March 10, 2009

ELPA Includes Speaker in Remote


This is an odd concept. ELPA has a TV remote equipped with a 30mm diameter speaker with volume control and an output of 1.0W. The infrared wireless speaker comes with its own receiver and you can close it into a compact cube when not in use. The RC-25SP is compatible with both analog and digital TVs and comes at a price of ¥4,000 (~$41.00.)


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February 24, 2009

Control4 Table Top Touch Screen


We find it somewhat amazing that things we saw on TV and read in sci-fi books only a few years ago are possible now. Control4 has released its Table Top Touch Screen for whole house automation. With a simple interface, you can control your home theater, multi-room music, security, smart lighting, temperature control and more by Ethernet or WiFi. The screen has a 16x9 format and four customizable buttons and has optional access to online Rhapsody. Look for it to come out sometime this month. By the way, if you are not the tabletop type, the touchscreen is available in a wall mountable model.

Via Control4

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January 28, 2009

Think Cisco Linksys System or Upgrade


Now that electronics are becoming more affordable, think about setting up your tunes with more than just your iPod and mini-speaker or video on more than your old TV. Cisco's Linksys has always provided quality products. Here are some of latest wireless Linksys wireless gadgets for those who have basic systems or newbies to the brand.

A good sound system can cost you thousands, but the
Linksys Home Audio Executive Kit
is an inexpensive alternative. The kit comes with one wireless Director, an IR remote and a set of speakers. Simple to install, it is compatible with your Wireless-N router. We think you will get so hooked that you will have tunes in every room in your house (including the bathroom!) The basic system is $549.99 with free shipping included.

Out this week is the
Home Audio Docking Station
for iPods and MP3 players. At a size of 5 x 8.9 x 1.3" and a weight of 8 oz., the system connects by DMC250 Director in your existing Cisco home system. Included are adapters for several different iPods. The station is available for only $79.99.

Also unveiled this week is the truly cool wireless N Home Audio Music Player Extender. Hook it up to your existing stereo, home theater receiver, or surround sound system and your entire family can get access your own tunes or millions of those on the Internet. It includes an IR remote or you can order a
for remote access in another room. At a price of $299.99, think about your teens' happiness when you bring this one home.

Now available for pre-order is the
Linksys Stereo Speaker Kit
. These bookshelf speakers can up your stereo to surround sound or simply improve on your current ones. They have 3/4" neodymium silk tweeters and 4" high-Gauss woofers. Add to that tuned ports and gold-plated terminals and a price of $149.99 for the pair.

Of course, the best recommendations come from those who already have, so if you are one of those who own a Cisco Linksys System, we would appreciate your input!

Via Cisco Linksys Wireless

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January 24, 2009

Who Needs 5 Remotes When One For Less Than $20 Will Do?


We just got AT&T's cable system with its interesting and almost too confusing remote. Add to that our TV, VCR and DVD player, and that makes for 4, count 'em 4, remotes. Come digital crossover time, that makes 5. With universal ones so inexpensive these days, we decided to do some shopping. Our results were overwhelming.

The One For All URC 4110 4-Device Remote has oversized keys, menu, mute and channel keys, a built-in sleep timer, 30 min. memory back-up and a price of only $11.87 $9.91. (Prices went down since our posting.)

Philips also has one with big buttons. Their
PM3S Universal Remote
takes up to 3 devices at a price of $8.99 $8.47 with battery saver, sleep timer and code search set-up.

Have a home theater system? Sony's
RM-VL600 Remote
can handle up to 8 devices, has a learning function for programming from other remotes and a price of $19.99 $22.94 (This one went up.)

Finally, we found the RCA 3-Device Universal Remote for only $2.87 $2.85! It features channel recall, button selected station recall, and code library with code saver function if your batteries fail.

We are gathering our other remotes for drawer storage as we speak.

Via Remote Controls

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January 21, 2009

GE Find-It Remote


How often does your remote get lost? Jasco, a GE distributer, is now carrying the Find-it Remote with a locator on its base. With 2-way RF paging, you simply press the button and the device's alarm goes off if it is within 25 ft. The Find-it is compatible with TVs, Satellite, DVD and DVR players, and VCRs. The low price of $24.99 will keep you from complaining that the dog ate the remote.

Via Jasco

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