By Lisa Johnston
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DENVER — Sanus came to CEDIA Expo to introduce a new line of TV wall mounts.
The new Premium line boasts higher-end aesthetics and materials and less hardware to simplify installation, according to Sanus.
Eleven new models range in size and positioning abilities, with mounts that can accommodate flat panels from 13 inches to 80 inches and up to 125 pounds. There are fixed-position, tilting, full-motion and Full Motion + SKUs.
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.
DENVER — Definitive Technology turned up at the CEDIA Expo with its second active soundbar, second Bluetooth speaker, first powered two-speaker desktop-speaker system and its next-generation flagship Mythos ST tower speaker.
In expanding its active-soundbar selection to two models, the company is launching the $1,199 SoloCinema Studio to join the $1,999 SoloCinema XTR launched last year. The new model, the company’s first soundbar with stereo Bluetooth, will be available in select North American retail stores and online in October.
NAD Debuts 1st Headphones
DENVER — NAD Electronics will debut at CEDIA its first-ever headphones, the pro-grade Viso HP50. The full-size, over-the-ear headphones feature Room Feel technology, which adds low-frequency room gain that one would expect from loudspeakers in a room, adding deep bass and a lifelike sonic experience, the company said. They contain a pair of ultra-low mass, high-excursion 40mm drivers and oxygen-free copper wiring.
DENVER — Home-control company URC is launching during CEDIA Expo its first Android app to complement an iOS app, expanding its selection of Wi-Fi remotes, and enabling its home-control systems to control wireless Z-Wave devices for the first time.
The $250-suggested TRF-ZW1 Z-Wave Extender connects to the company’s Total Control home-control system to enable control of one-way and two-way Z-Wave devices from a wide variety of leading brand name companies.
DENVER – New architectural speakers are competing with high-end in-room speakers, active soundbars, TV-speaker bases, and wireless speakers for the attention of retailers and electronic systems contractors.
In active soundbars, KEF, Monitor Audio, Leon Speakers, and Jamo are showing of their first active soundbars, while Yamaha and Definitive Technology expand their selection.
DENVER — The first active soundbar from Jamo, the first TV-speaker bases from Klipsch and Energy, and an expanded selection of Jamo architectural speakers are turning up at the CEDIA Expo.
The third Klipsch-branded tabletop wireless speaker will also be displayed.
All are brands marketed by Klipsch Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Voxx International. The products will be displayed in the Klipsch Group’s meeting rooms in the Magnolia hotel.
All products ship in October except for the Jamo custom speakers, which ship in December.
Reinforcing the consumer rollout of Ultra High- Definition TVs is the migration of the technology into commercial and signage displays, where manufacturers have already begun seeding early demand.
According to Sanju Khatri, IHS professional and signage display market analyst, the Ultra HD signage and professional displays market is expected to rise from a scant 3,000 units in 2012 to 20,000 to 30,000 in 2013, and that number should double in 2014.
At first blush, it seems like we’ve been here before. The TV industry is on the precipice of a new feature, size or format: the next “big thing” to whet consumers’ appetites for a new TV.
This time around it is the impending transition from FullHD 1080p resolution LED LCD TVs to Ultra High- Definition resolution versions.
The “next big thing” doesn’t always work out, or is slow to take off, but often it does.
Superstitious dealers still smarting from the 3DTV misfire are reluctant to make premature pronouncements, but initial results suggest that the TV category’s new best bet, Ultra High Definition, is connecting in a big way with consumers.
Here’s what’s available in home audio products that pass through 4K signals, or up-scale video to 4K, or both:
In 2011, Onkyo and Integra became the first audio suppliers to offer audio components with 4K up-scaling, with Onkyo offering up-scaling in AVRs priced down to a suggested $599 and Integra offering it in a $2,600 preamp/processor and two AVRs priced at $2,300 and $3,000.