CUSTOM INSTALLATION EQUIPMENT REVIEWS

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Debbie Stampfli Posted: Mar 23, 2009 1 comments

Simplicity and home theater equipment don’t often seem to go together. With the constant influx of new products and upgrades, it’s hard to maintain a user-friendly environment. After all, how can you simplify your surroundings and stay ahead of the technology game at the same time? Media servers can help solve this problem. They bring all of your movies, music, and photos to a central location and then let you access it from all around your home. Media servers also provide the integration you need so you’ll be able to just sit down and enjoy your movies and music. What a concept.

Debbie Stampfli Posted: Mar 16, 2009 1 comments

It’s the great debate of home theater enthusiasts: Should you compromise your room’s uncluttered design in order to accommodate a bigger speaker system? Whether you’re a minimalist with a taste for high-quality sound or a home theater fanatic who doesn’t have room for an ordinary speaker system, it’s time to consider in-walls. These nearly invisible speakers can give you outstanding sound without taking up space, and they show off your room’s design in an unobtrusive way. If you’ve never thought about in-walls, it may be time for a change of heart.

Kim Wilson Posted: Mar 16, 2009 0 comments

Meridian announced delivery of the first new design with Sooloos, the recently acquired manufacturer of server-based home entertainment systems widely acknowledged as one of the most sophisticated systems available. The new Control 10 integrates Meridian’s proprietary connectivity with Sooloos' award-winning touchscreen, an extremely user-friendly media-access solution.

Kim Wilson Posted: Mar 10, 2009 0 comments

VIZIO, well known for high value, low-cost LCD and plasma TVs, is now at the forefront of the latest TV technologies with the integration of a 240Hz Refresh Rate and Scanning Backlight in their 42-inch SV421XVT and 47-inch SV471XVT LCD flat panel TVs. Coupled with a Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 50,000:1 these TVs provide a contrast ratio that rivals the performance of plasma displays. The 240Hz refresh rate virtually eliminates motion blur from fast-action movie sequences and video games.

Kim Wilson Posted: Mar 10, 2009 2 comments

Anthem unveils the Audio/Video Master 50v (AVM 50v), a state-of-the-art music preamplifier/home theater processor with a built in tuner and independent source selection for recording. This updated version of the AVM 50 combines the latest performance-enhancing technologies with whole-home entertainment control that makes it possible for users to direct audio and video program materials throughout the house.

Kim Wilson Posted: Feb 23, 2009 3 comments

Rotel, known for their high performance AV components, offers up several new models for the most discriminating user. The 15 Series offers a broad range of home theater and custom-installation electronics including the RSP-1570, a 7.1 Home Theater Surround Processor/Preamplifier, and three high powered amplifiers; the RMB-1575, RMB-1506 and the PB-1572 (all pictured above).

Kim Wilson Posted: Feb 18, 2009 0 comments

Engineered exclusively by Meridian Audio for Dunhill, the Alfred Dunhill AD88 Entertainment System exploits Meridian’s expertise in digital audio and loudspeaker design to deliver exceptional sound from a single tabletop component that is both stylish and unobtrusive.

Kim Wilson Posted: Feb 06, 2009 1 comments

Known for fine furniture, Ethan Allen adds home entertainment cabinetry to their catalogue. Called the Smart Wall, this beautiful wall unit not only houses a flat panel TV and all your AV components but it provides several options for bookshelves, drawers, storage and file cabinets plus full crown molding. There are up to 17 modular components that can be configured in any number of arrangements based on your personal needs. It can function as an all-in-one media room, home theater, and office.

Kim Wilson Posted: Feb 05, 2009 1 comments

A little know company in Cambridge, Massachussetts could change the way we interface with our home theaters. Using advanced technology, Ambrid has reinvented remote functionality with a universal remote control that uses voice commands to fully automate any home entertainment system.

Kim Wilson Posted: Feb 03, 2009 1 comments

Integration and contemporary styling is what everyone is looking for so Samsung's new Blu-ray players certainly embrace both these concepts. The BD-P4600 is a wall-mountable Blu-ray player and the HT-BD8200 is a Home Theater Sound Bar with an integrated Blu-ray Player. According to Samsung they are heralding a new direction for the Blu-ray industry and moving away from the traditional square (and boring) black boxes.

Kim Wilson Posted: Feb 03, 2009 8 comments

Reinforcing the brand’s commitment to provide the utmost elegance and functionality to dcor-conscious home theater furniture, OmniMount launched its new Karim Collection line of lifestyle furniture with the Prism 50. The new collection is in partnership with industrial and interior designer Karim Rashid.

Kim Wilson Posted: Feb 03, 2009 0 comments

If you are looking for an unusual speaker that will fit anywhere, including unconventional spaces, and still be decorative, you should check out the JBL Control NOW indoor and outdoor loudspeakers. The quarter-round shape allows for the uniquely versatile speaker to be installed in a wide variety of places including areas where other speakers can no be installed. Priced between $249 and $279, these guys won't break the bank either.

Kim Wilson Posted: Dec 12, 2008 3 comments

As cool as it may look, not everyone wants to hang their new flat panel TV on the wall. Omnimount, manufacturers of sophisticated TV wall mounts also offer entertainment centers to accommodate your flat panel, AV components, media, and more. The sleek and elegant Link Series furniture offers contemporary finishes and a modular design that is sure to compliment any decor.

Kim Wilson Posted: Dec 04, 2008 0 comments

Long before the iPod gained dominance as the defacto portable media device, audiophiles were voicing their concerns about where the music world might be headed with the popularity of lowfi MP3 music files. For some the introduction of Krell's S-300i Integrated Amplifier, which interfaces with the iPod, could be seen as a "if you can't beat them join them" strategy. A different perspective would be that the iPod is no longer considered a lowfi product.

Kim Wilson Posted: Nov 03, 2008 1 comments

Designer-oriented homeowners have steadily been moving away from large behemoth loudspeakers, opting for hidden solutions. However, for those enthusiasts that still like to show off their electronics, even loudspeakers are getting more stylish. With loudspeakers like MartinLogan's Feature, you can put back the WOW in your AV presentation. The Feature is a fully powered, high-resolution, electrostatic loudspeaker designed for use either on or off-wall for center, front, or surround channel applications. Pictured here it is being used as a center speaker with MartinLogan's breathtaking Purity floor standing electrostatic speakers that make their own statement.

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