Denon 900 Series Includes HEOS-Enabled Integrated Amp

Exhibiting at the 2022 High End show in Munich, the Denon 900 Series of components were among a number of newly announced products from the home AV company.

Denon notes the new products will offer homeowners a choice of audio components at a range of price points that include a number of features.

“We are so excited to present these new products at the HIGH END Show in Munich,” says Trip Randall, president, Denon.

“Denon engineers have designed these components to achieve the perfect balance between audiophile performance for both digital and analog sources with connectivity for a vast array of devices and media—providing music enthusiasts with the ultimate home entertainment solutions built with the care and attention to detail consumers expect from Denon.

“We are very proud of the new PMA-900HNE as the first standard size HEOS-Built-in 2 channels integrated Denon amplifier, it is the perfect starting building block for the new generation of audiophiles giving access to digital music and streaming with the superb Denon sound at an affordable price.”

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Denon 900 Series: Feature Choices, Performance, Overall Value

Highlighting the value-minded 900 series of components is the PMA-900HNE integrated amplifier.

The company says this is the first Denon integrated amplifier to include the HEOS wireless whole-house audio platform, and says in a press release that the integrated amp is designed to serve as the center piece of a modern AV system.

Denon says the PMA-900HNE can be used for watching TV, video gaming and listening to music. The product is rated to produce 85 watts per channel, and internally the integrated amplifier utilizes an oversized power supply to ensure it can drive any loudspeaker.

The new Denon 900 Series PMA-900HNE integrated amplifier also includes Wi-Fi network connectivity, Apple AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, and high-resolution audio capabilities with DSD 2.8 MHz and 5.6 MHz, and PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz.

Offering a companion source component to the PMA-900HNE, is the new DCD-900NE CD player. This new Denon 900 Series component incorporates the company’s AL32 Processing Plus circuitry, and an integrated USB port that supports high-resolution audio playback, including PCM signals up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD 2.8MHz/5.6MHz.

Additionally, Denon points out the DCD-900NE CD player also includes a vibration-resistant design to help maintain the best possible sound quality from CDs.

Denon PMA-1700NE Integrated Amplifier

Serving as a step-up solution to the Denon 900 Series products is the company’s PMA-1700NE integrated amplifier.

According to Denon, the new PMA-1700NE integrated amplifier was developed to serve as an audiophile solution. Rated to produce 140 watts per channel, the high-performance Denon integrated amplifier incorporates a choice of analog and digital inputs that includes moving coil (MC) and moving magnet (MM) phono inputs, as well as optical coax digital and USB-B that supports 32-bit/384kHz PCM and up to 11.2 MHz DSD signals.

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Denon adds the new PMA-1700NE integrated amp features an elegant industrial design, and its vibration-isolation technologies to help ensure the best possible performance, free from vibrations that could detract from the integrated amp’s performance.

The Denon 900 Series components PMA-900HNE integrated amp carries a retail price of $949, and it will be available in July 2022. The companion DCD-900NE CD player will carry a retail price of $549. The $2,099 PMA-1700NE integrated amp will become available in June 2022.

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Marantz Introduces $999 CD 60 CD Player

Adding to its stereo line of products, Marantz has announced its new CD 60 CD Player.

Marantz says that its latest source component has been developed to provide high levels of sound quality through the implementation of its latest circuit designs and advanced internal parts and materials.

“With so much attention devoted to the burgeoning vinyl market plus the popularity of streaming content, we sometimes forget that an entire generation of music lovers built sizable collections of beloved compact discs,” says Joel Sietsema, Marantz brand president.

“Marantz was present at the dawn of CD technology with our original player, the CD 63. Now, the CD 60 reminds us why we fell in love with the format 40 years ago – delivering more warmth, musicality and detail than any player in its class.”

Marantz CD 60 CD player Features new Industrial Design

Complementing the company’s recently released MODEL 40n integrated amplifier, the new CD player utilizes modern aesthetics to allow the component to blend into a range of home interiors without looking out of place.

