SoundVision

Take the Inside Out!

Enjoy outdoor living at its finest when you combine the conveniences of inside with the warmth and openness of your home’s patio or deck.  Your outdoor grill or pool area can become a welcoming extension of your living room.  Just add music!

Technologies for outdoor living have quickly evolved over the past few years.  All-weather LCDs are now sleek and offer excellent viewing angles and anti-glare features.  They are rated for grueling weather conditions and will offer years of enjoyment, displaying everything from gruesome thrillers for your teens’ parties to game-day excitement with your friends and sappy romantic comedies for you and your “better-half” around the fire pit on date night.

 And don’t forget the tunes.  Well-placed weather-resistant speakers will provide music without blaring. And for extensive yards, meandering gardens or even boat docks, additional ornamental speakers can provide music evenly throughout.

Now is the time to start planning! Maximize your outdoor living this summer. Put down the hedge trimmers and let’s get started!

Swimming Pool

Yard Lighting & Audio

Hanging TV looking out over lake

Let the sun shine in!

shades SV

Welcome spring!  Time to store the sweaters, break out the mower and throw open the windows. Hmmm, maybe it’s time to update the window coverings. And maybe it’s time to consider integrating motorized shades or drapes!

Automated shades now come in a stunning array of colors and textures and weaves.  They can either block out light (excellent for home theaters or sleeping in on a Saturday morning!) or lightly filter sunlight, allowing for pleasant, unobstructed views.  They come in honeycomb….they can cover skylights and custom sunroom windows and even come in battery operated versions to cover doors.  Window shades can be controlled from remotes or incorporated into an automated home’s system and controlled via any touchpanel or control device.  As your integrator, we can walk you through your options and, if you’re working with a designer, we’re happy to work together!

Bonus, they offer great heat and UV blocking, saving you money on cooling costs and protecting your furniture from fading.  They’re convenient with one touch programming control of scenes that can control individual window coverings or the whole house. And, for added security just like you do with your lights, you can control your shades to open and close while we’re away, even remotely!

 

How big is too big? Well, how big is your room?

Screen Size

While we learned that going big with your screen allows for a phenomenal 4K viewing experience, it can only be truly taken in from the proper distance…and there’s a science to it!  Let’s consult Wikipedia for a concise, scientific answer.  “Optimum HDTV viewing distance is the distance that provides the viewer with the optimum immersive visual HDTV experience. Although opinions vary on the exact screen size to distance relationship, formal research and recommendations suggest closer is preferred to farther, to provide a more immersive experience.[1][2] How close? ‘As close as you can stand it’.  That’s not very scientific…but, it’s not exactly wrong either.

As with any viewed screen, flat panel or projection screen, residential or commercial, we consider content, viewing distance and viewing angles.  With HDTV, we understand that the increase in pixels means more details and sharper image.  Increasing the size of the screen means more details and better picture but….only if the increase does not exceed the observer’s visual capabilities.  Yes, there really can be too much of a good thing.  A key component to the equation is the angular resolution, your eye’s ability to distinguish small details.  As explained in How to Calculate the Optimal TV Screen Size Based on Resolution and Distance, “everyone loses the ability to distinguish fine details once they’re a certain distance from the screen, and everyone can see individual pixels if they get too close.”  Here are the calculations as shared on tekrevue but keep in mind, as stated so eloquently by Hector Barbossa, “the code is more like guidelines than actual rules.” Argh!  Just call us.

Get Smart, Not Stressed

Get Smart SoundVision

 

What exactly is a SMART home, and what makes it so smart to have?  It seems to be a lot of things, and for a lot of reasons.  To some it’s an all-in-one (and we’re talking the whole house) remote control.  To others, it’s a peace-of-mind security system.  It’s a convenience, supports energy efficiency, it adds to your home’s resale value, and the list goes on.  But what’s the common denominator?  What makes the home automation market worth a projected 78.27 billion dollar industry by 2022? Simple, it simplifies your life.  Granted, it’s elegant, it’s a solid investment, it enables you to be remote, it’s all those things, but what it does is make life easier.  And isn’t that nice to come home to?

So what features would you want in a SmartHome?  Our partner Control4 put together a simple 2-question planning guide that will help you get started:

What do you want to achieve with your automation project?

  • Provide added security
  • Access and control from anywhere
  • Update the look of your home or business
  • Update the look for resale purposes
  • Improve the function of your home or business
  • Incorporate energy efficiency

What do you want to control?

  • Lighting
  • Security and monitoring
  • Home theater/entertainment
  • Whole house audio
  • Comfort (heating and cooling)
  • Communication

Now consider about compatibility.   Think about your favorite services such as Pandora, napster,  Deezer …and your favorite friendly products like Sonos, Amazon echo, nest, Sony and even Kwikset – all can be integrated onto one platform – just imagine!

So what’s the trick to get all these devices and services to work together in harmony?  That part you leave to the professionals.  No stress, remember?  Technology is quickly evolving and today’s home automation integrators stay on top of these cutting-edge technologies, with the proper training and certifications to get your disparate pieces to blend in unison.  Music to your ears?  We think so.

Now don’t you feel smart?

 

 

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