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Media Room vs Home Theater

on Wednesday, 28 October 2015. Posted in Home Theater, Knoxville Home Automation

A Social Experience? Or a Night at the Movies? The choice is Yours!

 

MEDIA ROOM vs THEATER ROOM... Do you know the difference?

        In comparing a media room to a dedicated home theater, there is one main difference that sets them apart. A Theater room is designed to replicate a cinema experience and that is it, while the flexibility of a media room is more practical for people who want to do more than sit in the dark and watch movies. Simply said... a Media room is used for multiple activities while a Theater room is simply used for one activity.

The term media room has evolved into a generic definition for a multipurpose space. It gives you a more social experience! Friends congregate there to watch the big game. Families go there to watch a movie together. It's party central when guests visit! Things such as bowling alleys, Golf Screens, Pool tables, Movie screens, Bars, etc... have all been used in a media room set up and the possiblities are quite endless!

Media Room: Piano, Theater seating area, Table, Bar, Another TV viewing area, Pool table....

A dedicated home theater is designed to replicate a cinema experience! They usually possess subtle Cinema lighting to preserve the picture quality, and a projector. The next three things are KEY to the success of a home theater room; Screen, Sound & Mood.

When you go to the movie theater, there is a sense of anticipation when the lights go down, there's a lot of magic going on there! Sound is more than half the experience. Many people cut their budget short and focus mostly on the screen, however the best bet is to divide it into three equal parts for the screen, sound and room. A large projection screen or TV is certianly a goal for your theater room but the speakers & sounds are quite important too! No one jumps at a picture of a gun, they jump at the sound!

Setting the mood & comfort level is equally important to the cinema experience too. Lighting scenes, Comfortable seating and an acoustic environment that absorbs sound. Seating is generally arranged in rows, facing forward to replicate a movie theater. This way, everyone fully experiences the impact of the sound and picture. 

Decide whether a media room or home theater format will satisfy your viewing pleasure by taking the quick quiz below.

  • Do you plan to entertain while watching or listening to media?
  • Will you use the media system for purposes other than watching movies (such as gaming or streaming music for a party)?
  • Is flexibility important to you?
  • Do you want to include anything other than a Movie viewing area in this room (such as a bar or pool table)?
If you answered yes to these questions, a media room is the best fit. Call us to learn more! 
  • Do you want to mimic the cinema experience at home?
  • Does your home contain a space that can be dedicated solely to movie-watching?
  • Do you already have a space in your home where family gathers socially to watch television or movies?
If you answered yes to these questions, Call us about home theater installation.
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The Show Stoppers!

on Wednesday, 28 October 2015. Posted in Knoxville Digital Signage, Knoxville Outdoor Technology, Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

The BEST of CEDIA 2015

 

          CEDIA is the international trade association and central touchpoint for 3,500 member companies that represent every facet of the ever-evolving technology market. The expo places you at the epicenter of the furture in home experience and lets you experience the intrigue of how it is all connected!

BEST NEW PRODUCT:

Two of the products we offer recieved the Best New Product reward at the expo this year! The Seura Storm Outdoor TV and Sonance DSP Amplifiers with SonARC.

Seura’s Storm Outdoor TV is built to last in a variety of climates and, through careful calibration, is capable of delivering quality images during sunny days. It also has a great wide viewing angle!

The Sonance DSP amplifiers add Amazing audio in any environment! The new line of DSP amplifiers feature SONARC (Sonance Advanced Room Correction), which offers hundreds of EQ presets designed specifically for Sonance speakers available through simple pull down menus. The presets enable effortless DSP without the need for additional hardware, software, and more importantly time.

Seura Outdoor TV Video: http://ow.ly/U3twM                            Sonance DSP Amplifiers Video: http://ow.ly/U3uwT

                                           CEPro Editor's Choice Picks:

There were also two of the speakers that we offer picked as the CEPro Editor's Choice, The Sonos Play:5 and the KEF LS50!

