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Boone Scanlon – SoundVision Technician

Boone Scanlon - Technician

Boone Scanlon is an experienced data management technician. While he has primarily worked on the commercial side of structured wiring and installation, he has quickly adapted to the residential side. 

A local of North Carolina, Boone enjoys hanging out with his family and friends in his free time and watching his favorite Nascar driver, Kyle Busch.

SoundVision Podcast with Vic and Amy Petrenko

SoundVision Podcast with Vic and Amy Petrenko

On Episode 4 of the SoundVision Podcast Series, we sit down with Vic and Amy Petrenko of the Petrenko Group with Sotheby’s International Realty.

Listen here:https://www.buzzsprout.com/2014609/11043145

 

To reach out Vic and Amy click here:

https://vicandamypetrenko.premiersothebysrealty.com/

 

To learn more or request a SoundVision technical home inspections:

https://www.svavnc.com/contact-us/

This isn’t just a podcast with realtors! This is a podcast with actual American super heros. SoundVision Podcast with Vic and Amy Petrenko covers a variety of topics!

SoundVision was privleged to host Vic and Amy Petrenko of the The Pentrenko Group Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.

Looking for real estate information? Vic and Amy’s profile:
https://vicandamypetrenko.premiersothebysrealty.com/

Who are Vic and Amy?

  • Otherwise known as BRIGADIER GENERAL PETRENKO, Vic Petrenko served the United States in the Army for 31 years
  • Otherwise known as WINNER OF THE PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD, Amy Petrenko has been a gracious hostess and devoted public servant
  • Since retiring from the military, this dynamic duo have teamed up to serve the North Carolina real estate market

Watch this:
2008 President George W. Bush 82nd Airborn Division Review at Fort Bragg with then Col. Vic Petrenko
https://www.wral.com/news/local/video/2927506/

Watch this:
Amy Petrenko to receive President’s Volunteer Service Award

“Bush presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to Amy Petrenko, an Army wife for 19 years. Petrenko has volunteered for the National Military Family Association for 11 years at Fort Bragg and other duty stations. …When soldiers are deployed, she has stepped up, helping spouses network and find resources for themselves and their children.”
https://www.wral.com/news/local/video/2924380/

Good Reads mentioned in the podcast:

The Go-Giver
https://thegogiver.com/

 

Check out SoundVision Podcast with Vic and Amy Petrenko and our other podcasts in the series on Apple and Spotify!

 

SoundVision Wins ProSource Award

SoundVision wins ProSource Award

On March 6, 2022 industry trade group ProSource named SoundVision, LLC Member of the Year for the Sourtheast division at the Caesar’s Palace Expo Forum in LasVegas, Nevada. On hand to receive the award were SoundVision owner, Mark DiPietro, his wife Kristen DiPietro, Zach Simpson Vice President of Design, Michelle Ferlauto, Vice President of Marketing and Project Manager Phil Harrington. SoundVision has been a partner with ProSource for over 5 years.

“Each member selected for this award is an innovator,” says Dave Workman, CEO and president of ProSource. “The award is based upon a member’s ability to meet or exceed the established criteria, including a member’s participation within the group, support of group brands, conducting business in a manner that stands as an example to other members, and selection for industry awards and recognition. We extend our heartiest congratulations to each of the 2021 Members of the Year, honor their ability to evolve and adapt to the rapid changes in technology and market trends, and applaud the investment they have made in their people to create a winning team.”

SoundVision Wins ProSource Award

“I am very impressed with the team that Mark DiPietro has put together at SoundVision,” says Frank Marengo, ProSource District Manager for the Southeast Region. “Their business model includes custom audio/video, shades, and now lighting fixture sales and design, and they focus on their direct relationship with the end user. I admire their focus on elevating their staff and always being positive, and the level of service they provide to their customers.”

Read more here: https://www.cepro.com/peopleplaces/prosource-honors-2021-members-of-year-integrators/

The award reflects the hard work by ALL SoundVision team members.  SoundVision was founded in 2011 my Mark DiPietro and has been serving the great Lake Norman community ever since. 

