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The following information is courtesy of the 2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Designers’ Choice Awards. For more information on how to become a member of CEDIA, or information on its awards program please visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.

2008 CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles Awards Entry: Best Integrated Home, Level II: $150,000 – $200,000

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Date design began: 07-31-07
Date installation was completed: 04-15-08

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1. Please provide a short four to six sentence synopsis describing the project goals, special features, or nuances.

This project was part of a large scale renovation to an existing home. The goal was to update the functionality of the home along with the physical makeover. The homeowner wanted to have full integration of his audio, video, lighting, and security systems. He also more

Digital Projection’s New 60,000+ Hour LED Projectors Now Available

Digital Projection’s M-Vision Cine LED projector

Digital Projection

Limited Supply Available for Delivery in Time for the Holiday Season

ATLANTA, GA – October 2, 2009 – Digital Projection International (DPI), an Emmy® Award-winning manufacturer of high-performance projection systems, announced a limited supply of their brand-new M-Vision Cine LED projectors is now available for order. The new Cine LED delivers 3-chip color saturation with the imaging fidelity of Texas Instruments’ DLP® technology. The single-chip M-Vision Cine LED adds the first Lifetime Illumination™ display to DPI’s already extensive single-chip product line. MSRP is between $15,995 and $16,995, depending on the lens selected. more

QSONIX DEBUTS HI RESOLUTION MEDIA AND USB DAC SUPPORT AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN AUDIOFEST

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THE ULTIMATE AUDIOPHILE MUSIC SERVER NOW SUPPORTS USB DAC’S AND HI-RESOLUTION MEDIA UP TO 24BIT / 192KHZ

DENVER, Colorado, September 29, 2009 – Qsonix will be showcasing its latest system enhancements for the Q105 and Q110 series music servers, including support for third-party external USB DAC’s (Digital to Analog Converters) and support for import and playback of high-resolution 24-bit audio. more

Niles Ships Second Generation iPod® Solutions

MIAMI, Fla. – September 28, 2009 – Niles Audio Corporation, The First Name In Custom Installation®, today announced that it is now shipping the IntelliControl ICS IM-iCARD2 iPod Integration Module, plus two new iWARE connectivity solutions for iPod: the SmartDock2 Docking Station and the ES2 Wall Mount Extender System.

These three new products provide compatibility with all the latest iPod devices, supporting Apple’s new iPod charging circuitry. Niles is proud to announce that the IntelliControl ICS IM-iCARD2, the SmartDock2, and the ES2 are fully compatible with all new-generation iPods. In addition to this enhanced functionality, the two new iWARE products, the SmartDock2 and the ES2, are now fully compatible with the ZR-6 MultiZone Receiver. System designers and installers now have the opportunity to specify complete iPod solutions for this popular whole-house audio system. more

Comprehensive Announces New ProScale Presentation Scaler/Switcher

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South Hackensack, New Jersey:

Comprehensive is pleased to announce the addition of the CSC-7850 Scaler/Switcher to an already extensive line of Interface Electronics. The CSC-7850 is a 9-input scaler/switcher for analog and digital video and unbalanced stereo and S/PDIF audio signals. It scales any composite, s-video (Y/C), component video (YUV), HDMI or computer graphic’s video signal and jpeg files via USB, up or down, to a selectable graphics or HDTV output resolution. more

CEDIA Management Conference Coming to New Orleans in 2010

Annual business owners’ conference to focus on people, strategy and execution

INDIANAPOLIS (September 23, 2009)—The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) has announced it will hold its annual Management Conference at the Omni Royal Orleans in the heart of New Orleans March 3–6, 2010. The conference will offer speakers, education and networking sessions focused on strategic, efficient business planning for electronic systems company owners and senior managers.
CEDIA’s Management Conference is an opportunity for professionals to step away from the day-to-day tasks of running a business and set their sights on improving operations. The event offers entrepreneurial lessons from business development experts as well as the opportunity to learn from peers in a non-competitive environment.
The 2010 conference will draw on the principles outlined in the Verne Harnish book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits, with a focus on the four key decisions that drive growth: people, strategy, execution and more

Niles CAT-5 HDMI Baluns Win CustomRetailer Exc!te Award

MIAMI, Fla. – September 23, 2009 – Niles Audio Corporation, The First Name in Custom Installation®, has announced its CAT-5 HDMI Baluns have been named the recipient of a 2009 Exc!te Award by CustomRetailer magazine. Niles CAT-5 HDMI Baluns provide system integrators with a reliable and repeatable connectivity solution for extending high definition sources throughout the home using cost-effective and easy-to-install CAT-5 or CAT-6 cable. Available in both wall-mount and component model versions, the new baluns feature a flexible design architecture to ensure a professional, cosmetically appealing installation.

Niles’ HDMI baluns convert high-definition audio and video signals to a balanced circuit topology so the signals can be transmitted over long runs of low-cost CAT-5 or CAT-6 cable. Operating in pairs, a system requires a transmitter balun and a receiver balun, with the transmitter located near the source component and the receiver near a flat-panel display. One more

TecNec Distributing Introduces Just Add Power HDMI Over IP Solution

Just Add Power HDMI Over IP Transmitter & Receiver

Just Add Power Transmitter & Receiver

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. — September 23, 2009TecNec, a worldwide distributor of Professional Video, Audio, Multimedia, Digital and A/V Equipment and Accessories related to the Broadcast, Prosumer and Home Theater Markets, has teamed up with Just Add Power bringing an affordable “game changing” technology to the residential home and commercial display markets.

The Projector Connector from Just Add Power offers HDMI at 1080p over IP. Networking through any managed Ethernet network switch, any number of sources can be simultaneously routed, seamlessly switched and distributed to any number of displays. more

AVAD Expands Outdoor TV Product Offering Through Partnership with SunBriteTV

Van Nuys, Calif. – September 21, 2009 – AVAD LLC, America’s leading distributor of custom electronics, announced it has entered into a distribution agreement, effective immediately, with Southern California based SunBriteTV, the innovator and leader in all-weather outdoor TV technology. Attendees to CEDIA Expo 2009, held Sept. 9-13 in Atlanta, Ga., had the opportunity to demo SunBriteTV products as part of AVAD’s “One Call Does it All? presentation at the show. more

NEW LIGHTZING CONTROL SYSTEM ADDS EASY LOW-VOLTAGE LIGHTING OPTION – Use 110 or 220-volt outlets to light six zones

Ipswich, MA, September 22, 2009 – Groundbreaking innovation in low-voltage lighting control took the most recent CEDIA EXPO by storm with the debut of LightZing 1.6. Now LightZing makes environmentally proven low-voltage lighting an affordable addition to any home theater or home automation system by eliminating the cost of an electrician. Simple as it should be, LightZing plugs into any 110 or 220-volt outlet.

LightZing will measure, manage and supply various levels of low voltage power to energy saving halogen or LED lighting and window shades for residential and commercial environments.

The stand-alone unit is easily controlled using RS-232 and RJ-45 connectivity and is equipped with a front panel LCD screen for easy set-up and system monitoring Units can be combined to offer more zones as the project requires.

Spencer Kalker, founder of LightZing says “LightZing’s patent pending concept is a solution for every more

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