CEDIA 2017

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Darryl Wilkinson  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
I’ve written about NuBryte before because of the company’s unique and beautiful TouchPoint color touch-screen consoles that fit in single- or double-gang junction boxes, replacing existing light switches—and the company continues to be noteworthy...
Rob Sabin  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Sanus, after some success with its dedicated stands for the Sonos Play:1 and Play:3 speaker, will soon be adding one for the company's flagship Play:5.
Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Longer cable runs between a source and display, the latter usually a projector, are a hot topic in the custom install business and in DIY installs as well. HDMI can’t usually handle much over 25 feet of UHD over HDMI, and even that’s iffy.
John Sciacca  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Due to room layout, many homeowners opt to mount their flat panel TV over the mantle above a fireplace. And while this might work with symmetrical design sensibility and produce the right feng shui flow for the space, it almost always puts the display too high, frequently producing odd screen reflections, causing neck strain, and making viewing uncomfortable. The simple – and obvious – solution is to use a mount that can lower the TV down to a more comfortable height while viewing, but then retreat to its position above the mantle when finished. That solution is what MantleMount is all about.

John Sciacca  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Automation and control leader, Control4, released the latest version of its operating system this week, OS 2.10. This release expands performance and delivers a host of new features and upgrades that will be immediately available for free to dealers and customers. Much of the new update focuses on interoperability, peace of mind, personalization and audio improvements for both existing and new systems, all designed to improve customer happiness and satisfaction.
Rob Sabin  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
UK-based Meridian, known for its high-end, DSP-driven self-powered loudspeakers, has created a component interface that, for the first time, allows any surround processor or preamp to drive its digital speaker line.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
ompanies are always looking for new products that make use of their core competencies. While powered window treatments might not seem to be high on the home theater installation hierarchy, when you think about it they make sense for a company that also offers both powered and fixed screens...
Rob Sabin  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Yamaha was at CEDIA demonstrating the Alexa voice-control capabilities recently added to its MusicCast wireless multiroom audio system.

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Harman went all out again this year with its Synthesis electronics and more JBL speakers than would fit in any domestic space sort of a McMansion.
Darryl Wilkinson  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Lutron Electronics announced an addition to the company’s lighting control systems, called RA2 Select. The new system incorporates select features from Lutron’s RadioRA 2 and Caseta Wireless systems, including Lutron’s Caseta Wireless that provides wireless communication capabilities for each system...

Darryl Wilkinson  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Although not associated with Stephen King and his his horror novel of the same name, smart firewall maker, CUJO, says that there are over 20 billion internet connected devices worldwide as of 2017. These devices include internet-connected TVs, refrigerators, thermostats, security cameras, home automation systems, and even baby monitors. Surprisingly, most of these devices have little, if any, security measures built-in, a situation which is essentially equivalent to leaving all the doors and windows in your home wide open with a sign on the lawn saying, “Take what you want.” If you have children in your home, there’s the additional worry of dangerous, devious, and/or deviant web sites that are waiting to be discovered by the youngsters who have access to the internet through your home network.

CUJO is a friendly looking, tabletop device with LED status “eyelids” embedded on the front. CUJO uses artificial...

Thomas J. Norton  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
If Ethernet conversion isn’t your thing, nor are fiber optics (another work-around on the traditional weaknesses of HDMI over long lengths), a few companies are now offering either passive or a combination of passive/active HDMI cables that can extend far enough for the needs of most consumers.

John Sciacca  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
Typical whole-house audio systems require “home-running” all of the speaker and control wiring to a central location which then connects to a stack of electronics – sources, distribution switches, amplifiers, control system – that normally resides in a large rack. While there is nothing wrong with systems designed in this manner, they are typically best installed during construction when extensive prewiring can be done, and can be difficult to add onto. Many also feature pre-configured source and zone amounts, such as 6 source to 6 zone, meaning it can be difficult (ie: expensive) to add a single additional zone to a system. Russound showed some real out-of-box thinking at CEDIA by introducing the company’s new MBX-AMP, a completely scalable Wifi streaming audio amplifier that can be placed anywhere in the home yet link-up to become part of a system supporting as many as 32 audio zones!

John Sciacca  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
With more and more connected devices being added every single day, and people increasingly turning to streaming for the TV and movie content, the network has become the most important infrastructure in the system. At the center of the network lies the router; a device most people don’t think about until something like Netflix or Amazon streaming stops working or their WiFi cuts out. The router is mission critical for network performance of all systems of a connected home: automation, A/V streaming, security, even lighting. And Pakedge feels everyone deserves great performance.

Rob Sabin  |  Sep 09, 2017  |  0 comments
The Norwegian high-end audio manufacturer Electrocompaniet was at CEDIA this year with something a little different: the North American launch of the company's EC Living wireless multiroom music system.

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