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Monday, September 23, 2013

CEDIA Expo Q&A: Autonomic Controls Demos Mirage Audio System
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 10:22 AM
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

CEDIA Expo Q&A: HydraConnect Demos HDMI Switching Technology
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 11:01 AM
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Monday, August 26, 2013

CEDIA Expo Q&A: Xandem to Debut Tomographic Motion Detection
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 11:40 AM
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Monday, September 10, 2012

SunBriteTV Marquee Displays Stare Directly at Sun
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 06:11 AM
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Saturday, September 08, 2012

Key Digital Reports ‘Thousands’ of Compass Control Sales
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.

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Posted by Arlen Schweiger on 09/08 at 05:00 PM
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Current Audio Demos Sweet-Sounding Flat Soundbar
Best known for in-wall speakers, Current Audio is showcasing its first soundbars at CEDIA Expo 2012.

With 60 watts of power, the 6- and 8-inch speakers have just about every input imaginable, including wireless Bluetooth. A wireless subwoofer is included as well.

The products are flat, so they look good with your TV, they're priced well and perform better than you would imagine from a product in this category.

Check out the video at the CE Pro YouTube Channel for more details.

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Posted by Joe Whitaker on 09/08 at 08:20 AM
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Friday, September 07, 2012

New URC MRX-20 Offers Onscreen Display without Interrupting TV Action
It's nice to be able to control your A/V gear and home automation via a TV interface, but not in the middle of "Dexter," for example. You wouldn't want to miss one gory moment.

URC solves this problem with the new MRX-20 master controller, part of the company's Total Control line of home automation and whole-house audio systems.

Through the unit's on-screen display (OSD), users can do anything from changing the channel to switching the audio in another room -- all without disturbing what they're watching.

Typically, at a price point like this -- if a TV GUI is even available -- users must pull up a menu that consumes the entire screen or at least part of it. In URC's case, the OSD can serve up overlays via HDMI without interrupting the TV action, or scale the video image to take over the screen.

To complement the…
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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Teaser: The Pros & Cons of Cloud Storage, Streaming
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With cloud-based content all the rage – and with my forthcoming “cloud” session at CEDIA Expo 2011 – I asked one of my panelists to provide a teaser on some cloud-based storage and streaming services. This is just a glimpse of what you will hear from Michael de Nigris of Autonomic Controls, knower of all things content. He’ll join three integrators on the panel – one of whom will share his own tale of cutting the cable cord. -Julie Jacobson

Cloud Storage

Provides virtual hard disk space in the "cloud," allowing users to upload and store music, movies, photos, and/or documents online, and access/playback the content over the Internet using a computer or mobile device.

Amazon Cloud Drive/Cloud Player
Pro: In addition to storing your own music, you can upload videos, pictures, and other documents
Con: Cost

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Posted by CE Pro Editors on 08/04 at 10:04 AM
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

How to Discuss 3D Content
Unless you have clients who are serious soccer fans or their children really love Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, they're probably wondering what's the point of all these 3D products.

It seems like a new 3D movie is hitting their local Cineplex every week, but the local cable provider still hasn't added any 3D channels to the 700 they're receiving. But you still have to find ways to present quality 3D demos to them.

The manufacturers seem to be taking a Field of Dreams "if you build it, they will come" approach to 3D home entertainment. The televisions, and even some projectors, are arriving swiftly with the requisite eyewear, as well as Blu-ray players and A/V receivers that support the format. But there are only a handful of viewing choices - not including PC games developed to be 3D-ready - available through traditional manners.

DirecTV Leading the Charge
"Everyone is talking about some form of 3D, and…
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Posted by Arlen Schweiger on 09/29 at 09:17 AM
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Friday, September 25, 2009

Envive Adds TheaterStation Multi-Zone Media Management
Following the legal battles involving RealDVD and Kaleidescape, Envive has re-launched its media servers to avoid the legal fray.

During CEDIA Expo 2009 the maker of TheaterStation media servers launched its Multi-Zone Digital Media Management System and TSClient Mini.

Envive CEO Chris Bortner — even though “I’m not a lawyer” — says he dashed many legal concerns from CE pros during CEDIA Expo by explaining the differences between TheaterStation and Kaleidescape.

“The difference between us and Kaleidescape is that our system is open,” Bortner says, referring to the fact that the Envive product does not require (or allow) DVDs to be copied directly onto the server. Instead, the device can accept content that is stored on other devices in the home, including PCs and NAS drives.

“Envive doesn’t enable the playing or copying of access- or copy-protected media out of the box,” Bortner says.
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Posted by Tom LeBlanc on 09/25 at 10:50 AM
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