Home Entertainment - Whole Home/Custom Install News http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/49/0 en How to Select Your Installer Part 1 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22561 <div style="text-align: justify">The custom installation industry was born out of real needs. The technologies and advancements show no sign of abating. Custom installers have seen periods akin to the Gold Rush as well as volatile times, which have reflected the economy's severe downturns. Stalwart, long-term integrators have disappeared while a plethora of new ones have emerged. Presuming you don't own a tool belt and have no real installation experience (programming your phone doesn't count), you will need the expertise of a good custom installer. See the Checklist below to help you make the best selection.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22561">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22561#comments Tech Talk Whole Home/Custom Install News Wed, 16 Feb 2011 12:11:25 -0800 MarkE 22561 at http://www.hemagazine.com LALED Releases First LED Lamps Compatible With All Lighting Automation Systems http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22490 <div style="text-align: justify">Manufacturer LALED of Lafayette, LA, has introduced its built-in dimming circuitry allowing for simple integration into any lighting system. LALEDʼs dimming circuitry is built into each LED lamp allowing for simple screw-in installation without the inconvenience of blinking lights found in competitors' similar LED recessed lights. There is also no need to rewire the house for external LED drivers. LALEDʼs drivers are compatible with all digital dimmers and automation systems on the market and are among the first to function as a stand alone dimming light with digital dimmers such as Lutron Radio RA, Maestro, Crestron Lux, Crestron InfiNET, Vantage, Leviton, and many more. Most digital dimmers are unable to handle LED lighting and malfunction when LEDs are its only load.</div> <p style="text-align: justify">LALED has 40% of its manufacturing in Houston and will continue to move up to 80% of its manufacturing to the United States over the next two years. Now, if the manufacturing plant was located in LA (Los Angeles, not Louisiana) we could ask the perennial question: &quot;How many Californians does it take to change a light bulb?&quot; Answer - First, they have to want to change....</p> <div style="text-align: justify">To learn more, <a href="http://www.laledus.com/L2/L2.html" target="_blank">click here</a>:</div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22490">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22490#comments Tech Talk Hot Products News Whole Home/Custom Install News Sun, 30 Jan 2011 17:18:35 -0800 MarkE 22490 at http://www.hemagazine.com Special Event: Cash for TV Clunkers in Southern California - December 17th & 18th http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22207 <div style="text-align: justify"><strong>Diamond Case Designs, Inc. Offers Cash Trade-In for Clunker TVs When Purchasing New Eligible Engergystar TVs at the 2nd Annual TV Recycling Event</strong></div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Following the success of last years popular Cash for Clunker TV program, home theater retailer Diamond Case Designs, Inc. of Anaheim, CA., has organized another e-waste recycling event just in time for the holidays. This environmentally friendly program provides cash discounts toward the purchase of new eligible model Energystar TVs.</p> <p style="text-align: justify">As flat panel TVs come down in price, Diamond Case has seen an increase in the number of customers replacing in their old analog TVs for new digital TVs. Rather than discarding the old TVs, which contain hazardous materials such as lead and phosphorus, into local landfills, Diamond Case has partnered with All Green Electronics Recycling to recycle and re-purpose the old TVs.  All Green guarantees that all items to be recycled will be done in accordance with their ZERO landfill policy. According to Arman Sadeghi, CEO of All Green, &quot;All types of e-waste (electronic waste), including cell phones, laptops, computer monitors, and televisions can be recycled responsibly so their hazardous products do not end up in landfills. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22207">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22207#comments LCD TVs News Plasma TVs Video Talk Whole Home/Custom Install News Tue, 07 Dec 2010 18:40:12 -0800 MarkE 22207 at http://www.hemagazine.com Control4 Products Honored with Three Innovations 2011 Awards http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22071 <div style="text-align: justify">Control4®, known for its affordable IP-based home control systems, today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for three of its products: OS 2.0, 7&quot; InfinityEdge<sup>TM</sup> Touch Screen, and Intelligent Home Energy Management (in conjunction with Eragy). Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22071">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22071#comments Home Automation &amp; Remotes Hot Products News Whole Home/Custom Install News Wed, 10 Nov 2010 08:08:01 -0800 MarkE 22071 at http://www.hemagazine.com New Media Center Unveiled Today http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22007 <div style="text-align: justify">Today, Western Digital (WD) announced the debut of its new Live Hub media center. Actually, it was unveiled at a press bash at Siren Studios in Hollywood, last night. Awesome party. Live Hub's 1 TB hard drive will store music, videos, vacation slideshows, photos and other personal entertainment. For you non-techies, a terabyte is in excess of over one thousand gigabytes. That's big. Sporting 2 USB ports, Live Hub is also expandable. Live Hub supports a wide variety of video formats. It is also a media server - connection to your home network via Ethernet gives you access to video streaming, photos and music from any Mac, PC or material on the Internet. Video can also be streamed to a WD TV Live media player or any DLNA/UpnP compatible TV, Blu-ray player or game console. Users also can stream content from their WD TV Live Hub media center to iPads<sup>TM</sup>, iPhones® or Android<sup>TM</sup>smartphones using third-party applications. It is also compatible with Windows® 7, including the &quot;Play To&quot; feature.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22007">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22007#comments Product Reviews Home Automation &amp; Remotes Multiroom Audio/Video News Whole Home/Custom Install News Tue, 26 Oct 2010 06:51:48 -0700 MarkE 22007 at http://www.hemagazine.com Golf Simulators Share Space With Home Theaters http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21980 <div style="text-align: justify">Now that the cold, blustery season is upon us and with springtime a long way off, golfers around the country will be aching to swing their clubs. The newest generation of Golf Simulators offers a total immersion experience, including HD video and realistic computer graphics of the world's great courses. No matter how bad the weather is outside your home, in the Simulator, it's always sunny and clear at Pebble Beach, Princeville, Pinehurst, St. Andrews, Torrey Pines and dozens of others. And no one will be rushing you to &quot;play through&quot; except your friends or family who want their turn.</div><p>&#160;</p><div style="text-align: justify"><strong>Sharing Home Theater Space</strong></div><div style="text-align: justify">With clever AV design, simulators can share the space now occupied by a dedicated Home Theater in basements and bonus rooms. Both systems require a projector and a screen. There are a few caveats, however. Consider flush-mounting the theater speakers in the ceiling using angled baffle or pivoting tweeter speakers, to keep them out of the way of flying golf balls. Although the Simulator screen is sufficient for certain gaming activities, like Wii, we don't suggest any serious Home Theater aficionado will be satisfied by viewing a screen that's been plunked a thousand times by Callaways or Titleists. So use a separate screen for movies, please. Likewise, a dedicated theater projector will provide the high performance to which we've become accustomed.</div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21980">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21980#comments Gaming Hardware Hot Products Projectors &amp; Screens Whole Home/Custom Install News Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:07:30 -0700 MarkE 21980 at http://www.hemagazine.com Control4 and Holmes Homes Bring Affordable Automation to New Housing Development http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21955 <p style="text-align: justify">Control4, known for its affordable IP-based home control systems, is collaborating with production home builder Holmes Homes and custom integrator Safe &amp; Sound Systems, to bring whole-home automation as a standard feature to a new development of entry-level homes.

The Holmes Technology Standard provides comfort, safety and energy efficiency as a standard package for new housing development known as Daybreak, a sustainable community located near Salt Lake City, Utah. The package includes an IP-based security system, Control4® home controller, Control4® lighting, Control4® thermostats, Kwikset® ZigBee door locks and a 2-zone distributed music system with a Control4® iPod docking station. The Control4® system has also been pre-programmed with a &quot;Good Night&quot; feature. A simple touch of a button closes the garage door, locks all doors and adjusts lighting and thermostat to energy efficient levels and lets residents know that the house is secure before bedtime. An Apple iPad<sup>TM</sup> is also included with every Holmes Smart Home, allowing access to the control system from any room in the house or anywhere in the world.
