Products of the Year


We challenged manufacturers and service providers that cater to the connected home to show us their best technologies. Dozens of vendors responded with submissions to the EH Products of the Year Awards, recognizing the best Technologies, Products and Services for
the Electronic House.
Winners of the Products of the Year Awards were chosen by several credible industry leaders along with the editors of Electronic House and CE Pro.
Winners only displayed below.

2014 Product of the Year Award Winners

Displays
55EA9800 Curved OLED

LG’s Curved OLED TV represents the next generation of HDTV, using LG’s WRGB four-color pixel system to offer Full HD 1080p picture with virtually infinite contrast and amazing color accuracy.

Remote Home Monitoring/Mgmt
App

The ultimate mobile control app for home or office, the Crestron App easily integrates iOS® devices with home automation systems to monitor and control entertainment systems, lights, shades, temperature, security and more from anywhere with a mobile broadband or Wi-Fi® connection. The Crestron app keeps you connected to all your systems, wherever you are. Even away from home you can turn lights on or off, let the repairman in, or check the security system to see if the kids are home. While you’re on your way, why not warm up the hot tub for your evening getaway? Whatever you need to control, the Crestron app lets you do it remotely as if you were there. Featuring a rich Smart Graphics™ interface, the Crestron app delivers an intuitive user-experience with gesture-driven controls, animated feedback, and metadata such as iTunes® album artwork and user-defined playlists. The interface is totally customizable to meet your needs, including the ability to create optimized GUI designs for both portrait and landscape mode that dynamically interchange as you rotate your iOS® device. The Crestron app is compatible with Crestron 2-Series and 3-Series™ control systems and allows you to control multiple home automation systems from just one app.

Video Components, Processors & Streaming Devices
BDP-103D Blu-ray Player Darbee Edition

The BDP-103D represents a marked evolution in OPPO’s design and engineering. The Darbee Edition takes home theater beyond accuracy providing enhanced depth and realism to the visual experience making the BDP-103D a versatile player that delivers enhanced picture quality and premium sound.

Home Theater Furniture, TV Cabinets & Accessories
Cadenza75 Media Cabinet

The Cadenza75 Media Cabinet is a 22 AV rack unit (2x11) with two adjustable wood rack mount shelves an accommodates flat panel TVs up to 80” or 150 lbs (68 kg) With an extra-large center channel speaker opening and a configuration option to handle even wider sound bars or LCRs (up to 73” wide), the Cadenza75 Media Cabinet is a premium choice for consumers who wish to have the utmost AV functionality without losing any aesthetic design. Developed by professional AV integrators and SANUS’ own in-house furniture designers, with an understanding of high-performance AV systems, the Cadenza Collection has the capacity needed to work seamlessly with top-of-the-line electronics and sound bars, while keeping gear neat and running cool. The Cadenza 75 includes unique, wood rack mount shelves and hidden rack rails, built-in cable management channels and hidden compartments. To combat component overheating, the Cadenza series features built-in ventilation on each internal shelf and each removable back panel. All pieces in the collection have the ability to add cooling fans; giving electronics the environment they need for optimal performance.

Media Servers
Cinema One

Cinema One combines pristine picture quality with high-fidelity sound to transform any living room into the ultimate home theater. Unlike streaming services, Cinema One lets viewers enjoy all of their movies in true bit-for-bit Blu-ray and DVD quality—whether imported from CD, DVD, or Blu-ray disc, or downloaded from the Kaleidescape Store. Cinema One can store and play up to 600 DVD or 100 Blu-ray quality movies and goes from zero to opening scene faster than any Blu-ray player on the market. In fact, Kaleidescape knows exactly where each feature film begins, and takes viewers straight to the start of a feature film —with no delays from previews, menus, or ads. And as the only movie system to support Blu-ray quality movie downloads, Cinema One delivers amazing convenience without any compromise in quality. This family-friendly movie server has also been designed to meet the needs of young children by automatically switching to a simplified user interface with a specially designed child remote.

Loudspeakers, Subwoofers & Soundbars
Cynema Soundfield

The Niles Cynema Soundfield is a Dolby-certified soundbar that does something no other soundbar can do — it goes in the wall! With TVs getting thinner and thinner and increasingly being wall-mounted, Niles engineers used the only space available for an on-wall TV, and developed an ingenious rail system that allows the soundbar to be simply mounted into the wall without cutting any wall studs. With 48-inch, 55-inch and 65-inch models, there is a Cynema Soundfield to fit any TV. And because it uses a magnetic, paintable grill it can be made virtually invisible and match the décor of any room. The Cynema Soundfield continues Niles’ legacy of invisible audio. The company is renowned for its in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, as well as its small-form subwoofers that bring top-quality home theater sound to any size media room.

