The CEDIA Designer (TCD) Seeks ‘Pioneering Manufacturers’

Dan McGowan | Jun 03, 2021

Launches Beta Phase of Performance Facts, Marks ‘New Era’ of Entertainment Space Design

FISHERS, Ind. (JUNE 3, 2021) — CEDIA has launched a beta version of Performance Facts in its acclaimed home cinema and media room design software, The CEDIA Designer (TCD). Product selection in entertainment space design has historically been determined by subjective measures like brand preference and budget. Performance Facts represents a breakthrough that allows product selection to be based on performance objectives by presenting quantifiable data from manufacturers to entertainment space designers and decision-makers — a first for the industry.

The first phase of the initiative will include product categories such as speakers, amplifiers, and processors.

The joint CEDIA/Consumer Technology Association (CTA) standards group, known as the Residential Systems Committee or R10, has been hard at work developing a comprehensive Performance Facts initiative (called RP1). This ongoing effort is defining much-needed parameters a designer/engineer needs to utilize a piece of equipment effectively in a design. Made up of integrators, manufactures, engineers, and others, the group’s participants represent a broad base of knowledge and expertise. This effort will identify the minimum critical equipment parameters for Performance Facts compliance, as well as the test that should be used for measurement.
"The introduction of Performance Facts in The CEDIA Designer marks a new era of media room and home cinema space design," says Guy Singleton, creator of The CEDIA Designer. "We see Performance Facts as a way for quality manufacturers to elevate their brands in front of the critical audience of integrators. Brands that can demonstrate — with proven data — the caliber of their products can wear their designation as Performance Facts compliant as a badge of honor."

Performance Facts is in its beta stage currently, but plans call for the feature to roll out permanently in TCD once more brands share their objective data and come aboard.

CEDIA is encouraging existing TCD brands interested in serving as Performance Facts pioneers to contact tcd@cedia.org. By coordinating information sharing for potential inclusion in the feature and proactively participating in the early phases of the Performance Facts initiative, manufacturer partners have the opportunity to provide input that will shape the future of Performance Facts and its impact on helping quality brand data rise to the top. Manufacturers not currently in TCD who want their products available in the database for TCD users to specify on projects can also contact tcd@cedia.org.

"Performance facts is a gamechanger for TCD and also the industry that will raise the bar on quality and transparency for technical, performance-based room design," says CEDIA Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships Ian Bryant. "The initiative is years in the making and has come together through cooperation of a consortium of industry professionals who have come together to make it happen. If you're a manufacturer that possesses these data points, we encourage you to supply them and help your brand stand out."

CEDIA and the industry leader-steered CEDIA Technology Council are currently engaged in discussions on a more robust rollout of the Performance Facts concept beyond its inclusion in TCD. Details to be shared as they come available.

CEDIA members receive complimentary access to the Media Room level of TCD and preferred pricing on additional levels of the software. More information about TCD is available at cedia.net/tcd.