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Control4 Home Automation: The Possibilities are Endless

Control4 Home Automation: The Possibilities are Endless

Control 4 offers the ultimate in home automation navigation.  With several advancements and additional products becoming available, there are countless ways you can use this technology to make your life more relaxing, organized and secure.  And let’s not forget about the fun you can have with Control 4 automation.  With the ability to create different “scenes” that pair together the automation of several devices at once, personalized home automation is becoming reality. Here are some of our favorite ways to indulge in one of the great luxuries of the present, and future.

Control4 | Why we're so exited about it, Why its not just apps

Control4 | Why we're so exited about it, Why its not just apps

It’s been a long time since we’ve been this excited about a new product around here. However Control4 is one of those products, that the more you learn about the Control4 system the more you love it. I know you’re probably saying to yourself, what’s the big deal there certainly is no shortage of remote control products out there. Especially these days. And.. if you said that you would be correct. These days there are apps for smart phones, there are cheap poorly conceived products (ie ones that begin with an H or L), and then there are the big names that have been long established in the AV industry. However in many ways Contro4 is different and it’s different than each of those categories list above in different ways.

Sonos vs. HEOS Wireless Whole Home Speakers Review

Sonos vs. HEOS Wireless Whole Home Speakers Review

The wireless speaker market as we know it didn’t really exist until Sonos arrived with its modular system of small speakers which could be bought piecemeal and configured around the house as desired by the user. In a world of expensive, low quality speaker sets with unreliable connections, Sonos went from unknown to beloved brand overnight. Sonos has fended off competition from more recognized names including Bose, Samsung, and LG.

Control4 Home Automation System Review

Control4 Home Automation System Review

Imagine being able to control every electronic component – this means lights, music, appliances and even the “smart” locks on your front and back doors! – of your home whether you are there or not. With a Control4 home automation system and the technological wonder of wireless connectivity, you can do these things and more. In fact, not only will the Control4 home automation system enhance your home and work life but also add comfort, convenience and peace of mind while saving you a good deal of money. Here are just a few of the ways how:

Songza, under the radar but awesome

Songza, under the radar but awesome

Of all the music services I have Songza is favorite.  They have in my opinion the best selection and most tailored genre playlists.  Every time I go to listen to music they have the ability to get me more closely to what I am looking for than the other lists.  For example, the other I was looking for something lively as we were headed to the Eric Church concert here in Tampa.  So I went to Songza, Genre, Country and here's a sampling of what was available:

Best Speaker Lines

Best Speaker Lines

There are as many opinions about what constitutes a good audio speaker as there are music listeners in the world. Still, some audio technology companies have significantly differentiated themselves from the rest of the industry with their dedication to providing the very best speaker lines. Here are just two of our favorite brands and a few of their products:

In Home Lighting and More with Lutron Radio RA 2

In Home Lighting and More with Lutron Radio RA 2

Originally billed as a simple – if somewhat elegant – wireless lighting control system, the Lutron RadioRA 2 is actually a far more versatile total home control system that will amaze you with its range of capabilities. In addition to controlling the amount of in home lighting through the use of dimmers and other switches, the RadioRA 2 also affords remote control of the window shades and the thermostat settings as well as control of other appliances.

Totem Speakers Review

Totem Speakers Review

Despite being one of those memorable, two-syllable words that rolls right off the tongue, Totem is largely unknown to the casual audiophile, much less the average consumer. Depending on who you ask, that’s either sad or just fine, as Totem Acoustics has been happily supplying its niche with a reliably clean and detailed sound for over 25 years.

AV Equipment That Turns Your Home into a Theatrical Experience

AV Equipment That Turns Your Home into a Theatrical Experience

Whether you’re discovering new musical artists and genres or watching a favorite-movies-of-all-time marathon over the course of a relaxing weekend, the types of audio components available for home use can transform your family room and favorite chair into a theatrical experience.

But to really appreciate how Eric Clapton can make a guitar “gently weep” and every nuance of Steve McQueen’s classic car chase in Bullitt, you want the best affordable quality that is installed to deliver the best possible sound. After all, if your home is the place you want to be, and excellent quality is important, there are several things to consider when configuring your present AV equipment or considering a new purchase.

Time Spent Enjoying Music: My Personal AV Sound System Setup

Time Spent Enjoying Music: My Personal AV Sound System Setup

In life we sometimes get caught up in the everyday happenings and forget to enjoy things along the way. This is probably even more true at work. Being in the AV business, I sometimes get so caught up in things like client scheduling, finding the right dimensions to fit our recommended equipment and various other minutia that I forget why I got into this business to begin with, that being the enjoyment of music. I have been after better sound since when I was a young kid. Today I was reminded of this and thought I'd share my experience with you.

Professional Residential AV Installation Makes for Best Enjoyment

Professional Residential AV Installation Makes for Best Enjoyment

Professionally Designed and Installed Home AV Systems Let Families and Friends Enjoy Being Entertained.

Home AV Systems are becomming a major staple in homes and residences today. Audio video equipment is vastly improving through technology. Televisions can now access the internet and provide life-like images, and audio systems are becomming even more resilient and realistic. Having a home audio video system professionally designed for your home or residence can provide an entertaining scene where movies are like the theaters and music is like a concert.

Why Professional Home AV Installation is a good idea

Make Your Life Easier by Using the Right Components

Why Professional Home AV Installation is a good idea

I was reminded this weekend of the difference it makes dealing with a professional who is specifically trained in their field versus dealing with a big box retailer or an online store.  It started when the ceiling fan in our master bedroom started making a grinding noise.  For over a year now, I have been adjusting the fan in order to keep it quiet.  It now seemed we had reached the point of no return.  

Marantz Reference | Sometimes it's just about the music

Marantz Reference | Sometimes it's just about the music

The best speakers money can buy will never live up to their potential if they are not hooked up to quality components. That is why I am excited about the Marantz product line. Their single philosophy of "Because Music Matters" should tell you all you need to know about the brand. Your Tampa Bay area home audio system will not be complete without Marantz Reference Series components.

Consider Structured AV Wiring for Your Audio Video Systems

Consider Structured AV Wiring for Your Audio Video Systems

With recent advances in technology more and more people are able to afford the luxury of upgrading their home entertainment capabilities. However the upgrade to your audio video systems experience comes with more wires and clutter. Many people desire a “wireless” appearance, and this is something that is not easy especially with devices in multiple rooms. Unfortunately, the issue goes deeper than mere aesthetics, according to the U.S. Fire Administration there are 26,100 fires annually within residential areas. It is estimated that half of these fires are caused by faulty wires, poor maintenance, and dangerous handling. A great solution for people who want to improve the safety of their home and still enjoy a great home entertainment system is structured wiring.