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Up & Coming
It’s time to get a look at what’s going on in the residential side of the AV industry. Joining us to do just that is Chief Content Officer for CE Pro Jason Knott and Co-CEO of CEDIA Giles Sutton.
VOXX International and Sharp has completed the acquisition of Onkyo. This includes not only Onkyo’s brands but Integra as well. In addition, VOXX has signed a licensing agreement with Pioneer Corporation to market and sell Pioneer and Pioneer Elite solutions globally. What does this mean for the growth of those companies that have now been folded into the VOXX and Sharp family? Does this give them the clout to become a bigger name within the space? We also take a quick look at Melrose looking to divest Nortek Control for $285 million and what these kinds of moves mean for the industry.
We’re still looking at some of the things we saw at CEDIA Expo 2021, including the CEDIA Launchpad. It’s been known as some other names before like Rookie Row, but is otherwise the pavilion where the newest residential technology brands showcase their innovative solutions. The space is specifically for businesses newer than 3 years or have never exhibited at CEDIA Expo before. We look at the importance of a space like this for the growth of the industry and some of the standouts in the space this year. What does it take to have a good showing at the Launchpad and use that momentum to make a strong impression in the space?
JBL Synthesis is adding some new products to their lines that include an update to HDMI 2.1, AVR to support 8K video and more. Two new models are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2022, the SDP-58 and SDR-38. These will invlude the HDMI 2.1 video board as standard as well the other features including 16-channel immersive audio support. Finally, the new SDA-1700 subwoofer amplifier was also announced. We look at upgrade paths for systems like this and the value of something like this for integrators to look at for their customers.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Amazon has announced branded Fire TV sets in two model ranges. There is the Omni Series for hands-free home theater voice control and the more budgetary 4-Series. With Amazon finally getting into the Smart TV space, will this one that integrates with other Amazon products be the right fit for consumers? What this means for the Smart TV market moving forward.
- CE Pro – VOXX & Sharp complete acquisition of Onkyo, Integra
- CE Pro – Melrose divests Nortek Control
- Residential Systems – Looking at CEDIA Launchpad at CEDIA Expo 2021
- Residential Tech Today – JBL Synthesis adds HDMI 2.1, 8K AVR & more
- Residential Tech Today – Amazon announces Omni and 4-Series Smart TVs