, of which 10 will be selected as winners.

The winners will be announced at the Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet and 20th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, September 12 during CEDIA EXPO 2009. The Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards announcement will also include the induction of the second group of products into CEDIA’s Product Hall of Fame.

The Designer Awards, which will include dozens of awards for the best projects completed by electronic systems contractors, will also be announced at the banquet.

The Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards Finalists were selected by a jury of five electronic systems contractors, each of whom has been in the electronic systems industry for at least 10 years.

The Best New Technology category honors products with a release date after September 30, 2009. Entries are judged on the basis of innovation, value to the technician, value to the business, and impact on the client’s lifestyle. The Best New Product category honors products with a release date between September 30, 2008 and September 30, 2009. Entries are judged on the above listed criteria as well as on performance.

The finalists for Best New Technology are:
Crestron Electronics Inc.: V15-F
Sanus Systems: VisionMount VLT1-B1 SuperSlim Tilting Mount
Universal Remote Control Inc.: KP-4000 Network Keypad and MRX-1 Network Base Station

The finalists for Best New Product are:
Anthem: Anthem Statement D2v with Anthem Room Correction
APC by Schneider Electric: APC AV G Type Network Manageable Rack Power Filter (G50NETBLK)
Artison: Masterpiece In-Wall LCR (M LCR IW)
AudioControl: The Director Model D3200 – Sixteen Channel Amplifier with Digital Signal Processing
BG Radia Corporation: BG Radia BGX-4850
Crestron Electronics Inc.: DM-MD8x8
Digital Projection International (DPI): TITAN 1080p Dual 3D
Exact Power (Middle Atlantic Products): PowerCore Isolation Transformer System
Innovolt Inc. Innovolt HEM-X1000
Kaleidescape Kaleidescape Mini System
LG Electronics USA, Inc.: 55-inch Slim Wireless LED Backlight HDTV (model 55LHX)
Lutron Electronics Co. Inc.: Sivoia QS Wireless
Lutron Electronics Co. Inc.: RadioRA-SR
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Inc.: WD-82837, 82-inch Home Theater Television
Monster Cable Products Inc.: Monster iTV PowerCenter 2000
Monster Cable Products Inc.: Monster Wireless Digital Express HD
NuVo Technologies: NuVo Renovia Multi-Room Audio System
Remote Technologies Inc. (RTI): U2 Weather Resistant Universal System Controller
Russound: Collage Powerline Media and Intercom System
Savant Systems LLC : ROSIE Home Automation Application
Savant Systems LLC: ROSIE Surface
Savant Systems LLC: ROSIE Touch TV
Schlage (Ingersoll-Rand Security Technologies): Schlage LiNK
SunBriteTV: SunBriteTV Model 5500HD All-Weather Outdoor LCD Television
Trak-kit: Trak-kit
Universal Remote Control, Inc. (URC): PSX-2 Personal Server
Vantage: Energy Management Solution
Wisdom Audio: Wisdom Audio Sage Series L150i Reference Line Source In-Wall Loudspeaker