- On September 17, 2018
The annual CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association) show was held from September 6-8 in San Diego, California. The show drew approximately 20,000 integrators from around the world, and Kaleidescape’s presence was felt throughout the crowded show floor.
The company brought a brand-new booth design to CEDIA. The booth was not only functional but featured beautiful design elements from the famous Kaleidescape logo, which made it immediately recognizable to anyone approaching. There was a steady stream of visitors throughout the three-day show, with the company showcasing the new Strato S movie player. Many members of Kaleidescape’s sales, support, engineering, and management team were on hand, staffing the booth and meeting with existing and new dealers.
Kaleidescape generated a lot of excitement among visitors by unveiling two upcoming Strato features—namely, a fantastic mobile app for iPhone and the ability to stream movie trailers on-screen while browsing the Movie Store. (Click here to read more about these new features.)
To deliver a compelling luxury experience, the new booth also featured a reference-quality home theater system where attendees could enjoy a variety of demo material served up from a Strato. (Click here to read more about the booth’s system.)
The theater included Sony’s new VPL-VW995ES laser projector, with the company’s renowned ARC-F lens rendering all of the projector’s 8 million pixels with perfect clarity. A 120-inch-wide Stewart Filmscreen screen was used in 2.35:1 aspect ratio to highlight Strato’s CinemaScape feature. Audio was served up from the renowned Trinnov Altitude 16 processor and Amplitude8m 8-channel amplifiers, with the electronics’ proprietary and powerful room-correction processing proving that terrific sound can be achieved even in challenging, non-dedicated media rooms. GoldenEar Technology Invisa in-wall/ceiling speakers and dual SuperSub X subwoofers provided an immersive 5.2.4 system to deliver the full Dolby Atmos surround experience.
Proving once again that Kaleidescape is the preferred source component for delivering the ultimate movie-watching experience in luxury home cinemas, Strato players were used in the majority of surround systems throughout the CEDIA showfloor. Kaleidescape could be found in no fewer than 18 manufacturer booths, including Harmon Luxury Group, Sony Electronics, Steinway Lyngdorf, Wisdom Audio, Digital Projection, and Barco.
Kaleidescape’s Strato S was also recognized with three separate awards at the show—Electronic House Product of the Year, Technology Integrator EXCITE Award, and TWICE/Residential Systems Best of Show. (Click here to read more about the awards.)
In a company first, Kaleidescape sponsored three interesting and well-attended training sessions during the show.
“Creating the ‘Better-than-Movie-Theater-Experience’ in the Home” featured noted cinema designers Anthony Grimani and Dennis Erskine, along with Luc Guillaume (Wisdom Audio), Robert Keeler (Stewart Filmscreen), and Kaleidescape CEO Cheena Srinivasan. The panel was moderated by industry guru (and recent recipient of CEDIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award) Joel Silver of the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF). The panelists discussed how we’re now living in the “Golden Age of Home Cinema” thanks to 4K HDR and object-based audio soundtracks, and ways to bring the ultimate luxury cinema experience into customers’ homes.
The second session was a one-on-one discussion between famous Hollywood director Barry Sonnenfeld (The Addams Family, Men in Black, A Series of Unfortunate Events) and Kaleidescape’s Mike Gaughn. Barry shared his perspectives on working with 4K and HDR, his preference for front projection over flat-panel displays, his love of seeing films in his own home theater (with frequent guests Jerry Seinfeld, Kelly Ripa, and Larry Kasdan), and the inevitability of day-and-date releases coming to the home market. (Click here to read the TWICE feature on the Barry Sonnenfeld session.)
The final panel, “Selling Luxury Home Cinema for Media Rooms: Making Real Magic and Big Profits in a Small Space,” was hosted by ex Sound & Vision editor-in-chief Rob Sabin and included Andre Floyd (Sony), Arnaud Laborie (Trinnov), Kevin Voecks (Harman Luxury), George Katsiris (Savant), and Cheena Srinivasan. The discussion focused on what makes a world-class theater stand out, how to help viewers to connect with it emotionally, and how to achieve a luxury experience in the mixed-use spaces popular in many homes today.