cedia 2008

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Wadia 170iTransport iPod dock

    CEDIA is full of iPod docks, but the only one that interested me was the Wadia 170iTransport. It comes from the same company that has been producing uber-high quality, but pricey, digital audio converters since before the last Bush administration. I spent some time with the 170iTransport and walked away fully impressed with the audio and video capabilities. Granted, the unit isn’t… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch booth tour: Sharp, where Blu-ray Profile 1.1 and thin LCDs are kings

    Sharp always has one of the sleekest booths at CEDIA. Minimulistic cues abound, I wish I could pull of so much cool in my midwest pad. Anyway, Sharp is showing off their limited edition LCD, a bunch of standard LCDs, and of course, their ‘new’ Blu-ray players that Sharp hopes someone will buy.  Photo set after the jump. Enjoy. Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: eSommelier Wine Cellar Management

    I know, I know, but the eSommelier Wine Cellar system is actually really neat. The product scans a wine bottle, prints off a custom label, catalogs it, and can even provide live temperature and humidity conditions in your cellar. Software control comes from either a stationary touchscreen, or coming soon, a wireless touchpad. The whole system costs around $10k, so obviously, not everyone… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Universal Remote's three new models

    Who doesn’t enjoy a high-end universal remote? After spending sometime with Universal Remote’s latest units, I can tell you that users will certainly enjoy these too. The MX-440 might retail for $249, but the solid build and a striking high-res LCD shouts quality. The big brother, MX-880, easily justifies the higher price of $499 with a bigger screen and better feel along with… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch: Inside Monster Cable's HDMI cable challenge

    Monster Cable setup a mobile test lab at CEDIA this year, challenging any cable manufacturer to a head-to-head battle. Only one attempted to enter, but didn’t see disclaimer that Monster wanted 4m cables or longer in the match up, and that particular maker didn’t have HDMI cables that long. I know what’s yelled whenever a Monster Cable HDMI story comes up… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch booth tour: Speakercraft – trying something a tad different

    The Speakercarft booth took a different approach than most others at CEDIA ’08. The focus seemed to be the company and building relationships, rather than products. The booth did feature a few of the speaker company’s wares out front, but inside was a bass-pounding good time thanks to Lucent Dossier performers. I don’t think there was another booth at this show that drew… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Oppo BDP-83 Blu-ray player

    Oppo has always been a driving force in the upscalling DVD scene. The company was one of the first, and the AV crowd still looks upon with respect, so when the BDP-83 dropped at the DVDO booth, they took notice. Rightfully so too as the BDP-83 is sporting the same killer video processor as the DVDO EDGE. No word on price or availability, but you can assume that the player supports BD… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch: 5 speakers bent on world destruction

    Some speakers sound divine, other speakers sound pleasent, then there are these five speakers, that given the chance, will instantly violate local noise ordinances and your grandmother, all at the same time. Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: DVDO Edge

    DVDO has been around a while, pimping AV scalers to the affulent around us. Previously, those scalers, or upconverters, used third-party processing to accieve the amazingly, upgraded picture. Those models cost up to $3,499 though. So when the $799 Edge dropped last week, the first thing that came to mind is what the hell did they exclude. It turns out that besides component and RS-232 outputs… Read More

  • WTF – CEDIA edition

    Wait; they’re industrial vacuums…at the same trade show as 150k projectors….alright. Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: Panasonic AE3000 projector

    You should already know ’bout Panasonic’s AE3000 projector. You should know that it sports 30,000:1 contrast, 1080p24, and the $3500 price tag. In fact, a lot of people already know what the guy looks like as it’s housed within the same bezel as the previous two generations. Even still, the obligatory new product hands-on picture set is after the jump. Enjoy. Read More

  • Unannounced NAD T 587 Blu-ray player spotted at CEDIA 2008

    Praise the AV gods! Finally, after Yamaha, Marantz, Integra and Sharp all introduced ‘new’ Blu-ray players that support the old Blu-ray standard Profile 1.1, there is a new, high-end Blu-ray player that sports Blu-ray Profile 2.0; that means the NAD T 587 supports BD Live. Surprisingly though, this player hasn’t been announced yet, and no one at the NAD booth wanted to… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch ass-on: CuddleBag

    Let me tell you, these bags are relaxing. Holy crap are they comfy. Maybe that’s just me after racing around the CEDIA EXPO floor but I don’t think so. Random-sized foam shavings comprise the innards to make one hell of seat. I tried to get one back to my hotel room for a ‘review,’ but they said no. I’m talking about the CuddleBag, buddy.  Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: The two Marantz Blu-ray players

    First and foremost, these new Marantz Blu-ray players are Profile 1.1; sorry, no BD Live on your pricey Marantz players. With that important tidbit out of the way though, these two players are obviously geared for different crowds. The low-end BD7003 has the standard fair of 1080p24 HDMI 1.3a out, scalers for different resolutions, and an admission cost of $799. The big boy Marantz though… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: 60th anniversary McIntosh upcoming bookshelf mini-system

    I love McIntosh gear. The processors big, the amps are bad and when combined, Twisted Sister feels so right. But for some trust fund kids, the huge equipment just doesn’t fit in their West Village studio and so McIntosh is developing a rock’n bookshelf system. Dubbed the Mini-Mac by McIntosh staffers, the 60th Anniversary System is powered by two, separate tube amps, each… Read More

  • CEDIAexclusive: Denon producing a monster Blu-ray player for CES

    Most large manufacturers at CEDIA this year are showing off their latest Blu-ray players. A good amount of the ‘new players’ are unfortunately profile 1.1 and therefore, not BD Live capable, but there was a buzz going around the show floor concerning Denon’s upcoming super player. Something about a $3800-$4000 Blu-ray king coming out early next year. I managed to snag… Read More

  • Wilson Audio speaker or Cylon cloning contraption?

    Yeah, it’s a Wilson Audio Alezandria X2 speaker. Otherwise this would have been one hell of a CEDIA. Read More

  • Monster Cable thinks you need special cleaner for your iPhone, camera, cell phone, GPS, and laptop

    ROFL. More Monster Screen cleaner and is there really a need for an iPhone cleaner, along with a separate cell phone cleaner. Really? Come on. LOL. And dedicated GPS screen cleaner? ROFL. On a personal note, my shirt cleans my Blackberry just fine and I didn’t have to spend the $10 bucks for these monster oils. Moving on…. Read More

  • Monster Cable launching GreenPower power centers

    Monster Cable. I know you hate ’em and you’re not planning on reading this post because of that, but these new power centers are kind of neat so I implore you to read on. It’s the hip thing to go green and these latest power centers from Monster Cable will help with that.    The Monster GreenPower IR Control is featured on the remote-control enabled EPIR 2450, EPIR 3650… Read More

  • CEDIAcrunch hands-on: JBL Control NOW loudspeaker

    JBL announced these quarter-toroid speakers a while ago, but seeing them in person really shows how versatile the speakers are. The Control NOW loudspeaker can sit alone, be hung on the wall, wrap around a corner, but when their powers combine, they form a round speaker thingie. I could totally see these speaker donuts hanging at an outdoor bistro or inside an upscale bar. They are kind… Read More

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