Audio and television are the founding fathers of Consumer Electronics, and they first found their home in NYC, in the era of hi-fi and pioneering live broadcasts. Despite all the new categories that are proliferating in CE these days, the audio/video sensory duo are back at CE Week, the industry's mid-year meeting, June 23-25 in NYC, making eye (and ear) grabbing announcements and offering next-generation demonstrations.
Coming into this year’s International CES, it would have been hard to imagine a broader selection of audio products in every form, to fit every taste, than was displayed in the Venetian’s demo suites and on the floor of the newly labeled Tech East (Central and South Halls). Multi-room systems of every stripe, both small-footprint speakers and those that would need the help of wall stretchers to fit into the average home, high-end components, and all manner of headphones with clever, differentiating twists – these were everywhere in Las Vegas last month.
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New standards and guidelines for multi-room audio, connectivity and amplifiers By Ron Goldberg As CE products and technologies continue to grow more complex, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has been running at breakneck pace to maintain a semblance of order and unity. While its most visible information and training efforts have been aimed at the consumer side, vital technical standards and guidelines are being created for the industry's back end. Some of CEA's latest endeavors are of particular interest to custom installers and C-tailers, and another new initiative that's just getting off the ground will soon make its mark. COLOR CODING STANDARD