Residential Systems recently reported that the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and CEDIA's R10 Residential Systems committee met and agreed upon a standard for home theater design. The organizations published the new standard as an industry bulletin, CEA/CEDIA-CEB23: Home Theater Design. The bulletin provides guidelines to accurately calculate screen size and design systems. This includes HDTVs both 3D and 2D.
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"CEA projects more than 31 million HDTV sets and more than 2 million 3DTVs will be sold in 2010. With increased consumer adoption of HD and 3DTV, accurate home theater design parameters are essential to provide consumers with a high-quality viewing experience," said Brian Markwalter, vice president of research and standards for CEA. "This new bulletin provides valuable guidelines to manufacturers and the ESC [electronic systems contractors] industry, ultimately leading to maximum performance in home theater design for consumers."
CEDIA senior director of technology Dave Pedigo also contributed that, "CEB 23 is a recommended guideline that will enable the ESC community to design a high-performance home theater through accurate measurement of screen size and systems design. This bulletin, in addition to future documents CEA and CEDIA are working to create, provides information to assist ESCs in preparing for certification exams and will help to further advancement in home theater design."
This appears to be a very good thing. A document of uniformity can only serve to benefit consumers. We have seen inconsistencies in the HDMI format and even in the new 3D market, that make it harder for consumers to adopt technology. This seems like a positive step in alleviating that problem.
The CEA/CEDIA-CEB23: Home Theater Design is available at www.IHS.com or by visiting the CEDIA Marketplace at www.CEDIA.org/marketplace.