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.
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.
Touchpanel Manufacturers Remain Committed to Proprietary Control Devices
The impact of mobile devices on the dedicated touchpanel and remote control market cannot be over stated.
Mounts, Lifts, and Enclosures Continue to be the Backbone of Integrated Systems
As the literal spine holding up AV products, mounts, lifts, and enclosures are an essential step in completing clean, professional integration projects.
Outdoor AV Manufacturers Offer More Options Than Ever
For the home entertainment enthusiast, there are no areas within their dwelling that couldn’t benefit from a bit of sound and video.
Custom Integrated Audio Distribution is Taking off in the Cloud
Distributed audio is one of the primary entry points for consumers wanting to integrate custom control in their homes. Once a boon for custom...
Loudspeaker Manufacturers Keep Interior Designers in Mind
Over the years interior designers have come to be not so silent partners to custom integrators working on high-end home system installations. In fact,...
Audio Manufacturers Harness Growing Power of Wireless Networks
With the rapid adoption and stability improvements of WLAN and Wi-Fi, wireless audio has become a crystal-clear proposition for custom integrators seeking to outfit...
Remote, Touchpanel Manufacturers Committed to Dedicated Interfaces
With consumers’ muscle memory currently dictated by swipes and slides on tiny touchscreens, integration-grade product manufacturers, without much hesitation or resistance, have chosen to...