In parts 9,10, and 11 of our continuing series on the CEDIA show we are just going to look at some cool things I saw but in less detail per item on most of them. In this part nine, you’ll learn about a cool new iPad dock, some great VIP seating, a very nice new speaker coming soon from Golden Ear, and the widest screen I have ever seen.
Our friends at Sonance have a sister company called iPort. iPort, as the name implies is all about making neat little products to mount your Apple devices into the wall. At this year’s CEDIA, they introduced a product that I would say had the most consistent large crowds around it of anything at the show. The new product is called LaunchPort. It is a three piece systems consisting of a sleeve for your iPad2, a wall mount base station and a table top base station. The sleeve has a built in wave guide to direct the sound from the rear firing speaker to the front, a mini usb port for charging and syncing, plus a magnet on the back. The magnet allows you to have it stick to any metal surface, but that is not the best part. The wall mount or table top base station connect to power, and have an inductive charging system- so yes, you just have to stick your iPad2 in its sleeve to one of them and you have instant charging!!!! The fit and finish on this piece is incredible. Sonance is estimating the price will be around $149 for a sleeve and the table top or wall mount will be $199 each. We should have these in soon.
VIP seating is one of our favorite theater seating suppliers. Every single thing they make is 100% American in their own plants. They use the finest Leggett & Platt mechanisms, along with high quality foam and seating materials. They have also always represented a great value. Well, value just took another huge step forward with their new Callaway chair. I had been a big fan of their $2500 Carmel seat, but this guy at right around $1000 a chair feels about the same! Another neat feature never found until now on a chair in this price range is customization of the seat width. You can get 21”, 24” or 27” width. We’ll have these in shortly for you to test drive.
If you have not heard about Golden Ear speakers, you have probably not picked up an audio magazine in the last year. Sandy Gross, the co-founder of Polk, and founder of Definitive Technology speakers, came out of retirement last year with a new speaker line called Golden Ear. They have won just about every value award you can think of. At this year’s CEDIA, he introduced a new bookshelf speaker. Sandy knows how to make good sound at a show, so I always take that into account, but these little guys just sounded incredible! There are some $5000/pr bookshelf speakers they would give a run for the money on. When I heard the price I was floored. $1000/pr. There is also a smaller model at $800/pr although for me the bigger ones are well worth the extra $200. These will be called the Aon 2 and 3. We can’t wait to get these in but it may be early 2012, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.
Finally, this one goes into the “you just have to see it category”. Vivitek, a company I have never heard of, was showing the widest screen I have ever seen. It actually takes two projectors spaced pretty far apart to pull it off. The screen ratio is 3.18:1! Apparently only about 10 movies have ever been shot in this ratio so you are certainly not buying it for those, but I could see a place for this in a commercial application viewing multiple cameras or in some new kind of totally immersive video game! I have no idea what this will sell for, but I thought it was just cool to show it to you.