CEDIA Expo home theater roundup (pictures)

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association's yearly Expo took place last week in Denver. OLED TVs, Dolby Atmos, and laser projectors screamed for attention among the usual mix of in-wall speakers, motorized mounts, and home automation. Here are some highlights.

Geoffrey Morrison
Geoffrey Morrison is a writer/photographer about tech and travel for CNET, The New York Times, and other web and print publications. He's also the Editor-at-Large for The Wirecutter. He has written for Sound&Vision magazine, Home Theater magazine, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Home Entertainment magazine. He is NIST and ISF trained, and has a degree in Television/Radio from Ithaca College. His bestselling novel, Undersea, and its sequel, Undersea Atrophia, are available in paperback and digitally on Amazon. He spends most of the year as a digital nomad, living and working while traveling around the world. You can follow his travels at BaldNomad.com and on his YouTube channel.
Geoffrey Morrison
1 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

Welcome to CEDIA

The 2014 CEDIA Expo took place last week in Denver. On the home theater front we got to see some new OLED TVs, laser projectors, a bunch of Dolby Atmos demos, and plenty of home automation doo-dads.

Greeting visitors to the Colorado Convention Center is this big blue bear. Turns out it's called "I See What You Mean" by Lawrence Argent.

It should have been titled "Have fun breathing up here, lowlanders."

CEDIA Expo home theater roundup: OLED, Lasers, Atmos, and more

2 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


This was the show floor less than a day before the doors officially opened. The speed at which these men and women assemble the various booths is impressive.

3 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

Aziz, Light

I was hoping the lighting would get better during the show, but nope. I'm all for keeping energy consumption down, but when it gives everything at the show a dingy pallor, it might be worth it to kick the brightness up a tad.

4 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

Press preview

CEDIA puts on a press-preview the day before the show, and a number of companies set up tables. For me it's mostly just a way to make a note for what to see later.

5 of 31 Mass Fidelity

Mass Fidelity

One of the cooler products I saw at the preview (and forgot to get a picture of, this is one of theirs), was the Mass Fidelity Core. It creates a convincing stereo effect from a single tiny box. A little pricey, but cool. Ty did a preview last week.

6 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


Instead of its usual press conference, Sony did the show keynote, using it to hype its wares and show off a few products and ideas. The big news was their intention to unlock the X10 4K media player to work with other company's TVs.

7 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


The first day, as usual, is pretty packed. The booths aren't quite the specticle that we see at CES, but they're still pretty big.

8 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

LG ultrawide

A 105-inch, 21x9, LED LCD from LG. A cool looking product, for a mere $100k.

9 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

98 inches

Around the corner from LG's 105-inch was this 98-inch, a comparative bargain for $40K. Far more interesting were their new OLEDs.

11 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

KEF does Atmos

Dolby Atmos was the biggest thing at the show, with many companies offering Atmos-friendly in-ceiling speakers, upward-firing speakers, or like KEF, both. The R50, which sits on top of a normal tower speaker, is $1,199 a pair. The in-ceiling speakers range from $300 to $800.

12 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


The cool design of the tweeter in Paradigm's new Prestige Series.

13 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison
14 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

4X for 4K

Sony also showed off a neat trick with its 4K projector: showing 4 1080p feeds simultaneously.

15 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

Control 4 Sony

Control 4, one of the big home automation companies, was showing off one of Sony's new "home automation friendly" TVs with Control 4's Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), which makes integration easier.

16 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


B&O was showing off its sound system in the gorgeous Aston Martin Rapide. It's smaller in person than I expected. I reviewed a DB9 a few years back, and that seemed bigger (it's not).

The 5.9L V12 is one of the best-sounding engines ever. Music. The racing version sounds even more incredible.

17 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

Pop-up tweeters

Note the saucer-shape tweeters rising from the top of the dash.

18 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


Harman is huge in the car audio world, and was showing off this lovely red Fiat.

It had a bunch of iconic home audio brands on display/demo as well, like JBL and Mark Levinson. The LG ultra-big LCDs have Harman/Kardon audio.

19 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

More lasers

Epson and Sony weren't the only ones with laser projectors. Several companies, including Christie, had models, too. The DHD555-GS, shown here, costs around $18K.

20 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


Now that's how you do a curved screen. There were a few golf simulators. This one is from AboutGolf.

21 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

Mirror, mirror

This is not a mirror.

OK, not just a mirror...

22 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

Screen reflections

What looks like a normal mirror is actually a TV. Electric Mirror does a great job hiding TVs in mirrors of all shapes and sizes. Certainly a "wow" factor for unsuspecting guests.

23 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


The new product from DVDO is actually the tiny little box on top of the TV. The Air3C is $190, and offers 1080p/60 wireless streaming. It's 60 Ghz, though, so it's basically line of sight (no cabinets, and you may lose signal if you walk in front of it).

24 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

HDMI 2.0

DVDO did a great presentation at the show about HDMI 2.0, and what it means for 4K now and in the future. Here you can see how much more data 4K uses, in its various forms.

25 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


DVDO posited that Blu-ray, upconverted well to 4K, can look better than streaming 4K.

Given all the potential issues and artifacts with 4K streaming, this certainly seems possible. I've seen some pretty fantastic upconverted 1080p as well.

26 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

Hidden PJs

Display Development does a great job hiding projectors so you can't see them. Here, a mirror folds down at the click of a button. The painting below slides down to reveal another projector (also hidden in the faux wall).

27 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


Definitive Technology also had an upward-firing "elevation module" called the A60. It mounts on top of its BP-8060ST tower speaker.

28 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison


Golden Ear's Atmos demo, one of the best at the show, used two Triton One towers up front, two Triton Two towers in the back, a SuperCenter XL, and four in-ceiling Invisa HTR 7000s in a 5.4.4 setup.

The Atmos effect was excellent, with the sound seamlessly moving up and around the room.

29 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

B&O do 4K

At its booth B&O showed off its motorized, 85-inch 4K BeoVision Avant.

30 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

Glass Speakers

French company Waterfall makes glass speakers. No new products this year, but, you know, glass speakers. I reviewed a pair a few years ago and they were easily the coolest looking objects in my house.

That is, in fairness, not saying much.

31 of 31 Geoffrey Morrison

So long, Denver

Denver's good food and good beer are largely offset by the almost total lack of oxygen.

Next year the show moves to Dallas, because... Well I can't think of a reason. BBQ?

CEDIA Expo home theater roundup: OLED, Lasers, Atmos, and more

More Galleries

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera
A houseplant

My Favorite Shots From the Galaxy S24 Ultra's Camera

20 Photos
Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

Honor's Magic V2 Foldable Is Lighter Than Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra

10 Photos
The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum
Samsung Galaxy S24

The Samsung Galaxy S24 and S24 Plus Looks Sweet in Aluminum

23 Photos
Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design
The Galaxy S24 Ultra in multiple colors

Samsung's Galaxy S24 Ultra Now Has a Titanium Design

23 Photos
I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

I Took 600+ Photos With the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Look at My Favorites

34 Photos
17 Hidden iOS 17 Features You Should Definitely Know About
Invitation for the Apple September iPhone 15 event

17 Hidden iOS 17 Features You Should Definitely Know About

18 Photos
AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

AI or Not AI: Can You Spot the Real Photos?

17 Photos