The numbers for ISE 2024 are in and true to expectations, the 20th anniversary of the ISE AV show has been a smash hit, bringing in a record number of attendees within the show’s history. With Day 1 down, I strode into Day 2 of ISE 2024 with plenty of highlights to see, moving over from where I had been previously into halls 2 and 3, the former bringing the show’s residential section into full view, while the latter filled the floor with eye-popping video walls, and that’s all just a fraction of what’s been on offer at the show so far this year.
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Day 2 Highlights from ISE’s 20th Anniversary
My first stop was DoorBird, where I talked to Matthew Fulford and Klaus Dahlfield about the impact of design in Europe versus that of the U.S. market. The company showed its range of standard and customizable door stations, in loads of custom colors.
DoorBird also had launched touch less gesture wave unlock and fingerprint unlock. The solutions are also in demand and versatile for the MDU market.
“In both [the U.S. and European] markets design is important, but here I would say the design and the aesthetics are paramount. They’re really wanting something that speaks to the architecture,” Fulford says.
Sharing the booth with acquirer AVPro Edge, AudioControl reiterated the melding of distribution expertise the companies bring to each other. Chris Kane was also excited to comment about AudioControl including Dante in their components, ideal for the crossover residential and commercial clientele.
“I look at it is if we are a 45-year-old startup,” says Kane.
“At the same time, we took the legacy of a lot of what we’ve been doing, and AVPro had a lot of support things in place.- a great ‘sales excellence ‘ team, and they also have a tech support team. We had 1-2 people like that in our company; now we have 12-13.”
This year and this show are big for the invisible speaker specialist. The company is marking 20 years, while parent company Dimensional is celebrating 50 years in business.
“We’re releasing a lot of important products for the European market,” says Brian Azzano. “We have the debut of the LineaRadiance series, the new Stealth invisible speakers featuring six new full range models and two subwoofers we’ll be rolling out over the entire year.”
The subwoofer can go in the ceiling or wall, can go behind a sofa, under a sofa so you can’t see it.
The best demo I experienced on day 2 of ISE 2024 came from L-Acoustics and its impressive immersive audio experience. The company used great clips of a Sting concert and a excellent rainforest to show off the imaging precision.
From small speakers came huge sound. The wellness aspect was shown in what the company dubs the experience Odysound. It’s what L-Acoustics uses to create custom soundscapes in large residences.
RTI & Russound
These venerable custom channel vendors are amped up about their commitments to integrators. Both companies showed new distribution amplifiers ready to handle residential and commercial jobs.
Hall 3 was the place to be for seeing large-format displays in action. Many are from familiar – Sony, Samsung, LG – while others are from the commercial world.
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