Bob Archer’s 2018 Home-Technology Products of the Year

CE Pro senior editor Bob Archer chooses his favorite products Sony, Bowers & Wilkins, Araknis, Bose and Inneos as highlights from this past year as the top solutions in the residential technology market

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Seymour Screen Excellence Color Temp Tunable White Bias Lighting Kit

One of the best product demonstrations I saw at the CEDIA Expo 2018 show earlier this year was SSE’s white bias kit. This product is designed to help integrators to accurately blend the company’s screen products into a variety of interiors regardless of environmental factors such as wall colors. In today’s world of multimedia systems, this product can be a great tool to extract the best possible screen images in environments that aren’t conducive to quality video.
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SnapAV Araknis 110 Series and 310 Series Routers
At this point, having a solid network is a fundamental component of any smart home...
Bose 700 Series Soundbar
The latest soundbars from Bose are competitively priced and offer room friendly...
Bowers & Wilkins 600 Series
Many companies try to implement trickle-down engineering concepts with their...
Control4 OS Update
This past fall, Control4 introduced its new 2.10.4 operating system that includes...
Epson 4010 Projector
Utilizing Epson’s 4K-pixel shifting technologies, the new 4010 also incorporates...
Emotiva AirMotiv E2 speaker
The Emotiva Airmotiv E2 surround speaker is one of the best values in the entire...
Inneos In-Room InvisiCable Kit
Providing today and tomorrow’s bandwidth to support a wealth of A/V formats, the...
Luxul AC1900 Dual Band Access Point
Luxul’s newest AP impressively covers a range of homes with wireless network...
PSB Speakers M4U-8 Headphones
Utilizing years of engineering experience from Paul Barton and research from...
Roku 4K Premiere
As a diehard Apple guy, it was really surprising to me after years of hearing about...
Seymour Screen Excellence Color Temp Tunable White Bias Lighting Kit
One of the best product demonstrations I saw at the CEDIA Expo 2018 show earlier this...
Sony Professional MicroLED
I remember seeing Sony Professional’s MicroLED video wall series at the InfoComm...
Stewart Filmscreen Director's Choice
Updating its Director’s Choice screen solution, Stewart Filmscreen’s new version...

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Projects


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65-inch weatherproof Seura TV and rugged outdoor lift hide behind a fake wood-storage cabinet that doesn't hinder the old farmhouse feel.


Aging Ultra Luxury Condo Receives Luxul Network, Automation Upgrades
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Home of the Year: This Massive Villa Features a Fully-Automated Observatory and Much More
This 16,000-square-foot mansion is studded with over 200 Ketra architectural lights and 13 Crestron control panels to help the homeowner enjoy their favorite hobby with ease.

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