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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Video: Black & Decker at CEDIA Expo 2009
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Black & Decker's VP of business development Dave Albert explains the new Residential Access Control systems to CE Pro's Lisa Montgomery.


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Posted by CE Pro Editors on 09/12 at 10:21 AM
News, Videos, Home Automation and Control, Control Systems, CEDIA, Permalink


Economist: Strong Consumer Spending to Return in 2014
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There's good news and bad news on the horizon, according to leading economist Alan Beaulieu of the Institute for Trend Research who spoke at CEDIA Expo 2009 as part of the Niles Audio Business Dynamics Seminar.

Beaulieu says that while the U.S. economic recovery is underway, the recovery will be slow. He says the bottom of the trough, in terms of 5 leading economic indicators, will be February 2010, and there won't be a "re-dip" or double-dip recession.

The Institute for Trend Research says on its Web site that "we forecast economic indicators with 96% accuracy." Beaulieu made the following predictions:
  • The economy will be slowly improving in 2010, but unemployment will remain high
  • Credit will flow more freely, and inflation will be 3 percent by the end of the year
  • The economy will be on the upswing in 2011, and inflation will spike to 6 percent and interest rates will rise dramatically
  • Business…
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Posted by Jason Knott on 09/12 at 07:43 AM
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Emulinx Turns Philips Pronto Remotes into Virtual AMX Touchscreens
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If your customers love AMX, but not the price or the button configuration of its touchscreens, they can use Philips Pronto remote controls instead.

Former AMX dealer Brian Anderson of Axis Control has created Emulinx for Pronto – software that basically turns a relatively affordable Pronto into an AMX touchscreen.

In a demo at the Philips booth during CEDIA Expo 2009, Axis demonstrated the emulation software pitting a Pronto TSU9800 Web-enabled touchscreen against an AMX Modero touchpanel.

Sure enough, the two touchscreens tracked each other perfectly.

Anderson said he got the idea last year at CEDIA when he visited the Philips booth with a friend who was a heavy Pronto user.

"I didn't really understand how powerful ProntoScript is," he says of the Pronto JavaScript programming environment.

Emulinx is not necessarily plug-and-play but Anderson says, "If you can program AMX and you…
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Posted by Julie Jacobson on 09/12 at 02:55 AM
News, Product News, Control Systems, Universal Remotes, CEDIA, Permalink


Dealer: HDMI over IP is ‘Game Changing’
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How would you like to distribute multiple HDMI streams over your home IP network? It seems you can do that with a new solution from Just Add Power.

At the CEDIA Expo 2009 I found the company tucked away at a tiny booth in the corner of Exhibit Hall B.

Their product? Projector Connector: a solution for HDMI matrix applications that leverages a managed network switch to distribute multiple HDMI sources to multiple displays.

Because it's all IP you don't have to worry about exceeding the ins and outs of a typical matrix switch; and that's good because the limited offering for large frame HDMI matrix switches has handicapped the entire industry for years.

Here's how it works: an encoder unit (VBS-HDMI-308A) converts the HDMI signal to IP packets. This information passes through a managed switch on a specified VLAN. A networked receiver unit (VBS-HDMI0108A) decodes the signal at the display device.
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Posted by Andrew Southern on 09/12 at 01:47 AM
News, Product News, Video, Multiroom Video, Events, CEDIA, Switchers, Permalink



Friday, September 11, 2009

Video: Panamax/Furman at CEDIA Expo 2009
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Panamax/Furman's domestic sales manager Christos Desalernos talks with CE Pro's Lisa Montgomery about their Blue Bolt product, a new technology providing secure, hosted IP system control over compatible Panamax and Furman products.




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Posted by CE Pro Editors on 09/11 at 01:55 PM
News, Videos, Power Protection and Management, CEDIA, Permalink


Video: Exact Power at CEDIA Expo 2009
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Exact Power president and chief Engineer Bob Schluter talks with CE Pro's Lisa Montgomery about the benefits of their PowerCore product, a multifunctional unit that provides conditioned, protected “same-phase” power for residential home theaters or A/V systems.


