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Michael Heiss

Michael Heiss

CEDIA Fellow Michael Heiss is a contributing editor to Residential Systems out of Sherman Oaks, CA.

  • Apple Product News Distilled Down for the CI Channel

    March 30, 2016

    For the most part, what was said was expected. A new iPhone, the “SE,” that combines the 4-inch screen of the older iPhone 5 and 5s generation models with innards that, exclusive of some higher-end functions, is identical to the current iPhone 6S/6S Plus models.

  • Roku 4 Ups the Ante with 4K Services

    October 06, 2015

    The new Roku 4 bests the 4K functionality of its streaming competitor, the new Fire TV, by offering both 60 frames per second streaming and the HDMI 2.0 output required to deliver it. By comparison, Amazon’s 4K device is capable of only 30 frames per second, which indicates that its HDMI output is 1.4 only. 

  • TiVo Offers a “BOLT” of 4K Energy for DVRs

    October 02, 2015

    With these new models, TiVo is among the first to provide for DVR capability with the anticipated introduction of native 4K content via cable as well as the existing 4K content offered by Netflix Amazon Prime and others. 

  • Why the New Apple TV Falls Short of Expectations

    September 14, 2015

    There is potential in this new product, along with installation pitfalls somewhat unique to the custom world. It will be interesting to see how this device finds a home in the custom environment. 

  • superMHL Chips Arrive on the Scene

    August 04, 2015

    We now have part of the answer about where superMHL stands with regard to “productization” with the announcement yesterday by Lattice Semiconductor that it has released the world’s first solutions for superMHL that use USB Type-C for connectivity.

  • What DTS:X Means to the Custom Channel

    April 13, 2015

    When DTS first announced its DTS:X format suite at CES, the details were a bit scarce. An "unveiling" at DTS's headquarters last week makes it a bit easier to plan for home theater systems that are designed to accommodate object-based and immersive audio for not just Dolby Atmos and Auro3D, but now for DTS:X as well.

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick: Where Does it Fit in Custom Installs?

    December 01, 2014

    Regardless of what your prognostication is for the long-term future of physical media as a program playback source, there is no question that streaming services and IP-delivered content are multiplying daily as a key method by which consumers, your prospects, clients, and customers access entertainment and informational content.

  • TiVo Goes Over The Top with Roamio OTA

    August 27, 2014

    Much has changed for TiVo since it was launched 15 years ago. But with the company’s new stripped down Roamio OTA product, the company also has come full circle back to its roots, as well.

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