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Mini Review: The Sengled Pusle LED Bulb + JBL Speaker

The guys from Sengled sent us over their ‘Pulse’ lights with built-in Wireless Speakers to try in the Automated Home. The Pulse uses an energy saving LED 8 Watt bulb (600 lumens, 2700 kelvin warm white). In addition there’s a JBL Bluetooth loudspeaker built into the scarlet red enclosure. There are 2 bulbs in this […]

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Video: Installing a Flush AV Backbox with Syncbox

We noticed a new product making a bit of a stir in the custom install world so we asked the makers to tell us a bit about – Syncbox… When companies are installing Syncbox we make sure that they take pride in doing so because making something look beautiful and elegant requires care and precision […]

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Review: Kitsound Unity Soundbar TV Base

Flat screen TV’s are great, except for one thing, as they’ve got thinner over the years they’ve also started to sound worse and worse. Case in point in our bedroom Samsung LED Smart TV. It’s great, it even runs Plex natively, but it sounds so frustratingly bad. At a point about half way up the volume scale […]

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Bargain: Mpow Mini LCD Portable Multimedia Projector (with Discount Code!)

Very few people consider setting up a projector for their house. We’ve had one on the ceiling of the AV Room in the Automated Home since 1999. Back then it was a 50 kilo CRT monster, these days its a much more svelte LCD affair. We’ve toyed with adding projectors in other rooms around the house […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: Edision HDMI Modulator Distributes HD Over Coax

A while back we covered this eye-wateringly expensive option to modulate HD signals over your home’s existing coax cables. But now there’s a more affordable choice… The Edision HDMI Modulator distributes full HD over an existing coax network so it can be used as an HDMI modulator to convert the output from say your Sky box, Blu-ray player, Apple TV or […]

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Useful Gadget of the Week: HDMI Extender + IR Remote Over Single CAT6

Here’s an interesting unit that will send 1080P plus an IR remote control signal at least 60 metres over a single CAT6 or similar cable. Supports 1080P HD, HD Audio, 3D; 20~60KHz wide Frequency, IR remote control(IR Signal input to connect with IR receiver extension cable. HDMI Single cable transmission:It extends HDMI 1080P AV signal to at least 60M […]

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Sky Q Review: An Installation Story & Real World Impressions

Right from its launch we reckoned the new Sky Q system sounded like just what we needed at the Automated Home so we placed our order the first day it became available. It’s been 10 days since it was installed, so is this the 21st Century TV experience we were hoping for or is it all a bit of a […]

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New Sky Q 4K Ready DVR Brings Wireless Multiroom Plus Tablet Take Away

[UPDATE – Read our full real-world review of Sky Q] No smart home is complete without a DVR but the way we watch TV has changed so much over the last decade that some aspects of our consumption still feel mired in the past. Sky’s Director of New Products, Andrew Olson (previously COO at Comcast), joined Sky as Director of Product […]

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Sonos Sounds Like a Good Idea – Then You Use Their Customer Service

Way back in 2005 I reviewed a new-comer to the home audio market and I loved it. But what happens when you have to use Sonos customer service? A couple of weeks ago one of those original units finally gave up the ghost so I got in touch with Sonos on Twitter to see if […]

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Review: Inateck BH1000 – Value Bluetooth Headphones for an Active Lifestyle

Earlier this year I confessed my headphone fetish as I moved to wireless Bluetooth. There’s no underestimating the freedom from wires that Bluetooth brings so we were delighted to receive a new set to try out from Inateck The BH1000’s come in their own little zip-up pouch and there are two sizes of silicon earbuds included in […]

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