Home Theater Media Centers

A Media Center is a computer that is able to store and play music, video, pictures and files, and allows the user to connect and integrate this with their current home entertainment system (TV, Receiver, Satellite, Cable).

Home Theater Solutions for the 21st Century Invisible, Surface-Mounted FlatWire

Say goodbye to expensive and time-consuming in-wall installations, in favor of high performance, invisible Audio & Video wiring solutions.

Home Theater that Sounds like the Real Thing: iDP Technology Tunes Loudspeakers to your Room

The iDP software package allows the installer to alter the precision, factory-defined frequency response for each loudspeaker and add delay to the system so that audio performance is perfectly matched to the acoustics of a particular home theater environment.

Home Theatre Project Media Room

There was no place for a TV. With the fireplace on one wall, book cases on another, a picture window on the other and a closet at the other end it was a challenge to find the right place for the TV and all of the speakers.

Home Wiring What Should You Do?

As you may realize, preparing your home for technology requires some thought and planning. Take a little time now to layout your plans according to your needs and lifestyle, and you will save yourself headaches as technology changes. If needed, consult an expert to help you determine your needs and provide a plan that suits your lifestyle.

HomeToys Interview Pervasiveness and Impact of Embedded Controllers

HomeToys Interview

A number of companies already have products available using the OSGi specification, including 4DhomeNet, Echelon, Espial, Gatespace, IBM, P&S DataCom, ProSyst, and Sun Microsystems. Most of these are in the remote management, provisioning and diagnosis, service delivery, telematics, and value-added applications spaces. Developer kits are now available from many of these companies as well.

HomeToys Interview

This is an exciting time to be in our industry. Consumer electronics are advancing in ways that people never expected them to. When you bought your first DVD player, you never thought to yourself that one day I can watch a DVD while downloading and burning a movie from the Internet, let alone burn that entire movie onto a single 700MB CD at better than VHS quality. But thanks to advances in codecs and silicon technology, entertainment enthusiasts will finally have a way to enjoy Internet video in the living room without the PC.

HomeToys Interview

CompTIA works closely with the training industry and publishers to help third parties develop course and training materials for the HTI+ program. Currently community colleges across the nation are planning training and curricula for HTI+, and several publishers have published training materials for the HTI+ exam.

HomeToys Interview

According to Parks Associates, by year's end, 23.5 million U.S. homes will have broadband access and 11 million homes will have some form of PC-centric home network. Given those forecasts, and our own research, which shows that consumers have a strong desire and need for connected home solutions, we're bullish on market acceptance of connected home technologies.

HomeToys Interview

Sonance wants to be an "end-to-end" solution provider for multi-zone products, providing products from source components, to control/switching systems, to playback products likes amps and speakers.

HomeToys Interview

The DHWG recognizes the importance that consumers place on being able to move both personal and purchased content throughout the home network. At this time, the industry is developing the Digital Rights Management (DRM)/Copy Protection (CP) technologies it will need to deliver protected purchased content anywhere within the digital home.

How I get my hot water fast!

Electricity savings for a household of four occupants varied from about 200 kW-h/year to 400 kW-h/year for a single point of use. Extrapolation to a home with at least four points of use would imply electricity savings from 800 kW-h/year to 1600 kW-h/year.

How much amplifier power do I need?

Matching amplifier power to your listening expectations is a critical part of purchasing an audio system. Accounting for the three key factors (discussed herein) will help to insure that you realize maximum enjoyment and longevity from the components you choose.

How To Create A Custom-Designed Home Theater

Working with an expert gives you the personal guidance you need to plan, program, and perfect every detail of your ultimate home theater.

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Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Light sockets; Not just for lights anymore

Smart Bulbs are out there and they can do far more then just provide light. Speakers, projectors, wi-fi extenders and more. The standard light socket that is wired up and ready to go in nearly every home in North America is now providing an easy and affordable option for home owners and renters alike to enter into the world of the "Smart Home". Here is a look at some of the Smart Bulbs and Smart Lighting options out there, and this list is just the beginning. In this ongoing article we hope to continue to add to and grow this list, so stay tuned!