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MartinLogan, Paradigm, Anthem latest to embrace Play-Fi wireless audio standard

The Play-Fi standard for wireless whole home audio continues to gain support, as MartinLogan, Paradigm and Anthem have joined the party, with compatible products to come in 2015. DTS, which bring audio enhancement technologies to market through various products, made the announcement yesterday.

CE industry settles on a name for 4K/UHD/Ultra HD TVs: 4K Ultra HD

We’ve been harping on this for a long time: Are the new class of super-high-resolution televisions called 4K TVs, UHD TVs, or Ultra HD TVs? This week, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which runs the yearly, epic CES show in Las Vegas and the rest of the year sets the tone for the consumer electronics industry, came up with a solution. Or maybe, more accurately, a compromise.

Super large-screen TVs get home theater love with ZVOX

Ever since TVs became a household commodity, manufacturers have continued to improve upon quality, features, and design. So far, each new year of the past few years have upped screen size by at least an inch or so. If you have the budget (and allocated space), all video  can be enjoyed to over 80 inches more »

Control lighting, privacy, temperature with TiltMyBlinds

Many of current home automation products involve the control of light. Some are wireless-enabled switches, while others are LED bulbs with Bluetooth built right in. But of the ones you could get and install today, none of them really manage any natural light in the home. That’s where TiltMyBlinds comes in. Most homes have the more »

Logitech introduces its DIY Harmony Living Home automation system

With traditional universal remote controls on the wane, Logitech is reviving its renowned Harmony brand with a DIY home control system called Harmony Living Home. Companies like URC, Savant, Crestron and more have been doing this stuff very ably for a while, only their systems are more complex and feature-rich, and must be custom-programmed by professional installers. The Harmony system, while it appears to be not nearly as capable as those systems, is aimed directly at the consumer.

NanoTech to deliver native Ultra HD content to Sony TVs

Ultra HD TVs are receiving lots of hype (at least from TV manufacturers), but the bugaboo has been, and continues to be, the lack of “native” Ultra HD content to watch on them. Broadcast, cable/satellite and Blu-ray don’t yet offer it, although Amazon and Netflix are stepping forward with limited offerings. Today comes some welcome news for the category, as there’s going to be a little more to watch soon on demand.

Savant App delivers entirely new level of home automation

If you haven’t had the chance to experiment and play with some wireless-enabled home equipment, you’re seriously missing out. Not only do the latest wireless lights, thermostats, fans, humidifiers (and more) save energy, the user control is both fun and convenient. Wireless connectivity with all these different devices makes it possible to stay on top more »

Verizon’s internet TV in 2015 may be a la carte

One huge complaint about cable TV, which has persisted over time, is the lack of choice. I’m not talking about not having enough channels; we actually pay for too many. Out of those hundreds of channels you hand over hard-earned cash for, how many are watched with regularity? Ten? Twenty? For us, it’s about twelve, more »

Sanus and Sonos offering free stuff through #BetterSound Twitter contest

Want some free wireless audio gear and AV furniture? Get on it!

Stack Alba light bulbs are smarter than smart

By now, we’re pretty familiar with smart bulbs and how they work. LED-powered bulbs – such as Lumen, LIFX, and Philips Hue – are wireless-enabled, use less energy, and sometimes can shift to any color of choice. But the real fun feature is being able to control them through mobile devices. Open the app, and more »

Epson announces five new home theater projectors

Epson today announced new Pro Cinema projectors with 3LCD Reflective laser technology, as well as the new Home Cinema 3000-Series of 2D and 3D Full HD 1080p projectors.

Sonos adds high-resolution audio through Deezer partnership

Audio for the past decade has been more about portability, convenience and choice rather than audio quality. There are signs that the equation is changing. To wit: One of the biggest names in audio these days, Sonos, today announced that it is bringing high-resolution audio (HRA) to its eponymous wireless home audio streaming system.