Project Showcase: ISI Automation

ISI Automation, through the backup of McIntosh, Meridian, Screen Research, Control4, Kaleidescape, Vudu, and Digital Projection International, has finished the first "Million Dollar Entertainment Man's Cave."

Rethinking The Last Analog Mile:

So, here's the $64,000 question:  With all the trends in content and technology already headed for a full-digital future, why is it that most multi-room home a/v systems still use analog to distribute audio and video content?  Even more ludicrous, all of these systems are starting with content that's in digital format and converting it to analog in order to route it around the home.

SageTV Media Center 7 - A Better Media Streaming Solution?

I believe that SageTV has created a very viable solution for the Home Technology enthusiasts' home by integrating their media streaming server (the SageTV HD Theater 300) with quality client software (SageTV Client and Placeshifter).  With the addition of the Windows Home Server add-in (SageTV Media Server), they have empowered the Home Technology buffs out there with both power AND flexibility to design a whole-house (even whole-world!) streaming media system that takes their home system integration project to the next level!

Soundproofing Your Home Theater - Part One

Don't confuse soundproofing with sound absorption. Sound absorption uses carpet, heavy draperies, closed-cell foam or similar material within a room to curb or absorb reflections, essentially to stop excessive echoes and reverberation. However these materials will do little to prevent the transmission of lower-frequency bass and vibration through the walls and studs and midrange sounds through air leaks to other rooms.

Soundproofing Your Home Theater - Part Two

Part One on home theater soundproofing received an excellent response, including rather vociferous discussion on other sites (and in emails to me), encouraging the use of a substance called "Green Glue" in place of silicone caulk. Further research indicates there is a range of various soundproofing caulks and glues available from a variety of vendors at widely varying prices. To sum up, it's the sealing properties and elasto-viscous nature of these materials that all help, but do-it-yourselfers should be cautious about some extravagant claims made for some of these materials

Surviving Your First, Your Worst Media Interview

Most journalists - online, on air, print -- don't ask tricky, tough questions. 

They simply ask a question and let the interviewee fill in the awkward silence.

Or as Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) said in All the President's Men, "I never asked about Watergate. I simply asked what were Hunt's duties at the White House.

The Connected TV and Video Experience:

While the electronic program guide (EPG) helps by organizing available content and relevant metadata for review, systems with enhanced search functionality and content recommendations allow consumers greater control over the discovery and evaluation process and thus play a significant role in promoting content and maintaining customer satisfaction. While these search-and-recommendation methods differ among solution providers, each system relies on a combination of information sources.

The Ins and Outs of HDMI Cables and Electronics

The latest specification of HDMI version 1.4, will take us well into the future. It can handle networking HDMI electronics and connecting them to the internet as well as provide a method of transferring future resolutions up to 1440p and 2K x 4K and data-rates up to at least 10.2Gbps.

Three Home Theater Sound Enhancers You Can Try This Weekend

Home theater fans, audiophiles, and newcomers alike all have one goal in mind: to make their home theater or reproduced music sound better. It's the engine driving most of our loudspeaker and equipment purchases, which is hardly surprising. After all, it's an amazing era we live in where a savvy consumer can assemble some good loudspeakers, an amplifier and CD/DVD or Blu-ray player and achieve sound reproduction or home theater that can often rival or surpass the real thing, and do it in the comfort of your own home.

Waterproof Television

Technology is in demand for every room of the home, not just the home theater. Homeowners want high-tech convenience from their morning routine to dinner time. And Hydra is popular in bathrooms near tubs, in showers and in kitchen back splashes. Because the glass face is as easy to clean as a window, it is perfect for messy environments like the kitchen

3 Innovations That Make Google TV A Winner

Google TV, in tandem with the Logitech Revue and Sony's Internet TV Blu-Ray Player & Internet TV, seems to have paid attention to both the attempts at producing a viable "Internet TV" in the past as well as the functionality a HTPC brings, and have produced something that finally has lasting potential!

3 Reasons why Home Technology Integration is about to Ignite

We live in an "always on" world where we expect our Smartphones to provide us with media content, email, social media, and any other information on demand.  It is time we realize that we can now expect the same functionality that we get on that 4.3" screen of our Smartphone from the 46" HDTV in our living room, the laptop or all-in-one PC in the kitchen, and even from the tablet we use sitting out on the patio enjoying nature.

Blu-ray DVD Part 5: Blu-ray survives

With James Cameron's Avatar becoming the most successful Blu-ray DVD to date,  Blu-ray manufacturers could finally breath a sigh of relief and be confident that the once infant format has finally matured.   The next dilemma facing Blu-ray is an old problem that once again reared its ugly ahead to threaten this newbie format.

CEDIA 2010 News Report

News announcements from the show

Consumer Attitudes and the Benefits of Smart Grid Technologies

Consumer attitudes about the benefits of smart grid technology are still in a formative stage. Most consumers are not aware of the term, much less the capabilities smart grid technologies will be bringing in the next few years.

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