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Runco Projector Highlights Basement Theater

Published Apr 12, 2012 By HD Living

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The husband and wife came to CSA Audio Design in Upper Montclair, N.J., wanting to convert a basement-level exercise room into a high-performance home theater that could host family movie nights when the grandchildren visit.

For the husband, a retired engineer for whom technology was a career, performance of the system was paramount. He wanted floor-standing speakers and a fixed-screen, home theater experience.

“He had a vision that he wanted his theater to look good and sound good; his wife wanted a pretty little theater,” says Ralph Fonte, CSA Audio Design’s owner. “They both did a lot of compromising back and forth.” Neither wanted to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the project.

CSA Audio Design helped guide the couple’s decision making, with Fonte demonstrating speaker options so the husband could decide what he liked best.

The in-store demonstration highlight was the Runco CineWide high-definition front projector, which displays movies in the ultra-wide CinemaScope 2.35:1 aspect ratio. “It was the first time he saw one live, and he loved it,” says Fonte.

CSA Audio Design worked closely with the couple’s builder, who had never worked on a dedicated home theater room before, introducing him to the audio/video technology and also the Starlight fiber optic ceiling and the acoustic panels used in CSA Audio Design’s theater room.

Converting the low-ceilinged, 20- by 16-foot room into an eight-seat theater was a challenge that required moving a door and installing an 8-inch riser base to support a straight row of Salamander Designs theater seats at the rear of the theater. A second row of seats curved at the theater’s front.

The couple focused on the heart and soul of the theater—the audio, the video and the acoustics of the room.

CSA Audio Design paired a Runco VX-2000d 1080p DLP projector, installed with Runco’s add-on CineWide (Whitney) lens, with a 140-inch, 2.35:1 aspect ratio video screen from Vutec. The theater’s audio was delivered via an Integra DTR 8.8 receiver, compact floor-standing front speakers (Dali Mentor 5s for the right and left channels, Dali Mentor Vokal for center channel), plus Dali Icon Phantom in-wall speakers for rear channels. JL Audio’s Fathom f112 subwoofer drove the base.

The system components were installed in a hallway closet outside the theater. CSA Audio Design programmed Universal Remote Control model MX-980 to provide one-touch control of the system.

The couple opted not to invest in a movie or music management system, beyond the installation of a one-disc Blu-ray player and a cable box. Fonte explains that the retired engineer is waiting until easier computer-based on-demand music and movie downloading becomes available. “I definitely will be showing him VuDu,” says Fonte, referring to the on-demand movie service.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:16:00 GMT

Control4 Releases New Controller HC250

Introducing the Control4 HC-250 Controller! This powerful controller offers exceptional value and performance plus instantaneous on-screen control. Whether you are installing a simple single-room system for your home or business, delivering a universal remote alternative with room to grow, or adding intuitive on-screen control for one TV or 20, the HC-250 Controller is the perfect solution.

The HC-250 delivers instantaneous control at an exceptional value. Its sleek design and small form-factor make it ideal for single-room control systems, universal remote replacements or as a way to deliver on-screen control to every television in larger residential or light commercial installations. A powerful 1GHz processor running the Control4® award-winning operating system delivers instantaneous, interactive control and makes the HC-250 a versatile and powerful player in any control system.

  • Next-generation core and ZigBee processors deliver a new level of speed and performance for instantaneous interactive on-screen control and access to lighting, security, music and video libraries.
  • Elegant, low-profile design features an integrated power supply for flexible, simple installation behind televisions or on a shelf.
  • Instantaneous, intuitive control from a touch screen, remote, or TV on-screen navigator.
  • Built-in PoE capability provides power and network connectivity over a single CAT5/CAT6 cable.
  • Certified HDMI with audio and video capability delivers reliable connectivity to today’s televisions and receivers.
  • Integrated Wireless-N and ZigBee simplify installation while delivering high-performance network connectivity.
  • 2 audio outputs – 1 analog and 1 HDMI – and 1 analog audio input.
  • USB port enables connection to external storage for easy access to music content.

