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Professional Builder Product Report: Home Technology
Several home technology products currently on the market for home automation and digital entertainment are featured.
Designed with full system integration in mind, the Vantage Controls Axium 450 series multi-room amplifier is designed to work with keypad controllers or the company's InFusion automation system. The amplifier provides four zones of independent control with seven stereo sources at 50 watts RMS per channel. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5334-134
The 2.4G wireless speaker system by speaker manufacturer JBL incorporates wall-mountable speakers, wireless transceiver and amplifier along with a transmitter/receiver module. Each speaker produces 30 watts with built-in amplification for what the company calls a "natural, richly detailed sound." The speakers can also be used as part of a 2.1 channel satellite/subwoofer audio system. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5334-137
Following in the footsteps of the AIM 8 series, SpeakerCraft's AIM Wide wide-dispersion speakers are built for multi-room audio installations. The speakers feature dual 1-inch tweeters and dual 2-inch midrange drivers set at a 70-degree angle for a dispersed sound field. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5334-135
The HiFi 6200A by Home Automation Inc. is a whole-house audio system that features a simple volume and source control paired with a four-zone, four-source amplifier rated at 20 watts per channel. HAI offers a universal mounting plate to make the unit snap into a structured-wiring panel. The system is modular for later audio expansion. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/ 5334-136
According to Eaton Electrical's third-party research conducted by Parks Associates, structured wiring was included in about 50 percent of all new homes in 2006. Eaton's Structured Wiring Solutions wing answers the call with the Multi-Room Audio Solution, which handles four audio source inputs and up to eight zone outputs. The system runs on standard Cat-5 wiring. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5334-138
Four new packages from Lifeware allow builders to offer complete digital entertainment and home automation upgrades. Options include Essential, Deluxe and Premium levels of equipment and sophistication. The company also offers its Lifeware 2.0 Windows Vista-capable interface that manages the home's subsystems through Vista Media Center. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5334-139
As part of a cooperative effort with the Avocent Corporation and debuted at last year's CEDIA conference, Electrograph System's Emerge MPX 1000 is the first wireless high-definition media extender that provides both wired and wireless capabilities in one package. Also for the home theatre is the IN76 projector, which is fully HD-capable and supports gaming consoles. For FREE information, visit http://pb.ims.ca/5334-140