CEDIA 2007 Show Report & Wrap Up
Like the past times we've covered CEDIA, this one was another great show. It seems every year the show gets more popular as evident by the larger draw of crowds. But, being in Denver keeps it highly organized, especially since all of the home theater related stuff is centralized is one main area. This was apparently their largest turnout with over 29,000 attendees. Incidentally this was also our largest presence at any trade show with 7 Audioholics members busting through the show driven with one objective in mind – in-depth, no holds barred coverage that only lunatics strive for and sane people question why anyone would subject themselves to such torture. Some say, I am an over-achiever or that I set my expectations too high. Others that know me better understand that I am absolutely drawn to home theater like a moth is to a flame. Luckily the members of my dream team share in my passion/obsession, and Clint was witty enough to drag along J Clark’s wife whom is now an official inducted member of our “Dream Team”.
Our Dream Team consists of:
- Gene DellaSala
- Clint DeBoer
- Tom Andry
- J. Walker Clarke
- Tony Leotta
- Eric Shelton
- Dina Clarke
For those wondering what it takes to be a member of the Dream Team, here are the requirements you must be able to meet:
- walk at least 5 miles per day
- hustle across the entire show floor to make meetings we accidentally booked to closely together
- stay up to early hours of the morning posting article coverage you just gathered during the day
- function on 4-5 hrs of sleep per night for 3 – 4 days
- have a strong will to be able to handle raging debates on: politics, Star Wars, and Mac vs PC
- have a big enough appetite to gorge with us at the best restaurant locations we can find
Think you’ve got what it takes? Send us an email to: IWantToBeExploited@audioholics.com
cool new stuff did we see at CEDIA? Well, this show seemed to be the year of
new speakers. We have over 30 pages of
show coverage dedicated just for loudspeakers.
Check out our Loudspeaker Coverage:
- Artcoustic Diablo Sub Panel
- Cabasse Alcyone
- KEF XQ Series Speakers
- RBH Sound SI-250 In-wall Speaker with Linear Array Technology
- RBH Sound MC-553 "Dual Purpose" In-wall Speaker
- Yamaha YSP Sound Projectors
- Yamaha YAS-70 Sound Projector
- Velodyne MicroVee Subwoofer
- KEF KIT540, KIT570 DVD Home Theater System
- JL Audio f110 Subwoofer
- Paradigm SA Series In-Wall/Ceiling Speakers
- Paradigm DSP Subwoofers
- Artison Soundbar
- JBL CSS10W Wireless Subwoofer
- Infinity ERS 610 In-Ceiling Loudspeaker
- Destination Audio F300T
- MartinLogan Purity Loudspeakers
- Mirage Prestige 5 System
- Klipsch Palladium P-39F Floorstanding Loudspeakers
- Energy Take Classic
- Klipsch Rock Speakers
- Destination Audio CS100 & CS500 Series
- MARANTZ ES7001 Soundbar
- Snell Acoustics THX Speakers
- soundmatters SLIMstage40 Surround Bar
- NHT Pro Theater Speaker System
- Russound’s First On-Wall Speaker
- Induction Dynamics ID1-18 Tower Speakers
- Phase Technology dARTS
- Triad OnWall Mini LCR Loudspeaker
- New SolidDrive Series
- NAD L54 DVD Receiver
- Yamaha RX-Z11 AV Receiver
- Pioneer Elite SC-09TX Receiver
- Denon AVP-A1HDCI AV Processor
- Yamaha RX-V1800 Receiver
- Yamaha RX-V3800 Receiver
- MARANTZ A / V RECEIVERS
Displays aren’t really my bag but Clint and Tony certainly enjoyed checking out the latest and greatest 1080p offerings.
