Over 480 exhibitors and 18,500 attendees from 82 countries participated in CEDIA EXPO 2014 in Denver, US last month.
The exhibition continues to be an essential event for technology brands, installers and influencers, to connect and experience the very
latest innovations the industry has to offer.
Some of the hottest trends evident this year were the very latest 4K technologies, state-of-the art laser projectors and the first demonstrations of Dolby Atmos on the show floor.
THE FUTURE IS 4K
Sony President and COO Mike Fasulo set the tone championing 4K with his opening keynote presentation, which encouraged a message of industry cooperation
with CEDIA from manufacturers, the music industry and the film industry.
Several special guests joined him on stage during the presentation, including: Rob Caruso from Netflix to talk about the future of 4K streaming; Jim Belcher of Universal Music Group to talk about High Resolution Audio (HRA)’s future and Grant Stewart of Stewart Filmscreen to discuss how to properly match 4K projectors with screens.
In his Q&A with Caruso from Netflix, Fasulo commented that 4K streaming is expected to double or triple in the next few years, something all installers need to be prepared for. Fasulo also used the presentation to unveil the company’s new lines of High Resolution Audio (HRA) and a full line of home automation-ready TVs and new 4K projectors, including the first-ever short throw projector. Also on show at the event were new AV receivers and technologies for 4K content distribution. A reminder that the recent CEDIA White Paper on 4K is available for download at www.cediaeducation.com/resources/whitepapers
INCREDIBLE PICTURE QUALITY
A new breed of game-changing, high-tech laser projectors were a key trend at CEDIA EXPO. This innovative new technology being integrated into projectors promises to dramatically increase projector longevity, as well as deliver incredible picture quality and colour brightness. Nearly every projector company at the show featured a new model with some variation of a laser light source. This technology will be significant for CI in the months and years ahead.
HOME CINEMA AUDIO
Another key innovation at CEDIA this year was in home cinema audio.
The development of Dolby Atmos for home cinema represents a major change for CI.
Dolby Atmos first debuted in the cinema in 2012 with the feature Brave. Since then, it’s been used in more than 150 cinema releases. Directors and sound mixers appreciate the format because it lets them precisely place and move sounds anywhere around the audience, even overhead.
There’s no need to replace a current Blu-ray player or change cables. And, in most cases, installers can continue to use current speakers. A traditional 5.1 system could be upgraded to Dolby Atmos by getting an AV receiver that supports the format and adding two Dolby Atmos enabled add-on speaker modules. These modules sit on top of or near your traditional front speakers and project sound up toward the ceiling, where it reflects down toward the listener. A Blu-ray Disc with Dolby Atmos format can support anything from a system with five speakers on the floor and two overhead to a system with 24 speakers on the floor and 10 overhead.
Next year’s CEDIA Expo will take place in Dallas and run from 14-17 October 2015. For more information visit http://expo.cedia.net.