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CEA Names 2014 Mark of Excellence Winners

The winners of the 2014 Mark of Excellence Awards, presented by the CEA's TechHome Division, were announced at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Here's a look at the winning products, installations, and top integrator of the year.

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Category: Home Theater/Media Room Project of the Year above $50,000 Integrator: VIA Project: Freedman Home Theater Realizing that not only top-notch audio/video components were enough to fulfill the needs of our client, we brought in the acoustic engineering pros at Paradise Theater (Sam Cavitt). Sam worked with us to design a nearly "soundproof" theater envelope. Each seating position was carefully thought out and the speakers were aligned in such a way for smooth and even bass response across multiple seats. Top-notch components were used to deliver the ultimate in video and audio performance. A bright Digital Projection 3D projector with a motorized anamorphic lens casts a bright, high-contrast image to the 176" diagonal screen. The screen has masking panels to convert from 1.78:1 to 2.35:1 aspect ratios, and is micro-perforated for the sound to come through the screen for best sound localization and aesthetics. A JBL Synthesis sound system delivers incredible sound performance. The components are capable of extreme performance due to their semi-professional pedigree, but the detailed room acoustic design and proprietary JBL digital EQ system further puts the performance of this room in a league of its own. Besides the PRIMA Cinema movie player, the client enjoys DirecTV, a Blu-ray player, and an AppleTV as other sources. http://www.viahome.com
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Audio Product of the Year: WyreStorm AMP-001-010 HDBaseT D Class Digital Audio...
Automation Device of the Year: SafePlug Model 1313 Load Controller The SafePlug Model...
Best Education or Support Program: URC Education and Dealer Support and Services...
Control Product of the Year: iRule Pro iRule is a flexible, expandable control...
Energy Efficiency Product of the Year: Alarm.com Geo-Services Alarm.com...
Home Technology App of the Year: iSmartAlarm iSmartAlarm allows every user complete...
Human Interface Product of the Year: OmniTouch 7 / 99A00-1 The latest capacitive...
Lighting Control Product of the Year: Crestron HTT-B2EX Crestron's HTT-B2EX-BATT is a...
Motorized Product of the Year: Lutron Sivoia QS Triathlon Shade Lutron Electronics...
Multi-Room Audio/Video Product of the Year: Autonomic Mirage Audio System, MAS-8 The...
Installation Product of the Year: Metra Home Theater Group Evolv HDMI Cables Metra's...
Media Management Product of the Year: Fire-FX FFXPLAY 3.0 Welcome to the world of...
Rack or Mount Product of the Year: Wall-Smart for Touch Panels Make your Wall-Smart!...
Residential Security Product of the Year: Kwikset Kevo Kwikset’s Kevo is the...
Speaker of the Year: Stealth Acoustics StingRay StingRay is a hermetically-sealed and...
Structured Wiring Product of the Year: Quest Technology Cat6 LocJack Keystone...
Video Display Product of the Year: Screen Innovations Slate Slate was invented to...
Video Product of the Year: TiVo Roamio Pro TiVo Roamio combines the functionality of...
Wireless Product of the Year: Wilson Electronics CI 2070 Cellular Signal Booster The...
Category: Custom Home of the Year between $50,000 - $150,000 Integrator: Advanced...
Category: Health and Wellness Project of the Year & Home of the Year up to $50,000...
Category: Home Theater/Media Room Project of the Year above $50,000 Integrator: VIA...
Category: Home Theater/Media Room Project of the Year up to $50,000 Integrator:...
Category: Integrated Security Project of the Year Integrator: Advanced Technologies...
Category: Luxury Home of the Year between $150,000- $300,000 Integrator: Petrone...
Category: Retrofit Project of the Year above $50,000 Integrator: Custom Home Theater...
Category: Retrofit Project of the Year up to $50,000 Integrator: Digital Interiors...
Category: Specialty Project of the Year Integrator: Logic Integration Project: Luxury...
Category: Ultimate Home of the Year above $300,000 Integrator: VIA International...

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