On Wednesday afternoon, more than 60 companies previewed their new offerings to the press ahead of the start of the show. Representing nearly every category in the CEDIA channel, from smart security products to home theater audio, the media preview afforded large and small brands alike an opportunity to build excitement for their new solutions.
At the media preview were Earthquake Sound’s Jacques Sahyoun and Abraham Sahyoung.
Bose showed its new wireless SoundTouch 300 soundbar and the Lifestyle 650 5.1 home entertainment system with four OmniJewel satellite speakers, which measure 5.77 inches high and 1.84 inches wide and deep, each with dual opposing transducers designed to create a 360-degree sound field.
Fibaro showed a selection of new products targeted at both dealers and DIY markets, including Home Center Lite, a compact version of the company’s home intelligence system, a new keyfob that allows users to quickly control scenes and devices, and Micro Modules for lighting control and energy management.
Security product manufacturer, August Home showcased its Smart Lock and related accessories, such as August Connect and Smart Keypad, in addition to announcing its launch of August Pro, a new division dedicated to serving integrators and security dealers in the custom home installation channel.
Indy Audio Labs highlighted its new Acurus ACT 4 preamp processor, which features separate Dolby Atmos and DTS:X processors that run simultaneously, allowing fast format switching, as well as more loudspeaker layout capabilities than any other processor at its price point, according to the company.
Peter Ogley, Bose, with the company’s SoundTouch 300 soundbar.
Integra, a provider of a broad array of receivers, brought five new products to CEDIA this year. Three new receivers have been added to Integra’s roster, with the Slimline heading the entry-level, and the DRX-R1 filling out the high-end of the line. Integra’s booth will demonstrate the power of its Dolby Atmos enabled soundbar, powered by the DRC-R1 preamplifier.
TiVo brings the Bolt+ to this year’s show, packing beefier hardware into the same quirky form factor. Successor to the Bolt, the Bolt+ features six tuners instead of the standard four, as well as two extra terabytes of hard-drive space, making the DVR much more capable of integrating into a whole home solution.
Wilson Pro brought its 4000 and the 4000R signal boosters to the show, representing wall and rack mountable options, respectively. Though construction and innate signal strength can cause results to vary, the pro boosters are rated for homes over 5,000 sq. feet.