WHY HOME AUTOMATION IS SMART, ECONOMICAL AND SAVES ENERGY

Dimming lights by 25% reduces electricity consumption by 20% and quadruples the life of light bulbs.

Working Within HDMI Protocol Boundries & Words On 1.3

In keeping with our reports and rants on the 'interesting' world of HDMI, here are more observations I've made along with facts via e-mail and phone calls with Bob Rappaport at PureLink, HDMI tech support and the DTS Pro Audio division. This may help you with any dropped signals you've had thus far.

A New way to think about Acoustics

One of the ways I correlate the kitchen to a media room is to ask the client to consider the appliances as their equipment. The cabinetry and countertops are the acoustical treatment. If you want a beautiful kitchen with natural cherry cabinets and granite countertops it's going to cost more than a Formica finished kitchen.

A Painless Primer on Cooling Electronic Components

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Home Theater and Electronics Cooling, But Didn't Know What or Who to Ask

Cell Phone Reception Trends

As cell phones continue to play a central role at home and work, people seek ways to ensure strong cell reception

Classic Home Toys #12 - TRS-80 Part 2

At the time the Model 16 was introduced to the home computer market, the system represented one of the most advanced personal computers available for a small or home based business.

Content Insider #88 - The Home Network/Entertainment Connection Is…Easy

"Hey Bill, look, do me a favor, give him a chance. He came in here with a little piece of information. I know you worked with him before and had a little trouble, but don't get off on the wrong foot, if you have problems, come to me with them, I'll handle it." - Walt Simonson, The French Connection, 1971

Content Insider #89 - Next Generation DVD - Change at the Speed of Slow

"You've got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there." - Yogi Berra, Baseball Hall of Fame Player/Coach

DisplaySearch's Upcoming HDTV Conference

Keynotes include film maker John Lowry from DTS, who will discuss the state of the art in terms of image quality, Phil Rosenberg from SCEA who will discuss the outlook for the PlayStation 3 and ESPN's Bryan Burns who will discuss their plans.

Editorial Comments

This is our CEDIA 2007 Issue with lots of news and product announcements plus some great articles to enjoy.

Haave AV Systems Increases Revenue Utilizing D-Tools System Integrator™ Software

We are able to confidently present our proposal, knowing it's designed properly with D-Tools and understanding our industry and costs, so we can explain every aspect of the job to our customer, easing any apprehension, and winning the job hands down.

Home Controls: Trends and Opportunities

Home controls are one dimension of a broader set of home systems that includes entertainment, security, energy management, broadband access, and data networking. These other home systems can entice consumers to bring controls into their homes if control systems manufacturers partner with firms providing these other systems and services.

Home Media Servers: Savior of HD Audio?

While the rest of the audiophile community struggles to get the last bit of fidelity out of their vinyl or compact disc collection, those of us that have discovered the benefits of new recordings done in HD can abandon optical discs altogether.

HomeToys Interview

Windows Media Center Platform

Interview - Media Servers

Alienware believes that the end user usage model has not been clearly defined in the home theater market and that working with Channel Partners the HD Media Server can begin to define a clear usage model.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

ELK Products -M1 GOLD with Two-Way Wireless

The M1 Gold Security & Automation Control combines security, fire, energy management, lighting, and access control to provide total control of the home. Easily integrating with products of industry partner manufacturers, M1 controls offer a truly customized solution. With remote access capabilities and simple, user-friendly interfaces, M1 keeps homeowners informed and in control, anytime, anywhere! ELK's Two-Way Wireless family of products for the M1 offers a truly secure and reliable wireless solution with cutting edge techniques such as frequency hopping and UL approved jamming detection to defend against interference, hacking, and jamming. Advanced features ensure reliability, extend battery life, and provide innovative security enhancements including wirelessly interconnected smoke detectors, motion detectors with built-in security/convenience lights, and key fobs with a system status inquiry button, allowing users to see if an alarm has been activated before entering the home.