As I wrote earlier in my Home Tech Year in Review, 2014 was a big year for new tech innovation, especially in the smart home automation category, but also for home theater, television and home audio (especially wireless home speakers).
A good way to end one year and begin a new one is to look at the ending year’s most popular articles. Check out these top stories, including impressive high-tech home profiles, hands-on product reviews and helpful tech feature stories.
Awesome Media Room with 5 Screens, Theater Seating and Cool Lighting
Massive JBL Synthesis audio system brings life to this awesome home theater and gaming room.
17-Year-Old Automates Hamptons House with Control4
Matthew Lieberman used his passion for technology to plan out his family’s automation system — and his summer.
Lanai Home Theater for Outdoor Fun
When a home is blessed with a 400-square-foot lanai decorated with lush landscaping and a luxurious swimming pool, what else could possibly be incorporated into the space? Does a 180-inch screen for an outdoor theater come to mind?
Kalomirakis Builds the Biggest Little Home Theater in New York
The famous home theater designer builds a masterpiece in his own New York condo.
Design Throws Home Theater a Curve
Homeowners manage to create an ultimate theater in a room with no straight walls.
Hunting Lodge Home Theater Includes Deer Cam
Spec house “hunting lodge” features nature-friendly home theater.
Hands On: Lowe’s Iris Home Security and Automation
The Lowe’s Iris smart home system does a lot of things right, but you get a monthly bill.
Hands On: Bluesound Wireless Audiophile Music System
New wireless speakers and network music system offers easy music ripping and multiroom access.
Hands On: JVC DLA-X700 4K Home Theater Projector
Intense colors, deep blacks and eShift 4K processing add up to a top home theater projector.
Hands On: Epson Powerlite 2030 Video Projector
Set up in a minute for instant big picture viewing.
Hands On: Samsung UN65HU8550 4K Ultra HD TV
The Samsung HU8550 is an excellent choice for a flat, LED Ultra HD TV.
Hands On: SmartThings Smart Home Control and Automation System
A great DIY smart home system for true gadget lovers.
What’s the Best Home Control System?
10 steps to getting the home automation system you really need and not the one I tell you you need
Soundbar or Sound Base? Which Speaker Style is for You?
What features in these new TV speakers make the most difference?
10 Amazing Home Automation Tricks
Look what happens when custom home automation installers work outside the box
Dolby Atmos is About to Invade Your Home Theater
Denon, Integra, Marantz, Onkyo and Pioneer have products coming to put the power of Dolby Atmos into your home.
10 Most Important Features of a Home Automation System
What should a true custom home automation system do?