Preserving Aesthetic Integrity with Architectural Loudspeakers
In-Wall/Ceiling Speakers Continue to Play a Significant Role in the Evolving Residential Systems Integration Landscape
The Integration Guide to Touchpanels, Remotes, and Control Apps
This Integration Guide was sponsored by RTI as a supplement to Residential Systems, August 2017
The Integration Guide to Networking Services & Products
This Integration Guide was sponsored by Access Networks, Control4, Luxul, and Peerless-AV as a supplement to Residential Systems, May 2017
The Integration Guide to Racks, Mounts, and Enclosures
In the custom integration sphere, the slimming down of components has had a knock-on effect on newer models of AV racks, mounts, and enclosures—originally...
The Integration Guide to Lighting and Window Treatment Control
Arguably, beyond brewing a cup of coffee from the bedroom, IoT has generated the most buzz about the practical possibilities of remote management of...
The Integration Guide to Touchpanels, Remotes, and Apps
Over the years, touchpanels, remotes, and more recently, control apps have served as the primary access point to programming and effectively engaging with home...
The Integration Guide to Cargo Vans & Fleet Services
Getting from here to there is a basic aspect of every custom integration business, large and small.
The Integration Guide to Mounts, Racks, and Enclosures
Head-end rooms, usually a closet-size AV control center, have for years relied on racks and enclosures to discretely serve as the backbone of integrated...
The Integration Guide to Touchpanels, Remotes, and App-Based Control Systems
User interfaces come in all shapes, sizes and capabilities—conforming to the needs of the often-complex systems behind them.
The Integration Guide to Lighting and Motorized Window Treatments
Working in an industry where the future has always been now, custom integrators know what it is like to thrive in “on the brink”...
The Integration Guide to AV Signal Distribution Products
Recent developments in custom AV distribution have been nothing short of staggering.
Projector and Projection Screen Manufacturers Play to the Multipurpose Room Market
Projector-centered home theaters have always been about the bigger, better picture.
The Role of Lighting and Shade Control in the Connected Home
The beauty of curtains has always been their simple, yet multifaceted functionality: block out or filter light while adding aesthetically to a space.
Consumer Awareness of Wireless Audio Distribution Systems has Fueled Improvement
There was a time when the ultimate in home audio was a shiny, stackable stereo system—each component acquired after much obsessive research—paired with well-sourced...
CI Manufacturers Couple Dedicated Control Systems with Mobile Devices
The past few years, with the proliferation of IP networking and the ever-growing dominance of mobile devices, home automation and by extension the role...
An AV Integration Guide to Racks, Mounts, and Enclosures for New Tech
In the past, the bulky nature of essential home entertainment components has guided the design of the mounts, lifts, racks, and enclosures that have...
Making Custom Home Automation Stand Out in an App-based World
Earlier this year, Dave Daniels, head of Aspen, CO-based custom integration firm Xssentials, in addressing a room full of his colleagues at the Azione...
Outdoor AV Products Redefine the Traditional Backyard
Beyond bright children’s swings, barbecue grills, and perfectly clipped hedges, the uses of the traditional residential backyard has been undergoing a transformation that reflects...
Designer-Friendly Speakers Continue to Play to Aesthetics and Power
The relationship between interior designers and custom integrators has been one of cautious collaboration.
Wireless Audio Distribution Catches on But Has a Ways to Go
From its infancy, residential distributed audio has sought to do one thing very well: seamlessly deliver high quality audio content to as many spaces...
AVAD and PowerHouse Alliance Continue to Address the Needs of CI Professionals
As a new year approaches, custom integration distributors AVAD and PowerHouse Alliance are answering trends and the expanding needs of CI professionals by providing...
Projectors and Screens Continue to Define Home Theaters
Projection-based home theaters are still a staple of the residential integration market, even as development of flat-panel screens continues apace.
Chris McLaughlin Sees Customer Service as the Saving Grace of Custom Integration
One of 15 children, Chris McLaughlin spent his childhood between Greenwich, CT, and North Carolina.
Wireless Audio Improvements Continue to Expand Product Options
In the early days of wireless audio, initial excitement about the inherent and implied possibilities of such systems was often tempered by their limitations.