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CEA and CEDIA Launch Multi-Room Audio Cabling Standard

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA)’s R10 Residential Systems committee announced that it has approved the CEA/CEDIA-2030-A: Multi-Room Audio Cabling standard.

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CEA and CEDIA Standards Committee Announces Multi-Room Audio Cabling Standard

ARLINGTON, Va.–The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® and the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA)’s R10 Residential Systems committee today announced it has approved CEA/CEDIA-2030-A: Multi-Room Audio Cabling Standard. This standard provides documentation for multi-room audio installers, including client labeling and considerations for multiple systems, multiple buildings, grounding and ground loops, and power feeds.

This standard improves on the existing ANSI/CEA-2030: Multi-Room Audio Cabling Standard, which addressed how to wire a multi-room audio system. The updated standard covers much more, providing sample documentation and diagrams of multi-room audio systems.

“This standard provides installers with everything they need to know for their audio integration business, helping everyone from the newest members of our industry to the most experienced,” said Brian Markwalter, vice president of research and standards, CEA. “CEA’s Technology and Standards program has a proven track record of developing standards that provide the industry with the tools to develop better products and services.”

“This standard update addresses the future of multi-room A/V systems, keeping clients happy well into the future by providing the infrastructure to accommodate cutting edge systems including wireless, power line and Internet protocol cloud-based systems,” said David Pedigo, senior director of technology, CEDIA. “The new standard is part of the R10 Residential Systems committee’s continued dedication to establishing bulletins and standards for the design and installation of residential systems.”

“Of all the cross-industry best practices, this is the one must-have tool for anyone in the multi-room installation business,” said Michael Braithwaite, senior vice president, ClearOne and chair of the R10 Residential Systems committee working group. “From basic wall-mounted speaker volume controls to the latest in time-sensitive synchronous A/V streaming, this standard will ensure installers are ready to handle any A/V system on the market.”

The CEA/CEDIA-2030-A: Multi-Room Audio Cabling Standard document is available in the CEDIA Marketplace at and is priced at $57.00.

CEA leads technology manufacturers in fostering CE 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 ANSI accreditation. Through more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups, the CEA Technology and Standards program provides a unique and efficient forum where 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

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $170 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services.

CEDIA is an international trade association of companies that specialize in designing and installing electronic systems for the home. The association was founded in September 1989 and has more than 3,500 member companies worldwide. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized field.