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Audio Impact Installation of the Week: Basic on-wall TV Mount

Before and After shots of a recent installation by Audio Impact.

The television was wall-mounted in the corner of the Living Room, with the equipment neatly tucked away in the cabinet, a few feet away. The speakers may be small, but have alot of power and sound. Hidden wiring for the television and minimal exposed wiring for the A/V components, resulted in an elegant and unobtrusive setup.

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Another successful Audio Impact Installation!

Posted by chantal Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:15:00 GMT

Crestron Launches Motorized Shades with Quietest Motor

Debuting at CEDIA Expo 2012, Crestron’s motorized window coverings are available in roller shades, Roman shades, skylight shades and drapery track systems.

By Julie Jacobson, July 23, 2012

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We knew something was up with Crestron when a patent application came through in July for a “Drapery Assembly with a Powered Carrier.”

Indeed, leading home automation provider Crestron Electronics is launching its own line of shading controls to compete with category leader Lutron Electronics.

In a press release issued today (reprinted below), Crestron says it has the “quietest motor on the market” – a superlative generally bestowed on Lutron.

True to form, Crestron is launching a complete line, including motorized roller shades, Roman shades, skylight shades and drapery track systems. “Designer-inspired” fabrics and hardware finishes complete the line. The company says the line can be integrated with non-Crestron control systems.

Over the past decade, Crestron has added several subsystems to its home integration line, including A/V switchers and receivers, thermostats and lighting controls. The video switchers and lighting in particular have lured many integrators away from specialty manufacturers of these lines.

Meanwhile, many of the specialty vendors, such as Lutron (Radio Ra 2), Key Digital (Compass Control), Gefen (GAVA), URC (Total Control), somfy (TaHoma) and Remote Technologies Inc. have expanded into Crestron’s realm of home integration to offer their own multifunction control systems.

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Posted by chantal Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:00:00 GMT

Samsung 75-inch ES9000 smart TV makes stateside debut


POSTED JULY 18TH 2012 3:58PM

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The mammoth 75-inch ES9000 LED smart TV that Samsung recently unveiled for the Korean market is making its way stateside. Today the 3D-capable, LED-backlit set was on display in New York as part of the Sammy-sponsored SpaceFest marking the Space Shuttle Enterprise’s arrival at the Intrepid. How smart TVs relate to Space Shuttle orbiters is beyond us, but the ES9000’s US debut is welcome news for those with a massive living room to fill, and were disappointed after the ES8000 75-incher shown at CES and even given a price tag earlier this year failed to materialize. Detailed specs are currently MIA, but as we noted before in our hands-on, the 75-incher’s bezel measures just 0.31 inches, and the frame sports a rose-gold finish. There’s also a built-in web camera that retracts when not in use, and the TV comes with four pairs of 3D glasses. Being a smart TV, this guy also includes the full suite of Smart TV features, such as Smart Interaction for enabling gesture and voice controls and Smart Content for sharing media across several devices. Samsung also used today’s occasion to introduce a new Angry Birds app for its smart TVs, which lets users play the game entirely with gesture controls. The app will be available for a free download later this month, and the ES9000 will go on sale in August for a super-sized price of $9.999.

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Posted by chantal Tue, 24 Jul 2012 21:57:00 GMT

Installation of the Week: Triple Screen Racing Simulator

Audio Impact recently upgraded this Racing Simulator from one screen to three!

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Posted by chantal Fri, 20 Jul 2012 17:47:00 GMT

Seura Outdoor TVs - How it works

If you are considering a television for an outdoor space, think twice before you install an off-the-shelf TV. Outdoor technology is more sophisticated than simply waterproofing. Designed to withstand debris impact, weather conditions, extreme temperature changes, contaminants, and solar brightness, Séura’s Storm is a high-performance television ideal for the discerning homeowner.

1. Bezel Constructed of high-grade metal, the bezel is responsible for holding together and protecting the elements of the outdoor screen. Removable, the bezel allows front access to parts for maintenance and cleaning.

2. Anti-Reflective Safety Glass Coated with a specially formulated anti-reflective coating, the dual-layer glass refracts sunlight, so reflections and glares don’t interfere with the picture. Tempered safety glass is strong and resistant to impact.

3. Precision O-ring System Creates a tight seal, protecting internal parts from rain, snow, and moisture.

4. Ultra-High Brightness Panel With more than double the brightness of a typical HDTV (Storm boasts 700cd/m2), high brightness panels perform well in sunny environments. Conventional televisions are not bright enough to be viewed in daylight.

5. Air Refinement Intake Filter Dedicated for air intake only, this durable composite filter removes contaminates such as sand, smoke, dust, and insects before the air enters the product.

6. Airflow System External air takes a dual path, cooling the TV screen across the front as well as the electrical components along the back. As the air takes on heat from these components, it rises and is drawn out the back of the product through a bank of ultra-quiet fans.

7. Robust Housing Aircraft-grade, light-weight aluminum construction withstands impact and cosmetic wear and tear. Powder-coated with a durable finish. Whether tested by Mother Nature or a stray baseball, the rugged build will continue to perform unscathed.

