Two major players in the home theater and smart home market are joining forces to streamline integration among products, while increasing options for builders and integrators.

Control4 and Denon have been in the forefront of home theater – audio and smart home control for years and now they have entered a partnership to open Denon’s smart product line to Control4’s dealers, meaning builders can get all their automation and entertainment tech in one spot.

According to the press release, Denon has been involved in Control4’s Driver Certification Program, which aims to solve installation issues by simplifying integrations between devices.

Control 4 and Denon enter partnership to streamline integration.

Denon is not the only entertainment company in partnership with a major automation platform. Leviton and Niles both integrate easily with major automation platforms like Control4 and Elan in price ranges lower than Denon’s product line.

This new partnership between Denon and Control4 could possibly be a signal that the AV and smart home control market is finally trying to make interoperability much better for both the integrator and the end user.

Digital Living’s take is that we may see more high profile AV and control companies enter into similar agreements…although making it all work, every time, is the key for the integrator and ultimately the customer.c

Source: A Partnership to Increase Smart Offerings

The first Apple HomeKit compatible devices were released early June to the excited masses but controlling those devices may not be as simple as saying “Hey Siri.”

According to to TechHomeBuidler.com in order to utilize the entire HomeKit feature set you will need an Apple TV. Some users are  also experiencing trouble setting up voice control through Apple TV.

While you’re inside the home, Siri voice control works through the home Wi-Fi, but when you’re away, you need to have an Apple TV set top box to control your HomeKit devices.

Most of the devices released so far, including Lutron’s Caseta bridge, have their own smart phone apps, but that won’t allow homeowners to use voice control while their away.

You may have to spend some time with Apple tech support to get HomeKit to work properly.

Last week, Lutron was the first to release a HomeKit-enabled device, the lighting company was followed quickly by Insteon, ecobee , Elgato, and iHome.

Source: HomeKit Needs Apple TV for Total Smart Home Control – TecHome Builder

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Do you want better sounding music on your already super cool Sonos System? Of course you do.

Deezer Elite is now available in beta—and only on Sonos products. The new service offers millions of FLAC files in high-definition audio (16-bit, 44.1kHz, lossless). This means that the tracks are on par with CD, so it’s not the best you can get, but it’s certainly impressive.

To add Deezer Elite to your Sonos setup, just open any Sonos Controller and go to Add Music Services. If you’re using a desktop app, you’ll need to look under Sonos Labs. Users can create custom radio stations based on favorite artists and also get recommendations and other personalized features.

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At Digital Living our customers come first and we arent here to just sell gear to them. We want all of our customers to be able to control their Digital Living installed, or integrated equipment with ease.

We use Harmony remotes for the more “basic” systems that don’t need advanced programming and our clients seem to love the product. A lot of AV companies out there want to sell the client on expensive remotes that need peripheral gear for hidden equipment, licenses for iPad, or tablets/phones, and we know why they do it, they make money on the remote. In an industry where margins have shrunk for the AV contractor..we get it, but it still comes back to the customer having an easy to use system, and Logitech makes it easy.

Digital Living has found that for our “basic customers” the easy to use features on the new Harmony Ultimate keep our customers happy and we don’t get unnecessary call backs.

Now that Logitech is to expand its feature offerings on the Harmony Ultimate for home automation, Digital Living customers will be ready to control more than just their main living room home theater….very cool!

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It seems like only a year ago that Logitech was trying to dump the Harmony brand. Oh wait a minute; that was last year. The company not only decided to keep the brand, but now they are branching it out into home automation with the newly announced Harmony Living Home line.

The lineup will launch with a brand-new Harmony Hub, two new remotes, and a very interesting adapter.

The Logitech Harmony Home Hub is really the backbone of the entire line. It features support for RF, IR, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and uses those wireless technologies to relay commands to devices from either of the new Harmony remotes or the Harmony Mobile App. Logitech is packaging the Hub with both of the new remotes, but it can also be purchased separately for $99.99.

The first (and most expensive) of the two package options is the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Home, which as an MSRP of $349.99. Available in black or white, this setup includes the Harmony Home Hub and a remote with a 2.4-inch color touchscreen.