Google Nest Hub Is America’s Most Searched For Smart Home Product

May 9, 2023

A new study has revealed that Google Nest Hubs are the most searched-for smart home product line in America, with an average of 137,520 searches per month. Home and tech experts Smarthomestarter.com used Google data to analyze searches for various smart home related keywords to determine which smart device product lines were searched for the […]

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Control4 OS 3 Adds Google Assistant Voice Control, an API for Intercom Anywhere and New CA-10 Controller

September 12, 2019

SnapAV announced today at CEDIA Expo 2019 that the Control4 Smart Home OS 3 is adding Google Assistant, integration with third-party smart doorbells through Intercom Anywhere and a new high-availability automation controller to power large homes. With Control4 OS 3, homeowners can choose from tens of thousands of devices to create a system that suits […]

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Denon Debuts New Network Receiver for ProAV Market

June 19, 2019

Today Denon announced its first stereo network receiver with wireless music streaming and 4K HDMI capabilities, the DRA-800H. Featuring a newly designed L/R symmetric stereo power amplifier design, the Hi-Fi stereo receiver delivers superb audio fidelity from a variety of sources — including wireless music, CD and phono — while a full-featured HDMI section with […]

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Marantz Debuts Two New AV Receivers for ProAV

May 21, 2019

Marantz today announced the NR1510 and NR1710 slimline 4K Ultra HD AV receivers. Housed within the compact chassis, they include Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:Xto create startlingly lifelike cinematic experiences.The NR1710’s Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology gives users a 3D listening experience without the need for dedicated height or […]

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More AV-Integrateable X-Series AV Receivers Debut from Denon

May 21, 2019

This week Denon announced two new X-Series AV receivers. The Denon AVR-X2600H (95 watts per channel) and AVR-X1600H (80 watts per channel) support the latest surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, which adds virtualized height and surround effects on traditional stereo or surround content as well as Dolby Atmos content while using […]

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The Google Home Mini May Be Small, But It Is Also Mighty Useful

January 14, 2019

This holiday season I gifted a small, simple smf useful electronic device that can play music, control your home, integrate to other smart devices very easily, assist you throughout you day and night, and so much more through the power of the internet. It’s offered in a variety of colors, can be bold or blend […]

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Klipsch Heritage Wireless Speaker ‘The Three’ Adds Google Assistant

November 29, 2018

Klipsch has added Google Assistant functionality to its new Heritage Wireless table-top speaker, The Three. The Three with Google Assistant built in offers nostalgic mid-century modern design with the addition of a personal, helpful digital assistant. Functionality includes the ability to ask questions and get information, stream music, hear the news, weather and traffic, add […]

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Optoma Adds 4K Voice-Assistant Compatible Projector and Portable HD Projectors

September 7, 2018

Optoma today launched a series of projectors: the UHL55, LH150, LV130 and ML1050ST. The Optoma UHL55 is integrated with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, an integrated Android OS and 4K UHD HDR media player. In addition to its voice innovation, the UHL55 also features auto focus and auto keystone correction and includes NuForce stereo […]

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Alexa, Manage My Church AV System

May 15, 2018

“Alexa, turn on the church audiovisual system.” Clever voice-activated connectivity? Maybe. But practical? Not really. “Alexa, show me the upcoming maintenance on all of my audiovisual components, listing them in descending order by date.” Clever? Maybe. But practical? Absolutely. In the house of worship market, convenience isn’t a key driver for upgrades or new purchases. […]

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Amazon vs. Google Part 2

April 12, 2018

Smart homes and smart buildings aren’t for the ultra-rich… anymore. We’ve come to a time in our existence where our technological advancements have allowed for desire, need and know how of a more connected lifestyle, between home and work. After all, it’s no longer about a work-life balance, it’s really all about the work-life blend […]

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AV and Speech Technology

April 2, 2018

This past January, Las Vegas hosted the Consumer Electronics Show where Speech Technology was the bright shining star and a definite win in the consumer market. With examples like Alexa, Siri, Cortana and Google Assistant, speech technology is sure to be a major player in the audiovisual industry soon. What is speech technology? According to […]

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Voice Control for One And All: It’s Here, Are you Ready For It?

April 1, 2018

Voice control has become a new standard for our daily lives. We see it in media consoles, smart devices, automobiles, office environments and more. Some manufacturers partner on one platform while others embrace a larger audience on a completely different one. Most provide a similar concept of assistance, but others excel in the experience — […]

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Crestron Adds Google Assistant for Voice Control of Custom Home Automation

January 10, 2018

Crestron has partnered with Google Assistant for expanded voice control of Crestron’s whole-home systems. Crestron Technology Professionals (CTPs) can now easily integrate customer systems with the popular Google Assistant to activate Crestron lighting controls using simple speech commands. Crestron and Google are currently in collaboration on the second phase of integration, which will enable voice control of […]

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Klipsch to Incorporate the Google Assistant in Its Heritage Wireless Speakers

January 9, 2018

Klipsch today announces that its next generation of award-winning Heritage Wireless table-top speakers will have the Google Assistant built in. The Klipsch Heritage Wireless speakers The Three and The One with the Google Assistant built in are designed to make daily tasks faster and easier. Functionality includes: the ability to ask questions and get information, stream music, hear the news, […]

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Smart Home Market Worth $6B by End of 2017 and Rising Fast

October 4, 2017

Smart home devices are shaking off their novelty image and moving mainstream to become one of the fastest growing consumer electronics categories of 2017. That’s according to a new smart home report from Futuresource Consulting, which reveals that the devices will achieve a retail value of $6bn worldwide this year, with revenues expected to triple by 2021. Alexa and […]

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Legrand On-Q Lighting Control Adds Google Assistant Control

May 5, 2017

Legrand announced that its radiant RF (radio frequency) Lighting Control and adorn Wi-Fi Ready Lighting systems now work with the Google Assistant for seamless voice control. Owners of these systems can now power and dim lights through devices enabled by the Google Assistant, such as Google Home, simply by saying phrases like, “OK Google, turn on the porch light,” […]

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