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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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Sonance Specializing in architectural loudspeakers, Sonance had plenty on hand including its Visual Performance Series products and the Discreet Opening System, which allows for the placement of satellite speakers and subwoofer for more, even coverage while keeping the low-profile grilles that look like can lighting. In this case, the subwoofer looks more like part of a vacuum cleaner, with a hefty box that is kept concealed; meanwhile, a hose-looking unit moves the air to an opening that gets covered with the same size grille as the satellite speakers … pretty ingenious. Sonance also was educating dealers on its DSP amplifiers that allow them to configure loudspeakers with more than 600 easy-to-implement EQ presets so they can design a whole-house audio system to meet various sound levels and acoustic adjustments depending on where speakers are in the home plus include more speakers for greater coverage. With grilles that mimic lighting and a range of equalization presets that can mimic lighting control system presets, the resonating message from Sonance director of marketing Jack Hill was that installers can look at whole-house audio design much the same way they do whole-house lighting design (oh, and perhaps charge more for their design work). “When we launched SLS, our outdoor system, we realized that as long as we’re making discreet satellites and hidden/buried subwoofers we were really creating a system that hadn’t been used in distributed audio, so we wanted to apply all that information to distributed audio systems,” says Hill. “The best way to understand this is to equate it to lighting. Would you like your homeowners’ large and expensive kitchen to have just two lights? You could, and you could probably get the right amount of lumens, but it’s probably not going to look that great; chances are you’re going to need task lighting, general lighting, ambient lighting, under-cabinet lighting to really make that experience. “We want to do that same thing to sound — yes, you could have two speakers inside of a kitchen, but is that going to be the best? Am I going to have to raise my voice because the two speakers are right over that island, or am I going to have something where you and I can have a regular pitched conversation and walk around that space and everyone gets the same [music] experience. We want to bring what we’re calling ‘immersive sound’ to that space.”
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