CEDIAEXPO 2006in Review
CEDIA confirmed record attendance numbers for CEDIA EXPO 2006. It said more than 28,000 people attended, roughly an eight percent increase over EXPO 2005, making EXPO 2006, in CEDIA’s words, “the largest and most successful trade show in the organization’s 17-year history.”
The show also set a record for its number of exhibitors, said CEDIA, with “more than 600” on hand, which was “about 100 more exhibitors than EXPO 2005.”
CEDIA also reported that participation in CEDIA University courses was “at its highest level,” attributing the interest to new core curriculums for the Electronic Systems Technician (EST) and Electronic Systems Designer (ESD) colleges, “as well as increased recognition of CEDIA Certification in the marketplace.”
By all accounts, Denver was a huge hit with CEDIA members and organizers, both in terms of the facility and the city itself. CEDIA said reaction to the new Denver location of the event was “positive across the board,” and that the new fourth day of exhibition time was “appreciated” by the manufacturers, impressions confirmed through Custom Retailer’s travels and conversations throughout and after the show.
CEDIA EXPO returns to the Mile High City in 2007 and 2008. In 2009, confirmed a CEDIA spokesman, the show will move to Atlanta for a one-year engagement. The move to the Peach State is due to CEDIA’s concern over the completion date of the new convention center in Indianapolis, where the show was originally slated to return three years from now. Indy appears locked in for 2010 and likely beyond.
In this issue, we’ll take a closer look at the goings on in audio at the show. In our next issue, we’ll focus on happenings in video and home automation.
CEDIA EXPO 2006: Audio
CR’s Nancy Klosek reports:
Most of the new audio hardware and speaker offerings at CEDIA EXPO 2006 revolved around ease of access to music, packaged solutions that were several cuts above home theaters in a box, and quick, clean installation.