Like the equally outrageous Luxury Show in New York, the 2017 CEDIA show in San Diego is a testament to all of the crazy things rich people can do with their spare cash. From Alexa- and Google-controlled everything to robotic home theater chairs to golf simulators, this show had it all.
If you're looking to install a home theater room, or even a home alarm system, you'll likely be buying one from a CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design And Installation Association) member. All prices are in US dollars.
The red special edition JVC DLA-20LTD projector commemorates the 20th anniversary of JVC's D-ILA technology, and it promises the industry's highest native contrast ratio -- 200,000:1. No pricing yet, but it joins other 4K models JVC announced at the show including the $4,000 DLA-X590RBK, $6,000 DLA-X790RBK and the $8,000 DLA-X990RBK. The feature has JVC's proprietary e-shift technology and compatibility with HDR.
If you've got the square footage and cash to burn, why not install a golfing simulator? Manufacturer Golfzon says the simulator was "tested and guaranteed by tour professional golfers." It even features apps for Android and iOS.
Never one to shy away from potential failure, Creative has been pushing the bounds of computer audio for the past 20 years. Having conquered budget Bluetooth speakers, Creative is making its first foray into the ultra-high end of audio-visual.
The $5,800 Creative X-Fi Sonic Carrier is the most expensive Dolby Atmos soundbar we've seen yet. Its cosmetics might not be to everyone's taste, though.
Have a spare 25 grand? This internet-connected DGB1KE3 is seriously well equipped. It will connect with your MusicCast system to stream to another room in your mansion. You can also ask Alexa to play one of the piano's 500 onboard songs -- player-piano style -- for your gobsmacked guests.
Not crazy-looking, but if this speaker is anything like its predecessors, the Elac Adante line promises to redefine performance expectations for high-end audio on a budget. We spoke to designer Andrew Jones at the show, and he said the speakers are due to go to manufacturing in the next few weeks. Look out for our review of the $2,500 AS-61 stand-mount speaker very soon!
Less flashy than the Adante range, Elac's Discovery speaker still offers a lot for your $500. This Roon Ready speaker with Airplay and Bluetooth is essentially two amplified Debut B5s squashed together in one box.
(To find out what Roon is, continue to the next slide...)
Roon, the best music player/multiroom system you've never heard of, came to CEDIA 2017 showing off its first foray into hardware. The Nexus (left) is the NAS/PC for people who don't know or care what those things are but want digital music at their fingertips.
It's hard to convey how gob-stoppingly impressive this Stewart Balon Borderless projector screen was from a simple photograph. But needless to say, if you have the space for one this size, everyone you know is coming over to visit.
...this?! The $1,300 Salamander JumpSeat Ottoman is great for those times when you have extra friends over to watch -- well, "Transformers" would be great, now wouldn't it? This ottoman includes a drink holder and a nook to store/lose your remote and those unpopped corn kernels.
We saw some pretty weird things at CEDIA 2017 but this was the weirdest. Sonos' stand was a huge empty space, and only on further inspection was it clear that the actual Sonos exhibition space was a 10-minute walk from the convention center. Come on Sonos, at least give us something...