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Best of the Best Awards

Thank you for your support so far and getting us nominated! We are now a candidate for a Best of the Best award in the Home Electronics Store category. Please continue to help us out by making a profile and voting us to the top!

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Thank you again for all your support so far- it’s been monumental!

Posted by virginia2 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:47:00 GMT

“Papertab” paper tablet is your flexible friend

View full article here. Flexible e-ink displays are one thing, but an actual working tablet that’s as thin as a sheet of paper – that’s impressive. And that’s exactly what the Papertab is. Developed by researchers at Queen’s University, Canada, the Papertab is a fully interactive touch-sensitive 10.7-inch sheet of plastic able to display documents, images, videos and the like. Paper tablet looks like a sheet of paper in a page protector View full article here.

Posted by ryan Fri, 11 Jan 2013 19:54:00 GMT

Installation of the week: Crestron Programming

Pre-Programing another Crestron System, featuring Crestron Core 3 with Crestron Digital Media.

The system will have 15” in-wall V-Panel touchscreen and over 29 rooms of audio. This stunning La Jolla home will also have a dedicated Theater. Stay tuned for more on this exciting Crestron System.

Posted by chantal Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:22:00 GMT

Neat-O: Cleaning out the Closet

The panels on this enclosure wouldn’t close until the wiring was cleaned up.



By Arlen Schweiger, May 10, 2012



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http://www.cepro.com/article/neato_cleaning_out_the_closet/

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.



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Posted by chantal Fri, 25 May 2012 16:12:00 GMT

Audio Impact Featured in CEPro Magazine

Audio Impact was featured in the May 2012 issue of CEPro Magazine, for their Gold Win in the 2012 Electronic House Magazine - Home of the Year Awards.

Posted by chantal Wed, 09 May 2012 16:21:00 GMT

Electronic House 2012 Awards: Audio Passion Inspired Home Theater Design

Sweet sounds take center stage in this theater, thanks to Monitor Audio speakers, an Integra preamp and a powerful Crestron amp.



May 01, 2012 by Lisa Montgomery



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http://www.electronichouse.com/article/audio_passion_inspired_home_theater_design



It’s obvious when entering this grand, custom-crafted theater, which part of its design took priority: the audio. A contact sensor on the door that leads into the 27-by-16-foot space triggers an array of small LED fixtures, showcasing a pair of high-grade Monitor Audio Platinum tower speakers. Most people would have chosen to let the huge reference speakers stay hidden behind the acoustical fabric that covers each of two speaker cavities built into custom cabinetry at the front of the room. But not this homeowner. “On a scale from 1 to 10, his passion for audio is a 20,” says Ryan Lipkovicius of Audio Impact, the San Diego–based custom electronics design and installation fi rm hired to build this theater.

Several small, energy-efficient LED lights were carefully positioned within each of the cabinet’s two speaker cavities. When the door to the room opens, they illuminate so the speakers can be seen through the acoustical fabric. Part of Monitor Audio’s Platinum line, the speakers are the company’s top performers and this theater’s crowning jewel.

It would take plenty of horsepower to drive these freestanding giants, plus the rest of the Monitor Audio 9.2-channel surround-sound system. Audio Impact chose an Integra DHC-80.2 preamp for its ability to work well with other A/V components and numerous audio decoding options, and a Crestron Procise Proamp-7X400 amplifier for its pure, raw output of power.

Another important part of the audio design was the engineering of a carefully constructed and acoustically treated shell. “Sam Cavitt of Paradise Theater in San Diego calculated all of the parameters, including the room dimensions, number of seats and size and position of the screen, and the software (from Kinetics Noise Control) figured where we needed to put acoustical materials, how to position the speakers, and where to put the seats so the audio reproduction was true and smooth,” says Lipkovicius. To further enhance the acoustical performance, Audio Impact and Paradise Theater instructed the contractors to “float” the room so none of its walls or ceiling would touch the walls of adjacent rooms or the floor of the room above it. Air conditioning vents, light fixtures and electrical outlets were treated with special isolation materials so that no sound would escape from the theater.





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Posted by chantal Mon, 07 May 2012 16:24:00 GMT

Audio Impact Wins Gold in Electronic House Home of the Year 2012

Audio Impact is proud to announce that it has won the 2012 Gold Best Theater from Electronic House.

