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Time to Upgrade

The recent decision by DirecTV to use XM Radio channels as their music station selections brings to mind an interesting observation about our industry....

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Video to Go

One of the major trends forecasted for 2006 is the legal transport of high-quality, premium video content from stationary in-home devices (like personal video...

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Hook ’em Horns!

You’ve probably noticed at recent CES and CEDIA trade shows that a number of horn-loaded speakers are popping up. It may come as a...

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Convenience of IP

Why Internet Protocol is Great for Home Entertainment System Control, but Even Better for Content Delivery

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First-Time Parents

Youll have to excuse me this month if my column lacks its usual snap and insightfulness, but Im in the midst of an exercise...

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Transporting Video

The home media server received a lot of attention last year. A walk down the exhibition aisles of both CEDIA and EH EXPO in...

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Projection Screen Trends

These days the world is full of trends. Take mobile communication devices, for example. Remember when we used to simply call them cell phones?...

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Do-It-For-Me HD

There is nothing like the first time you see high-definition video on a large screen. Once youve experienced that thrill, its hard to go...

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Its a Wonderful Job

In the Christmas classic Its a Wonderful Life, heaven intervenes to show Jimmy Stewart how the world would be remarkably different without him. To...

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Holiday Gift Ideas

There are at least a few things that custom installers might really like to pull out of their stockings on December 25. So, for...

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Monster Music

Music can take us on a journey back to a place and time that may have been buried deep in our memory. Nothing but...

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Playing Games

As Gaming Consoles Rise in Popularity You Need the Right Connections to Get into the Game

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Hire Grounds

What Experts Say to Do to Overcome One of the Biggest Challenges That Most Dealers Face

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Web-Based Irrigation

As networked, broadband homes become ubiquitous, manufacturers are developing intriguing new control solutions that leverage the IP infrastructure of these intelligent homes. One of...

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Well Connected

Wiring and Cable Products that are Keeping Our Industry Plugged In and Hooked Up to New Technologies

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Shut Down Time

Custom Installers Can Expect Video Business Opportunities Whenever The Full Digital TV Transition Actually Takes Place

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Ending An Era

In the hustle and bustle associated with launching a business, the last thing on the minds of many entrepreneurs is their exit from the...

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Personalizing Portals

Each year the Internet grows to offer more services to improve the way we live, work, play, and learn. As the worlds content moves...

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How Far Should You Go?

Proper design and engineering of a home theater is essential, but just as crucial is the documentation of the design. Its important to know...

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So Long Indy

Admit it now, youre going to miss Indianapolis next year when CEDIA EXPO moves to Denver. No? Not even a little bit? Wait…I see...

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Getting the Goods

While technology companies in every segment must concern themselves with specifications, capabilities, new features, and upgrades, for custom installers thats just half the battle.

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Place Shifting Video

The personal video recorder is one of the most successful and frequently used components of audio/video gear that we install in our clients homes....

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Spicing Up Your Design

This year a group of my old friends decided to set up a demonstration at CEDIA EXPO to show the importance of engineering, acoustics,...

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Cabling Code

The Telecommunications Industry Association 570-B cabling standard serves as a decisive reference for high-quality residential system cabling installations, which now also include whole-home audio,...

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Discovery HD

Its official Im becoming a video snob. If its not in HD, I really dont want to watch it. Whereas I was once your...

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Getting Serious

I know that you love the work that you do. Its doubtful that you got into this business because someone twisted your arm. Your...

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Get (Em)powered

If youre serious about being on the cutting edge of product offerings and technology mix, consider incorporating powered speakers into your arsenal.

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Moving Technology

Montreal-based D-BOX believes that its productsa family of motion simulation devices built right inside plush reclinersfulfill the promise of a full-immersion audio/visual experience.

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