In the majestic surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) revealed the winners of its ninth annual CEDIA Awards, which celebrates design, installation and integration excellence in the home technology sector. The black tie gala with an audience of over 300 guests from the residential custom installation, interior design and architecture worlds attended this special annual event. This year there were more than 150 impressive entries from 16 different countries competing for the prestigious CEDIA honours in 17 categories in addition to 3 special awards.
MartinLogan, renowned for its high-end speakers, has put to work its dedicated in-house design and engineering team to create Crescendo, a lifestyle table-top wireless speaker system in a sleek, compact design while not compromising sound quality. Crescendo features dual audiophile Folded Motion™ dome tweeters that are combined with a front-firing mid/bass driver to achieve deep, extended bass response.
Devialet’s first product, the D-Premier launched in 2010, created quite a stir in the hi-fi industry by introducing the company’s unique ADH® (Analogue Digital Hybrid) technology. Now the company has announced a major new firmware release (v7.1) which introduces a host of improvements to both performance and functionality while including their SAM (Speaker Active Matching) technology, which is sophisticated digital processing that enables Devialet components to be precisely matched to a particular pair of speakers.
Four decades of continuous development have long established KEF’s The Reference range as a benchmark for high-end loudspeakers and acoustic engineering and the new generation continues this legacy. The five models in the line-up, including two elegant three-way floor-standing speakers, a three-way bookshelf speaker, a three-way timbre-matched centre channel and a powerful twin-driver 1000-watt sub-woofer, benefit from the latest state-of-the-art KEF technologies offering high fidelity quality and complete multichannel versatility.
HIGH END 2014 in Munich showed significant growth again to reach 18,000 visitors, double that of 10 years ago, of which about one-third were from the trade. This year’s edition welcomed 452 exhibitors showing 900 different brands. As ever, we attended the show where there were numerous product launches and remarkable demonstrations. Here a first part showing just a few of the highlights.
In our third part you will see many more stunning products, with a focus here on speakers, including the new flagship KEF The Reference 5 as well as the Blade Two, the awesome Magico Supreme, admire the original form of the B.M.C. PureVox in addition to the more classical, yet very stylish Kharma Elegance.
We close here our short 4 part Photo Report series showing the great in diversity of unique equipment displayed by the manufacturers and distributors at this year’s HIGH END 2014 in Munich. With 900 Brands present, unfortunately we could not bring you all that there was to see, so we suggest you note in your calendar the date of next year’s Show from the 14th to the 17th of May 2015, and come join us and enjoy for yourself first-hand!
See in Video the new products in the Cabasse multi-room music streaming line-up, Cabasse Stream 1 and Stream Source, that join the Stream 3 in the product range, as well as the new app (Android or Apple) for tablets and smart-phones to enjoy your music libraries on all the Stream players connected throughout the house with the choice of compatible audio formats up to 24 bits / 96 kHz (WAV, FLAC, AIFF, AAC, MP3, PCM).
The Bowers & Wilkins award winning 600 Series now has six new speakers that significantly improve every element of the design by combining technology from their high-end speakers with all new engineering solutions unique to the range. Bowers & Wilkins has set the objective to offer high audio performance, power and a stylish package at an affordable price point so that everyone can enjoy their music, whether it be for hi-fi or home cinema. The new range will reach you local dealer soon, so let’s have a look at some of the technologies before you go have a listen.
The Waterfall Audio flagship speaker Niagara is now using platinium glass to enable them to be perfectly coordinated with the other speakers in the range for those clients wanting to create a home cinema system in beautiful glass using the Victoria or Iguascu as surround speakers. Watch the video to admire that Waterfall has also reduced the thickness of the glass down to 10 mm, as well as, particularly, the quality of the bevelled glass horn tweeter that takes more than 10 hours to achieve.
Arcam’s new SongBook App, brings full UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) support to the new Arcam airDAC and updates the UPnP streaming for eight other key Arcam components, all of which feature Arcam’s advanced network streaming music player.
Cabasse unveiled at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2014 the new multi-room synchronised playback facility for its range of Stream players and access to over 30 million tracks from Deezer, allowing users to easily start playing via their smartphone their favourite music wherever they are throughout the home. The partnership with Deezer means that Cabasse offers an attractive alternative to other multi-room solutions, including long-standing market leader Sonos, while producing high quality music playback which is a cornerstone of the Cabasse philosophy.