The stage was set during the client discovery. When asked, “How would you describe your dream theater?” the client paused to reflect, then said “A special place. A room that draws us in, that brings us together as a family and where we can experience amazing sound and vision in comfort and serenity. A special room that creates an emotional bond as soon as we enter”. A tall order to be sure but attainable since the team was assembled early enough in the process to design and engineer excellence.

It starts with the room; the foundation of the performance theater environment. Room ratios and construction techniques were addressed to create an ideal scenario for quiet room construction and smooth acoustical performance. Subsystems were engineered, including mechanical, electrical and lighting to assure no unwanted sound entered or propagated through them. A detailed set of construction documents guided the project contractors through each step. The result was a theater “chassis” that would support the profound performance.

The engineering continues in the design of the system. The engine that provides the horsepower for our clients envisioned experiences. Monitor Platinum PL 300 reference towers and PL 350 center are perfectly matched with 6 of the newly developed Platinum In Wall PLIW for side and rear surrounds while 2 PLW-15 Subwoofers provide the prodigious bass. These superb components are precisely matched with the rooms acoustical environment resulting in accurate sound reproduction whatever the source. Powered and processed by the Integra THX Ultra 2 DHC-80 with Audyssey and Crestron PROAMP-7X400 amplifier there is no shortage of power and enveloping quality sound. The visual elements of the theater features the Runco LS-10 1080p projector driving a 135” 1.78:1 micro-perforated Stewart Filmscreen. The LS-10 complemented with Runco’s video processing provides plenty of visual excitement which is accurately rendered on the Stewart screen surface.

All the theater, house-wide audio and Crestron control systems are housed in 2 Middle Atlantic ERK racks concealed in ventilated cabinets in the rear of the room. The equipment rack cabinets and Projector compartment are constantly monitored by Crestron temperature C2N-RTHS sensors and turn on ultra quit exhaust fans if needed. The System features Crestron ADMS Intermedia Delivery System that brings movies from a Sony 400 Disk Blu-ray changer, Netflix, Hulu, The homes computers, Youtube to life at the touch of one button. There is a HD Cable box along with an Apple TV. The entire Theater Audio/Video, Lighting and HVAC is easily controlled via an in-wall removable TPS-6x wireless touchscreen remote. There are quick assess to lighting scenes and even a virtual keyboard for the ADMS.

Finally comes the blend of performance and aesthetics. The theaters acoustical components, which were specified as a result of an acoustical modeling process were integrated with the interior design artfully. The screen wall features display columns where the beautiful Platinum towers are nestled in an ideal acoustical surrounding and illuminated by concealed lighting. Behind the perforated screen sits, not only the PL350 center but custom engineered baffles to provide both expansive sound stage and accurate imaging. The whole assembly housed in a furniture grade cabinet design. Walls and ceilings feature concealed Kinetics acoustical devices behind a stretch fabric system which is complemented by pilasters, housing the surround speakers and gorgeous millwork trim throughout.

The impact upon entry is stunning, the serenity of the space is enchanting but when the system is fired up the experience is astonishing. Whether seated in the first row or the third get ready to “suspend your disbelief” for the home theater ride of your life.

Posted by chantal Fri, 04 May 2012 16:13:00 GMT

Audio Impact and SDGE team up for Energy Innovation Center

Audio Impact is proud to announce their partnership with SDG&E on an energy efficient smart home. SDG&E recently unveiled their Energy Innovation Center, featuring a Smart Home inside . The Smart Home was designed by Audio Impact and features Control4 Energy Management. The home features a Control4 EC-100 with onscreen TV display of the current energy being used in the home, as well as how much the projected costs are. The Control4 system is operated via and in-wall 7” touchscreen and with iPads, using the Control4 app. Some of the other features include a motorized Mechoshade and Eragy Smart Home monitoring of each individual device’s energy consumption. Tours are giving by SDG&E daily and one can experience all the offerings of today’s affordable and efficient home technology.

For more information visit http://sdge.com/innovationcenter

Posted by chantal Wed, 01 Feb 2012 21:04:00 GMT

SDGE Unveils Energy Innovation Center in San Diego

Audio Impact, Inc. was proud to partner up with SDG&E in the design and installation of the Green Smart Home in their new Energy Innovation Center.



Energy resource center will help customers find the most cost-effective and energy-efficient solutions for their home or business



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SAN DIEGO, Jan. 18, 2012 – /PRNewswire/ – Today, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) introduced its new Energy Innovation Center (the Center), a showcase facility where residential and business customers can learn about energy efficiency, alternative fuel transportation, Smart Grid, and clean generation.

