CEDIA Expo 2018: That’s a Wrap!

CEDIA Expo 2018 crowdCool Things I Saw at CEDIA Expo 2018

San Diego, we hardly knew ye’! CEDIA Expo 2018 wrapped up this past Saturday and after three days of running between meetings and walking the show floor, I emerge relatively unscathed.  The bottom line – this first Emerald Exposition-produced show was a bit of a mixed bag with some positive elements and some dropped balls. But overall, most came away satisfied that it was a good show.

I came away enthused at the sight of innovation marching forward… Continue reading

Origin Acoustics: New Products, New CEO

Origin CEO Nick BerryAs usual, our first official CEDIA Expo press conference was Origin Acoustics. And as usual, Origin begins the show by putting on the Dave Donald show. Donald, who is Origin’s “Worldwide Ambassador,” is a showman at heart with a dynamic speaking style and sprinkles of exciting hyperbole. I have to say, while Donald seemed slightly lower key that at past shows, you certainly won’t drift off to sleep when he’s verbally throwing new models at you.

But what followed next is what really caught our attention… Continue reading

Welcome to the First For-Profit & Last San Diego CEDIA Expo

CEDIA Expo logoWelcome to San Diego for the first for-profit CEDIA Expo, the first Expo to take place under the full control of professional show producer Emerald Expositions. It is also the last CEDIA to be held in San Diego, at least for the forseeable future. Next Year, the show moves back to Denver, one of the locations that is considered most popular with CEDIA members.

See our initial thoughts on this year’s CEDIA Expo show… Continue reading

Sonos Gets Serious about Integration with Amp

Partners with Sonance; Expands Developers; Opens Up API

Sonos Amp on white bgSonos announced a new product today called Amp. Amp is essentially everything Sonos offers for wireless powered speakers…for a normal wired passive speaker system. This opens the door to allow the integration of a wide range of third-party speakers into the Sonos ecosphere. But Sonos views Amp as much more than that – as the heart and start of integrating Sonos into a sophisticated smart home installation.

In short, Sonos is getting serious about custom integration… Continue reading

Tighten Your Seatbelts – LG Shows 8K OLED TV

Are you ready for this? LG shows the “world’s first” 8K OLED TV at the IFA 2018 show taking place in Berlin right now. Noting that their are a leader in advance TV technologies with OLED, LG pushes the technological envelope again with 88-inch 8K OLED TV being shown to consumers for the very first time.

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Showing Signs of Life, Krell Announces New COO

Krell logoKrell Industries LLC formally announced today it has hired Walter Schofield as its new Chief Operating Officer. Schofield is fairly well known in the audio community, in fact, Krell refers to him as an “industry veteran.”

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Parent of Mission & QUAD Signs Deal with DTS

DTS Play-Fi logoDTS announced this week that is has signed on International Audio Group (IAG), parent company of Mission and QUAD, as a new hardware partner in the DTS Play-Fi whole-home audio ecosystem. IAG joins a growing sphere of major brands supporting the DTS multi-room, wireless music system.

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Editor Ted Green Appears on ResiWeek

ResiWeek title slideSeems like my good friends over at AVNation.tv didn’t learn their lesson! Once again, they invited me back to participate in a new episode of their popular ResiWeek podcast, hosted by Matt D. Scott (he insists on including the “D” in his name for some reason).

Read on to see what topics we discussed & get a hint on why the episode title is “Just Do It”… Continue reading

The Top 3 Integration Trade Media Groups Were All Acquired in Last 12 Months

Trade media graphicJust What the Heck is Going On Here?

On Tuesday we learned that select properties of EH Media – owner of CEPro, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales & Integration, Campus Safety and others – had been acquired by Emerald Expositions (the new owner of the CEDIA Expo). Earlier this year, U.K.-based Future plc, a global media company, acquired U.S.-based NewBay Media – parent of Residential Systems, Sound & Video Contractor, AVTechnology and others. And almost exactly one year ago, IFA – producer of the largest consumer electronics trade show in the world (held in Europe) – “partnered” or acquired a significant stake in NAPCO Media’s consumer technology division – parent of Dealerscope, Technology Integrator, and Connected Design.

So that’s three of the top custom integration trade media companies all acquired within the last 12 months. What the heck is going on here?

It’s crazy days in the CI trade media world… Continue reading

Randy Blanchard, ex-ADI, Takes Audio Role at Vanco

Vanco logoVanco International LLC, a provider of AV and accessories products, announced this week that Randy Blanchard has joined the company as its new Director of Audio Products. Among other things, Blanchard will oversee the company’s Pulse Audio and Beale Street Audio brands. Blanchard joins the company after a 13½-year career with ADI.

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