CEDIA 2017 saw strong growth in attendance in San Diego, with more than 20,000 home tech professionals participating in the event. Major exhibiting brands, including Lutron, Control4, SnapAV, Z-Wave Alliance, Nest, and DISH, among others, have already committed for the 2018 show, and helped drive record onsite sales for the next show. Trends included a continued focus on integrated voice control, and more emphasis on video wall technology, window shades, affordable 4K video projection, and loudspeaker evolution. Here are some of the hightlights.
Josh.ai debuted Josh Micro, a new hardware platform combining a home control processor, far-field microphone array, and streamlined user interface, all in a package that fits in the palm of your hand. Built specifically for the custom integration channel, Josh Micro uses far-field voice detection and artificial intelligence to unify home technology and redefine how users interact with their home. The tiny device is capable of running an entire home. The goal of system redundancy in mind, each Josh Micro is a full control system creating a network of multiple devices throughout the home. By changing the design model from one processor in the home to one processor per room, Josh Micro offers what its believes is a highly scalable business model for dealers. Each Josh Micro ships preloaded with Josh automation software, instantly connecting to the home’s network and automatically discovering connected devices. Integrators can configure a Josh system without custom programming. Josh integrates with Crestron, Control4, Lutron, Sonos, Autonomic, Nest, Chamberlain, Aprilaire, and Sony, and Josh voice commands are natural, utilizing technologies such as anaphora (memory), compound commands, and audio, and video “deep-linking.” While Josh Micro can use a wake word to start listening (“Hey Josh”), it can also start listening by utilizing a built-in motion sensor or a simple tap of the surface. A first in the industry, Josh Micro can intuitively understand where it is, making room-specific commands simple. Rather than having to specify a location for voice commands, simply say “turn on the lights” to activate the room you’re in. Josh Micro is the first hardware product capable of accepting compound commands, which are a string of commands issued at once, creating ad-hoc scenes on the fly. For example, “Open the shades, dim the lights, stop the music, and watch Breaking Bad.”
Underscoring its commitment to custom installers, Samsung Electronics America introduced its 5-Star Solutions program, featuring a new CI-dedicated web portal, expanded control partnerships, IP integration, and enhanced sales and distribution support. A core component of 5-Star Solutions, the web portal offers whitepapers, training, install tips, and additional resources for CI professionals including access to a support network of trained Samsung technology experts and a technical support hotline. Directories for Samsung’s entire line of Home Entertainment products, including the premium QLED Series, The Frame lifestyle TV, soundbars, and the new UBD-M9700 4K UHD Blu-ray Player are also included.
Herman Integration Services (http://www.herman-is.com), a nationwide provider of technical labor resources to commercial systems integrators in the AV industry, is now providing labor resources to residential integrators. By using Herman’s labor resources to augment their business, the residential integrator can not only expand their business, but improve operational efficiencies. Herman allows an integrator to scale their business without incurring additional overhead.
Domotz, the provider of remote monitoring and management systems, is now offering lifetime licensing for its Domotz Pro application. Under the new program, in addition to still having the option to “pay as you go” via the company’s established monthly credit program, Domotz installers and service providers can now purchase a one-time lifetime license for their customer installations. This gives them more flexibility in how they pay for and monetize service offerings.
Full-service business management software provider iPoint is offering enhanced commissioning abilities to its iPoint Control platform. The new feature set enables iPoint community members to tier commissions according to sales margin as well as automate the accounting process of calculating commissions, reducing stress on payroll. The new commissioning feature provides the flexibility for iPoint community members to pay tiered commission.
Seymour-Screen Excellence, manufacturer of acoustically transparent film screens, chose CEDIA 2017 to debut its Audio Excellence series in the U.S. Shipping abroad since last year, and now available for sale in North America, the series consists of several limited-range loudspeakers, subwoofers, rack-mountable multichannel amplifiers, and DSP crossovers that can accommodate 5.1 and 3D audio setups. The systems are designed to create the kind of continuous high sound pressure levels and exacting bass experienced in commercial cinemas. All the components are supported by a five-year warranty. The Vertex series consists of three, limited-range, high-SPL loudspeakers that operate from 100Hz to 22kHz and are coupled with a subwoofer via an active outboard DSP crossover. The speakers are designed to be used both in- or on-wall behind the acoustically transparent (AT) screen and as surrounds. Vertex 3 is a 500W-capable, high-sensitivity three-way LCR that can be biamplified. Vertex 2 is a compact two-way speaker ideal as LCR or surround. Vertex 1 is the smallest, ideal for surround. Seymour-Screen Excellence is aiming to raise its performance standards by way of its new Enlightor-Neo 4K / HDR acoustically transparent film screen surface. The company also unveiled its Enlightor-Neo, which attempts to take acoustical transparency film screen technology to another level as its surface is comprised of a newly woven pattern that contributes to improved audio and video performance. Like Enlightor-4K, Enlightor-Neo is rated for 4K and higher resolutions and delivers enhanced dynamic range performance (HDR). Enlightor-Neo boasts a more matte finish (1.0 gain) and a slightly brighter look than Enlightor-4K (0.9). It also has more “stretch” to it, meaning it can be pulled tauter then other AT surfaces on the market, making it well suited for difficult custom applications such as motorized retractable applications.
