5 Top Secrets Spilled Before CEDIA

Some outlets have spilled the beans on URC, Control4, Proficient, and a new Media Center Alliance.

5 Top Secrets Spilled Before CEDIA
Julie Jacobson · August 22, 2008

Some exhibitors try to keep their hot CEDIA Expo news under wraps until the first day of the show.

Unfortunately for them, it doesn’t always work out that way.

The following products were revealed through various leaks from dealers and the press. Although I knew about most of these in advance, I have been sworn to secrecy. So what is revealed here is information culled from the public domain.

Stay tuned for all the late-breaking details at

In the meantime, please share any secrets of your own (and win a prize from Sanus).

Proficient Audio - Receivers


Proficient Audio is adding 7.1 receivers to its lineup of whole-house audio solutions. The flagship M80 will inlcude Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Silicon Optix video scaling and HDMI.

The step-down M70 is “super-affordable” and the M40 is a stereo receiver with “all the latest features such as video switching and subwoofer output.”

Control4 - 7-inch Portable Touchscreen


Not too long ago, Control4 announced a 7-inch in-wall touchscreen. Now the company plans to debut a portable version.

For optimizing power, the device goes into sleep mode when the unit is idle – or run the screen saver program to turn it into a digital picture frame.

The touchscreen has four customizable hard buttons.

Universal Remote Control - MX-6000


It was supposed to be a secret til showtime, but word is out from URC on its new MX-6000 two-way touchscreen.

The sleek wireless touchscreen features two RF transmitters – 802.11b/g for communicating with devices on the WiFi network, and narrowband RF for quick and effective control of A/V and other devices in the home.

Via WiFi (Ethernet), the touchscreen can be used to access virtually any digital content on the home network.

iPod operation is automated via the PSX-1 personal server.

Universal Remote Control - Lighting Control


In addition, it appears that Universal Remote Control is getting into the lighting controls business. The maker of remote controls sent an email to dealers hinting at “the most significant introduction in lighting control since Edison invented the light bulb.”

According to the email, the new solution will allow you to control the lights directly from a URC remote via RF, with “no interface required.”

URC says it is teaming up with “the biggest name in lighting controls.”

Dealers at are guessing that the “big name” is Lutron.

URC is offering two courses on “Universal Lighting Control” at CEDIA Expo 2008.

Media Center Integrator Alliance


A new addition to the CEDIA roster is the Media Center Integrator Alliance. Hmmm…what could that be?

What Do You Think?

What do you hope to see at CEDIA Expo 2008? Do you have any secrets of your own to share? Chime in here, and win a prize from Sanus.

  About the Author

Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Email Julie at [email protected]

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