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Bob Archer’s 2018 Home-Technology Products of the Year

CE Pro senior editor Bob Archer chooses his favorite products Sony, Bowers & Wilkins, Araknis, Bose and Inneos as highlights from this past year as the top solutions in the residential technology market

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Control4 OS Update

This past fall, Control4 introduced its new 2.10.4 operating system that includes native music streaming capabilities. Through the update, users now have access to Amazon Music and Deezer Hi Fi in addition services such as iHeart Radio, Napster, Pandora, Sirius XM, Spotify, TuneIn and TIDAL. Seeing the new OS, I was impressed with how well Control has integrated streaming music into its control platform.
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SnapAV Araknis 110 Series and 310 Series Routers
At this point, having a solid network is a fundamental component of any smart home...
Bose 700 Series Soundbar
The latest soundbars from Bose are competitively priced and offer room friendly...
Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series
Many companies try to implement trickle-down engineering concepts with their...
Control4 OS Update
This past fall, Control4 introduced its new 2.10.4 operating system that includes...
Epson 4010 Projector
Utilizing Epson’s 4K-pixel shifting technologies, the new 4010 also incorporates...
Emotiva AirMotiv E2 speaker
The Emotiva Airmotiv E2 surround speaker is one of the best values in the entire...
Inneos In-Room InvisiCable Kit
Providing today and tomorrow’s bandwidth to support a wealth of A/V formats, the...
Luxul AC1900 Dual Band Access Point
Luxul’s newest AP impressively covers a range of homes with wireless network...
PSB Speakers M4U-8 Headphones
Utilizing years of engineering experience from Paul Barton and research from...
Roku 4K Premiere
As a diehard Apple guy, it was really surprising to me after years of hearing about...
Seymour Screen Excellence Color Temp Tunable White Bias Lighting Kit
One of the best product demonstrations I saw at the CEDIA Expo 2018 show earlier this...
Sony Professional MicroLED
I remember seeing Sony Professional’s MicroLED video wall series at the InfoComm...
Stewart Filmscreen Director's Choice
Updating its Director’s Choice screen solution, Stewart Filmscreen’s new version...

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Projects


Art Meets Science in $6 Million Minimalist UK Mansion
While UK-based integration company Imagine This was tasked with installing some new Bowers & Wilkins speakers, they first needed to eliminate reverb issues with some clever tech.


Florida Integrator Works With Designer To Create Tech-Filled Beach Paradise
Integrators from Think Simple partnered with acclaimed interior designer Phoebe Howard to modernize one couple's beach home with new tech and tasteful cosmetics.


Boston Integrator Updates Local Cancer Nonprofit’s Apartments and Rec Center
Integration company Inspired Technology and Communications helped the Christopher's Haven non-profit by installing new Samsung TVs, Xbox consoles and more into 9 apartments used to provide free housing for families with...


Injured U.S Army Vet Receives Special Home Filled With Gaming Tech
Local integration company Interactive Interiors worked with The Gary Sinise Foundation to create the perfect smart home for disabled war veteran Tyler Jeffries and his family.


Mattera Design Deploys Massive A/V Distribution, RTI System in Jersey City Restaurant
Dragonfly screens, Epson projectors, Samsung displays, QSC speakers, and Crown amps blanket 5,600-square-foot establishment with AV; all controlled by RTI

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