Media Center, Music Server, Video Server? What do I need?

In this article I try to give you a brief description of the products and then break down the different products and highlight their features.

Media Servers

It seems as if the issues previously holding back production, such as drivers and Vista have been resolved. This year, we are seeing a huge push for media servers from all of the CE manufacturers.

Open Systems Provide Added Flexibility

When all of the components of the system use open standards - you can use one control device to work with all of the systems. You can also add storage to increase the capacity of the music server - without having to go back to the original vendor if you don't want to.

OutCast Wireless Outdoor Speaker System

I pulled it out of the box and in about 10 minutes had a new and very full bodied speaker out on the patio playing music from my ipod.

Pinnacle Studio 12

Certified for Windows Vista™, the Pinnacle Studio version 12 family consists of three affordably priced versions to meet the needs of consumers ranging from novices to dedicated video enthusiasts.

Retrofitting in Insulated Walls

Drilling up or down, or fishing cable in insulated walls is an inconvenience but nothing

RF Distribution TIPS

Installer/designers seem to associate the word "modulator" with "crummy picture". This is undoubtedly due to a bad experience in the past.

Sony Mylo

The poor Sony Mylo: It just can't get no respect. Even with its beautiful hi-resolution color touch screen and its slide-out, backlit QWERTY keyboard, reviewers constantly lambaste it for not being an Iphone or a PSP or a Blackberry.

Stargate Theater is an Epic Creation

With a deep appreciation for The Stargate Atlantis television series and boxoffice hit, this homeowner came to Phil Chaney with the concept of recreating the set of Stargate Atlantis for his theater.

Virtualization for Smart Home Technologies

There are a number of potential applications for virtualization in smart home settings. These hidden virtual machines could serve a number of functions, such as replacing physical devices for home entertainment and media servers, supporting remote healthcare services and defining the home automation control modules.

Whole House Speakers: Flat or Phat?

We are now enjoying digital media on the go and throughout our homes in environments and listening situations that were unheard of in the last century.

Z-Wave Lighting Control Systems

I have had the opportunity to review some Z-Wave equipment and I must say I'm impressed with the simplicity of the system. After all ... lighting control and automation should not be rocket science ... and in it's simplest form I tend to think it should become standard in all new construction.

Acoustically Transparent Screens

In home theater systems, audio and video are equally important and must work in concert.

All-in-One Home Theater - Mike Pyle - SE2 Labs

Dealers need high-end systems built from the ground up for them that they can just sell-without the need for programmers, for system builders, for people soldering things to be on their staffs.

Cable Labeling TIPS

Every cable that you install on a job MUST be labeled. No excuses. Labeling will not only save you lots of time on the job site, but will greatly reduce frustrations of troubleshooting and service

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