September 2014 News: In 2014 Constellation Home Electronics sent Bill O’Connor, Tim Nielsen, and Rick Wiegers as representatives to CEDIA EXPO in Denver, Colorado. Below are their reviews and photos from the showfloor.
From Bill O’Connor
President of Constellation Home Electronics
The annual Expo for the Custom Electronics Dealer and Installer Association (CEDIA) was held this year in Denver from September 11-13. While there were no “revolutionary” new developments there were some evolutionary ones that made the show worth attending. The following are some of the highlights.
[su_dropcap style=”simple” size=”4″]1. [/su_dropcap]Crestron Pyng – The Crestron Pyng app is an exciting new development in the world of home automation. It is the first out-of-the-box programmable Crestron system ever. Crestron Pyng enables complete setup and control in just a few easy steps right from an iPad. Integrators can create lifestyle scenes for each room, schedule events, and much more in minutes without ever opening a laptop. Setting up a new home is streamlined by pairing Crestron Pyng accessories with the app. Accessories include Crestron wireless lighting controls, shading solutions, thermostats, and wireless door locks, as well as security systems. Home settings are backed up to the cloud, so making changes is easy and secure. Once the initial set up is complete, anyone can easily modify settings or create new scenes right from the app. Homeowners can make changes themselves with the confidence that all their original settings are backed up in the cloud.
To learn more about Pyng visit Crestron.com or watch the video below:
[su_dropcap style=”simple” size=”4″]2.[/su_dropcap] Continuing evolution of Ultra High Definition (UHD, aka 4K) TV – Sony continues to amaze with development of new TVs, taking advantage of this new technology to present the highest quality images available via broadcast or recorded TV. With models up to 84.6”, and all HD upscaled to 4K, and especially the increased color range available in the 4K images, the pictures are absolutely superb! I cannot think of enough superlatives to describe these TVs (and remember, when I started in this business, all we had were tube TVs, so I’ve seen some big changes!).
[su_dropcap style=”simple” size=”4″]3.[/su_dropcap] Future Automation – This company is a premier innovator in its field. You would think it’s hard to get excited about TV mounts, but with these guys I can. Mounts for up to 70” TVs that you can move with a finger, electric lifts that fold up under the bed (see video) – it just keeps getting better. Future Automation’s motorized lifts are by far the most innovative, and quietest lifts I have ever heard. If you are considering a mount or lift for your TV, Future Automation is the way to go.
From Rick Wiegers
I have attended over 10 CEDIA trade shows over the past 15 years and this year’s CEDIA had a general feeling of optimism and excitement that has carried over from last year’s CEDIA show. Many dealers I chatted with were talking about being very busy with new customers, large projects and were looking forward to another good business year. A far cry from recent years past when the Custom Integration part of the consumer electronics was embroiled in the economic recovery of 2009 and 2010.
Constellation Home Electronics is always focused on the cutting edge of high performance, custom installed audio and video systems. This years CEDIA show was very important for me because of the recent press releases announcing the advancement of the HDCP 2.2 protocols. This announcement sent a shock wave throughout the Custom Integrator community because the new protocols would make certain model Ultra High Definition or 4K resolution TV’s and projectors unable to display Ultra-High Definition, 4K content. HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP), and is a form of digital copy protection to prevent copying of digital audio and video content as it travels across connections. Over the last 18 month’s Constellation Home Electronics has embraced this new, exciting higher resolution picture performance in panel TV’s and projection video systems. We have sold many of these systems. Constellation Home Electronics has used the Sony XBR product line for these systems we have installed. The big and good news I gathered at the CEDIA show is that all current model Sony XBR Ultra – High Definition 4K TV’s and projectors are 100% compliant with the new HDCP 2.2 protocols. There will be no issues with our customers that have Sony XBR Ultra – High Definition 4K TV’s and projectors. Sony also went on to inform all their dealers that all Sony XBR Ultra – High Definition 4K TV’s and projectors made before 2014 are upgradeable for compliance with the new HDCP 2.2 protocols. Sony will offer these upgrades under warranty and in most cases a Sony service technician can do the upgrades in the customers home.
Leon Speakers had a fun and cute display where a framed piece of art is ‘rolled up’ to reveal very nice pair of speakers on either side of a very well stocked bar. That’s right; it’s a whole new take on a ‘sound bar’! This is part of the ever expanding way Leon Speakers and their newly acquired company, MEDIA décor, are integrating high performance sound and TV’s into the finest home décor with no performance compromise. Other news in the Leon Speakers booth is that Leon Speakers is now offering several choices in non-custom made speakers for panel TV’s. This is for the customer that wants a nice clean look and doesn’t need to have the speaker system be custom made to satisfy the refined look requirement so many of our clients demand. The new Horizon and Profile speakers are shipping the same day the order is place allowing custom integrator’s like Constellation Home Electronics react very quickly to our customers.
Constellation is hosting an ongoing series of free workshops and seminars. Please join us for hands-on discussions covering topics from digital audio to home control on your tablet. We will be bringing in experts from the industry and special demonstration equipment. This will be our last seminar of 2014 so mark your calendars!
Please join us and Marc Schnoll of Bowers and Wilkins for an entertaining morning filled with highlights of B&W’s storied past as a leader in speaker design and manufacture, speaker/music demos, new product announcements, and for a few lucky winners there will be some very exciting B&W door prizes to be had.
Customer Survey + Drawing
Have you done business with Constellation Home Electronics? We would love to hear about your experience! You can now fill out our brief survey online.
At the end of the survey you will have an opportunity to enter your name and email address to be eligible to win a quarterly prize!
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Lighting Control Systems (CEU Accredited)
October 21, 2014 @ 11:30 AM
Constellation Home Electronics
Join us for lunch and our third in a series of CEU Accredited course. Next month our topic will be Lighting Control Systems. We will cover the following learning objectives:
- Discuss lighting control terminology
- Discuss and differentiate between various types of lighting control solutions
- Identify the benefits of lighting control
- Clarify common misconceptions related to lighting control systems
- Explore design considerations
- Analyze technology implementation planning process
Please RSVP by Friday, October 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an architect, interior designer or builder, this seminar is certified with the AIA (HSW), the ICDEC (ASID) and the NAHB to provide Continuing Education Unit credits.
Interview in New Mexico Homes
Bill O’Connor was interviewed as an expert in the Home Automation industry. Read the full interview online at NewMexicoHomes.com.
Sponsorships + Community Involvement
For the 3rd year in a row, Constellation Home Electronics was happy to help sponsor the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts.
The AHA Festival of Progressive Arts exists, truly and only, because of grassroots support. It takes a great deal of effort to raise the funding needed to produce a free event of this scale. The amount of gratitude that we have for our sponsors and advertisers cannot be overstated. Each and every one of them became involved with AHA as a conscious choice to support the sustainability of the festival and all it represents for Santa Fe.
2014 Show House
Look for Constellation Home Electronics in the 2014 Show House. We will be loaning equipment and expertise in this year’s home and are looking forward to a fabulous event.