Audio Components, Amplifiers, Receivers, Tuners & Processors
Elite SC-79 AV Receiver

Pioneer’s Elite SC-79 9.2-channel receiver produces the best home entertainment experience utilizing advanced technologies/features including built-in HDBaseT, Class D3 amplification, nine SABRE32 Ultra DACs, 4K compatibility, and multi-zone capability.

Lighting - Fixtures/LED/Fiber Optic
Epic Sky Star Panel System

The Epic SKY Star system is a module system that creates realistic starry nighttime effect and that can be integrated with sound and contains pre-programmed special effects. It will transform a home theater into a one of a kind show stopper.

Whole House Controls
Equinox 73 and Mobile Apps

Equinox 73 functions as a graphical user interface to the Vantage system and provides a personalized dashboard for multi-system control. The on-screen widgets are programmable through Vantage’s Design Center Software. Once configured, widgets are easily edited on the device itself. Individualized profiles can be created based on time of day, location, function, or individual. The 7” screen provides an environment for three live widgets, each with dashboard control of an individual sub system. While widgets are programmed using Design Center they can also be configured locally on the EQ73 hardware. Further personalization to the dashboard can be made to meet specific requirements of the user, space, time or function. Profiles are easily accessed through a single touch drop down menu and are quickly individualized through the dashboard. Additional widgets are accessed through a simple gesture or swipe to the screen similar to the majority of today’s comparable GUI devices like smart phones and tablet PC’s. Utilizing the power of Vantage’s Design Center software Equinox devices come with both a predefined graphical environment and an auto-configuration capability that allow Integrators to efficiently create intuitive screens that are consistent with the entire Vantage graphical user environment.

Home Theater Add Ons
In-Wall TV Power Kit (HT2202-WH-V1)

The In-Wall TV Power Kit by Legrand (HT2202-WH-V1) neatly hides AV and power cables behind the wall without modifying the home’s electrical wiring, making it both safe and easy.

Access Control - Videophones, Door Locks, Gates
Kevo

Kwikset’s Kevo is the first deadbolt intelligent enough to recognize authorized users through their smartphones and unlock with just a simple touch. A low-energy Bluetooth signal allows the lock to recognize authorized users without requiring them to take their phones out of their purses or pockets. This pioneering touch-to-open technology makes Kevo an ideal keyless entry solution that doesn’t require homeowners to interact with their phones, providing hassle-free entry. Authorized users are able to share electronic keys (eKeys) with others through the Kevo mobile application or Web portal. The app keeps a log of door activity and provides notifications to users if another person locks or unlocks the door, making key management easier than ever. With Kwikset’s leadership in smart, simple residential door lock technology, consumers are getting a lock engineered for maximum security and technology performance that they may not find with others on the market.

Lifts & Mounts
OmniMount PJT40

The OmniMount PJT40 is a universal projector mount with a high-tech look and fast installation. The PJT40 features a patent-pending MicroDial™ design that uses turnbuckles to make quick and accurate micro adjustments by hand—no tools required. The mount offers +/-16.5 degrees of pitch and roll and 360 degrees (+/-180 degrees) of yaw. The patent-pending QuickLock™ feature on the projector mount’s legs makes aligning the mount to projector much easier, requiring no tools to lock the legs in the appropriate position. During the installation the J-hook feet can be positioned to account for uneven surfaces, or to lower the profile or extend it for wiring and circulation. Since security is an important factor whether installing in residential or commercial spaces, all exposed hardware on the PJT40 has a unique penta-shape for added security and theft-deterrence, as well as pending UL rating for safety. The PJT40 supports projectors up to 40 pounds and is sold as a complete out-of-box solution, including ceiling plate, 3” NPT, projector mount and all necessary hardware.