The Energy Innovation Center offers an array of seminars on energy efficiency; classes in the food service demonstration kitchen; tours of the Smart Home full of energy-saving technology; information in the resource library, and guided tours of the water-wise walkway which showcases drought tolerant plants that save water and energy.

“The Energy Innovation Center will be a valuable resource for the community,” said Hal D. Snyder, vice president of customer solutions for SDG&E. “We are committed to helping southern California reach a more sustainable energy future and the Center will provide businesses and residential customers with the tools and resources they need to make smart energy decisions to be more energy efficient, save money, and help the environment.”

In December 2010, SDG&E began construction on an existing 27,000-square-foot building and focused on designing and constructing a facility that is designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council’s Platinum LEED certificate, the highest level of certification for energy-efficient buildings. In order to meet the LEED platinum certification, SDG&E was required to incorporate the latest sustainable design elements in the Center’s design. Some of the sustainable elements of the Center include:

85 percent of the original building’s materials were reused or recycled. The roof will have a rain water collection unit that stores water used for the Center’s irrigation system. The state-of-the-art Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning (HVAC) system has sensors that shut off the A/C when the windows are open. The solar panels heat the Center’s water and help offset the building’s energy use by 34 percent. Most of the items seen in the Center are made from recycled materials, including the carpet which is made from recycled tires. The Center showcases different examples of highly efficient lighting, HVAC units and leading technologies to demonstrate the choices available for businesses and design professionals to incorporate into their buildings. Many of the program offerings and design features are the result of a collaborative approach with community-based organizations, local businesses and other key stakeholders and technology sponsors.

Key features that customers can experience at the Center include:

Smart Home experience tours;

Sustainability tours;

Interactive kiosks, displays and resource library;

Solar Trees® in parking areas that provide both shade for your car and power for the region;

Water-wise walkway with drought-tolerant landscape demonstrations;

Produce Demonstration Garden;

Food Service Demonstration Kitchen.

A key component of the Center is the full commercial Food Service Demonstration Kitchen that boosts numerous energy efficient appliances that introduce new features to the food service world that saves energy and saves money for chefs, restaurant owners and facility managers with food service kitchens. At the Energy Innovation Center, chefs will have the opportunity to utilize the demonstration kitchen to test their recipes on energy efficient equipment to ensure that the updated appliances work well with their dishes.


“The San Diego County Chapter of the California Restaurant Association commends San Diego Gas & Electric on the opening of their new Energy Innovation Center,” Chris Duggan, director of local government affairs for the California Restaurant Association. “This state-of-the-art facility will provide our industry professionals the opportunity to experience cutting-edge technologies and utilize educational resources that will increase energy efficiency and environmental leadership.

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Posted by chantal Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:32:00 GMT

Audio Impact Installation of the week: 85 inch TV Installation

Audio Impact specializes in San Diego, Rancho Santa Fe and La Jolla Home Theater.

Our client wished to updated their existing NEC 65” Plasma for a Panasonic 85” 3D-TH-85VX200U 3D TV. Audio Impact upgraded the control system to a Crestron TPS-6X. The TV had to be hoisted up with a crane as it’s so massive. The wall that it was mounted on had to be reinforced with backing to allow the OmniMount PAN85PRO wall tilting mount to be secured. To enhance the sound in the room the speaker were upgraded to Monitor Audio Platinum PL300 Floor standing speakers, featuring ribbon transducers. These speakers were matched up with a Integra DHC-80.3 and Sunfire aAmplifier.

The end result is a easy to use system, with phenomenal picture and sound.

Below are the links to the products used:

Panasonic 3D-TH-85VX200 3D TV
http://www.panasonic.com/business/plasma/3D/3D-TH-85VX200.asp

Crestron TPS-6X Remote
http://www.crestron.com/resources/productandprogrammingresources/catalogsandbrochures/onlinecatalog/default.asp?jump=1&model=tps-6x

Monitor Audio Platinum PL300 Speakers
http://www.monitoraudiousa.com/products/platinum/pl300/

Integra DHC 80.3 Preamplifier
http://integrahometheater.com/model.cfm?class=Preamplifier&m=DHC-80.3&p=i

Omnimount PAN85PRO Wall Mount
http://www.omnimount.com/Product/TVWallMounts/Tilt/PAN85PRO/

Posted by chantal Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:48:00 GMT