LG Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) projector. Punchy, but pricey

LG’s CineBeam HU85LA ultra-short-throw (UST) projector is an ingenious device that packs the projection system into a compact cabinet that sits on top of a shelf (or even on your floor!) and beams images at an upward angle. This design allows the projector to sit nearly right against the wall and deliver images that are much larger than what you can expect from a typical flat-panel TV. Combining a three-laser light engine with DLP 4K XPR projection technology, the HU85LA beams images that range in size from 90-120 inches with one of the shortest throw ratios on the market. And at $5,999 retail, the price is dramatically less than what you’ll pay for the largest high-end flat-panel LCD or OLED TVs.

The HU85LA is housed in an attractive white case complete with a fabric front that hides a built-in speaker system. A small glass opening for the image to project through is located on the cabinet’s top, along with a small door that conceals a focus adjustment. The back panel features two full-bandwidth HDMI 2.0b inputs, a digital TV antenna input, USB type-C and two USB type-B inputs, and an optical digital audio output. While I was surprised to see a TV tuner built into the projector, it certainly makes sense since the HU85LA can be used as a replacement for a flat-panel TV.

From A-Z. Companies to Watch In 2020

abode: abode is a simple DIY home security system with the smart home features consumers desire. The wireless security system is designed so homeowners or renters can install and monitor their abode system all on their own, without having to pay installation fees or getting locked into monthly contracts. The latest addition to abode’s product lineup, iota, is a new all-in-one DIY home security system designed to give customers the freedom and flexibility to build out and monitor their smart home their way. In the coming year, customers can expect several new and exciting product announcements and integrations for iota.

AudioControl: Wesley Palmer, owner of Sound Effects in Mesa, AZ, decided to renovate his smart home/commercial technology showroom. The new facility boasted many exciting features, and Palmer wanted the new showroom to excite his clients about home cinema. Every aspect of the new theater was carefully planned, featuring a laser projector and ISF certified screen. In order to achieve the ultimate surround experience from the theater, Palmer chose an AudioControl Maestro M9 preamp/processor along with a Savoy G3 7-channel amplifier and a Pantages G3 5-channel amplifier driving a system set up for immersive format playback such as Dolby Atmos.

Catalyst AV: A 15 percent growth in sales year over 2018, with the business surging upwards, doesn’t just happen by chance. Catalyst AV held two back-to-back yearlong trainings during its “Great North American Training Tour” in 2019. This ensured 1500 Catalyst AV dealer members received the finest training on AVPro Edge’s matrixes, extenders, streaming devices, and Canvass Control for the design of complex systems. This was immediately followed up with another coast-to-coast training tour, including Techlogix and Cleerline.

Control4: As the smart home platform for SnapAV following the company merger, Control4 has expanded products, services, and tools to support dealers and homeowners. In 2019, new products included the CA-10 controller and integration with Google Assistant, as well as Control4 Smart Home OS 3. Control4 OS is the operating system for home, unifying and orchestrating all devices in the home and can be customized by the homeowner on the app, touchscreens, mobile devices, remotes, and more. Combined with training, resources, and the Certified Showroom program, dealers can expand their current customer base and grow existing systems in the new year with Control4.

New Acoustic Wall Panels From Rayva

The unique collapsible panel design eliminates challenges and costs associated with traditional options. Rayva reduces the time, effort and expense of acoustic wall panels to a home theater by shipping the panel’s wooden frame deconstructed and the fabric coverings premade to fit precisely over the panel using a proprietary internal tightening system.

  • Acoustic Fabric Installs Like a Fitted Bedsheet (with Tighteners)
  • New Design Cuts Construction Costs
  • Fabrics Are Easily Swapped Out

Steve Stary from Brilliant AV explains the concept.

Builders are currently positive in Single-Family Development

Builder confidence in the market for newly-built single-family homes shed one point to 70 in November, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The previous two months had the highest sentiment levels in 2019, according to an announcement on Monday.

“Single-family builders are currently reporting ongoing positive conditions, spurred in part by low mortgage rates and continued job growth,” states NAHB Chairman Greg Ugalde, a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn. “In a further sign of solid demand, this is the fourth consecutive month where at least half of all builders surveyed have reported positive buyer traffic conditions.”