Lighting is kind of like the salt of home decor. You can design a fab living room with all the right pieces, but without the proper lighting, it can all end up rather bland–just imagine your carefully considered decor awash in the florescent lighting at the dentist’s office. That’s one reason why we are digging all the nifty smart LED lighting kits currently on the market that allow you to wirelessly control your lights, dim them to your heart’s content, and virtually never have to change a bulb.
If you don’t have the option, or don’t want the option, of installing a full-blown stereo system near your TV — an AV receiver, at least two speakers, all of the cabling that goes with them — this device is a very fine compromise.
I’ve reviewed a good number of speakers in my time here at HomeTechTell, and although the intent with any review is always to discuss and evaluate a speaker on its own terms, we tech writers invariably have a reference speaker system to which we compare everything else. And by “reference,” I don’t necessarily mean “the more »
It’s big enough to support a large flat-panel TV. It streams music from Bluetooth devices. It provides very good sound in a relatively inexpensive, one-piece package. Those are a few reasons why I’m impressed with the Onkyo EnvisionCinema LS-T10 TV Speaker System. About that first sentence… although this is a one-piece TV sound system, it is more »
When’s the last time you really sat down and thought about the plumbing in your home? Chances are good that it was the last time something went wrong, right? Or maybe when you were remodeling or renovating your home. Other than that, you just sort of accept that it works and that this is the more »
If you’re spending five- or six-hundred bucks on a receiver these days, I feel for you. The market is crowded with innumerable offerings at that economic sweet spot and picking between then isn’t always easy. That may be why so many home theater enthusiasts find a brand they like and stick with it for the more »
By now, we know what to expect from CBS Digital’s epic ongoing restoration of Star Trek: The Next Generation – a high-quality makeover that brings the show back to the future and tacks on a ton of interesting special features. The meticulous work, which has taken every frame of film, every special effects element, and every more »
Anyone who has visited my home in the past year or so has probably gotten tired of me talking about all of the things my Control4 home automation and Lutron lighting control systems can do. Sure, there’s the touch-of-a-button home theater control. Yes, I can turn my lights on with a flick on my iPhone. more »
The Gefen Audio/Video Automation system (GAVA for short) was quietly released earlier this year. It didn’t make a big flashing dot or loud beep on my radar because automation isn’t a category I normally associated with Gefen. The company makes excellent baluns, signal converters, and what I call “problem-solvers” — small, non-descript boxes that have more »
This has turned out to be one of the most difficult and time consuming reviews I’ve ever written. You wouldn’t think that would be the case, since I reviewed Dish Network’s original Hopper last year, and on the surface, the Hopper with Sling is just a revved up version with new features and more power. more »
I’ll admit that I don’t have much experience with wireless speakers—to be truthful, I don’t have any. So I feel extremely fortunate (and, let’s face it, spoiled) that my introduction to the world of wireless arrived in the form of the from Audio Pro. With a suggested retail price of $799, the Allroom Air One is more »
The flat panel television market is incredibly mature at this point, but it exhibits a bit too much class inequality for my tastes. Instead of the middle range being the sweet spot, low-cost manufacturers like Vizio are ruling the day, and dollars per inch seems to pretty much be the only deciding factor in what more »