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DIY Network Gives Nancy O’Dell a Home Theater Basement Overhaul

New control system and projector help transform star’s entertainment room.

October 07, 2011 | by Grant Clauser

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Nancy O’Dell, new celebrity co-host of Entertainment Tonight, had a dark boring man cave in the house she and her husband share, and she (or they) wanted to give it a complete overhaul.

The room started out, well, pretty decent by a lot of standards. It included a couple of reclining theater chairs a pool table and two flat-panel TVs. But the host of a program that spotlights Hollywood’s elite really deserved a knock-out home theater system.

Aside from a big screen a projector, O’Dell wanted simplicity in the rooms controls. She complained that she couldn’t control the lights in the room and that to change the channel on the TV she had to hit 20 buttons. “I want it to be a lot easier, yet sophisticated,” she told Robinson. To help with that problem, the team installed a Crestron automation system with a wireless touchscreen and an iLux lighting system.

For the home theater, the couple went with a Runco LS-3 1080p projector matched to a 100-inch Stewart screen. Sound comes from a DTR-70.2 Integra receiver and Audes in-wall speakers.

Crestron Touchscreen
The family was given complete and simple control over the entertainment and lighting system via a Crestron wireless touchscreen and a Crestron control processor.

Integra DTR-70.2 Receiver
The DTR-70.2 offers home networking, multiple powered zones, advanced audio and image processing technology plus a good selection of audio streaming services to provide virtually unlimited music opportunities.

Runco LS 3 Home Theater Projector
This single-chip DLP projector is designed for what Runco calls “flex rooms,” or rooms used for multiple purposes. It’s bright enough to be used with some ambient light and includes the company’s ViVix image processing.

Nancy O’Dell’s Stewart Screen
DIY Network and Hollywood Hi-Tech installed a 100-inch Stewart screen flanked by Audes speakers for the theater section of the room. Curtains were added to hide and protect the screen when it’s not in use.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 31 Oct 2011 16:27:00 GMT

The Future Of TV Is Coming, Slowly But Surely

Dan Frommer Oct. 3, 2011

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Like every other form of media, television stands to be profoundly changed once software and the Internet play a more important role. It has taken longer to be transformed than for other media, such as newspapers and music. But slowly, surely, it is happening. Here, we’ll outline some of the changes to expect over the next ten years or so, and some companies to watch in each field. Content and Programming

Long-form shows and linear TV will continue to exist for a long time. But consumption habits will continue to change. More will be watched on-demand and via time-shifting. This, plus different viewing devices and advertising capabilities, will lead to more short-form “pro” content. (Also, why should a news show be exactly 30 minutes every day? How about 15 minutes on slow news days and 50 minutes if a lot is happening?)

Eventually, things like channel numbers will go away. Networks will emerge, merge, and fold. Someday, your search bar may be your channel guide. But that’s going to take a while.


Today, most Americans pay for TV service from a cable or satellite company. If the TV industry can make the right moves, that will continue indefinitely. But the Internet is starting to disrupt this, as more shows and live feeds are available through streaming services.

Where it gets interesting is that the companies that currently provide TV service also are the ones that own the fastest broadband pipes into your home — Comcast, Verizon, and the like. So they are unlikely to go away — they just might have to change their business model to charge more for Internet access, as fewer people pay for TV service and as bandwidth demand grows. (They will also continue to try to develop web and mobile services of their own, to convince people to continue paying for TV service with more value.) One interesting trend will be to see what the satellite companies — which don’t have a broadband pipe into your living room — end up doing.

One misplaced assumption is that TV is necessarily going to get cheaper as more streaming is available. Sure, you may end up picking fewer “channels” or services to subscribe to, but you might also have to pay more for them, or at least spend more on Internet access to stream all that video. The cable guys will also try to force their content partners into schemes where you can only access certain streaming programming if you prove that you’re a cable subscriber. This “authentication” concept is called “TV Everywhere,” and you’ll probably see more of it soon.

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Posted by chantal Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:16:00 GMT

Remotely view your security cameras from a Smartphone, iPhone or iPad

Audio Impact can help you monitor your home, anytime, from anywhere. We even make it simple, with specially designed systems, that work with Apple, PC or Google phones. Now when you are out and about you can always check in and see that everything is in order. You can check on the kids, or check on that “thump!” at night. Our systems even allow you to turn lights on remotely, or set lights to work on a schedule.

We would love to come over and check out what we can do for you. Give us at ring at (858) 271-4154 or email us at and we can set up a time.

Posted by chantal Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:00:00 GMT

Yacht Takes A/V to Sea

Published Sep 28, 2011 By Megan Koontz

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“Out of sight, out of mind” is a dual-meaning phrase that is understood when enjoying the luxuries onboard Tony Nelson’s yacht, The High C’s. As she eases out of the harbor, her passengers slip away from the stress of life onshore, feeling total relaxation and comfort.

The discretely hidden systems that are carefully designed, programmed and installed by Audio Video Excellence offer a complete escape without the burden of bulky boxed machines and tangled wire messes.

Nelson’s 74-foot Viking is well equipped, with five staterooms, an enclosed fly bridge, spacious salon and a fulltime crew. Nelson relied upon AVX to technologically enhance the quarters with several plasma TVs, the convenience of a media server and the integration of the entertainment elements with the necessary navigational electronics.

