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Inside Sony’s CEDIA 2016 Booth: Z-Series Displays Offer ‘Unprecedented Brightness’ By CE Pro Editors, September 30 2016 Dealers say Sony wowed at CEDIA 2016, especially with its Z-Series (Z9D) displays and X1000ES Ultra Blu-ray player.  The Z9D 100-inch display offers "unprecedented brightness and black levels that are approaching OLED," according to Philip Jones, product information manager at Sony Electronics. "Z9D has the biggest video processor of any TV that has...

Inside Dana Innovations’ CEDIA 2016 Booth: iPort Surface Mount, Sonance Professional Series By CE Pro Editors, September 30 2016 Dana Innovations has 17 solutions in 17 different categories across three brands. And that doesn't even include the new innovations it launched at CEDIA 2016. The company, which encompasses both Sonance and iPort, released the new iPort Surface Mount with buttons. That's the whole product name, because the new mount features an IP keypad so users get both an iPad...

Video Weekly: Did You Miss Something at CEDIA? By Chelsea Cafiero, September 30 2016 You definitely made it to every single CEDIA 2016 booth, right? Wait, you didn't? Why not? The number of hours in the day is no excuse.  Ok, ok, so it's impossible to make it to every booth. That's why the CE Pro editors have created several product roundup lists and slideshows, so you can easily learn more...

Product Briefs: Schlage Trinnov Adds Roon Compatibility; DVDO & SI Split; iOS 10 & HomeKit Ready By CE Pro Editors, September 30 2016 So many product news items come across the CE Pro desks, and we don't want to miss them. Neither do our readers. This is the place where we tell you what's now shipping, which reps and distributors picked up what new products, which products are newly compatible, how public companies are faring, and other briefs in custom electronics. ...
Inside Simple Control’s CEDIA 2016 Booth: Remote Management By CE Pro Editors, September 30 2016 Simple Control realeased its newest version — 4.5 — of its home control application at CEDIA 2016. The new version allows integrators to completely control and manage multiple homes remotely. Integrators using the app can switch between homes, manage each one, edit customer configuration, add users, add permissions and perform any of their normal activities remotely.  Hear more about...

New Film Screens That Really Are ‘Rocket Science’ By Jason Knott, September 30 2016 This might be the one and only time you ever hear a trade show exhibitor utter these words: “We love the fact that we have a small booth tucked in the back of the hall with bad lighting.” But that is exactly what the folks at Crystal Screens said during CEDIA 2016. Why? Because, according to director of...
Inside NAD’s CEDIA 2016 Booth: BluOS Is Everywhere By CE Pro Editors, September 30 2016 The theme in NAD's booth at CEDIA 2016 was integration. The parent company Lencore recently announced that it has extended the Bluesound networked multiroom high-res audio operating system, BluOS, across all its categories.  Under the NAD brand, this includes AV receivers, stereo and multi-zone amplifiers, and the NAD Masters’ line of high-end separates.  Check out the video...

Inside Somfy’s CEDIA 2016 Booth: Somfy Synergy API By CE Pro Editors, September 30 2016 CEDIA 2016 was the perfect place for Somfy to announce its new integration offer, the Somfy Synergy API, to integrators.  Somfy's new API is "part of our committment to offering flexible integration options to work with any home automation system," according to the company.  The API provides a simpler way to speak to Somfy motorized products and make...

6 Benefits of CEDIA Membership By Advertorial, September 30 2016 Has everyone recovered from their trip to Dallas for CEDIA 2016? Feet rested? Brain recharged? As you’re (hopefully) aware, CEDIA offers quite a bit more than an annual show – in fact, there’s a ton of benefits to members of the association. CEDIA Education Boot camps. Training events. Hands-on learning. Online courses. Webinars. CEDIA’s Education...
Blueprint for Boosting Your Audio Business By CE Pro Editors, September 30 2016 The smart home, Internet of Things, 4K video and other technologies provide some buzzworthy areas to help hook potential customers into your showroom. But don’t forget that you can make a huge impact on your clients by delivering a visceral experience that they will want to have recreated in their home on a daily basis … through the...
Thoughts on the Passing of a Scoundrel: Crazy Eddie Antar (1947-2016) By Chuck Schneider, September 30 2016 Have you ever wondered why that certain prospect—the one driving the brand new, never-even-seen-a-mud-puddle GMC Yukon Denali with the wife’s Lexus in the garage and Sub-Zero kitchen appliances in the house—squeezed every drop of blood out of your proposal?  Blame Crazy Eddie Antar. Antar, who died earlier this month, did not invent disruptive,...
Latest Luxul Routers Utilize Company’s Roam Assist Controller Technology By Robert Archer, September 30 2016 It seems that the past few years have seen the residential networking market undergo some rapid advancements. The growing demand for smart home devices, streaming media and wireless whole-house audio has put a burden on home networks and, in turn, network manufacturers have responded with more robust solutions to meet this demand.  The latest example of manufacturers keeping pace...
Nest App Simplifies New England Integrator’s World By Jason Knott, September 30 2016 The job of a custom integrator is to coalesce very complex solutions and make them simple for customers to operate. For Dan Anton, co-owner of Rhode Island integration company Flint Audio Video, Nest is doing his job for him. In its 30th year in business, Flint AV is a brick-and-mortar A/V retailer with locations in Middletown and Wakefield. About...
How One SoCal Rep Turned Around a Sagging Territory By Joe Perfito, September 30 2016 In the 1970s and 80s when retail was in full bloom, manufacturer’s reps were considered by many dealers to be an important part of their business plan. Reps provided assistance with obtaining product lines, store design, store promotions, hiring sales staff, scoring extravagant perks from manufacturers and more. They also got a bad rap. Many reps made a...
Inside Bose’s CEDIA 2016 Booth: Lifestyle 650, SoundTouch 300 Soundbar By CE Pro Editors, September 30 2016 Bose made (sound) waves at CEDIA 2016 with its new Lifestyle 650 home entertainment system, which it's calling the "highest performing premium home theater system from Bose." The system features all-new OmniJewel speakers, Bose's smallest satellite speakers yet, that deliver 360-degree sound, a new wireless Acoustimass module that uses Bose QuietPort technology and advanced DSP. The speakers are designed to...