The Right Screen for the Right Scene Liquid Crystal Display Televisions Find Their Place In the Home

The ways in which consumers are integrating TVs into the home are as varied as the households themselves. In the highly competitive flat-panel market, homeowners can take solace in the fact that there undoubtedly is a LCD TV available to meet their specific needs and the performance demands of a variety of digital content.

The Right Wall Mount Is Critical to Your LCD or Plasma Viewing Experience

If you?re thinking about buying a plasma or LCD TV, or if you already own one, it?s important to consider your mounting accessories as a critical component of your home entertainment system.

The Structured Channeling Manifesto

Structured channeling prepares you for the future and allows you to install new technologies wherever you want. By embracing structured channeling, you not only meet today's needs, but tomorrow's as well.

The Truth About True HDTV: How Do You Know You?re Truly Getting It?

In order to maximize to maximize your HDTV viewing experience, an off-air antenna is an essential component, whether you choose to receive all of your HDTV signals exclusively via antenna, or use one to enhance your existing cable or satellite installation.

THE TRUTH ABOUT WHOLE-HOUSE CABLING

Open, or unused connectors and wall plates are un-terminated, and un-terminated cable or transmission lines reflect energy. Such signal reflections feed back into the main cable/satellite system, reducing both signal quality and signal to noise ratio (SNR) throughout the entire home.

Theater Acoustics

The main rule is to stay away from using the same length for two or more of the room?s dimensions. The very worst shape is a perfect cube. Each dimension (length, width, height) of the room causes specific audio frequencies to be reinforced and others to be cancelled.

Theater In A Bus

A small theater in my home had come together fairly well, and when my partner asked if I could build him a little home theater in his RV Bus, it seemed like the perfect gift. The concept seemed rationale; we would take a couple of components we had hanging around the office and just install them in the Bus.

Thinking About a Universal Remote? Consider Usage Model, Costs, Range

Even if you only use your PDA to sync up to your workplace calendar or to store your address book, most PDAs are capable, with a little help, of helping you manage remote clutter and consolidate your home theater functions.

Thoughts on getting the best bass in your listening room

The use of powered subwoofers and separate midrange/treble satellites both allows you to be conservative in the amount of power your main amplifier produces.

To Centralize or De-Centralize your lighting control: That is the question!

The ?controlling? power has been built into each individual switch and scenes can be programmed and selected from pre-programmed switches in the house. Electricians and installers no longer have to learn special wiring schemes as they can wire a house using standard AC wiring methods, and run UL rated CAT5E cable drops into each junction box.

Top Ten Protection Checklist

?Power outages can have a significant impact on small to medium-sized businesses. Here are ways to protect your mission-critical assets.? ? American Power Conversion

Total Room Home Theater Part 2

This issue we will cover different methods of acoustically treating the interior of your home theater / media room.

Total Room Home Theater What Is It?

Like any other project, consideration needs to be given to everything from the ground up starting with the floor.

Tracking Energy Waste

The Submeter shows you where electrical power goes in your apartment building, office, marina, or RV park! Do you have a "smart house"? A submeter can track all of your branch circuits and report power anomalies. Read and control from any internet connection.

Trends in Residential Energy Management A White Paper

Expect cautious incursions into the world of deployed energy management solutions in the beginning. Eventually, however, we believe that commercial deployments in larger numbers will be the norm, at least in certain markets. After 30+ years of watching a market evolve at a painstakingly tortuous pace, the next few years should provide some interest and excitement.

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