What We’re Excited to See at CEDIA 2018
Previewing the Next Generation of Whole Home Audio Devices
Whether you’re in Silicon Valley or Glen Ellyn-Wheaton, IL, the technology in your home matters. And you deserve the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. And whether you are an "audiophile" or you just like to have descent sounding music playing in the background, that means staying ahead of the curve on the latest upgrades to your whole home audio system. That’s why we’ve put together this blog. In it, we’ll show you some of the things we’re most excited about seeing at the 2018 CEDIA expo – one of the biggest tech events of the year. Ready to get started? Just keep reading!
Sonos is already known as one of the most popular brands in wireless audio, but their innovation hasn’t slowed down over the years. They’ve transformed sound systems with their bookshelf speakers and introduced cinema quality to wireless soundbars with their popular Playbar product. This year, they’re introducing what may be their most impressive home theater piece yet: the Sonos Beam. The company’s newest soundbar offering may ditch Dolby Atmos, but its other features make it a gamechanger in the wireless world. It will feature Sonos’ first HDMI port. It’s also one of the first devices to offer full support of Air Play 2, Apple’s newest streaming audio service. Oh, and did we mention it will support all major voice-control platforms, including Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri? Those features (plus a lower price point than the Playbar) may help Sonos fully break in to the home theater market.
Acurus’ Big Showing
Some manufacturers bring one or two products to the show, but Acurus is showcasing a whopping four new home audio devices that could end up transforming your home sound system entirely. Acurus’ two biggest devices have to be the Act 4 immersive home cinema processor and their proprietary ASPEQT room correction kit, both of which will make an appearance. Also along for the ride are a new budget-friendly processor and amplifier combination. Owned by Indianapolis-based Indy Audio Labs, the American-made devices could offer some real competition to high-end audio manufacturers like Sony and Paradigm. Will they make the grade? We’ll find out soon. See Also: Whole Home Audio Upgrades We Loved at CEDIA 2017
Meridian 200 Series
Meridian may stand apart when it comes to high-end audio solutions, but at this year’s CEDIA they’re all about integration. Specifically, their 271 Digital Theatre Controller. This device is designed to integrate just about any AV receiver with their Meridian’s DSP loudspeakers—some of the best-performing speakers on the market today. While they offer very high-quality products, Meridian’s exclusivity has always placed them just outside the realm of availability for many homeowners. Let’s hope their newest offering will change all that. Want to learn more about whole home audio, or get the lowdown on the partner manufacturers we’re currently working with? Just click the button at the bottom of your screen to chat with a member of our staff right now!