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Savant Unveils Music Server, Controller, Software Upgrades

Savant overhauls beta testing as part of wave of new smart home product release, dubbed Savant 8.3, including $1,000 music server and $500 controller.

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How These Two Guys Got the ‘Home Theater’ Gig for Trump’s Private Plane

Working on Donald Trump's private plane was a 'point of excellence' for SkyTheater, a company that combines aircraft…


Motorized TV Lift Doubles as ‘Cool’ HVAC Diffuser

Advertorial · April 18, 2017 Integrator creates unique solution using Nexus 21 drop-down motorized TV lift in the ceiling to accommodate 75-inch TV in open-concept Phoenix-area master suite bedroom.

How To Create the Best Possible 4K System

How To Create the Best Possible 4K System

Advertorial · April 18, 2017 Shouldn’t building a custom 4K system be as easy as hooking up a flat-panel TV?


CasaTunes Takes Aim at Sonos with DIY musicBox 6 Whole-House Audio

April 17, 2017 Taking aim at Sonos, CasaTunes hardwired DIY musicBox 6 whole-house audio system can be sold by custom integrators, who can still earn strong margin.

Tackling Commercial Collaboration, Video Wall Project … with Help

Tackling Commercial Collaboration, Video Wall Project … with Help

April 17, 2017 Elite Sight and Sound in North Carolina leans on distributor AVAD for design and product selection assistance for commercial collaboration job.

11 Common Types of Security Cameras

11 Common Types of Security Cameras

April 14, 2017 Bullet, dome, covert, outdoor, varifocal and night vision are just some of the common types of surveillance cameras. Here's a quick reference list.

Whisker Labs Sensor Widens IoT Energy Management Possibilities

Whisker Labs Sensor Widens IoT Energy Management Possibilities

April 14, 2017 Whisker Labs's low-voltage sensor identifies electrical signatures, enabling integrators to earn RMR from energy management of every device in a smart home.

CEDIA 2017: Early Look at New Security and Home Automation Players

CEDIA 2017: Early Look at New Security and Home Automation Players

April 14, 2017 New home automation controllers, motorized shades, security systems coming to CEDIA 2017, the tradeshow for the smart-home pros. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Outdoor AV Demo Drives 100 Backyard Jobs a Year, Many Over $20,000

Outdoor AV Demo Drives 100 Backyard Jobs a Year, Many Over $20,000

April 14, 2017 HTSA member Sound and Vision uses a 200-square-foot faux patio area in its showroom to demo outdoor audio and video, which has resulted in successful outdoor AV sales.

7 Outdoor Speakers for Your Next Backyard Project

7 Outdoor Speakers for Your Next Backyard Project

April 13, 2017 Need some ideas for outdoor loudspeakers for a yard, patio or pool deck? Start here.

How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Excel in Customer Service

How to Use Emotional Intelligence to Excel in Customer Service

April 13, 2017 Emotional intelligence, or EQ, has been called 'the other kind of smart.' Here's how to use it to your advantage to beat your competitors in customer service.

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