Digital to Analog Audio Conversion

Computers use a binary counting method that allows them to work with very large numbers - and the size of this number depends on how many bits they have.  In the case of most recordings, 16 bits are used to count.  In the case of the PS DAC, 32 bits are possible.  So all that happens is the analog music signal goes into a digital counting device and the musical energy is converted to numbers - bigger numbers for higher levels and smaller numbers for lower levels of music.

EHX 2011 Tradeshow Report

This year EHX took place from March 17 - 19 in Orlando Florida.  As usual EHX had exhibitors from a broad range of AV companies.  

HomeToys has reached out to companies from across the industry for a peek at some of the new products that will be showcased this year.  Below is a compilation of some great new products that should be an interest to you.

As usual will be a great place to post your company news and keep up to date.

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With 20 years in the Consumer Electronics space, David pioneered wireless LAN for home use in partnership with Linksys, rotating storage for portable electronics at Cornice, and is most recently a founder and chief marketing officer of BOCS Inc, the manufacturer of a new whole home A/V distribution system for retrofit applications

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How a Data Driven Process Can Help Streamline a System Integration Company

In today's challenging market, System Integrators have to wear multiple hats more than ever in order to complete projects that meet and exceed their client's expectations.  Many of the phases of a System Integration project tend to overlap and as the lines blur, productivity and profitability can depreciate.

If One Sub is Good, Are Two Better?

My colleagues and friends who have large vaulted-ceiling rooms all run dual subs. Taste plays a role as well. If you like your music or soundtracks really loud and deep, go for two subs. If you have a huge room and you want really loud sound and deep bass, then look at physically larger subwoofers with bigger amplifiers.

Interview - 3D Sound

3D sound is a unique audio technology developed by sonic emotion in Switzerland and sold on an audio chip. 3D sound technology provides consumer audio and home entertainment devices with the ability to create a virtual 3D soundfield in any listening area, immersing listeners in their favourite music, movies and games in previously unheard dimensions.

Interview - Video Mount Industry

Tony Pelura is director of marketing & business development for Video Mount Products (VMP). He is a 13-year industry veteran who started in the electronics industry as a sales rep, moving on to later become president of Maryland-based A/V distributor Centronics, Inc. Pelura received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Management/Marketing from Salisbury University in Maryland and his Masters Degree in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

Interview - Water and Freeze Damage Prevention System

Stella Szasz is a majority owner of FortrezZ LLC and President of C&S Electronics Inc. both companies located in South East Michigan. Ms. Szasz handles all day to day operations of both FortrezZ and C&S Electronics Inc. including production, operations, customer relations and business management. She attributes her personal and professional success to exceptional customer service skills, as she believes the key to a successful business comes from treating customers with respect and understanding.

Interview - What is ZigBee RF4CE?

Removing the clutter of multiple remote controls scattered around the coffee table is a silent desire of many consumers. But the real driving factor for acceptance of RF4CE is cable TV companies and service providers who want to expand their service into the home. Specifically, the remote control has become the key point of contact with the consumer, so what more can be done with it?

Interview - Wireless Home Automation Devices

As many of your readers probably know, the idea behind technologies like Zigbee and ZWave is to simplify the installation process for users and installers. For our Zigbee systems, devices are automatically recognized by the CUBE controller and can be added or removed in a matter of a few seconds. The Z-Wave products are similarly easy, but can be integrated into ecosystems of products under certified Z-Wave Alliance controllers.

Powering - Protecting and Connecting Today's Converged* Home Networks

Our commitment to Total System Performance and Reliability, coupled with the realization that today's AV systems are no longer "Isolated Islands" but rather constantly connected and sharing the converged* Network with other equipment and systems, has fueled our entry in the Communications Network Surge Protection and Connectivity.

Projectors: Bigger, Smaller, Brighter, and Cooler Than Ever

Just because televisions are getting larger and cheaper doesn't mean projectors are going the way of the 8-track player. On the contrary, there are more reasons than ever why projectors are growing in popularity: Maybe Bob Dylan foresaw all these developments when he wrote the lyrics, "The times they are a-changin."

Review - Boxee Box Media Streamer

Out of the box, this is one of the simpler setup processes I've had --- bearing in mind that often what I get to test is not really ready for prime time. I'm running it on a wireless network for the test so all I had to do was plug it into a power strip and connect it to my home theater receiver using one of the many hdmi inputs available.

Schlage LiNK and Z-Wave

The Schlage LiNK System was created based on the Z-Wave platform from which a user could control a variety of home automation tools by various manufactures from their computer or smart phone. In fact, users can add over 200 different Z-Wave devices to their Schlage LiNK System to customize the system to their lifestyle- from locks to lighting and temperature control.

Superior Digital Video Images through Multi‐Dimensional Color Tables

The recent color improvements in televisions and video projectors, the desire to enjoy entertainment media on smaller, lower quality devices and the static digital color standards have created a unique need for new video color processing technology.

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Automation & Control - Featured Product

Advanced UPB Lighting Packages from Simply Automated

Advanced UPB Lighting Packages from Simply Automated

Custom scenes (connecting up to 250 switches) in your living, family or great room, kitchen, study, master bedroom/bathroom, and office. Turn off all lights in your home at the touch of a button. Automatically (Timer Scheduler) turn on/off outdoor security lights, heating and AC, or provide night light convenience anywhere in your home. From creating a virtual 3 way switch anywhere in your home, to turning a group of lights when your garage door is opened, door bell or phone rings.