And the award for best booth hands down goes to Speakercraft. I think I spotted a few speakers here and there but what they lacked in product they certainly made up for in show. With ornate decorations and scantily clad pixies everywhere they were hard to ignore.
There's something about having to post blogs in reverse order to be able to show more than one photo, and than not doing it...which is why you'll be reading more about Stewart Filmscreen's new Cabaret decorative and functional screen case, shown here with a partially extended screen, and further on in other postings. All very confusing for what is a very simple and interesting product.
Once you mastered the art of the motorized up and down, there’s no stopping you, nor should there be. Stewart’s new Black Out Shade system uses whisper quiet motors, a choice of Mermet shade fabrics, and prices that aren’t that far out of line with regular Hunter-esque style shades that leave gaps around the edges of windows. Once I hit the show floor, I’ll try to get some pictures and put them up.
With the TGM-100 Theater Grand Media Server, Sunfire has added a signal source to its excellent speaker and amp products, so now you can have a complete Sunfire system. The server sucks up DVDs and CDs and stores the content on the TGM-HD6 Theater Grand Hard Drive. Note that the latter, on the bottom, has eight slots. Available drives hold one, three, or six terabytes. Sunfire will explore the Blu-ray angle "when it makes sense."
AVRak’s new Fatrak component rack is 36” wide – enough for two components to sit side-by-side on each shelf – so the rack can hold the same amount of gear as a 72” tall standard rack. The Fatrak pulls out far enough from the cabinet so that you can swivel the rack for easy access to the cables and wiring that will look like a rat’s nest no matter how hard you try to organize it. The 36” tall model (FT-36) is rated to hold up to 350 pounds of gear. There are also 24” and 30” versions available. Custom heights can be ordered as well. The FT-36 sells for $2,172.
Yup, that is a stack of four 15-inch subwoofers. Specifically, it's the Tannoy 15DS sub and it sells in the low four figures. The Tannoy demo also made use of the IW63 in-wall speaker. Invert the mount and it becomes, as it did here, an on-wall.
Denon's DVP-602CI is playing to a small marketplace, but they're playing. This 6-in, 2-out HDMI unit may look like a simple switcher, but it can scale as well, up to 1080p. Why I'm showing you the business end of this unit instead of the face plate, is so you can see the two component (one RCA style, one BNC) inputs and the s-video and composite inputs that make this Denon capable of feeding everything to your video display via a single cable. Like I said, it's a niche player, but if you're in the market and have $2,499 to spare, look no further.
Another CEDIA come and gone. It was my fifteenth, and in many ways, the best yet. Like Fred, I'm very sad we won't be in Denver after thishe's right, that city is perfect for a convention. And from what I've heard, Atlanta ain't.
At the bottom left, the RSX-1560 is Rotel's new flagship receiver, putting out 100 watts into 7 channels at 8 ohms (200 watts at 4 ohms) using the same IcePower Class-D technology that worked so well in the RMB-1085 amp I just reviewed. Catching up to the competition, the receiver does in-AVR decoding of both Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD MA bitstreams. $2,599.
Parasound showcased a new surround sound processor in their “Classic” line that is a slimmed down version of their new receiver. The HDP 70 features 5 HDMI inputs and 1 output, full Faroudja video processing and HD Audio decoding.
Monster Cable and SpeakerCraft put on quite a party Friday night. After Monster's Dealer of the Year awards were handed out, the Doobie Brothers took the stage at the Wells Fargo Theater and rocked out for an hour and a half. Man, those old guys can still kick it pretty good.
I don’t know how humid it gets in Boston, but I do know how humid it gets in my bathroom after one of my children takes a luxuriously long shower (the kind that sucks every last drop of even lukewarm water out of the hot water heater). Boston Acoustics’ new HH 460T2 is a “high-humidity and weather-resistant” single-point stereo in-ceiling speaker that includes a foam collar around the center post that protects the voice coil from dampness and a crossover that is covered with a special type of varnish to protect it from the elements. The speaker also uses the same type of binding posts found on Boston’s Voyager outdoor speakers, so they’re easy to seal with silicone after the wires have been connected. Two models are available. The HH460T2 is $275 each. The higher-end VH470 T2 is $450 each.