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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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Artison Compact enough to fit behind a TV and enlisting the flexibility of WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio) Association, Artison’s Nano Backpack is a slick 1 x 9 x 9-inch “hub” unit that can fuel easy high-performance multichannel audio installations for single rooms. Three internal 100W Class D amps feed any passive LCR channels using Continuous Sigma technology to sound more like Class A but with Class D efficiency, according to the company, while internal 2.4, and 5.8 GHz antennas yield seamless access to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices. The three front channels are hardwired using a Phoenix connector, and a WiSA-compliant wireless output (24/96) drives the subwoofers and surrounds, says Artison. Inputs include HDMI 2.0 (three), Bluetooth 4.0, Toslink, 3.5mm stereo minijack, and RJ45, with an HDMI output including audio return channel. The idea is to address the changing source material and where A/V (and to a greater extent even commercial applications such as video conferencing and collaboration) is headed, and plan for that now along with implementing consumer-friendly technology such as wireless. “Ultimately, in my opinion, everything that isn’t streaming will be gone. … Now what we have is a system that does movies, music, conferencing, whatever you want, that goes into a customer’s home; the surrounds and the wireless eliminate running wire. Now that initially sounds like sacrilege to the custom installer, but what we’re trying to do is enable the CI guy to open up the market,” says Artison CEO Cary Christie. “This is the tip of a very big iceberg to enable larger market share for custom integrators.”
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