Access Networks has introduced an access point enclosure (AP enclosure), enabling integrators to conceal Wi-Fi range-extending devices in optimized locations throughout the home within ceilings or walls. The customizable enclosure features round or square paintable magnetic cover options to suit varied décor and has been engineered for the Ruckus R310 and R510 series of access points, though the enclosure can be used with other solutions, size allowing. The AP Enclosure is engineered to simplify installation for professional integrators, featuring four keystone knockouts for the most popular brands to allow incoming cable connections as well as utilizing the internal switch capability of most Ruckus access points. The paintable magnetic covers enable a quick reveal for service or future upgrades, and a new-construction ring is available for proper placement before drywall. The enclosure also features side ventilation to keep any heat generated by the access point rising out of the enclosure while minimizing the presence of attic dust or insulation. Access Networks also added its first branded Access Network Wireless to its portfolio of enterprise-grade networking solutions, available beginning Q1, 2018. Patented by Ruckus Wireless, the family of premium-level wireless networking products includes a wireless controller, three indoor access points, and an outdoor access point.
Russound showcased the MBX-AMP, a new Wi-Fi streaming audio system amplifier. The MBX-AMP is a single-box solution for residential installations, while access to SiriusXM for Business makes it a reliable choice for light commercial projects. Russound designed the MBX-AMP to be a decentralized, amplified streaming solution. Full control is managed through the MyRussound App as well as Russound’s XTS or XTSPlus touchscreens. The MBX-AMP offers 50 watts per channel at 8 ohms and is scalable for up to 32 rooms, with synchronized audio for up to 16 rooms. In addition to built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it features voice control integration, and there will be driver support for Control4, URC and RTI controls.
Acoustic Innovations introduced its 25th Anniversary Curated Theaters collection at CEDIA 2017. The three different styles, CINERialto, CINERitz, and CINECirque are meant to provide an elegant environment with unique designs for diverse tastes. The Curated Theaters collection offers one-of-a-kind laser-cut grilles designed for theater columns. The columns are available in two sizes to accommodate various room heights.
Stealth Acoustics touted its new Image III Sub at CEDIA 2017, part of the company’s Image III art speaker series. This on-wall subwoofer, with unprecedented finishing customization, allows installers to meet client aesthetic expectations for a design-specific visual outcome while providing subwoofer bass audio response in a home media room or corporate installation. The new Image Sub uses Stealth’s durable and solid “Fidelity Glass” flat front radiator surface, which has no grille openings. This allows for total artistic free reign on the solution, using paint, graphics, wallpaper, or virtually any desired finish to match the room’s interior. The Image Sub is based on Stealth’s high-power dual 8-inch B30 invisible subwoofer architecture. Form-factored to exactly match Image speakers, the Image Sub extends bass response down to 35Hz turning an Image speaker solution into a high-performance and artistic on-wall, multi-channel surround sound system that outperforms soundbars. It offers broad 180-degree dispersion and high SPL output, as standard. Stealth’s Image speakers can now be configured in stereo, 2.1 (stereo plus sub), 5.1, 7.2, or even Atmos. Like full range Image speakers, Image Subs fit well with Stealth’s SA255 monaural subwoofer amplifier or Stealth’s SA2400 dual channel amp, which includes built-in DSP for even more power and system tuning tools.
AMETEK Electronic Systems Protection is offering a new 30-amp model of its SurgeX enVision diagnostic tool. The new 30-amp model expands the enVision product line, a proven diagnostic intelligence system that measures, records, and interprets power conditions in real time, with detailed time- and date-stamped reports. enVision is a practical solution for multiple scenarios and provides energy data that can be used to accurately identify the source of common electrical issues, pre- or post-installation. This saves money for the consumer and time and resources for the integrators by preventing unnecessary services or repairs.
Klipsch added more than 50 new high-performance custom speaker solutions for residential and commercial applications that feature new installation technologies, designed to save integrators time and money. Four new series of architectural speakers offer high-performance audio at various price points and are exclusive to integrators. The Klipsch Professional Reference Premiere Architectural speakers and Professional Reference combines the aesthetics of an architectural speaker with the same horn-loaded acoustics and core components of their home theater component speaker counterparts. The series uses a new proprietary SecureFit two-piece modular installation system to create a more robust, stable acoustic platform for the speakers. It enables a quick and easy one-person installation solution and is designed to reduce baffle vibration by up to 40 percent.