SoundVision Gives Back

SoundVision Gives Back with IDS Society Narrow Passage Davidson

SoundVision gives back by sponsoring three show homes at The Preserve at Narrow Passage in Davidson. The event was organized by the Interior Design Society of Charlotte to benefit multiple local charities https://idscltshowhouse.com/charities/. SoundVision was involved from the prewire stages of wiring to completion. Each show home was sponsored by a different local builder. The builders included Southern Cottage Homes, Augusta Homes and Plattner Custom Builders. Although the home tours did not occurdue to COVID19, a fair amount of money was raised for several local charities.

The co-chairs of the  2020 IDS CLT Showhouse Organization are Starr Miller of Starr Miller Interior Design, Cornelius, and Audrey Clawson of Audrey Clawson Interiors, which has locations in Lake Norman and Connecticut.

This video endeavor will benefit Motor Racing Outreach, The Dale Jr. Foundation, The Hendrick Family Foundation and Operation Finally Home.

The Interior Design Society Charlotte Chapter partnered with three award-winning custom homebuilders: Ken Wrench of Augusta Homes Inc., Cornelius; Karl Plattner of Plattner Custom Builders in Davidson; and  Chris Hoffman of Southern Cottage Corp. in Lake Norman.

The Interior Design Society (IDS) is an independent national organization comprised of more than 2,000 members. One of the country’s largest design organizations dedicated to serving the residential interior design industry, IDS embraces four core values including professionalism, community, influence and growth. The IDS National headquarters is located in High Point, NC, the world’s home furnishings capital. Founded in 1973 by the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) to support interior designers based within furniture stores, the Interior Design Society has long since expanded its focus to provide support to professional interior design entrepreneurs nationwide.

Read more about new construction projects https://www.svavnc.com/new-construction/

SoundVision and its’ industry vendors donated over $35,000 in equipment and services to the effort.

 

Security Mooresville Cornelius Davidson

Continuing education, fingerprints and background checks for all of our team members.

How to get the best security in Mooresville Cornelius Davidson

Not just any company should install security, camera systems or even Nest doorbells. 

Installation of security cameras or doorbells seem relatively harmless? Nest and Ring products are end user specific. Access to sensitive information is then, limited. Back ground checks and licensing of outside providers is crucial. These products will need passwords and access to the wifi.

For more information on security cameras : https://www.svavnc.com/security-camera-systems/

Licensing and why you should care

Fire and safety are categories of service that lend themselves to heavy liability and licensing requirements. These are LIFE SAFETY categories of service.  Firms interested in providing security and fire alarm services must be licensed by the state of North Carolina. Two license categories REQUIRED are a Low Voltage license classification SP-AF-LV license in addition to an NC alarm license.

Requirements to obtain these licenses include:

  1. Relevant work experience certification
  2. Additional education with exams
  3. Verifiable references with notarized affidavits
  4. Federal and state background checks
  5. Meeting with an alarm system licensing investigator
  6. Approval of the actual NC Alarm Systems Licensing Board

Using a licensed provider is the best way to get security Mooresville Cornelius Davidson

Read specifications for obtaining licensing here

Requirements to renew an existing NC ALSB license:

  1. Completion of a 3 hour state approved CEU course (which included an exam).
  2. New fingerprints (every 2 years) at the local Police Department.
  3.  State and sometimes Federal background check.

Find out if your provider is licensed!

It is frustrating for us to see unlicensed contractors doing this work. In the event of catastrophe, homeowners (and their insurance companies) will wish they had hired a properly licensed and insured professional.  Be careful of who you let into your home. Click here to check if your contractor is licensed for security with the state.    

Sony 4K Home Theater with a FullSwing Golf Simulator

Sony 4K Home Theater with a FullSwing Golf Simulator

This Lake Norman theater project began as a custom new spec home. SoundVision systems designer Zach Simpson was able to integrate theater design and a golf simulators because of the builder’s flexibility, quality and design capabilities. Lighting  and audio were integrated as well. We were able to engage valuable vendor partners like Cinema Tech and Full Swing Golf simulators.

Learn more about Full Swing Golf:

https://www.fullswinggolf.com/

The theater features two projectors.  The first is a 4K Sony laser projector for the golf simulator. The latter being a Sony 4K home theater projector. The Martin Logan models used in the theater included ElectroMotions, Edge and Helos and two DYN800XD subs.  The theater is a full 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos audio system and features a 130″ Screen Innovations motorized screen. This provides the viewing experience, while the FullSwing Golf Simulator features it’s own dedicated screen. Our team enjoyed breaking in the golf simulator with the homeowner.

