CEDIA Expo gave audio suppliers the ideal stage to showcase highly featured components that mesh more easily than ever within home control ecosystems. Loudspeaker introductions were attuned to making TVs sound better—as was the case last year.
But there was more of an effort to give buyers of speakers made for TV viewing enhancement the “value-add” of simplified access to audio stored on their portable devices through those same speakers, with the addition of technologies such as Bluetooth and AirPlay.
Here are some highlights:
Denon’s Petro Shimonishi holds the Music Maniac headphones while Yoshinori Yamada poses with the AVR-4520CI A/V receiver
Boston Acoustics’ Seve Shenefield, director of product development, with the MC200 Air
Marantz’ Jeff Cowan, with the AV7701 preamp processor
• D&M brands: Denon unveiled the Piccolo two-channel tabletop network streaming system ($499). It’s available in high-gloss white or black, and matches up with two optional speakers ($149/pair). The AVR-4520CI flagship A/V receiver ($2,499) and the DBT-3313UDCI universal disc player ($999.99) rounded out the new offerings; also shown was the Music Maniac Artisan on-ear headphone system ($1,999.99). Boston Acoustics presented the MC200 Air speaker system; it’ll be AirPlay-capable pending Apple certification ($399.99). The company’s first soundbar sans sub, TVee 10 ($199.99), also debuted. And from Marantz comes the AV7701 7.2-channel A/V preamp processor ($1,699.99) with AirPlay and 4K video support.
• Sony highlighted its partnership with Control4 with the introduction of its first consumer A/V receivers fully integrated with home automation technology. The STR-DA5800ES and STR-DA2800ES receivers integrate automation, and support and streamline custom installation projects.
• Leon Speakers’ booth featured the company’s Boundary Series outdoor speakers. The Model 404 features two four-inch outdoor aluminum cone woofers for durability, and one-inch aluminum/magnesium dome tweeters specially formulated to weather the elements. Also spotlighted were the new Timbre Series bookshelf speakers.