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Check out the most high-tech homes in the country to learn about amazing applications of home automation, home theater, whole-house audio systems, integrated home security and more.

High-End Audio … On Display


The tug of war between design and performance is no more pronounced than in the world of high-performance audio. However, the stereotype of the stereo–a set of oversized black boxes and a nest of boa constrictor cables, is only a stereotype, at least when implemented by a design-minded home systems integrator.

Dave Lalin, owner of the

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These 2015 Award Winning Smart Homes Have It All

Electronic House Home of the Year

There’s no one smart home product that’s perfect for everyone. But if there’s one thing the Electronic House 10th Annual Home of the Year issue proves, it’s that there is perfect smart home technology out there for just about everyone, whatever his or her taste or needs!

The home of the year issue highlights superb, customized

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The Most Out-of-This-World Star Trek-Themed Home Theater

Home Theater Ideas: Star Trek

Located in Palm Beach County, FL, this home has taken the topic of Star Trek home theater ideas to the final frontier. Considered one of the best in the themed theater category, we definitely think it’s worth another peek.

As you can tell, the anonymous owner is definitely a sci-fi buff. However, being a “Trekkie” is

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Design & Technology Gallery: Revitalized Ranch

Coming home, at its best, should be simple, rejuvenating, and exciting. “How do you live beautifully, but also simply and authentically at the same time,” asks designer Christopher Kennedy. “How do you live really well but without a lot of ostentation, without a lot of pretense?”

Christopher Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy Home Furnishings & Interior Design, Palm

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Design & Technology Gallery: Flipping Out on Smart Tech

A love of music is what put interior designer Mariana Savage on a path toward a smarter, more comfortable home. So was infusing her new, completely redesigned 3,000-square-foot townhome with her own personal flair, which she describes as “modern eclectic with traditional finishes.” The two–awesome whole-house audio and amazing interior design–united as one recently during

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Football Legend Ahmad Rashad Reconnects with Vinyl

Former professional football player and notable sportscaster, Ahmad Rashad, can’t help but analyze and critique every play on the field. It’s in his blood–so much so that he created a special spot in his home for just that purpose. Two 46-inch Samsung TVs mounted side by side, and a slick RTI control system let Rashad

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Two Subwoofers Balance Bass In an Open-format Home Theater

The owners of this Atlanta home theater had a couple of unique challenges, the biggest one being the open-nature of their room. The theater area is adjacent to the home’s main living area and the couple wanted to keep it open to allow guests to easily move between the spaces. Plus, they just like the

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Multipurpose Media Room Rolls Out a Vegas Vibe

Home Cinema Installation: Surreal Systems

One of the best times to integrate technology and think about a home cinema installation is during a renovation. In this case, the homeowners were expanding their home to create a space for family fun and for entertaining guests, and part of the high-tech package would include custom-installed A/V products tied to a professional control

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A Gadget Lover’s Domain


“Yes, I’m a gadget guy,” admits Marc Pinto. His home in Castle Rock, CO, is a testament to his obsession with all things electronic. In his family room, Marc proudly shows off a huge world map peppered with pinpricks of light. The dots are actually the ends of fiber optic cabling that Marc has poked

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NHL Legend Brett Hull Scores Golden Audio Setup

The hockey Hall-of-Famer has a home packed with Elan g! control, custom Triad audio speakers, and more.

Brett Hull followed in the footsteps of his father Bobby, all the way to the Hockey Hall of Fame. However, when it comes to home technology, Brett has an all-star lineup that stands out on its own, with whole-house control, custom audio speakers, and plenty of other components.

Brett and his wife Darcie own a 10,000-square-foot

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