Let us know if you would like to design your dream home theater! https://www.svavnc.com/contact-us/

This home was designed as fully integrated Control4 panelized lighting system.  David Stevens of David Stevens Construction of Sherrill’s Ford, North Carolina was the builder for this home and was awesome to work with. The homeowner was kind enough to offer a letter on our behalf to the CEDIA awards community for consideration in the event we wanted to pursue an award category.  In addition to the theater project, the home was also outfitted with a wi-fi network,  surveillance system, 7 zones of audio and multiple Sony 4K TV displays.

By using a dealer like SoundVision, our homeowner can look forward to a custom service experience. In the event a piece of his new equipment should need to be serviced, we will work directly with the manufacturer on his behalf for potential warranty claims. Whereas, most big box and online providers will only offer a 30 day warranty because of return restrictions.

 

 

Learn more about Sony projectors:

https://www.sony.com/electronics/projector/vpl-vw695es 

Learn more about Martin Logan audio:

https://www.martinlogan.com/en/category/our-speakers

 

 

SoundVision Recognized as a Rising Star by CE PRO Magazine

SoundVision has been recognized as one of 9 “rising stars” across the United States by audio video industry publication, CE PRO. This included a financial review of SoundVision’s earnings and financial structure. This also included a review of internal processes during the interview with our CEO, Mark DiPietro. Why would this matter to current and potential SoundVision clients?  Well, it speaks to integrity, planning and vision. How many fly by night companies are out there to make a quick buck and an even quicker departure?  Many will deliver the product at he lowest price and quick exit as quick as possible. IF they finish the project with no loose ends. In the future who does the client call for service? Most AV companies won’t service projects they didn’t design. Whereas, customer service is a critical component to our success with our service memberships. Our team is staffed with seasoned professionals, who have experienced different roles in our industry and others as well. We have learned in some cases, the hard way – what NOT to do. Our team embraces active collaboration and we work extremely hard to make sure the client’s overall experience is our top priority. Further, we support vendors who support our clients. Examples of this include Control4, Lutron and the team from Snap AV who will involve their own resources and engineers when needed. We aren’t in this to make a quick buck and leave, neither should our vendors. We value these relationships and are very selective about whom we partner up with. In short, we want to grow old with our clients.  Financial stability and consistent service nurture this. This recognition is in line with achieving our overall goal. Read the entire article here from CE PRO http://digitaledition.cepro.com/publication/?m=59704&i=666645&p=48.

Why is this remote so &!;!!?? complicated!!!! – Non-Video Equipment

In our last post, we outlined the power of macros with the Control4 remote configuration. How they can make your life easier by doing some of the things you do every day (or night), all the time, and automate those same tasks.  We went over how, with the press of a button, many different devices can turn on or off.

Now, let’s elaborate a bit more, with respect to non-audio video equipment.  If you will take my word for it, there are a number of pages, like the one you see below, all activated by the previously discussed macro.

I don’t want to belabor the point; rather, I wanted to give you a glimpse into how many different things a single macro, or group of macros can do.  For example, see below….

This string comes in the programming right after the one we showed in our previous blog.  To take a look at that one, click here.

The above macro first checks to see if the garage doors are open, and if so, closes them.  As an aside, guys, how many times have you been in bed and your wife asks you if the garage doors are closed?  This fixes that request.  BTW, the app also shows you when the doors are opened or closed.  I’ve included a screen shot below to show you what this looks like.

Garage door opened and closed

 

Next, the macro tells the system to lock the Yale door lock on the basement door.  This is SUPER helpful once you are in bed, upstairs, and asked if the basement door is locked. There is another icon on the app confirming this as well.

The system then runs the bedtime lighting scene.  It turns off over 15 lights at this time, all at different times.

The system then waits 55 seconds (which is the rough time it takes us to get our things together to head upstairs to bed), and turns off the basement lights and ceiling fan.

After another 60 seconds of waiting, the system locks the Yale door lock in the Great Room and arms the Honeywell alarm system to Instant mode for bed.

Finally, after waiting another 46 seconds (about the time it takes us to get ready for bed), the system turns on the TV in the Owner’s Suite (my wife has to watch a show before she falls to sleep) and starts a 90 minute timer to turn the TV off in the event we fall asleep and forget.