Klipsch also showcased its weather-resistant outdoor speaker solutions that are easy to install without tools, and can be tailored to any residential or commercial outdoor living environment. Klipsch Professional Series Landscape speakers are the only horn-loaded outdoor satellite and rock speaker solutions on the market, according to the company. These all-weather, durable, low-distortion, high-efficiency systems deliver dynamic, powerful detailed sound. The speakers emit an ultra-wide 105-degree dispersion for powerful, balanced sound, while the landscape and rock subwoofers produce low frequency extension and output.
Harman leveraged its recent Arcam acquisition in its Lexicon RV-6 and RV-9 immersive surround sound AV receivers and the Lexicon MC-10 immersive surround sound AV processor, which feature Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D surround sound processing, Dirac room Live EQ, the Logic7 Immersion up mixer. The video and audio stages are designed for current and upcoming technologies; HDMI2.0a with HDCP2.2 4K Ultra HD and 3D video capability are built in as well as Dolby Vision compatibility. They also leverage 24bit /192k Cirrus CS42528 for A/D and D/A conversion. Harman’s JBL Synthesis introduced its SCL-2 in-wall loudspeaker, utilizing patented a D2 compression driver and High-Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguide technologies and components. The loudspeaker’s 5.5-inch-deep enclosure fits standard wall construction applications and features a Sonoglass precision molded baffle assembly with integrated HDI waveguide/horn, and a zero-bezel, magnetically attached grille.
In response to escalating requests for HDR support in residential AV systems, Atlona launched its latest generation HDMI matrix switcher, the AT-HDR-H2H-44M, at CEDIA. The HDRH2H- 44M is a compact 1 RU, 4x4 HDMI matrix switcher for HDR formats. It is HDCP 2.2 compliant and supports 4K/UHD video at 60Hz with 4:4:4 chroma sampling, as well as HDMI data rates up to 18Gbps. The HDR-H2H-44M is ideal for residential as well as commercial applications with the latest, as well as emerging, 4K/UHD and HDR sources and displays. Ideal as a routing solution between HDR-capable AV sources and destinations, the HDR-H2H-44M supports all video resolutions, audio formats, and color space formats encompassed in the HDMI 2.0b specification. The HDR-H2H-44M can be coupled with one or more Atlona AT-HDR-EX-70-2PS HDMI extenders for an HDR distribution solution that can easily support multiroom AV systems, including those with Ultra HD Blu-ray players, streaming media players, and 4K-capable gaming consoles.
With what Leon calls “distinctive design and exceptional performance,” the all-new SEVEN Series was developed in collaboration with recording artists, producers, and acoustic engineers and uses “world-class” components and exquisite materials to elicit the soul of any recording. The SEVEN series will begin shipping in September and offers a number of models, including the all-new Timbre SEVEN bookshelf speakers, the Horizon SEVEN soundbar, the Profile SEVEN sidemount speakers, and the Detail SEVEN on-wall speakers. The Timbre SEVEN is constructed from 1-inch solid hardwood butcher-block and features striking accents of copper and aluminum. With handmade 7-inch aluminum cone woofers and 25mm cloth-dome tweeters mounted in a solid billet aluminum baffle, the Timbre SEVEN is available in two models, the MT with a single woofer configuration, and the MTM with double woofers, offering flexibility for any setup. Custom built to match the exact width of any display, the redesigned Horizon SEVEN soundbar brings style and superior sound into media rooms, home theaters, and anywhere else audiophile-grade quality and aesthetics are important.
Savant introduced Savant Shades, a line of design-forward motorized shades that eliminate the traditional mechanisms and enclosures found on other motorized shades. Savant’s window treatments are designed in conjunction with window treatment expert James Geiger and are available exclusively through Savant. Featuring an array of carefully selected fabrics, Savant Shades are the modern window treatment solution for any décorconscious smart home consumer. Savant Shades are meticulously crafted and available in blackout, translucent, and sheer fabrics. Unlike conventional shading solutions, Savant Shades are a fascia-free design–meaning that window boxes concealing wires, screws or fasteners are no longer required resulting in the cleanest look possible. Savant Shades are integrator-friendly as well, decreasing cost and installation time with innovations such as a single-motor system capable of driving multiple shades and a two-phase installation process that enables integrators to test mount the assemblies before fabric is ordered, maximizing profit opportunity while reducing fitting errors. Once installed, the shades are intuitively configured using Savant’s Blueprint software, enabling integrators to easily synchronize timing, set stop limits and other parameters. Shades can be easily included in any Savant Scene, configurable by the integrator or the homeowner. Savant also showed its next generation TrueImage lighting software, leveraging the company’s patented virtual lighting concepts to allow users to experience virtual lights in any room on their mobile devices. Users can easily change dimming levels and RGB colors simply by tapping the virtual light. TrueImage greatly reduces lighting complexity and takes home automation to a different level. Savant’s control of lighting with TrueImage for mobile devices also works with Savant touch screens and the Savant Pro Remote. TrueImage users can see, touch, control, and dim the light from any Savant control system interface directly from the photographic image, updating the color and dimness setting of the light as a visual reference on the interface screen in real time. Once a photo has been taken and stored, all user interfaces in the system update automatically, including the Savant Pro App, touch screens and remotes, saving valuable time for the integrator. Also, Savant Multi-STAT is a multipurpose thermostat that provides access to “Savant Scenes” with a finger swipe of the color touch screen, giving homeowners instant access to numerous automation events in conjunction with climate control. The Multi-STAT’s user interface is identical to the premium glass touch screen found in Savant’s Pro Remote and will deliver access to smart home functions. For added convenience, all of the Multi-STAT’s features can be accessed remotely via mobile devices using the Savant Pro 8 App.
