CEDIA 2011: Audio Highlights
Most audio vendors at last month's CEDIA Expo ventured beyond their comfort zones into areas that two years ago would have been considered a stretch for them. Soundbars, wireless streaming devices and headphones—all fueled by the growth of tablets and smartphones—are now a requirement for even the highest of high-end suppliers. In other trends, on-wall, in-wall and box speakers have become stealthier than ever, with svelte design as important as sound quality.
Here's a rundown of what was saw and heard at the booths and press conferences:
• Sony introduced two limited-distribution, Internet-streaming ES A/V receivers that feature an activity-based user interface and a setup wizard. The STR-DA5700ES ($1,999) and STR-DA3700ES ($1,099) include Faroujda 1080p upscaling and networking options as well as built-in apps for iOS and Android devices (both ship in November). Sony also demonstrated its Apple AirPlay-compatible SA-NS500 Wi-Fi network speaker ($399, November), which works with wireless streams from a computer or Sony Blu-ray player.