Archives for September 2011

Voco Could Give Sonos a Run with Voice-Enabled Audio System

Wireless multiroom music system features cloud-based speech-recognition engine for search; may give Sonos some fresh competition. If voice recognition ever had a use within the home, then music is it. And one of the most promising implementations comes from Navvo, whose Voco system is much more than a solid wireless audio system with voice-enabled search capabilities. Voco was one of our “Hidden Gems of CEDIA 2011,” and when we finally checked out the system at the Expo, we were not disappointed. With Voco, a user simply speaks the name of an artist, song, album or other piece of metadata into an Android-enabled device (iOS on the way), and the system...

Hidden Gems at CEDIA Expo

Newcomers show voice-controlled wireless music system, cloud-based home automation, ultimate retrofit device for whole-house video/data/control. It’s always a challenge to make the most of your time at CEDIA Expo, and this year may be even more crunched with the show floor open only three days. Of course, you can’t miss mega booths like Crestron, Panasonic, Digital Projection, Sony, AMX and other usual suspects, but it’s easy to walk by smaller booths whose names are unfamiliar. Every year we round up a handful of these new-exhibitor companies and give you the scoop on why you should stop in and say hello. Here’s a batch for you to add to this year’s...

Multi-Room Audio With No Strings Attached

INDIANAPOLIS – Wireless-audio suppliers aren’t pulling the legs of installers who make their living pulling wires. With new-home construction at levels not seen since the mid-1940s, installers have focused their energies on retrofitting existing homes, and new wireless products on display at CEDIA Expo give them an opportunity to make multi-roomaudio retrofits cleaner, faster and simpler because wires don’t have to be run through walls. The systems could also expand the market to renters who aren’t allowed to modify their apartments. Proficient president Keith Marshall positions his new wireless system as a way for installers who are mounting a flat-panel TV to step the customer up to a multi-room-audio system...