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Referrals. Networking. Those words are big in the business of technology integration – for a lot of firms, they’re the best marketing tools they have. For a growing number of integrators, there’s a preferred method for reaching architects, designers, and builders and keeping that contact list robust and engaged: become a CEDIA Outreach Instructor. “COIs” are trained to teach a variety of CEDIA-specific courses to those in the building trades, courses that focus on everything from security solutions to home theater installations. They’re anecdotal, solution-based courses – not “how-to” sessions but a window into the value that tech will provide to any project. ...
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INDIANAPOLIS (April 27, 2017) - CEDIA has announced that the 2017 CEDIA Size and Scope of the Residential Electronic Systems Market survey is open. The annual survey, which takes less than twenty minutes to complete, reports on vital market trends including: the estimated number of companies installing industry products, the size of the industry workforce, the total economic value of the industry, and much more. "This research provides an important strategic snapshot of where the industry currently sits and where it is going, providing participants with the insights they need to move their business forward," said Vin Bruno, CEDIA CEO. Dave Pedigo, VP of ...
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This episode features two new CEDIA® staffers, David Meyer and Walt Zerbe. Meyer's a video expert and Zerbe has quite the audio knowledge, so CEDIA's Dave Pedigo and Ed Wenck picked the gents' brains on recent sound and vision advances in home theater. OLED, QLED, HDR, name it -- the roundtable tackles a bunch of topics in this freewheeling discussion
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What do we want? Qualified people! When do we need them? Now! That chant has been heard non-stop for a few years now, and ESPA is out there doing what we can to help. More certifications than ever, more schools than ever. Four new training partners in the first quarter of 2017. And a few of our newer partners really stand out, because they are either including a solid foundation in networking in their training ,or adding  electronic systems integration content to their existing IT program. The perfect combination of skills. The perfect new hire! We are now building in this idea by rolling out a concerted effort to get this message to IT students, at both the ...
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Hello,   This is Edward from BENNIC - a professional acoustic components manufacturer since 1978.   We produce a wide range of acoustic components such as, bi-polar capacitor , plastic film capacitors , inductors , power resistors , binding posts and terminal cup for speaker boxes. We also provide crossover network assembly service and in order to assured the quality and fast delivery, we used most of the components which we produced by ourselves, and in compliance with ISO9001, ISO14001, ISO/TS16949, ROHS and REACH.   Our products are widely used by many major high-end loudspeaker companies for both of home and car audios fields. ...
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HDMI & Super MHL Q&A

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In September 2016 I received a fantastic email from Jay Nihalani, founder and CEO of Sound & Vision in Pune, India - http://www.soundandvision.in/ . He asked if I could answer some questions about HDMI, then proceeded to send me a comprehensive list of 24 questions! Brilliant! It's still relevant today and I thought it's too good to not share, so with his permission here they are, complete with my responses; 1. Which are the companies that manufacture chips for the active HDMI cables other than Redmere, Spectra7 & Invision? A: Redmere morphed into Spectra7 some years back. Redmere dont have anything to support 18Gbps, but Spectra7 do. Their proprietary ...
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These days it's normal to want video & audio content distributed around a house. Wireless doesn't cut it for new generation UHD content, which means long cable runs are required. A product category that's risen in popularity because of its relative ease of installation and distribution infrastructure is HDMI over IP; the home network. The way HDMI over IP works is to decode an HDMI signal, compress it and serialize it into a packetized network format. Various compression methods are available, such as motion JPEG (JPEG 2000) or H.264, also known as AVC (Advanced Video Codec). Some more progressive systems are now starting to use the far more efficient H.265 ...
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As state legislatures across the nation began their 2017 sessions, the CEDIA(r) Government Affairs team got wind of a bill that was to be introduced in Maryland one that could have had serious negative consequences for CEDIA members in that mid-Atlantic state. On February 23, 2017, the following email was sent to members in The Old Line State: Maryland Electrical Licensing Bill Hearing Scheduled for March 6 Maryland House Bill 1368 , a statewide electrical licensing bill that would require a technology integrator to be licensed and meet the requirements of a master electrician, has been introduced and is scheduled for a committee hearing. It is scheduled ...
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Colorful Deep Dive

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There's been a lot of chatter in the AV media about video color bit depth, and how 10-bit is going to give us so much more than 8-bit. But what does it actually mean? Computers talk in binary language, which only has two units; 1 and 0. That doesn't give much choice. We as humans work with ten base numbers (0-9), then string them together in the decimal system to give us an unlimited number of possibilities. We can represent one billion..ish in only 10 digits - eg; 1,073,741,824. A computer can't work in decimal, and nor is it practical for it to work in a linear manner (one billion would literally take one billion bits!). Instead computers work with ...
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Balun Fever

