A little more from CEDIA Expo 2004

September 17, 2004

Cedia_1Last year one of the real performers in budget home theater was the Optoma H30, so I was curious about the recently announced, Sovereign series from Optoma. Based on the HD2+ chip, Optoma now offers a 50″ and 56″ rear projection television. And also the H77 front projector, with lens shift and a 3500:1 contrast ratio. Optoma has already shown their ability to squeeze more out of existing technology, and these products are likely to follow up that standard of quality.

Yamaha has introduced their new Flagship universal DVD player, the DVD-S2500 with DVD-AUDIO, and SACD playback, as well as a Faroudja DCDi and HDMI Capability. Sounds like quite a unit. It’s been years since I’ve used a piece of Yamaha gear, I’ll try to procure one for review.

Samsung has “brought it” as the kid’s say, with the introduction of a 46″ LCD. The LTP468W is capable of 1080p, and at the moment is the largest LCD on the market. This was surely one of the more mentionable items I overlooked from the CEDIA wrap-up.

Not exactly CEDIA news but, this has got to be one of the weirdest home theater related stories I’ve come across recently. Tara lab’s the maker of high end, audio video cables, was raided last week. Get this not for tax evasion or such, but for reportedly touting their cables as American made, while actually importing them from China, and then repacking them.

If true this is kind of lame. After working in a high end audio shop for years, I know not all of the “super cables” are what they’re cracked up to be, however if they sell a product as American made, that should be the case.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Trade Shows