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Amazon Fixes Big Alexa Problem in Whole-House Audio

By Jay Basen · October 17, 2018 • Amazon software update allows users to assign Alexa devices to multiple music groups.

New OS from Control4 Lets Users Add Music, Create Scenes; Minimizes Dealer Distractions

By Lisa Montgomery · October 9, 2018 • Relieving some of the programming burden from time-strapped integrators, Control4 lets users pick their own streaming services and create their own smart home scenes.

Smart Home Devices Market to Grow 31 Percent Year Over Year, Says IDC Report

By CE Pro Editors · October 4, 2018 • International Data Corporation report says smart speaker and other smart home devices sales will grow at quick clip over the next five years. Smart Home Devices Market Forecast to Be Growing Globally at 31% Annual Clip (SSI Title)

Analysis: What Those New Amazon Echo Products Mean for the Smart-Home Channel

By Julie Jacobson · September 28, 2018 • Amazon's new Alexa lineup, including Gen 3 Echo Dot, speakerless Input, first subwoofer, and Link amp, could affect the smart-home installation channel and Sonos position in unexpected ways.

Control4 C4Yourself Day Redux Coming October 18

By Jason Knott · September 21, 2018 • Control4 Certified Showrooms worldwide will hold a second C4Yourself Day on October 18 designed to showcase latest smart home innovations.

Vanco Outlines Spot for Dot Engineering Origins

By CE Pro Editors · September 20, 2018 • Vanco’s product development is rooted in a constant feedback loop with integrators. Its Spot for Dot multiroom audio product for Amazon Echo is a prime example.

Amazon Announces New Echo Devices Including Amp, Subwoofer, Dot and Auto [PR]

By CE Pro Editors · September 20, 2018 • New Echo devices let you add a subwoofer to your Echo devices, amplify or stream high-fidelity music to your existing home audio system (Echo Link), and add Alexa to your own speaker (Echo Input).

Vanco Hits the ‘Spot’ at CEDIA Expo

By CE Pro Editors · September 4, 2018 • Vanco to demo new Spot for Dot amplification system for Amazon Echo Dot at CEDIA Expo 2018. Evolution HDMI-over-IP, Beale Street Audio and Pulse amplifiers also showcased.

Vanco Launches ‘Spot for Dot’ In-Wall Amplifier for Amazon Echo Dot

By CE Pro Editors · August 29, 2018 • Vanco has started shipping the Spot for Dot and will demonstrate the product for the first time to the residential CE community at CEDIA Expo 2018.

$2,700 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.

40% of All ADT Clients Now Use ADT Pulse

By Jason Knott · August 10, 2018 • ADT reports 6% revenue boost and 73% of all new customers opt for ADT Pulse smart home automation. Pigeonholes Google, Amazon DIY security offerings as suitable for ‘renters.'

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.

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