SoundVision Wins Home of the Year
At this year’s CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colorado the SoundVision took home the silver award for Home of the Year – Best Home Theater $25k-100K.
Nine of members of our team were on hand to accept the award including several technicians who worked on the project.
In all, the 2023 Home of the Year Awards looked at projects in 16 categories, with winners being judged by an esteemed panel of representatives throughout the smart home industry. The winners were chosen from a list of 46 entries and announced at a ceremony in Denver, Colorado during CEDIA Expo 2023.
WINNING ENTRY - DETAILS
On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Michelle and Andrew from SoundVision sit down with Chef Peter Olsacher from Carolina Gourmet.
Prepare for an enlightening journey as we walk in the shoes of the masterful chef Peter Olsacher. Get a taste of his humble beginnings on a farm in Austria, the grueling training in a Michelin-style restaurant, and his culinary escapades in picturesque ski resorts. We’ll explore his adventure across the pond, where he found his calling as a celebrated private chef in the Lake Norman area. We spotlight the time he cooked for Dylan Dryer on the Today Show, which catapulted his reputation to national recognition!
Simplifying Life Through Understanding Surge Protection and Lightning Strikes
On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Andrew from SoundVision sit down to discuss surge protection and lightning strikes.
Ever wondered how your vacuum cleaner or hairdryer could be a potential threat to your high-end electronics? Join Mark and Andrew from SoundVision, as they shed light on this often overlooked yet crucial aspect – surge protection and lightning strikes. From explaining the relationship between everyday appliances and surges, to the correlation between surges and lightning strikes, they unravel it all. Be prepared to dispel misconceptions and embrace a tech revolution as they delve into the past, present, and future of protecting our electronics.
Together, they explore the various ways you can protect your home and electronic devices from potential lightning strikes and surges; they also discuss the potential fallout of not having protection in place. Navigating the aftermath of a lightning strike or surge can be a daunting task – especially when dealing with insurance. But fret not, they’ve got you covered. As a bonus, they extend an invitation to you to learn more about surge and lightning protection. Contact us for more information. We’re here to help you stay plugged in safely!
Zach Simpson – Chief Sales Officer
Zach has been in the audio video integration business since 1998. His experience in all levels of the custom integration industry make for an individual that has literally “seen and solved it all.”
Zach oversees projects from start to end with a keen eye on customer service. Zach enjoys physical fitness, saltwater fishing, basketball, golf but most importantly being a Dad to three daughters and a son.
His industry accreditations including: Lighting Designer, DSCE (Digital Signage Experts Group), Lutron Masters, Sumiko Masters in Audio Calibration.
Zach also hold a CEDIA (Consumer Electronics Design and Installation Association) COI (Certified Outreach Instructor) designation. This means that he is licensed to conduct continuing education classes for the building, interior design and architectural communities.
Simplifying Life Through Home Automation Part 1
On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Andrew from SoundVision sit down to discuss Part 1 of Home Automation.
“Enhance Your Lifestyle”
We Talk About:
- What is Home Automation
- How Home Automation is used in your home
- Home Automation Possibilities
- What can be controlled through Home Automation
- Professional vs DIY Automation
- Pros of Home Automation
Common Home Automations:
- Door Locks
- Voice Control
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Simplifying Life with Fredy Davila from SoundVision
On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Michelle from SoundVision sit down with Fredy Davila, our technical engineer at SoundVision. Fredy is responsible for building all the systems and products we install for our clients.
We learn where Fredy is originally from and get to know more about his family at home. Fredy started his career going to school for network engineering. It wasn’t until five years later that he started working with networking at a security company, where he was introduced to audio and video. Learn how Fredy immersed himself in the world of technology.
We talk about:
- System design
- Cyber security
- How we as an audio visual company approach passwords
- Fredy’s involvement with drones.
Fredy’s hard work at SoundVision does not go unnoticed, he is an asset to our team.
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Why do I have to reset my Apple TV so often?
