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Should I throw away that VCR?
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If you are
bewildered about the
consumer electronics age? You are not alone. As technology has advanced
at an incredible pace it is near impossible to keep up with it, let
alone understand it.
The 10 Smart
Consumer Electronic Tips provide you with a concise and informative
list of helpful hints to assist you in making smart decisions when
purchasing home consumer electronics.
The 10 Smart
Consumer Electronics Tips is a collaborative effort developed by
members of CEDIA. Members of CEDIA are knowledgeable and talented
professionals certified to represent all facets of the industry from
residential electronic systems professionals to manufacturers and sales
This list of
recommendations was developed after many hours of collaboration between
CEDIA and our members. Our goal for developing this list was to take an
active role in providing assistance to the consumer. These tips cover
four areas: innovation, investments, integration and ease of use.
Here is the
- Wire for everything
– If you are building or remodeling your home, wire it with a
future needs. While no one can guarantee what the future will look
like, CEDIA Professionals make it their business to stay current to
offer good advice about technologies that are on the horizon. Best of
all they can help you sort out the hype from the reality.
- Plan for HDTV now
– High Definition TV is the new digital standard for enhanced
quality for TV broadcasting. If you're buying a new TV or video
projector, make sure you'll be able to enjoy the incredible sound and
pictures that are part of HDTV. Have a CEDIA professionel provide the
wiring infrastucture to deliver that signal for you.
- Insist on
– As you buy new electronic components, make sure you are
equipment that can work in harmony and be operated with one easy to
use remote control system.
- Don’t buy
yesterday’s products (often what is in stock)–
Many large chain stores purchase huge orders of equipment to
the best price they can and then sell it at
discounted rates not considering what is the best choice for your
needs, only what is best for their bottom line. This leads to having
old inventory in stock which is not the newest technology or models,
just some products that are discounted! Is that the kind of system you
want to put together? Shop with a dealer that only provides
with the latest
equipment and technologies and has the knowledge that will fill your
needs and budget.
integrating lighting control with your home electronics system–
Lighting sets the mood for home theater, entertaining, or just a
quiet night at home. You can control your home lighting from the same
remote that you use to control your theater or music system. Did you
know that having dimmers on your lighting can save you money as well as
contributing to being green!
- Think with your
wallet, but lead with your head
– Quality and long-term dependability are the most cost
attributes that you can build into a home. Most people live in a home
for a long time and want it to be a comfortable environment that fills
their needs. When you decide to leave your home you will want to leave
improvements that will add value for the next homeowner.
- Buy an experience,
not a box– Few
have the time or knowledge to research and evaluate all the hardware
choices, especially when technology changes as fast as it does. This is
where a CEDIA certfied designer will help you make an educated
smarter to focus on the end result and make your choices based upon
overall performance and value.
- Don't think you
have to put up with hard to use, multiple remote controls–
Easy to use, all-in-one remote controls are available for any system. A
CEDIA certified professional can even custom program a remote
they make perfect sense to
you and your family to meet your unique needs.
- Consult a
– Designing and installing reliable, easy to use systems that
quality to your lifestyle is the goal of CEDIA professionals. Check to
see if the company you're considering has a CEDIA Certified
Designer on staff.
- Increase your
– Your home electronics system is a big investment. CEDIA
will provide you with extensive options, comprehensive designs,
complete installation and especially, in-home service for your systems.
The Custom Electronic Design and
Installation Association – CEDIA ... professionals ensuring
your dollars are invested well while focusing on the design,
integration and installation.
To find a CEDIA
member in your area, please use the Finder Service or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.