LG first introduced the CF3D projector at CES last January, but as one rep told me, "now it's real" and expected to ship by the end of the year for $15,000. The CF3D is unique in that it uses two completely separate SXRD imaging engines and lampsone for each eyeand a single lens. Also, it uses passive polarization, so it needs a special silver screen and inexpensive polarized glasses. Another unique feature is a built-in camera that monitors the projected image and automatically adjusts the convergence and light balance between left and right. The CF3D can accept four 3D formatsframe-packed, frame-sequential, and frame-compatible side-by-side and over-under.
Although the demo wasn't perfect, I have to say that it knocked me out in certain ways...
On the last day of CEDIA, I happened upon this incredible wall sculpture in Leon Speakers' booth. It turns out to hide five of Leon's new Profile 631 in-wall speakers, each with two 6-inch woofers, two 3-inch midranges, and a silk-dome tweeter, all powered by McIntosh amps. The entire package also includes four of Leon's Aaros ultra-thin subwoofers with 10-inch aluminum cone drivers, which were sitting on the floor, powered by the two of the company's L3-1K 1000W amps. The dragon itself is cut from a 16-foot sheet of solid ¼-inch billet aluminum using a giant water-cutting machine, and it includes 800 strands of fiber-optic cable and DMX-controlled LED lights.
When I asked about the price, I was told it's "seven pounds of gold." Really? Yes, really. I know that gold is popular in a troubled economy, but using it as actual currency is pretty unusual. Of course, the company would also take cash, which comes to almost $146,000 at gold's current price of about $1300/oz.
At CEDIA, Digital Projection introduced a product so new, it doesn't even have a name yet. It's a 1080p, LED-lit DLP projector expected to list for about $10,000 and designed for extremely short-throw situationsin the demo from which this photo was taken, the projector was directly above a 6-foot-wide Stewart Studiotek 130 screen at a throw distance of only 12 inches! The light from the lens bounces off an integrated mirror and onto the screen at a severe angle, which means there must be some pretty sophisticated geometric processing going on. It also provides wireless HDMI connectivity, though the rep I spoke with didn't know which type. Unfortunately, it was difficult to judge image quality in the brightly lit show-floor environment.
In addition to demonstrating its DCC-100FD and DCL-200FD projectors, Wolf Cinema also showed the new SDC-3 3D projector, which provides dual UHP lamps and 10,000 ANSI lumens (uncalibrated) for $75,000 with one of eight lens options.
Audio demos at trade shows are nearly impossible to conduct without noise from the show floor intruding. And hotel rooms are hardly ideal venues, either. So it was with great fanfare that
Procella announced it would have the world's first THX-certified demo room at CEDIA. The free-standing room was first assembled and certified off-site, then broken down and reassembledand re-certifiedin the convention hall.
Procella Audio introduced its speaker line to the US market at last year's CEDIA Expo, but they are only now starting to ship here. The P815 ($10,000 each), leftmost in the photo above, consists of two sealed cabinetsone for a 15-inch woofer and the other for a 8-inch midrange and 1-inch compression tweeter in a custom-designed waveguideand each cabinet is powered with 700W of onboard class-D amplification. The passive P8 ($2600 each) and P6 ($1600 each)hanging on the wall in this photoboth sport the same 1-inch compression driver with an 8-inch and 6.5-inch woofer, respectively.
A trio of powered subwoofers includes the P18 ($10,000) with dual 18-inch drivers and 700Wx2, P15 ($6000) with dual 15-inch drivers and 350Wx2, and P10 ($4000) with dual 10-inch drivers and 350Wx2.
New at CEDIA from Wisdom Audio was the STS passive subwoofer with dual 15-inch drivers. At five feet tall and three feet wide, it looks huge next to the SWS "suitcase" sub as seen here, but it's actually surprisingly small for what it does130dB SPL at 20Hz (-3dB at 15Hz) with a sensitivity of 101dB/W/m and the ability to handle power up to 5kW!
The electronic components that accompany Wisdom Audio's speakers aren't new, but they sure look cool. This rack includes an SC-1 system controller, which provides electronic crossovers and Audyssey MultEQ room correction, and several SA power amps with one, two, or three channels of amplification at 500Wpc into 4Ω. Combined with Wisdom's in-wall main speakers and standalone subs in the company's demo room, the system sounded fantasticin fact, it was one of the best audio demos I heard at the show.
Several of the 3D projectors at CEDIA use passive-polarized glasses, which means they require a special silver screen to preserve the polarization of the light from the projector. However, such screens are not ideal for 2D imagestheir high gain results in hot spots and other issues that degrade the quality of 2D content. Stewart Filmscreen has come up with an ingenious solutionthe Daily Dual, which consists of a fixed silver screen and a retractable white screen that covers the silver screen when displaying 2D material. It ain't cheapa 132x74-inch system will set you back $15,000but if you prefer polarized 3D projection as I am starting to, it's clearly the best way to go.
Stewart Filmscreen is well known in our industry as a pre-eminent provider of projection screens, but its name recognition does not extend as far into the design community and even less into the general public. So Stewart has teamed up with Swarovski, a world-renowned supplier of decorative glass crystal, to create the Couture Collection of fixed screen frames in which tiny Swarovski crystals are embedded.
In addition to its range of anamorphic lenses, Schneider Optics introduced its own single-chip, 2D DLP projector, fitted with an anamorphic lens. The trick feature here is that the motorized mechanism that moves the lens in and out of position is built into the lens case, with no need for outboard sled hardware. $23,500, including ther anamorphic lens. Available early in 2011.
The 2010 CEDIA Expo may be over, but the memory lingers on. In fact, I saw so much that I couldn't post all of it during the show, so I'll be posting more storiesalong with my photos from the floorall this week. Meanwhile, here's my take on the event as a whole.
Vivitek wants to be your projector company, either with its premier H9080FD LED-lit, single-chip DLP projector ($15,000) or with its new $5000, H5085 lamp-lit single chipper, or the H1085 DLP. The latter carries an alarming price of $1499 with a specified light output of 2000 lumens.