Future of Distributed Audio for the Home is Exciting and Innovative

The expanding and more complex list of sound output devices means distributed audio technology needs to be ahead of the curve to handle current and future generations of output devices. This is where the distributed audio buyer needs to be aware of recent advancements in system architecture, attractive styling, and ease-of-use features.

Future-Proofing for Your Home with Carlon? Resi-Gard?

Installing raceways throughout the house provides the opportunity to easily remove the outdated cable and replace it with new cable without tearing up the walls.

Game [Not] Over Gamers: Protect Yourself Before It's Too Late!

A good surge protector will protect your system's hardware from physical damage as the result of power surges, spikes, and even lightning. When purchasing a good surge protector, look for one that has a low (at least <330V) Let-Through Voltage rating, enough outlets to protect your entire entertainment system, and data line surge protection jacks.

Get The Most From Your HDTV

While some cable and satellite companies are beginning to work HD into their lineups, one new satellite service, VOOM, was created with HD expressly in mind for the untapped HDTV market. VOOM features a host of original HD content that is not available anywhere else.

Gibson?s Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox Offers Most Comprehensive Home Music System Available

The flagship model of the Wurlitzer Digital Jukebox line is a floorstanding, all-in-one design that evokes the historical Wurlitzer look, but with a modern flair.

Give Your Project a Lift

Motorized technology is wonderful - it can help solve design or security challenges, such as where to hide a safe full of valuables or how to gain easy access to kitchen appliances without losing precious counter space.


In addition to its native-mode communications protocols, 1394 does support running IP over it. This makes it an excellent networking platform. Several of the newer operating systems, especially from Microsoft, take advantage of the ability to run IP over top of 1394. In fact, the newer XP-based code loads an IP stack onto a 1394 interface by default during setup. This means that if you do not have Ethernet jacks on your computers, but they do have 1394 interfaces, you can connect your machines together using 1394 and take advantage of 1394b's higher speeds and longer distances.

Hardwired Lighting Control: Now Affordable and Reliable

Because of the complexity and the high cost, lighting control and whole house integration has only been available to a fortunate few. By keeping devices simple and programming easy, automation can become something that everyone can use. In the future, everyone is going to expect to have it.

HDCP: For Better or for Worse?

HDCP attempts to solve a serious problem that?s plagued the studios and other content producers for years and is something that is good for everyone.

HDMI / DVI connectivity. Fiber optic vs. copper, which is right for you?

Before you order a set of cables for yourself or your company, make sure which type fits your application the best.

HDMI ? Smaller Connector, Bigger Options

HDTV over Cat5 Technology Opens Door to New Applications

The trend toward to structured cabling coupled with the need for higher resolutions is creating synergy for HDTV over Cat5 and in the coming year, users can expect to see add-on products that support a more complete HDTV cabling solution.

Heated Driveways: Who, What, Where, When, Why, & How

Electric snow melting systems are fairly easy to install, and any experienced ?do-it-yourselfer?, contractor, or electricians would be a candidate for installing a system.

Hello, My name is Paul I'm addicted to tweaking my system

Paul?s job as Polk?s PR hack forces him to hobnob with rich and famous audio journalists. It takes a tough man like Paul to take on the tough jobs.

Hi-tech Hits The Landscape

"Scenes" are the new word in lighting control. Instead of just turning on a light with a switch, home owners are now turning on scenes. In well thought out lighting plans, scenes don't stop at the exterior walls. They extend the lighting feel and visual effects right on out to the landscape. This used to be hard to do. New products have reached the market that make this quite affordable.

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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