Insider #152 - The Family NAS

Housewide Storage -- Better Safe than Sorry But…

Invisible In-Wall Speakers

Stealth Acoustics has released the LinearResponsetm (LR) Series of invisible in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. The new models include the LR3, LR6, LR8 and SLR8. They maintain the same basic model alignments of the previous FX and AX lines, only with dramatically enhanced sonic performance.

Is Your Home Theater Setup Ruining Your Movie Experience?

It's always exciting for audio/video enthusiasts and novices alike when their new speakers, big flat-screen TV, A/V receiver and other components arrive at the front door, ready to be unboxed and set up for the first movie viewing and home theater experience.

Logitech Revue vs. Netgear Roku

As I alluded to in my last article entitled "3 Reasons why Home Technology Integration is about to Ignite", Streaming Media is the number one reason that I predict a drastic shift spanning the next few years. 

Pre-Wire Your New Home: Chapter 9: Whole-Home Video

This is the ninth and final chapter of a multi-part series covering all aspects of low voltage wiring in the home: entertainment, security, automation, and future planning.

Roll On Projection Screens

Screen Goo is a line of specially formatted  acrylic paint products designed specifically for video projection applications. It allows anyone to transform a wide variety of paintable substrates into high performance front, rear and 3D projection screens.

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.

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