Posted by chantal Fri, 20 Apr 2012 16:17:00 GMT

Crestron Brings Full Pandora Experience Home

Crestron Press Release April 16th, 2012

Enjoy Your Favorite Artists, Albums & Radio Stations Anywhere in the Home

Rockleigh, NJ, April 16, 2012 – Crestron announced today its Internet Radio Tuner Card now supports Pandora®. Now it’s easier than ever to enjoy all your favorite artists, albums or radio stations from anywhere in the home. Pandora is the leader in Internet radio, giving customers a robust medium for listening to music, news, and talk with access to thousands of online stations.

Everything you love about Pandora is now available throughout the home - thumbs up and thumbs down gestures and full meta-data feedback, including album art. No more sitting in front of the TV to control your favorite tunes or find out what song is playing. Simply download the latest firmware update from the Crestron website to enjoy Pandora anytime, anywhere in the home.

“Pandora is one of the most popular content providers customers ask to be integrated into their Crestron systems,” says Sean Goldstein, Crestron VP of Marketing. “Pandora offers a unique and personalized Internet radio experience to listeners, and we are delighted to support it. Other products offer Pandora built-in, but none offer the convenience and ease of use in updating and navigating that Crestron provides.”

Customers simply enter the name of any musical artist, song, or composer and Pandora instantly creates a “station” streaming related music for listening pleasure. They can save up to 99 stations and recall them on demand from a Crestron touch screen. Touch screen control lets users view the current song, artist, and album cover, and provides controls for creating or browsing stations and pausing, skipping, and bookmarking individual songs and artists.

“With the Crestron solution, you can hear a song on Pandora and glance at any touch screen or remote in the home to see what is playing,” explains Jason Oster, Crestron Technology Manager of Software Development Platforms. “You can add a station from your smart phone or tablet and it appears on the Crestron touch screen in real-time. Now you can do more with your Pandora anywhere you want.”

Posted by chantal Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:21:00 GMT

Audio Impact Featured in Electronic House Magazine

Audio Impact is featured in the May/June 2012 Edition of Electronic House Magazine. Gold Winner of Best Home Theater 2012!

Posted by chantal Mon, 16 Apr 2012 22:19:00 GMT


Sony Press Release Jan 9th, 2012

New Models – from entry-level to top-of-the-line – Keep Consumers Connected and Entertained

LAS VEGAS (CES BOOTH #14200), Jan. 9, 2012 – Sony is reaffirming its leadership in the fundamentals of home entertainment, announcing today its new BRAVIA® television lineup. This year Sony introduces three distinct series – the entry-level BX, the step-up EX, and the flagship HX. Each newly introduced model delivers the best picture quality available and offers a range of features to give consumers flexibility in choosing the right entertainment solution.

“Television consumers have told us the mix of formats and features often creates confusion,” said Brian Siegel, vice president for Sony’s television business. “But, we know that the best part of the TV has always been – and will always be – the picture quality. Sony is cutting through that noise to make TV buying easier: three model lines with very clear differences, each designed to deliver the most premium, best-in-class picture ever.”

Innovations in Picture Quality

The new BRAVIA models offer many of the unique-to-Sony technologies and features that consumers have come to expect from a Sony TV, complemented by new enhancements and additional innovations.

Select models incorporate Dynamic Edge LED with local dimming and deliver a brilliant Full HD (1080p) picture with increased brightness and outstanding contrast, particularly in best-in-class deep blacks. Sony’s exclusive OptiContrast™ panel elevates the picture to the front surface of the TV and creates a dark background for rich, vibrant, high contrast pictures even in well-lit rooms.

Picture quality is further enhanced with Sony’s X-Reality™ PRO and X-Reality digital video processors. The dual-chip X-Reality PRO optical engine optimizes video sources by utilizing a vast database of signal patterns and comparing incoming signals with ideal scenes to display unprecedented detail and astonishing color. The single-chip X-Reality engine separates incoming video into its constituent parts of outline, texture and color/contrast, and then applies image enhancements to deliver its outstanding picture. Finally, Sony’s newest version of Motionflow™ XR technology reduces blur caused by quick camera movements, enhancing sharpness and creating a smoother viewing experience for fast-paced sports and movie programming, as well as gaming.

