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15 Awesome A/V Applications from CEDIA Expo 2015

From immersive and wireless audio to 4K RGB laser video, planter speakers, day-and-date movie releases, more OLED, big sound out of small speakers and much more, we take a look at some great audio and video statements made at CEDIA Expo 2015.

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Fusion Research Fostering an expanded wireless ecosystem that brings together music server, custom automation systems and compatible DTS speakers and amps, Fusion Research’s new multisource, compact Play-Fi Server is the result of the company’s efforts working with DTS and its Play-Fi platform. The $999 server offers six discrete source feeds with two analog outputs, a Toslink output and three Play-Fi outputs. Sources can range from AirPlay and iTunes compressed audio up to 24-bit/192kHz high-res, with two-way control drivers for Control4, Crestron, RTI and URC due by the end of the year and more to come next year, according to Fusion VP sales Ingo Schmoldt. “Companies like MartinLogan, Polk and Definitive Technology have been creating these [Play-Fi] products but their customers are saying, ‘look we’ve got to tie this to an integration project,’ and there was no way to do that. It’s kind of like with AirPlay, you send the source but you can’t control it,” explains Schmoldt. “And so DTS contacted us about six-seven months ago and sought our advice on that since we’ve been doing drivers for all the major companies and been doing music servers for three-plus years now. So we got together and created this. … We’re kind of the bridge between control systems and Play-Fi speakers and amps; before there was no way to control them but now with us you can control DTS Play-Fi sources. Think of Sonos Connect, it’s one box, one source; if you have six of those in a rack you can listen to six different things at one time. This is like that in one box, at $1,000.” In other big news for Fusion at the show, the company was bumping up the storage in its movie servers without bumping up the price. It’s $4,999 Encore movie servers went from 3TB to 4TB; its $6,999 Genesis 9 from 6TB to 9TB; and its $7,999 Genesis 12 from 9TB to 12TB.
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