 Holmes Smart Homes start at just $130,000. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">Editorial comment: To answer our own question &quot;What took you guys so long?&quot;, it clearly took a severe downturn in the construction industry for enlightened builders to begin to differentiate their housing, thereby becoming more competitive and at the same time preserving profitability. The payoff? Prospective home buyers are reportedly delighted with this automation package as a standard feature. For more information on Holmes Smart Homes <a href="http://www.holmeshomes.com/index.php?ID=118&amp;PID=25" target="_blank" title="Control4 in Holmes Homes' standard packages">visit:</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21955">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21955#comments Whole Home/Custom Install News Wed, 13 Oct 2010 15:28:34 -0700 MarkE 21955 at http://www.hemagazine.com Earthquake Granite-52 http://www.hemagazine.com/Earthquake_Granite-52 <p><strong>Rocking outdoors with rocks<br /></strong><br />Earthquake has announced the Granite-52 outdoor speakers. </p> <p>Get your rock on.</p> <p>All the info, and probably more puns, after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Earthquake_Granite-52">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Earthquake_Granite-52#comments Audio News News Whole Home/Custom Install News Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:21:32 -0700 geoffm 21834 at http://www.hemagazine.com New Marantz... everything http://www.hemagazine.com/New_Marantz <p><strong>Receivers, players, separates and more.<br /></strong><br />Marantz has announced a whole host of new products ranging from high-end separates, integrated amps, networked audio players, and receivers.</p> <p>All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/New_Marantz">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/New_Marantz#comments 3D Audio News News Video News Whole Home/Custom Install News Wed, 28 Jul 2010 00:02:54 -0700 geoffm 21836 at http://www.hemagazine.com Seagate GoFlex Home http://www.hemagazine.com/Seagate_GoFlex_Home <p><strong>Back Up Early. Back Up Often.</strong></p> <p>Seagate has unveiled the GoFlex Home network storage system. </p> <p>With nearly all of everyone's music, photos, and soon movies existing almost solely in digital form, backing up the data is more vital than ever. Seagate promises the GoFlex Home is an easy way to do that. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Seagate_GoFlex_Home">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Seagate_GoFlex_Home#comments News Whole Home/Custom Install News Wed, 21 Jul 2010 00:08:43 -0700 geoffm 21821 at http://www.hemagazine.com Live-Wall LW1218 http://www.hemagazine.com/Live-Wall_LW1218 <p><strong>Invisible Speaker</strong><br /><br />Live-Wall has announced it has started production of the LW1218, a truly invisible speaker that mounts in a wall, and is then painted/mudded/wallpapered over. <br /><br />All the info after the jump. <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Live-Wall_LW1218">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Live-Wall_LW1218#comments Audio News News Whole Home/Custom Install News Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:36:09 -0700 geoffm 21813 at http://www.hemagazine.com New Sony ES Receivers http://www.hemagazine.com/New_Sony_ES_Receivers <p><strong>Tons of custom features<br /></strong> <br />While Sony's ES line has always been the top end of their offerings, the new ES receivers are also extremely custom install oriented with a bunch of features that custom installers (and their customers) will love.</p> <p>All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/New_Sony_ES_Receivers">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/New_Sony_ES_Receivers#comments 3D Audio News News Whole Home/Custom Install News Tue, 13 Jul 2010 00:44:19 -0700 geoffm 21809 at http://www.hemagazine.com finite elemente Hohrizontal 51 http://www.hemagazine.com/finite_elemente_Hohrizontal_51 <p><strong>Top Shelf Tunes</strong></p> <p>Looking for a really good iPhone dock, but just can’t seem to find the shelf space for it? </p> <p>Have we got the perfect solution for you. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/finite_elemente_Hohrizontal_51">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/finite_elemente_Hohrizontal_51#comments Audio News News Whole Home/Custom Install News Mon, 12 Jul 2010 00:55:30 -0700 geoffm 21799 at http://www.hemagazine.com CINEAK SERGE http://www.hemagazine.com/CINEAK_SERGE <p><strong>Curvy<br /></strong><br />The new SERGE from CINEAK offers a retro and stylish look. The standout armrests catch the eye, but still offer all the comfort you'd want in a chair to relax in. </p> <p>All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/CINEAK_SERGE">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/CINEAK_SERGE#comments News Whole Home/Custom Install News Thu, 08 Jul 2010 00:07:44 -0700 geoffm 21793 at http://www.hemagazine.com New Runco Outdoor Plasmas CP-42HD and CP-52HD http://www.hemagazine.com/New_Runco_Outdoor_Plasmas_CP-42HD_CP-52HD <p><strong>TV Rain or Shine<br /></strong><br />Runco has announced two new outdoor LCDs, the CP-42HD and the CP-52HD. As the numbers suggest, they're 42 and 52-inch models. </p> <p>All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/New_Runco_Outdoor_Plasmas_CP-42HD_CP-52HD">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/New_Runco_Outdoor_Plasmas_CP-42HD_CP-52HD#comments News Video News Whole Home/Custom Install News Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:29:00 -0700 geoffm 21803 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sonos Controller iPad App http://www.hemagazine.com/Sonos_iPad_Controller <p><strong>Multi-room/multi-source control and more<br /></strong><br />Sonos has announced their iPad app, which will