As members of CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design Integration Association), fall is the time of year for us to attend our industry trade show. As an organization, CEDIA works hard to improve and standardize the industry we work in. This year the show took place in Dallas and was a massive success.
In addition to training and industry meetings the trade show allows use to spend several days getting exposure to new products and technology. This year, we experienced a wide variety of new products, some of which are described in more detail below:
DPI showed us a new eVision laser-based projection system with 4K resolution and 10,000 lumens of light output. Projection options with this type of performance have historically brought an opening price point of just under $100K. This new model is projected to have a price under $25K. This single chip projector has been very popular in a 1080p version and will no doubt be a hot item with 3840 x 2150 resolution and a brightness capable of developing huge images.
Color Beam Lighting
This product is a real game changer in the LED lighting arena. Applicable for both new construction and retrofit scenarios this new product line offers a low voltage LED lighting system that is tune-able and controllable. Whites to any Kelvin, full RGB color spectrum settings, flicker free and compatibility with all major lighting control manufacturers are just some of the features and benefits of Colorbeam North America lighting.
Pro Audio Technology
One of the most impressive home theater sound demonstrations at this show was the demo room of Pro Audio Technology. The brainchild of renowned speaker designer Paul Hales, Pro Audio has become the go-to product for the who’s who of the cinema world. The strategy is straight forward: leading-edge design and professional-grade components with an end-to-end approach. All speakers, processing, and amplification is matched for the job, which ensures perfection in the end result.
Pro Audio Technology is known for its monstrously dynamic and very large speakers and subwoofers but the demo this year in Dallas was truly amazing. We have heard the lifelike dynamic range of their systems before but this year was a “Wizard of Oz” experience for us. After sitting through one of the most lifelike and involving demonstration of everything from action films to intimate music performances, the curtain was removed and behind it were the smallest “in-wall” speakers in the company’s line. With a speaker grill of only 11”X 7.5” the tiny 5” two-way recessed speakers delivered life-like dynamics and emotionally involving music at a price range that is very affordable for this performance level.
Austin-based screen manufacturer Screen Innovations is an appropriately named organization; they are one of the biggest innovators in modern screen design with one of kind screens. They completely changed the projection technology market with the release of the Black Diamond ambient light rejection screen design in 2008. This unique technology rejects light from peripheral light sources and amplifies the light from the projector. The result is a projection system that can be used in rooms with much higher light levels.
They didn’t stop there but have continued to innovate with “Zero Edge” screens and motorized versions of the Black Diamond screen. They have recently perfected a film that allows for projection on glass as well as curved surfaces.
Their latest innovation is a motorized screen that is suspended by cables and has no black material between its housing and the image. This technology combined with “Black Diamond” material makes it possible to have a screen that won’t block the view except for the image itself.