Home Audio - This Trick To Improving Home Audio Involves Zero Electronics

Our ongoing investigation into how home audio is changing in 2014 has unearthed a surprising nugget of sonic wisdom, for those of us who are trying to take home audio just a little more seriously. Now that legitimate digital music services sound so good, fans no longer have to put up with dodgily-encoded MP3s from Napster and the like — and so it’s worth it, for many of us, to give our music the sonic respect it deserves, whether we want to spring for new player hardware or not. The single most important thing you can do to improve your sound is to improve the physical mechanics of its reproduction — mainly, your headphones or speakers. It’s always worth paying more for either of these than you think you really should, because nothing else can make your tunes sound better (i.e. stirring, soul-restoring, inspirational, mind-blowing, empathetic, mournful, joyful, and everything else it can make us feel) than making the conversion of ones and zeros into vibrating air as clean as possible. We asked renowned audiophile and author of  The Audio Expert  Ethan Winer for some advice to share with our readers on the best thing they can do to improve their audio quality in the home. According to him, the answer has nothing to do with electronics: “The single best way to improve audio clarity is to add some acoustic treatment to the room,” said Winer. “Even one 2×4 foot acoustic absorber panel placed at the key place on each side wall will improve the clarity of music enormously. Most ‘average’ people have no idea about this, and most probably wouldn’t consider adding panels in their living room or bedroom anyway. But it’s the correct answer. Serious audiophiles and home theater owners do understand the importance of room acoustics, and some have extensive treatment.”  Full Article:

Kanex Pro Joins HDBaseT™ Alliance

KanexPro has joined the HDBaseT Alliance as an adopter member to promote HDBaseT matrix and Extender line of products.

TP-LINK N600 Entertainment Adapter Connects Wired Ethernet Devices to Your Wireless Home Network

TP-LINK's N600 Universal Wireless Dual Band Entertainment Adapter (TL-WA890EA)connects any Ethernet-enabled device to your wireless home network. With N600 dual band wireless speeds and four LAN ports you get ample bandwidth for smooth HD video and music streaming and online gaming.

iBridge™ Connected Home Providing The House Of Tomorrow - Today

The concept behind the technology is known as "The Internet of Things" (IoT) in which everyday objects are outfitted with sensors and connected to the web.

Pulse by Sengled Intelligent Bulb Reinvents Ambiance with LED Lighting Plus Wireless Speaker

Pulse by Sengled is the first product in the new sengLED+ intelligent lighting family, which represents the company's vision of transforming lighting from utility to lifestyle with the integration of consumer electronics into LED lamps and luminaires.

SANYO Unveils Expansive 2014 Full-HD TV Lineup With Crisp Images And Excellent Sound Quality

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HomeSeer Launches New Cloud-Based Remote Service for Home Automation

HomeSeer's new cloud-based "myHomeSeer" service greatly simplifies remote setup for users of the company's popular home automation systems. The free standard service will support a single HomeSeer system (perfect for most users) and a paid premium service is available for users with up to 5 systems.

CEA Stands Behind Aereo on Eve of Supreme Court Case

"This is a case of an entrepreneur with a bright idea being sued by an industry trying to preserve the status quo."

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CEA, eCycling Leadership Initiative have doubled annual recycling since 2010

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FSR's Jon Melchin to Reprise Popular BIM Presentation at 2014 BICSI Canadian Conference & Exhibition

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Blonder Tongue Wins Appeal in Ktech Patent Litigation

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Home Automation - Lightpad: The intelligent light switch that wants to control your home

There are lots of companies trying to crack intelligent lighting in the home. Philips has its Hue lighting system with intelligent bulbs, while others like Belkin's WeMo system let you control everything via smart plugs. Plum, a relatively new and unheard of company based in Austin, Texas, is tackling the problem from a different perspective. It has designed an intelligent light switch that will not only control the current lights in the house, but also have the potential to control internet-connected devices like Sonos in the future. "The long term goal is an app that will control everything in your home, from your lights to your sonos," explains Utz Baldwin, CEO at Plum, to Pocket-lint over a coffee at Capital Factory, a startup hub in Austin, Texas. Called the Lightpad, the light switch promises to fit into a standard American light switch fitting (a UK version is due in 2015), and then allow you to control your lights either via the switch or an accompanying iPhone or Android app. Created by Baldwin, who in a previous life was the Chairman of CEDIA, a global home technology trade association that offers home automation, audio video, home network training and certification, Baldwin has used his numerous years in the field to invent something he believes will be the answer to controlling your home without always having to reach for your phone.

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