In Floor Subwoofer Installation – Hidden Subwoofer

An in floor subwoofer is a great way to provide serious bass levels to your audio system without compromising the aesthetic of the room. Floor standing subwoofers are great, but interior designers and homeowners alike commonly ask, “Do I really need a subwoofer? I’d rather not have such a large speaker just sitting in the […]

Read More

Strutured Cabling Wiring Guide – Low Voltage Wiring for Smart Home

This is a guide on how to prewire a house for smart home systems including distributed video, whole home audio, surround sound, ethernet network, and other smart home devices including lighting controllers. We’ll focus on the required low voltage wiring needed to build a structured cabling scheme that will keep you flexible enough to install […]

Read More

Low Voltage Wiring – Whole Home Audio and Surround Sound

This is the second post in a comprehensive series on low voltage wiring and structured cabling. We will address how to prewire your home for whole home audio and surround sound systems. Purchase customized plans for a DIY Home Automation prewire. Rooms Without Volume Controls In a whole home audio system, all of the speaker […]

Read More

Elan Home Systems Audio Video Control Interface Detailed

The Elan Home Systems media control interface is expansive, but we’ll try to do it some justice with a few screenshots that are fairly self explanatory. From our more general overview on using Elan Home Systems we know that from the main media screen we can select sources, control volume, and even see some basic […]

Read More

Elan G Home Automation – Elan Home Systems Review

This is a long overdue update to the previous Elan G overview published in late 2016. Since then, Elan Home Systems has released the 8.0 core module update, which completely overhauled the user interface and added new feautures such as user editable channel favorites, dynamic zone grouping, and the ability to set alarms. This update […]

Read More

Elan g! Live Home Automation System Demo

I have setup a live Elan g! system in my office for the purpose of demonstration. I have included step by step instructions to be able to use your phone or computer to interact with the system. If you have any questions along the way, feel free to use the web chat in the lower […]

Read More

Mirage Audio System – A Premium Sonos Alternative

This is a follow up article to suggest a Sonos alternative to fill the gaps when the Sonos system begins to break down. The Mirage Audio System by Autonomic Controls is a turnkey, whole home audio system that allows you to enjoy streaming music content from nearly every service as well as your own music library. Play music […]

Read More

Sonos – Design Guidance & Alternatives

Update: A link has been added to suggest a Sonos alternative. I’ve always been one to adapt to the newest trends in whole home audio, but ever since Sonos has become a household name I feel as though I’ve been fighting it. Sonos definitely has it merits. It’s easy for any homeowner to install and […]

Read More

Niles Auriel DIY Whole Home Audio & Automation

The Niles Auriel, Niles Audio MRC-6430, is a whole home audio controller that integrates with automated lighting and thermostats. It is a DIY home automation solution that fits the niche of home a/v enthusiasts that want to program their own systems, but still want an elegant two-way interface with nTP7 touchpanels, remote controls, and Apple/Android app. At […]

Read More