Control4 New Product Announcements
The HC-800 has the exceptional horsepower, control capabilities and design to run even the most demanding control system. Developed as the foundation of every Control4® install, the HC-800 has the features and processing power to connect to and control everything in a typical home or light commercial automation system. The HC-800 features a dual core 1.8GHz processor which maximizes the power of the Control4 award-winning operating system.
The Control4® 7" Portable Touch Screen with Camera delivers always-on, dedicated system control in a sleek tablet form-factor that works as a portable or a tabletop touch screen for ultimate control and flexibility. The 7" Portable features full-motion video intercom and the fidelity of wideband audio intercom for crystal-clear communications and control throughout a home or business. Intercom is optional and may be activated with the purchase of an Intercom License (C4-Intercom-E).
Coming Very Soon
The Control4® Door Station delivers full-motion video intercom and the fidelity of wideband audio intercom for crystal-clear communications and video security throughout a home or business. The Door Station comes in 3 stylish colors—Satin Nickel, Satin Black and Venetian Bronze—and provides audio and video intercom communications with the Control4 7” In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera and the new Control4 7” Portable Touch Screen with Camera. It is also capable of audio-only intercom communications with Control4 5” and 7” In-Wall Touch Screens (C4-TSWMC5-EG-XX and C4-TSWMC7-EG-XX). To enable video and/or audio intercom functionality you must purchase an optional Control4 Intercom License (C4-Intercom-E) which activates the intercom functionality on any intercom-capable devices.
Sound and Vision proudly introduces the following new products to our already world class line up.
Stop in soon to see why Sound and Vision has become the premier local audio/video/custom retail shop in NE Ohio.
AND!! We have most of the product in stock and ready for immediate delivery and or cash and carry. A true rarity in today's
Control4 Introduces home control from your home PC or flash enabled devices!! Available Feb 2010
Mitsubishi shows its massive 92" DLP at CES stay tuned!!
See us at the Cleveland Home and Garden Show this month show specials for those who visit the booth!
Sony 2011 3D projector now on display in Cuyahoga Falls store come out and check it out!!
New anthem AV receivers now in stock!
All new Definitive Technologies products now in stock!
All new Klipsch Speakers now in stock!
Still some remaining inventory of 100th Aniversary Denon products in stock (when they are gone they are gone forever!)
New Control4 Infinity edge screens now on display!
New Epson models on display and in stock!
September 15, 2010
Upgrade your Control4 System with Pandora Radio!
Upgrade for as little as $799.00 installed!
STAY TUNED FOR CEDIA NEW PRODUCTS WE WILL BE THERE SEPT 22-26th!
August 12, 2010
NEW 2011 Models in stock ready for immediate delivery!
Brand new 2011 Model Denon Audio Video receivers now in stock!
Brand new 2011 Model Yamaha Audio Video receivers now in stock!
Brand new 2011 Model Integra Audio Video receivers now in stock
Paradigm Special Edition Speakers now in stock
July 17, 2010
Stop by either store to see the new Screen Inovations Black Diamond Projector screens!
You dont have to watch your movies in the dark anymore this new high gain material takes the theater out of the basement into any room in your house.
July 17, 2010
New Runco LED projector calibrated by our expert ISF certified calibrator Jeff. He is the
best in town and the most affordable don't trust the Geek Squad have a real professional do the job right the first time! All types Plasma, LCD, LED, CRT, Rear Projection, Front Projection. Done with all Sencore equipment!
July 7, 2010
Sound and Vision adds a new line of theater chairs!
VIP Cinema Seating has been added to our existing line of
custom home theater chairs we will have the new models in
July 1, 2010
Control4 version 2.0 is here!
This represents a major upgrade in the Control4 operating system which will allow
the complete customization of your Control4 system. This is
not a free upgrade and can take a considerable amount of
time to implement. Please give us a call so we can
schedual a free on-site consultation to discuss your options.
Here are the details and some great screen shots!
June 9, 2010
Focal Speakers Featured in
9.1 Dolby Demo Room
Nine Focal 'Electra 1000 Be II' series speakers with
dual sub-woofers installed at San Francisco HQ
Champlain, NY - June 2, 2010 - Audio Plus Services, the distributor behind Focal Professional and Home Audio products in North America, announced today that Dolby Laboratories has installed a 9.1 surround-sound system featuring a selection of Focal speakers in their new demo room at the San Francisco headquarters. The install features 6 of the Focal Electra 1038 Be speakers for front, side and rear, a pair of Electra 1008 Be speakers mounted higher in the center-front, a center channel Electra CC1008 Be and dual Electra SW 1000Be sub-woofers.
Dolby's demo room is designed to show off the high quality and flexibility of the company's latest technologies to current and prospective partners and clients. Dolby demos up to 192 kHz Dolby TrueHD lossless audio on Blu-Ray Disc and Dolby Pro Logic IIz with height channel capabilities among other innovations. The room features multiple playback devices for DVD and BluRay formats, specialized screens to match the multiple resolutions available today and a two-tiered seating system allowing multiple listeners to be in the center sweet spot of the 9.1 Focal speaker system that is paired with audiophile amplifiers and top quality speaker cabling.
