John Sciacca

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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 09, 2014 0 comments
There’s been a lot of talk at the show about 4K – or Ultra High Definition, if you prefer – but no one is talking about how you’re going to move that signal from one side of your house to the other. Well, HDBaseT wants people to know that its technology is ready and waiting for the 4K revolution, and that it can send 4K video – along with full-resolution audio, control, Ethernet and power – over a single Category rated cable up to 328 feet!

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With the major cold spell that recently blast-chilled the country, things like keeping your house and feet warm seem less like a luxury and more like an essential means of survival. Nuheat is North Americas’ leader in electric floor heating systems, and this week they announced the industry’s first WiFi thermostat for floor heating, the Nuheat Signature.

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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 09, 2014 0 comments
Admit it: At some point you’ve wandered around your house looking for the remote control. Or maybe it was your car keys. Or your wallet. Whatever. You’ve spent long, panicked minutes hunting through pants' pockets, couch cushions and looking under furniture trying to find some small device before. Now Stick N Find has an affordable 21st Century way to help you find your stuff!

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If you haven’t got thousands or even hundreds of dollars to shell out for a smart, universal control system or you’ve been looking for a way to add app-based control to you theater or you wanted to add Bluetooth audio streaming to a legacy system, Blumoo might be exactly what you’re looking for.

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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 09, 2014 0 comments
For most listeners, compressed audio is a way of life. Between purchased iTunes music, streaming from Pandora or Spotify, satellite or terrestrial radio, for practically an entire generation, the only audio they know is some smashed down version of what music is capable of sounding like, and they rarely experience the capabilities of what even CD quality audio can deliver. The new Signal Doctor by Harman looks to fix all of this, but restoring what has been lost and letting people hear what they’ve been missing.

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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 08, 2014 Published: Jan 09, 2014 0 comments
Many people think that a Kaleidescape movie server system is just for people needing to manage a massive movie collection. And while it is certainly great for them, the company feels that its new Cinema One system featuring the company’s award winning interface offers many benefits for even the casual movie collector, and that once someone experiences how easy the system is to use, they will become collectors.

Now, Kaleidescape is giving you a reason to purchase its new Limited Edition Cinema One movie server even if you don’t already own a large movie collection. In fact, the company is giving you 50 reasons, in the form of 50 preloaded titles that have been hand-selected by the company!

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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 07, 2014 Published: Jan 08, 2014 0 comments
If you’re tired of paying the Man – ie: the exorbitant rates demanded by the cable or satellite provider – for your TV content, but have held off on cutting the cord because you can’t stand the thought of parting with your program guide or DVR and the sweet, sweet awesomeness which is time-shift viewing, then Tablo might be the solution you’ve been looking for!

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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 08, 2014 0 comments
Many people care about the look of their homes, their furniture, and the accessories they buy, but even though audio components are shrinking, most speakers still look like large, decorator-unfriendly, black and grey boxes. In-ceiling speakers may look more discreet but they can be difficult an expensive to install. ClearView Audio’s CEO Stefan Bokamper claimed, “We wanted to design something that was as invisible to the casual observer as an in-ceiling speaker. When a friend walks into your house they wouldn’t know where the music was coming from.”

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John Sciacca Posted: Jan 07, 2014 0 comments
If you’ve never seen a 3D printer in action, well, then you are missing out my friend. Watching the printer head whizzing back and forth, slowly growing, building and creating a 3D creation, it is just totally cool and like magic. And in the world of 3D printing, MakerBot is at the forefront.

MakerBot’s Chief Executive, Ben Petti, says that his company and product is about unleashing your creativity and to date there are over 44,000 MakerBots in the world. And they see this number growing to over 1,000,000.

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A consortium of flagship audio/video companies have once again teamed up to provide the most immersive, over-the-top home theater demo at CES 2014.

Using detailed engineering schematics from Antony Grimani’s firm, Performance Media Industries (PMI) they rebuilt a meeting room in the Venetian into the ultimate movie listening and viewing space. Grimani told me that his company reengineered the room omitting all of the “wrong” hotel dimensions, and coming up with the layout and design for the room’s seating, riser heath, screen size, acoustic treatments and more.

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