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The term 'balun' has become a pretty much ubiquitous term to describe little boxes that sit at either end of a long cable run, used to convert from one cable type to another; from HDMI to CAT6 and back again, or even HDMI over fiber. Balun is in fact an abbreviation for BALanced to UNbalanced. It's an analog electrical circuit usually comprising a simple, unpowered wire-wound transformer. A balanced cable is one where the two carriers oppose each other but are unaffected by ground (if there's even one there), such as twisted pair cable; CAT5e, CAT6 etc. An unbalanced cable is one in which a single conductor opposes the ground, such as coaxial cable. ...
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More music themed blog titles from Customised. We've gone back to the 80's with this one. Home building and renovating in the UK luxury home market is showing no signs of slowing down. We get dozens of requests for quotes and consultations every month and the same postcodes regularly crop up in parts of Surrey, West London and Norfolk. Since the start of the year we have seen a definite spike in home technology installation requests, it's a great sign of consumer awareness and confidence increasing with technology in homes. Up until twelve months ago we had example average project costings to pass on to interested parties. It was a value that usually drifted ...
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Did you know that there is a takeover happening in your home right now? A technology takeover. Over the past decade the number of devices, gadgets, applications, screens and sensors used in our home life has grown enormously. It is only ten years since Apple launched the iPhone; this game changing mobile device took dozens of previously used gadgets and bundled it into one pocket sized tool to support our busy lifestyles. Since its launch the iPhone and other smartphones have been a gateway product for scores of other hi-tech products to enter our homes. Some provide entertainment and convenience and others bring comfort and security; products like speaker docks, ...
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It's baaaaaack -- CEDIA Tech Council members Peter Aylett, Michael Heiss, Julie Jacobson, and Gordon van Zuiden review ISE 2017 with hosts Dave Pedigo (VP, Emerging Tech at CEDIA) and Ed Wenck (old radio guy we found hanging around looking for a free lunch). SPOILER ALERT: Listen to the end to find out how CEDIA Talks presenters get rock-star-famous. No kidding
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A friend recently posted a picture on Facebook which showed Britain's first computer being delivered to a council office in England. In 1957, Norwich City Council took delivery of an Elliot 405 computer, it was used to process payrolls, perform accountancy duties and stock control. Sixty years of UK business computing has evolved so much that we now find ourselves in a cloud based, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) era. In UK homes, computers and processors have been used to manage centralised services such as lighting control, heating and ventilation, air-conditioning, audio & visual and security systems. Typically these systems take up an enormous amount of space ...
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A Change Is Gonna Come

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Cost. The biggest barrier to owning a Smart Home. Cost of the equipment, cost of the design, cost of installation and cost of programming smart home systems. It is these high costs that traditionally keeps home automation in only the most expensive UK homes. I'm going to call these the 1% of UK homes. In this fraction of the property market it's often the size of the properties that drives the costs up, more rooms, more lights, more TV's, more sensors and more wires. The other cost factor is the type of systems used to service these buildings. Powerful centralised systems like Crestron, Control4, and Gira, which are capable of controlling and monitoring much ...
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Why is luminance denoted with the letter 'Y'? And why is its socket (eg; analog component video) colored green? The answer lies in the CIE XYZ color space from 1931. Our eyes contain three types on cones; the photoreceptor cells in our eyes' retinas that enable us to see color. In simple terms they are short (S) wavelength for blue, medium (M) for green and long (L) for red. However they're not all equal. If red, green and blue lights were each emitted in turn, all at equal power, we'll perceive the green as being brighter than red or blue. Green is therefore regarded as a better relative measure of luminance, or brightness. The CIE 1931 XYZ color space plots ...
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1. Where is the industry when it comes to issues such as easy of connectivity, interoperability, standardisation and security? With every subsystem now potentially touching the network, it is critical that wired and wireless networks are correctly secured. This is a combination of managing hardware, software and wetware (the users). Every day, there is a new story in the press that tells tales of how people’s privacy has been violated, and their data stolen. CEDIA hosts seminar sessions that discuss the privacy and security risks, and suggest some simple ways that both wired and wireless networks can be secured. CEDIA ...
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Hello all. Many of you may know me from my contributions to Residential Systems, Technology Integrator or from the training I have done at CEDIA expo both as a volunteer and BidMagic's manufacturer's training sessions. We are looking forward to a great CEDIA Expo this year in Dallas and hope you will be attending. There are so many products to see and so many training sessions that are important to your success. I am happy to see that CEDIA will now be offering expanded training on the day prior to the show. This is a great time to get in-depth training to help your business succeed. Bring it on! Since we have spent the last 10 years helping CEDIA dealers ...
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Wendy Griffiths is the executive director of CEDIA in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. With a wealth of kn owledge on how smart home technology can improve lives, and an eye for the next big thing, she's been involved in the industry for nearly 20 years, and is an advocate of creating practical, hi-tech homes. Discover the designs that will make your life easier, improve how your home works, and that could save you time and money Thanks to smart phones, tablets and other devices, such as smart watches, we have never been more in tune with technology, Among the endless supply of systems and gadgets now available, it can be challenging to know exactly ...
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