Focusing on the entertainment capabilities of the CD 60 CD Player, the global AV manufacturer says the unit employs the latest version of its Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Modules (HDAM) amplifier modules in the player’s analog circuit stage.

The company points out the HDAM modules provide superior overall response when compared to off-the-shelf components other products typically employ.

Marantz states it optimized the HDAM specifically for use in the CD 60 CD Player to produce more accurate current flow at lower distortion levels at higher frequencies.

Supporting the value side of the new source component, Marantz explains the unit includes a front-panel USB-A input to allow the CD 60 CD Player to serve as a DAC (digital-to-analog converter). The DAC capabilities of the unit offer users the ability to play MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV, FLAC HD, ALAC and AIFF files up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD high-resolution files up to 5.6 MHz.

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Aiding the player’s digital audio performance Marantz notes the unit incorporates a 24-bit digital-to-analog converter, and to allow users the ability to tailor the CD 60’s sound, the player offers a choice of two filter options. The first filter is said to produce a gentle roll off, while the second filter a sharper roll off that is said to result in improved imaging.

In addition, the CD 60 CD Player also includes the company’s proprietary HDAM-SA2 headphone amp circuit that comes with three settings: low, middle and high.

These settings allow users to match the headphone amp with their favorite headphones, and when the headphone amp is not in use, the circuit can be turned off to eliminate any possible interference.

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Common Myths About Mounting TVs Over Fireplaces

The dilemma of mounting a TV over a fireplace reminds me of a “Twilight Zone” episode in which a spaceship carrying highly intelligent beings lands on a distant planet where a group of colonists had crashed 30 years before. When one of the colonists breaks his wrist, the resident physician begins to apply a splint to the man’s arm. But before he gets halfway through the process, one of the advanced visitors waves a wand and the man’s wrist is immediately healed.

The old doctor protests in earnest, claiming that the only way to heal a broken arm is the tried-and-true splint method. But, after examining the man’s arm, he had to admit: the wand had worked. There was no cogent argument he could make to claim otherwise.

The reasons generally cited for not mounting a TV over a fireplace, while valid at one time, no longer hold water.

There is a valuable lesson here: conventional wisdom – doing things the way you’ve always done them — is fine, until something better comes along. And there is no better illustration of this adage than with TV mounts.

For the longest time, conventional wisdom has been not to mount your TV above a fireplace. As a professional installer, it’s likely you’ve heard all the reasons; perhaps you agree with them, perhaps you don’t… or perhaps you agree with some but not with others. The bottom line is this: the reasons generally cited, while valid at one time, no longer hold water.

This is a critical point because placing a TV above a fireplace has always been – and remains – an extremely popular mounting option. So, once you understand the reasons that this can be done cost-effectively, efficiently, and safely, you’ll instantly become a more valuable resource to customers.

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In many cases, there’s no other logical place for homeowners or installers to put a television other than over a fireplace. But why is that such a logical place to put it?

The fireplace is really a focal point in the room. Many rooms are designed so that the sofas are facing the fireplace. Regardless, there are a number of myths in place about why this is bad for the electronic equipment, or even the viewer.

The reasons often cited against mounting over fireplaces are abundant, but they boil down to three main issues:

Myth #1: It’s Too High, Strains Viewer’s Neck

The myth here is that putting the TV above the fireplace puts the viewing angle above eye level. This requires the viewer to crane his or her neck to see the television, which can result in all kinds of health problems. According to the Prairie Spine Institute, “If the TV is…mounted too high, people tend to look up. This could potentially lead to muscular imbalances, and stiffness, particularly of the neck.”

For those who try to avoid the sore-neck issue by using their eyes to look up instead of lifting their head, the problem of dry eyes comes into play, as their eyes are forced to open wider. And the eye muscles get tired from working too hard as well. Other sources speak of damage to your deep-neck stabilizers and other scary-sounding medical concerns.