This is a common question we get, and the answer, like most, has both
good and bad news.
The good news is:
- Apple is a company that makes wonderful products that offer a
ton of features and services.
- They are continually updating these products with new features
based on what you, their customers, are asking for.
- These features can be updated via the Internet; so, there is no
need to buy a new device.
- The cost is minimal. Hey, we make less than $5 when we sell
an Apple TV. So, there is a HUGE bang for the buck with this
However, with the good comes the bad:
- Software updates: Apple frequently releases software updates
for its devices, including Apple TV. Sometimes, these updates
can cause glitches or issues with the device, leading to the need
for a reset.
- Because these devices are constantly talking online, they
sometimes get caught in network traffic, like a traffic jam on the
highway. As such, they need to be reset.
- App issues: Certain apps on your Apple TV may be causing issues that require a reset.
- Outdated app versions, conflicts with other apps, or other issues.
- Network issues: Your Apple TV may be experiencing
connectivity issues with your home network or internet service
provider, leading to the need for a reset.
- Hardware issues: In some cases, your Apple TV may be
experiencing hardware issues that require a reset to resolve.
This can be for all kinds of reasons, like gaming, voice requests,
changing of settings, and much more.
- Because people learn different ways, we have linked a few sites below
to help you reset you Apple TV, if needed. The first is a written step
by step outline from Apple and the second is a YouTube video on how
to do it. We hope this helps.
Meet David Zapfel from Bang & Olufsen
SoundVision Podcast with David Zapfel from Bang and Olufsen
On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark, Michelle, and Zach from SoundVision sit down with solutions and systems engineer David Zapfel of Bang and Olufsen.
We learn how Bang and Olufsen was created, a brief history of the company, and some insight on past and present products. Listen to hear insight on some of the new products we are showcasing at SoundVision. We were fascinated to learn that David has worked for Bang and Olufesn for over three decades!
“A never-failing will to create only the best … persistently to find new ways.”
- The History of Bang and Olufsen
- David’s experience as an employee of Bang and Olufsen
- First products produced by Bang and Olufsen
- Bang and Olufsen’s growth and success
- Zach’s experience visiting the Bang and Olufsen factory in Denmark
- Products SoundVision showcase
“Since 1925 Bang & Olufsen has created iconic audio and home entertainment products to the highest standards of sound, craft and design.”
On this episode of “Simplifying Life Through Technology,” Mark and Andrew from SoundVision sit down with Michelle Ferlauto, our Chief Operating Officer at SoundVision.
As the COO, Michelle oversees virtually all departments at SoundVision and plays a vital role in the day to day logistics of the company. Michelle has filled several roles within SoundVision over time. We touch on her role in creating our Service Membership program and the marketing efforts that brought in a million dollars in business last year.
For over a decade, Michelle Ferlauto has been in the Charlotte Lake Norman smart home industry. Previously with Today’s Audio Video until 2013 and then until 2018 with Interactive Interiors. In understanding how important a good service and process foundation is to the core structure, Michelle has been very successful at cultivating relationships with manufacturers and suppliers while advocating on behalf of her clients best interests.
Michelle discovered her passion for small business’ early on after accepting a position on behalf of the Seattle Police Guild to convert their off-duty program into a non-profit business. She completed the small business administration and finance program at Green River College and most recently, Digital Marketing Sciences through UNC Charlotte. A native of both Coos Bay, Oregon and Palm Desert, California, Michelle has lived in the Lake Norman area since 2006.
- The roles Michelle has had at SoundVision
- Michelle’s contribution to SoundVision
- Company development
- Our service department
- Marketing strategies
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Fun facts about Michelle:
- She has two children – Joey, 24 and daughter Haille, 26.
- Her first job was for the Desert Post newspaper as a high school student columnist for .13 a word.
- Michelle founded the Lake Norman Transportation Safety Partnership in response to road safety concerns during toll road construction. She worked with the NCDOT to have over 11,000 dangerous seven pound lane markers removed from the I-77 construction zone.