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My Excellent Journey

Oct 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Michael Goldman

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Just back from CEDIA at press time, and I must say — I'm impressed. Not surprisingly, the show featured record-breaking attendance, a packed show floor with a world of sophisticated technology aimed at improving business and life for installers and their clients, lots of cool parties, a lively awards banquet, and much more. Highlights of some of the key offerings can be found in this issue in Jeff Sauer's Picture This column (p. 16) and in Dan Daley's CEDIA audio wrap-up (p. 38), as well as in additional online and newsletter coverage.

In addition, our congratulations go to the winners of this year's CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards. In particular, kudos to the five recipients of the Manufacturers' Excellence Awards, sponsored by SVC: Stewart Filmscreen for its CineCurve technology, Runco for the Runco RS-1100 CineWide 1080p projector, Crestron Electronics for the Adagio entertainment system, Stealth Acoustics for the Model A-3 three-way invisible loudspeaker, and Remote Technologies for its T4 universal system controller.

Personally, what I found most valuable about CEDIA was the opportunity to meet some of the colorful characters connected with much of the most innovative technology at the show. It was a great pleasure to encounter more than a few industry legends.

I'm talking about pros like Gold Line president Martin Miller, who regaled me with tales about offbeat applications for his company's technology, and Len Dozier, president of Premier Mounts' Dedicated Solutions division, who shared stories about designing, fabricating, and installing innovative mounting solutions. Bruce Marlin, engineering wizard at Mitek and Atlas Sound, was a wealth of information about the future direction of speaker design and home theater applications. Same with Igor Levitsky of BG Corp. — a veritable fountain of information about the future of planar ribbon technology. Tom Stewart, VP of Stewart Filmscreen — one of a handful of members of his famous family who knows and won't discuss details of what he calls the “secret sauce” coating on Stewart screen products — was another valuable teacher during my CEDIA journey.

I could go on. There were several other similiar conversations that I found particularly rewarding. Look for the voices of such individuals to make their way into this magazine in the coming months. After all, expertise like theirs should really be shared with the rest of us.

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