Origin Acoustics’ latest collaborative effort with Bang & Olufsen is the Terrestrial Line Array, a modular speaker system that was created for outdoor applications as part of a landscape audio system. Made up of a base unit that includes two modules, and can be expanded vertically to as many as six modules, the system can be assembled to meet the precise needs of the installation. The modules are constructed from aluminum and are almost cube shaped with the backside being only slightly smaller than the front. Each cube houses a single 5-inch, full range driver with a VariBlade Lens placed directly in front of the cone to increase high-frequency dispersion. A 70v transformer is also housed in the base unit. The array can be mounted on a spike driven into the ground, attached to a flat surface with the optional wall-mount, or hung from above (under eaves or soffits) with the optional ceiling mount.
The company also introduced its Valet amplifier, which integrates seamlessly with the Amazon Echo Dot to create a simple, interactive four-zone system. Featuring eight, 75w channels, the Valet amp can be connected to a broad range of speakers and provide the power necessary to drive them to substantial volume levels. Each of the four stereo zones sports an RJ45 connection that sends power to the Dot over a standard Cat-5 cable and also returns the audio signal to the amplifier via a proprietary balun. Taking advantage of the Dot’s audio output allows both music and Alexa’s voice to play through the room’s loudspeakers. This is a huge upgrade in audio quality from the Dot’s internal speaker or even the original Echo’s larger transducer. Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn libraries can all be accessed and played through the system directly from the Dot. External sources can also be played through the system and the Valet’s Patent Pending muting circuit will mute the source when Alexa is addressed and unmute when the appropriate action is completed. There is also a 12-volt trigger for each zone that will allow for additional activation of third party devices upon Alexa being addressed.
Screen Innovations (SI) launched its Solo and Solo Pro, a family of wireless motorized projection screens offering a sleek, minimalistic Zero Edge-like experience in a portable and lightweight cassette. The new motorized version of the Zero Edge screen is completely wire-free, can be carried in the palm of your hand, and mounted nearly anywhere. Further, Solo features an intelligent, lithium-powered, rechargeable motor that utilizes a new patent pending magnetic charging system, enabling up to 500 recharge cycles and over two years of use on a single charge. Solo is designed to be mounted nearly anywhere, thanks to its small form factor, lightweight, and multitude of designer mounting accessories. Some of these accessories include universal brackets, which adapt to any 1/4-20 threaded application, quick release brackets, ceiling brackets, or even suction cups for mounting to windows or other smooth, flat surfaces such as an RV or Airstream.
Digital Projection International (DPI) introduced the E-Vision LASER 5K, a high-value projection display featuring the same solid-state laser illumination technology as the company’s flagship projectors. Like those models, it benefits from 20,000 hours of stable and maintenance-free imaging with no costly lamp replacements. Adding to the much lower cost of ownership, the E-Vision LASER 5K won’t suffer from lamp failures or sudden degradation of lumen performance during use, according to the company. Digital Projection’s laser-illumination systems also supports DP’s MultiAxis capability which enables the E-Vision LASER 5K to be oriented in nearly any position for installation flexibility and application creativity. To assure simplicity, the E-Vision LASER 5K includes a standard zoom lens and a multitude of connectivity options. The E-Vision LASER 5K features 5,000 laser lumens (ISO), WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), 1-Chip DLP technology, and HDMI 1.4a + MHL Mobile High-Definition Link (device mirroring), along with USB Type A, VGA, RCA, HDBaseT inputs.
Meridian Audio celebrated its 40th Anniversary during CEDIA 2017 with a host of new products and industry partnerships designed to showcase the best possible home theater and audio performance in the home. The 271 Digital Theater Controller and 251 Powered Zone Controller were on display, alongside flagship products from Meridian’s 200 series, demonstrating the company’s commitment to premium quality in the residential custom installation channel.
