Lots of good theater news at the CEDIA show as always. Rather than bombard you all with 1,000 news posts, I thought I would find a couple to choose from and list them here periodically. Again, if you’re anywhere near the Atlanta area you should check out the CEDIA show, some very cool things being shown.
Control4 Shows Customizable OS 2.0, Z-Wave Integration, App Store
"There’s more flexibility and personalization around the GUI," says Control4 president Glen Mella. "We’ve always been the guys with one default screen. Now, if you want just TV and music in a room, then you can do that level of customization."
BEST Awards Winners Named at CEDIA Expo 2009
CE Pro has announced the winners of its inaugural BEST (Best Electronic Systems Technologies) Awards here at CEDIA Expo 2009 in Atlanta. With more than 200 products entered into the contest, the BEST Awards recognize the most noteworthy new products and technologies.
Sony Introduces New Full HD Home Theater Projector
The VPL-VW85 projector also adds Sony’s Motionflow(TM) 120Hz with black frame insertion technology, providing exceptional clarity and resolution for fast moving images. The model also features Sony’s Anamorphic Zoom Mode that, when paired with an external anamorphic lens (sold separately), allows users to enjoy a true big screen home theater experience. The new projector also offer RS-232C control, as well as two HDMI inputs, single component and composite inputs, and a PC input. In addition, the VPL-VW85 includes access to a dedicated CEDIA certified technical support hotline for all troubleshooting and is eligible for Sony’s Advance Exchange program. This minimizes downtime for exchanges if a customer experiences any problems within 90 days of original purchase. The VPL-VW85 will be available in October for about $8,000, and will be offered direct at Sony Style retail stores nationwide and authorized installation dealers around the country.
LG to add Vudu to Blu-ray Disc player
Vudu CEO Alain Rossmann added, “Following the recent launch of Vudu on LG HDTVs with NetCast Entertainment Access, LG’s BD390 network Blu-ray player provides the perfect opportunity for anyone in the market for a Blu-ray player to enjoy Vudu’s extensive HD movie library in superior 1080p video quality and Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. Through our alliance with LG, Vudu is breaking new ground in delivering high-definition Hollywood movies to consumers’ living rooms.”
Sony readies first streaming Blu-ray Disc player
Announced today at consumer electronics installers’ conference Custom Electronic Design & Installation Assn., the model also will offer online content from the company’s Bravia Internet Video platform, as well as access to YouTube and Slacker programming. The BDP-N460 is tagged at $250
Runco QuantumColor LED Projectors Debut at CEDIA
The "InfiniLight" lampless LED illumination provides the imagery to Runco’s new QuantumColor projectors, Q-750i and Q-750d. Along with the energy-efficiency and long lifespan of the LEDs, color bursts onto the screen with the help of Runco’s new Personal Color Equalizer, a six-axis color adjustment that Runco says works like an audio equalizer so colors can be individually dialed up and down for every video source, and preset personal preferences.