Have a gawp at the gorgeousness of this year's CEDIA Awards winners - and start saving. New blog here...
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I recognise some of them.
Main AV Setup: Panasonic 50VT65 TV, Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1, Optimum AV300 AV Stand, QED Silver Anniversary XT Speaker Cable & Chord Silver Plus HDMI Cables. Gadgets: iPad Air & iPhone 4S.
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How did they get hold of my - best home cinema over 100k picture ? i only gave the fitting company a copy for there portfolio !
What a rack! Puts my BDI unit to shame!
Pioneer PDP LX 5090 - Pioneer SC-LX 72 - Pioneer BDP-LX55 - B&W M1 L/R - B&W CM Centre - Mission M-Cube SL/SR - M-Cube Sub - SKY HD 1TB - PS3 - Belkin Pure AV PF40 - BDI Mirage 8227 - Chord Active HDMI - Wireworld Stratus 5 Av - QED Silver A XT - Harmony One -
Thanks for that - now knee-deep in drool
Thanks for that Clare, god do I feel inadequate now.....
My system Samsung LE-40F86BD, Denon 3311, Sony BDP S370, PS3 500gb, Virgin TIVO, Frount - MA R270HD, Center - MA R225 HD, Rear - MA R90HD, Sub - MA RXW-12, Logitech Harmony one, WD 1tb hard drive
Nice to see how some others seek to emulate my setup
Ahhhh well, back to the drawing board, sigh......
Marantz SA-KI Pearl SACD Player / Marantz PM-KI Pearl Integrated Amplifier / Yamaha DSP-Z7 AV Receiver / Pioneer BDP-LX91 Blu-ray Player / KEF KHT3005SE AV Surround Sound Speaker Package / Bowers & Wilkins PV1 Subwoofer Speaker / Philips Aurea LCD HD Television 40" Screen / Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote Control / Atacama Equinox BB-3 AV (Audio Video) Equipment Stand / Chord Company Carnival SilverScreen Speaker Cable.Russ Andrews Signature PowerKord, 2 Metre Mains Power Cables x 2.Black Rhodium Polar Opera DCT Cables x 2 / QED Qunex Silver Reference HDMI Cables x 2 / QED Signature Subwoofer Cable.
These are what dreams are made of.......one day!
A few odd ones in there...check out the "Best Integrated Home under £30,000" (Cyprus) - do Cypriots have heads at right angles to the rest of their bodies ? Mrs C would never have let me cut into the ceiling for that setup.
Pioneer tv + LX85, Sony HW15 Proj, Cyrus DAC XP+/Mono X300/CDXTSE2/PSXRx2, Vienna Acoustics Beethoven Baby Grands and Maestro centre, B&W CM1 surrounds /PV1D (9.1), CA BD751, Virgin TiVo, Inspire Rega t/t, Benz Glider MC, EAR 834P phono amp; Slee Novo Headphone Amp.TQ Black.
There's actually another seating area opposite the projector screen in that picture... Lots more integratation going on in that place, though.
When we were judging the Awards, we saw a lot more pictures of each set-up - sadly I only have one each of the winners to use in the blog.
There do seem to be a few that whilst very nicely installed don't actually seem to be that great for viewing purposes.
On a related note, where are the speakers in the third picture (Best Media Room under £15,000)? A recessed TV is hardly the stuff of legend, so I assume there's more to that than meets the eye?
No signature worth mentioning...
IIRC, it's a combination of in-wall and in-ceiling speakers in that room, with a hidden subwoofer. There's also a ton of kit in the cupboard to the left of the screen- including Sky box, Blu-ray player, games consoles etc - which is nicely fitted/ventilated/racked, but you'd never know it was there...
What you've got to remember with the CEDIA Awards is that they're about delivering on what a customer wants - and that's often a compromise between performance and convenience/looks. It's how well the installer minimises that compromise that's key.
It's also why the categories are divided into media room, integrated home and home cinema.
The latter are the Awards most judged for their technical merit - it's the category where we had most discussions about screen sizes, seat placement, speaker/projector suitability etc - but the others are more about how effecitively technology was integrated into a home set-up.
Even in those integration categories, however, we had lots of discussions about suitability of tech (eg use of plasmas in brightly lit rooms; speaker positioning etc) that did rule some installs in/out of the Awards.
And of course you're prepared to accept slightly more compromise at the lower price points than you are at the higher ones.
But when you dig into the detail behind these installs - including the time/design pressure the installers are often under - they're incredibly impressive. The entries even had loving diagrams of all the cabling, so we could assess if they'd chosen well there, too
What amazes me when i see setups like these, is that i am often seriously unimpressed with their blu ray players and amps.
That's where having a trio of tech judges came in - we dismissed several installations submitted for the 2011 Awards for using outdated or poorer-quality products.
Anyhow, i'm now slowly updating the blog with more details of the winning installs... will let you all know when i'm finished!
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