September 6-8, 2018
All prices in US dollars unless indicated otherwise
Because the CEDIA Expo spans so many fields -- including custom installation, home theater, two-channel audio, outdoor sound, and home automation -- I always find interesting items that don’t quite fit into the coverage we typically do here at SoundStage! Global. So here’s a roundup of all the stuff from the 2018 CEDIA Expo that didn’t fit into any of my other articles about the show. All prices in USD.
I’m pretty sure the CEDIA Expo is the number-one venue for the launch of new architectural speakers -- the in-wall, in-ceiling, and outdoor models used by custom installers and DIYers seeking a stealthy way to spread sound all around a home. Admittedly, the competition for “best in show for in-wall speakers” isn’t particularly intense, but still . . .
Why is the CEDIA Expo one of the most important venues for launching new subwoofers? Because most of the audiophiles who attend consumer hi-fi shows aren’t all that interested in subs, and because specialty audio products have all but disappeared from the January CES show in Las Vegas.
When it comes to audio electronics, the 2018 CEDIA Expo was much bigger on distributed, multiroom audio than it was on the traditional two-channel gear familiar to audiophiles. Still, I found several new power amplifiers at the CEDIA Expo. Here are the most interesting ones I saw, with all prices in USD.
The annual CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association) Expo focuses on home automation and custom-installed audio/video systems. It’s a hot spot for the introduction of new speakers in the North American market. The focus is on speakers designed for custom installation, but every year the Expo also hosts the launch of several conventional speakers. I’m currently in San Diego attending the 2018 CEDIA Expo, and just in the first day, I’ve seen many new models, including a surprising number of affordably priced mainstream products.
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