DAILY the CEDIA from the editors of Residential Systems and Systems Contractor News day two friday edition The Official Newspaper of CEDIA EXPO 2012 • September 5-8, 2012 • Indiana convention center Multiroom Audio Products Feature Wireless Technologies The latest developments in multiroom audio and video products at CEDIA EXPO include a range of traditional audio and video matrix switchers, multizone audio amplifiers, and hardwired multiroomaudio systems. But also on the show floor are video switchers that use HDBaseT technology to send HDMI video over long distances, wireless multiroom audio systems from several companies, and multiroom audio servers that integrate with AirPlay technology. Altona’s (Booth 5443) new highspeed HDMI 4x4 matrix switcher, the continued on page 70 CEDIA Kicks Off With Smashing Success The 2012 CEDIA EXPO officially kicked off yesterday morning, with (left to right) vice chair Larry Pexton, and CEDIA Fellows Ken Erdmann and Jeremy Glowacki cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the Indianapolis Convention Center main hall. This year’s CEDIA features 457 exhibiting companies, 92 exhibitors, and has 71 countries represented. Soundbars, Tabletop Speakers Abound At EXPO Several companies are launching active and passive soundbars, high-performance inroom speakers, AirPlay speakers, and other tabletop speaker systems during EXPO this week. Here are the details on these speaker introductions: Artison (Booth 3845) will replace its current passive three-channel soundbar with three new models designed for TVs with thinner displays. The soundbars comprising the Studio series are 2.25-inches-deep and positioned as offering both aesthetics and performance. They are the Studio 39, Studio 46, and Studio 55. Current Audio’s (Booth 5167) first two CED12_DAY2_live.indd 1 active soundbars are the SB65 with 6.5inch wireless subwoofer and the SB8 with 8-inch wireless subwoofer. The later adds stereo Bluetooth for streaming music from portable devices. Additional details were unavailable. GoldenEar’s (SR16) first soundbar is the passive, three-channel SuperCinema 3D Array. The company’s highest powered active sub, the ForceField 5, ships in December. The soundbar measures 49 inches wide by 4.75 inches tall by 2.5 inches deep. It’s designed to minimize interaural crosstalk in the 150Hz-2,000Hz range to improve front-stage width and depth beyond what three separate-butclosely-spaced speakers can deliver, the company says. KEF (Booth 1312) is launching its first powered speakers with USB connection to PCs, Apple iOS devices, and Android devices to play back their music. The $799-suggested X300A two-way speaker pair is said to perform as well as professional studio monitors, thanks to bi-amplification, use of Class AB audiophile-grade amps, 96kHz/24-bit USB input, and KEF’s proprietary Uni-Q driver array. Martin Logan’s (SR9) Motion 15 bookshelf continued on page 70 by Lindsey Adler Navigating the exhibit hall at the Indiana Convention Center Wednesday afternoon was almost like jostling for position in the final lap of the Indy 500. “The show has been phenomenal for us,” and the kiosks that sign up new dealers have been full since 9 a.m., says Mark Fukuda, president of WAVE Electronics (Booth 1713), a distribution company that just went national [see story on page 3]. Chris Bundy, director of product marketing for Atlona (Booth 5443) was particularly jazzed about rep activity at the show. “We’ve been really interested in how reps are making everybody’s booth go round,” he says. “I think if it weren’t for the reps, this show wouldn’t be as amazing as it is.” Since 1998, CEDIA EXPO has been the platform for new product introductions from D-Tools (Booth 4554), and 2012 has already reaffirmed this commitment, according to Tim Bigoness, VP sales and marketing, D-Tools. “This year so far we had a great launch event. Many integrators and partners have been here. The attendance has been great. And this continues to be the show where we are going to showcase our new releases.” Many show attendees cited especially strong attendance at the education sessions. Matt D. Scott, president, Omega Audio Video, continued on page 70 Follow #CEDIA12 on twitter for the latest updates before, during and after the show. Check the CEDIA Daily Website www.residentialsystems.com/ cediaexpo for the latest news from exhibitors. 