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Monday, September 23, 2013

CEDIA Expo Q&A: Autonomic Controls Demos Mirage Audio System
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CEDIA Expo 2013 takes place Sept. 25-28 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. We sat down with some of the exhibitors for a preview of what integrators can expect to see in the respective booths.

Autonomic Controls (booth 3825) CEO Michael de Nigris talks about the company’s CEDIA Expo Booth and the Mirage Audio System.

What would you say to dealers who are already familiar with your product line?
A distinguishing characteristic of the Mirage line of audio products has been our steady commitment to the product.  Many electronics manufacturers cycle through generations of products chasing what they perceive the “next big thing”. Autonomic has made vast operational improvements, added features, and increased the value and utility of the product line over the course of the last seven years.  The result is a system that reflects the significant investment in the line through its maturity, reliability, and incredible feature set.

What would you say to dealers who are stumbling…

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Posted by CE Pro Editors on 09/23 at 09:22 AM
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

CEDIA Expo Q&A: HydraConnect Demos HDMI Switching Technology
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CEDIA Expo 2013 takes place Sept. 25-28 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. We sat down with some of the exhibitors for a preview of what integrators can expect to see in the respective booths.

Sean Greer, HydraConnect (booth 1529) national sales manager, talks about the company’s HDMI switchers, his favorite CEDIA moment and more.

What would you say to dealers who are already familiar with your product line?
CEDIA Expo 2013 is a milestone for HDMI switch technology. For the first time, the HydraConnect product features HDMI audio stripping with DSP down-mix capability from Dolby digital sources, to analog stereo. This allows the installer to easily use new cable boxes, Blu-ray players and devices such as Apple TV with a distributed audio system.

We simplify distributed audio integration by stripping the audio from each HDMI input and providing a DSP down-mix analog stereo output for each source. Installers have been requesting this feature…

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Posted by CE Pro Editors on 09/19 at 10:01 AM
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Monday, August 26, 2013

CEDIA Expo Q&A: Xandem to Debut Tomographic Motion Detection
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CEDIA Expo 2013 takes place Sept. 25-28 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. We sat down with some of the exhibitors for a preview of what integrators can expect to see in the respective booths.

Xandem (booth 3930) founder Joey Wilson is bringing the company to CEDIA Expo for the first time. Here he discusses the company’s Tomographic Motion Detection (TMD) product

What would you say to dealers who are already familiar with your product line?
We are constantly innovating and adding new features. Come learn about our latest innovation and see where we are heading over the course of the next year. We have some new and exciting developments.

What would you say to dealers who are stumbling across your company for the first time?
Xandem is a new company with a totally new technology. Our TMD product remains completely hidden from view and can see through walls and obstructions. We guarantee that you…

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Posted by CE Pro Editors on 08/26 at 10:40 AM
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Invasion of the CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA Expo 2012
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There is only so much a handful of CE Pro editors can cover during CEDIA Expo, our industry's most important show.

This year we enlisted eight industry veterans to give us a hand, providing insights that only those in the trenches can provide.

Donning green armbands and black fedoras, these members of the CE Pro Blog Mob visited tons of booths, snapping photos and videos with their Lumix DMC-SZ1 cameras, generously provided by Panasonic.

Other vendors that rewarded these guest bloggers included:
  • Remote Technologies Inc., which donated the best tradeshow roller bags a blogger could ask for.
  • URC, which made custom backpacks for the "press" and provided top-notch RF remotes and other goodies for the whole gang
  • Monoprice, which pleasantly surprised the Mobsters with news they would be offering unbranded products for the trade
  • Denon, providing in-ear headphones/mic for the flight home
  • Lutron, which lavished the group with a number of lighting-control gifts
Blog Mobster Bjorn Jensen…
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Posted by Julie Jacobson on 09/11 at 06:39 AM
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Monday, September 10, 2012

ADA Ramp Decodes Variety of Audio Formats from Multichannel to Two-channel
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Richard Stoerger of Audio Design Associates (ADA) is arguably one of the most enthusiastic purveyors of audio systems in the CEDIA universe.

Here he discusses the Ramp-PM Room Amp which just won a CEDIA Manufacturers Excellence Award.

As he explains, flat panels of late have only a digital output, which could output different multichannel outputs.

“You could be flipping channels and have different decoding issues,” he says. “The Ramp decodes Dolby Digital and DTS for multichannel all the way down to two-channel.”

It's like a stereo system for any flat panel.


[Shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1, the official camera of the CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA 2012]

For more CEDIA Expo 2012 news, visit www.cepro.com/cedianews.

