Here’s some of what was new, as seen and heard while walking the Expo floor in Denver; more to come in the days ahead…
DISH’s custom integrator-related initiatives have escalated, with a 25 percent jump in installer participation in the company’s Custom Integration Program, and luxury installs nearly doubled in the last year, due in part to a new relationship with ProSource and a new revenue-sharing program that makes integrators eligible to receive recurring monthly revenue per qualifying DISH account.. DISH’s Concierge Team, supported by a CI Hotline, provides installers with white-glove service, design help and even technician site-visits. A sample of what was new, on demo at the booth: a extension of Google Assistant voice control, with a dedicated button built directly into the remote, and AirTV’s new 4K HDR-compatible streaming stick powered by Android TV called AirTV Mini, which integrates Sling TV, Netflix and over-the-air channels into a single user experience.
Savant’s Pro App user interface with new Daylight Mode, as demo’ed on a tablet by the company’s Angie Larson at the booth, serves up ultimate environmental wellness personalization including lighting intensity and color temperature to nurture circadian rhythm for optimum health. The one-minute preview mode is designed for homeowners to see the detailed settings and effects of the 24-hour cycle.
At the AudioControl booth, CEO Alex Camara showed off 10 new theater products – including the new 7-channel Savoy G4 and 5-channel Pantages G4 home cinema amplifiers, and a selection of audio receivers and preamp processors. The 16-channel spec and Auro 3D capability on all preamps and two of the three receivers is now standard, he said, and all of the theater components have a consistent aesthetic in their industrial design, with accent lighting added as a new visual feature. They ship in December.
ELAN’s Bill Hensley, among a host of introductions at this CEDIA, where the company also marked its 30th anniversary, talked up the new Home Builder program offering marketing and training support to the builder that he says distinguishes the brand in the CI market as a “catalyst between builders and ELAN dealers.” The Flagship Program offers an opportunity for dealers to provide a five-year warranty to customers with certain product purchase combination packages, and its Dealer Rewards program provides rebates for larger purchases. The company’s Intelligent Video Doorbell is now shipping, which integrates with ELAN Surveillance for video recording and monitoring as well as motion analytics. And squarely aimed at production home builders is the scalable ELAN SC-100 controller with Z-Wave integration.
At Origin Acoustics, principal Jeremy Burkhardt poses with the new super-sized Bollard XL loudspeaker for outdoor use, which boasts a 10-inch poly/rubber subwoofer that gets buried a foot below ground. It also features a 6.5-inch two-way downfiring driver, with sound distributed either 360 or 180 degrees, depending upon the choice of acoustic lens (Q1 2020 availability).
The Origin booth also housed RAYVA’s Theater Experience, a full, modular, turnkey home theater built in a day and a half that packed in $104,000 in sound and video components, video projection and screen systems and acoustical treatments. Brands on board included Sony, Audio Control, Fortress Seating, AudioQuest, Nexus 21, Kaleidescape, Origin Acoustics and Screen Innovations.
Access Networks Founder and CEO Hagai Feiner holds the A320 ($475) – the company’s newest entry-level access point. It is the upgraded version of the A310, and moves up in support capability from 128 to 256 clients per access point. It comes with a warranty of four years of company support.
The Leon Speakers outpost was replete with art-inspired designs in the service of sound. Camila Ballario shows off the selection of acoustically transparent grille fabrics; Leon also curates retro fabrics to achieve a certain look and feel. The company is now also laser-printing patterns onto the grilles besides using the hydro-dipping method. The company also showed off a wide selection of products including the Horizon Denza – a combination two-channel audio soundbar and floating shelf/mantle. Also on view was the Ente Sound Sculpture powered by the Sonos AMP, a Museum of Modern Art-worthy wall-mounted speaker system.
Klipsch did a full-on demo of its Pro Cinema Home Experience in the Sound Room section of the Convention Center. The setup featured adaptations of the company’s professional cinema sound technologies and products – including an adaptation of its Pro Cinema speakers. The company plans to offer a modular system as an easy-to-order bundle. It is 20-1/2 inches deep – shallow enough to make it suitable for medium to large dedicated home cinemas and media rooms, says the company.
At the MartinLogan booth, Justin Bright and Devin Zell flank the new Statement 4XW – the flagship speaker in the Masterpiece CI series of custom installation-oriented loudspeakers (early 2020 availability). Five models include in-wall and in-ceiling iterations with the flagship model being the Statement 40XW line source in-wall speaker. That aptly named model is an in-wall speaker designed with performance characteristics on par with the company’s floorstanding hybrid electrostatic speakers, says the company; it boasts 40 drivers in a line-source configuration (16 tweeters, 16 midrange drivers and eight woofers).
Paradigm unwrapped the Millenia LP Trio soundbar at its CEDIA booth: a three-channel passive soundbar that mounts at just two inches in depth (November availability; $999). It boasts a complement of three S-PAL aluminum dome tweeters with patented PPA (Perforated Phase Alignment) lens technology, for smooth high-frequency response, and six anodized aluminum unibody cone bass/midrange drivers. For installation flexibility, the speaker is also suitable for freestanding use, and comes with two L brackets with adjustable feet.