CUSTOM INSTALLATION EQUIPMENT REVIEWS

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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: 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 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: 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 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: 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.

Kim Wilson Posted: Oct 31, 2008 0 comments

There may be plenty of Blu-ray players out there already but Integra believes they have something special to offer their dedicated customers. Known for their premium performance products, Integra releases the DBS-6.9, their first Blu-ray player, which delivers full 1080p video at 24 frames per second, the native frame rate for most original motion pictures and HD content.

Kim Wilson Posted: Oct 28, 2008 1 comments

Nothing makes a statement like personalizing your interior decor with <A HREF=http://www.auralex.com/sonicprint>Auralex Acoustics SonicPrint ProPanels</A>. These acoustic absorptive panels are covered in a special fabric designed to improve the sound of your home theater or media room. The SonicPrint panels help control excessive reverberation and room ring that are caused by hard surfaces like drywall, concrete or wood. Strategically placing these panels on the walls will absorb unwanted sound energy and optimize the acoustical properties of your room, providing more accurate and undistorted sound throughout the listening area.

Kim Wilson Posted: Oct 23, 2008 0 comments

For a bold statement, the designer loudspeakers from NACSound will surely get noticed and compliment the most daring contemporary dcors. Direct from Italy, these handmade custom speakers are distributed in the US and Canada by Sonance, a leader in custom hidden solutions for loudspeakers. The NACSound for Sonance speakers are hardly meant to be hidden and in fact, should be prominently displayed.

Kim Wilson Posted: Oct 21, 2008 1 comments

The remarkably low-priced $1099 InFocus X9 makes high definition projection a no brainer. This latest DLP projector offers native 720p resolution, 1800 lumens, and 2500:1 contrast ratio with a maximum image of almost 30 feet. The projector also features DLP's BrilliantColor™ image processing technology to improve optical efficiency and provide a wider color gamut.

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