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Midyear Report: SnapAV, Control4, Sonos, Atmos, Tuya Among Top 10 Most-Read Stories on CEPro.com

Top 10 most-read stories for the first half of 2019 relate to SnapAV and Control4 merger, Atmos demos, Sonos prices, Tuya (who?), Crestron Pyng, Wi-Fi as a home-automation standard and other IoT and A/V themes.

Midyear Report: SnapAV, Control4, Sonos, Atmos, Tuya Among Top 10 Most-Read Stories on CEPro.com
Sonos accessories (really?!), Dolby Atmos Demos, of course the Control4/SnapAV merger and surprisingly Tuya's IoT platform were some of the most popular topics on CEPro.com for the first half of 2019.

Julie Jacobson · June 19, 2019

At nearly the midpoint of 2019, CE Pro takes a look back at some of the most popular stories of 2019. To be sure, there were "bigger" stories of 2019 that didn't draw throngs of readers, but that's another ... story. For now, here are the Top 10 most traffic-generating pieces on CEPro.com for the first half of the year.


1. Blockbuster Merger: SnapAV to Acquire Control4 in $680M Deal

Two of the custom electronics industry's biggest players will join forces under private equity firm and SnapAV parent company Hellman & Friedman, which will become the majority owner of the combined company. SnapAV to buy Control4 in all-cash transaction for $23.91 per share.


2. Sonos Lowers Prices and Announces Accessories

Sonos has lowered the price on its Playbar, Playbase, Sub, and Beam products, and introduced new shelf, stand, and cable accessories.


3. 5 Crucial Tips for Dolby Atmos Setups; 8 Best Demo Scenes

Speaking at the Pacific Northwest Consumer Electronic Expo, Dolby director tells dealers that an all in-ceiling Dolby Atmos system is ‘not the right experience,’ why 5.1.4 is better than 7.1.2, and offers up the five best demo Blu-rays.


4. Why Ring Acquired Mr. Beams: New Ring Smart Lighting System at CES 2019

Ring Smart Lighting system launches at CES 2019 one year after the acquisition of Mr. Beams, maker of quasi-connected outdoor lighting products that Ring is IoT-enabling. Why the proprietary RF and bridge?


5. The Very First Z-Wave 700 Series Home-Automation Product

At CES 2019, Sensative shows flat “Strips” sensor with new 700 Series chipset, boasting 10-year battery life; Silicon Labs shows Z-Wave on Wireless Gecko.

World's smartest tongue depressor?

6. CES 2019: Wi-Fi Looked Like a Home-Automation ‘Standard’

Even the most faithful Z-Wave, ZigBee and BLE adopters went W-Fi with new home-automation devices at CES 2019. Adios IoT hubs?

Wi-Fi sure looked like a home-automation standard at CES 2019

7. Samsung Promotes HDMI 2.1, Big Screens, New Features As 2019 4K, 8K TV Lineup Hits Retail

TV features making their Samsung debut include HDMI 2.1 capabilities, sound that automatically compensates for room acoustics and viewing distance, the Apple TV app, and more.

HDMI 2.1 + Samsung = Web traffic

8. Goodbye Pyng, Hello Crestron Home OS 3: ‘Dramatic Redesign’ at ISE 2019

ISE 2019: Replacing Pyng 2.0, 'Crestron Home' OS 3 is the cloud-driven home-automation platform Crestron designed from scratch for an IoT era.

Pyng who?!

9. Leviton’s New Wi-Fi Load Center: ‘No One Else’ Integrates Breakers, Lighting, Energy, Automation

Leviton's new IoT Load Center is a circuit box with snap-in breakers (no rewiring necessary) and Wi-Fi connectivity for remote monitoring, diagnostics and control via Leviton smart-home app.


10. Tuya at CES 2019: Biggest IoT Framework U.S. Has Never Heard Of

Chinese home-automation giant Tuya powers more than 100 million smart-home products and is taking the U.S. IoT market by storm, starting at CES 2019.


Bonus

This piece, posted in the middle of 2018, is still a huge draw for CE Pro readers and the broader online community of design and audio lovers.

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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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Home Theater · Control & Automation · Audio/Video · News · Control4 · Crestron · Dolby Atmos · Leviton · Pyng · Ring · All Topics
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