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VSSL A.1 Home Streaming Amplifier for High-Resolution Audio

VSSL debuted its new single room A.1 Home streaming amplifier earlier this year and I decided to take it for a test drive. High resolution audio (HRA) and other high-quality music sources are experiencing a resurgence and VSSL caters to listeners by leveraging ease of connectivity via Chromecast and AirPlay 2. How would the VSSL…

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Checking Out Flume Smart Water Monitors

The folks at Flume sent me one of their smart water monitors to test out. Unlike most of its competitors, Flume installs by strapping onto the water meter versus cutting pipes. Needless to say, this concept intrigued me, and I couldn’t wait to see if it would work as promised.   I wanted to understand…

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Evaluating Home Tech Based on Safety, Security, Comfort, & Convenience

Clients often ask me, “Will home technology increase my property value?” I usually cringe at the thought of responding. It’s a question our industry has been long afraid to answer. So much so that we generally avoid the return on investment (ROI) conversation altogether. We’ve done it to ourselves over the years with bad products,…

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Taking MoFi’s UltraDeck Turntable for Spin

I found myself jones-ing for a vinyl fix after experiencing amazing 2-channel audio demos at the ProSource Spring Summit held a few months ago. Thanks to the team at MoFi, I soon had one of their UltraDeck turntables sitting in my office waiting for an audition. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MoFi) makes products borne out…

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Reviewing the BenQ InstaShow Wireless Presentation System

BenQ sent me their latest wireless presentation solution to try out. The InstaShow promises a true plug-and-play, software-free presentation solution mostly oriented at laptop computers with either HDMI and USB or USB-C connections. In our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) world, wireless presentation solutions like the InstaShow have become necessary as competing formats like AirPlay,…

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Livewire 2019 Holiday Deals

Ready or not, the holiday shopping season is here. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have nothing on the deals we’ve got going this holiday season! Want the latest and greatest home technology? Skip the big box stores and support a local business. Did you know that when you support a chain, only 10 cents of…

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Product Review: SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer

SVS sent me their new SB-3000 to check out. I swapped it out for an older Boston Acoustics subwoofer in my personal media room for the ultimate test. How would it perform during the Game of Thrones series finale? Unboxing the SVS SB-3000 Subwoofer Subwoofers are heavy and the SB-3000 is no exception. I had no issue…

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Cybersecurity Tips for Your Smart Home

Strategies to Minimize Risks Associated with the Most Common Cybersecurity Threats Even the most tech-savvy among us can feel like a babe in the woods when it comes to protecting a home or business network from cybersecurity threats. When I explain to clients the steps they need to take to transform their home or business…

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My Experience with Beale Street Audio’s IC6-BB Architectural Speakers

Beale Street Audio’s IC6-BB architectural speakers are a breath of fresh air into a category that has become a bit of a yawn-fest. In fact, when VANCO’s Randy Blanchard sent me a pair of these speakers to review, the first thought that crossed my mind was, “Not another speaker. I can’t get excited about a…

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My 7 Days Living with Josh.ai Voice Controllers

I’ve been fascinated with Josh.ai. They’ve received a ton of attention from our industry trade press and produced a lot of buzz and momentum. I’m all for seeing our industry lead the charge with new solutions, but I wanted to experience these products for myself before making up my mind. Thanks to Alex and Scotty…

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