The controversial CEDIA Expo is set to kick off in Sydney today, after moving from the Gold Coast in Queensland. As a result pre attendance registrations for the NSW event is up 30%, however exhibitor space is down when compared to 2008.
Among the major exhibitors at the event being held at Sydney’s Darling Harbour is Pioneer who will roll out new high end speakers, new Blu ray players including a $5,300 model as well as new high end home theatre and high end two channel amplifiers. Pioneer will also show their new Pure Digital Radio range which is now selling well at dealers.
Also set to launch new products are Dubai based Strong Technologies who will show Satellite systems for the transmission of content for ethnic and religious markets as well as Optus, Select TV, and other pay services. They will also launch a new 5.8GHz AV Sender.
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Steve Miller the General Manager of CEDIA said “We are extremely comfortable as to where we are at considering the economic downturn. While our exhibitor space is down and education courses soft we have attracted several new vendors to the event, including a German company who will launch a new range of high end cables”.
Australian manufacturer Kordz is set to reveal new flat, high end HDMI cables as well as outline their push into the US market.
Last year, ChannelNews was highly critical of CEDIA marketing and the treatment of journalists, however this year they have heeded our criticism and provided a media room on the show floor. They have also hired a PR Company to promote the event which is being held at Darling Harbour.
Qualifi is set to reveal 18 new Jamo 600 and 400 custom in ceiling and sound products.
The new models are designed 100 per cent in house, with drivers built to exacting specifications and featuring all of the same key Jamo technologies that you will find in Jamo’s domestic speakers (plus a couple of new technologies that you won’t).
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Qualifi is also set to show for the first time their new Pronto TSU9300. The vertically aligned TSU9300 handles like a classic remote control – but with more functionality. Besides controlling your audio-video equipment, the control panel can also receive system feedback telling you whether the lights are on or off, whether the temperature is set right, or even what the weather is going to be like.
The new remote control features a bright vivid flush-mounted 2.8″ QVGA (320X240) colour touch screen, ensuring easy readability with personalised backgrounds and graphics.
“we believe this will be an excellent show as we have a lot of new technology and we are opening the event up to the public for the first time” said Miller.