The Lineup

Sony’s HX850 and HX750 debut in the first quarter of 2012 and the HX850 carries forward Sony’s distinctive Monolithic design incorporating Gorilla® Glass by Corning, allowing for thinner, lighter and stronger screen material. Complete with X-Reality PRO and Motionflow XR 960, the HX850 is a fully Internet-connected television with built-in 3D, delivering a premium viewing experience when on, and a stunning addition to home décor even when off.

Consumers wishing to step into Internet-connectivity and Edge LED backlighting need not sacrifice picture quality with Sony’s out-of-the-box Wi-Fi-ready (adapter included) EX640, debuting in the first quarter of the year. The EX series uses Motionflow XR 240 processing, delivering brilliant Full HD 1080p resolution, and integrates Clear Resolution Enhancer providing a vivid, clear, life-like picture.

Entry into the Sony line begins with the BX series, with the BX450 delivering a vivid Full HD 1080p picture with bright images and color. Clear Resolution Enhancer and Digital Noise Reduction provide clear, well-defined images with reduced picture noise.

Connected to a World of Streaming Entertainment

The connected features of the BRAVIA line let consumers discover more content through the Sony Portal, featuring one-touch access to the Sony Entertainment Network and its Video Unlimited and Music Unlimited streaming services, offering on-demand catalog of over 80,000 blockbuster movies and favorite TV shows, as well as a constantly expanding global catalog of more than 15 million music tracks1.

From the BRAVIA home screen, consumers also will find easy-to-navigate apps for Netflix®, Pandora®, HuluPlus™, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube™, Slacker® Internet Radio, Crackle and many more, as well as access to social platforms such as Facebook® and Twitter™. First to market, Sony delivers Yahoo! Broadcast Interactivity, with auto-content recognition, which allows viewers one-click access to TV apps with Internet content related to the programming being watched. This interactive content can include show trivia, viewer votes for fan favorites, purchases of items they see on TV, playing along with a favorite game show, or viewing of related videos and photos.

BRAVIA HX series models also come with Skype™ embedded. After connecting the Sony camera and microphone (model CMU-BR100, sold separately) users can enjoy free widescreen Skype-to-Skype video calls with friends and family from the comfort of their living rooms (subject to Skype terms and conditions). Users can also make voice calls while simultaneously watching TV.

The DNLA®-certified and Wireless LAN built-in HX models also easily connect to and share content from mobile devices and computers on the same home network, as well as allow consumers a wide variety of control options via Sony’s Media Remote™ and Remote Keyboard apps, for a comfortable, lean-back experience at home. Viewers can ‘throw’ a browsed website from a smartphone to the BRAVIA HDTV for easier viewing, and the app allows control of the web cursor with one thumb, tapping for selecting links, and pinching in and out to enlarge or shrink the viewable areas. The apps are available for download from both Android Market™ and iTunes® App Store, and function as a full remote control with keyboard, allowing easy online content search and playback.

Lastly, the Internet-connected BRAVIA HX TVs ensure consumers will never again have to wonder what song is playing during their favorite movie, TV program, or commercial. Sony’s Track ID® service powered by Gracenote analyzes any selected song playing on the TV, identifies it, and provides artist, album, and song information.

Posted by chantal Mon, 16 Apr 2012 16:22:00 GMT

Monitor Audio Trimless in-ceiling and in-wall speakers

Monitor Audio Press Release Dec 9th, 2011

The new CWT series offers versatile installation options for both in-ceiling and in-wall applications. This high performance range of loudspeakers has been created to provide flexible installation in stealthy ‘trimless’ round or square grille styles. Featuring proven technologies and unique design features, CWT models combine high efficiency, wide frequency range and weather-resistance to facilitate flexible system design across a wide range of demanding residential and commercial installations.

Posted by chantal Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:22:00 GMT

Monitor Audio Bronze BX Wins Greatest Overachiever Award!

Monitor Audio Press Release Feb 23rd, 2012

Whether you judge it with your eyes, your ears, or both, Monitor’s Bronze BX system flat out looks and sounds like it belongs in the next price class up, and that’s what makes it special. Credit for this solution must go, in large part, to Monitor’s brilliant Technical Director Dean Hartley and his team, who are masters at the fine art and science of technology trickle-down.