Power Management, Conditioning & Backup
P8 Intelligent Power Distribution Unit

The Pakedge P8 Intelligent Power Distribution Unit is designed to provide the highest degree of AC power protection and comprehensive on/off power startup and shutdown capabilities in a custom-installation or smart home network. The P8 provides eight AC outlets and has an Ethernet connection, making it ideal for smaller installations or where space is at a premium. Each outlet can be remotely turned on and off via access to a LAN, by e-mail or by using Pakedge’s BakPak app for Apple® IOS, Android devices and web browser interface. The P8 has auto-ping self-healing and equipment reboot functionality. The P8 will ping a connected device every 15 seconds and automatically reboot the device if necessary while notifying the dealer via e-mail. This capability saves the dealer a support call to the homeowner’s residence. The P8 can be programmed to schedule power reboot events at regular intervals. It can also monitor AC power consumption. The P8 is designed for easy installation, with pre-labeled AC outlets and Ethernet connections. It can be used with Pakedge’s 1U brush plate and 2U/3U cover plate for a clean, neat appearance. The P8 can also be used with optional heat and humidity sensors.

Motorized Window Treatments
Platinum™ Gateway and Repeater System

Hunter Douglas has the largest and most diverse offering of upscale motorized custom window covering solutions on the market and the most extensive dealer network. The Platinum™ Gateway combines form with function to seamlessly integrate Hunter Douglas motorized window fashions with third-party controls. The Platinum Gateway provides customers with creative, custom control from the free Platinum™ App as well as from third-party systems via serial and IR communication. Consumers can expect a user-friendly interface to enhance natural home lighting and optimize privacy, security and energy management. Platinum Repeaters work in conjunction with the Platinum Gateway to extend the signal range to accommodate almost any size. As an integration solution, the possibilities are endless and incredibly simple. The internal IR receiver and serial port receive commands from third-party controllers and the Gateway transmits the Platinum RF signals to the Platinum Repeaters. The Repeaters then relay the correct position commands to every shading in the home. Integrated control is available via IP, RS-232 and IR input. Shades can be incorporated into an existing security system for additional safety benefits, or shading solutions can be tied into a whole home automation network. With the Platinum Gateway, shades don’t just stand-alone, they stand out.

Video Projection Screens
Plexus

Plexus consists of three components; a deployable blackout shade to block ambient light from behind the screen, a second roller screen deploying any of Stewart’s flexible front projection materials, and a 3rd roller screen deploying either a vertical masking system for constant height dual aspect ratio masking or a horizontal masking system for constant width variable masking.

Loudspeakers, Subwoofers & Soundbars
RCC 320 PC

RCC 320 Pre Construction In-Wall Subwoofer

Video Components, Processors & Streaming Devices
Roamio

More powerful than a DVR. TiVo Roamio Pro gives you the power to stream directly to your smartphone, tablet or computer to watch any show, anywhere, anytime.

Spa/Pool Controls & Water Management
Sensate Touchless Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet

Take touchless to a whole new level of convenience. The Sensate touchless faucet frees your hands so you can speed through cooking and cleanup tasks while enjoying a cleaner, more hygienic kitchen environment. Sensate’s intuitive Response™ technology is in tune with your every move: a simple wave of your hand — or an object such as a pan or utensil — turns it on or off. The faucet’s sensor is precision-designed to provide reliable operation every time and to prevent false activations when you’re working in the sink area. DockNetik™, KOHLER’s new docking system, secures the pull-down sprayhead to the spout using magnetic force.

Thermostats
SmartClimate

The Savant SmartClimate CLI-8000 simplifies the integration of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. Builders and integrators can install a SmartClimate system as an independent solution, controlling up to 8 heating and cooling zones. Used in conjunction with a Savant host, the CLI-8000 becomes scalable, enabling integrators to connect multiple units for increased zone capacity. Additionally, the CLI-8000 can be connected to a Savant automation system, delivering the luxury, convenience and security of connected home functionality such as lighting, motorized blinds, security systems, music and video, surveillance cameras, sprinklers and more.

Energy Monitoring Devices & Svs
SP-1000 SmartPlug

The Panamax® SP-1000 provides low-cost energy monitoring, load control, and scheduled conservation in a compact form factor that plugs directly into any standard 120V, 15A outlet.

Universal Remote Control & User Interface
T2x

The T2x is packed with cutting-edge features that leverage today’s technology to provide a more satisfying and reliable control experience than ever before. The T2x features a flush-mount, edge-to-edge 2.8-inch color TFT LCD touchscreen interface that is completely customizable via RTI’s Integration Designer® software, while providing users with improved gesture support for actions such as swiping through scrolling lists. The unit is bolstered with 47 programmable hard buttons for common control functions, integrated grip sensors to wake up the remote, and an accelerometer to provide the convenience of movement control. For the ultimate in control flexibility, the T2x includes three built-in wireless modes. In addition to integrated 802.11b/g wireless Ethernet, the controller features RTI’s revolutionary dual-RF platform, which supports both 433-MHz RF for one-way control and 2.4-GHz ZigBee® for bi-directional communication with RTI processors and supported third-party electronics. The T2x includes support for programming updates via the wireless LAN, and offers standalone IR control with a broad IR transmitting frequency range.

