Ceiling speakers for home theaters and multi-room systems have caught on in ways I'm sure make hard core audiophiles cringe. Who would have thought that anyone would even consider getting theater quality sound from a drywall ceiling? After all, weren't they invented for airport PA systems --- and we all know that you can't make out anything that is said over those things.
Summer is on the way so it's time to start thinking about taking your entertainment outside. Outdoor speakers are a special case and of course can cause special problems when it comes to weathering the storm. They not only need to sound good up close, but they also need to project that sound into a void.
In this chapter we talk about some things to look into and perhaps install while you under construction --- just in case you need it in the future. It's easy to pull extra wire while you are at it.
Whatever systems or wires you choose, these general rules and procedures will make the job easier.
Starting with Dolby Surround, which used four channels (front left, front right, phantom center, mono surround - though usually using two speakers), the public began to expect the increased realism brought about by sound location cues being able to move across the front soundstage, and from front to rear for ambience or special effects.
As Plasma and LCD TV's continue the downward trend in pricing they are becoming ever so more available to consumers who 2 or 3 years ago could not afford them. With the increase in flat panel TV's sales comes the old age dilemma of where to place the TV once you have got it home.
Selling is hard work, even in the virtual world of the Internet. It requires strong motivation, personal pride, perseverance, flexibility, energy, discipline, and focus. Above all, it requires communicating and being able to read/understand the prospects' attitudes and needsā¦real or perceived.
Conventions/conferences are events that challenge a man's (and woman's) stamina. They push you to the limits of creativity and performance. Companies spend hundreds of thousands, no millions to attend them annually just to reach, educate, inform, persuade other companies and the media.
Just because the lowly company press room is pivotal for everyone, everywhere why should the person leading the charge stoop to make certain the company's press site had just the right information and that the information is easily available, fresh. We wrapped our many years of experience and feedback from media people into the attached article.
WirelessHD products have been available since last year but I believe we're about to see it go even more mainstream with the onset of products coming on the market at under $2000 for a high-end LCD TV.
According to Gizmodo Google is continuing it's business approach of throwing their hat into everything, everywhere. Google hopes that the new platform will succeed where dozens of lesser efforts have failed—to truly and seamlessly integrate web content onto TVs, bringing services like Twitter and sites like YouTube, in addition to games, webapps, and, of course, Google's search, to the big screen. The Google TV software reportedly includes a version of Google's Chrome browser for doing some light surfing, as well. The New York Times says Google TV will be delivered on set-top boxes that use Intel Atom chips and run an Android-based platform, though the technology will also reportedly be built directly into Blu-ray players and TVs from Sony. Additionally, Google is working with Logitech to built a keyboard-equipped remote control for the platform.
The $399 PCI Express Low Profile card allows Media Center PCs to play or record up to four live channels of HDTV at once, and stream live HD channels or recordings to multiple HDTVs throughout the home, all from a single cable connection and a single CableCARD. It can stream HD broadcasts to other HDTVs around your home via Media Center Extenders such as the Xbox 360. The Ceton InfiniTV 4 quad-tuner card is now available for pre-order and is expected to ship on May 31, 2010.
The DVR market has become a lot like the cell phone market. You have the phone that is a tiny portable computer and you have the phone that comes cheap with your service provider, makes calls and you don't care if it falls into the lake. The middle appeals to less and less people. The DVR market also seems to fall into those two extremes. You're either a person looking for a living room platform where you can get all the latest services and software (Pandora, Netflix, Social Networking photos, Hulu etc) or you just care about skipping commercials when you watch Modern Marvels or Pawn Stars. The new Tivo Series 4 is neither. There are two Series 4 models : the Premiere with a 320-GB hard drive for $300, and the $500 Premiere XL with 1 TB, THX-certification and a backlit remote. The big feature is a new interface and the additional services available through it: Blockbuster, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and streaming music from Rhapsody or Live 365. That's all well and good but the interface and services aren't available as upgrades for existing Tivo owners and they really fall short compared to a full HTPC. I'm not sure why a person who rents their DVR from Comcast would buy this or why a person who knows better wouldn't buy a computer and HDMI cable. Click here for a closer look at the interface and features.
Shuttle new XS35 is just 3.3cm thin but includes some great features for your mini HTPC needs. This including a dual-core Intel Atom D510 at 1.6GHz , Nvidias new Ion 2 graphics processor, HDMI out, five USB ports, VGA out, LAN port, memory card reader, 2.5″ HDD, and an optical drive. The unit is passively cooled so the only noise will be from the hard drive or optical and the unit has standard VESA mounts so you can mount this behind your LCD. The Shuttle XS35 nettop is said to be on its way in Q2 2010, but pricing and hard ship dates have yet to be revealed.
The upcoming MSI Air Keyboard is an HTPC keyboard and mouse combo that fits right in your hands much like a game controller. The unit features a full QWERTY keypad with an accelerometer within that is able to turn the mini keyboard into an air mouse. The device interprets tilting the keyboard up and down, left and right as mouse movements with the mouse left and right buttons mounted on the shoulders of the keyboard. Through a USB dongle, the MSI Air can connect to PCs and Macs up to 160 feet away. Available here for $89.99.
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INTRODUCING THE SIMPLEST WAY TO CONTROL YOUR ENTIRE HOUSE YOUR VOICE. Imagine this... We've all been there-walking through the door into a dark house, arms full. Wouldn't it be nice to tell your house to offer a helping hand? Now you can. A simple voice command-such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome"-lights up the hallway and kitchen, fires up your favorite Pandora station, while the door locks itself behind you. This is Control4 Home Automation with Amazon Alexa.