Really very helpful information
On March 29, 2019, an article in CE Pro about the new Samsung line of TVs for 2019 said HDMI v2.1 compliance testing is not ready for many of the features listed in the Vanco v2.1 cables:
HDMI 2.1 Developments + eARC
Scott Cohen, Samsung’s senior training manager,
conducted a deep dive into HDMI 2.1 features and
other technologies available from Samsung for the
first time with the rollout of its 2019 4K and 8K
In HDMI developments, Samsung has forged ahead with HDMI 2.1 features in 4K and 8K TVs even though the HDMI Licensing Administrator (LA), which licenses HDMI technology, hasn’t released compliance-testing specifications for all HDMI 2.1 features.
Although the HDMI 2.1 Compliance Test Spec (CTS) was released last year, an HDMI LA spokesman said, “not all features have tests defined in it, and those will come out in phases.”
To date, “features supported in the CTS so far are eARC [enhanced Audio Return Channel] and the connectors, and that’s all that can be tested and certified,” he said.
Although CE vendors can ship products with some HDMI 2.1 features, he noted, “as soon as a feature’s test is available, then manufacturers must pass that test with no grace period, so it is risky for them to release a product before the test because if it fails, then they are stuck. The exception to that is the Cat 3 cable – Ultra High Speed HDMI Cable – which must pass the cable tests prior to shipment without exception.”
Consumers are confused enough already so its important to be accurate. There will be no native 8K movies or TV shows from the studios anytime soon; instead consumers will continue to use their HDMI v2.0 for 4K cables and sources, the displays will upscale that 4K content to 8K internally. With the 4K adoption rate slower than anticipated, still well under 50% saturation, pitching 8K now is premature. Some might even call it fake news. Gamers are the possible exception but its still a long ways off for them too.
I really don’t think the Episode speaker line and Triad really overlap that much, they really target different markets. I see no reason they both won’t stick around. There are plenty of speaker companies out there with multiple lines, for example Nortek has Proficient, Speakercraft, Sunfire, and Niles.
On the networking side I see more competition there but they also hit different price points and in my opinion both have their deficiencies. Maybe more people working together on a single platform will get both lines up to where they should be. I suspect they will join forces and create a comprehensive product line under the Pakedge brand. Still waiting for ihiji integration, bakpak sucks and OvrC really excels for its own products but not 3rd party.
I see larger competition/conflict of interest in Clare/C4, Binary vs C4(leaf) Video Distribuion, and Autonomic vs C4 Audio. I’m also concerned about distribution and bringing more C4 dealers on, snap sells to everyone, C4 does not.
Hopefully this will be the kick in the pants/investment C4 needs to truly get its 3rd gen product line out. Everything has been so stagnant for years its getting embarrassing.
I really expected Amazon to be the billion dollar buyer.
Julie, you missed a HUGE overlap. C4 owns Triad Speakers. Snap has both contractor grade and their step up speaker line. I sure hope that either Triad gets spun off, or is run independently from Snap.
I’d personally like to know what’s going to happen between the Triad and Episode audio brands. I actually think Triad is more competitive and am really hoping that they stick around. In particular, the factory paint matching of grilles and speakers has proven to be very popular in my market and I don’t have to figure out how to get paint-matching done locally at much higher costs.
Credit where credit is due. Way to connect the dots and call it Julie.
Control4 was the ONLY potential acquisition target in your story that received a 8/10 score or higher than a 6.
I’m guessing talks between Control4 and SnapAV/H&F began a month or two after C4 acquired ihiji at the tail end of 2017. Which means that Charlie was made well aware of this potential scenario when he joined them 9 months ago.
It’s not a done deal –But who has a billion bucks to steal Control4 from Snap?
“Why would you buy today what you could have free tomorrow”
Wow! This is huge an not expected.
I can’t post post a popcorn GIF in the CEPro comments, so I’ll just do this:
“Reaches for popcorn”.
5G spans the frequency range from 600 mhz to 38Ghz at present. The often quoted multigigabit speeds are possible in the mmWave spectrum (28Ghz/38Ghz) presently being licensed. The good news is that the mmWave frequencies don’t penetrate or go very far so spectrum reuse is excellent… the bad news is, it does not go very far or penetrate at all… indoor mmWave repeaters will abound as well pico cell sites. At the other end of the spectrum (< 6Ghz) 5G has a new radio, 5GNR is the technical term, that will be more spectrally efficient than todays 4GLTE. This is what Tmobile will be rolling out over the next few years and are eagerly awaiting 5GNR capable cell phones for use on their 600 mhz spectrum holdings… Repeaters may not be as needed, but will be out there… hope this helps.
Congratulations to Robert and to CEDIA. Great hire! The man makes things happen.
Streamlining processes through software and automation is the only way to increase profits and efficiencies. Our industry has matured and the margins of the past which allowed us to be inefficient will not return. The simple fact that Stereo Planet did the same revenue with 7 less employees speaks volumes. This now allows them to scale and grow as well as bring on additional product categories due to increased efficiencies.
Anyone know how many integrators install URC? Or at least home many homes have URC systems?
Are installs in the hundreds?
Good article, but don’t forget the primary purpose of the SKAA wireless tech in these Atlantic Technology speakers is to give them easy to set up and use multi-room wireless capability without clogging up and slowing down your wi-fi network to play high-quality audio.
@PHAND matrix switchers, in addition to being a cool party trick, are particularly useful when you need to deal with:
- An expensive source (e.g. Kscape)
- An exclusive source (e.g. office computer, game console, optical disc player)
- A requirement for AV synchronization (e.g. open floor plan with multiple TVs visible/audible to the user playing the same content
- Licensing/capacity issues (e.g. can only have X amount of media players associated to an account)
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