The AWE Smart Home Expo is back! Taking place on 29-30 March, join like-minded professionals to see, hear and experience cutting-edge technologies at AWE’s HQ in Epsom. AWE is the leading UK distributor to some of the trade’s highest quality brands. MD Stuart Tickle explains why this Expo is a must for electrical retailers.
This is our first Expo since 2019 and we can’t wait to throw open the doors of our Smart Apartment. The smart home market is booming and there’s never been a better time for retailers to benefit from this demand.
Experience the coolest and latest technology – including the unsurpassed range of loudspeakers from Bowers & Wilkins and amplification from Rotel – in a COVID secure environment. You can also join talks from industry leading brands and, of course, enjoy our legendary lunchtime spit roast.
Refitted cinema rooms
Top of your list must be a demo in our revamped cinema rooms. The AWE Reference Cinema boasts insanely good audio! Rich in power, dynamics and detail, the sound in this cinema is, quite simply, amazing – and you need to experience it yourself!
We’ve fitted Bowers & Wilkins CI 800 Series Diamond speakers and Custom Theatre subwoofers in a 7.4.6 configuration. A Marantz Processor feeds into a stack of five Rotel Power Amplifiers housed in a new 44U rack located in the adjacent comms room. Four cabinet subwoofers (CTSW15) with 15-inch bass drivers with additional dedicated amplification provide the heart-thumping bass that completes this high- performing loudspeaker set-up.
This powerful, immersive audio system is matched by the incredible four metre wide HDR picture provided by a choice of Sony projectors, with the 10,000 lumen and 100 per cent DCI-P3 wide colour gamut Sony VPL-GTZ380 Native 4K laser projector as the star!
Our smaller cinema room, the Performance Cinema, has also had an upgrade. The superb system includes a combination of Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series architectural loudspeakers and in-wall cabinet subwoofers, all driven by a single 11-channel Marantz AV Amplifier and sub amps located in the room.
You’ll see a demonstration of Epson’s recently launched EH-LS12000B projector, which features a high 2,500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 4K resolution (8.3mil pixels on-screen), HDR10+ support, 3LCD and a laser light-source. It’s equally adept as a movie projector as it is for gaming, offering 4K resolution at 120 frames per second along with input lag times below 20ms. It’s hard to beat at this price point.
As you enter, the Sony 100-inch Pro Bravia screen is hard to miss! It’s a regular seller at the new low price point of £15k SRP, which provides a serious option to UST projector solutions.
The study area features the latest Gallery OLED from LG alongside the gorgeous Bowers & Wilkins 702 S2 floor standing speakers and Rotel amplification combo.
In the living room, the latest BRAND 77-inch OLED TV features a custom fabric surround housing three B&W 7.2 LCR speakers and two IWS04 subwoofers. This is the Architect Frame which is imported exclusively by AWE, providing a stunning new option for a performance speaker solution around a TV.
The whole apartment is controlled by the latest URC MRX-30 processor and operated by a combination of URC TKP-8600 eight-inch In-Wall Touch Screens and URC TRC-1480 2.4-inch Touchscreen LCD remote controls, both with integrated voice control. URC HDA Amps distribute up to eight sources across multiple zones, providing superb multi-room audio quality.
The apartment also features the Base Performance Simulators Blade Sim – a custom- built, professional grade race sim.
What else will you see?
We will have the first showing anywhere of the brand new 4K and 8K screens from Sony, LG and Panasonic, plus the UK premiere of Samsung’s QD-OLED. This game-changing screen combines OLED with quantum dot technology for the highest colour purity and picture quality.
You can also check out the entire Sony Master Series, including the A9F OLED and Z9F LED with a Netflix calibrated mode.
Then there’s speakers from Definitive Technology, amplifiers and receivers from Marantz and Denon, as well as multi-room audio featuring Heos, and other smart home solutions from Ring X-line, Philips Hue and Silent Gliss.