Home Theater Design - Part 4

Dimmers are essential to create appropriate lighting ambience for a theater environment. There are several types of dimmers that can allow remote control of your lighting, either using an IR remote or a lighting control system.

Intermingling X-10 and New Lighting Technologies

Many X-10 users will want to intermingle few UPB or other RF capable switches at first, migrating their homes over a few years, spreading the cost out.

Jamo 775 HCS 4 Speaker System

I selected these speakers for our demo because of the looks and size of them. Once I set them up with the AVR-793, the quality of the sound blew me away. This system brought my DVD concerts and music collection to life.

Knowing Your Market

There are few certainties in the market place, but losing customers to confusion is one of those. Another has to do with customer frustration and how it usually precedes the demise of customer trust. Ultimately, the fall-out always directly impacts the consumer, who end-up without industry support and products that are anything but "do it yourself".

Logitech Z-5450 Digital Wireless 5.1 Surround System

Logitech, combining its expertise in wireless technology with its leadership in high-performance multimedia speakers, has delivered an original new surround-sound speaker design that solves the unsightly cord problem without adding any additional components.

Making TV Meaningful

IPTV has the potential to cause a paradigm shift in telecommunications services, and service providers, especially telecom operators, have a great opportunity to increase customer ARPU. With the addition of video into the package, things become more complicated. Consumers attach more value when it comes to video. Quality and quantity of video content are important issues that drive consumer preferences.

Modular vs Standalone AV Systems

The future of upgrades continues to expand at an impressible rate; as innovations are unveiled steadily by resourceful engineers working around the clock, modular audiovisual systems will continue to be the most beneficial answer to customer requests.

Music Server's User Interface

Just as history has shown us that iPod's success resulted from its user interface, this may also decide the future of the dedicate home audio server.

NAS Media Servers

NAS media servers are evolving into the heart of the digital home, taking the media experience beyond the PC and allowing consumers to enjoy their personal media any time, in any room of the house - all without having to fire up their PCs.

Playlist Fatigue - Causes and Cures

Many users are digitizing music, using mobile wireless devices but still getting playlist fatitue. Others are using the Internet to tap the digitized libraries of many sources. These streaming audio sources are expanding rapidly and many are commercial-free and subscription-free. With the new audio sources and software such as SelectRadio, you too can find the cure to playlist fatique!

Reaching the Unreachable Consumer

Tools such as the Internet should be leveraged to provide more of the interactivity and commerce activities associated with product research and purchase. These tools can also reinforce the messages that consumers receive via traditional advertising methods and give both content producers and advertisers more effective ways of measuring their audiences.

Sonos Wireless Media Server

I absolutely loved the Sonos Music System. It is a completely elegant solution to a highly technical challenge: that of distributing your entire digital music library wirelessly throughout the house, while making it both easy as cake to use, and affordable to the masses.

Soundations Home Theater Stand

As for looks ... simple and elegant is what I call it. As you can see by our layout, there is lots of room for everything that we need and more. The stand is made of cherry wood, 3/8" tempered glass and machined and brushed aluminum.

Systems for Small Spaces

It seems to me the criteria for a small space entertainment system is compact size, diversity in features and ease of operation (always). I don't feel the condo dwellers should have to sacrifice any of the awesome experiences that new technology is providing.

Technology in Architecture

Whether it be a simple surround sound system or a whole house control system, the most important thing to remember is when to start planning. As an architect or builder, you will find that if you involve a qualified low voltage contractor early in the planning stages, they can make your job easier, less stressful and provide a finished project.

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