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It’s not unlike sitting in the front row of a movie. Staring straight up at the screen for two hours is a highly uncomfortable exercise. Of course, there are a few outliers who proclaim that sitting in the front row makes you feel fully immersed like you’re part of the movie, but the two hours of immersion hardly seem worth the neck pain you’ll be feeling afterward.

Truth:

No one can argue that putting the TV above the fireplace creates a horrible viewing angle. That’s why full-motion mounts – especially pulldown mounts with vertical movement capability – were developed. Full-motion mounts offer a variety of capabilities that enhance the TV-viewing experience.

The key words here are “full motion.” There are a number of mounts that offer tilt capability, as well as articulation. While both are useful, it is the vertical movement which allows the viewer to mount their TV above the fireplace, pull it down to eye level when they want to watch it, then easily move it back when they’re finished. No neck craning, no health problems, no doctor’s appointments.

The best picture quality is going to come from watching your TV at eye level, according to Lee Marc, CEO of MantelMount.

“If you set your TV to the perfect height, your eyes would be parallel to roughly the center of your TV, but that’s in a perfect world if there’s no fireplace in the way,” Marc says. “The good rule of thumb for the viewing distance with a fireplace or in any other situation is to take the size of your TV and divide by 0.55 — so a 55-inch TV would mean that the viewer should be about 100 inches, or eight feet, away from the screen.”

Myth #2: It Affects Image Quality

This myth centers around how many video experts claim that in addition to the neck-craning problem, there is the quality of the picture to consider. If the viewer is not looking straight at the screen (as they likely would with a TV mounted above a fireplace), the result can be a washed-out image, as the viewer is only seeing a fraction of the light being produced by the TV. So, after paying what was likely a sizable chunk of cash for their new 65-inch, 4K Ultra-HD flat screen, they are not likely to want to make this kind of compromise.

Truth:

With a modern, full-motion TV wall mount, picture quality is no longer a concern. Mounts with vertical capability allow the viewer to bring the TV down to eye level. Since they are now looking straight at the screen, the problem of washed-out picture quality is eliminated. Even for mounts without vertical movement, they can at least be tilted downward to minimize loss of resolution.

Myth #3: Fireplace Heat Damages the TV

According to some electronics experts, having an open fire going while your TV is above the mantel can potentially damage sensitive electronic parts. There is actually considerable disagreement over this issue; even those who agree can’t necessarily agree on what temperature is considered too high and how long a TV must be exposed to it before damage occurs.

Truth:

The fact is, as long as the TV is above the mantel, the mantel will act as a shield from the rising heat. However, the situation changes when you have a full-motion mount with vertical movement that allows the viewer to put the TV right out in front of the fire. Look for solutions that include heat alerts.

Marc says just about all TVs are generally rated to handle 120 degrees of heat without any damage.

“If you’re dealing with one of these humongous, wood-burning fireplaces and it throws off a ton of heat, it may not be the best idea to put your TV over that fireplace. However, there’s usually a mantel in the way, and the mantel blocks a lot of that heat from going to the TV. Most newer homes these days have gas fireplaces which don’t put off a lot of heat at all.”

“Years ago, people were very concerned with smoke and soot affecting the wires. In the whole time I’ve been in this business, I haven’t heard of one case where that actually happened.”

Myth #4: Cables Will Distract from the Design of the Fireplace Area

Nobody wants ugly cables dangling everywhere, especially in situations where the homeowner is using their TV as an entertainment center. Maybe they’ve got wiring in their wall that goes to to their stereo in another location.

Truth:

The cable mess doesn’t have to happen in the first place! Some will use what’s called a cable routing box to divert cables. These small boxes are about the size of an electrical switch, and they allow integrators to attach a conduit to either end and route the cables through the back of the wall.

New Information, New Approach

The frustrating aspect to all of this is that despite the introduction of full-motion pull down TV mounts, the number of articles claiming that a TV should never be placed above a fireplace continue to proliferate.

With the possible exception of an aesthetics issue, a high-quality, full-motion mount renders all of the objections moot. Should you decide to mount a TV above a fireplace – or high on any wall, even without a fireplace – remember that the vast majority of articles strongly recommending against it are not taking full-motion mounts into consideration.

