CEDIA 2009 Expo Show Coverage
We arrived at Atlanta, bitter at the loss of our precious Denver, but excited about the prospects of new technology in the forms of LED, flat panels, and network technology as it relates to receivers and Blu-ray. The show is a bit thin this year, many companies opting to reduce the size of their booths or take the year off. Still, this show has a lot more product info on home theater audio/video products than we experienced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. And that makes us happy to be here.
The Latest from the Floor
Pioneer Phones Home with new ETAP Networking Product
Pioneers new magic "ET" box they demoed at CEDIA was out of this world. Pioneer's ETAP focus is downloading, streaming and storage of personal media with a home theater approach to delivering networked media in the living room. Think Media PC without the PC. The ability to copy what they refer to as “content managed Blu-ray discs” is pretty awesome. The Pioneer reps also talked about the ability of stacking up to 14 hard drives for an almost limitless data storage and streaming solution. During the demo, we watched Blu-ray discs streamed to an iPhone which was icing on this dream cake we are all wanting to take a bite from. Best of all, it seems the retail price is targeted to be less than their flagship Blu-ray player (around $1500-$2k). Availability is uncertain, but you can expect consumers lining up to the door when they start shipping.
Pioneers new ET Media Box, is capable of downloading, streaming and storage of personal media with a home theater approach to delivering networked media in the living room. Think Media PC sans the PC.
RBH Sound MC-6CT Floorstanding Speaker First Look
The MC-6CT are the flagship of the MC line and have won numerous awards over the years. With additional bass, a steader speaker, upgraded front baffle, identical pricing, and a better all around aesthetic, the only thing you're missing from the original MC-6CTs is a Cherry veneer. Seems like a fair trade off to us.
With additional bass, a steadier speaker, upgraded front baffle, identical pricing, and a better all around aesthetic, the only thing you're missing from the original MC-6CTs is a Cherry veneer.
Adam Audio Classic Mk3 Series Tower Loudspeaker - First Look
Until the 2009 CEDIA expo, I was unfamiliar with the Adam Audio brand but I've come to learn they are widely used in recording studios. The workmanship I’ve seen from their products at their booth have me thirsting for more. While they aren’t inexpensive, I recall an expression one of my good friends once said to me “its never cheap to be hip and trendy”. I'm a big fan of ribbon tweeters for their ability to convey detail and pinpoint imaging when properly designed. These look to be an impressive design in all aspects. I plan on reviewing a set of these speakers in the near future to see what its’ like hanging with the high rollers who expect nothing less than top quality with price being no object.
Adam Audio announced a revamp to their tower speaker - the Classic Mk3 Series is said to offer significant enhancements in sound reproduction along with a slim, elegant new look. Very impressive.
Focus Enhancements Partners with Aperion Audio for Complete Wireless 7.1 Audio
Focus Enhancements, Inc., a leading supplier of wireless audio technologies debuted their wireless home theater surround sound products utilizing their Summit wireless technology system with a complete Aperion Audio Intimus 5 series 7.1 speaker package at the CEDIA 2009 expo show. They put on the Dave Matthews Live at Radio City Music Hall Blu-ray disc which instantly won them points. I was enveloped in the great Aperion sound we often write about in our reviews without the shackles of the cabling. As I enjoyed the pristine, unadulterated fidelity, I couldn't help to ponder the endless possibilities this new wireless technology offers.
Focus Enhancements partnered with Aperion Audio to debut a truly uncompromised 5.1 wireless audio solution. The result was pristine audio with endless possibilities for future product integration.
Pioneer Elite BDP-09FD Blu-ray Player First Look
Pioneer displayed their new Elite BDP-09FD flagship Blu-ray player at CEDIA 2009 claiming it has become the world's first Blu-ray Disc Player to achieve THX certification. But, the lack of DVD-A and SACD support is a bit unsettling considering that Pioneer is positioning this player as their reference to appeal to audiophiles and videophiles alike. Despite its shortcomings, the BDP-09FD is quite a sturdy built player weighing in at 30lbs. It has the look and feel of a high end product you'd expect from Pioneer Elite. The MSRP is $2,200.
Pioneer displayed their new BDP-09FD flagship Blu-ray player, claiming it has become the world’s first Blu-ray Disc® Player to achieve THX® certification. Lack of DVD-A and SACD is disappointing.
Sony BDP-N460 Network Blu-ray Player First Look
Sony kind of stunned me with their new BDP-N460 networked Blu-ray player. What was most impressive was the amount of network features available to the player and it's almost mouth-watering price of just $250. Beside playing Blu-ray discs and DVDs, the device instantly streams one of the largest collections of premium and free on-demand entertainment from the BRAVIA Internet Video platform including thousands of movies, TV programs, and music from YouTube, Slacker, and, later this fall, Netflix.
Sony kind of stunned me with their new BDP-N460 networked Blu-ray player. What was most impressive was the amount of network features available to the player and it's almost mouth-watering price.
Paradigm Reference Signature Series V.3 - First Look
Ribbed. It’s not just for her pleasure anymore. Paradigm has carried this ribbed/corrugated butyl rubber surround theme into their entire Signature product line for a claimed 3dB more efficiency and higher output over its predecessors. The re-vamp of their acclaimed Reference Signature series piqued my interest into soliciting a review of the S2s after the 2009 CEDIA show. We’ve always been impressed with the quality of Paradigm speakers so we are confident these won’t disappoint.
Paradigm unveiled a 3rd version of its flagship Reference Signature Series which are claimed to be the highest output, most dynamic high end loudspeakers ever produced.
RBH Sound SI-663 & SI-744 In-Wall Speakers - First Look
These new in-wall products (SI-663 and SI-744; respectively) displayed by RBH Sound at CEDIA 2009 are prime examples of thinking outside the box. We appreciate the flexibility these products offer for both the custom installer and the end user alike. It’s nice to see products that allow for a full multi channel experience while eliminating some of the speaker locations traditionally required in achieving it. We welcome feedback from installers on how these systems sound when integrated into a full theater application since it’s often impractical for review publications to review in-wall products.
RBH Sound displayed their newest In-wall products (SI-663 & SI-744) at CEDIA. Both use the same high quality driver compliments found on their other Signature line but offer more placement options.
Samsung SP-A600 DLP Home Theater Projector First Look
Samsung showed up at the 2009 CEDIA Expo with it's new SP-A600 DLP home theater projector - a product that aims at taking its higher end SP-A800 home theater projector and bringing some of that functionality to the masses. It's a good move, considering the company's last two home theater projectors left a price gap of $8000 between the two models. With an expected retail price of just $1,795, the new SP-A600 might just take Samsung into the "mass-market" playing field.
Samsung showed up at the 2009 CEDIA Expo with it's new SP-A600 DLP home theater projector - a product that aims at taking its higher end SP-A800 home theater projector and making it affordable.
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