Touching Base in Orlando at EHX
Here’s some of what we heard and saw at the recent EHX:
At an outpost in Demo Alley, Dolby’s Craig Eggers demonstrated the company’s newest sound-processing technology, Dolby ProLogic IIz, using the Onkyo TX-SR607 (available soon at $599) – the world’s first A/V receiver to include it. DPL IIz, said Eggers, adds “height” perception to movie sound, decoding signals already existing in the software, for immersive listening. He added that the standard will also permit encoding of “height channel” information into gaming software for a more beneficial experience. Also used in the demo was Atlantic Technology’s 8200 loudspeaker system and a Vutec Vision X screen.
ELAN Home Systems and its sister brands, HomeLogic, Sunfire and ATON, kicked off its “Takin’ it to the Streets” Spring 2009 Road Show. HomeLogic’s Joe Lautner explained that 200 three-hour dealer sessions that will showcase the brands’ 30 newest products in 50 cities – an outreach that is expected to touch up to 4,500 dealers. Also, the HomeLogic iPhone/iPodTouch Mobile Control interface is now available as a free downloadable iTunes application. The application, he said, once downloaded, can instantly access a live remote demo at HomeLogic that integrators can use to demo HomeLogic’s systems’ capabilities in real time. He also said that ELAN’s Elios built-in speakers and the Sunfire TGM-100 Media Server had begun shipping.