Nov 1, 2004 12:00 PM,
By Mark Johnson
CEDIA EXPO 2004 EDIA EXPO 2004 exceeded all previous attendance records over its 15-year history. The Colts, Indianapolis's NFL team, played their season opener in New England, which was a good thing. With more than 24,500 attendees (a 20 percent increase over 2003) and about 550 exhibitors (again a significant increase), the Colts would have had to compete for space on the RCA Dome floor. Exhibitors occupied every corner of the Dome and Indiana Convention Center.
Each year, as part of the Electronics Lifestyles Awards ceremony, Sound & Video Contractor sponsors and presents the Manufacturers Excellence Awards. The 2004 Best New Product winners were OmniMount Systems' U3, Artison's Portrait LCR front speakers, Crestron's iSys i10 TPMC WiFi tablet touchpanel, Universal Remote Control's MX-3000, and ReQuest Multi-media's Video ReQuest.
Here are some of the product highlights from the show. (For more from the video side, see Jeff Sauer's “Picture This,” page 22.)
AMX announced Duet, an extension of the NetLinx platform that provides the ability to integrate AMX's control systems using Java.
Auralex released its Elite ProPanels, pre-engineered, decorative, acoustic absorptive panels. ProPanels are offered in four types with varying size and style options. Also introduced was the SubDude isolation platform to isolate subwoofer and loudspeaker systems.
Bohlender Graebener celebrated its 10th anniversary by announcing the expansion and enhancement of its Z series loudspeakers.
Boston Acoustics introduced a number of new products, including the Bravo II compact multi-purpose, high-performance loudspeaker, which features a quarter-cylinder, wedge-shaped enclosure with one 4in. woofer and a 1in. dome tweeter. Also unveiled was the P 400 high-performance slim theater speaker, which combines the LCR speaker systems in a single enclosure.
Chief Manufacturing launched the UPA series universal projector mounts and the Vista Series of flat-panel mounts, including the GSU Fixed Universal Flat-panel TV Mount and the GTU Tilt Universal Flat-panel TV Mount.
Control4 debuted as a company and introduced its line of wired and wireless IP-based home automation products.
Crestron showed for the first time at CEDIA its iSys i10 TPMC WiFi tablet touchpanel. The panel has a Windows operating system and embedded PC applications for popular file formats and control of home systems.
Dymo had its Rhino Pro 3000 portable label printer.
Extron Electronics added four new products to its extensive line: the VTG 400 video and audio test generator, the AVT 100 TV and cable tuner, the MGP 462 and 462D multi-graphic processors, and the Universal BNC crimp tool.
Gold Line showed its TEF EZTune System for sound system analysis.
JBL came with a wide range of products for the custom installation market, including the Synthesis Hercules Junior ultra-high-end multi-channel home theater audio system and the Audio Access WHEN (Whole House Entertainment Network) system.
Kaleidascape announced the K2500 digital movie player, which is capable of delivering DVD and HD movies in digital format from source to display without analog conversion.
Key Digital showed HD Hanna and the Digital Blaster video processors. HD Hanna is a digital set-top box that receives, decodes, and scales video with a choice of nine output resolutions. HD Hanna also offers FireWire/5C and DVI-D connectivity. The Digital Blaster converts SDI to DVI-D.
LG Electronics brought a number of new display products and announced innovations designed to extend the life and enhance the performance of plasma display panels (PDPs) and LCD displays, including new DoubleLife technology for panels.
Lucasey showed its Perfect View articulating flat-screen wall mount.
Meda Systems showed its new Br