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Posted by Julie Jacobson on 09/10 at 10:40 AM
Product News, Videos, Audio, Amplifiers, Distributed Audio, Events, CEDIA, (0) Comments, Permalink


Knoll Intros Ultra-Flat IR Emitter that Can be Cut to Size
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Knoll Systems introduced at CEDIA Expo 2012 an ultra-flat IR emitter embedded in a rubbery piece of material that you can bend and cut. Peel of the backing and stick it wherever you want.

"The best part is you can barely see it," says CE Pro Blog Mobster Joe Whitaker explains. "It's developed developed with that consumer in mind that absolutely hates an IR bug."

Knoll tells CE Pro that the price of this product should be competitive with traditional IR emitters on the market.

The "Cut-IR" can be manipulated to fit almost any application, as Blog Mobster David Hadded explains in this video.


Bend me, shape me, Cut-IR emitter [Shot with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ1, the official camera of the CE Pro Blog Mob at CEDIA 2012]

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Posted by CE Pro Editors on 09/10 at 07:32 AM
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Pakedge Debuts Networking Gear that Looks like A/V, IP Power, More
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Pakedge, a leading provider of networking gear for custom integrators, introduced at CEDIA Expo 2012 a brand new line of wireless access points that are geared to give maximum distance without sacrificing performance.

I can say from experience in my personal system that these access points are another evolution in the networking space by a company already known for its prowess in the market.

Look for my forthcoming wireless shoot-out featuring Pakedge, Luxul and others in a forthcoming issue of CE Pro.

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W6 enterprise-class wireless N access point [shot with a Panasonic DMC-ZR1 Lumix, the official camera of the CEDIA CE Pro Blog Mob]

In addition, Pakedge has given a brand new entire facelift to its WAP controllers.

The new line has been given a real A/V look. Boasting the…
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Fred Harding on Xantech, Mid-Atlantic, NuLEDs
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Xantech IR over IP


Xantech launched the XtraNet line of IR products that work over Ethernet, allowing for routing and controlling of remote devices over a home network. It does all sorts of things, including giving you the ability to control using old-fashioned IR repeaters, without having to rely on double-plugged emitters.

Features
The XtraNet XLIP200 is a basic IR input and output device that supports native IR I/O over wired networks, to which it interfaces via an RJ-45 connector, and is configured as an input by default. The XLIP400, configured by default as an output, adds support of up to 128 macros. These macros may be accessed via a web page from any computer, tablet, smartphone or similar smart device connected to the network. Alternatively, users may create personalized control pages for the iPhone or iPad using commercially available third party apps. The macros are configured as eight system-wide buttons plus four groups of 30 macro buttons that may be dedicated to specific devices…
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Posted by Fred Harding on 09/10 at 05:55 AM
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SunBriteTV Marquee Displays Stare Directly at Sun
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We've all been told since childhood, never stare at the sun. Heck, Bruce Springsteen famously wrote about it on his debut album (well, made more famous when Manfred Mann covered it), singing "Mama always told me not to look into the sights of the sun," on "Blinded by the Light" to kick off Greetings From Asbury Park.

Of course, he then added, "Oh but mama that's where the fun is" ... and that seems to be the take on the sun-staring matter from display manufacturer SunBriteTV, too.

Outdoor televisions face all sorts of pitfalls—weather, dust, bugs, erosion—and that's why there simply aren't many companies that dare make such all-weather displays. SunBriteTV has been at the forefront of the category, and showed the many reasons why during CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis.

The company has several little vignettes in its booth (#3111) featuring its outdoor models, like a homey fireplace and sofa area simulating an outdoor living room, a professional stadium…
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Posted by Arlen Schweiger on 09/10 at 05:11 AM
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Saturday, September 08, 2012

Key Digital Reports ‘Thousands’ of Compass Control Sales
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Integrators are usually very hesitant to embrace a new home automation control system. They don't want to be guinea pigs and deploy something new from a manufacturer that has just entered the market, only to get stuck having to remove and replace the system if the newbie supplier disappears.

But Key Digital, a longtime vendor in the video distribution and connectivity market, appears to have put integrators at ease with its new Compass Control system. Indeed, company president and CEO Mike Tsinberg reports that "thousands of units have shipped" in just a few short months since the product hit the market in June 2012 as dealers feel comfortable trying the new system because of Key Digital's 21-year history in the industry. Many of those shipped units have gone to AVAD, the exclusive distributor of the product, so it's hard to determine how many systems have actually been installed at this point, Tsinberg admits.

"It's…
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Posted by Arlen Schweiger on 09/08 at 04:00 PM
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