Our Trip to the Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association in Indy was the Bomb
I recently have developed a relationship with a friend who does Custom Installs of Smart Home Technologies and Corporate A/V. We met on the phone one day and his customer needed a big screen repair. That very same day, a high school buddy of mine need a video projector installed and cabling to the unit and we have been sharing customers and knowledge ever since.
I got my beginnings in audio,video,computers and communications with such technologies. Yes !! You all know me as the Bad Ass ,BBB, Angie’s List Superman Big Screen Repair Specialist for the Consumer. who does NOT have ,a so called .Ralph Nader Rep anymore. But Yep !! I am more than that and we are Evolving to other individuals of need !! Rest Assured !! I am Committed to our beginnings and the prime Person of interest ,when it comes to repairing TVs for the family home. I am Cleveland Classic TV Forever
Now , Back to CEDIA, the Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association. CEDIA is a global institution committed to educating and training Professionals in the areas of best Practices and technologies for home theater, automation, lighting,control and surveillence/ security and total home sound systems. The conference in INDY was the first I had visited in years and it was a fun and informative event.
Now you know, repairing big screens, my first focus was Video displays and projectors. Hands down the Big Daddy on the block was the Light Cannons by Digital Projection systems. An old and good friend of mine , who is the Head of Design/Build for Systems Integration for the new Eaton Corp HQ, says some of these units will be installed for CEO Sandy Cutler. These are powerfull projection systems capable of 30,000 lumens and up. True Hollywood they are. I also liked on the more reasonable consumer side the Panasonic booth with a 103 inch Plasma, Sharp and the Pioneer incorporated Elite system for mondo sound re-enforcement. Sony and JVC also rang in with great displays and interactivity of the digital home convergence. I really liked Runco too. They and the parent company Planar are doing wonderous things with video display technologies, such as off board electronics that keep the LED panels cool and when failure does occur, and it will ,with all manufactures tvs, one can swap out the electronics without removing the display from the wall…..Brilliant !! American Made out of Beaverton Oregon. Oh Yeah !!
My main focus on this trip was to learn more about inhome installations and the latest technologies that are available and credible to offer my customer base. We started with audio and the ability to maximize surround sound in any given environment. Yamaha blew my sox off with various solutions for making you feel, the sound, was all around. Hands down, best Audio Still from Yamaha, There was another company that played RTF’s Romantic Warrior as my demo. How did they know ? One of the most complexed and Intricate performances to duplicate and they nailed the essence and the sound was true. Now if I was home, I would have turned the bass up more, but I’m sure the other vendors would have frowned, for it would leave one speachless. Romantic Warrior !!!
Lutron had some of the most innovative and creative solutions for lighting controls and energy savings ,hands down !!They had a battery operated ,remote controlled shading system that was way too sweet. This has to come to the masses. They also had some of the most beautiful architectural lighting fixtures for the home and office and they were too, also energy compliant to the new California standards of energy savings. Thumbs up to another great product that is American made out of PA Bravo Lutron !!
There was also a nice wall mount for plasmas,lcd and leds, that had a subwoofer in the back and sides and center speakers all in one. Yep A wall mount with a built in surround sound system !! Remind me to share the manufacture with you for, I will have to dig thru 2 bags of literature to find it now…..Ooops
Lastly and one of the prime reasons for me and my friend, Mike Komlosy of SmartHomeInnovations.net, to go to this show, was to analyze and test control systems for all of the various medium. To be able to control any tv,sound,camera,lighting,ect from a remote control,touch pad,cellphone,ect is the key. The importance of critical factors such as wiring and and distance is most important.
We learned a bunch and am already implementing knowledge from the trip into jobs today.My Friend Mike and CEDIA has been a great awakening and learning for Cleveland Classic TV and our Client Base. Investing in Our Knowledge to Service you Better. Thank You Friends and as Bruce Drennen would Say ” I Love You Cleveland !”