Brian Kahn auditions Russound's MCA-88X, an eight-zone/eight-source controller/amplifier that also features the company's XStream music streamer built in. Continue Reading
Nothing can ruin your home theater or high-end audio experience like a poorly designed remote control. Many of today's AV components, even the high-end ones, come with very basic controllers that don’t provide an intuitive user experience. That’s where a good universal remote or an advanced control system comes into play. And today’s control platforms aren’t just limited to the gear in your home theater or audio system. DIY systems like Logitech’s Harmony platform and custom-oriented systems like Control4 and Crestron—which must be programmed by a trained installer—allow you to control a variety of whole-house applications, from multi-room music to lighting to HVAC to security. Check out the review archive below to read about latest and greatest in home automation, AV distribution, and system control.