CEDIA Expo – New Home Theater & Remote Control Systems
The CEDIA Expo has been called “Disney World for Geeks”. If you are the kind of geek that loves home theater, audio/video, remote control systems, distributed media, and other marvels of the sort, then yes, CEDIA is your Disney World. This year’s CEDIA Expo was special for us for a couple of reason: 1. As we prepare to open our showroom for Chattanooga area residence, we get one final look at products we think our customers would be interested in and evaluate them for addition. 2. The 2009 CEDIA Expo was held in Atlanta, GA – just a stone’s throw from good ole Chattanooga, TN.
We ventured down to Atlanta along with 20,000 others to see what we could see. Even with a down economy, the show was strong with some important products being introduced and an urgency to focus on what’s important to homeowners and users.
There were a few products, that we will highlight here, that will affect our product lineup over the coming months. JVC continues to lead the way with some new products in their line of home theater projectors. The JVC DLA-HD990/DLA-RS35 is the biggest news sporting a contrast ratio of 70,000:1 without the use of an iris (many projectors use an iris to artificially escalate contrast ratio). JVC has also done a bit of tweaking on their previously available projectors to improve their performance and value. New to all the models is JVC’s 120Hz Clear Motion Drive, which as the name suggests means the projectors are running at 120 Hz, to decrease motion blur. The DLA-HD990/DLA-RS35 and DLA-RS25/DLA-HD950 get THX Certified. All the models have the HQV Reon-VX chip for the video processing.
RTI (Remote Technologies Incorporated) introduces a new two-way remote control that will knock your socks off. In the first quarter of 2010, RTI will release the new ST-7 Universal Controller which is a sleek two-way remote that boasts a 7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen (a similar screen as the iPhone with an obvious size advantage). RTI remote control systems have been very popular among consumers and custom installers alike because of their ease of use, capabilities, and genuine good looks. RTI is taking that to the next level with the ST-7.