15 Awesome A/V Applications from CEDIA Expo 2015
From immersive and wireless audio to 4K RGB laser video, planter speakers, day-and-date movie releases, more OLED, big sound out of small speakers and much more, we take a look at some great audio and video statements made at CEDIA Expo 2015.
Quantum Media Systems On the super high end of home theater, former Orange County, Calif., integrator Ken Hoffman is uniting 4K RGB laser projection with partnerships from major movie studios to deliver a solution akin to Prima Cinema and the “Bel-Air circuit” whereby owners can screen new movie releases in their homes before the masses can (and in breathtaking quality, of course). The goal is to replicate the commercial theater’s Digital Cinema quality in the home, for which Hoffman extolls the virtues of Quantum’s two-piece projection system that features separate boxes for the laser module and the light source, making it the smallest Digital Cinema projector available (the laser module can be placed in a rack, and the projector doesn’t necessarily need a full mechanical room as is common with behemoth 4K units). The movie service itself will be a download-based system for day-and-date releases as well as those offered in an early pre-Blu-ray release window, with what’s essentially subscription credits included in the system purchase price. Some older catalog content that’s being remastered in 4K will also be made available, and as Hoffman noted the projector and processor combo work their upscaling of everyday 2K viewing to 4K in a similar manner to post-production houses, yielding stunning results (along with some lush native 4K content Hoffman played a clip of “Avatar,” which was not shot in 4K, that was intensely detailed and rich). Expect systems in the $150K-$200K range. “In terms of hierarchy, mercury light sources are here [toward the bottom], Xenon’s a little better and is typically what’s been used, phosphor laser gets a little bit better depending on how it’s constructed, and RGB laser is here at the top and that’s using a separate laser system for red, separate laser system for green, separate for blue,” explains Hoffman, who considers his company a value-added video partner for integrators. “Whereas all the others are a mixture and have various levels of diffusing, this is pure light. RGB laser is used in Dolby, IMAX cinemas and those are million-dollar-level systems; this projector takes that same technology down to a more affordable price. It’s still high end, but for a $350,000-$500,000 theater that someone’s building it fits right in.”Back to article
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