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Considerations for Pre-wiring Your New Home

One of the many considerations when building a new home is the type and extent of infrastructure that is to be deployed prior to completion. Common denominators are the choreography of electrical, environmental and communication framework, but today’s homes can go far beyond just these basic systems. Home automation, theater, audio and video distribution are all but inevitable with entertainment and control technologies now available.

Re-imagine Your Space with Sanus

With as many options as exist in electronic entertainment products for your home, there must also be a host of accommodations within which to house them or with which to install them. Televisions mount to walls or are displayed on stands, components dwell in cabinetry or reside on racks, speakers and stands become the union of form and function, and cables snake through conduits preferably unseen.

Leon Loudspeakers

When you look at the sheer number of different products in any genre of consumer commodities, the results can be overwhelming. Whether you consider writing instruments or toys, electronics or appliances, there are thousands of models within a profusion of categories. Occasionally, a “reinvention of the wheel” occurs.

RTI – Affordable Automation

Founded in 1992, Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) is a leading control systems manufacturer offering innovative, sophisticated, and user-friendly devices for managing the ever increasing residential entertainment and automation options. RTI gives the homeowner control of these technologies by bringing together electronics, whole house audio, lighting, security, and environmental control into one, simple interface.

SnapAV Brings Your Entertainment to Life

When most people think of audio and video entertainment, the things that come to mind are amplifiers, media players, speakers, televisions, projectors and the like. Which controller is right for my home theater? What speakers will sound the best?

Yamaha – Harmony in Life

In 1887, Torakusu Yamaha built his first reed organ, and since then the Yamaha Corporation of Japan has grown to become the world's largest manufacturer of a complete line of musical instruments, audio video entertainment products, computer-related products and other assorted commodities. Established in 1960, Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) offers a full line of musical instruments and electronic entertainment products to the U.S. market. 

Sonance – A Sound Investment In Quality

From the company that was instrumental in the creation of in-wall and in-ceiling audio comes a complete offering of installable speakers steeped in performance and years of experience. It begins with their Visual Performance Series, which is equipped with a low-profile grille that is paintable to blend seamlessly into any wall or ceiling. Available in multiple shapes and sizes, this series comes in several performance levels and a range of specialty applications.

Savant - A Single-App Home

Savant was founded in 2005, and is a high-end home automation system that runs on Mac OS X computers and iOS smartphones and tablets. It offers great features and a robust user interface, with the goal of providing an experience in home automation that is second to none. Home automation is designed to simplify your life and provide a personalized experience by automating everyday tasks, adding comfort and convenience to your life, and providing peace of mind with remote access to your home when you're away. Savant imagined what such a home would involve, and set out to create a product that would seamlessly integrate with and adapt to the user’s lifestyle.

Klipsch – Keepers of the Sound

In 1946, an entrepreneur named Paul W. Klipsch designed and hand-built the legendary Klipschorn speaker in Hope, Arkansas, with the goal of bringing live music into his living room. He was a true American audio pioneer and a member of the Engineering and Science Hall of Fame. His passion for quality sound and his understanding of the science involved gave rise to speaker technologies that would forever impact generations of music lovers.

Peachtree Audio – Engineered For The Way We Listen To Audio Today

As audio technologies evolved over the years, it became obvious that music listeners were moving toward computer-based audio.  However, consumer electronics were not adjusting to this rapidly developing trend. Sure, you could connect your portable music device, laptop or PC to your home stereo via a plethora of splitters, cables and adapters, but you would still be dealing with typically low-quality, analog output stages or headphone jacks.  Sound quality was mediocre at best and horrible at the other end of the scale.

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