August 2006

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Features

HDTV Fountain of Youth

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By Josh Allen

With all the hype surrounding high-definition displays, 1080p, and the all-digital future of television...

Technology Showcase:
Flatscreen Wall Mounts

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By Jay Ankeney

Today's wall mounts for large-format flatscreen displays are all about ergonomics and physics. With the growing popularity of wall mounts relying on articulated...

Technology Showcase:
Residential In-wall Speakers

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By Bennett Liles

Virtually every challenge posed by mounting speakers directly into walls has been attacked and defeated by some of the latest technology available in this category. New features in in-wall speakers from a wide range of manufacturers now allow such speaker installations to be custom-tailored, in terms of directional throw and frequency response, to the specific room in which they are installed...

Installation Profile:
Total Home Control

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By Jack Kontney

We've all heard the stories and seen the pictures—the Hollywood producer's home screening room...

Reviews

dbx DriveRack 4800

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By John McJunkin

The dbx DriveRack series of drive boxes has been immensely popular for quite some time, and in recent...

Roland Edirol V-440 HD

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By Jeff Sauer

As a journalist and a product reviewer, I'm impatient by vocation and critical by nature. I've never been taken by transitional products that is, products...

Columns

House of Tomorrow, Today

By Michael Goldman

If you are as old as I am, you might remember the House of Tomorrow featured at Disneyland throughout the 1960s. For those who don't date back that far,...

Picture This:
More Pixels, More Problems

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By Jeff Sauer

Why would anyone complain about the trend toward higher-resolution displays, or even high-definition video, in general? After all, what's not to like about higher-quality moving images shot by higher-resolution cameras and shown on higher-resolution monitors?...

Associations Focus: Educated Edge

The number one residential electronic systems contractor show in the industry will be held in Denver Sept. 13-17 at the Colorado...

Security Watch: Security in Vegas

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By Steve Filippini

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend the International Security Conference in Las Vegas. Commonly referred to as ISC West, this tradeshow...

POV: Workforce Development

By Melissa Taggart

With the increasing importance of technology as a means to communicate, educate, and entertain, AV professionals have become vital contributors to a wide...

Departments

The Buzz: Install of the Month:
Cisco NOW Van Fleet

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By Don Kreski

Cisco Systems cites the Network on Wheels (NOW) program as a powerful new tool in its marketing arsenal. At press time, Cisco had 10 NOW vans traveling...

The Buzz: Newsmakers

Wisdom Audio has appointed Dave Michno as director of operations. Leviton Manufacturing Company has hired Steven McCurdy to the position of eastern regional...

The Buzz: Contractor’s Web Watch

After being recently recognized by the Consumer Electronics Association as an Innovations 2006 Design and Engineering Showcase Honoree, Niles Audio has...

The Buzz: Industry News

According to The Diffusion Group's (TDG) latest report, IPTV Update 2006 The Future of IP Media, Global...

The Buzz: Upcoming Events

August 2-5 NARM InSights & Sounds 2006 Kissimmee, Fla. www.narm.com; 4 VisMasters Design Visualization Conference Boston dvc.vismasters.com...

What's New

What's New:
Residential Technology

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By Charissa Young

Fidelity Electronics' Digital Picture Frames use high-resolution LCD TFT screens to display digital images directly from a digital memory card. Available in 5.6in. and 8in. frames (supporting 10- and 12-megapixel images, respectively), users can display their images in slideshow, zoom-in, and zoom-out modes...

What's New:
Audio Technology

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By Charissa Young

Sennheiser's new sport line, Athlete, features six new portable headphones that all include lightweight drivers with a miniaturized neodymium magnet structure for efficient, high-impact sound reproduction...

What's New:
AV Technology

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By Charissa Young

Da-Lite Screen Company's Series 300 lace-and-grommet frame system is constructed of 3in.-diameter aluminum tubing, with lacing cord and positioned S hooks for attaching a Da-Lite Lace and Grommet projection screen surface. The frame has a black powder-coated finish...

What's New:
Video Technology

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By Charissa Young

Anchor Bay Technologies' 1080p-capable DVDO iScan VP20 video processor...

What's New: IT Technology

By Charissa Young

Phihong's PSAA05A is a linear eliminator that is CEC and Energy Star compliant. It's compact and lightweight, measuring 2.59"×1.55"×1.07"...

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