The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association’s (CEDIA) R10 Residential Systems committee recently announced new standards to enhance the home theater experience and to provide the industry with an understanding of the issues related to smart grid devices. The updated CEA/CEDIA-CEB23-A: "Home Theater Video Design" standard will help professionals design, install, and calibrate home theater systems to meet consumers' growing needs and maximize the home theater viewing experience to meet or exceed the commercial theater experience.

"A successful home theater experience will realistically reproduce images created by the director and allow the viewer to become fully immersed in the program material," said Dave Pedigo, CEDIA's senior director of technology. "The revision of CEA/CEDIA-CEB23-A outlines theater installation and performance recommendations for the design of high-performance home theaters to meet or exceed the commercial theater experience."

The approval of the new joint CEA/CEDIA-CEB29: "Installation of Smart Grid Devices" standard will provide a basic understanding of many of the issues related to the proper installation, protection and connection of smart grid devices. "As devices become more interconnected through the smart grid, the importance of proper installation practices regarding electromagnetic compatibility and electromagnetic interference increases," said Brian Markwalter, senior VP, research and standards, CEA. “The new smart grid bulletin should be seen as a starting point for consumers, installers, and companies involved in the buying, developing, or installing of smart grid technologies and devices."

CEA leads technology manufacturers in fostering consumer electronics industry growth by developing industry standards and technical specifications that enable new products to come to market and encourage interoperability with existing devices. CEA maintains an unmatched reputation as a credible and flexible standards-making body and has earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Through more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups, CEA's Technology and Standards program provides a unique and efficient forum in which technical professionals throughout the industry develop a unified technology roadmap and address technical issues critical to CE industry growth. For information about CEA Technology and Standards, visit CE.org/standards.

The updated CEA/CEDIA-CEB23-A: "Home Theater Video Design" and the new CEA/CEDIA-CEB29: "Installation of Smart Grid Devices"are available in the CEDIA Marketplace at www.cedia.org/marketplace or from CEA at http://www.ce.org/Standards/Standard-Listings/R10-Residential-Systems.aspx.