Richard Fregosa is part of CE Pro’s Blog Mob at CEDIA Expo 2014.
Press duties continued with one of my favorite events of CEDIA, the “Media Preview.” This is a more relaxed setting where vendors set up either static or active displays and demos and have the opportunity to chat before the noise and bustle of the show floor can be distracting. Several exhibitors from this year’s “Rookie Row” were getting their first opportunities to tell their story.
Steinway Lyngdorf: Katherine Spiller poses with the new P200 Processor. Slated for Q1 2015 release at $18,000 MSRP, the successor to the P1 comes with full support of Dolby Atmos, AURO-3D, video scaling, 4K and 3D video, HDCP 2.2, and advanced HDMI switching. Steinway Lyngdorf will be demonstrating the unit in the High Performance Rooms (Room 710/712).
TiVo: Jeff Pedersen gave me a few minutes to talk about TiVo’s new behemoth, the TiVo Mega. At $5,000.00 MSRP with 6 tuner capability and 24TB of RAID5 storage, they “created a monster.” Control interfaces include a RF “QWERTY Slide Remote,” IP control interfaces for popular automation controller (Crestron, Control 4, etc.) and a dedicated app. They will be showcasing the unit and accessories at Booth 570.
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GoRave: Rachel Rivest and Nathan Smith of GoRave (Booth 1226) showed off some key features of their self-contained wireless audio streaming solution. At $2,000 for their starter kit, they provide the transceiver/amplifier, a pair of stereo speakers, and a mono outdoor speaker which allows wireless streaming from any tablet, smartphone, or laptop via their plug in accessory transmitters. It’s an interesting approach that taking the time to visit them at their booth for the demo is worth the trip.
Rachio: Wifi-enabled sprinkler system? Check. Easy to configure? Check. Franz Garsombke demonstrates the app-based setup and configuration of the Rachio system (Booth 1334).