By Lisa Johnston
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Hyannis, Mass. — Savant will go to this week’s CEDIA Expo with new products for distributing audio and video throughout the house.
The products consist of one new audio matrix switcher, three video matrix switchers with HDBaseT technology, and two HDBaseT receivers. All ship in October.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
Portland, Ore. — Triad Speakers will go to this week’s CEDIA Expo with an upgrade to its behind-the-wall Invisible Designer Series Speakers.
The series gets its first two-way model to deliver wider frequency response from 50Hz to 20 kHz, deeper bass, improved midrange and treble response, and greater power handling of 200 watts peak per channel.
The new DS700se, shipping at a suggested $2,250 per channel, joins seven single-panel models.
New York – The first HDMI matrix switchers with the ability to switch 4K Ultra High-Definition signals will make their presence known at the CEDIA Expo from such companies as Wyrestorm, Zigen and DVDO.
DVDO plans to show the new Matrix6, which will be available in the fourth quarter at a suggested $499. The Matrix6 is promoted as the first dedicated matrix switcher with MHL-enabled HDMI inputs.
Denver – Four new HydraConnect HDMI matrix switchers include two models with proprietary DSP technology that enables different zones to simultaneously play stereo or multichannel Dolby Digital audio from the same source via the switchers’ HDMI and HDBaseT outputs.
HydraConnect said it is the only matrix-switcher brand that Dolby has licensed to offer this capability.
Previously, HDMI matrix switchers were able to carry only stereo or only surround from the same source through multiple HDMI and HDBaseT outputs at one time to multiple zones.
Calabasas, Calif. - DTS has licensed custom-install supplier Core Brands to offer products incorporating wireless Play-Fi multizone-audio technology, which has been upgraded to include iOS mobile devices as music sources and system controllers.
The technology, unveiled last year by DTS subsidiary Phorus, previously used only Android mobile devices as controllers and music sources.
A Play-Fi app for iOS devices is available through Apple’s online store and is compatible with existing Play-Fi streaming devices already on the market.
Lexington, Ky. — Thiel Audio hired audio-industry veteran Mark Mason as product development director, making him “the first in-house engineering presence for the brand” since company co-founder Jim Thiel passed away in 2009, the company said.
Thiel also hired an industrial design company for the first time to enhance product cosmetics, a spokesman told TWICE.
Berlin — Nine audio products unveiled here at IFA by Harman include Harman Kardon’s highest priced soundbar to date at an everyday $999 and Harman Kardon’s first tabletop speaker with Bluetooth, AirPlay, DLNA and Wi-Fi.
The $999 soundbar, called Sabre, is promoted as the world’s thinnest soundbar, with a 1.26-inch depth.
The selection of new products also includes a second Harman Kardon soundbar, portable Harman Kardon Bluetooth speaker, a JBL Bluetooth speaker, a JBL PC speaker system, one Harman Kardon headphone and two AKG headphones.
New York – Sony wants to expand the appeal of high-resolution audio playback by introducing the first in a series of audio products said to take the confusion out of high-res playback.
Sony will accomplish that goal in large part by enabling the products to play almost every music-file format available, including 192kHz/24-bit PCM, DSD, and double DSD.
The products “will decode whatever you throw at them,” said home audio group director Neal Manowitz, who said the launch will be backed by a “comprehensive marketing effort.”
Salt Lake City, Utah -- Control4 unveiled five new A/V-distribution products, including its first HDMI matrix switcher, an audio matrix switcher, a new four-zone audio amplifier, and a new eight-zone amp.
They’re promoted as suitable for retrofit and new-build projects.
The lineup, shipping in September, consists of a $6,900 HDMI matrix switcher with HDBaseT, a $350 HDBaseT receiver, a $1,500 audio matrix switcher, a $1,100 four-zone amplifier, and a $1,400 eight-zone amp.