Over the Air HDTV

One of the biggest complains about an antenna is the hardware itself. It is bulky, ugly, it has to be mounted or installed.

CEDIA ANNOUNCES 2014 ELECTRONIC LIFESTYLES® AWARDS WINNERS

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) recognized the outstanding work of its members at the annual Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Celebration Saturday night. The honorees included over 40 winning projects in the Designer Awards competition, 11 Manufacturers' Excellence Awards winners, the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and this year's top volunteers. Also at this year's Awards Celebration, CEDIA paid special recognition to the founding members of the association as part of the 25th Anniversary celebration.  The Designer Awards competition, which honors the best projects completed by home technology professional members in the past year, featured winners in such categories as Best Integrated Home, Best Media Room, Best Hidden Installation, and Best Home Theater. The Designer Awards winners were determined by a panel of expert judges that included home technology professionals, architects, and interior designers. Also recognized were the three winners in the CEDIA/HGTVRemodels.com People's Pick Awards, which were voted on by visitors to HGTVRemodels.com. The Manufacturers' Excellence Awards honorees included 10 Best New Product winners, one Sustainable Lifestyle Product Innovation winner, and three inductees into the Product Hall of Fame. The winners were selected by a panel of home technology professional judges.  The full list of award winners can be viewed at  here . For all the News and announcements from this years show make sure to check out our  SPECIAL CEDIA NEWSPAGE    & Check out our  Special CEDIA Tradeshow Report.

CEDIA 2014 - Underway in Denver Colorado

CEDIA 2014 is underway in Denver, Colorado with training sessions beginning on September 10th and the Show room floor opening up on the 11th.  This years show used the slogan "Hyper-Change" to signify the ongoing evolution of the residential AV market and promises to showcase "New Products, New Innovations and New Demands."   Showcasing a full spectrum of the Home Technology trends that are relevant today and tomorrow CEDIA 2014 hosted thousands of visitors browsing the booths of nearly 500 exhibitors.  As well over 100 courses will be offered that cover home automation, home theater, audio video, systems integration and networking.   As usual HomeToys.com is on hand to see what was what at this years show.  Stay tuned for our Special CEDIA Tradeshow Report.     For all the News and announcements from this years show make sure to check out our  SPECIAL CEDIA NEWSPAGE.

Why do I Need a Subwoofer? Part Three

How Subwoofers Work

What are the Latest Home Theater Seating Trends?

As time goes on and the entertainment room is being used for more than just a movie viewing area, the furnishings and layouts have become more diversified to accommodate a more casual and interactive environment.

HDMI Re-Defined for Professional Use

Exclusive features include ProGrip® Connector Technology which keeps the connector from slipping out, SureLength® Indicators which simply but usefully indicate the length of the cable right on the connector head which is invaluable for integrators.

Demand For Wireless High Resolution Home Theater Audio Sparks Growth in Wireless Speaker and Audio Association

The Wireless Speaker and Audio (WiSA®) Association, an industry group dedicated to bringing, high resolution, wireless, multi-channel audio products to the home theater market, continues its fast growth with the addition of six new members.   According to Raiyska Iyer, Market Research Analyst for Futuresource Consulting, home audio represents an enormous opportunity for manufacturers and retailers with wireless speakers and soundbars growing at 181% and 81% annually. To date, wireless audio solutions have been limited to only a stereo experience, the key advantage of WiSA-compliant components is that it is the first solution to offer high-resolution audio from 2.0 to 7.4 channels. And, WiSA-compliant systems are fully interoperable, allowing the consumer the convenience and freedom-of-choice to mix and match components from different manufacturers.    "The surge in membership and the adoption of WiSA-compliant products is a reflection of the Association's category leading wireless audio solution," said Tom Lee, president of the WiSA Association. "WiSA members are able to deliver what consumers want, a full multi-channel, wireless home theater experience. The interference-free, wireless high-resolution audio products are easy to set up and interoperate with other compliant CE devices like HDTVs, set-top-boxes, gaming devices and more." 

The Evolution of the AV Industry

There has been a strong shift to commercial projects, which has vastly evolved our customers' businesses. This change has allowed them the flexibility to balance their business and explore new technologies.

Video Storage: Meeting Today's Cinematography Ballooning Needs

While most of the attention at this year's FMS (Flash Memory Summit) in Santa Clara, CA focused on the enterprise, one of the most eye-opening sessions in the 3-day event was the M&E (Media & Entertainment) panel.

Dolby Atmos is Here for Your Home Theater! Should You Care?

By incorporating ceiling channels, or "voice of God" speakers as some like to call them, you can fill that large void in your soundscape.

Why do I Need a Subwoofer? Part Two

With a little patience and attentive listening, you can make your bass performance rival the most expensive systems.

Clean Image Car Wash Installs Peerless-AV Xtreme™ Outdoor Digital Menu Board

With promotions displayed prominently in a visually- appealing, well-lit services board, more and more customers spend their time in line perusing service package offerings.

Moviola: M&E Opens New Opportunities of Expression, New Headaches

When the big studios and networks were in their heyday, the M&E (media &entertainment) industry was easy to find.

InfoComm 2014 is in the Books

There were a lot of new, fresh and thought-provoking products at the show, which hopefully will help us stay ahead of the curve and make our work easier.

Advantages of Using Lifts and Mounts for Your Touchscreen Monitor

Choosing the right TV mount or lift for your flat screen TV should not be difficult once you have weighed the pros and cons of each type of mount.

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