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On Wednesday July 1st, Audio Advice got the Fourth of July holiday weekend started early with Digital Home 2009, our 3rd annual event featuring digital components and media. Over 200 people filled the Glenwood Avenue showroom in Raleigh to experience presentations about some of the latest innovations in digital technology, enjoy wine and food from Bella Monica, and to enter a drawing for some great prizes.

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For the first time, the event featured a home control system: Control4. Sharing duties in Control4s two demo areas were Control4 Area Sales Manager Scott Salzman, Southeast Region Sales Manager Kevin Garretson, Vice President of Support Services Paul Williams and Control4 co-founder and Chief Technology Officer Eric Smith. Control4 also provided two HC-200 Home Controllers (won by Cody Allred and Jon Bell) as prizes for our drawing.

No Audio Advice event is complete without great music presentations, and Digital Home 2009 was fortunate to have a pair of outstanding demos dedicated to musical reproduction.

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From Ayre Acoustics, Steve Silverman presented the QB-9 DAC, a component that’s been getting rave reviews in industry publications. In addition to demoing the QB-9, Steve shared tips on how to get the best computer audio reproduction from your system. (We’ve put the info and links given on the handout Steve provided under the heading labeled Ayre Computer Audio Reference here on the blog.)

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Jim Spainhour, co-founder of Signal Path International, presented the Nova, the new integrated amplifier with USB input for computer from Peachtree Audio. This versatile, compact piece produces sound that’s amazing for its size and cost. (The Nova is featured on the cover of the August 2009 issue of Stereophile magazine-the current newsstand edition now available at Audio Advice.) Peachtree generously donated a Nova for our prize drawing, with Kim Fulcher being the lucky winner.

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Jim Scatena from B&W Bowers and Wilkins presented the area debut of the new Panorama soundbar in our unique B&W Group demo room, featuring B&W, Classé, and Rotel speakers and components.

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Finally, Apple was represented at our digital event for the 3rd year and their presentation continued to be very popular with attendees as Shane Page and Josh Spiker from Raleigh’s Apple store shared power-user tips for iTunes.

Thanks again to all of the company reps for such great presentations and to all of you who attended that made Digital Home 2009 such a great success! We look forward to seeing even more of you when we have our annual fall event. Check the blog here for news as soon as we have it.