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Smart Home Awareness Up, But Not for Custom Installation Channel

Did the custom electronics industry sign up for a life-long membership in the federal witness protection program? Is recognition for this industry buried with Jimmy Hoffa? Yet another study has been released that unveils the obscurity of the industry, despite the growing popularity of smart home systems. This is the same mantra that has been repeated …

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Soundbar Revenues Grow to $1.5B in 2014

The final quarter of 2014 saw a boost in soundbar sales due to the holiday season, according to recent research from gap intelligence. According to the report, Q4 revenues increased 38 percent QoQ, with a 31 percent increase for the year. This coincided with an increase in soundbar shipments: 48 percent QoQ and 37 percent in 2014. “Overall revenue …

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Pioneer Elite SP-EBS73-LR Speaker System Review

PRICE $2,500 AT A GLANCE Plus Dolby Atmos–enabled monitors Laser-like focus from coaxial driver array Minus Just-average subwoofer performance THE VERDICT Andrew Jones’ excellent Atmos-enabled speakers are equally at home in a 5.1-channel footprint as they are transforming surround sound as we know it. Dolby Atmos bids to change the landscape of …

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Toshiba to Exit North American Flat-Panel TV Market

Another flat panel TV maker is going bye bye. Toshiba Corpannounced yesterday that it will stop making and selling flat panel TVs in North America, according to a report from Reuters. The Japanese company, which launched several Ultra HD 4K models back in 2013, says it is also considering a similar discontinuance in other Toshiba entered the Ultra HD …

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4K Projection Gets Cheap: Hands On With The Sony VPL-VW300ES

Even the most extreme of 4K naysayers would surely struggle to deny that the new ultra high definition video format makes a big difference to pictures as huge as those produced by a video projector. So the news that Sony Sony is about to launch a new 4K projector at a ground-breakingly low price feels like another key moment in 4K’s seemingly irresistible …

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TVs at CES 2015 go beyond 4K

4K is already old hat. Rapidly falling prices are causing TV makers to push ever more elaborate features — that’s why Quantum Dots, HDR and curved, bendable and ultra-slim sets were so prominent this year. Sarah Tew/CNET   LAS VEGAS — The marketing departments at major TV makers love their buzzwords, and none more than Samsung. …

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Coming Soon: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Panasonic introduces first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player while Blu-ray Disc Association offers more details on the format at 2015 International CES. Ultra HD TVs are growing in popularly and declining in price, leading to near certainty that 4K will be the standard in TVs (at least in sizes 50 inches and above) over the next few years. However, one of …

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10 Questions to Ask Before Shopping for an HDTV

When it comes to selecting a new HDTV, it’s fair to say there’s no shortage of options. Whether you’re standing in front of a giant wall of TVs at your local brick-and-mortar retailer or staring at a screen full of options on Amazon or Crutchfield, you might quickly feel overwhelmed as you try to figure out which one is the “right” …

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