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Bose Introduces New Line of Smart Speakers and Soundbars

By CE Pro Editors · August 28, 2018 • The Soundbar 500, Soundbar 700, and Home Speaker 500 feature built-in Alexa compatibility, Bluetooth, and will add Apple AirPlay 2 in early 2019.

Pro Audio Technology’s Paul Hales Launches Theory Audio Design

By Arlen Schweiger · August 28, 2018 • Theory Audio Design, the new sister company to PRO will debut in Sound Room 14 at CEDIA Expo 2018 in San Diego, with a range of in-wall/on-wall loudspeakers, soundbars, subwoofers and amplified loudspeaker controllers (ALC).

Voice Control at CEDIA 2018 - Latest on Alexa, Google, Bixby, Sonos, Josh

By Julie Jacobson · August 28, 2018 • Latest in voice control for the smart home will be revealed at CEDIA Expo 2018, including new technologies from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Samsung Bixby and Josh.ai.

Yamaha MusicCast Amplifier is Alexa Enabled, Streams Spotify

By Robert Archer · August 23, 2018 • The 1U-high Yamaha $2,700 XDA-QS5400RK MusicCast Amplifier easily fits into racks and furniture, and its dual LAN ports enable integrators to daisy chain the product to address up to 32 zones of multiroom audio.

$999 Denon Receiver Boasts Dolby Atmos, Alexa, and Apple AirPlay 2

By Robert Archer · August 20, 2018 • Priced at $999, the new Denon AVR-X3500X AV receiver is compatible with 4K video signals at 60Hz and 4:4:4 chroma subsampling rates.

Somfy myLink Provides Voice Control and Expanded Integration

By CE Pro Editors · August 16, 2018 • Voice control via an Amazon Alexa skill gives the myLink the ability to accept control commands like, 'Alexa, turn the shades on.'

Alarm-Industry Giant Vector Security Opens Retail Shop, Touts Pro-Installed Home Automation

By CE Pro Editors · August 8, 2018 • The 2,300-square-foot store features security demos and smart home automation technology, like the company's own Amazon Alexa skills used to control smart locks, IoT lighting, and HVAC.

The State of Whole-House Audio in the Smart-Home Channel

By Robert Archer · August 6, 2018 • Today’s whole-house audio systems like industry leader Sonos offer a better selection of technologies, price points and control options, which are helping to drive mass-market adoption.

Control4 Hires Charlie Kindel, Amazon Alexa Smart Home Mastermind

By Julie Jacobson · August 2, 2018 • Charlie Kindel, architect of Amazon Alexa in the smart home, has joined home-automation leader Control4 as senior vice president, Products & Services.

New Sony Master Series OLED, LCD - Netflix Calibrated, Powerful Processor, 3 HDR Options

By Joe Palenchar · August 1, 2018 • Sony's new Master Series A9F OLED and Z9F LCD TVs offer exclusive Netflix Calibrated Mode for rendering as content creators intended, plus three HDR options, first eARC implementation, improved 'Acoustic Surface' localized sound.

Get Ready for Google Assistant Smart Displays, Starting with Lenovo

By Andrew Nichols · July 30, 2018 • Lenovo Smart Display ($199) is first Google Assistant with a screen -- ideal for consumers married to the Google ecosystem, including Maps, Calendar, Nest, Android phones, Duo video calling, Android Things and more.

Yamaha $650 Slimline Receiver Gets Skinny with Amazon Alexa

By Robert Archer · July 23, 2018 • The new $650 Yamaha RX-S602 Slimline A/V Receiver provides a choice of home theater processing modes, Amazon Alexa voice control, and Dolby Vision.

$155 DEAL - GE’s New Smart Microwave with Scan-to-Cook, Alexa Voice Control

By Julie Jacobson · July 17, 2018 • New smart microwave from GE Appliances offered at $125 with free Amazon Echo Dot - just scan the box for automatic cooking, or 'add 30 seconds' with voice controls. And the GE guy in charge? Last name: Stover.

Alula’s ‘SmartHome Now’ Saves Builders Up Front, Lets Buyers Add Tech Later

By CE Pro Editors · June 26, 2018 • Alula Connect+ security and home-automation platform can be installed during construction at very low cost to homebuilder, allowing integration with built-in smart-home tech like Pella Insynctive windows and doors.

Amazon Alexa’s ‘Jurassic World Revealed’ Brings Voice Control to Gaming

By Andrew Nichols · June 25, 2018 • 'Jurassic World Revealed' game with Amazon Alexa voice interface is another reason for integrators to incorporate voice control in whole-house solutions.

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