9/6/12 6:52 PM CEDIA DAILY/DAY TWO EDITION Cary Audio Launches Hybrid Headphone Amp Headphones are in great demand today, capable of superb sound quality at a fraction of the price of great speakers for a personal listening experience. Cary Audio (Booth 1321) is introducing the HH-1 headphone amplifier to help discerning listeners reach their greatest sonic potential with almost any fine headphone. Cary Audio’s HH-1 Hybrid Headphone Amplifier The HH-1 is a hybrid design, offering the best performance of both tube possible noise, including the power supply and solid-state circuits where they can be for the tube heaters, and it uses a high perutilized to their greatest advantage. Tubes formance audio grade toroidal transformer. Cary Audio president Billy Wright commake their best contribution to the overall sound when used in the input stage. For ments: “We realize how important excellent this, we are using a pair of 6DJ8 tubes (one headphones are to many audiophiles, and per channel). The output stage is a single- made a concerted effort to develop a truly ended current-sourced MOSFET working world-class headphone amplifier in a very compact form. By using the best qualities in Class A at all times. As in all Cary Audio products, much of both tubes and solid-state, we have thought has gone into the power supply, come up with a dedicated headphone which has a major impact on the sound amplifier. We’re very excited to introduce quality and reliability. In the HH-1, the this new headphone amplifier and establish power supply is fully regulated for lowest Cary Audio as a leader in this new market.” Fusion Research Unveils Premiere Movie Server Fusion Research is showing the Premiere Movie Server, its newest movie server product, at Booth 5355. It is the new entry-level piece and replaces the award winning Studio Movie Server. Based upon the recently announced EPIC platform, the Premiere retails at $2995 with an internal capacity for approximately 225 DVDs or 45 Blu-ray with the ability to expand the storage to over a thousand movies for as little as $495 license fee and adding your own storage. Premiere also features EasyLoad, the unattended movie loading service for both Blu-ray and DVDs. Simply insert the disc into the front of the server and even without a display turned on, the system will automatically begin importing the movie. One of the great values of the Premiere Movie Server is its ability to add an extra discrete movie feed, using the also new Fusion Zone Player which retail for $1495. Now two separate zones can be accomplished for under $4500 retail. “I’ve had the chance to be the first Control4 dealer to test out the new Premiere Movie Server with the EPIC platform,” says DYMO Offers Labeling Tool Selection Tips Finding a labeling tool that’s durable and provides clean, consistent results that follows industry standards, such as the TIA 606-B standard, can enhance an integrator’s reputation for high quality work and protects customers’ investments by ensuring they can effectively test, use, trouble shoot and upgrade their systems. DYMO Industrial (Booth 5225) national account manager Al Feaster says that when selecting a label printer, keep in mind that capabilities, ease of use, durability, and practicality can vary greatly from entry-level ($50-100) to high-end ($300+) and even within each price range. Here are additional suggestions from DYMO: 1) Look for a labeling tool that’s rugged enough to withstand the environmental conditions of your job sites. 2) Look for brands that offer a consistent user interface across the product line and products that feature interchangeable label cassettes. 3) Pay close attention to memory capabilities for storing labels that can be quickly reprinted. You also want to choose a labeling tool that supports appropriate sizes, capabilities and materials for all of your labeling applications, including vertical wrap and high quality barcode capabilities, along with heat shrink tubes and flexible nylon, permanent polyester, and vinyl materials. 4) Familiar features like QWERTY keypads and large, easy-to-read screens can make label printers easier to use. 5) Look for hot keys or shortcut keys that are programmed to automatically size, space, align, and rotate text for perfectly sized labels with just a single touch. In addition, the abilities to automatically calibrate spacing and to access downloadable patch panel templates help eliminate guesswork. Platinum Tools Updates VDV MapMaster Platinum Tools (Booth 5630) is launching the new VDV MapMaster 2.0 voice, data and video tester. Now with cable length measurement, the VDV MapMaster 2.0 is now shipping. “The VDV MapMaster 2.0 now combines cable length measurement with continuity testing, mapping, and tone generator functions into a single unit,” explains Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “Made in the USA, the VDV MapMaster is capable of identifying and mapping 19 locations at one time. Whether the job is residential or commercial, the versatility and added features of the VDV MapMaster 2.0 makes it an installer’s best friend.” Length Mode is used to measure the length of entire cables and its pin pairs and allows for viewing and adjusting the length constant value for video, data, and voice cables. The VDV MapMaster tests Cat-6, Cat5e, Cat-5, Cat-4, Cat-3, and coax cables, as well as shielded cables. Video and data cables can be connected to their respective remotes at the same time to improve testing efficiency. Patch cables may be tested without removing the master remote from storage. With a convenient size and weight of only 6.4 in. x 2.8 in. x 1.4 in. and just 9.0 ounces, additional