Harman Luxury Audio at CEDIA 2019 – That’s a Wrap!
by Jim Garrett
Senior Director, Product Strategy & Planning
With so much time spent on preparation, CEDIA Expo seems like it is over in the blink of an eye. Now that we’ve had a little recovery from the show, it is time for some reflection.
As we head toward the fourth quarter of 2019, we remain on a strong growth trajectory fueled by new products, new opportunities, and our strong customer relationships. Those three factors were on display en force at CEDIA Expo. On the products front, we introduced 28 new models from our world class brands. Most of them we on active demonstration in one of our four main audition spaces including our JBL Synthesis 9.1.6 channel immersive theater, JBL HDI Series 7.1.4 channel audio room, Arcam / Revel 7.1.4 channel audio room, and JBL Conceal Series invisible loudspeakers demo wall. All of those demonstrations highlighted new opportunities for our customers including 16 channel surround platforms, in-ceiling compression driver loudspeakers, invisible loudspeakers, and more. The excitement was palpable in the booth as we spent time with our customer partners discussing how together we can drive new business thru the fourth quarter and carry that momentum in to the New Year.
While there was talk of lower show floor attendance, it was obvious that if you had something compelling to show, you had people in your booth. That certainly proved true for us as we enjoyed a full booth all day Friday and Saturday. And the show isn’t just a US-focused event either. We saw customers from all around the world including Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. Our new products generated buzz on the show floor – enough that several competitors dropped by specifically to get a look at what everyone was talking about!
Our theme this year was Empowering Your Possibilities. If you weren’t at the show to see us firsthand, or you weren’t able to catch one of our exciting demos, you will certainly want to follow up and check out all of the amazing new products we introduced. During the show, I hosted a number of video interviews providing brief overviews of the new wares. Click the video links below to watch them and learn a little about the fuel that will drive our shared growth in Q4 and into 2020.
As the sun set on Expo 2019, we learned that our JBL Synthesis SCL-5 in-ceiling compression driver loudspeaker was bestowed with a Residential Systems Best of Show award – continuing our streak of wins for every model in the SCL product range. And that brings us to the point of how do we continue to improve? On our end, we’ll keep listening to you – our customers – and continue to develop the best products in the industry. We’ve already started to plan what we’ll have for you next year. We’ll be back – bigger and better than ever! And we couldn’t do it without you. To those who shared time with us at the show – thank you. And for those who couldn’t be there, check out the videos and connect with one of us for a conversation on how together we can deliver the best solutions for the most discriminating customers around the world.
Below you'll find seven videos featuring notable products and technologies from various Harman Luxury brands, as well as an extensive look at the whole booth from the folks at Secrets of High Fidelity and Home Theater...