5 (Expensive) Things that Impressed Me at CEDIA
As you might expect, there were a lot of cool things to be seen last week at the CEDIA show in Dallas. The best of the best speakers, sound systems, TVs, business management platforms, you name it. Products and systems of all costs littered the show floor but as a general rule of thumb, impressive items generally come with an impressive price tag. As such, here’s a look at five items and technologies that stood out above the rest for me - and yes, they all have the price tag to prove it.
In my opinion, Devialet’s Gold Phantom was a home run in terms combining great audio quality and style. The outside of the speakers vibrate as the sound plays, making it an interesting home piece to watch and to listen to. A true audiophile speaker, its amplifier power comes in at 4500 W peak and its acoustic pressure comes in at 108 dB SPL at 1 meter. It also comes with a true audiophile price tag of $2,990.
Fortress Seating announced that it will offer the option of incorporating Smart Chair Technology into its most popular chair models. Smart Chair Technology integrates with home automation control systems using occupancy sensors, preset seating positions and other options. The technology debuted at CEDIA via the Bijou chair model and yes it did feel like indulgence. The Bijou model (motorized and in leather) retails for $5,400. Smart Chair Technology is an add-on to the price of the seating.
Already having an idea of how OLED compares to the competition, I didn’t think I’d be overly impressed by LG’s Model 77 G6, its 77-inch Signature OLED 4K TV… but I was wrong . The picture was fantastic and the size, of course, made a difference. It has a “picture on glass” design and is less than 3mm deep. It also has an integrated Kardon soundbar capable of being flipped up if the set is being wall-mounted. Like all good things, the Model 77 G6 comes with a hefty price tag of $19,999.
If you follow James Loudspeaker, you’ve probably already heard of this custom-built speaker but seeing it in person was a good reminder of just how impressive and unique a custom-built speaker can be. The speaker features a 5 vacuum tube "phaser laser", pressure gauges, control valves, interlocking gears and brass accents. It is connected by copper tubing and finished with walnut veneers, brass and leather. One of these speakers came to $12,000 and the built pair came to $24,000.
Like Devialet’s Gold Phantom Speaker, Bose’s 650 impressed me for two reasons: audio quality and style. Demoed in a home-theater system at CEDIA, the sound was excellent and the base was memorably impressive. The system includes four OmniJewel satellite speakers, the smallest in Bose’s history, featuring a 360 sound pattern. It also includes a console, an OmniJewel center speaker and an Acoustimass wireless bass module. The system has a minimalist yet higher-end feel created via brushed anodized aluminum, curved console and polished glass. The Lifestyle 650 retails for $3,999.95.