Televisions & Displays
- SunBriteTV Model 4600HD
- Toshiba Regza 40" & 46" LCD HDTV
- Epson Ensemble HD Home Cinema System
- Runco 103-inch 1080p Plasma Display
- Vidikron Flat Panels
- Panasonic 42" and 50" Plasma TV
Ok you’ve got your new 1080p display, but where’s the HD source? You don’t want to rely on that mediocre compressed so called Hi Def source your local cable or satellite provider is piping into your house do you? You’re best bet is to pick up one of the new HD or Blu-ray players offered from the following manufacturers.
- Yamaha DVD-C961 Universal DVD Player
- Toshiba 3rd Generation HD DVD Players
- LG BH200 Super Blu Player
- Yamaha DVD-S1800 Universal DVD Player
- LG BH200 Super Blu Player
- Marantz BD8002 Blu-ray Disc Player
- Marantz SA-11S2 SACD Player
DVD-2500BTCI Blu-ray Transport
Audio & Video Processors
What good is a new display and speakers without the raw power to provide the sound in the system? J Clarke found some cool new amplifier products at the show and provided some coverage. Could that Denon amp be any bigger or heavier? Guess who has to lug this bad boy up a flight of steps for me to bench test in the Audioholics labs? Yep, Tony is the low man on the totem pole. He will be getting that call shortly but don’t say anything about it in the forums.
- Nuvo Essentia V.2
- NAD T175, T975, and T955 Amplifier
- Denon POA-A1HDCI 10 Channel Amplifier
- Marantz SM-11S1
- Marantz SC-11S1 Preamplifier
- Fatman & Roth Audio Tube Products
For those savvy home theater enthusiasts that like to integrate HTPC’s and media servers into their systems, you won’t want to miss our coverage of these new and exciting products.
- Xperinet MIRV Tarpon Media Client
- Olive Media Products OPUS NO3
- Russound iBridge Bay
- Harman Kardon DMC 1000 Digital Media Center
- SE2 Labs ITC One
- Savant Video Server, Remotes & Keypads
- moodSeer Music Server
Got your Nerdar on? Good. Technology lovers will embrace the new tech stuff that seemed like SCI-Fi only a few years ago.
- Audyssey Dynamic EQ
- Darkchip4 Technology
- DLP 3-D Technology
- DLP DarkChip4 Technology - First Impression
Some cool stuff we saw at the show that doesn’t really fit into a specific category so we lumped it in as miscellaneous coverage.
- Tripp Lite HTSWIVEL6 Surge Suppressor
- Panamax Power Conditioners
- Peerless SmartMounts
- Phillips Remotes
- KEF KIT 120 DVD Home Theater System
- MARANTZ RC9001 Remote Control
- Seymour AV Center Stage Projection Screen
- Stinger Plus TV Arcade Game System
- KEF Universal Wireless System
Dina and I wrote up CEDIA related editorials. Her editorial dealt with the Nerdism she was exposed to at the show and from us during our daily chats. Mine dealt with my travel experience to and from Denver.
As well as a podcast Tom and Dina produced at the first night of the show.
Over the course of the next week, we will be uploading our CEDIA video interviews that will surely entertain as much as they will enlighten both our readers and ourselves. Keep your eyes peeled as you ain’t seen nothing yet!
Yes, that would be impressive and useful and maybe embarrassing to the makers
northreign;306997Absolutely NO hate for Panny. Just funny is all. Contrast ratios are touted as being important by the manufacturer and PR companies but for years we, and every other publication I know of have been educating consumers that the numbers are basically useless. Get your blacks low - period. None of those contrast ratio numbers are real world, or even close to it when you run the lamps in low power mode and shut off the typically useless auto Iris or ambient light settings.
At least its a little more factual then less even if its totally made up. Why all the hate for the panny? No one put the wrong number on the 50,000:1 Epson.
A lot of times increased CR means that the projector simply has more lumen output on the top end - something I don't find important at all in a home theater setting. If anything, they should tout the black level output at 7.5IRE in a completely black room. THAT would impress me.
(Just pickin, clint!!!)