Las Vegas is an optical illusion writ large: seemingly larger than life but actually made up of many smaller pieces. That was the case upon closer inspection of the massive video walls erected by Sony, LG, Daktronics and other exhibitors at June’s InfoComm Show in the middle what was once a desert until Bugsy Siegel and company came along.
The fact that Sony’s huge 32’x9’ (9.75m x 2.74m), 8Kx2K-resolution was made up of hundreds of palm-sized LED tiles simply reaffirmed ongoing trends in AV: bigger and better. Visuals, whether illuminated by LED or projection, were larger and brighter, with the bezel virtually disappearing, as it did with Panasonic’s new flagship 4K+ SOLID SHINE Laser 3-Chip DLP projector, intended for high-impact projection mapping solutions, and with ever-higher resolution, as displayed by Christie’s Apex Series, with pixel pitches starting at 1.2 millimetres.
This was certainly true for audio, as well — just replace “brighter” with “louder.” Demo rooms across the hall from the Central hall were carefully timed and positioned by InfoComm management to minimise sonic interference with each other. That is increasingly critical as low-frequency response continues to be the watchword in sonic performance, a by-product of the ever-thinner line between sports and entertainment. New subwoofers from L-Acoustics (the KS28 subwoofer with extended bandwidth down to 25 Hz,) and Danley Sound Labs (the imposing BC-418 subwoofer demoed there is actually two BC-218 subs configured as a matched pair but points in the direction the future is taking), were fel