First-time CEDIA exhibitor FIBBR’s UltraPro 4K cable is certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) for 18Gbps transmission. The new 4K AOC HDMI cable converts 4K signals to optical and transports them at 18Gbps over fiber at distances of up to 50 meters for residential use (up to 200 meters available by special request).
At CEDIA, Dynaudio showcased a diverse range of new loudspeakers reflecting its 40 years of experience crafting audio products, now with a focus on the custom install space. The company presented models from its product lines in an array of refined finishes, highlighted new additions to its arsenal of products, and showcase a professional-grade luxury home cinema system that offers an immersive theater performance. At CEDIA 2017, Dynaudio and Datasat, along with a select group of partner vendors, offered a sneak preview of the “ultra high-performance” Cinema Master theater system. The Cinema Master is intended as an ultimate-performance home theater system based on advanced Dynaudio loudspeaker technologies that are professional grade and provide a high level of durability while enabling premium audio quality. The Cinema Master 60 loudspeaker features a 22Hz-21kHz frequency response and accurate, clear, and powerful dynamics without compression or distortion, even at SPL levels over 135dB. The Cinema Master 60 features Dynaudio’s Esotar2 tweeter and technically refined, handmade drivers. At CEDIA 2017, the speaker was mated to Dynaudio’s Studio Series high-performance in-ceiling and in-wall custom installation loudspeaker models to create a home theater setup. Combined with Datasat’s RS20i high-end audio processor and RA2400 and RA7300 amplifiers, Dynaudio’s Cinema Master 60 delivered what the company considered “an uncompromising, immersive audio experience never before possible in the home.” Dynaudio also showcased its Studio Series, which previewed at CEDIA last year and is now shipping worldwide. The first offering in Dynaudio’s custom install architectural loudspeaker range, the Studio Series installs quickly and easily while providing integrators with the flexibility needed to accommodate even the most challenging listening environments. The current products in the Studio Series include two round in-ceiling models, the S4-C65 and S4-C80, and two rectangular in-wall models, the S4-W65 and S4-W80. Dynaudio presented the latest additions to the line, including a new in-ceiling dual voice coil speaker, the DVC-65 (MSRP: $699), and a new modular LCR (left, center, right) in-wall speaker system, the S4-LCR65. The S4-LCR65 offers a variety of flexible installation configurations, making it easy for installers to work around stud walls without any structural modification. Two available modules comprise a Dynaudio S4-LCR channel: the S4-LCR65W (MSRP: $699) dual-woofer bass module and the S4-LCR65MT (MSRP: $999) midrange/tweeter module.
Core Brands launched 80 new products through its stable of custom brands and entered five new product categories at CEDIA 2017, where the company also launched national rollouts of three business programs to boost dealer sales. The company’s ELAN home control brand led the pack with 50 new SKUs and first-time entries into network video recorder (NVR) surveillance systems, IP surveillance cameras, 4K-over-IP and 4K HDMI distribution matrices, and Wi-Fi thermostats. The Xantech brand is reshaping its image as a provider of IR distribution to become a “connectivity” brand with the recent launch of HDMI cables, the addition of HDMI cable bulk packs, and plans for HDMI matrix switchers, the latter being more aggressively priced than ELAN’s switchers. SpeakerCraft expanded its custom-speaker line with its first landscape speakers, which include in-ground satellites and in-ground subwoofers, all of which can be integrated into 70/100-volt systems or 8-ohm systems. The landscape speakers are due in the spring and will join other SpeakerCraft outdoor speakers, including rock and planter speakers. Niles refreshed its line of landscape speakers, this time with satellites and in-ground subs that operate in 70/110-volt or 8-ohm systems. They’ll be available in the spring to join other Niles outdoor speakers, including rock and planter speakers. For its part, Proficient introduced seven new cabinet speakers, including a Dolby Atmos height speaker and a three-channel soundbar. Panamax and Furman also launched products. To go with the expanded product selection, Core Brands initiated national rollouts of three business programs, including a Dealer Rewards program offering up to a 12.5-percent rebate every quarter on product purchases. Free shipment is offered if products are ordered through the company portal. The ELAN Flagship program extends warranties to five years when audio and power products from other CoreBrands brands are purchased with an ELAN control system to create a “Flagship Certified” system, said to meet minimum requirements for performance, reliability, and simplicity. Core Brands also launched a national rollout of its ELAN New Home Program, intended to help dealers serve builders of production homes, custom homes and MDUs. The program, rolled out on a limited basis in January, offers ELAN dealers and builders aggressively priced but scalable base packages, direct manufacturer product and marketing support, project oversight, and model home and incentive programs. The goal is to make it easier for dealers to make ELAN solutions available to consumers through builders, said Core Brands builder services director Bret Jacob.
