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New Goodies From the CEDIA Expo

Monday, September 14th, 2009

September 9-12, 2009 was the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) expo in Atlanta. Mike Abt and Jim Kozicki checked out all the new electronics that we can expecting to see at the Abt store in upcoming months. They saw some really cool new technology.

Pioneer and Yamaha both brought new iPod speaker systems and sound bars. Pioneer’s a new 2.1 speaker system and a new 2.1 soundbar system with a wireless subwoofer. E-Tap is their new web-based media storage system. With E-Tap storage of photos, music, and streaming video will be available on the internet.

Yamaha’s new iPod speaker dock, the PDX60, comes with a wireless dongle which transmits music to the main station from a remote location. PDX60 is iPhone compatible and because the wireless dock overrides the main dock operation it is possible to charge two iPhones at once. Yamaha’s soundbar has a slim speaker bar with a subwoofer and controller unit that runs the whole system. There was also a cool network receiver, new from Yamaha, the RXV2065. It has an App which works on the iPhone and iTouch that controls the receiver.

Quite a few new speakers made an appearance at CEDIA this year. Definitive technology, Klipsch, Kef, and Polk Audio had a great showing. Definitive showed their new MYTHOS speaker. Meant to be wall mounted, at a svelte 1.5” deep, it’s thinner than some LED TVs on the market. This MYTHOS speaker is a multi-woofer, single-tweeter LCR speaker. In keeping with the tradition of the MYTHOS line, this speaker too, is made out of the extruded aluminum.

Klipsch’s offering at this years expo, is their new down-firing, lower-priced subwoofer. The 8” SW350 will retail at $349 and the 10” SW45 will be $449.

Kef displayed a wireless subwoofer and a new wireless soundbar product.

Polk Audio also brought an ultra-thin 50” soundbar. New additions to their IHT line were new at the expo. They showed a larger speaker for use with a 50” TV, and a shallower version for a smaller TV. There were also inwall/inceiling speakers that had a unique bezel that almost vanishes when painted.

Denon brought a Blu-ray-receiver unit that combines a high-quality Blu-ray player and amplifier in a one-piece solution for just $1799.

Panamax came up with something really unique for the show and consumers this year. They have come out with a surge protector/line conditioner, the M4315, which can be programmed with an IP address for remote monitoring of a system—from a power angle. The unit will store data about spikes, surges, and dropouts for the life of the system. An additional battery will be available for the unit too, model MB1500.

Sonos was excited to let everyone know that when using their new CR200—you can Tweet about what you are listening to—or anything else.

The XBR10 was the TV, from the Sony camp, that got a lot of notice. It’s a side-lit, ultra-thin, LED TV with a wireless media box that keeps the TV free from wires, giving it a super-clean look. Also, from Sony this year, a new network Blu-ray player that streams music and video from the web. The Blu-ray, BDPN460, will sell for $249. Finally, from Sony this year, is a receiver that can be programmed with an IP address for remote troubleshooting. This receiver is compatible with Crestron and Control4 products right out of the box, equaling no complicated programming

For more information on the products at CEDIA, contact an Abt sales specialist.

-Kelly B.

Liberate Your Music With the Sonos CR200

Monday, September 7th, 2009

With a simple touch of your finger, wirelessly access all of the music in your house from Sonos’ multi-room music controller. Simply pick this remote up or touch the LCD screen and you are ready to play music all over your house—without running back and forth to your computer to change internet radio stations or playlists.

The Sonos can play music stored on as many as 16 Macs, PCs, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices on your home network, as well as supporting MP3s and ITunes. It also comes preloaded with internet radio stations and podcasts. If you are a subscriber to satellite radio or online radio stations like Pandora you can access all of that music too.

At a petite 2.9” X 4.5”, Sonos is portable and unobtrusive. It has a motion sensor or is touch screen activated to start. The battery lasts 2-5 days on one two hour charge.

This is a great new electronic. Stop by Abt and check it out. Or, Go To Abt.com

-Kelly B.

Sonos CR200 Now Available For Pre-Order At Abt.com

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Yesterday, Sonos announced that their first touch screen controller CR200 will be available at stores at the end of next week. Their latest multi-room wireless music system controller uses a 3.5-inch color touch screen instead of the traditional button-based layout. Compared to other similar touch screen devices, the CR200’s screen utilizes the latest technology for superior response, accuracy and simplicity. You can flick to browse, type to search and touch to play all from the palm of your hand. It is a one-stop device that controls music in any room where a Sonos ZonePlayer is installed. Other new features are the removable and replaceable battery, its ability to withstand casual water spills (but it is not splash-proof or water-resistant), the Instant On feature and it comes with the Charging Cradle 200. You can pre-order the CR200 for $349 or pre-order the Sonos Bundle 250 (which also includes the ZonePlayer 90 and ZonePlayer 120) for $999. If you want to make sure that you get the CR200 you can pre-order it here or for the BU250 pre-order it here. – Jenn A.