Volume 15, Issue 6
Dec 10 / Jan 11


Cover Page


The Media Stream
Daily Stories about Streaming Media


Home Automation Apps
Daily Stories about Home Automation Apps


Hot Stories
Daily News and Stories about Home Tech


Tech Articles


SageTV Media Center 7 – A Better Media Streaming Solution?


Three Home Theater Sound Enhancers You Can Try This Weekend


Blow in?? Push out?? Is it better to…


Audio Oddities: Solving Subwoofer Troubles


Cinema Quality 7.3 HD Surround Sound in Your Home Theater


3 Innovations That Make Google TV A Winner


A Solution to LCD/LED TV Viewing Angle Issues


Logitech Revue vs. Netgear Roku


Secrets of Amplifier and Speaker Power Requirements Revealed






Project Showcases


ISI Automation Million Dollar Showroom


HD Air Case Study: Darien High School


Interviews


Waterproof Television
Gretchen Gilbertson


BMB Electronics
Martin Harding


Invisible In-Wall Speakers
Steve Olszewski, Stealth Acoustics


Roll On Projection Screens
Kevin Nute, Goo Systems




Viking Electronics - Free Catalog


Columns and Series


Blu-ray DVD Part 6: The Future of Blu-ray


Surviving Your First, Your Worst Media Interview


Content Insider #156 – Business Must Constantly Look to, Plan for Tomorrow


Content Insider #157 – The Portable World


Content Insider #158 – The New Consumer




Acoustics First






Calrad Electronics





Current Issue – Dec / Jan 11




Tech Articles


SageTV Media Center 7 – A Better Media Streaming Solution?
Dec 1 – Tom Abell
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).


Three Home Theater Sound Enhancers You Can Try This Weekend
Dec 1 – Alan Lofft
Here are three sound enhancers that will audibly improve your surround or musical experience.


Blow in?? Push out?? Is it better to…
Dec 1 – Frank Federman
There are a few fundamentals to remember when you’re planning to ventilate a cabinet, closet, video projector enclosure, etc.


Audio Oddities: Solving Subwoofer Troubles
Dec 1 – Alan Lofft
It’s not uncommon for a new subwoofer owner to have problems getting the subwoofer to produce audible output. More often than not, it’s usually a matter of choosing the right menu items in the AV receiver, but there are some simple tests you can make to ensure that the subwoofer itself is activating properly and producing output.


3 Innovations That Make Google TV A Winner
Nov 8 – Tom Abell
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!


A Solution to LCD/LED TV Viewing Angle Issues
Nov 8 – Ryan Hagberg

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.


Secrets of Amplifier and Speaker Power Requirements Revealed
Oct 21 – Alan Lofft
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.


Logitech Revue vs. Netgear Roku
Oct 14 – Tom Abell
While Netflix has steadily built an empire from its streaming media, there have also been a number of hardware companies that have put together devices that “aggregate”, or combine, the plethora of channels (for lack of a better word) that exist beyond Netflix and that are available to anyone with a high-speed Internet connection.


Is Your Home Theater Setup Ruining Your Movie Experience?
Oct 14 – Alan Lofft
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. Sometimes, however, after setup, the initial impact of the experience may not meet the owner’s expectations. Disappointment ensues.



Trends, Series, Shows and Columns


Blu-ray DVD Part 6: The Future of Blu-ray
Dec 1 – James Russo
Although the Blu-ray disc specification has been finalized, engineers continue to work on advancing the technology.


Surviving Your First, Your Worst Media Interview
Dec 1 – Andy Marken
Reporters Aren’t Your Friend, They Aren’t Your Enemy…They’re Reporters


Content Insider #156 – Business Must Constantly Look to, Plan for Tomorrow
Dec 1 – THE Insider
There’s are 300 million potential consumers in the US and a whopping six billion plus around the globe.


Content Insider #157 – The Portable World
Dec 1 – THE Insider
Portability, connectivity, suitability for the task will continue to be the key consideration factors for the devices that people select and use for business, personal tasks.


Content Insider #158 – The New Consumer
Dec 1 – THE Insider
The downturn lasted so long it changed the consumer landscape, so the next few years deserve their own name..the new normal.






Hot Stories


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Sponsored Articles


Cinema Quality 7.3 HD Surround Sound in Your Home Theater
Dec 1 – Jeff Singer, Crestron
There are 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems, then there’s PROCISE 7.3 HD Digital Surround Sound. The disparity in cinematic sound quality – and the resulting home theater experience – is equivalent to the difference between driving a Corolla and a Corvette. By any measure, it’s noticeable in a big way from beginning to end.


Invisible In-Wall Speakers
Oct 28 – Steve Olszewski, Stealth Acoustics
Building upon proven custom carbon-fiber motor and cone woofer technologies, Stealth Acoustics has created a new invisible speaker line that enhances fidelity, high-frequency smoothness and bass performance over previous offerings, while streamlining installation practices.



HOME TECH INNOVATION CONTEST


The Ultimate in Home Tech Holiday Gifts
OK, go ahead and enter the product that you think will be the best seller over the holiday season. (Only Home Technology products will be accepted). If you want to blatantly promote your own product that’s OK with us. The voters will decide. The winner will get a free one year marketing program at HomeToys to help get that product off the ground.


Click Here to Enter, View or Vote



Project Showcases


ISI Automation Million Dollar Showroom
Dec 1 – Guillermo Hoyos
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.”


HD Air Case Study: Darien High School
Oct 21 – Atlona Technologies
With projectors and smart boards replacing the chalk board in school districts, Schools are looking for a clean, easy to install, and reliable application to hook up their PC or Tablets to these projectors. As technology has grown, many of these schools are looking for a wireless solution for this application.


Send an email to news@hometoys.com if you would like to submit your project for publication here.



Interviews


Waterproof Television
Dec 1 – Gretchen Gilbertson
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


BMB Electronics
Nov 8 – Martin Harding
BMB Electronics B.V. is one of the leading distributors and trade suppliers to installers, system integrators and retailers all over Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Our customers cover a very broad spectrum from specialized self-employed contractors to major multi-national corporations.


Roll On Projection Screens
Oct 21 – Kevin Nute
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.



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