AudioControl has introduced the Maestro M5 surround preamp/processor, giving authorized dealers a high-performance solution for premium home theater projects. The Maestro M5 takes advantage of the latest surround formats and advanced room correction technology to deliver excellent clarity in theaters of various sizes. The M5 can be paired with AudioControl’s lineup of seven- and five-channel Savoy G3 and Pantages G3 theater amplifiers. The Maestro M5 is based upon the audio and video platform utilized in AudioControl’s line of home theater receivers. The M5 offers Dolby Atmos and DTS-X immersive audio surround formats and Dirac Live room correction, along with dual balanced XLR inputs and balanced XLR outputs for all channels. There are inputs for seven HDMI sources plus dual HDMI outputs (ARC compatible) as well as an ultra HD 4K video pass-through and upscaling capability that includes support for High Dynamic Range (HDR).
At CEDIA 2017, Wisdom Audio featured a full lineup of audio solutions designed for high-resolution and maximum performance. The company introduced its second-generation SC-2 and SC-3 system controllers and Sage Series ICS7a in-ceiling loudspeaker system alongside Sage Series Superbars and interconnect cable kits. Debuting at the show, Wisdom Audio’s second-generation SC-2 eight-channel-in to 16-channel-out and SC-3 16-channel-in to 32-channel-out system controllers provide installers with the an audio calibration suite to solve room acoustic problems that can impede a pristine listening experience. Now featuring Dirac Live, a platform for optimized sound enhancement technology, the controllers are designed to remove resonances and acoustic problems in sound reproduction. Expert Mode provides installers with an additional layer of live tuning features, equalization tools, and ability to override delays and trim EQ to optimize system performance in the most difficult acoustic scenarios. With four preset slots to store up to four complete and independent calibrations, installers have plenty of room to perform multiple room correction setups for up to 16 zones or rooms.
Catering to the needs of custom integrators seeking to commercial display solutions, LG Electronics USA Business Solutions showcased its OLED video wall and “Wallpaper” commercial displays at CEDIA. LG Electronics USA Business Solutions also highlighted a new program called “LG PRO Design” that supports LG OLED commercial display integrators with enhanced technical support, product training, and design files, as well as VIP access to LG’s Business Innovation Center. The new 65- inch class LG OLED Video Wall displays, available this month, feature 4K UHD resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and wide viewing angles. When tiled together, the displays create a video wall display that can add artistic value and enhance consumer engagement in premium spaces, including museums, airport lounges, and high-end retail environments.
Dana Innovations unveiled its largest number of Sonance brand custom speakers in years while the company’s iPort brand added a premium tier to its selection of iPad wall- and tabletop-mounting systems. iPort also unveiled its first on-wall battery-operated Sonos keypad controller. iPort’s premium mounting systems, called Luxeport, turn iPads into touchscreen home control interfaces when other companies’ home control apps are installed. The Luxeport products will ship in late November or early December and be followed sometime in mid 2018 with versions that add Wi-Fi hard buttons, which can be programmed to operate specific functions or scenes. The new Luxeport series consists of three aluminum cases in white, silver, and black. One case is for the iPad Mini 1 through 4 and, at $600, comes with choice of magnetic surface-mount/charging plate for on-wall installs or an aluminum tabletop charging stand. A $650 version is designed for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and the third version at $650 is for the iPad Air. These cases are thinner than other iPort cases and are made from aluminum instead of plastic. The cases also feature a cleaner, more symmetrical appearance, and the cases’ speakers fire from the sides of the case rather than from the front. The Luxeport versions equipped with hard buttons will cost about $200 more than the button-less models. The on-wall Sonos xPRESS keypad, available at $100, uses Wi-Fi to control various Sonos functions, including volume, play/pause, and track up/down. One key can also be used to toggle through Sonos playlists. A software update will add the ability to program Sonos scenes into the keypad, such as a party scene to send music to select rooms at different volume levels. The keypad runs on a rechargeable battery lasting up to six months. It can be mounted with peel-and-stick tape or with an included two-gang Decora adapter, enabling the keypad to be installed next to a light switch.
