Secrets of Amplifier and Speaker Power Requirements Revealed

As audio/video hobbyists, most of us grew up thinking that if we have an amplifier with 50 watts of rated output power into 8-ohm speakers, and that combination produces reasonably clean and loud music, then by doubling the amplifier power to 100 watts per channel, the system would then play twice as loud. Many readers likely still believe that. Not so.

The Future of Home Control and Automation

We all just want simple, convenient, reliable access to our equipment - and no one wants a dozen remotes on their coffee table. With a home control system, you can consolidate all those remotes and reduce wall clutter too.

To Internet Or Not To Internet

The bottom line? While the Internet is an amazingly useful tool, it is not appropriate for every application - in spite of the efforts being made to tout it as such. Basic understanding of the limitations involved will help educated consumers make purchasing decisions that reflect their needs regardless of current techo-fashion trends or external market pressures.

Wall Mounting: A Solution to LCD/LED TV Viewing Angle Issues

Despite major advances in technology, viewing angle remains a serious challenge for LCD and LED TVs. This paper will examine research on LCD viewing angle issues and show how full-motion and tilting wall mounts can alleviate this issue and help consumers get the most out of their television investment.

A Keyless Entry Solution for Disabled People

Dean's home is situated 30 minutes south of Perth in a quiet semi rural setting and within a cul de sac. His home has a large natural garden with pathways winding throughout this peaceful setting, which he is able to freely access with the independence provided by automatic door opening.

Are Internet HDTVs The Next Big Thing?

Internet TVs have been around in some fashion for a while now, let's call it year 3, and actual sales results have been, well, lukewarm. It was CES 2009 that kicked off the first big year for Internet TVs as 2008 was really a starter year with unit sales of little over a half a million.

Backyard Movie Magic with Open Air Cinema

These new inflatable movie screens have theater-quality projection surfaces and are so easy to use it's a no-brainer. They take about 30 seconds to inflate-secure them with the tethers and you're good to go.

Blu-Ray DVD Part 4: To Java or Not to Java

Just as compact disc had conquered the domain of vinyl LP records and VHS had decimated its Betamax competition, Blu-Ray DVD was beginning to make great strides in the home electronics world. Although Blu-Ray has yet to completely replace standard definition DVD's, the format has gone from virtual obscurity to the most sought after home video format since VHS tapes first made their appearance. With the successive release of each new blockbuster movie onto Blu-ray , sales records are repeatedly made and then a few months later shattered.

Case Study: Omni Commercial Controller Powers Full Integration at Penal Institution

For 25 years, Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) has provided innovative, quality home automation products to professionals in the low-voltage market. These products offer security along with luxury and convenience, making HAI's system a good bet for anyone who wants both security and energy management.

Content Insider #144 - The Ancient Art of Computing

Your Hardware Selection Depends on "Their" Ecosystems

Today, two things seem to define who you are…your significant other and your computing device.

One is (hopefully) permanent, the other changing.

Hint -- the device is the one that should change more frequently. 

You can (and probably do) have several devices.  They don't seem to mind when you prefer one over the other or when another enters your life.  Try that in your personal relationship and it will go over like a lead balloon!

We came to that epiphany when our son just had to have one of those new tablets for school and other stuff.

"I found a cure for the plague of the 20th century, and now I've lost it! -
Dr. Robert Campbell/Sean Connery, Medicine Man (1992) - Cinergi Pictures

Content Insider #146 - Games Get Real

Historically, two "fringe" markets drove technology advances. 

One was - and still is - video gaming…if you can't figure out the second, tough!

But video gaming isn't video gaming anymore.  Not like it used to be, dominated by hardcore pasty skinned dudes who had more luck with their keyboards than with gals.

Content Insider #147 - Security

If you pay a lot of attention to your online security, you're probably not reading this.

If you pay no attention, you're probably ****ed!

If you have a normal concern…how bad can it be?

Take a minute and go to your favorite sites and search on the subject of online/onphone security.

Content Insider #148 - The iGen Gen X, Gen Y … Creating Havoc for Marketers

<>We're part of the Baby Boomer Generation--(there are two parts -- 1946 - 1964).
 
Then, there are the Gen Xers ('65 - '78).
 
Then Gen Y ('79 - '89).
 
Now, it's the  iGen (1990 - 2009).

Google TV - Searching for Success

Kurt Scherf studies developments in home networks, residential gateways, digital entertainment services, consumer electronics, and digital home technical support services. Kurt is the sole author or contributing author/analyst to more than 80 research reports and studies produced by Parks Associates since 1998.

Home Security and Interactive Services

Proprietary security panels will give way to IP centric gateways or controllers that run the security alarm manager as one of several or even many applications in the home or business.  

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