Now, armed with this information, the next time you have a customer who is considering mounting their TV above their fireplace but is concerned by articles stating it’s a bad idea, you will be able to explain that it is a fine idea, and won’t be forced to find an alternative location. You can tell them that putting their TV above their fireplace is a fine idea, and you know just the way they can do it.

Click here to see examples of TVs mounted above fireplaces. 

Spencer Greenwald is the vice president of marketing and e-commerce at MantelMount.

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URC Total Control Fuels Massive Modern Farmhouse Project

AAA might be known for assisting automobile owners, but in the world of custom integration the folks at AAA Electronic Services in Queens, N.Y., also know how to provide top-notch service for clients. For this homeowner situated in a unique Metro New York neighborhood, AAA Electronic Services partnered with interior designers, engineers and builders to make visions of state-of-the-art smart home and home entertainment their new reality.

While the design aesthetic is a blend of modern amenities and traditional farmhouse visual cues, the technology demands of a contemporary family fueled this client’s hopes.

Gaming, streaming video, home office, security and automation created a need for next-generation technology. With decades of experience delivering on such requests, director of operations Yash Momaya and the AAA Electronic Services team designed a system that presents a luxury lifestyle with all the amenities of a resort and the functionality of a sophisticated home office.

During phase two of renovation, the home is nearly complete with reimagined smart home amenities backboned via URC’s Total Control platform to automate actions, control other systems and integrate with products from several brands.

The system includes single-touch control throughout the home via 16 TKP-7600 touchscreens. With AAA Electronics’ expert programming, the system incorporates automated audio, video, climate, lighting, shading, security and several exterior subsystems for unified control and uniquely luxurious living.

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The addition of 13 TRC-1480 devices takes simple touch or voice command throughout the house – controlling the family’s favorite streaming content and the rest of the Total Control system.

AAA Electronic Services Specs Extensive Audio System

With audio being another major key to the house, Momaya and AAA Electronic Services wanted to ensure high-quality listening experiences throughout. They designed and installed a full 32 zones of audio, aided by five of URC’s DMS-1200 multizone amplifiers and integrating devices like a Denon Heos Drive HS2 streaming amp, CasaTunes CT-8+ amp, Beale Street A120 sub amplifier, and Crown Audio CR-CDi 1000 amplifier.

The homeowners can access their preferred audio streaming services via Total Control integration and enjoy music from 40 loudspeakers including Russound, Vanco Beale Street, and Snap One Episode models.

AAA Electronic Services’ Yash Momaya (right) guided his team’s extensive URC Total Control project.

“The homeowner had a clear vision of the design aesthetic and lifestyle elements needed in the home, and URC’s Total Control helped us deliver on both,” says Momaya of the control and integration required on this extensive project.

URC’s Lutron, DoorBird Integration Raise Comfort & Convenience

To elevate comfort and peace of mind, automated lighting control and shading were integrated into the smart home design. AAA Electronic Services created a system with Lutron products throughout the home including 11 Maestro RF Dimmers with PRO LED+ Technology and 10 seeTouch scene keypads in colors specifically chosen to match the upscale decor.

Both interior and exterior lights were scheduled to turn on at sunset and off at sunrise. Lutron Sivoia QS Roller Shades were programmed to regulate the amount of direct sunlight in the home and provide privacy effortlessly.

“Integrating Lutron with URC is fairly straight forward,” states Momaya. “With Lutron’s new RadioRA 3 system, it should get even simpler to design and program great experiences for my customers.”

Additional integrations included a DoorBird D101 IP Video Door Station at the gate to monitor for safety and provide easy access by the homeowner. Snap One Wattbox provides the project’s power needs, and a Ubiquiti home network delivers reliable coverage inside and out.

“The high level of integration between URC and many other third parties certainly made everything convenient for programming and use by the end user,” Momaya says. “The team at URC is always a pleasure to deal with.”

