With many just getting their arms wrapped around the new HDMI 2.0 specification, we now learn that the HDMI Forum – parent of HDMI Licensing, LLC – has released a new HDMI 2.0a specification. This new spec update is said to add support for high dynamic range (HDR) transmissions.
Adds Kordz to Its Line-Up of Select Connectivity Solutions
On the eve of the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show we received the announcement of the launch of a new kind of connectivity supplier called Future Ready Solutions (FRS). Launched by Bodley & Associates founder Eric Bodley, we have learned that FRS is a distinctly different kind of company – sort of a hybrid really – seeking to set the standard as your preferred provider of mission-critical connectivity solutions.
Learn more about this new kind of hybrid supplier of connectivity solutions… [Read more…] about Future Ready Solutions Launches a New Kind of Connectivity Supplier
Metra Home Theater Group will launch a line of HDMI cables engineered from the ground up to deliver real 4K Ultra HD performance at the upcoming 2015 ICES in Las Vegas. Did you think ALL HDMI cables deliver reliable 4K performance? Think again…
See just what level of performance Metra says its new HDMI cable line will deliver… [Read more…] about Metra to Launch HDMI Cables Engineered to Deliver Real 4K Ultra HD Performance
Yamaha Corporation of America announced this week that it has updated its well-regarded RX-V line of A/V receivers adding several new and popular features such as new wireless capability, a new surround capability, and new streaming services. Included in this update are the 7.2-channel RX-V777BT, RX-V677, RX-V577…as well as the 5.1-channel RX-V477. The company notes that these models embody a rare combination of sound quality, convenience, and accessibility.
See more on this significant update to an already popular line of products from Yamaha… [Read more…] about Yamaha Updates Popular RX-V Line of A/V Receivers Adding Wireless & Streaming Services
As we walked the halls of CE Week, we kept running into old friends and well-known industry personalities. We met both at once when we ran into Eric Bodley of PPC/Perfect Path who was at the show to support various partners of the company. PPC was recently purchased by cable giant Belden, Inc. and we’ve been anxiously awaiting more details on how this consolidation would be implemented.
Bodley wasn’t in a position to comment on that quite yet, but we took advantage of the meeting to ask him about a couple of other recent issues.
See Bodley’s comments on competition heating up & the Belden/PPC connection… [Read more…] about Perfect Path Says It’s on the Growth Path at CE Week
Tributaries announced today that it has revamped its HDMI cable line-up with an all-new approach that the company says will deliver better, and more reliable, long distance performance. As part of this line overhaul, the company is introducing a new IHEC long-run cable – and an active extender, the HX102.
See more on this dramatic new line-up from a leading cable supplier… [Read more…] about Tributaries Launches Newly Revamped HDMI Cable Line-Up; Delivers Better Longer Performance
One of the more interesting stops we made during our rounds at last month’s 2012 CEA Line Show was to see a new company with a brand new product not yet on the market…but coming soon. That company, Engage Audio Design, has announced and shown a simplified total home theater package called Unity Home Theater. If the actual shipping product adheres closely to the prototype shown at the show – they just may have a real winner on their hands!
What’s so great about Unity? You’ve got to read on…
Years ago, the step-up component audio world was dominated by the big three: Yamaha, Onkyo, and Denon. Having joined Onkyo in 1985, I got to participate in what some people called the “meat of the market.” These brands hit the optimal “sweet spot” of volume and profitability and literally could be the difference between life-and-death for dealers.
And we knew it. Those were heady times, and often we let our egos run wild – turning our noses up at mass market brands such as Sony, Kenwood, and Pioneer. Well, I’m older and wiser now – the big three aren’t what they used to be – and I recognize smart and savvy moves when I see them…and Pioneer is impressing me. [Read more…] about Is Pioneer Another Name for Innovator?
At the CEA LineShow last week, Monster put on a press conference that, as usual, was quite a show. And the first surprise was that the event was kicked off by a new Monster – recently appointed Global VP of Marketing and Web Tracy Benson. Benson, a former Senior Director at Best Buy, wasted no time launching into the presentation by reminding reporters that Monster Beats “proved them wrong” when many said consumers would not pay more for a better, more richer listening experience. [Read more…] about Monster Announces New Monster, New Partnerships, and Mini-Fashion Show
This week at the Alliance Expo 2012 being held in Newark, NJ by Audio Associates and their vendors, Monster (formerly Monster Cable) had a large presence with a booth that stretched down one wall, across a corner, and along another wall with an impressive showing of their product line. The Monster presence included those products for which they are best known – cables and headphones, but perhaps even more impressive than that – they demonstrated some of their new wireless technologies and systems…pointing towards a wireless future. [Read more…] about Monster’s Cable-less Future