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. 

How to Build Your Own Home Theater - Part 3 - The Sound System

This is the 3rd 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

Your room is coming together.  The screen and projector are hung.  Now, you need to consider the sound system.  Too many people skimp on their sound system and regret it later, when they have to strain to hear the conversations or miss the depth of an explosion.   Buy the best sound system that you can afford.

Internet Enabled Devices for your Home Theater

An Internet enabled television is the simplest way to connect to the Internet without turning anything else on.   Yet, you may be joined to a content provider that has partnered with a particular device that you have to use.  If you upgrade or change devices, be sure that the content service is compatible with that device. 

In-Stat projects that by 2014 there will be over 230 million Internet enabled products in homes.  If Internet television is to work, all content providers will have to be compatible with all Internet ready devices.   What doors will open in the future?     

Here are some of today's options.

Interview - Procella Audio

Procella came into the marketplace with a high-performance speaker system created not in a garage but as a solution for the European headquarters of one of the top audio companies in the world. Taking basic designs that come from a pro audio perspective that includes a strong cinema background, and seasoning them with studio/audiophile sensibilities, these speakers take a 'top down' approach to home theater, bringing the best performance characteristics of reference cinema systems into the home. Procella's scalable concept enables enthusiasts to create systems capable of reproducing the full dynamic range of 96/24 recordings in any room size from a living room to a 40 seat cinema.

Interview - Sanus at CEDIA 2011

CEDIA has always been and continues to be a very important show for SANUS.  It not only provides us an opportunity to introduce exciting new products and services, but it allows our product development teams to connect directly with our dealers and customers.

Is 3-D Television in Your Future?

Description: House of Wax PosterAll though 3-D television is an emerging technology, it will be main stream sooner than we expect, as 3-D cameras are improved and all television sets will be capable of reproducing 3-D accurately.  Obviously, 3-D televisions are expensive now, but like allnew technology, the prices will become reasonable as more viewers step up to enjoy the wonders of the world around us.  I look forward to the advancements, which will put forward great images without the glasses.

The first 3-D movie was produced by Arch Oboler, of the famed radio series, "Lights Out."   It was called Bwana Devil and stared Robert Stack.  My first experience with 3-D was in 1953 with the horror movie, House of Wax, which was the first movie with stereophonic sound,staring Vincent Price, who became the King of 3-D by staring in three more 3-D films.

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