Barry Schultz, URC’s New York Metro Territory sales manager, can attest to AAA Electronic Services’ efforts pulling it all together.

“This is one of the most extensive and intricate residential installations using Total Control,” Schultz notes. “Both Yash and the homeowner created a master smart home with extensive integration across multiple platforms creating a showcase for the epitome of today’s smart home.”

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JBL Intros Stage Architectural Series & Stage XD Series Speakers

The High End Munich audio show will take place this week and Harman Luxury Audio’s JBL brand is introducing new architectural and all-weather loudspeakers in conjunction with the event.

The venerable California loudspeaker company has announced the JBL Stage Architectural Series crafted to be visually discreet, with Zero Bezel magnetic grilles; as well as the JBL Stage XD Series speakers implementing patented acoustic technologies and featuring IP67-rated weatherized waterproof enclosures.

Stage Architectural Speakers Provide 8 In-Wall/In-Ceiling Options

JBL states its Stage Architectural loudspeakers include high-performance design elements such as 1-inch aluminum acoustic lens tweeters, patented High-Definition Imaging (HDI) waveguides, baffles with acoustic smoothing, and premium crossover components.

A range of eight models is available in various configurations for both in-wall and in-ceiling installations.

In-wall models include larger waveguides with JBL’s patented HDI geometry for smooth dispersion and low distortion, the company explains. Polycellulose cone woofers and premium air-core inductors and mylar cap capacitor crossover network components ensure that sound remains dynamic at all listening levels.

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A rigid baffle design with acoustic smoothing is said to offer improved transducer integration as well as Harman’s target curve acoustic performance for smooth, accurate sound over a large listening area.

The XL-2 Mounting System provides for quick installation and is compatible with up to 2-inch material thickness. Paintable Zero Bezel magnetically attached grilles provide a contemporary appearance that blends easily into any décor, JBL adds.

“We made sure that the performance of the JBL Stage Architectural Series Loudspeakers would exceed expectations and deliver the great sound that is JBL’s legacy,” says Jim Garrett, senior director, Product Strategy and Planning, Harman Luxury Audio Group.

“Their audio reproduction is elegant yet dynamic at the same time — a perfect combination for delivering beautiful sound whether listening to your favorite music streaming service or delivering the immersive experience of a great movie soundtrack.”

The Stage 250WL in-wall loudspeaker (MSRP $250/each) has dual 5.25-inch Polycellulose cone woofers, a 1-inch aluminum tweeter with an acoustic lens, and a HDI waveguide with optimized geometry.

The Stage 260W ($150/each) incorporates a 6.5-inch woofer and a 1-inch aluminum tweeter and HDI waveguide, while the larger Stage 280W ($225/each) in-wall loudspeaker has an 8-inch Polycellulose cone woofer for big bass plus a 1-inch aluminum tweeter and HDI waveguide. All three models use nickel-plated, spring-loaded connectors and have mounting depths of under 4 inches, according to the company.

JBL’s Stage Series 260W includes a 6.5-inch woofer.

The in-ceiling Stage 260C ($150/each) has a 6.5-inch woofer with 1-inch aluminum tweeter and acoustic lens waveguide, while the Stage 280C ($225/each) in-ceiling speaker features an 8-inch Polycellulose cone woofer and a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter with an acoustic lens waveguide.

]The in-ceiling Stage 260CDT ($175/each) employs dual ¾-inch aluminum tweeters with acoustic lens waveguides and a dual voice coil 6.5-inch woofer to deliver stereo sound from a single speaker. They have nickel-plated, spring-loaded connectors and mounting depths of under 4.5 inches.

Additionally, two Ceiling Square Angled (CSA) models offer a contemporary square footprint and a baffle with the transducers positioned at a 15-degree angle.

The Stage 260CSA ($150/each) in-ceiling model has a 6.5-inch Polycellulose cone woofer and 1-inch aluminum tweeter with an acoustic lens waveguide; the larger Stage 280CSA ($225/each) in-ceiling model uses an 8-inch Polycellulose cone woofer and a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter with an acoustic lens waveguide. Both incorporate nickel-plated, spring-loaded connectors and have mounting depths of under 5.5 inches.

