Bob Archer’s ‘Best of CEDIA’ Product Picks for 2017
Senior editor Bob Archer highlights 12 products from companies like Sony, Origin Acoustics, Triad, Dish and Just Add Power that stood out on the CEDIA 2017 show floor.
Robert Archer · September 12, 2017
With the summer, Labor Day weekend and CEDIA 2017 now in the books, CE pros can now set their sites on the fall installation season and the end-of-year holiday rush.
The demeanor of this year's CEDIA show reflected its location — San Diego — sunny and delightful. It may have been the most optimistic, most positive edition of the trade show since the heyday of the industry back in 2006 and 2007.
Technology snobs may criticize the event for lacking knockout, killer products, but realistically the show was more about the maturation of existing products and technologies and their transition toward meeting the goals of Millennial consumers and broader mass-market audiences.
Also surprising was the emphasis on multipurpose rooms and commercially-influenced home theater speaker packages that produce high SPL levels and low distortion.
It's also worth noting, in my opinion, that CEDIA 2017 was the best show Jeremy Burkhardt and his team have ever had. It seemed that every product Origin Acoustics announced during the event filled a niche within the market, without being a "me-too" solution.
Click the slideshow for 12 standout products representing a variety of categories at CEDIA 2017.
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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Robert at firstname.lastname@example.org
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