During a recent visit to the Dolby headquarters, Simon Cote, Manager of Professional Products at Audio Plus Services, got a rare listening experience inside the demo room, "We have hoped that someone would push the boundaries with a surround set up like they've created at Dolby with the Focal speakers. This was the first time I had heard a 9.1 system, and with that many Electra speakers at once it sounded amazing, from the dynamics of a classical recording to the punch of rock and smoothness of pop and R&B. Audiophile listening is an art form in many unique ways and Dolby has created both a technical and pleasurable room to experience amazing surround sound."
The Electra Be line of speakers feature Focal's patented and revolutionary Beryllium inverted dome tweeters that in the latest Electra 1000 Be II models are enhanced with Infinite Acoustic Loading (IAL) to cover an even wider frequency range. The Electra 1038 Be is a 3-way bass reflex floor-standing speaker that offers a frequency response of 33Hz to 40kHz and features three 7-inch woofers along with a mid-range driver. The cones of the drivers are made from one of Focal's most famous inventions, the "W" composite 'sandwich technology that offers extreme rigidity, while being light and featuring high internal damping to avoid sound coloration. All Focal Electra components are designed and made at their factory in France. The Electra cabinet design is also part of their 'sound' - non-parallel side panels diffuse standing waves, while the rounded aluminum baffle housing the tweeter suppresses audio diffraction.
April 15, 2010
10 Reasons 3D Might Fail
Ten reasons consumers might not buy into a 3D experience at home.
By Brian Mitchell
Will we all watch 3D TV in the future, or will it remain a niche product meant for science fiction movies, video games, or special sporting events? As we've seen with the breakout success of "Avatar," there is definitely consumer willingness to enjoy 3D at the movies. But it is still an open question whether consumers will buy a 3D experience for the home. Here are ten reasons why in-home 3D TV may never achieve mass market appeal.
Glasses - Need I say more. Who wants to buy them, keep track of them, or even wear them? Are you eager to wear geeky 3D glasses and sit silently in front of a TV in a darkened room every night?
TV Watching is Social - Home TV watching is, in many ways, a social experience. You watch with your family or friends with the lights on. You may talk about the show or something else. Multitaskers may even be on the Internet, chatting, tweeting or texting from their phone. 3D viewing abruptly alters the social nature of TV watching.
Compatibility - Think the brand new flat-panel TV you bought recently will show 3D? Think again. You will need to upgrade just about everything, including the cables.
Lack of content - Even if you are fortunate enough to buy a 3D TV when they first come out, along with a 3D Blu-ray player, you won't have much to watch. Even if you could watch more, what do you really have to watch in 3D?
Confusion - 3D adds a new layer of complexity to the already complicated TV, satellite/cable, DVD player hook-up process. New technical 3D jargon will further confuse consumers. There are currently different ways to capture and display 3D, which can require different types of glasses and/or equipment. Confused yet? So am I.
Health risks - 3D viewing can induce headaches, disorientation, nausea, or eye-strain for some people. 3D tricks the brain and puts your eyes through a serious workout. Nobody knows yet, since there have been no major studies what, if any, long-term effects extensive 3D watching may cause.
Unwatchable 3D Footage - 3D video is unwatchable without special glasses. If you were told right now your TV would only work if you wore special glasses, how many of those TVs do you think would sell? It's the same question consumers will answer with their purse strings.
Just-Good-enough Syndrome - This is not a disease, but many people are quite happy with their new flat-panel TV purchase of recent years. At the same time, everything is not yet broadcast in full HD, and the majority are still happy with regular DVD quality. Even the Blu-ray market has yet to take off. Convincing consumers to adopt a new format may be a tough sell.
Discs are dying - No funerals please. With improved streaming capabilities and greater digital home storage, inevitably discs will be replaced with on-demand streaming. It may take another decade, but how we consume media will likely not include discs. This isn't necessarily bad for 3D, but it takes 2-4 times more storage and greater download speeds to stream 3D. Bandwidth limitations are likely to be an issue.
History Lessons - Bringing sweeping change to home TV watching takes time, a very long time. It took HDTV about 20 years to achieve market dominance with the help of a government mandate. For better or worse, I don't expect government involvement this time. The electronics and entertainment industries will have their work cut out for them.
Reprinted with the permission of eCoustics.com. Original article published on January 31, 2010
April 2, 2010
Control4 Application Allows Home Control From iPad
New App Specially Designed for iPad Provides Convenient Control of Lights, Temperature, Home Entertainment and More for Control4-Enabled Smart Homes
Control4, a leader in affordable IP-based home control systems, announced today the Control4® My Home application for iPad, which was developed in collaboration with Control UI. In a Control4®-enabled smart home, users will be able to access lighting, temperature, music, video, security systems, web cameras and more from an Apple iPad. Available today on the iTunes App Store, the Control4 My Home app has been selected as an Apple staff favorite for iPad apps.