CEDIA Expo : Fueling the Hot Audio Market
Soundbars and Bluetooth catch fireOctober 16, 2012 By Nancy Klosek
• D&M brands: Denon unveiled the Piccolo two-channel tabletop network streaming system ($499). It’s available in high-gloss white or black, and matches up with two optional speakers ($149/pair). The AVR-4520CI flagship A/V receiver ($2,499) and the DBT-3313UDCI universal disc player ($999.99) rounded out the offerings; also shown was the Music Maniac Artisan on-ear headphones ($1,999.99). Boston Acoustics presented the MC200 Air speaker system, which will be AirPlay-capable pending Apple certification ($399.99; October). The company’s first soundbar sans sub, TVee 10 ($199.99), also debuted. And from Marantz comes the AV7701 7.2-channel A/V preamp processor ($1,699.99) with AirPlay and 4K video support.
• Sony highlighted its partnership with Control4 with the introduction of its first consumer A/V receivers fully integrated with home automation technology. The STR-DA5800ES and STR-DA2800ES receivers integrate automation, and support and streamline custom installation projects.
• Leon Speakers featured the Boundary Series outdoor speakers. The Model 404 features two four-inch outdoor aluminum cone woofers for durability and one-inch aluminum/magnesium dome tweeters. Also spotlighted were the new Timbre Series bookshelf speakers.
• Sunfire focused on the Atmos subwoofer ($2,000). It uses dual 6.5-inch woofers capable of excursions of up to 1.8 inches.
• Proficient Audio took the wraps off its new MaxTV Bluetooth speaker system ($599). Dealers who buy three systems will receive support materials, including a “red button” demo device for A-B comparison of TV sound with and without the MaxTV.
• SpeakerCraft highlighted its SYNERGi wireless audio system, which includes a transmitter that can handle four sources and send audio to up to eight receivers. The basic system is priced at $680.
• Definitive Technology sported a redesigned sans serif logo. The first product to carry the new design is the SoloCinema XTR, the brand’s first active soundbar ($1,999).
• Pioneer added Pandora to its SC A/V receiver series. Also, the SC-67 and SC-68 boast 4K pass-through capability.
• GoldenEar Technology, celebrating its two-year anniversary, demonstrated its new $999.99 SuperCinema 3D Array soundbar. The company also displayed the Invisa architectural loudspeaker line, featuring a flangeless design for stealthy installations.