Under the Sonance brand, Dana is launching new products in 10 different categories. The products include a redesigned Visual Performance series of in-wall and in-ceiling home-theater speakers, which have been rebranded as Reference speakers. The two-way speakers maintain their footprints but add larger drivers to go louder and lower than before. Sonance is also replacing its three cabinet subwoofers, changing the series name to Impact, and upgrading them to include DSP with 16-band parametric EQ and room correction via an iPhone app. They also add a wireless receiver for use with an optional $100 wireless transmitter. They come in 8-, 10-, and 12-inch sizes at $750, $1,000, and $1,250. The brand’s smallest sub ever is a 7.5-by-7.5-by-9-inch model that’s about a fourth of the size of the brand’s 10-inch sub but delivers similar performance, Blanken said. It ships in the first or second quarter at a tentative $1,000-to-$1,250 price point with 300W amp, extruded-aluminum cabinet, two square drivers firing on opposite sides, a passive radiator, 16 bands of parametric EQ, and wireless receiver. They include two in-wall LCR speakers at $2,500 and $1,250 each, two matching in-wall surrounds at $2,500 and $1,250 each, two in-wall subs at $1,200 and $1,000, an in-ceiling LCR at $1,250 excluding separately sold enclosure, and an in-ceiling surround at $1,250 excluding separately sold enclosure. A cabinet center channel is also available at $1,250 if an in-wall center channel speaker isn’t practical. The brand also re-launched its Extreme line of outdoor-rated in-wall and in-ceiling speakers for marine use, and it showed its first in-ceiling enclosed subwoofer system for the shallow-depth ceilings of multiple dwelling units. The $1,100 BPS6-TL features 3.38-deep enclosure and 3x13-inch oval driver to deliver the surface area of a traditional 8-inch round driver. It joins two in-ceiling enclosed subwoofers for single-family homes.
Definitive Technology’s Demand Series High-Performance Bookshelf Speakers are a reimagined take on the company’s Studio Monitor range. The speakers also feature an annealed 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter, which is laterally offset by five degrees and coupled with a 20/20 Wave Alignment Lens. This allows for more precise center stereo imaging by eliminating undesirable symmetric diffraction from the corners of the front baffle, resulting in a balanced listening experience. Definitive Technology’s patented Balanced Double Surround System (BDSS) midrange/woofer promotes greater excursion and delivers enhanced mid-range detail and punchier bass in comparison to competing drivers of a similar size.
Epson’s Home Cinema LS100 Full HD 3LCD is designed to display bright, big-screen projection in a ultra short-throw design, for less than $3,000 MSRP. Powered by Epson’s laser technology, the Home Cinema LS100 features 4,000 lumens of equal color and white brightness, and a contrast ratio up to 2,500,000:1. Offering a Full HD picture up to 10 feet diagonal, the Home Cinema LS100 delivers bright, vivid images, with or without a screen. With Instant Off performance, there is almost no lag time for warm-up or cool down with the projector reaching maximum brightness or turning off within five seconds.
Hisense USA showcased its new Hisense 4K Laser TV, which features 4K picture quality with HDR and UHD upscaling. Since its initial reveal at CES 2017, the Laser TV now boasts a built-in tuner and Hisense’s newly redesigned and fully customizable Hisense Smart TV platform, a fully implemented 120W Harman Kardon sound system, and Texas Instruments’ latest DLP chipset technology.
At the Legrand booth the company expanded its outdoor speaker line with the introduction of the Nuvo Series Two Landscape Satellite Speakers and Subwoofer. Featuring a 3.5-inch poly woofer and a 0.5-inch UFLC tweeter in a trim, black teardrop enclosure, the satellite speaker delivers clear audio to the deck, pool, or backyard. The subwoofer features an 8-inch driver housed in a cylindrical enclosure, designed to be buried in the ground to blend into landscaping while providing standout bass response. The products are available as a kit (NV-2LSK-BK) including the buried sub and four satellite speakers, as well as an expansion pack of two satellite speakers (NV-2LS3-SAT2BK). Legrand also announced at CEDIA 2017 that its On-Q radiant RF lighting control and adorne Wi-Fi-ready lighting systems will integrate QMotion motorized window shade control. An automatic version 3.0 or later firmware update will enable control of QMotion shades via the Legrand LC7001 RF Lighting Controller hub. With new software, the On-Q radiant and adorne lighting control systems can operate QMotion Zigbee shades connected to the QMotion Qube. Compatible shades include QMotion’s Qadvanced with Zigbee Home Automation version 1.2 (HA1.2) battery-operated Roller and QMotion Qadvanced Intelligent System (QIS) Hardwired shades.
Monitor Audio’s CF230 is its most visually discreet architectural speaker system. The CF230’s pre-construction and retrofit options are key to upholding its flexibility. Once the chosen bracket is in place and the surface finished, the install is finalized by fitting the driver with just three screws and attaching the magnetic, trim-less grille with no need to cut out chunks of drywall. In a pre-construction, flush-fit setting, the result is a clean appearance with no shadow-creating edges and one which becomes even more discreet when the grille is painted to match the ceiling color. The finished result is quickly achieved, thanks to the CF230’s carefully developed pre-construction kit, which includes a more conventional preconstruction bracket. The bracket enables the cutout hole to be cut after the sheetrock is fitted. Once the plaster is dry, integrators need to sand back the area around the aperture and remove the mask to reveal a beautifully clean edge.
