CEDIA Expo 2016 Thinks Big in Dallas

August 20 2016, 03:00
This year’s Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo event is back in Dallas, TX, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center from September 13–17. The actual exhibit portion of the show takes place from September 15–17. This year’s show will offer attendees numerous opportunities to “Think BIG” with unparalleled access to exciting innovations, in-depth training, industry visionaries, and ground-breaking trends.

“CEDIA has created more ways for attendees to capitalize on their show experience this year - from expanding our training offerings to the addition of a new series of free panels and countless opportunities to learn and connect with industry thought-leaders and peers. One thing is clear - it’s going to be a big year for CEDIA in Dallas,” says Vin Bruno, CEDIA CEO.

CEDIA attendees can start thinking BIG one day earlier Tuesday this year with the introduction of Tuesday training which gives attendees five full days to attend highly sought-after workshops and courses. Other BIG events include the Opening Keynote with Shelly Palmer, the CEDIA Celebration, CEDIA Talks, and CEDIA Panels.

CEDIA members enjoy free access to the tradeshow floor. Members also receive exclusive savings on training and are able to take advantage of the CEDIA training pass, allowing them to take an unlimited number of courses at CEDIA 2016. Courses will now be available starting on Tuesday, September 13 and run through Saturday. The show floor will keep the traditional schedule and will open on Thursday, September 15.

Tuesday training will include some highly sought-after half-day and full-day workshops such as HAA -THX Home Theater Advisor Certification, Video Calibration Level I, Home Cinema for Designers, Rack Building & Wiring Fundamentals, and the CEDIA COI Train the Trainer course. In addition to offering Tuesday training, CEDIA is offering at total of 43 new courses and has expanded business course offerings based on attendee and member feedback.

The first CEDIA EXPO was held in Amelia Island, FL, in 1990. It hosted 500 attendees and featured tabletop displays from some of the industry’s pioneers. Since that time, the show has grown exponentially. CEDIA EXPO 2015 drew more than 510 exhibiting companies and 18,700 attendees, which is up 16% from 2014 (see Photo 1). CEDIA EXPO has become an important show for home theater and distributed audio loudspeaker manufacturers. As always, CEDIA University will provide workshops, classes, and seminars related to the AV install industry. Courses of interest to the loudspeaker industry include:

Advanced Home Theater Design Workshop
(Instructors: Sam Cavitt, ESD, Media Environment Design/Paradise Theater; Rich Green, EST II, EST III, ESD, Rich Green Design; and Anthony Grimani, PMI, Ltd.) — Top designers in the home-theater industry facilitate an advanced, hands-on workshop that includes designing a high-performance theater room, predicting and designing to the room’s characteristics, addressing how to best integrate theaters in homes, and creating thorough documentation.

Audio Basics & System Design
(Instructor: Xiaozheng Lu, Luxi Electronics Corp.) — Learn audio basics (e.g., signal levels in volts and decibels, nominal levels, peak levels and headroom); noise floor and signal-to-noise ratios; system gain structure; 70 V transmissions; how human hearing interprets sound level; frequency; direction; and how to set loudness level, room sound level, speaker positions, and digital systems (including Dolby Atmos).

Home Cinema for Designers Workshop
(Instructor: Geoff Meads, Presto AV) — This presentation details the engineering principles involved in high-performance design. Explore the science and calculations required to undertake a complete design exercise for both audio and video. It also looks at associated factors (e.g., data, heat, and lighting). The course uses world standards, including the CEDIA/CEA Recommended Practices related to audio and video design. Students will be challenged but leave with a firm foundation.

Home Theater Audio and Acoustics Part I
(Instructor: Tim Gladwin, Harman) — Learn the basics of sound, sound reproduction, transmission, and reflection. Walk away with knowing how to analyze room size and shape and predict audio performance. Recommended Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Home Theater Design 

Home Theater Audio and Acoustics Part II
(Instructor: Dr. Sean Olive, Harman) — Learn how to deliver the best results with surround-sound system designs. Build on knowledge from Part I and explore how loudspeakers work, specification fact and fallacy, and proper audience and room size configurations for the best possible cinema experience.

Home Theater Audio and Acoustics Part III
(Instructor: Todd Welti, Harman) The third part of this comprehensive series that teaches participants how to deliver the best results with surround-sound system designs. Apply the knowledge gained from previous series sessions to ensure theater surround systems work in the “real world.” Learn best practices on proper speaker and subwoofer selection and placement.

Exhibition 15-17
Dallas, Texas
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