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CEA Reveals 2006 Mark of Excellence Finalists

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced the finalists for the 2006 Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by CEA's TechHome Division.

Arlington, VA–The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced the finalists for the 2006 Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by CEA’s TechHome Division. Winners will be revealed at an awards banquet on Friday, March 31, 2006 at the Rosen Centre Hotel, during the Electronic House Expo Spring 2006 (EHX). EHX Spring 2006 returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, March 28 to April 1.

CEA’s Mark of Excellence Awards recognize the top achievements in custom electronics products, services and installations setting the trends in the ever-changing home automation industry. Award entries are submitted in four categories–Supplier, System Integrator, System Integrator of the Year, and Training/Support–and are reviewed by a panel of industry experts.

The following are the finalists for the 2006 Mark of Excellence Awards:

Best Audio Components:
Denon Electronics
AVR-4306 7.1 CH Reference A/V Surround Reciever

Krell Industries
Krell Evolution One Amplifier

Sonamp 275 SE With BBE Technology

Multi-room Audio/Video:
NuVo Technologies Inc.
Simplese, Generation D, Whole Home Audio System

Channel Vision
iPod Wall Dock for Distributed Audio & Video

lyriQ Audio System

Best Human Interface:
Colorado vNet
Colorado VNet Touchpad

HAI OmniTouch with Video

UNO-TS2 Smart Color Touchscreen

Best Installation Products:
ISI – Interoperable Self-Installation

MAX 5500-EX

D-Tools Inc.
System Integrator 4.5

Best Integrated Systems:
Cat 5 Intercom, Audio & Camera Systems Integration

NetStreams LLC
NetStreams ControLinX RS-232/IR Network Interface

Best Lighting Controls:
Colorad vNet
Colorado vNet Touchpad

iLux Integrated Lighting Control

Best Media Servers:
LG Electronics Inc.
Digital Media Recorder w/ Microsoft (r) Program Guide

Niveus Media
Niveus Media Center, K2 Limited Edition

Anthology Solutions
Yellow Machine Terabyte Storage Appliance

Best Speakers:
Phase Technology
dARTS Digital Audio Reference Theater System

Polk Audio

Mariner 82 Outdoor Speaker

Stealth Acoustics
Stealth Acoustics – Invisible Flat-panel Speaker

THIEL PowerPoint 1.2

Best Structured Wiring Distribution Devices:
Leviton Manufacturing
Leviton Entertainment & Applications Platform

Impact Acoustics
RapidRun Interconnect System

Best Video Displays:
LG Electronics Inc.
60″ Plasma Display Panel with Integrated HD-DV

Da-Lite Screen Company Inc.
Acoustical Imager

InFocus Corp.

Optoma Technology Inc.

NEC PlasmaSync 42XR4

Best Wireless Products:
Motorola Connected Home Solutions
Motorola SD4500 Advanced Digital Phone System

RangeMax 240 Wireless Router

    System Integrator Finalists

Best Distributed Audio/Visual Application:
Sound Solutions
Trey Project

Sound Solutions
Villa Malka Project

Best Home Theatre/Media Room:
Ambiance Systems
Arts and Crafts Theater Project

Connected Communicty
Lincolnwood Residence

Best Integrated Security System:
FulHouse by FulTech Solutions
Helquist Project

Sound Solutions
Villa Malka Project

Best Lighting Control Project:
S&S Electric
David Weekly Homes – Smith Residence

DSI Entertainment Systems
Rich King Project

FulHouse by Fultech Solutions
Vincenty Project

Best Retrofit Installation:
S.M.I.L.E. Inc.
Marshall Residence

FulHouse by Fultech Solutions
Schiavone House

Home of the Year:
Cyber Home Networks Inc.
North Salem NY Project

S&S Electric
United Home builders – Poinciana Model

Innovation Award:
Ambiance Systems
Dog Run Warming System

InfiniSys Inc.
JPI Jefferson at Dedham: Verizon Multifamily FTTP

Knight Security Systems
Zimmer-Grove VisitAbility House

Production Home of the Year:
S&S Electric
David Weekly Homes – Smith Residence

S&S Electric
United Home Builders – Poinciana Model

Smartis, Inc.
Wagamon’s West Shores Model/Sales Office

Ultimate Home of the Year:
S&S Electric
David Weekly Homes – Smith Residence

Ambiance Systems
Lake George Project

DSI Entertainment Systems
Rich King Project

ETC Inc.
Sweete – South Floridy Project

Sound Solutions
Trey Trust Project

    Training or Support

Best Support Program:
Custom Web Pages

Worthington Distribution
Worthington Distribution Total Dealer Support

Best Training Program:
S&S Electric
IEC-FWCC Residential Apprenticeship Program

ELAN Home Systems

System Integrator of the Year:
Ambiance Systems

ETC Inc.

FulHouse by FulTech Solutions

Sound Solutions, a division of Solution Enterprises

The Mark of Excellence Awards Banquet will be held at The Rosen Centre Hotel Grand Ballroom A/B, on Friday, March 31 at 6 p.m. Tickets to the banquet are $99 for CEA members and $109 for non-CEA members. For a limited time, larger parties may reserve a table for 10 attendees at the cost of nine. To make a reservation or for more information on the Mark of Excellence Awards program, please visit or contact Roz Graham at [email protected] or (703) 907-7432.