Preconstruction brackets are available for all models, and square grille accessory kits are available for the Stage 260C, Stage 280C and Stage 260CDT round in-ceiling models.

JBL Stage XD Series Offers Flexibility for Indoor/Outdoor Applications

Available in two sizes, the Stage Series comes in black and white finishes and includes wall-mount brackets for use in a variety of indoor and outdoor applications, the company notes.

Featuring sustainably designed packaging and product, the JBL Stage XD Series speakers are the first repairable IP67 outdoor loudspeakers available, according to the company.

Instead of throwing away the speakers should they ever fail, these models are designed to come apart and undergo repair in case of damage due to prolonged exposure to adverse conditions.

“We’ve brought the high-performance sound of JBL to the great outdoors with resiliency and sustainability in mind,” says Garrett.

“The IP67 rating of the Stage XD Series represents one of the highest levels of ingress protection certification. This level of weatherization provides protection against ingress of harmful dust and airborne particles, as well as protection against water and liquids, including immersion in water up to 1 meter (3.3 feet) for up to 30 minutes.”

JBL Stage XD loudspeakers have a 1-inch aluminum tweeter with an acoustic lens and HDI waveguide to deliver dynamic, intelligible sound over a wide listening area, JBL says.

The larger Stage XD-6 (MSRP $599/pair) employs a 6.5-inch Polycellulose cone woofer, while the smaller Stage XD-5 ($499/pair) uses a 5.25-inch woofer.

Wall-mounts are included, and the Stage XD Series also offers Zero Bezel magnetically attached grilles and a rotatable logo for horizontal and vertical orientations.

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Is It Time to Target the Apartment Technology Market?

The multidwelling space is the hottest area of housing as high land prices lock out more potential first-time buyers from the single-family home market. As the apartment rental market grows, the apartment technology market might become more enticing for integrators as an installation option.

Right now, of course, most integration companies are busier than they have ever been serving mostly upper echelon clients. But there are signs that the market is shifting.

Economists are rumbling about a possible recession and the backlog of projects built up from the high demand caused by people being stuck at home during COVID could be waning. Indeed, the latest data from the National Association of Home Builders shows single-family housing starts are down 31% since the middle of 2021. On the flip side, multidwelling unit (MDU) starts are up as much as 23% in some areas.

Meanwhile, a study from Parks Associates says 34% of MDU Property Managers now offer tenants at least one IoT device in their unit as part of the rent.

Who to Target for Apartment Technology Installations

Many integrators already target high-end MDU condos or work with developers and property managers for apartment complexes to handle the common area infrastructure needs, but most dealers logically shy away from working with individual renters.

There are more IoT products hitting the market that are not for the common areas, but target individual apartment tenants and are sold through the property manager.

Companies like RealPage, which acquired MDU specialist Stratis, have formed programs with Google for voice control and Nest thermostats inside rental units. The newest player on the scene that offers potential for integrators to install is the Arize ecosystem.

Anaheim, Calif-based Arize consists of a team of IoT enthusiasts with diverse backgrounds, including real estate technology experts, consumer electronics professionals, apartment residents, and property owners, creating specialized smart property solutions for the multifamily market. 

The company is a smart apartment technology provider that engineers property automation solutions for multifamily owners. In the past two years, Arize has developed and expanded its line of smart home devices and services across the U.S. Starting in 2022, the company’s products are set to integrate with third-party software vendors the specialize in the MDU market, RealPage and Yardi.

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The product suite includes smart locks, leak detection, and a series of new products, including the Arize Smart Thermostat and Arize Smoke Listener. Additionally, Arize has partnered with the VeSync’s family of brands: Cosori, Levoit and Etekcity. In the future, the relationship between the brands will make it simple for Arize products to be incorporated into VeSync’s ecosystem and vice versa.

