Vincent stopped by the Sony booth where they were showing off plenty of new stuff. First up are a couple of home theater projectors for those that don't like to be limited by the size of a TV screen.
In a show of remarkable solidarity, Denon has released some Blu-Ray disc players at CEDIA 2007 today - astounding everyone who had forgotten that the format existed and were too busy distracting themselves by salivating on Apple Store windows. The so-called "reference standard" DVD-3800BDCI (and what a snappy name that is) takes the award for being the "world’s first BD-ROM Profile 1 version 1.1 Blu-ray Disc Player from a Blu-Ray Disc Association member featuring the acclaimed 10-bit Silicon Optix Realta chipset."
If you like the look of Denon's network media streamers but don't have an existing HiFi setup to connect one to, then take a look at what else the company has announced at CEDIA 2007 today. Added to the S-Series - Denon's range of compact, all-in-one systems - the S-52 and S-32 have wireless connectivity to your home network to stream audio either from a computer, NAS or internet radio.
A phrase I hate is "wife acceptance factor" (WAF) - the degree to which a gadget is permitted home space by virtue of its ease of use, attractiveness or general benefits - when really what we're talking about is non-technophile acceptance factor. Surround-sound setups are a good example of this; yes, the average SlashGear reader will put up with the wires and sprouting speakers because the audio is worth it, but others are less forgiving. So Denon's DHT-FS3 Active Surround Sound System is likely to win admirers among the gadget-savvy and otherwise, being a discrete black bar that sits under your TV and gives the impression of a full cavalcade of speakers.
You're nobody in the media world until you can stream songs from one corner of the house to another, and HiFi mainstay Denon have obviously had enough of the playground taunts. At CEDIA 2007 today they're launching two networked A/V products, one wired and one wireless, that not only will allow you to play music stored elsewhere on your home network but also from your iPod via an on-board dock.
While I've never been locked in a cupboard containing a load of HiFi gear, I can only imagine it's similar to being locked in the tumble dryer cupboard when you're little because your mom caught you stealing kibble from the cat's dish. By that I mean perilously hot, rather than shaming and likely to leave you with severe social dysfunction. So any audio maestro worth their wage knows that it's better to keep your components cool if you don't want to either plumb in air-con or suffer hardware failure; step in Rotel's latest range of nigh-on zero-heat poweramps, the RMB-1076 and RMB-1085, and RSP-1069 surround-sound processor, launched at CEDIA 2007.
Our own Vincent is a busy guy. Just yesterday he was at the big Apple show bringing us all of the latest updates about our favorite music players. Today he's in Denver covering the CEDIA Expo 2007.
If distributed media is your thing - and let's face it, if you're saying it's not your thing, you're a dirty liar - and you've stumped up the pretty ponies for Apple's iPhone, then you'll likely be curious about iPort's new in-wall docks. Compatible with both the iPhone and iPod ranges, the system uses a standard Apple Universal Port and lets you control your PMP - and access audio and video stored on it - from anywhere in your networked home.