This year, CEDIA turned up a hodgepodge of new gear for home theater enthusiasts.
At the Anthem/Paradigm booth, they were showing of the first Anthem multi-zone amplifier, a $2,495, 12 zone amp, with 65 Watts per channel to power music all around a house. Also, for those old-school stereo fans, a new two-channel integrated amp at $1,499—because not every room has to be a home theater. Paradigm showed a number of new loudspeakers, including the revamped monitor series, the V.5 line, which focused its performance on sensitively, however, one of the most interesting things shown there was a prototype of a high-end tabletop AM/FM radio with Paradigm’s HD digital signal processing, a built-in subwoofer, Atomic clock, DVD/CD playback and optional iPod doc. The company is targeting a price of about $450. Look out Bose and Boston Acoustics.
Over at the Vogel’s booth, a company that primarily makes wall mounts for flat panel TVs, there was a product called the Mighty Brighty—a screen paint for front projection screens. While this isn’t the only screen paint on the market, the Mighty Brighty is interesting because in addition to the screen surface paint itself, it comes with a magnetic paint for the screen border and a removable black border that can be attached to the paint. This way then the home owner wants the screen to essentially disappear, he can take the magnetic border strip (basically a piece of magnetic fabric) off the wall. It comes with a top coat and a base coat and additives to create the appropriate gain depending on the projector it’s being used with.