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Crestron Experience Center - Hands-On Home Automation

February 16, 2009 By Brent Butterworth 138 comments
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The Crestron Experience Center in Las Vegas is one of the few places in the world delivering hands-on demos of the wonders of home automation.

With its new Las Vegas Experience Center, Crestron—which in home automation is perhaps even more pervasive than Microsoft is in the computer business—seeks to make its creations more accessible to dealers and customers. The Experience Center is one of only a few places in the world where one can witness home automation at work.

NuVo Grand Concerto Review

September 24, 2009 By Brent Butterworth 52 comments
NuVo Grand Concerto

Music in eight rooms and looks to match the iPod.

The iPod has had the same transformative effect on multiroom audio that the Mac had on computers: Both changed an unfriendly, daunting entity into something the average person could relate to. While many manufacturers have brought the iPod’s basic functionality to their remotes and keypads, few have captured the look and feel.

Count NuVo Technologies among the few who have escaped the black hole of generic white faceplates.

Russound Collage Review

May 21, 2010 By Dennis Burger 201 comments
Russound Collage

Russound’s Collage Powerline Media and Intercom System sets a new standard for retrofit multiroom audio systems.

If Twitter-synched pet collars and Wi-Fi at 30,000 feet aren’t enough to convince you that we’re living in the future, consider this: I just installed two zones of distributed audio at opposite ends of the house in one fairly laid back Saturday afternoon.

Velocity Micro Fuzebox

August 24, 2009 By Adrienne Maxwell 31 comments
Velocity Micro Fuzebox

A Smartphone for Your Living Room

Today’s consumer doesn’t just want it all; he wants it all in one package. No longer can a product just be a cell phone, gaming console or TV. To really sell, CE devices must wear many hats—and wear them all well.

Velocity Micro wears many hats. They offer PCs for business, gaming and digital media. But they also offer a dedicated home theater model that’s more media center than PC: the Fuzebox.

Media Server Roundup

November 12, 2008 By Dennis Burger 32 comments
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Serve it Up – Audio and Video Servers Galore

Maybe you've got a huge collection of digital music, and you'd really love to listen to it throughout your home, instead of simply on your iPod.

Perhaps you want to rip your DVD collection to disc and secret the cases away in storage.

No matter the particulars, chances are you have digital media you want to enjoy in the more comfortable parts of your home—away from the desktop. Enter media servers.

NaimUniti Review

December 21, 2009 By Lauren Dragan 38 comments
NaimUniti Review

Premium Blend

The NaimUniti combines all your stereo favorites in to one unifying package.

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