Interview - CEA Mark of Excellence Awards

The Mark of Excellence Call for Entries is right around the corner and who better to give advice to integrators and manufacturers than one of our long time and accomplished winners, Shawn Smith of S&S Electric Co. Inc. Shawn has been a member of CEA since 2002 and his company has been the winner of several Mark of Excellence Awards. In this exclusive interview, Shawn gives some of his advice on how to submit a great entry and the importance of the Mark of Excellence Awards for home technology installers and manufacturers. You can be sure that when the call for entries opens on October 1, S&S Electric will be submitting yet another competitive entry.

It's Time to Personalize Surround Sound

Most people think that Star Wars (1977) was the first movie shown in movie theaters using surround sound technology. It wasn't. Although Star Wars ushered in the new era of surround sound (despite being named Dolby Stereo), it was Walt Disney that utilized Bell Lab's Fantasound technology in the movie Fantasia (1941).

LG Techorator Tips Fall is the Perfect Time to "Tecorate Your Home"

As the LG Techorator, I know how important it is for your technology to integrate seamlessly into the home and with your lifestyle. With a few easy "techorating" tips, you can make sure your new technology works with the look and feel of your home, rather than overwhelming the space.

New Options for Technicians

In today's perceived slow economy, we hear that individual technicians and owners of installation companies are seeing increased downtime across the board. This issue has technicians looking for new opportunities to increase business and get their days back to fully efficient.

No Way to Regulate - Mobile TV in Europe a Parks Associates white paper

Standards can be a good thing; the GSM standard proved to be a great thing. Yet standards must be useful and not established simply for the sake of having a "standard." A European mobile TV standard will not enable lucrative roaming services, nor will it solve the economies-of-scale problem facing the market. It will, however, deny European operators the freedom to choose which technologies they need and also deny them the use of established network infrastructure.

Programmable Logic Controller - Wireless Lighting Control

Radio-controlled systems allow wireless remote control of existing residential lighting. The communication link between the PLC and the radio-controlled system is an RS232 interface unit. The connection is via a standard DB-9 serial cable between the PLC and the RS232 interface unit. Both devices should be mounted close together as per the RS232 minimum power requirements.

Tubes You Can Use

This is based on a tip I got from someone at the CEDIA EXPO show. Each year, BES Manufacturing does a retrofit contest in their booth. The contest consists of fishing a cable between two (of several) locations in a wood frame "set" in the booth. The best time of the day wins a prize. One of the fishing tasks requires feeding a ballchain down a wall cavity and retrieving it from a hole in the bottom of the cavity on the opposite side.

Nexus 21 Introduces Innovative TV Lift for Flat Panels at CEDIA Expo 2008

Nexus 21 exhibited their innovative TV Lift products at the CEDIA Expo. They are a popular choice among AV Pros because they are compact, near-silent, and very affordable. New products this year are TV Lifts that swivel and a clever new shelf system.

SNELL ACOUSTICS ADDS NEW "HIDDEN" IN -CABINET AND "INVISIBLE" IN -WALL MODELS TO SIGNATURE SERIES LOUDSPEAKER LINE AT CEDIA

Both New Signature Series Loudspeakers Provide "No Compromises" Audio Performance for the Ultra-Premium "Built-In" Market

SNELL ACOUSTICS INTRODUCES "ILLUSION," A TRUE REFERENCE TOWER LOUDSPEAKER

Designed & Engineered by Dr. Joseph D'Appolito, the System Features a Unique 3-Way Design and Virtually Resonant Free Cabinet Construction, Providing the Ultimate in Audio Performance

SNELL'S NEW MARKETING STRATEGY CLEARLY DEFINES ITS "NO COMPROMISES" APPROACH IN ALL LISTENING APPLICATIONS FOR DEALERS AND CUSTOMERS

Two-Pronged Dealer Incentive Program Will Energize Select Retailer Base to Showcase the Company's High-Performance Loudspeaker Solutions

Introducing Boston Acoustics "Classic Series" Loudspeakers: Legendary Style and Sound with Advanced 21st Century Performance

Classic Boston Speakers, Classic Boston Value; High-Performance Models Are Visually Reminiscent of Traditional Speaker Designs, with Advanced Audio Engineering and Features for Unparalleled Sound

Boston Acoustics Introduces a Major Advancement in Custom Installation Friendly In -Wall and In -Ceiling Loudspeakers

Thanks to Innovative Magnetically Attaching Grilles and New Reduced Bezels, Speakers Offer Quick and Easy Installation and Are Virtually Invisible Once In Place

Boston Acoustics Brings Great Sound to More Indoor and Outdoor Areas with Introduction of Two Advanced High -Humidity In -Ceiling Loudspeakers

Weather-Resistant Models Offer Custom Installers a New Level of Placement Flexibility

Boston Acoustics' Powerful New Horizon i -DS2 iPod® Speaker System: Finally, an iPod Dock Worthy of Playing your Favorite Music!

Stylish and Compact System Lets Users Share their iPod® Music in Rich High-Performance Stereo, with Deep Powerful Bass

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Advanced UPB Lighting Packages from Simply Automated

Advanced UPB Lighting Packages from Simply Automated

Custom scenes (connecting up to 250 switches) in your living, family or great room, kitchen, study, master bedroom/bathroom, and office. Turn off all lights in your home at the touch of a button. Automatically (Timer Scheduler) turn on/off outdoor security lights, heating and AC, or provide night light convenience anywhere in your home. From creating a virtual 3 way switch anywhere in your home, to turning a group of lights when your garage door is opened, door bell or phone rings.