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?

All 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.

Multi-Room Audio with CasaTunes

CasaTunes will automatically and instantly detect when a new song or other audio file is added to your iTunes in the Cloud account and enables those tracks to be accessed and played via CasaTunes anywhere in the home. Further, CasaTunes can play music from Windows Media, RadioTime and SHOUTcast throughout the home with different channels in each room.

Project Showcase - Landmark Audio in Lake Wales, FL

We designed the client's systems around RTI control solutions . With its numerous output options and available remote controls, RTI's XP-8 control processor provides all the necessities within the allotted budget, while the T4 color touchpanel controller and T2-C universal handheld controller offer effortless but powerful control over all systems.

Rescue Audio - Part 1 - Finding the Gems

As you read this, chances are that someone is abandoning a classic audio component-maybe something you always wanted-at a thrift store near you.  Here's how to rescue and enjoy it. This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. Stay tuned for: Part 2 - Once you've found something worth taking home Part 3 - Cleaning and touch-up

Rescue Audio - Part 2 - Once you've found something worth taking home

As you read this, chances are that someone is abandoning a classic audio component-maybe something you always wanted-at a thrift store near you.  Here's how to rescue and enjoy it. This is Part 2 of a 3 part series. Here is Part 1 - Finding the Gems Stay tuned for: Part 3 - Cleaning and touch-up

Rescue Audio - Part 3 - Cleaning and touch-up

As you read this, chances are that someone is abandoning a classic audio component-maybe something you always wanted-at a thrift store near you.  Here's how to rescue and enjoy it. This is Part 3 of a 3 part series. Here is Part 1 - Finding the Gems And Part 2 - Once you've found something worth taking home If you pick up any classics this way that you want to show off, please take a photo and share them with us here along with some details on how you found it.  And if you come up with techniques and materials of your own, by all means let us know-anything to advance the emerging art of rescue audio.

The Brief Lifespan Of DAT

DAT was widely used in the professional audio recording industry in the 1990's, and is still used to some extent. Particularly with regard to archives created in the '90, although most labels have a program in place to transfer these tapes to a hard disk-based database. DAT  is used professionally due to its lossless encoding, which allows a master tape to be created that is secure and does not induce tape noise (hiss) into the recording.

The Lutron Energi TriPak

The Energi TriPak solution is ideal for small commercial spaces such as conference rooms, private offices, training rooms, open office space, and any other area that benefits from reduced energy consumption. In many of these spaces, lighting is on at full brightness even when the space is unoccupied or when there is abundant daylight. Energi TriPak products can reduce the electricity consumption during these times, and can also help occupants to be more productive by allowing them to set their own optimal lighting. Download Design and Application Guide

The Need for Uncompressed Home Networking

With support from consumer electronics manufacturers, content providers and organizations, HDBaseT is revolutionizing the multimedia distribution of uncompressed HD multimedia content in the home entertainment environment via a single LAN cable. HDBaseT technology is the industry's most advanced, cost effective, easy to use, all-in-one solution for whole-home converged distribution of HD multimedia content, with inherent support for the huge install base of uncompressed CE sources and real-time interactive devices.

The Real World Value of the Virtual World

If it looks like a duck...walks like a duck...quacks like a duck do you think that maybe... Lots of folks are saying the valuations of today's virtual businesses are real, not like the last bunch that went up in glory and down in flames.  Others aren't so sure.  Most of us find it interesting but don't have any skin in the game. Take a look at the analysis, the comparisons and judge for yourself.  Whatever your conclusion we know one thing we're in for a helluva ride. just don't wake up with a tattoo and a monkey.

Virtual World Calls for Virtual Money

Money - or lack of it - causes the most stress for individuals and family problems. But since we're now dealing in a near virtual world let's simply go to mobile device money and do away with the billfold that's either half full or half empty. Ironically, people in third-world countries have been faster to convert to mobile money than those in industrial countries. The challenges? Infrastructure and security. Someone always wants to spoil the party but the transition is underway.

Did I Turn off the Lights?

Save energy by controlling your home's temperature while traveling.  Check the video feed from your security cameras.  Turn off the security system for a neighbor to enter and feed the cat without giving out a security code.  Turn the lights on and off in different rooms to make potential burglars think that someone is home, or activate the TV at night like you would if you were home.

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