Colorbeam has closed out its first year marketing home-wide low-voltage lighting control systems and lights to residential and commercial AV integrators in North America, and president Michael Teolis is convinced that more integrators realize they need to turn to a new revenue generator to offset commoditization in the AV market. At CEDIA, Colorbeam said it is the only lighting company selling home-wide low-voltage lighting systems through the custom channel. Just as important, the company sells not only a system’s brains and in-wall keypads, but the system’s light fixtures and light engines, or lights, to deliver all of the components of a whole-home lighting system. The company’s products also integrate with other companies’ lighting-control systems.
sonnen, provider of intelligent residential energy storage and maker of the sonnenBatterie, announced at CEDIA 2017 that it is bringing its energy management systems to the home automation marketplace. The sonnenBatterie powers smart household devices using clean, renewable energy and increasing energy reliability for connected homes. Establishing the sonnenBatterie as a premier energy storage system in the rapidly growing smart home sector signifies the next step in the evolution of home automation in the U.S., the company said. sonnen is working with home builders, utilities, solar installers, and home automation integrators to integrate the sonnenBatterie with solar power and connected households. While the market for renewables and energy storage is young, sonnen has found that eco-forward, health-conscious homeowners, home builders, and home automation integrators are quick to embrace the latest in environmentally sustainable technology and are willing to make a significant investment in a service that offers long-term value to both their household and the planet. Smart energy storage, like the sonnenBatterie, allows homeowners to use clean and low-cost renewable energy, rather than tapping the grid during peak hours. This helps individuals and families to save on their monthly utility bills and potentially sell excess power back to the utility provider. It also provides homeowners with peace of mind by ensuring that their automated home stays online in the event of a power outage. Sonnen will collaborate with five-year CEDIA veteran RoseWater Energy, as well as OneFirefly to further integrate the clean technology category directly into the CEDIA channel.
Peerless-AV introduced its latest line of all-season outdoor TVs, the UltraView UHD Outdoor TV. The 4K resolution TVs are available in 49- (UV492), 55- (UV552), and 65-inch (UV652) models. Complementing its innovative TVs, Peerless-AV showcased the new Xtreme Outdoor Soundbar (SPK-080), offering a more powerful and durable outdoor audio solution with 200 watts of total system power and Bluetooth connectivity. Also showcased was the completely updated and enhanced PeerAir Wireless HD Multimedia System (HDS-WHDI100), which complete wireless coverage when running multimedia wires is not an option, such as areas obstructed by wall or flooring.
After last year’s focus on voice-controlled solutions, Lutron recommitted to the CEDIA channel with several new products, including HomeWorks QS Palladiom thermostat and HVAC controller, the new exposed-bracket Palladiom Shading System, new, easier-to-set-up RA2 Select lighting and shading control, and Lutron Connect packages with a family of DIN rail panels and modules. The Lutron Connect packages open the door to more project opportunities for its HomeWorks QS system integrators. These new products deliver increased flexibility that gives integrators the ability to complete a project of lighting controls and shades on a single QS wired link. The new Lutron Connect packages include a 1-link processor and the Lutron Connect Bridge. These packages reduce the starting price of a HomeWorks QS system and bring the Lutron Connect app with remote access and expanded cloud-based integration to every project. Additionally, HomeWorks QS integrators can now utilize the new DIN power panels and modules to provide flexible dimming and switching solutions on the QS link. DIN power modules (DPMs) are specifically designed for the best LED dimming performance available. The new 1-link processor is ideal for smaller projects, when only one link type is required (RF or QS). For multi-processor projects, the 1-link processor can be configured to any link type including QS Wired, RF, RPM Panel, or H48/Q96. DIN power modules support any lighting load type so integrators can adjust for last-minute changes to the lighting fixtures. The 1-link HomeWorks QS processor and the DIN solutions are supported in version 12.0 of the HomeWorks QS Designer Software. The DIN rail panels are for installation in smaller spaces and includes various DPMs: Phase Adaptive Dimmers, Switches, 0-10V Dimmers, and EcoSystem digital controllers as well as multiple enclosures of different sizes to hold the DPMs. These new panels provide more dimming zones per panel, minimizing the equipment footprint. Available this October, Sivoia QS configurable power panels will further maximize flexibility for wired shading products. The panels are available in 10- and 30-output versions and provide a prewire landing point during construction. When shades are installed, power supply modules with five outputs are easily snapped into place.
Featuring the very latest Pro Audio Technology (PRO) power and DSP technology, the DMA-1508B amplifier provides eight channels of clean power and balanced analog audio inputs with matching looping outputs–all in a one-rack unit (1U), fan-less chassis. Balanced inputs make the DMA-1508B much less susceptible to system-based ground noise than amps with single-ended operation only. Like all PRO amplifier products, the DMA-1508B utilizes PRO’s proprietary SoundTools DSP control software, which allows high-resolution digital signal processing for loudspeaker filtering and EQ, signal routing, user gain and delay adjustments, and up to eight user parametric EQ filters per channel.