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Product Feature: Sony VPL-VW90ES

Sony’s major home theatre focus at the 2010 CES was 3D. Likewise, at the 2010 CEDIA Expo, 3D was the focus. Sony debuted the new VPL-VW90ES, the company’s first 3D projector. Designed to appeal to the custom and specialty enthusiast market, the VPL-VW90ES is the first projector to be branded as an “Elevated Standard” (ES) product. This sub-$10,000 home theatre projector features Silicon X-tal Reflective Display (SXRD) full HD (1920 x 1080) and Sony’s proprietary 240 Hz high frame rate technology. The Advance Iris 3 technology is said to enable a 150,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Brightness is specified at 1,000 ANSI lumens. The price includes two pairs of Sony’s Active 3D glasses and a 3D transmitter. The projector will also be capable of simulating 3D from 2D sources. As an ES product, the projector will be supported with a five-year warranty.

From Widescreen Review Magazine, Nov 2010

Posted by chantal Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:18:00 GMT

Sony Ziris Digital Signage Powered by Crestron DigitalMedia

The massive 24 display Sony Ziris digital signage video wall is in the Crestron booth this year at CEDIA. Learn how its powered by Crestron DM technology!

Posted by chantal Wed, 05 Jan 2011 17:11:00 GMT

JVC 3D Projectors Get THX Certification

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JVC announced Tuesday that its 3D home theater projectors are the first of their kind of receive THX certification. The four projectors, introduced at CEDIA Expo in September, will arrive later this month.

The certification was given to the Reference Series DLA-S60 and DLA-R550, as well as the Procision Series DLA-X9 and DLA-X7. The first two are from JVC’s Professional Products Company, while the later two are from JVC U.S.A…

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Posted by chantal Wed, 17 Nov 2010 17:10:00 GMT

New SoundFrame in-wall or on-wall speakers by Monitor Audio

Classy new SoundFrame in-wall or on-wall speakers by Monitor Audio are available with “picture” frames in Black Lacquer, White Lacquer, or even paintable versions. The “pictured wall art” itself may be any high-resolution image the client or interior decorator desires.The art is of the customer’s choosing…an unlimited selection!

CE Pro & Electronic House were so impressed their panel of industry integrators and editors selected the SoundFrame SF1 in-wall as CEDIA’s 2010 Best Award in the category of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers. Criteria included creativity, innovation, aesthetics, and lifestyle benefits.

Custom Retailer was so excited that SoundFrame was honored with the prestigious EXCITE Award at this year’s CEDIA.

“Picture Frame” speakers
- Hybrid on-wall/in-wall speaker systems
- 3-way design
- All C-CAM® drivers
- IDC Inverted Dual Concentric tweeter/ 4” midrange with RST® (Rigid Surface Technology)
- 6” Bass driver with RST®
- High frequency attenuator (+3,0,-3dB)
- 3.5” mounting depth, CP style sealed enclosures
- Finishes: high-gloss black, high-gloss white, matte white (paintable!)
- On-grille picture printing option
- Availability: December 2010 / January 2011

Posted by chantal Fri, 29 Oct 2010 16:49:00 GMT

Sling Founder Brings Android to Home Control

Crestron automation app on Android-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab during CEDIA Expo.

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September 22, 2010 | by Julie Jacobson

Over the past three years, Apple and its iOS have completely disrupted the home automation business, bringing affordable, multipurpose machines to an industry built on higher-priced, single-purpose touchscreens.At CEDIA Expo 2010, the big event for custom electronics professionals, home systems integrators will be scouring the show floor for new iOS controls apps; iPad mounts, docks and smart sleeves; competitive products that stack up to the iPad in terms of price, performance and aesthetics; and business models for this enigmatic platform.And, quietly, the relatively new Android platform from Google will make its mark on the home-control industry.

Sling Founder Brings Android to Automation
For the past 18 months, Blake Krikorian, founder of Sling Media, has been working on an Android-centric home-control interface as part of an extensive home remodel project, he told CE Pro in an exclusive interview.Specifically, Krikorian has developed an Android app for Crestron, the home control system that powers his own house. Codenamed R2, the solution will be demonstrated at the Crestron booth at CEDIA Expo.

Already the Krikorian household has numerous iPads and iPod touches for remote control of lights, shades, security, audio/video, thermostats and other Crestron-enabled smart systems.But that’s not enough for the perpetual tinkerer and problem solver who always wants more – like the ability to watch the San Francisco Giants while traveling, which was the genesis of the Slingbox.

For example, he says, “I just wanted the iPad to let me bypass the slide-to-unlock bar so I could immediately control things with one button. Apple doesn’t give you the flexibility to do that.”

An Open Platform
Krikorian thinks the iPad and iPhone are “fantastic mass market products,” but the locked-down iOS limits their use as home-control devices. Ideally, a home-automation screen should always be at the ready – in “supervisory” mode, as we say – so it can respond automatically to various triggers such as the press of a doorbell or the tripping of security sensor. In either case, you might want the screen to light up automatically with images from one or multiple surveillance cameras. You can do that with an Android device. “If someone rings the doorbell, I want all of these displays to pop up,” Krikorian says. “I couldn’t do that unless I had an app running in the background all the time.” Which you can do with Android…

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Posted by chantal Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:38:00 GMT