How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 4 - Everything Else

Description: Home Theater Feature Marquee SignThis is the last of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.

Here is a link to Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3

Well, we are getting close to sitting back and enjoying the movie experience in your own home.  Just think how much you will be saving on popcorn by not having to take out a loan to see a movie on a commercial theater screen.

How Will the Smart Grid Affect The Home Tech Industry?

All aspects of home technology will be affected by the country's need to conserve energy on a mass scale, placing the systems integrators and equipment manufacturers in a position for growth.

Integrators will have the responsibility of suggesting the end devices that work with the energy management control systems and then tying these devices into a HAN that integrates with the smart grid to control HVAC, lighting and other power usage devices.   Such a connection will improve the operation of the device and lower the cost of energy for your customer. 

Keeping Afloat in Down Times

Infocomm reported a 30% decrease in attendance for the training sessions, which is a big indicator that business is weak, because companies tend to cut their training allowance, all though training is critical to an integrator.  Fall behind in training, and an integrator will see problems crop up when business picks back up.  When business is slow, this time should be used to get as much training as possible, learn about new technologies and plan for the future. 

Even in a down economy, people and companies still buy.  They just make more conscientious decisions, and do more comparison shopping.  If they believe that they need a product or service, they will buy.  It is up to you to take advantage of these opportunities.

OLED Televisions, Myth or Reality?

OLED is a "green" technology.  An OLED TV will not use any electricity when turned off, contrary to LCD, which has power to the backlight at all times.  When viewing action scenes, the images will not blur because of OLED's faster response time. 

OLED TVs will look like a picture hanging on the wall since it is so thin, rather than sticking out because of a heavy duty wall mount.  In fact, you might be able to roll it up when it's not in use and it can be stored out of sight, until the next viewing.  You can even roll it up and place it in a tube, and take it with you on vacation or a business trip.

On Energy Management, Manufacturing and Factory Automation

It's not enough to monitor our energy use. We don't really care about that unless it does something to change our lives or save us money. So, let's put a solar system on the roof. Now that can do both of these things and should attract our attention. But let's take it a step further. With that solar system there is a new variable in the mix --- FREE CLEAN ENERGY. What can and should we do with it.

Project Showcase - NR Audio/Video

This project was a culmination of many years to trial and error.  The house was built in 1995 and at that time, there were few options in multi room A/V.  I originally had a soundstream music and video distribution system which lasted  a few years.  When an addition was added to the house in 06, that is when I decided to change over the system.  I upgraded an old Omni to the latest Pro II and during the construction, ran all new cabling to the rooms and theater. Everything is now networked. I changed out the switches to UPB and installed the Russound system.

Review - Long-Runner HDBASE100MSW HDMI Extender

We use this solution for conference rooms, lunchrooms, hospital waiting rooms and nearly all-custom Home Theater projects. It's the bang-for-buck theory. HDMI, IRE and Ethernet from one cable save time, costs and headache.

When you add up the cost of twin CAT5 x5 for typical baluns and Ethernet equivalent plus an IR Repeater you're WAY higher than the cost of this single unit.

Service Providers and the Connected Home

As consumers buy more connected and smart CE, there will be a greater need to bring these devices into the home network configuration and provide at least basic management functionality to ensure a high quality of experience, particularly in their use as video playback devices.

To account for the variety of consumer desires, as well as regional differences as to which digital home features matter most, DSPs need flexible activation, provisioning, and monitoring solutions that are capable of providing support for a great many devices and services.

Social Divide…When a Tree Falls in the Forest

Businesses are investing heavily in social media.  It's where all of the action is.  But is it where all the money is at?  Research continually shows that boomers are "not quite" as social media active as millenials.  The solution is that we'll just ignore them.  Who cares if there are over 1.5 billion of them around the globe?  Who cares if they have a greater proportion of the population's disposable income?  After all social media isn't about producing sales, profits.  It's about being social.  Right?

If their numbers are growing we may need to determine how we're going to reach, inform, educate, influence them or not.  But if they have the money....

Why are Cable Companies Adopting ZigBee RF4CE for consumer electronics - remote controls, TVs and

The new generation of remote controls provides more than some additional convenience for the consumer: it bolsters the position of cable operators into our home and provides them with an avenue for new services. If cable companies want to survive - they have to innovate. ZigBee RF4CE is an important path to their prosperity and growth!

3-D Projector Line-Up

You no longer have to be limited to 55 or 65" 3-D televisions, as you can watch 3-D movies on screens up to a 300" diagonal, depending on the image size that can be projected by the brand of projector that you select.

Not all projectors are capable of projecting 3-D.  In fact, many cannot.  Even some projectors that are cited by its manufacturer as 3-D ready or 3-D capable do not process 3-D well.  Some models cannot project 3-D images from a Blu-ray player, but only from a PC that has 120 Hz output.

CEDIA 2011 - Special News Report

News Releases and Announcements from the show

CEDIA 2011 Tradeshow Report

This year CEDIA EXPO returned to Indianapolis and as usual showed off as the years premier event for the residential electronic systems industry. 

We walked the show floor and reached out to companies from across the industry for a peek at some of the new products that will be showcased in the coming year.  Below is a compilation of some great new products that should be an interest to you.

Click here to visit the CEDIA website for additional information.

If your company was an exhibitor at the show, don't forget to post your company news and keep up to date.  Visit our Newspage to view and post news.

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 1 of 4

This is the first of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.

Many people buy a LCD television, such as a 55" or 65" flat screen, add a $200.00 "theater in a box" from Wal-Mart, and call it a home theater. Of course, the couch or lazy Boy is the seating.   This is as basic as it gets.

Let's step this up a notch and see how to have a large projection screen (70" or better) and a projector, as the basis for a true home theater.  We will look at what's available to make a comfortable home theater that you will be proud to show off. 

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 2 - The Projector

This is the 2nd of a 4 part series that will walk you through the process designing and building a home theater.

Here is a link to Part 1

Your extra room is carpeted, painted and the screen is ready to be hung.  What's next?  Let's consider the projector.  There are many home theater projectors on the market and it would not be practical to discuss all of these in this article.  There are some features that you should look for in a projector. 

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

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.