Invisible Systems: Options for Hiding Televisions and Other Equipment

Do you want the big picture and big sound, but don’t want to see the TV or the rest of your equipment when you aren’t using the system? The good news is that you don’t have to! By installing an ‘invisible system’, you don’t have to have a large television set and a stack of equipment constantly in view. For the video part of your set up, the following products are available to conceal the display when they are not being used: Motorized lifts for projectors and retractable screens that descend from the eiling for viewing, and then retract—out of sight—when they are not being used. Motorized brackets that lift TVs out of a cabinet or lower them from an access door in the ceiling. Mechanisms that hide a wall mounted TV with a painting when not in use. TVs that have a mirrored surface that look like a normal mirror when the set is off, but the picture appears when you turn the set on. Amplifiers, cable or satellite boxes, Blu-ray players and other components can be hidden in a cabinet or closet as it is now possible for both audio and video to be sent to the rest of the house from a central location. Years ago the idea of one central location for most of the electronics might not have such a good idea. In the past a significant percentage of the content that we viewed or listened to came to us on a disc or a tape and having to go to one location to load a tape or disc could be inconvenient. If you...

Digitech Attends CEDIA EXPO 2011 in Indianapolis

Digitech Custom just returned from CEDIA EXPO 2011, an annual tradeshow for the residential electronic systems industry, held this year in nearby Indianapolis. And we’re happy to report we saw some very compelling products while there! The conference featured many of the brands and products we use everyday in our home theater installations and audio/visual solutions. We stopped by several of their booths including Sony, Crestron, Control4, Lutron and JVC to see the latest and greatest products they’ll be offering in the near future—and we were pretty impressed. One of the new products that really caught our eye is Lutron’s Battery-Powered Shades. While Lutron is generally regarded as an expensive provider of motorized shades, these new battery-powered shades are moderately priced, beginning at just $299. We think these shades will be the perfect finishing touch for any home theater. Other new home theater products and topics from CEDIA EXPO 2011 –    New CinemaScape update from Kaleidescape –    Sony and JVC unveil new 4K resolution Home Theater Projectors –    Control4 revealed a host of new products –    Creston’s digital media trade program –    APC’s network controlled surge Digitech Custom also mingled with some new companies as we walked the tradeshow floor and we can’t wait to introduce some of their products and technologies soon—it will be worth the wait, we promise! But the conference wasn’t all work and no play. At the CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles® Awards Banquet on the final evening of the event, attendees were treated to a special performance by Alizma, a group featured on the hit reality competition show, “America’s Got Talent.” Overall, we’re very excited about...