The system targets MDU owners with an ecosystem that runs on an open-source API. The Arize Smart Hub connects to up to 100 Arize smart devices and serves as the central point of communication for all smart devices within an apartment.

In addition, it ties together the company’s encrypted cloud-based infrastructure that third parties cannot control, allowing property managers and residents to securely and remotely control their smart home devices.

As a result, residents can monitor the safety and security of their apartment, set up mode settings for grouping device notifications (home/away/off), and distribute access codes for the apartment unit to friends, family, or service providers. 

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Property managers and operators can also receive alerts when a residents’ devices are low on battery, offline, or if a device that monitors potential damage to property (such as the smoke listener or water leak detector) goes off.

Property owners will also be alerted when security devices are used outside of the apartment homes in common areas. Property owners can self-select and build product bundles so they aren’t forced to use products they don’t want.

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Hisense Launches U6HF Smart TV with Amazon Fire TV

The new Hisense U6HF smart TV with Amazon Fire TV expands the global electronics and appliance manufacturer’s TV line and provides consumers an affordable smart TV solution that features a recognized smart TV platform.

Hisense‘s new 50-inch $530 smart television provides homeowners with a Fire TV user experience, including Amazon Alexa voice control capabilities.

The entertainment options of the Fire TV platform include access to all of today’s popular streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and Hulu. It also includes access to free content services like Pluto TV and Amazon Freevee.

The value-minded smart television also employs Quantum Dot LED technologies and the ability to deliver HDR images with compatibility with the Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+ formats.

“Hisense and Fire TV share the same goal of combining the best in hardware and software to provide high-quality, innovative, and affordable smart TV experiences,” says Daniel Rausch, vice president, Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services.

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“As more brands turn to Fire TV, we are committed to delivering a smart TV package that is easy to adopt, efficient to develop with, and delights customers.”

Other Features of the U6HF Smart TV

Hisense says the television incorporates more than just Amazon’s popular Fire TV platform. Some of the other features the TV offers include 60Hz variable refresh rates, 240Hz motion rate processing, and the ability to produce up to 600 nits of brightness.

The Hisense U6HF smart TV provides gamers its Game Mode Plus option that is said to decrease input lag while increasing the television’s response time. The TV reduces frame-rate issues on next-generation gaming consoles via HDMI via 60Hz Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).

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“We’re dedicated to delivering industry-leading products that provide our customers with the best in entertainment – and streaming is a critical element of this,” adds David Gold, President of Hisense USA.

“We’re thrilled to add Fire TV to our lineup of smart TVs to deliver a premium home entertainment experience for our customers across the U.S.”

The company adds 50-inch model is currently available for preorder, and later this year a 58-inch version will be available for a retail price of $600.

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Home Theater’s ‘Forgotten’ Acoustical Need: Soundproof Doors and Windows

Famed Pink Floyd and Beatles producer Alan Parsons once told CE Pro that room acoustics was as important, if not more important, than the electronics in a home theater or listening room.

Taking that advice to heart, for decades integrators have gone to immense lengths to perfect the acoustics of a home theater or private recording studio with acoustical panels for the walls and ceilings. But there is often one part of room acoustics that gets overlooked: soundproof doors and windows.

Obviously, home theaters and studios in dedicated rooms such as basements typically will not have windows to contend with, but EVERY room has a door. Likewise, home theaters in multipurpose great rooms/family rooms/dens can be acoustical nightmares with giant windows and high ceilings.

The reflective quality of the glass is often somewhat shielded with motorized shades, but those shades are more targeted with addressing the ambient light in the room versus the room acoustics.

Soundproof Studios in Reno, Nev., provides custom soundproof doors and windows for home theater or home studios that require the greatest soundproofing available for their specific space.

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The sliding soundproof doors and windows not only help prevent sound bleed into other areas of the home, but they also keep out intrusive outside noise such as barking, sirens, traffic and leaf blowers that can otherwise ruin recording sessions and home theater experiences.