Hartley once told TPV that he believes each new product family, regardless of price, “should leverage every bit of design know-how acquired through work on earlier generation speaker families, no matter how expensive they might be.” One upshot of this laudable approach is that you wind up with modestly priced speaker ranges, such as the Bronze BX family, that borrow technologies and construction techniques from far more costly speaker systems, wherever possible (subject to cost-constraints, of course).

The result is value with a capitol “V.” In practice, this means you also get to enjoy a speaker system where, as our TPV review put it, the “sonic sophistication/dollar ratio is pretty much off the charts.

Posted by chantal Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:13:00 GMT


Sony Press Release March 27th, 2012

SAN DIEGO, March 27, 2012 - For the second year in a row, Sony was awarded Consumer Electronics Brand of the Year by the annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, reflecting the survey results of over 35,000 U.S. consumers.

“We are very proud that the Harris Poll EquiTrend study continues to recognize the value of the Sony brand and the strong connection consumers have with the brand, our products and services,” said Phil Molyneux, Sony Electronics president and COO. “Sony’s ability to sustain such high brand recognition is a testament of our ability to offer many incredible innovationsfor every aspect of consumer entertainment.”

The Sony “Brand Ambassador” integrated marketing campaign launched in the U.S. last year is also strongly resonating with consumers and is being extended over the next few months. The campaign concept is centered on how Sony products enable amazing experiences that make consumers excited to show them off with their friends and family.

Posted by chantal Wed, 11 Apr 2012 16:16:00 GMT

MC3 Wins InAVation Award at ISE 2012

Crestron Press Release February 07, 2012

Crestron Receives Most InAVative Commercial Control Solution for the Second Year in a Row

For the second consecutive year, Crestron picked up the ‘Most InAVative Commercial Control Solution’ award for the MC3 at the InAVation Awards ceremony. Presented at ISE 2012, the InAVation Awards recognize some of the key application areas driving the use and integration of AV technologies throughout the region.

Upon winning the award, Petra van Meeuwen, PR Manager, Crestron International commented, “Once again we are delighted to win the commercial control solution category at the InAVate awards. The awards are voted for by the industry, and this year with a record number of votes cast, we are delighted to come out on top in a very competitive category.”

The MC3’s exclusive programming architecture lets programmers independently develop and run device-specific programs for AV, lighting, HVAC, security, etc. Even as the system grows, processing resources can easily be shifted from one 3-Series processor to another without rewriting any code. The end benefit is dramatically simplified upgradability with minimal downtime, whether implementing changes on site or remotely via the network.

The Crestron MC3 presents a giant leap forward in control system design. Featuring the all-new Core 3 OS control engine, the system integrates entertainment, AV distribution, security and environmental systems. And, with built-in infiNET EX® wireless technology, native mobile and Web-based control, and onboard media rendering, the MC3 affords vast new, more affordable ways to control everything.

Posted by chantal Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:31:00 GMT


Sonos Press Release 03.20.12


Sonos, Inc., the leading manufacturer of wireless music systems, today announced Sonos System Software 3.7, an update that includes brand new controller apps for the Mac and PC to radically enhance the music experience in the home. This free software is available to all Sonos customers via a one-button update to their system. “We’re focused on providing our customers with the simplest and fastest way to experience music throughout their homes,” said John MacFarlane, founder and CEO, Sonos, Inc. “The new apps for Mac and PC make discovering and playing music easier and more enjoyable than ever.” The completely redesigned Sonos Controller apps for Mac and PC include a host of new features for Sonos customers to enjoy, including:

  • A Mini Controller lets you control the music while you’re working in other apps A single search box lets you quickly find artists, albums, songs and stations across all your music sources—music library, Internet radio and music services.
  • Simple drag & drop interface now lets you add one or multiple songs to your queue, room or group of rooms for instant music gratification
  • One touch Party Mode volume control lets you easily raise or lower the volume in all your grouped rooms simultaneously
  • New design and functionality provide greater consistency with other Sonos Controller apps

Other features of Sonos 3.7 software include: - New language support - We’ve added Brazilian Portuguese to the list so now you can control Sonos in 12 languages: Brazilian Portuguese, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, and Swedish. - Android devices on SonosNet - Android smartphones and tablets can now use SonosNet, Sonos’ wireless network, to connect directly to Sonos and the Internet.

Posted by chantal Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:19:00 GMT