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Set UP for the World CUP

Set UP for the World CUP …This summer is the stuff dreams are made of for sports fans! FIFA World Cup, the US Open and the College World Series all taking place. Before huddling in your living rooms around your old TV, make sure you’re hooked up with a prime audio-video setup! KEY for the most immersive, bright and connected viewing experience for you and your guests this season.

LCD or OLED technology?

You have an overwhelming number of options. Should you opt for LCD or OLED technology? Or maybe a big-screen 4K projector is more your speed? And which audio setup will deliver that immersive audio experience? What’s more, it’s important to consider which cable or streaming service to use.


Regardless of your setup, a few things are clear: for the ultimate viewing experience, you’ll need a large screen. Add a most clear, bright picture possible and fluid motion display. Finish with a clean setup with no clunky speakers or wires distract you from the on-screen action, and strong network capability.


If you’re ready for the ultimate realistic experience, a home theatre with custom seating, a large screen projector with 4K HD and surround sound will help you feel thrown into the game. If a TV-based setup is more of what you’re looking for, some key features to look for are motion smoothing technology and color accuracy, as well as bright picture, since most of the matches are during the daytime. But if you’d rather be outside by the pool, maybe an outdoor setup equipped with weatherproof speakers and televisions is your solution.


Whether you’re a dedicated fan looking for the most high-tech, immersive experience possible or you’re simply hosting your first watch party, you need an experienced team of professionals to help ensure your home is equipped with the best technology and support to make you feel like you and your guests have been transported into the stadium.




BEST Conference Room Display

BEST Conference Room Display …When designing a collaborative space, one of the first questions we’re commonly asked is, “what is better for my conference room, an LED display or a projection system?” This is a great question to tackle early in the design. Many factors determine the best choice.

BEST Conference Display – Which Display Solution is best?

While price, lighting, installation options and total cost of ownership (TCO) need to be considered, the answer depends first, on the project’s goals and secondly, on the calculated proper screen size. Technology does not drive the best solution. Instead, the use and goals will drive the technology. Imagine buying a new delivery truck. Would you base the purchase on cost, gas mileage and color alone, or would you also need to factor in the payload weight and size as well? Once the size is determined and the client and AV Designer have a clear understanding of the goals to be achieved, the type of display best suited for the application can be revealed.  Let’s explore each.

Projection Technologies – DLP/LCD/LASER

Technologies in projection systems include three main types: traditional HID (high-intensity discharge lamps) DLP projectors, LCD projectors and laser projectors.  Laser projectors are quickly gaining momentum in the industry. Their extraordinary picture quality, long lamp life and energy savings make them appealing.  A laser projector can run 20,000 hours before displaying a noticeable degradation of light output. Whereas, a DLP unit’s degradation may be detected as early as 1500 hours. A DLP’s HID lamp is usually changed every 2,000 to 3,000 hours. Despite the added initial cost of laser (approximately 30% over that of HID), it yields a lower TCO. LED lighted technology is still available. However, its lower lumens are more appropriate for home theater than a bright office environment.   

Flat Screens – Plasma, LED, OLED/QLED

The main “Flat Panel” or “Flat Screen” display technologies are Plasma, LED, and OLED (organic light-emitting diode), with the most common and widely accepted technology being the “LED LCD” display. 

OLED, originally created in 1987 by researchers at Eastman Kodak, is the latest technology to sweep market.   Manufacturers are already looking at direct view micro-LED technology as the next “big thing.” LED Direct View technology is also on the rise. Originally used in applications like Times Square and stadium scoreboards, manufacturers are now able to provide smaller pixel pitch panels that allow for finer picture quality.  These can be found in digital signage applications, auditoriums and Emergency Operations Centers. LED Direct view can also be found in larger boardrooms and training spaces affected by excessive, uncontrolled ambient light. As the price continues to settle and the pixel pitch technology becomes smaller (Micro-LED), we will see more direct view in board rooms and smaller spaces.

Best practices determining the proper viewing screen size

As shared in Part One, there are for best practices determining ideal viewing screen size in a conference room. Those formulas and guidelines apply to 4K displays/projection screens as well. Keep in mind that 4 times the amount of pixels will be displayed. How does this affect the image being displayed? The resolution is incredibly true and sharp. Font size and detailed content such as spreadsheets, will need to be enlarged for viewing.

So, what is better for your BEST Conference Room Display? An LED display or a projection system? Just give us a call. We’ll help “measure up” your choices and design the best solution for your needs.




Home Automation Wine Cellar, a Smart Combination

Home Automation Wine Cellar …The words “smart home technology” often conjures images of voice-control entertainment. What you might not realize is that this technology extends beyond practicality and posssibly, into your wine cellar.

The olden days…

Gone are the days of chilling your wine at the wrong temperature. There are numerous options fit for any level of connoisseur and any budget. 

These systems have many benefits. The most important being their ability to connect with your pre-existing automation technology. Utilizing your smart home tech to adjust lighting, temperature control or lock your cellar from unwanted guests. The home automation wine cellar can become an asset.  Have a serious collection? Systems can offer round-the-clock monitoring of your inventory. What bottle has been accessed, including by whom and when. Check out how this Star Trek fan integrated his home automation into his themed wine cellar.

There’s an app for that!

Want more apps to connect? High-tech options like the Elertus Wine Protection System or the IWG Cellar Cerveau offer other features. Protection from humidity, incorrect temperature and power outages. Systems like the Cellar Cerveau and Cellar Tracker come equipped with barcode scanners and label recognition software. Also included are RFID label technology to help you track your inventory. Location of where he bottle is in your cellar and what your collection is worth.  

Whether you’re just starting your collection, or have been curating your inventory for decades, consider the value of the home automation wine cellar. Need more inspiration? These five luxury homes took wine cellars to the next level with their smart home control.

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