Home Theater Design Part 9 - Adjusting for Peak Performance

Now it's time to head to the fridge for a cold one, kick off those shoes, and see how many decibels you can make from the MI3 sound track before the neighbors come over for an intervention.

Improving Home Theater Performance

Every link in your home entertainment system should be the best your budget allows. Think of the power conditioner as the bloodline. Anything less than the best will only lessen the vitality of your system.

M1 Gold Cross Platform Control

The M1Gold is a very economical and easy to use solution for your every day installations and many of today's advance home control and automation needs. It can bring your company into the automation market without a big investment in time or arduous training.

NuVision 47LCM1 Deep Black 1080p LCD HDTV Monitor

Being a sports fanatic my first test would be an NBA game in HDTV. NuVision Monitors display HDTV in 1080p, and the industries brightest panel provides a clear, bright and crisp picture superior to any others I have seen. With the fast NBA action no noticeable artifacts could be seen.

PLC - Memory Backup

The memory card is a recent method for memory backup. Some new PLCs provide a slot for a memory card. The PLC ladder application program can read and write to the memory card.

Power How-To #3

Dear Home Sketch Pad Experts, To rattle the rafters with the audio of my home theater, I recently purchased a very powerful, top-flight subwoofer and a 7.1 amplifier. When installing these, I noticed a warning in both manuals: "Do not use with a surge strip or power conditioner." I will of course follow the instructions, but I'm a little confused. Wouldn't I want to protect and amplify the performance of this equipment the same way that I would the rest of my components? What should I do instead? Sincerely, Confused in Connecticut

Ten Reasons to Buy a Video Processor

Video-processing technologies are essential in order to achieve outstanding picture quality for today's high-resolution video displays. When buying a video processor, consumers should look for the following technologies and features to receive the best-possible viewing experience from their HDTVs.

Booming Home Technology Integration Market Faces Skills Shortage

The explosion of digital entertainment options and home network tools brings with it a new level of complexity when it comes to the installation, use and maintenance of these high-tech toys. While many of these products are easy to install and use, bringing together disparate components and systems can still be a challenge for many consumers.

CES 2007 News Report

Hundreds of Product Announcements from the show

Change and Rearrange: Keeping Your Brand Relevant

If you're not creating a culture, and therefore a market for your brand like Apple does (although you should be), make sure that you're hyper-alert to technological advances, anticipate their impact on consumers and immediately adapt accordingly.

Classic Home Toys Installment #8: Intellivision…intelligent television…or was it?

Intellivision was the first video game system to offer downloadable games via a Mattel owned cable TV station called PlayCable. However, since the Intellivision console contained no hard drive to save games, the downloaded games were lost once the power to the console was shut off.

Content Insider #73 - The Swiss Army Phone…Is Good Enough for Everything Good Enough?

Sometimes our kids - and the community at large - make us feel like Tom Hanks in the 2004 The Terminal. We simply go from gate to gate trying to get on the next technology plane to fly to our destination…optimum personal and business productivity.

Content Insider #74 - In the DRM, CA Equation, Someone Has to Protect the Consumer

For thousands of years people looked the other way as folks made copies of other people's work - by hand, by printing press, by copier, by disc.

Content Insider #76 - Clash of the Titans

This year in three overstuffed, stress filled days the Titans of the industry held court on stage in two different cities - Las Vegas, San Francisco.

Content Insider - #75 - Everything, Everywhere Home Network

People are suddenly going to change over and join the video on demand (VoD) and pay-for-view society. What is even better for the PC/CE industry is the fact that they will build out their home networks so they can watch their content anywhere in the house.

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GreenPeak’s GP565 – ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

GreenPeak's GP565 - ZigBee for smart Remote Controls

The GP565 Smart Home RF chip for remote controls supports voice control, motion sensing and the new ZRC 2.0 protocol. The GP565 is optimized for advanced & low cost ZigBee RF4CE remote controls. • 120k or 248k Flash (8k or 16k RAM) memory • 40-pin footprint to support a keyboard scanner interface or other IO interfaces required for remote controls. • Reduced current consumption and improved receiver sensitivity and output power • Patented Antenna Diversity technology enables superior range and WiFi/Bluetooth interference rejection