Remember, a macro is only limited to our or your imagination! This truly shows the power of the automated or “smart” home.

The power of remote control macros!

The power of remote control macros! Now that we know what a macro is, let me give you an example of how powerful a macro can be. Below is a screen shot of a macro I use in our home every day.  The idea behind this macro is when we turn off the TV at night and are headed to bed (from between the hours of 8:30pm and 11pm on the weekdays and midnight on the weekends) the following sequence of events happens.  The reason I have chosen to have specific ending times, is I have recognized that if someone is up extra late, and other folks are sleeping, I don’t want lights or TVs coming on and waking them up.

Spoiler alert!!!  This one is VERY long and detailed.

OR you can reach out for a Service Call and we can help! https://www.svavnc.com/contact-us/

The macro starts simply enough by turning off some audio / video devices.  This is a very common use of a macro (i.e. to turn off (or on) any number of devices from TVs to audio video receivers (AVRs) to anything you can think of).  After turning these off, things get a bit interesting.  You can see a lighting scene, called Intermission is activated.  What this does is slowly bring up the lights to a level that allows us to see and take up and dishes or glasses or else we might have (as the lights were probably off while we were watching a movie).  Yes, that would be another macro.

Macros also allow for you to select certain times they can be run.  Here, you see that if it’s between 7pm and 12:30am, ANOTHER macro (called a nested macro (which, in English means one macro inside another macro)) is run for the thermostats to go to specific “sleeping” temperatures.  After a few delays, another “nested macro” runs a Bedtime series of steps.

As an aside, you might be asking, why have a macro inside a macro?  Why not just list all the steps under one main macro.  The reason is, this way, you can change things associated with one and use it in different places or instances.  Let’s say I want the temperature to change when I go to bed and be executed EITHER when I press the off button on the TV remote OR when I press a button on a lighting keypad in our bedroom.  I can insert the same Temperature Night macro under both buttons.  Now, let’s say I want to change the temperature from, say 68 degrees to 70 degrees, every time I press either button.  I can change this in ONE place, the Temperature Night macro, and it will change the action when I turn off the TV or when I press the button on the lighting keypad.

This is one the first step in a long series of this one macro that we live with every day.  I will go more in depth, next time, showing you alarm arming, door locking, lighting changes, ceiling fans, TVs turning on and off, delayed lighting scenes and more.  For now, just remember that macros are intended to do anything action you normally do, over and over, and automate that action to happen how and when you want it to.

If you have any questions, give us a shot at 704-696-2792 or email me at mark@svavnc.com.  We LOVE talking about this stuff!

https://www.control4.com/dealer/soundvisionllc11-28117/mooresville-nc/

Smart Tech for a Kid-Friendly Home

Smart Tech for a Kid-Friendly Home

When you think of smart technology and your children, you probably think about tablets and other smart entertainment devices. What you might not realize is how much safer smart tech can keep your kids, while also making your home a little more fun for them to live in, too.

Beyond lock and key

There’s always extra concern when it comes to protecting your kids, especially when technology is considered. It’s no longer uncommon for kids to come home from school to an empty house, but at least now there’s a way to check in on them while you’re at work or running errands.

Door and window sensors can alert you that your child has arrived home safely, and a smart door lock enables you to let them in if they’ve locked themselves out. You can even consider equipping your home with a camera with two-way communication abilities and greet them as they enter your home. Keeping all of these controls in the palm of your hand can also come in handy when you need to know whether or not they were home for curfew, to let in the babysitter, or see if there are any unwanted visitors at the door.

Lighting control is a bright idea

Lighting and shade control can help you save on energy costs or blackout a room so you can watch a movie, but have you considered the impact your lighting has on your schedule? Imagine timed dimmers in your kids’ rooms to signal wind-down time before bed or ease the younger one’s fear of the dark by programming a night light, as well as get them up in the morning for school.

Have some fun with it

Smart technology is more than just an ability to keep your family and belongings safe or the capability to stream music through your home – we can help you optimize your home and network capability for gaming, family gatherings, and personalized settings for everyone in your home. By setting up a VPN, firewalls, and parental controls for things like time limits, you can keep them safe.

We can help!

If you’ve been thinking about how you can incorporate more kid-friendly smart technology into your home, we can help! We have every tool and the experts you need to keep your kids entertained and safe. \lsdlo

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