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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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Klipsch There was a little something for seemingly every audio application at the Klipsch booth. You had the Reference Premiere and Reference Premiere Dolby Atmos lineup that the company was demoing with clips from Dolby’s Atmos disc, making everyone look upward as the RP-140SA height channels were raining sound down on the crowd; you had the Pro THX series of THX Ultra2 certified architectural speakers that borrow from the company’s professional-grade technology to boost the home theater experience (with sleek edge-to-edge grilles); you had the massive Cinema lineup that really is meant to give a home theater a truly pro level THX-certified audio experience; and the Reference Premiere Wireless Home Theater speakers, driven by the RP-HUB1. More on the latter (pictured), the hub can connect up to four HDMI devices and supports Bluetooth, and sends the transmission wirelessly from a two-channel system up to 7.2; the speaker series includes towers, bookshelf, center and subwoofer models and is expected to roll out in January. “So we have the 4 C’s — cinema, as in pro; custom; cabinet, we have our Atmos floorstanding product, handcrafted, with the dedicated Atmos module cabinet; the fourth is cutting the cord,” says Mark Casavant, SVP global product development, Klipsch Group. “High-definition wireless — we showed this at CES and we’re showing it here because it’s launching. This transmit at 24-bit/96kHz, doesn’t mess with your Wi-Fi, it’s robust and you can start with just two speakers … you just plug them in. It’s not just about convenience, it’s also high-resolution, it’s all in the digital domain, and it’s efficient electrically — the amplifiers aren’t pushing power through an analog processor, amplifiers are directly coupled to the drivers, and 100 watts here is equivalent to about 200 watts from a standard receiver or amplifier.”
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