Apple iPad, Now thats a touchpanel!!!

Posted in Product on April 3rd, 2010 by tht

Apple has release its iPad unit.  Already home Automation manufacturers are support this product including Crestron.

iPad, touch panel of the future?

It will be interesting to see how this will affect overall touch panel pricing, that as many know, have been extremely pricey.

With built in WiFi, sleek platform, and various memory combinations, this could be a great alternative to price panels that may cost in upwards of $4000 each.  (before programming and such)

More news once I finally get my hands on one of these and set it up on the system.

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Crestron Releases iPhone Mobile Pro Application

Posted in Product on September 27th, 2009 by tht

Crestron has release the full version of its iPhone Mobile Pro application.

Now users can use their iPhone or iTouch as a full fledged remote for their system.

The newly release software allows for full feedback, allowing status of lights, music and movie data, etc. to be seen whether the user is in the house, or just checking on things remotely.

To learn more, please contact Total Home Technology.

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A Contractor is NOT a Home Theater Designer

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20th, 2009 by tht

I have been to a few houses in the past weeks, and have seen some glaringly obvious wiring issues, which leads to the homeowner not being able to do electronically what they want in the house.

At one client, simple items as having six wires for seven speakers was observed.

At another, improper placement of wires will cause additional labor, patching, and painting to be done.

At yet at another, improper or no power outlets at certain locations will cause the electricians to come back in and run wires for new outlets.

My point is, if you are renovating, or building a new house, it is critical that you should hire and retain a custom electronic design and installation professional.  A company such as Total Home Technology can work with you on an overall electronic design plan for the house, recommend solutions, supply and install equipment, train, and provide ongoing support.

The biggest issue we have with contractors and architects are that they say their client isn;t “asking” for our services.  My arguement is that you are providing them with a plumbing plan, and HVAC plan, electrical, etc.  then why not offer or recommend someone that can offer them an ELECTRONICS PLAN.

Crestron Releases New Motion Sensors

Posted in Product on March 17th, 2009 by tht

Crestron has released several new motion sensors to be used in conjunction with their systems.

Unlike traditional motion sensors, these may be tied directly into crestron networks, allowing for better control.

Dual-technology motion sensing affords extreme reliability for control of lighting, climate control and other devices in the room.  Ultrasonic and passive infrared technologies provide accurate feedback in all environments.

There is also a built-in photocell.  This may override the occupancy sensor if ambient light is detected above a set threshold. 

Now you can truely start controlling lights, and other environmental items such as HVAC and shade control, all through the use of these products.

Contact Total Home Technology today to discuss how we can improve your lifestyle.

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Pioneer to Leave Flat Panel Market

Posted in General on February 15th, 2009 by tht

We all remember seeing those Pioneer Elite TVs and flat panels.  Long considered one of the better sets traditional consumer shopping could get,  (Of course Custom Installers and Designers such as THT can get these and greater quality level sets.) announced that it will be concentrating on its car market and leaving the flat panel market.

Is this a sign that flat panel prices margins have leveled and are decreasing?  The realization that newer technologies will replace plasma technologies within the next few years?

Probably a combination of these and more.

Walking through a store the other day, I saw tens of plasmas and LCDs.  All varying in price, size, options, etc.

How can anyone make an informed decision, some differences are obvious, you will pay more for a larger set vs. a smaller one.  However, when faced with two plasmas, the same size, but different manufacturers, and varying price points (sometimes hundreds or thousands of dollars apart) how is one to know what to do.

It kind of like when you go car shopping, if you go to a Toyota dealership, you wouldn’t expect to see Mercedes there.  So if you go to a Best Buy, you will probably see Toyotas, Hondas, Subarus all lined up.  How can you choose?  If you had some Lexus, Mercedes, or Cadillacs mixed in there, those models probably wouldn’t move simply because people are being compared mostly on a price value, which they will always lose.

So who can blame Pioneer?  Not me.

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Sim2 Showcases C3X Lumis Projector

Posted in Product on January 28th, 2009 by tht

Sim2 now has a projector with the new Texas Instruments DC4 Chip, called the C3X Lumis Projector, it touts its fiber optic linking technology.  It is sure to make any room conditions into a perfect display.

Check out an introduction video, and check out our home theaters here which showcase Sim2.

For a Theater like experience that immerses you, it really doesn’t get much better than that.

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Online CE Holiday Sales Fall for the First Time

Posted in General on January 5th, 2009 by tht

With the winter wind still blowing, and the holiday sales over, it looks like online CE sales fell for the first time.

Most stores recorded a decline in sales, with the lone exception being Wal-Mart.

This coupled with an all time low consumer confidence, made for a bleak season.

However, we at Total Home Technology are please that our custom electronic design and installation solutions are still in demand.

You wouldn’t build a house without an architect, you wouldn’t put a bathroom in without a plumber, and you wouldn’t and shouldn’t design and install a home theater or control system without a professional.

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Plasma and LCD Price Fixing

Posted in General on November 13th, 2008 by tht

 LG Display Co., Sharp Corp. and Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd were found guilty of price fixing for they monitors and television units.

The “crystal meetings” as they are becoming known for, ran from 2001 to 2006.

Fines levied were $585 million dollars.

So what does this mean for consumers…  We should hope this will truely drive prices again where competition, supply and demand determine the price.

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Tweeter Files for Bankruptcy…..Again…

Posted in General on November 6th, 2008 by tht

Tweeter once again filed for bankruptcy….

Assets and Debt are about 1/3 less than the last time they filed, which was less than 2 years ago.

Stay tuned for this ongoing saga…

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Circuit City and Tweeter Issues…

Posted in General on November 5th, 2008 by tht

It has been reported that Circuit City is closing over 150 stores, and that Tweeter has been sold to a liquidator.

What does this mean?

It means that even the biggest of retailers may not be there for you.  Who do you deal with?  Where do you go for Audio and Video service?

We have been here to weather the storm, and you can always rely on a Custom Electronics Design and Installation company such as Total Home Technology to find the right solution for you.

We are not about selling thousands of plasmas… we are here to create solutions, and for a Home Life Made Easier (R).

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