Take the 5 -Minute "How Smart is Your Home?" Quiz for the Chance to Win Energy -Saving Prizes!

Smarthome announced today that it is bringing back its "How Smart is Your Home" quiz and giveaway, offering customers the chance to win energy-efficient and money-saving prizes.

Best Buy moves into the connected TV business with Tivo's user interface

Internet connected TVs are becoming a lot more mainstream. The latest sign of that is that Best Buy is announcing its own house label model, dubbed the Insignia Connected TV. Best Buy, the nation's largest gadget retailer, hopes to capture more margin in the increasingly competitive electronics business by selling its own equipment under Best Buy's house brand, rather than selling more gadgets under brand name such as Sony or Samsung. It's a strategy that has been working for a while. This TV will be the first to use Tivo's design interface, giving Best Buy's customers a user interface that is well-known as a good way for browsing for shows and watching TV - without a TiVo subscription. The TV will be available in 32-inch and 42-inch models for $499 and $699 respectively at BestBuy.com and Best Buy stores nationwide. The TVs offer a variety of ways to access movies over the web, such as Netflix, CinemaNow and YouTube. It also has applications such as Pandora, Napster, Facebook, Twitter and Photobucket.

Akitio Releases Taurus Mini Super -S to Professional Storage Product Line

Taurus Mini Super-S features increased file transfer speed, reliable data backup, and optimal performance and compatibility in compact size

Andy Bennett Joins Crestron as Residential Regional Sales Manager

Crestron Welcomes New Residential Regional Sales Manager in Southern California

3-D Projector Line-Up

You no longer have to be limited to 55 or 65" 3-D televisions, as you can watch 3-D movies on screens up to a 300" diagonal, depending on the image size that can be projected by the brand of projector that you select. Not all projectors are capable of projecting 3-D.  In fact, many cannot.  Even some projectors that are cited by its manufacturer as 3-D ready or 3-D capable do not process 3-D well.  Some models cannot project 3-D images from a Blu-ray player, but only from a PC that has 120 Hz output.

CEDIA 2011 - Special News Report

News Releases and Announcements from the show

CEDIA 2011 Tradeshow Report

This year CEDIA EXPO returned to Indianapolis and as usual showed off as the years premier event for the residential electronic systems industry.  We walked the show floor and reached out to companies from across the industry for a peek at some of the new products that will be showcased in the coming year.  Below is a compilation of some great new products that should be an interest to you. Click here to visit the CEDIA website for additional information. If your company was an exhibitor at the show, don't forget to post your company news and keep up to date.  Visit our Newspage to view and post news.

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 1 of 4

This is the first of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater. Many people buy a LCD television, such as a 55" or 65" flat screen, add a $200.00 "theater in a box" from Wal-Mart, and call it a home theater. Of course, the couch or lazy Boy is the seating.   This is as basic as it gets. Let's step this up a notch and see how to have a large projection screen (70" or better) and a projector, as the basis for a true home theater.  We will look at what's available to make a comfortable home theater that you will be proud to show off. 

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 2 - The Projector

This is the 2nd of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater. Here is a link to Part 1 Your extra room is carpeted, painted and the screen is ready to be hung.  What's next?  Let's consider the projector.  There are many home theater projectors on the market and it would not be practical to discuss all of these in this article.  There are some features that you should look for in a projector. 

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 3 - The Sound System

This is the 3rd of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater. Here is a link to Part 1 and Part 2 Your room is coming together.  The screen and projector are hung.  Now, you need to consider the sound system.  Too many people skimp on their sound system and regret it later, when they have to strain to hear the conversations or miss the depth of an explosion.   Buy the best sound system that you can afford.

Internet Enabled Devices for your Home Theater

An Internet enabled television is the simplest way to connect to the Internet without turning anything else on.   Yet, you may be joined to a content provider that has partnered with a particular device that you have to use.  If you upgrade or change devices, be sure that the content service is compatible with that device.  In-Stat projects that by 2014 there will be over 230 million Internet enabled products in homes.  If Internet television is to work, all content providers will have to be compatible with all Internet ready devices.    What doors will open in the future?      Here are some of today's options.

Interview - Procella Audio

Procella came into the marketplace with a high-performance speaker system created not in a garage but as a solution for the European headquarters of one of the top audio companies in the world. Taking basic designs that come from a pro audio perspective that includes a strong cinema background, and seasoning them with studio/audiophile sensibilities, these speakers take a 'top down' approach to home theater, bringing the best performance characteristics of reference cinema systems into the home. Procella's scalable concept enables enthusiasts to create systems capable of reproducing the full dynamic range of 96/24 recordings in any room size from a living room to a 40 seat cinema.

Interview - Sanus at CEDIA 2011

CEDIA has always been and continues to be a very important show for SANUS.  It not only provides us an opportunity to introduce exciting new products and services, but it allows our product development teams to connect directly with our dealers and customers.

Is 3-D Television in Your Future?

All though 3-D television is an emerging technology, it will be main stream sooner than we expect, as 3-D cameras are improved and all television sets will be capable of reproducing 3-D accurately.  Obviously, 3-D televisions are expensive now, but like allnew technology, the prices will become reasonable as more viewers step up to enjoy the wonders of the world around us.  I look forward to the advancements, which will put forward great images without the glasses. The first 3-D movie was produced by Arch Oboler, of the famed radio series, "Lights Out."   It was called Bwana Devil and stared Robert Stack.  My first experience with 3-D was in 1953 with the horror movie, House of Wax, which was the first movie with stereophonic sound,staring Vincent Price, who became the King of 3-D by staring in three more 3-D films.

Multi-Room Audio with CasaTunes

CasaTunes will automatically and instantly detect when a new song or other audio file is added to your iTunes in the Cloud account and enables those tracks to be accessed and played via CasaTunes anywhere in the home. Further, CasaTunes can play music from Windows Media, RadioTime and SHOUTcast throughout the home with different channels in each room.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.