features of the VDV MapMaster include: Tests voice (six wire), data (eight wire), and video (coax); measures the entire length of a cable and/or individual wire pairs within the cable; easy-to-read, extra large seven-segment LCD screen with large icons; tone generator with selectable tone cadence and selectable pins carrying tone; RJ (voice and data) master remote stores in bottom of case; map 19 locations at one time; measures length in feet or meters; tests and indicates pins with shorts, opens, reversals miswires and split pairs; displays PAGE 37 Platinum Tools’ VDV MapMaster 2.0 voice, date and video tester “Pass” icon for correctly wired T568A/B and crossover/uplink; displays “Pass” icon for correctly wired 6-pin telephone plus “Rev” for reverse pinned; voltage detection warning icon; long battery life; low battery icon indicator; auto power off. Fusion Research’s Premiere Movie Server Kevin Luther, owner of Blackwire Designs. “I love the fact that you can import both DVD and Blu-ray right in the front of the box. When combining with the Control4 two-way IP driver, you have a very powerful movie solution that is great for any home. With Sony Blu-ray changers now being discontinued, I think Premiere has the chance to be the defacto choice for Control4 installs everywhere.” OmniMount Delivers New OS Wall Mount Line OmniMount (Booth 3925) is introducing a new collection of full motion mounts with exceptional quality and performance, the OS35FM, OS60FM and OS120FM. Designed with patented gravity tilt and precise tolerances, the products ensure years of smooth, dependable movement. The sleek look complements the advanced technology and the collection accommodates small to large TVs. “The market is saturated with wall mounts that offer tilt, but most of them require manual tensioning or levering to achieve the desired performance,” says Brandon Stangl, product manager for OmniMount. “These products make installation faster and easier, as well as improving user interaction and satisfaction.” Gravity pivot technology provides smooth tilt motion, right out of the box. TVs can be quickly mounted and positioned, and confidently left without worry of eventual sag or unintended tilt. The technology still enables smooth adjustment at any time, for achieving a desired viewing angle or reducing glare. Each product has cable management for cleanly routing wires from panel to wall and leveling for fine-tune adjustments. The products are die-cast for strength and style and include quick install guides, in addition to full-blown instruction manuals, for experienced installers. The collection consists of three mounts: OS35FM for 13-37-inch TVs up to 35 pounds; OS60FM for 32-50-inch TVs up to 60 pounds; and OS120FM for 42-70-inch TVs up to 120 pounds. PAGE 44 MERIDIAN AUDIO CEDIA DAILY/DAY TWO EDITION Cameral-Westin M6 Digital Active Loudspeaker The M6 Digital Active Loudspeaker utilizes the latest DSP Digital Active technologies pioneered by Meridian presented in a unique cylindrical enclosure offering a Loudspeaker that is truly magical, as it completely disappears sonically and visually into a room’s décor. The M6 delivers the performance of a conventional loudspeaker eight times the physical volume, with all the necessary electronics neatly hidden in its circular base— combining superb room-filling sound with elegant design. MIDDLE ATLANTIC 3038 Series Surge Protection Series Protection provides instantaneous protection of residential AV systems from damaging surges and is available in a newly introduced family of power distribution units. Series Protection was designed with robust non-sacrificial circuitry that ensures system reliability. It also helps ensure noise-free AV systems by protecting connected equipment without contaminating the system ground. Every model in the Series Protection suite automatically disconnects devices from sustained over- and under-voltage events. MONITOR AUDIO 1521 WS100 Wireless Multimedia Speaker System Built for listeners not network engineers, the WS100 wireless audio system comprises a pair of stylish cube speakers with amps and wireless receiver onboard. The matching, compact monitors, just five inches in dimension, are precision engineered to deliver clean wideband lossless audio from any computer in seconds. Simply position the speakers, plug-in the USB transmitter and play CD quality sound wire-free. MOZAEX 5655 BluWavs HD Audio Headphones The BluWavs HD Audio headphones support Bluray movie 7.1 discrete HD Audio and include a BluWav “Blender” Audio Console which allows users to finetune the volume and EQ of ten discrete surround sound speakers to meet their personal surround sound listening preferences. The BluWav Blender includes new technology called PLUSH (Personalized Leveled Ultimate Surround Headphones). PLUSH allows the listener to instantly select their own personal audio profile for the richest, most enveloping surround sound experience. NAD NAD VISO 1 AP The NAD VISO 1 AP is a complete digital device that offers