Editor’s Pick: 12 Great New Products from CEDIA 2016
CE Pro Product Editor Bob Archer picks the 12 products that stood out to him most at CEDIA 2016, from 4K and HDR to audio and monitoring services.
Robert Archer · September 21, 2016
Several years ago, before it pulled the plug on its Oldsmobile brand (remember those cars?), General Motors launched an advertising campaign that attempted to reposition the brand as “not your father’s Oldsmobile.”
CEDIA 2016 in many ways reminded me of that Oldsmobile commercial. The show definitely wasn’t our fathers’ CEDIA.
Unlike in years past, when it seemed the event was the showcase for a lot of “me too" products, that isn’t the case anymore. The show was as diverse as its ever been with traditional exhibitors such as Stewart Filmscreen, SpeakerCraft and Lutron joined on the show floor by Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Ram Truck, Amazon, Comcast and Google Cast.
Welcoming these new exhibitors with open arms, electronics professionals are embracing a burgeoning new era of custom installation that covers a wide spectrum of products and services spanning traditional home theater and control to commercial and recurring revenue opportunities.
Narrowing down a list of 12 products that stood out was an extremely difficult task this year. In past years, I saw products from companies like Bose, Access Networks, Kwikset, LG, Screen Innovations (SI) and Anthem that would have made my list of best products (they will probably show up on someone else’s list), but this year the field was too deep to include all of the many standout products at the show.
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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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