The sliding glass soundproof doors have a Sound Transmission Class (STC) value of up to 65 – the equivalent in absorbing as much sound as recording studio walls – and can dramatically block low frequencies (40dB @ 80 Hz). STC ratings are used for doors, windows, walls, and most building materials, with a higher rating indicating a greater ability to stop noise intrusion. The average STC rating on the market today ranges from 33 to 47.

Customized soundproof doors and windows prevent not only noise bleed from within but reduce outside noise from traffic, dog barking, and leaf blowers.

A new door frame design preserves double-wall sound isolation. In fact, the soundproof doors perform better and are more economical than steel doors, according to the company.

The soundproof door panels are removable so homeowners can utilize the full door opening width when needed. Studio sliding glass doors in multi-track telescoping configurations can also optimize the use of space. Wider doors are available for any given rough opening size.

In addition to soundproof doors, the company also customizes recording studio soundproof windows that can achieve up to an STC value of 64. These consist of two independent fixed windows on each side of the window opening. Each window can be installed vertically or slanted.

The company has a design team that can assist integrators with customized soundproof doors and windows to fit the acoustic, aesthetic, budget, and space requirements of the home theater or home recording studio. The recording studio doors and windows are made to order.

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The On-Wall Opportunity for Home Theater Audio

Jason Zidle, brand manager for DALI Loudspeakers at Lenbrook, recently sat down with us to talk about the current market conditions surrounding home theater audio. You can watch that conversation in the video above, but below you’ll find the transcript:

CEP: What the market looking like right now for wireless and on-wall speakers, and where do you think the opportunity is for integrators who are looking to capitalize on?

Jason Zidle: Both are growing immensely, and I truly believe will continue to grow. Both offer somebody benefits for the end user and the integrator. They both offer superior performance compared to traditional CI, and perhaps most importantly, they address the desires of a new target for sit for CI people, the critical listener, the hobbyist and the new generation.

CEP: What is unique about DALI’s approach to driver technology and wireless functionality?

JZ: Most speakers are in-ceiling, and that’s a very, very busy place. And that’s very humbling for the audio guy. You know, an installer walks in with his preconstruction kids trying to do his best to stake some claim to that very busy ceiling, but to the consumer and the man doing the job, lighting, age vac, potentially even security, all these things take precedence over the in ceiling speaker.

So it’s difficult sometimes to optimize them acoustic acoustically and cosmetically. So this way, with a non wall, the integrator can actually provide their client with better performance, while even respecting their décor.

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From a performance performance aspect, on wall is far superior, an element of speakers that really doesn’t get enough attention is the cabinet, very underestimated component. And then of course, there’s placement with on wall, you can manipulate and maximize it much more to make sure you’re getting every little bit out of it. And an element that a lot of people normally don’t speak of and Ci is it allows a hobbyist to upgrade much more easily.

You know, it’s a big dedication to cut something into your ceiling, but just taking something off your wall and maybe replacing it with something even better. What a wonderful opportunity. And that’s just an opportunity that CEI previously hadn’t been exposed to.

CEP: What advantage does wireless audio pose to the integrator in home theater situations?

JZ: It’s similar to on walls in many respects, yet to me with even more to offer a system you know, it’s a living breathing thing, it has to be balanced. And, you know, for most systems, we’d be talking about an amplifier and speakers.

And it’s not always easy to get that perfect balance. When you’re designing both. If you are designing the amplifier and the speaker, you can really create something that is greater than the sum of its parts, both from a performance aspect because you know exactly what you expect from both, but also about reliability, you know, what each is capable of. So in the long run to me, they’d actually last longer than when you try to piece together an amplifier with a given pair of speakers.

For the installer. The other advantage that I like a lot is it’s a very non invasive way of adding multi room. A multi room is a blast, everybody wants it but not everybody is perhaps ready to make the commitment to the invasive cuts, or the associated cost of intensive labor like that with powered speakers and powered solutions. This offers a new venue for the installer to really easily add sound to every room in the home, do it very non invasively and perhaps even at a cost as more customers can afford.

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