Wi-Fi network capability and supports Apple AirPlay. For instant connectivity to smartphones and 3649 tablets, NAD has also included high fidelity aptX Bluetooth. The NAD VISO 1 AP features a rear USB port for connection and charging of Apple iOS devices, eliminating the need for a docking cradle. A USB input and a 24/96 capable optical input is perfect for connecting many digital devices, as well. NILES 902 SW6.5, SW8 Compact Subwoofers Two new stylish compact subwoofers engineered with designers in mind, the SW6.5 and the SW8 present an aesthetically pleasing profile that is easy to blend into any décor. Pairing a long-throw front-firing woofer with dual long-throw side-mounted passive radiators, the compact subwoofers deliver the power of subwoofers four times their size, making them perfect for any setup requiring more bass in less space. OMNIMOUNT 3925 PLAY70, PLAY40DS ActionMounts Joining the family of full motion ActionMount products are the PLAY70 and PLAY40DS, designed to give TV users more screen positioning flexibility for exercising, gaming and optimizing 3D. The PLAY70 fits TVs up to 70 pounds and offers omni-directional movement with only a light touch and the PLAY40DS has a satin black finish and double-stud frame for a different look and more flexible installation. OPALUM 3008 FLOW.4810 Speaker The FLOW.4810s are active speakers with 120W digital class D amplification and 48 one-inch drivers in a point source array in each speaker. They are 1.5 inches deep on-wall speakers with a frequency response of 43Hz-20kHz and are available in both black and white. They are connected to a Control Hub, which is available with or without WLAN streaming and includes an RF remote. Sources are connected to the Control Hub and/or streamed to the wireless WLAN version. PAKEDGE PARADIGM ELECTRONICS 3365 3130 MR Home Theater Power Management Components The MR Family of elegant home theater power management solutions complements any A/V system, while offering advanced protection from surges/spikes and maximizing SR 10 Millennia CT 2.1 Speaker System The Millenia CT 2.1 Speaker System is an ideal candidate in connectivity for popular networked audio devices such as Apple TV or Airport Express and the two-speaker setup promises excellent stereo separation. The renowned highperformance sound of Paradigm in a compact plug’n play audio setup with built-in amplifier—no receiver required. PIONEER 719 Elite SC Series Receivers Each SC Series receiver is designed to deliver clean and powerful audio output with high efficiency using Pioneer’s Class D3 amplification technology. The new line is also enhanced with advanced network features and custom installation set-up options including Apple’s AirPlay, DLNA 1.5, Windows 7, Internet radio, PC Setup control, Advanced MCACC autocalibration, multiple HDMI inputs and Pioneer’s proprietary apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps, including iControlAV2012 and Air Jam. PLATINUM TOOLS BakPak Apple IOS App The BakPak app allows an Apple IOS 4.3 through the most current iPad or iPhone to remotely power cycle the Power over Ethernet (PoE) ports on Pakedge switches and power distribution units. Installers can do this either on the job or from anywhere—if a customer in New York wants their system to be changed and the installer is in California, they can make the change via their iPad or iPhone. In addition, the app lets installers add multiple jobs/locations to their project databases, with multiple devices per location. PANAMAX equipment performance. With auto-resetting voltage protection (AVM) and protection from catastrophic lightning strikes (Protect or Disconnect circuitry), peace of mind is never out of reach. These components also account for low-voltage surges with universal coaxial, telephone, or LAN (RJ-45) protection. Equally graceful on a shelf, TV stand, or rack, the MR Family offers a touch of class and elegance with a soft yet sophisticated industrial design. 5630 T62 Recon Test Set The Recon Test Set includes the most sophisticated data in-line discovery and protection available today, and offers a complete menu for measuring data, actively monitoring and detection of high line voltages. It also includes a Digi-Secure feature that protects digital lines from disruption by outside test equipment. Its large backlit display shows information clearly, and with a glow in the dark keypad the unit can be used in low light environments. REVEL1805 2-Series Loudspeakers The 2-Series in-wall and inceiling loudspeakers is an all-new line of seven custom installation-ready models that combine exceptional performance with outstanding value and easier installation. The Revel 2-Series offers expanded installation options for every in-wall and in-ceiling application. All models, with the exception of the C263LP and C283LP low-profile solutions, employ the company’s new C-2 dogleg-type clamping mechanism that quickly and securely locks the speakers into place and can be used with materials up to two inches thick.