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Maximizing Pre-Wire Capabilities in Small Home Theater 

We were commissioned on this project after the pre-wire and sheet rock was in place. The builder had guided another company in regards to the pre-wire, but we were hired to design the system and, more importantly, create the theater. The client was looking for as much of a dedicated theater feel they could get in a multi-purpose room setting. We were hired to design the seating, finishes, electronics, and accessories—and maximize the capabilities of the pre-wire. Furthermore, performance and ease of use were important, but ultimately the look of the room was most important....

CES 2008 Sees More Convergence of Web and TV Content 

The convergence of the Internet and television took another step forward at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show where Samsung and Sharp added Internet feeds to specially equipped TVs and Sony expanded the content offerings for its Bravia Video Link TVs....

Distributed AV and Lighting Control System 

The goal of this project was to deliver a medium level of automation with a focus on lighting design in a North Georgia mountain home. The design included a 16-zone distributed audio system with a few primary viewing areas for nicer TVs. The architectural aspects of the ceilings required attention to detail from a lighting standpoint. Some of the TVs in the home were recessed into the wall and in order to create an impressive aesthetic appeal, extra design and project management time was required. ...

Dark Clouds Ahead for HD DVD 

What custom installer didn’t see this one coming? Two disc formats hit the market promising to be the sole proprietor of the high-definition video disc, and only one, presumably, will succeed. Warner Home Video’s announcement on the eve of CES that it was abandoning HD DVD and putting all its apples in the Blu-ray basket portends the demise of the HD DVD campaign. ...

Dual-Purpose Japanese Style Design 

The space began as a multi-purpose room functioning as a library, office, and television area. Although there were other areas in the residence to enjoy movies, television, or music the homeowner desired to have an environment dedicated to experiencing these media....

LCD TV Makes Technical and Market Advances 

As the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show opens this week in Las Vegas, the digital TV landscape is shifting by the hour, with LCD continuing its drive toward market dominance across most screen sizes....

Home Theater Star Field  

For over seven years, our customer kept a folder with ideas and notes of what he wanted in his theater, and with the help of our company and the builder, we made his dream a reality. ...

New HDMI Technology Solutions Become Available 

HDMI may be the next-generation connector for full-bandwidth HDTV and lossless audio, but getting it to perform reliably and over long distances has been a major challenge for custom installers. Several new solutions on the horizon offer promise for the nascent technology....

HDMI 1.3 Cables – A Look Under the Hood 
By Steven Barlow
HDMI Licensing issued a major extension of its HDMI standard, known popularly as HDMI v1.3. Few times in the history of the consumer-electronics industry has the introduction of a display standard created more interest and confusion among consumers...

Media Room Access to Whole-House Video Distribution 

Our client was looking for a media room for the children to hang out in, relax, play pool, and watch TV or DVDs—but mostly they wanted to play video games. The media room is located on the basement level of a single-story house and the formal theater is located on the main floor....

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