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Top Ten Selling TVs at Amazon


Best New Products CEDIA 2014

CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design & Installation Association) just wrapped up and with that the organization announced their Best New Products award. As you read this be aware that much of these products are geared towards home integrators.


Sentido by Basalte

The basic idea of Sentido is very simple, yet very innovative. Divide a square in equal surfaces that each control different functions. The entire surface is touch sensitive, creating a very easy and unique way of control. Here is a video describing the product (http://youtu.be/Sw-flWhSbIY).

Main features:

  • Four touch surfaces
  • Patented multi touch
  • Built-in temperature sensor
  • Double or quadruple version
  • Integrated multicolour LED backlight


Control4® Composer Express

Composer Express, a powerful mobile configuration tool that enables Control4 Dealers to dramatically simplify and accelerate the set-up process for home automation systems. Now, a Control4 Dealer’s technician should be able to configure most one-room home theaters in very short order, or set up hundreds of devices in the most complex whole-home installations in a few hours by using their WiFi-enabled tablet or smartphone and simply walking around the building, installing devices and having Composer Express auto-integrate them into the Control4® system.


Crestron Pyng

The Crestron Pyng™ app provides a quick, easy solution for setting up and controlling lighting, shades, thermostats, door locks, and security systems in a home. This free home automation app enables complete setup from an Apple® iPad® and control from iPad, iPhone®, and iPod touch® devices.


Lutron Sivoia QS Triathlon Roller Shade

Sivoia QS Triathlon is the most fashionable, flexible, and affordable motorized shading system available today. This battery-powered solution offers a 3-5 year battery life for easy installation and maintenance, perfect for retrofit applications. Available in new roller shade or insulating honeycomb styles, these shades have a wide variety of beautiful fabric colors and textures to meet the functional and aesthetic needs of any space. Able to work as a standalone or system solution, these shades can be controlled at the touch of a button.


QMotion Motion Motorized Drapery Rods

QMotion’s Motorized Drapery Rod collection is the latest innovation in automated window treatments. The first and only track-less motorized drapery rod in the market has arrived. The real beauty of QMotion’s innovative new product is what you don’t notice.  We’ve removed the external motors and wires and placed a battery operated motor inside the hardware itself.  Imagination, determination, and inspiration sparked the groundbreaking technology of QMotion’s drapery rod system with Touch Wand Activation. The Touch Wand Activation feature provides customers with the convenience of manual and remote control. The Motorized Drapery Rod collection offers six beautifully crafted finial options and six popular finishes.  Add your own draperies for a truly custom design experience.


Sony Electronics VPL-VW600ES 4K Front Projector

Get the stunning clarity of Sony’s SXRD™ 4K movie theater technology with a 4K Ultra HD projector featuring a resolution greater than 4 times regular 1080p HD, plus anamorphic 3D and HD to 4K upscaling. Added installation flexibility makes it possible to experience immersive 4K content in a wider array of rooms.

  • 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) that’s greater than 4 times 1080p HD
  • Upscaling that transforms turns HD content into a 4K experience
  • HDMI® 2.0 compatible for 4K resolution at up to 60 frames per second
  • 200,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with SXRD™ technology
  • Brightness of 1,700 ANSI lumens
  • Auto Calibration function
  • $15,000

Product Hall of Fame

  • Sonance: Sonamp 260 two channel amplifier
  • TiVo, Inc.: TiVo
  • Crestron: CNX-PAD8 Audio Distribution Processor


Download Episode #654

Posted by The HT Guys, September 26, 2014 3:43 AM

About The HT Guys

The HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.

Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.

ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.

Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.