Some guys love power tools. Some love cars. Some are happy with a comfy chair, a remote and something to nosh on. Then there are those who need to go above and beyond—to create a space that most men only dream about. So what’s a man cave anyway? Today, we call these spaces “man caves.” […]Get the Guide
High-end Audio Cascades in New York’s Waterfall Mansion
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 nest of boa-constrictor cables, is only a stereotype, at least when implemented by a design-minded dealer and installer. Dave Lalin, owner of the high-end […]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
Hands On: Lowe’s Iris DIY Home Security and Home Automation
If you believe installing your own home security system is too difficult, there’s a good chance that newer systems on the market will prove you wrong. I’ve been using the Iris system by Lowe’s for a few weeks for a new home automation review, and above all what strikes me about this package is how […]Get the Guide
How to Choose the Best Wireless Multiroom Audio System
You have lots of rooms in your home or apartment, so why would you want a stereo system only capable of playing in one room? In the old days (well, not that long ago) people bought a stereo, set it up in one room, and then maybe added more speakers, lots of wire, a speaker […]Get the Guide
Can You Install Home Automation and Smart Lighting Systems?
Smart home automation systems can be DIY projects or custom programmed and installed. Which is right for you?
Smart home automation systems can be DIY projects or custom programmed and installed. Which is right for you?Get the Guide
Home Automation Roundup
Your smart home starts with a good list of home automation options
One of the biggest challenges of adding technology to a home is finding and comparing the many options available. You can scour the Internet for hours and still leave scratching your head. While the selection of home automation systems may not be as immense as stereo speakers or smart TVs, it’s still impressive … and […]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
Surge Suppressors Help Curb Energy Waste
As smart home devices continue their march toward mainstream adoption, people are finding that electronic products are playing an increasingly prominent role in their day to day lives. At a core level, these connected devices are miniature computers, built with sophisticated components, including network interfaces, on-board memory, and processors. Moreover, these miniature computers are susceptible […]Get the Guide
Automated Lighting Gets Friendly
Home systems integrators are awesome. They really are. They’re masters at designing and installing complex electronic systems into homes that mesh perfectly with you and your family’s schedule, routines, and lifestyle. But as with anything you purchase for your home, there’s bound to be a breaking-in period, when you learn to use the system—and possibly […]Get the Guide