8. Protected Media Compartment Spacious media compartment has room for media boxes and cable anchors with space for hands to comfortably manage. Removable cover for easy access.

9. Weatherproof Integration Connections Designed for robust integration, weather-appropriate adapters connect video sources and control systems to an extensive array of connectivity options.

10. Speakers Speakers are protected from the elements and offer robust sound in most applications. For a more encompassing audio solution, integrate the TV with an outdoor speaker system using the built-in amplifier.

Posted by chantal Fri, 13 Jul 2012 16:13:00 GMT

Installation of the Week : Crestron In-Wall Touchpanel

Crestron V-Panel Integrated 15” Wall Mount HD Touch Screen - TPMC-V15-WALL

Audio Impact recently installed this very stylish and versatile touch panel solution in a La Jolla Home. Blending style and function with the latest high-definition graphics technology, this flush mount touchscreen also includes a built-in front-firing speakers to provide clear audio for listening to multimedia, as well as for intercom in combination with the integrated microphone.

Posted by chantal Wed, 11 Jul 2012 17:43:00 GMT

Audio Impact Project Featured on Cover of San Diego Premiere Magazine - June 2012

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Posted by chantal Mon, 09 Jul 2012 17:21:00 GMT

Audio Impact Control4 Authorized Gold Dealer - 2012

Posted by chantal Fri, 06 Jul 2012 20:23:00 GMT

5 high-tech smart homes for the super rich

By By Jerold Leslie | – Tue, Jun 26, 2012

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Super-luxury estates don’t just come with swimming pools and tennis courts these days, but also boast elaborate home theaters and special controls that can unlock doors or adjust thermostats even if you’re halfway around the world.

“I’ll walk into a dark house with a buyer, press one button and turn on the lights, the music and the home theater downstairs,” says Debra Johnston, an Atlanta real estate agent who specializes in high-end properties. “The whole house is ready to go – and the client can see that.”

More and more high-end properties feature such “smart-home” technologies - professional-grade audio/video systems, plus lights, thermostats, window shades and more that you can control with an Apple iPad or other smart device. Read on for five of the poshest smart homes.

Lakefront estate, Plano, Texas

List price: $5.9 million

This six-bedroom estate’s elaborate media room features a domed ceiling that depicts thousands of twinkling stars - and even an occasional meteor streaking across the sky. There are also eight reclining chairs, as well as custom-painted murals depicting a panoramic view of Florence, Italy. As for electronics, the media room boasts a Sony (SNE_) video projector, a 147-inch screen, a 7.1 surround-sound Super THX speaker system, four DSS satellite receivers and more. The home’s state-of-the-art electronics also include remote-controlled shades, lights and other amenities, as well as built-in wiring for audio, flat-panel TVs and high-speed Internet.

Oceanfront estate, Dana Point, CA

List price: $23 million

Located on the Pacific Ocean some 60 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 10 miles east of Catalina Island, this Tuscan-style estate boasts remote-controlled lights, drapes, audio/video and more. A Crestron control system runs the built-in 60-inch built-in flat-panel TV and surround-sound system in the home’s great room, as well as two flat-panel TVs and a ticker-tape display in the “sports room.” You can also control the property’s security system/video cameras remotely, as well as a 15-zone audio system that features built-in speakers inside and out of the six-bedroom home. But the estate’s coolest feature is probably its home theater, which boasts a professional-grade video projector, a 160-inch screen and 11 reclining seats.

Clock tower penthouse, Brooklyn, NY

List price: $19 million

This three-bedroom penthouse doesn’t have the world’s most elaborate electronics, but is in one of the coolest settings around – a 98-year-old former factory’s clock tower. Spanning the top three floors of Brooklyn’s famed 1914 Clock Tower Building, the condo boasts one-of-a-kind windows carved out of the structure’s four huge clocks (which still function). As for electronics, the penthouse has 12-speed CAT wiring and a Crestron system that controls lighting, heat, air conditioning, audio/video and shades.

Tuxedo Park estate, Atlanta, GA

List price: $11.5 million

This newly built 2-acre estate features all sorts of cutting-edge technology, from a home theater that cost nearly $1 million to lights, thermostats and more that you can control remotely. Virtually every room in this seven-bedroom/13-bathroom home is connected to central music and security systems and comes prewired for CAT5 cable, PBX phones and high-speed Internet access. There’s also a high-tech geothermal heating/cooling system and super-efficient thermal-pane windows and icynene insulation. But it’s the property’s home theater that really shines. Outfitted with 12-seat German-made leather seats, the space boasts a $160,000 Digital Projections Pro-Cinema Commercial Projector, a 171-inch Stewart film screen and a $17,000 Snell surround-sound speaker/subwoofer system.

Cape Cod waterfront estate, Cotuit, MA

List price: $10.9 million

This 7.6-acre estate’s smart-home technology runs not only all systems in its four-bedroom main house, but lights, heat and the like in its one-bedroom carriage house as well. The system controls the home’s built-in audio/video, 14 flat-panel TVs – even the temperature in the estate’s massive wine cellar.

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Posted by chantal Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:49:00 GMT