Computers, Networking Devices & Services
TRIO

The zBoost TRIO provides a solution to dropped calls and slow data by boosting 4G LTE or 4G AWS cellular signals, as well as 2G and 3G on the 800 and 1900 MHz frequency bands up to 3000 square feet. By combining, 2G, 3G and 4G, consumers can use voice and data since when placing a call phones switches to 2G/3G for voice and then switches back to 4G when the call is over. The TRIO enhances the indoor “cell zone”  by boosting both voice and data communications for multiple users enhancing the performance of mobile devices. Due to the nature of LTE, the zBoost TRIO is a carrier specific cell phone signal booster kit. Like all zBoost products, the zBoost TRIO protects the carrier network using patented technology. In addition, there is no cradle or connection to your phone. While there may be others with similar technology and products, the zBoost TRIO is and affordable solution, MSRP is at least 30% less than others and provides the best solution for consumers looking to boost both voice and data on their mobile devices. The TRIO is kit complete and provides and easy-to-install solution for the millions of consumers with poor indoor cell phone signal.

Video Projectors
VPL-VW600ES 4K Home Projector

The Sony VPL-VW600ES 4K projector delivers to the home the same the presentation standard developed by Sony that transformed the movie industry.

Acoustical Treatments
Wavewood

Vicoustic’s flagship Wavewood panel has been developed to treat acoustic issues without destroying a room’s ambience. Wavewood is the world’s first 3-in-1 acoustic panel as it is both an absorption and diffusion panel as well as a bass trap when installed in corners. At $75/panel, Wavewood is an amazing value for a beautiful, innovative acoustic solution.

Surveillance Cameras
Wi-Fi Baby Camera (DCS-825L)

The D-Link Wi-Fi Baby Camera (DCS-825L) is a complete baby monitoring solution that provides at home and remote monitoring using a smart phone or tablet via the free mydlink app and service. Featuring HD video resolution, integrated motion and sound detection, temperature sensing, instant push alerts, night-vision technology, and SD card event recording, the DCS-825L provides an easy-to-see, integrated baby monitoring camera. With mydlink Baby Mobile app, parents can quickly and easily see their baby from anywhere with a Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G connection.

A/V Cables & Interconnects
Wireless for HDMI 60Ghz

Gefen’s newest Wireless for HDMI Extender uses 60Ghz technology to deliver high definition video with 3DTV pass-through up to 33 feet (10m) in distance, making it ideal for in-room applications. This new extender supports 1080p full HD content along with multi-channel audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The GefenTV Wireless for HDMI 60Ghz Extender offers a small footprint, low pricing and a high quality signal extension of HDMI with no latency. It is easy to install, has a long-range output and works with laptops, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and any source equipped with HDMI outputs. Up to eight sender units can be connected to the same receiver, so eight sources can be accessed by the same display. Users switch sources using the included IR remote control. HDCP compliance ensures all protected content is supported. Installation requires a simple connection of the video source to the sender, and a connection of the display or projector to the receiver. Data is transferred wirelessly at 4Gbps for an instant delivery with near zero latency.

Lighting Controllers & Accessories
Wireless Lighting

Control4® Wireless Lighting offers a comprehensive solution for controlling a broad range of load types — including 120V, 240V, and 277V options. With adaptive phase dimming, no minimum load wattage and 0-10V control, Control4 Wireless Lighting meets the needs of most residential and commercial projects worldwide and addresses the evolutionary adoption of LED technologies. The sophisticated design appeals to home/business owners as well as architects, interior designers, and lighting designers. Offering unmatched configurability and personalization, Control4 Wireless Lighting delivers multi-color status LEDs and backlit engraved buttons capable of being set to any preferred color as well as changing instantly to indicate the status of the house/building. Ambient light sensors automatically adjust backlight and status LED to desires brightness levels depending on room light level. Additionally, configurable keypads and keypad dimmers make it easy for integrators to change button layout as customers’ needs change. Offering seamless integration with the Control4 Panelized Lighting system, seamless integration with other home/building systems (i.e. security, A/V, climate, window shading, etc.) as well as overall scalability, Control4 lighting automation works ideally in both retrofit and new construction projects and provides one of the most flexible, feature-packed solutions on the market.

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