Ceiling speakers for home theaters and multi-room systems have caught on in ways I'm sure make hard core audiophiles cringe. Who would have thought that anyone would even consider getting theater quality sound from a drywall ceiling? After all, weren't they invented for airport PA systems --- and we all know that you can't make out anything that is said over those things.
Summer is on the way so it's time to start thinking about taking your entertainment outside. Outdoor speakers are a special case and of course can cause special problems when it comes to weathering the storm. They not only need to sound good up close, but they also need to project that sound into a void.
In this chapter we talk about some things to look into and perhaps install while you under construction --- just in case you need it in the future. It's easy to pull extra wire while you are at it.
Whatever systems or wires you choose, these general rules and procedures will make the job easier.
Starting with Dolby Surround, which used four channels (front left, front right, phantom center, mono surround - though usually using two speakers), the public began to expect the increased realism brought about by sound location cues being able to move across the front soundstage, and from front to rear for ambience or special effects.
As Plasma and LCD TV's continue the downward trend in pricing they are becoming ever so more available to consumers who 2 or 3 years ago could not afford them. With the increase in flat panel TV's sales comes the old age dilemma of where to place the TV once you have got it home.
Selling is hard work, even in the virtual world of the Internet. It requires strong motivation, personal pride, perseverance, flexibility, energy, discipline, and focus. Above all, it requires communicating and being able to read/understand the prospects' attitudes and needsâ€¦real or perceived.
Conventions/conferences are events that challenge a man's (and woman's) stamina. They push you to the limits of creativity and performance. Companies spend hundreds of thousands, no millions to attend them annually just to reach, educate, inform, persuade other companies and the media.
Just because the lowly company press room is pivotal for everyone, everywhere why should the person leading the charge stoop to make certain the company's press site had just the right information and that the information is easily available, fresh. We wrapped our many years of experience and feedback from media people into the attached article.
WirelessHD products have been available since last year but I believe we're about to see it go even more mainstream with the onset of products coming on the market at under $2000 for a high-end LCD TV.
Small retailers have taken advantage of the affordable stand-alone digital signage solutions that can be programmed and updated with a USB stick or a removable flash memory card. With these solutions, entertaining sales messages can be created, modified and updated in just minutes using simplified software provided with the system. In multi-location, multi-sign operations, managers are using standard network wiring and the Internet cloud to upload fresh, attention-getting sales messages and to manage the timing and placement of product multimedia messages.
The 'connected home' is really starting to become a reality. With more and more devices that link to the home network arriving in stores the prices are plummeting. Broadband is cheaper and service providers are under pressure to find new ways to exploit their mobile and fixed broadband networks. In addition, concern for carbon emissions and new smart grid strategies are driving the deployment of still more networked devices. There are challenges though.
CES is like Cherry Blossom time in Japan or on the Potomac. Or Mel Brooks' Springtime for Hitler! Just a great way to start fresh and see if the industry can get it rightâ€¦this time. Before Shapiro could open the festivities, Google's Schmidt decided he'd pull a Steve and take the wind out of Shapiro's CES sails with his Nexus One unveiling.
News releases and announcements from the show
Our kids do nearly everything on their smartphones or netbooks. Because we're slightly retarded, they use email for us. For everyone else -- friends, schoolmates, relationships -- they max out all of the capabilities, features and benefits of today's Web 2.0 social media. They simply look at us and repeat Graves's words, "I have to live my dreams." They aren't alone! "One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter." - Raul, Die Another Day (MGM - 2002)
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The Power Jumper ICâ„˘ HDTV & Sound Bar Power Relocation Kit easily conceals power & A/V cables within the wall for a professional appearance. The kit is recessed and features a new low profile in-wall jumper that can be fed through 1" diameter holes. The metal strain relief bracket provides a solid connection for the interconnect. The kit comes prewired and does not require an electrician for installation. The Power Jumper ICâ„˘ is available in three options, HDTV, Sound Bar and HDTV & Sound Bar.