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Posted by chantal Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:15:00 GMT

New Product Release - Sonos Play 3

Wireless HiFi music systems are finally here and none are better than Sonos.

Audio Impact Inc. is proud to be an authorized dealer of Sonos products and is excited about the new Play:3. Sonos begins with the setup of a base station linked to your personal wireless network. Once this connection is made the Sonos signal is distributed through the network area. Sonos players (speakers) can then be set up anywhere within the network range and can play all of your music from anywhere including Pandora, iTunes, SiriusXM, and more.

The new Play:3 player is smaller yet sexier than all of its predecessors. The Play:3 can be controlled from your iPad, iPhone, Android, or Sonos controller.

The integration of a Sonos system and an Audio Impact automation system creates the ultimate smart home experience.

Posted by chantal Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:34:00 GMT

Audio Impact Wins Gold in Electronic House Home of the Year 2011

Audio Impact is proud to announce that it has won the 2011 Gold Outdoor Space Electronic Home of the Year award.

The Electronic House editorial team picked the winning entries, which featured fantastic audio, video, lighting and automation systems, and ultimately awarded 32 winning installations in 12 categories. The winning entries were selected based upon technological innovation, creative solutions to challenges, and design elements and will be showcased in the May/June and July/August issues of Electronic House magazine and on

“The focus on an outdoor space was a new challenge for us. The underwater speakers were built into the pool frame, at the right depths, to create amazing sound in the infinity pool. The Jacuzzi TV was built into a custom design deck/housing, on a swing arm, behind a glass wall to ensure it is completely weather resistant. We are most proud of the integration of all the unique features into an overall automation system that can be controlled throughout the home.” said Ryan Lipkovicius CEO of Audio Impact Inc.

In 2010 Audio Impact won the Best Master Suite Electronic Home of the Year Award. Audio Impact is proud of these accomplishments that portray our emphasis on quality, attention to detail, design innovations, and exemplary service.

Posted by chantal Fri, 21 Oct 2011 16:13:00 GMT

Audio Impact Installation of the week: Family Room TV Installation

This home needed a simple, elegant solution. Our client purchased this home in La Jolla and wanted a Home Theater and easy-to-use remote.

Audio Impact sprung into action, calling on it’s general contractor to frame out the existing opening to match the home’s decor and allow for the Samsung UN55D6000 TV to be installed on a swing arm. We fitted the home with an Integra 40.2 Receiver and Control4 Remote and brain (SR-250 and HC-200). We used our client’s existing Sony Blu-ray player, Nintendo Wii and Time Warner cable box. The end result is a magnificent looking installation with a simple control solution.

Call us so you can see what we can do for you!



Posted by chantal Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:56:00 GMT

Home theatre apps take over entertainment

Move over movie critics, remote controls and TV listings


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New apps for smartphones and tablets are normally used on the go, but there are several that make sitting in your home theatre more enjoyable.

No, the apps can’t set up your system - but one can help you better understand the words used to describe home theatre technology.

It’s called Home Theater Glossary, was developed by Deep Powder Software, and is available from the App Store or the Android market.

It gives definitions for some basic words and common terms. They can be searched, or looked up alphabetically, offering simple results for even the most complex terminology.

If a word you need to know is not listed, well, there’s a direct feedback feature so you can bring the developers up to speed!

“Clicker” apps

A number of apps are available that turn your mobile device into a fully functional remote control.

RedEye, for example, controls almost any equipment that receives infrared control signals - TVs, cable boxes, stereos, DVD players, VCRs and more.

The iOS or Android app is free. A small hardware device actually generates the infrared signals; it’s available online and at some retailers (here in Calgary, Memory Express is one).

Beacon, from Griffin Technology, ( also turns a smartphone into a remote control.

Another software and hardware combo, it uses Bluetooth signals from your device and converts them to the infrared that most TV and stereo components expect.

You can change channels on a set-top box, pump up the volume on your sound system, program your DVR, and more through your touch screen display.

Logitech is releasing a similar product, a wireless device that connects to your iPad, iPhone, or Android smartphone and turns it into a universal remote.

But its new Harmony product line actually adds more features to the iPad version (over the smartphone apps).

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Posted by chantal Thu, 20 Oct 2011 16:23:00 GMT

Featured Product: Fortress First Class Motorized Tray Table

With Fortress’ new First Class Motorized Tray Table you can now enjoy a light snack or a full meal while watching your movie. The tray is stored within the cavity of the arm so when not in use it is out of sight. It is easily retrieved by lifting the arm cap and activating the motorized lift mechanism.

Posted by chantal Wed, 19 Oct 2011 16:21:00 GMT

2011 Custom Retailer Excite Awards Winner: Chief W1 Series Hinged Wall Racks

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Chief’s W1 Series Hinged Wall Racks provide a hassle-free solution for storage needs. This versatile series allows users to load components without worrying about rack alignment. A reversible door can be installed to open left or right, and hinge-pin installation on either side makes preloading components easy. Additionally, the rack is hinged to the wall bracket, allowing easy access to the rear of the rack for installation and service. Includes adjustable front and rear rack rails and all necessary hardware.

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Posted by chantal Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:34:00 GMT