A couple of years ago I visited the Sonos headquarters in Santa Barbara, CA, for a sneak peek at the company’s new PlayBar, a networked soundbar speaker that can be part of a wireless whole-house audio system. It’s very cool product, and you can read more about it here and in my PLAYBAR review. While […]Get the Guide
Peek At Pro Football Player Greg Jennings’ Smart Home Automation System
Finding the best home automation system is a subjective process. A custom integrator helped football player Greg Jennings pick the best one for his home.
Do sports celebrities really live differently than the rest of us? Well, that depends on what you mean by different, but when Minnesota Vikings wide receiver wanted to outfit his home with audio/video technology and home automation, he was looking for a great entertainment system and an easy way to control all aspects of his […]Get the Guide
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.Get the Guide
DIYers Display Their Automation Chops
3 amazing projects prove what’s possible when homeowners tackle automation on their own.
Interested in automating your home? There are options galore—from sophisticated systems that are best installed by a trained professional, those that you can buy and have installed by your Internet Service Provider, and packages of automation gear available online and at retail outlets that are designed to be set up by homeowners. The latter is […]Get the Guide
Old School New School
Originally a school auditorium, this beautiful 4,644-square-foot space is now home to a family of four and is equipped with smart home technology and media systems that are so intuitive to use, virtually no schooling is needed. This cavernous structure was transformed into livable areas with a little ingenuity on the parts of the builder […]Get the Guide
Editor's Note: Room for Improvement
Your house is already equipped with a few flat-panel TVs. Your home’s windows are already adorned with blinds, drapes, and shades. Your abode might even be accoutered with a multi-room music system (Sonos, anyone?). And, of course, no home would be complete without an ample assortment of lights. On the surface, your house is completely […]Get the Guide
Hands On with One of Wren's V5US Wireless Speakers
These new wireless speakers can bring Bluetooth, WiFi and Play-Fi to your tabletop.
These new wireless speakers can bring Bluetooth, WiFi and Play-Fi to your tabletop.Get the Guide
Music Buffs Branch into Home Automation
Relative newbies to home technology, the owners of a traditional-style 6,000-square-foot home in Lower Gwynedd, Penn., decided to incorporate a few high-tech touches after seeing a whole-house audio system running at a friend’s home. Like their friend, they were avid music listeners, and could clearly recognize the benefits of putting a control system in charge […]Get the Guide
Special Fireplace TV Wall Mount Keeps TV Cool
These fireplace TV wall mount installation techniques prevent TV from overheating in master suite.
The jury is still out as to whether it’s a good idea to put a flat-panel TV over the fireplace. Some home theater designers think the spot is too hot for the TV’s well-being; others cite the fireplace TV wall-mount position as being too high for comfortable viewing; and there are those that find the […]Get the Guide
Zones of Wicked Fun: Outdoor Space Silver
Ultimate outdoor space cooks with audio, video, and fun for everyone.
THE OWNERS OF THIS AWARD-WINNING OUTDOOR SPACE live for throwing “wicked” parties. “They’ll find an excuse to throw a party once a month,” says Scott Sullivan, principal of San Francisco Bay-area home systems integration firm SoundVision. Let’s first review the basic elements comprising a “wicked” party: Ã¢â„¢:¦ Music everywhere Ã¢â„¢:¦ Outdoor activities galore Ã¢â„¢:¦ Kitchen, […]Get the Guide