Our pal Melissa Andresko from Lutron appeared on Fox Tech Take this week to show off the company’s C•L dimmers, which are notable for their ability to smoothly, reliably, and consistently control dimmable compact fluorescent and LED bulbs as well as old-school incandescents and halogen bulbs. Also on display is Lutron’s new Maestro occupancy/vacancy sensor, as well as those cellular shades you might remember me geeking out about at last year’s CEDIA Expo.
Epson this week announced the launch of its latest 3LCD home theater projector, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD. The projector offers entertainment in 720p HD resolution.
“Whether it’s a blockbuster movie, live sporting event or videogame, the Home Cinema 710HD offers a great home entertainment experience at an affordable price,” Kristi Lanzit , product manager for Epson America, said as part of the announcement.
It would be one thing if the owner of this Southern California home could blame his closet wiring mess on the San Andreas Fault. But unfortunately, it was the fault of the original installation company that the owner needed to call on another CE pro to check out why his low-voltage panel doors wouldn’t close.
The client found San Diego-based Audio Impact as a referral from another of the integrator’s customers, and the tidiness of this result will likely earn more referral calls.
When system designer Ryan Lipkovicius of Audio Impact visited the home, it didn’t take him long to discover the wire spillage and sources of the homeowner’s complaints. Along with simply being unable to close the panel properly, the owner noted his home’s sporadic telephone and Internet problems.
“None of the master suite closet space in this immediate area could be used. At first glance, it was obvious why the panels wouldn’t close,” says Lipkovicius. “Upon further inspection, there were notable cable patches and splices. The modem and router were dangling in place by the Cat 5e Ethernet cable that was connected to them.”
The panels contain equipment to systems from Control4, Russound and Lutron, plus wiring to the home’s security cameras. Problem is, there’s just not much real estate to navigate in the master suite and the original installer obviously did not put much work into securing everything included.
Last year Bang & Olufsen launched B&O Play, a sub-brand that features high quality gadgets priced a whole lot lower than what the company is traditionally known for. So far only headphones and wireless speaker systems have been released under the new name, but soon we can expect something much bigger — a TV. Speaking to FlatpanelsHD, B&O Play VP Henrik Lorensen revealed that the company will be launching a new television sometime this year. No actual details have been announced just yet, so we’re not quite sure how the new release will compare to B&O’s existing BeoVision line of high-end TVs. But at the very least you should be able to finally pick up a new Bang & Olufsen without having to spend upwards of $11,000.
Dolby Laboratories and Royal Philips Electronics this week unveiled a new 3D format, which the companies say can deliver “full HD 3D content to 3D-enabled devices, including glasses-free displays.”
Dolby and Philips are debuting the Dolby 3D technology at the NAB show in Las Vegas this week.
“The focus of the project will be to work with original equipment manufacturers of display panels and entertainment devices to enhance the performance of 3D consumer devices to make viewing of 3D content just as convenient and appealing as viewing of 2D content on a high-quality screen is today,” the companies said in a statement. “This project is uniquely positioned to enable the industry’s adoption of 3D by working on standardization and licensing of the technology.”
Honeywell said this week that it has debuted the latest version of the Lynx Touch self-contained security system. The system includes a pair of industry firsts: Wi-Fi capability and a 4G alarm radio.
“The new Lynx Touch truly represents what today’s homeowners expect from a security system – it’s easy to use, it’s fast to install, it has the broadest breadth of communication options and it can do a lot more than just security,” Rob Puric , director of product management, Honeywell Security & Communications, said as part of the announcement.
A homeowner called Audio Impact in San Diego, asking us to please come out and take a look as to why he could not close his low voltage panel doors in his closet. He also mentioned that he experienced intermittent telephone and internet problems.
When Audio Impact System Designer, Ryan Lipkovicius, arrived on site, the homeowner was only too happy. None of the Master Suite closet space in this immediate area could be used. At first glance it was obvious why the panels would not close. Upon further inspection there were notable cable patches and splices. The modem and router were dangling in place by the cat5e ethernet cable that was connected to them.
Audio Impact Technician, Ernesto Vega, was scheduled to return to organize the smart panel and verify all systems relating to it. Ernesto cleaned up all the wiring and added an additional network switch to activate all the data jacks in the home. He labeled all the cable room names and a surge protected powerstip was added to aid the equipment. The homeowner mentioned he was experiencing poor wireless reception. To fix this issue, Audio Impact installed an Apple Airport Extreme, as a wireless access point and flush mounted it to the outside cover with a custom bracket. This allows the wifi to penetrate the entire Master Suite.
The end result is another happy and satisfied customer, who no longer has network or phone issues, and a transformed smart low voltage panel that closes!
Denon Electronics this week unveiled its new core A/V receiver line for 2012, which is available now. The line includes the 7.1-channel Model AVR -1913 (SRP: $579.99) as well as the 5.1-channel Models AVR-1713 (SRP: $449.99), AVR-1613 (SRP: $399.99) and AVR-1513 (SRP: $249.99).
“With the launch of our new core AV receiver line for 2012, we are giving more people total simplicity of setup and operation, access to online music content as well as outstanding audio and video capabilities,” Yoshinori Yamada, the company’s product manager for core products, said as part of the announcement.