Last week we took our annual trip to our industry’s trade show put on by the Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association (CEDIA). The CEDIA expo is a wonderful trade show that exhibits current and upcoming technology specific to the audio/video industry, provides ongoing education for owners, salespeople and installers, and is a fantastic platform for people in our industry to network and get to know each other. Needless to say, it was a very productive week for us.
There were a number of products that caught our eye when perusing the over 50,000 square foot showroom floor. From televisions to speakers, from projection screens to window shades, from satellite TV providers to voice-activated devices - each piqued our interest in its own unique way. Below is a small preview of some of the most interesting products that we experienced.
In the arena of speakers, we were excited to see that Origin Acoustics is maintaining its reputation of producing incredibly innovative products, providing exceptional value and producing a truly luxury-class speaker. Their first foray into in-room subwoofers was a home run. The subwoofers that are replacing them are even better. Not only do the speakers have incredible specifications, but they look extremely handsome with a number of looks including an optional grey burlap fabric. In the near future, keep an eye out for Origin’s new Valet amp that utilizes a series of in-room Amazon Echo Dots that are hidden behind a traditional speaker grille. This will offer customers the ability to control audio in multiple rooms of the house by using simple voice commands.
Not to be outdone, Monitor Audio revealed a new version of their “Silver” level of in-room speakers. We had the chance to demo these speakers in a theater environment and as always, we were extremely impressed with the clarity of sound. Monitor is also known for having truly beautiful finishes on their in-room speakers and the new Silvers are no exception. The set we saw were done in an incredibly deep satin white gloss.
In the world of television, we were not disappointed. Sony, Samsung and LG all had their most cutting edge 4k HDR displays up for viewing. Of note, the LG signature-series television at only 2.57 millimeters thick and the Samsung Frame TV that looks like a piece of art when not in use as a traditional television. They were both very impressive to see in-person
The last bit of technology that caught our eye was Josh.ai. Josh.ai is an in-room voice-enabled device, similar to Amazon Echo, but much more powerful as it is a truly artificial intelligence system. We saw a demo of the device in-action and when given the command, “Josh, play the latest episode of Breaking Bad”; the lights dimmed, the shades drew closed, the television turned on, the Netflix app started and navigated to the Breaking Bad television show and automatically playing the last episode. This was an incredible moment for us because it was a snapshot of the future of A/V - a harmonious integration of the user and their technology.
We’ve only scratched the very surface of what we saw at the tradeshow; however, these are the products that really caught our eye. We’ve consistently found CEDIA to be an extremely valuable and educational experience for those of us in this company. CEDIA helps expose us to the enormous variety of product that exists in our industry today. By going to this annual tradeshow, we’re able to intelligently offer you the most up-to-date solutions and products that align with your lifestyle. It also helps us prepare for the future and offer products that will stand the test of time. CEDIA also provides us with a unique view of the future of our industry and we’re excited for what it has in store!
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