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More than 200 custom electronics dealers submitted their best high-tech home installations from the past year, covering all aspects of the connected home. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were given for Home of the Year, Home Theater in four different price ranges, as well as the Media Room, Kitchen, Master Suite, Fun Room and Outdoor Spaces. There's even a category for Wow Factor. The full list of categories and winners appears below.


Home of the Year 2006 Winners
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Gold Winner:
Automated Avatar Is Home’s Personal Electronic Greeter

Say hello to home control in this high-tech palace, circa 2006.


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Silver Winner:
A Work of Art

Technology works behind the scenes in this contemporary, art-inspired Manhattan penthouse.


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Bronze Winner:
Timber!

Stone fireplaces and impressive log construction coexist with a bevy of sophisticated electronic systems.



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Home of the Year

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An Avatar Is Born
Say hello to home control in this high-tech palace.
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A Work of Art
Technology works behind the scenes in this contemporary, art-inspired Manhattan penthouse.
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Timber!
Stone fireplaces and impressive log construction coexist with a bevy of sophisticated electronic systems.
Home Theater $250,001+

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A Cut Above
Here's one cool entertainment pavilion for movies, music and all that jazz.
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Deep Rooted Theater
Even though it's packed with powerful technology, this home theater stays true to its historic roots.
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Simply Stately
The big game comes alive in this themed theater.
Home Theater $100,001-$250,000

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Magic Shell
Two walls are better than one in this unique Cin-A-Pub theater.
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The Bass-Master
Twenty subwoofers and serious audio gear are tamed in this smooth space.
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Up and Away
By adding sound isolation materials, this home theater can rock out without bothering anyone.
Home Theater $50,001-$100,000

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Pump Up the Volume
Commercial speakers blast 2,000 watts of audio into the room without overpowering the aesthetics.
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Contemporary Road
When a theater isn't just a theater, but better.
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Something from Nothing
How's this for home theater in a hallway?
Home Theater $25,000-$50,000

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Whole Lot of Fun
This home theater has some nice selling points.
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The Big Bang
Built on a budget, this theater performs like something a lot more expensive.
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Livin’ in Paradise
The aesthetic goals for this home theater were to create a simple, elegant, timeless theater that is formal yet very comfortable.
Kitchen

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Convenience is Served
This kitchen dishes up far more than great food.
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Breaking the Mold
Loaded with top-notch technologies, this room sets a new standard in kitchen design.
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Sonic Feast
This kitchen sizzles, thanks to commercial-grade appliances and top-notch entertainment, control and networking equipment.
Master Suite

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Home Suite Bedroom
Enter this lavish master suite, and you may never leave.
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A Great Getaway
Electronic systems inspire rest and relaxation in this home-based retreat.
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High-Stylin’ Suite
Aesthetics usually rule in this room, which means TVs, speakers and other gear must remain as imperceptible as possible.
Media Room

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The Power Party
This family room can entertain people aplenty—and with aplomb.
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Hidden Grandeur
A traditional family room turns into a high-end home theater with just a press of a button.
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Beaming Sounds
Can you find the speakers and screen in this stealthy family room?
Outdoor Space

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Pathway to Heaven
This outdoor entertainment haven has a long and tuneful road.
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When Nature Calls
An automated outdoor space takes entertainment to a whole new level.
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Home Sweet Casita
Oh, say can you 'sita?
The Fun Room

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Boogie Fever
Designed with a dance floor, a sports bar and a billiards room, this basement is never boring.
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Let’s Go Bowling
This multipurpose room gets high marks from us.
Wow Factor

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A Life of Its Own
The original plans called for just a couple of systems, but this house ended up getting it all.
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Entertainment for All
This house has a lot of just about everything.
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Got Game?
This house does, along with lots of other goodies.