OK, I've finally touched down in a rainy and wind-swept Denver, writes Andy Clough, and made a quick dash for the press centre at the Colorado Convention Centre, home of this year's CEDIA Expo.
As it's now late evening here in the US of A, I haven't had the chance to see any of the new products yet, but here are a few highlights of what's being unveiled on Thursday:
- LG's new Super Blu multi-format HD DVD/Blu-ray player, the BH200, with advanced BD-Java and HDi interactivity. It's due on sale here in the US next month for $999. It is, claims LG, capable of handling full network interactive capability available on some HD DVD discs.
- Toshiba's third-generation HD DVD players, the HD-A3, HD-A30 and HD-A35. Specs of the latter two are similar to the European HD-EP30 and HD-EP35 models we reported on from the IFA Show in Germany last week.
- HD DVD gets a further boost with the news that Trekkie fans will soon be able to buy a 10-box set of Star Trek: The Original Series, season 1 on HD DVD, following a deal between Toshiba and CBS Home Entertainment.
- Sharp is launching the world's first THX-approved LCD HDTVs under the T-series banner, in 65 and 52in screen sizes.
- There's a new RSP-1069 surround processor/preamp from Rotel, featuring the Aureus audio-DSP engine from Texas Instruments.
- JVC has a whole new range of Full HD LCD TVs with Clear Motion Drive II technology delivering 120Hz frame rate. Oh, and the firm has also just taken the wraps off its new Procision series of high-end AV products, including a pair of D-ILA front projectors, the DLA-HD1 and DLA-HD100.
- KEF has revised its high-performance XQ speakers, and you can read all about them here.
- Klipsch has on display what it claims is the world's smallest and lightest in-ear headphones, called Image, with aluminium bodies finished in anodised copper. They're yours for $349, and that includes a carry pouch, airline adaptor, five sets of ear gels and a cleaning tool.
- Linn will premiere its new high-performance Akurate music server here in Denver. It offers up to eight channels of stereo, full-bandwidth CD-quality playback for use in multiroom systems.
- And finally, Projectiondesign's first-ever three-chip, HD DLP home cinema projector, the Action! M80 1080p, gets its first public airing here at CEDIA.
- OK, I'm off to get a couple of hours kip now, but I'll be back in the morning with tons more product news and lots of pictures from the show, so keep checking the site for regular updates.