Exceptional Innovations

Young Turks of CE
January 1, 2010

Ari Supran CEO, Dana Innovations/Sonance, iPort At Sonance, Ari has been intricately involved in the rebranding, repositioning and general turnaround of the Sonance brand back to a leadership position in the CEDIA industry. He also was an integral member of the team who developed the strategic marketing and sales launch of the innovative Architectural Series…

2009 Distributor Directory
April 1, 2009

In these challenging economic times, when a choice must be made about who a custom integrator will do business with, service is the differentiator—just as it is at the client level.

Distribution Special: Distributor Directory
April 1, 2008

CustomRetailer presents a directory of companies ready to provide you with everything you need to run your business... ADI Tom Polson, President About the Company: As a leading global wholesale distributor of security and low-voltage products, ADI offers the support, service and confidence you need to stay up to date with the evolving custom electronics market. ADI’s superior product offerings, convenient locations, friendly and knowledgeable staff and extensive training opportunities can be relied on to help you win business throughout the marketplace. For the past 20 years, ADI has been distributing the latest technologies and value-added services to residential and commercial A/V

Life|media servers From Exceptional Innovation
November 5, 2007

Exceptional Innovation is launching a new line of Life|media servers. According to the company, the products will provide from 500GB to 4.5 terabytes of storage for digital music, movies, picture and recorded TV as well as instant access to Life|ware’s complete home control via the user’s home network. The servers area available in configurations that include Digital CableCARD, NTSC or ATSC tuners, a DVD-RW Drive (with HD DVD & Blu-ray forthcoming), and they feature optical audio with Dolby Master Studio decoding. The entire Life|media server line consists of five models that range from a set-top configuration to a four-rack model, and pricing starts at

The Feedback Loop
November 1, 2007

Having changed her driving habits by watching the digital fuel consumption gauge on her Prius’ dashboard, Jackie O’Neil wanted a similar feedback system for her LEED Gold-rated, zero net energy home. And the home automation and control industry is close to providing just that. A former corporate exec who educated herself to be a developer of energy-efficient homes, O’Neil built two zero net energy homes—one for herself, the other for her sister—near Perkiomenville in southeastern Pennsylvania. With grants to help off-set the cost of the $40,000 photo voltaic system that supplies the home’s energy, the first home was built for $167 per square foot;

“Technomenities”: The Pleasure-Tronics Trend at CEDIA ‘07
September 10, 2007

Custom installer Thomas Springler, owner of Audio Video Design Group, flew from Bergen County, NJ, to Denver to walk the CEDIA showfloor for one overarching reason, he says: “I’m always looking for something to make life easier.” What Springler found at this year’s CEDIA conference was a manufacturing culture that’s not only ready to offer his customers practical, energy-saving or time-saving home control products, but one that’s becoming increasingly creative about linking customers to every pleasure in their neighborhood, all electronically. Springler’s MDU customers, those living in condos or high-rise Manhattan apartment buildings, have the best chance of ordering up “technomenities”

Life|ware Unveils New Media Center Servers, Microsoft Shows UP
September 6, 2007

Since losing major marketing support from Hewlett-Packard earlier this year, Exceptional Innovation, the developer of the Life|ware home control and automation platform, has moved more into the hardware side and has formed closer relationships with Microsoft and other manufacturers. CEDIA Expo 2007, held this week in Denver, also marks the first time Microsoft has established a direct presence at the show. In the past, CEDIA members slammed Microsoft for its lack of direct support, despite the growing acceptance of Media Center-based PC as part of the home network and entertainment environment. “Our software and hardware alliances in the CEDIA market

EDITORIAL: Speak the Home Builders’ Language
March 12, 2007

I jetted down to Orlando, Fla., last month to attend a day and a half of the International Builders’ Show. (I know, it was rough to leave phrigid Philly behind in February, but someone had to take one for the team.) Next year, I hope to attend at least two days of this huge show, because so much of interest to our industry was happening. Or not happening. I’ll get to that in a minute. Several companies from our industry exhibited— lighting control and home automation outfits, mostly. Most resided in a common area tucked away from the main action. Companies on hand included Lutron, Vantage/Legrand, CentraLite,

Speak the Home Builders’ Language
February 1, 2007

I jetted down to Orlando, Fla., this month to attend a day and a half of the International Builders’ Show. (I know, it’s rough to leave phrigid Philly behind in February, but someone had to take one for the team.) Next year, I hope to attend at least two days of this huge show, because so much of interest to our industry was happening. Or not happening. I’ll get to that in a minute. Several companies from our industry exhibited— lighting control and home automation outfits, mostly. Most resided in a common area tucked away from the main action. Companies on hand included Lutron,