Power How-To #3

Dear Home Sketch Pad Experts, To rattle the rafters with the audio of my home theater, I recently purchased a very powerful, top-flight subwoofer and a 7.1 amplifier. When installing these, I noticed a warning in both manuals: "Do not use with a surge strip or power conditioner." I will of course follow the instructions, but I'm a little confused. Wouldn't I want to protect and amplify the performance of this equipment the same way that I would the rest of my components? What should I do instead? Sincerely, Confused in Connecticut

Ten Reasons to Buy a Video Processor

Video-processing technologies are essential in order to achieve outstanding picture quality for today's high-resolution video displays. When buying a video processor, consumers should look for the following technologies and features to receive the best-possible viewing experience from their HDTVs.


Never mow your lawn again! Purchase a Lawnbott fully automatic lawn mower from Paradise Robotics! Place a wire around your property, install the recharging base/electronics, click a few buttons and let it go! Relax and enjoy!

DSC to Offer Life|ware Home Automation Package

DSC security dealers can now offer their customers the best value on the most advanced security, home automation and entertainment solution in the industry.


Vidikron recently honored Park City, UT based S3 Entertainment, Inc. as its 2006 Vidikron Dealer of the Year.

Liberty Wire & Cable Adds New Custom Cable Facility, Expands Service Capacity by 200 Percent

Vast Inventory, Skilled Assembly Staff Plus 72-Hour Turnaround Speed Help Installers Avoid 'The Big Oops' and Get Jobs Right Every Time

American Recorder Technologies Releases New Studio in a Box Compact Model SIB -075

Following the highly successful and Award winning introductions of the original Photo Studio in a Box® and the Photo Studio in a Box® -Supersized, New Compact Model SIB-075 is introduced at PMA 2007.

American Recorder Technologies Releases New Studio in a Box Pro Model SIB -180

American Recorder Technologies Grows Line with the New Photo Studio in a Box® Professional Model SIB-180 at the Recent PMA Show in Las Vegas.

Milan will be the Capital of M2M FORUM

M2M FORUM 2007 for the next 22-23 May in Italy. New in the 2007 edition - SMART SENSOR AREA - HOME AUTOMATION - EMBEDDED TO MACHINE.

FogScreen™ projection screen receives Club World Award for best nightclub effect 2007

Helsinki 28.3.2007 - FogScreen, Inc. received another award within one week: after being named the Best Promotion of the Bottom Line Design Awards, FogScreen projection screen is now chosen to be the Best Effect of the Club World Award program.

Video Domain's Miniature DVR with Cellular Communications: D -V58/CELL

D-V58/CELL is a stand-alone, miniature DVR integrating Cellular Technology, Sleep Mode and Advanced Video Motion Detection.

BiTMICRO Networks Selects QualCore Logic to Develop Analog IP Cores

BiTMICRO® Networks, Inc., announced that it has partnered with QualCore Logic to develop a series of analog intellectual property (IP) cores for the development of its flash solid state disk drives (SSDs).

MuxLab Rackmount Balun Chassis Streamlines AV Cabling

MuxLab Inc announces its latest product for the custom audio-video installation and structured cabling markets…The Rackmount Balun Chassis 16 (500900).

Nexus Audio Systems Launches New C -4.1 Multi -Room Controller

Nexus Audio Systems debuts the revolutionary C-4.1 multi-room audio system. A four source/four room (one zone) system designed for the Condo and MDU market.

ICM\'s Cable Pro Linear Compression Tool

Versatile SLM Compression Tool Reduces Errors and Increases Efficiency

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This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.

INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.