be available the end of next month. </p> <p>All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Sonos_iPad_Controller">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Sonos_iPad_Controller#comments Audio News News Whole Home/Custom Install News Tue, 06 Jul 2010 00:06:51 -0700 geoffm 21789 at http://www.hemagazine.com S1Digital P250 http://www.hemagazine.com/S1Digital_P250 <p><strong>New server and complete line updates</strong></p> <p>S1Digital has announced the P250, their newest Media Center client. </p> <p>They've also updated their entire ProLine Series. </p> <p>All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/S1Digital_P250">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/S1Digital_P250#comments 3D News Video News Whole Home/Custom Install News Thu, 24 Jun 2010 00:51:38 -0700 geoffm 21776 at http://www.hemagazine.com Ligne Roset Mini Togo http://www.hemagazine.com/Ligne_Roset_Mini_Togo <p><strong>Mini Me<br /></strong><br />Everyone knows that building a home theater brings the family closer together. After all, the family that plays together stays together, right? But if you have kids, expect to take a number if you ever want to step foot into your theater, because your home is going to be the hottest hangout in the neighborhood. And that means you’ve gotta have really cool seating. We’re not talking Romper Room. </p> <p>Enter Ligne Roset’s Mini Togo.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Ligne_Roset_Mini_Togo">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Ligne_Roset_Mini_Togo#comments News Whole Home/Custom Install News Tue, 22 Jun 2010 00:05:00 -0700 geoffm 21772 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pet Acoustics My Pet Speaker http://www.hemagazine.com/Pet_Acoustics_My_Pet_Speaker <p><strong>Entertainment for the rest of the family<br /></strong><br />Using music and a speaker design intended for the family pets, My Pet Speaker claims to keep your pets calm and well behaved while you're away. </p> <p>All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Pet_Acoustics_My_Pet_Speaker">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Pet_Acoustics_My_Pet_Speaker#comments Audio News News Whole Home/Custom Install News Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:42:22 -0700 geoffm 21764 at http://www.hemagazine.com Savant iPad Docks http://www.hemagazine.com/Savant_iPad_Docks <p><strong>Dock your Pad</strong></p> <p>Do not mistake Savant’s  new iPad docks for a mere in-home charging station.  The company has introduced two new iPad dock models: The Desktop Dock and the In-Wall Dock. Now shipping, both docks enable users to take full advantage of Savant’s extensive experience in writing Apple software applications for the home automation market place.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Savant_iPad_Docks">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Savant_iPad_Docks#comments News Whole Home/Custom Install News Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:35:25 -0700 geoffm 21756 at http://www.hemagazine.com Meridian Sooloos iPad App http://www.hemagazine.com/Meridian_Sooloos_iPad_App <p><strong>Meridian+iPad<br /></strong><br />Meridian has released an iPad App for even easier surfing of all your content on the Sooloos Digital Media System. </p> <p>All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Meridian_Sooloos_iPad_App">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Meridian_Sooloos_iPad_App#comments Audio News News Whole Home/Custom Install News Wed, 09 Jun 2010 00:04:32 -0700 geoffm 21750 at http://www.hemagazine.com Monitor Audio Climate http://www.hemagazine.com/Monitor_Audio_Climate <p><strong>C-CAM Acclimates Outside</strong></p> <p>Climate is a new line of outdoor all-weather speakers by Monitor Audio, and they feature Monitor's C-CAM (Ceramic-Coated Aluminum/Magnesium) tweeter.</p> <p>All the info after the jump. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Monitor_Audio_Climate">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Monitor_Audio_Climate#comments Audio News News Whole Home/Custom Install News Tue, 08 Jun 2010 00:20:51 -0700 geoffm 21748 at http://www.hemagazine.com Remote Technologies Inc. RK-10, ST-7, AD-4, and Virtual Panel http://www.hemagazine.com/New_from_RTI <p><strong>New from RTI </strong></p> <p>At InfoComm RTI will announce several new products, including an in-wall and desktop controller, a switcher, and a new virtual interface. </p> <p>All the info after the jump.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/New_from_RTI">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/New_from_RTI#comments News Whole Home/Custom Install News Wed, 26 May 2010 00:45:22 -0700 geoffm 21728 at http://www.hemagazine.com Gefen USB to DVI http://www.hemagazine.com/Gefen_USB_DVI <p><strong>Get your PC on your TV</strong></p> <p>If you have an older computer that doesn't have DVI/HDMI, or just want to be able to hook up more displays to your computer, Gefen has released a new USB based device that allows you to add any high-definition display to your computer.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Gefen_USB_DVI">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Gefen_USB_DVI#comments News Video News Whole Home/Custom Install News Tue, 25 May 2010 00:10:35 -0700 geoffm 21726 at http://www.hemagazine.com Bene Coffice http://www.hemagazine.com/Bene_Coffice <p><strong>Sit and Spin</strong></p> <p>Pair a smart-looking office chair with a computer/power connection and what do you get? </p> <p>The Coffice, a sophisticated seat designed by Bene that allows you to log in and look cool at the same time. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Bene_Coffice">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Bene_Coffice#comments News Video News Whole Home/Custom Install News Thu, 20 May 2010 00:13:14 -0700 geoffm 21722 at http://www.hemagazine.com