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Posted by CE Pro Editors on 09/11 at 01:15 PM
News, Videos, Power Protection and Management, CEDIA, Permalink


Lutron Unveils Greener Motorized Shading
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New and greener shading solutions have been announced by Lutron Electronics at CEDIA Expo 2009.

The company's Sivoia QS wireless solution includes a clock that allows the programming of "scenes," much like lighting scenes that bring certain lights on at certain levels for specific tasks like art or mood lighting.

Lutron will promote energy-saving shading scenes such as winter warmth and summer cool. A "winter warmth" scene, for example, would open shades or drapes to let in light to warm a space and use less lighting. A "summer cool" scene would close the shades to keep a room cooler on hot days and conserve energy.

Motorized window treatments have long been a great way to conserve energy by warming or cooling a room and using less lighting, but until now the ecological advantages of motorized shading has gotten little traction.

"People are now realizing the benefit of solar heating in the…
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Posted by Steven Castle on 09/11 at 11:08 AM
News, Product News, Home Automation and Control, Events, CEDIA, Permalink


Sanus Mounts TVs .55 Inches from Wall
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Sanus Systems is at CEDIA Expo 2009 showing off its new Super Slim Mounts, which allow CE pros to mount flat-panel TVs as close as .55 inches from a wall or .82 inches when using a tilting model.

Sanus says it redesigned its booth (No. 2458) to make it more educational for CE pros, demoing custom technologies like:
  • ProSet post-installation height and level adjustment
  • FollowThru cable management
  • Adjustable Virtual Axis tilt
Sanus is also displaying its HDpro Series, a handpicked selection of Sanus products designed specifically for CE pros.

Among the new products is a series of AV equipment racks that "offer proven Sanus quality at a competitive price."

The CFR115 (15U) and CFR127 (27U) offer a turnkey solution and come with side and rear panels and a lockable front door. The HDpro CFR518 (18U) and HDpro CFR535 (35U) are fully customizable and offer a deeper configuration of 711.2mm for large components.

Also new are the…
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Posted by Tom LeBlanc on 09/11 at 09:58 AM
News, Wire and Cable, Equipment Racks, CEDIA, Expos, Permalink


LG BD390 Blu-ray Player to Add Vudu Streaming
LG BD390 Adds Vudu Streaming
LG Electronics and on-demand movie rental service Vudu are covering their bases pretty well these days.

LG announced at CEDIA Expo 2009 that it's adding Vudu to its full-featured BD390 Blu-ray player via a firmware upgrade later in September.

That just adds to the crazy amount of video streaming and viewing options available on the wireless BD390 ($399), which can also stream YouTube, Netflix, and CinemaNow. It also supports networked video files and, of course, 1080p high-def Blu-rays and regular ol' DVDs.

For Vudu, it gives the service a pretty nice trifecta of recent partnership activity — we’ll count the one it already had with LG. Prior to CEDIA, the company had announced it would be able to stream its videos (plus other services it features such as Pandora web radio and Flickr photo sharing) directly from the latest LG
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Posted by Arlen Schweiger on 09/11 at 07:36 AM
News, Product News, CEDIA, Blu-ray, Digital Media, Permalink


Sony Renews Commitment to CE Channel (This is Not an Advertorial)
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You've seen the Sony advertorials peppered through CEPro.com, and some of you are giving the company flak.

I'd say, give Sony a chance. They may have lost touch with the custom community over the past few years but the company seems genuinely committed today.

At CEDIA 2009, Sony has a giant wall demonstrating its two-way integration with third-party controllers. Sony products, most notably the company's new BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray megachanger, now integrate seamlessly into AMX, Control4, Crestron, Escient Vantage and other control systems.

So, for example, all of the discs in your Blu-ray changer appear among the other titles in your media library – all in one seamless interface provided by the automation company.

Neal Manowitz, director of Sony's home audio and video business, tells me the company's new STR-DA5500ES is the first receiver certified by Control4 for two-way IP communications.
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Posted by Julie Jacobson on 09/11 at 03:09 AM
News, Product News, Displays, CEDIA, Permalink



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