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on Thursday, 03 September 2015. Posted in Knoxville Audio

Speakers: Types & Functions

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Speakers are actually relatively simple devices. You should understand at least the basics of how speakers work before incorporating them. Basically, you have an enclosure (typically a box) into which speaker drivers are attached. The drivers are the round elements that many people call the speakers (they’re not). Speaker drivers look like cones or horns (or even ribbons or domes), and in fact, the large surface area of the drivers is called the cone or diaphragm.These surfaces move back and forth to make the sound. If you have ever pulled the front screen off your speakers or have seen speakers without their front grille on, you’ve seen speaker drivers au naturelle.

 Let's start with 3 main types: Installed, Free standing, and Wireless

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Installed: These are speakers such as "in-ceiling", "In-wall", "Cabinet", & even "Landscape" speakers. There are several benefits to these types of speakers, like taking up no floor space & no stands. This makes perfect for any sized room and works especially well in smaller spaces. They can also provide a higher quality of audio. The bass and treble effects of in-ceiling speakers are better than regular speakers and this is another reason for its popularity.

The wires can be concealed, which reduces the chances of accidents. Parents no longer have to worry about their kids tripping on the wires or pulling them by accident. These concealed wires also make the room clutter-free. This is why many users prefer to have the speakers installed.

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Free-Standing: The beauty of freestanding speakers is that they come in many styles and sizes - from ultra-compact cubes & rectangular bookshelf models to the floor-standing towers. Styles and finishes range from plain-Jane boxes to sculpted cabinets with finishes that run from black vinyl or faux woodgrain to furniture-grade wood veneer or black lacquer polished to perfection.

So in addition to selecting speakers that physically fit the room, you can choose models that complement the décor or become a focal point. And whether we're talking about floor-standing towers or small- to medium-size speakers on a shelf or stand, you can move them around to optimize sound quality!    



For every music lover, who would want to listen to music on the go, then the portable speakers are a must have for you. These portable speakers don’t have much wiring like ordinary speakers would. One may have to connect a cord to a phone in order to play them, but with most portable Bluetooth speakers, one can simply connect their device via Bluetooth to the speaker and the songs will play. The portable Bluetooth speakers are light in weight and come in variety of sizes. 

The portable speakers operating on the Bluetooth can come in great handy. Let’s say you are at a picnic on a beach with friends and there is no source of electricity or music system. Here the portable Bluetooth speakers can come in handy because they are operated through battery and you can connect the speakers with Bluetooth and enjoy music with your friends! The sounds is simply amazing a clear as well!


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The wires can be concealed, which reduces the chances of accidents. Parents no longer have to worry about their kids tripping on the wires or pulling them by accident. These concealed wires also make the room clutter-free. This is why many users prefer to have the speakers installed.


on Monday, 31 August 2015. Posted in Knoxville Audio

Be the MVP of tailgate season!

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Let's Talk Tailgating!
It is FINALLY HERE y'all! Saturday the Tennessee Volunteers will play against Bowling Green to kick off what will hopefully prove to be a GREAT 2015 season! This of coarse means open season for tons of TAILGATING FUN! Especially for the most popular games against Florida(9/26), Georgia(10/10), and Bama(10/24)!  Let iSS help you kick-off your tailgate season and be the MVP of the season! 
Let's start with SOUND!  You have to have wireless speakers to be sure you hear every exciting play of the game right?  
Well Check out the Bose® SoundLink® Bluetooth speaker III! It's one of the best-performing mobile Bluetooth speakers out there. It plays louder and longer, up to 14 hours & with advanced Bose® technologies that reproduce the fullness, clarity and depth of your music or the game! It offers Wireless connection to your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device & lets you take the music or game wherever you like!
Another important aspect of tailgating is being able to actually watch the game! With tons of different options now a days to stream shows, antennas, dish services and other options, its just a matter of picking a great TV that can stand up to the great outdoors and still come out looking bright and crisp! Well we have the solution for the with SunBrite TVs. They can take quite a beating and keep on gleaming! 
Last but certainly not least is FOOTBALL FUN FOOD!!! We can't help you with that part but we can certainly give you some ideas of some of our favorites! But for all the rest of your tailgate tech needs give us a call! 865-690-0154Speakers, TVs, and more! Let us help make you the talk of the tailgates this season!

The Importance of Sports Bar and Restaurant Technology

on Friday, 22 November 2013. Posted in Knoxville Audio

There are many factors that go into a great restaurant or bar. Maybe it's a great happy hour or a fabulous hand-cut steak, but what about atmosphere? Restaurants and bars should be a welcoming place where people feel comfortable and relaxed. Harsh lighting, outdated audio video, or lack of privacy can turn an otherwise nice place into a place I can't wait to get out of.

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Although you may not notice if a restaurant has Sonance speakers or a Lutron lighting system, you will notice if they have low quality fuzzy speakers or poor lighting. I remember being at a local restaurant a few months back and noticing how great the speakers sounded on the patio. Upon further investigation, I discovered they were Niles speakers. I'm sure restaurant or bar owners would much rather have their customers have a reaction similar to mine rather than thinking how terrible the audio sounded.

Lighting is another factor that is crucial for ambiance. Have you ever been in a restaurant with blinding overhead lighting? Or maybe the lighting was so dim you had to use a flashlight to even figure out what you wanted to order for an appetizer? With so many options for great lighting systems on the market, I see no excuse for poor lighting in restaurants and bars anymore. Not only does automated lighting create a warm relaxing atmosphere, it also makes things much easier for staff and management to be able to control the entire system with one device or even program light settings to automatically change.

Shades and drapery also seem to be overlooked by most restaurants or bars. I know I've been in several restaurants where a server or manager had to come reach behind a customer to adjust the blinds by a table. I would much rather have a manager come by with a remote and lower the shades instead of reaching over me mid-meal.

The last thing that kills me about some restaurants and sports bars are outdated televisions. This is especially a deal-breaker for sports bars. Who wants to watch a game on an outdated TV circa '99 when the sports bar across the street has 60 inch flat screen HD TVs? I'll take the 60 inch flat screen, thanks.

I challenge you to notice what kind of lighting, audio/video, and shade systems your favorite restaurant or sports bar has next time you visit.

Knoxville Whole House Audio

on Tuesday, 04 September 2012. Posted in Knoxville Audio



A sound system in just one room is not doing you any favors. Knoxville, whole house audio is the way to go. Having a system the entire family will enjoy is easier than ever to possess and control.

The the primary difference between new whole home audio systems and ones past is convenience. Instead of going to each unit to control your system, everything is controlled by your mobile device. You can catalog you music, adjust the volume, even dim the lights if you incorporate a lighting system. Each room can have different volume settings. So, you can play your music louder on the porch, and quieter upstairs. A whole house audio system is thus, great for parties and gatherings.

Another benefit of whole house audio is that systems are built to minimize visual impact. No more bullky equipment stealing space. Speakers can be installed into the walls, and amps can be concealed. You can enjoy your audio systems without the eyesores.

Call us today to learn more 865.690.0154!


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