Hear it just like they played it. Pure and true. The PLAY:5 uses six state-of the-art digital amplifiers individually coupled with six speakers to deliver great sound to any room. Each instrument, each voice, every detail shines through, pure and precise. With remarkably distinct clarity. And zero audible distortion. Even when you crank it up loud. Really loud! 

The KEF LS50 was also quite an awe inspiring product at CEDIA 2015! An innovative concept inspired by the legendary LS3/5a, LS50 mini monitor speaker is designed to bring professional studio monitor concept into the home. Rarely the case in such a compact design, the LS50 monitor delivers a rich, multi-dimensional ‘soundstage experience’ that is out of all proportion to its size. Patent-pending acoustic designs, together with state-of-the-art technologies from KEF’s latest flagship Blade loudspeaker, provide the ultimate studio experience – even in the smallest of spaces.

Play:5 Video: http://cnet.co/1Q1coIk                                   KEF LS50 Video: https://youtu.be/E0B-l2eoVtg

Many companies had some pretty amazing products this year that became quite the show stoppers! Call us today to learn more about any of our great products. 

  • Sony    
  • Orgin Acoustis
  • Screen Innovations
  • Martin Logan
  • Golden Ear
  • Atlona
  • Pakedge
  • SnapAV
  • Kwikset
  • WIlson
  • BOSE
  • SunBrite TV
  • Lutron
  • Peerless AV
  • Luxul
  • Yale
  • This list GOES ON & ON 

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Halloween and Home Automation

on Wednesday, 28 October 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

Make your smart home SPOOKTACULAR!

 

There was a time when the term "home automation" made you think of a friendly robotic maid buzzing around the house, cleaning, doing laundry, and cooking meals. 

Robots have indeed started to pop up and are starting to play a role in our lives at home. But the reality of home automation in the 21st Century is quite a bit different than what was thought of in the post-World War II era. Instead of a robotic hub, home control is centralized in the palm of our hands! 

Companies like Control4 can coordinate all the technology in your home into complete, brilliant experiences that fit your lifestyle and are easy for your family to enjoy. With one touch, dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Or, check in on your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are.

Being able to adjust temperature and lighting, check cameras, and unlock your front door from your smartphone is a wonderful convenience, but it's only the tip of the iceberg of what you can expect from a professionally designed and installed home automation system. So many options is SCARY!!

Home Automation can also be a GREAT tool for creating a SPOOKTACULAR set up for your Haunted Halloween Home! From automated lighting & music or singing pumpkins, to projection screen scenes. The possiblities can make your  nightmares.... I mean dreams come true! Click the links below & Check out some examples that are to DIE FOR :)

Thriller Light show: http://ow.ly/TXTq5      House projection: http://ow.ly/TXTvk                 Spooky effects: http://ow.ly/TXTzr            Singing pumpkins: http://ow.ly/TXTEH

 Everyone Here at iSS Hopes You Have A Frightfully Awesome Halloween!

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Control vs Automation

on Thursday, 24 September 2015. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

"Control is a party trick. Automation is a lifestyle enhancer."

 

When people talk about home automation most are really talking about control. What’s the difference between the two? The difference is simple really! Automation will do a multitude of things for you automatically without you having to tell it to do so. Control on the other hand can also do a number of things but you have to tell it what to do and more importantly, when to do it. Control and automation are both important and when used appropriately can make your electronic life at home MUCH easier.

Here are some scenarios to help you understand:

Say you want to show your guests the BREATHTAKING sunset view from your living room window.

Scenario 1: (Control) You take out your phone, swipe through the screen of apps, launch the right one, wait… press a button, and the shades rise to the sunset beauty that will requisite compliments.

Scenario 2: (Automation) The shades are already open because your automation system knows you like sunsets!

This in essence is the difference between control and automation. “Control is a party trick. Automation is a lifestyle enhancer!”

Routine: 5:30am: alarm clock goes off, you get out of bed, shuffle to the bathroom, turn on the light, wash your face etc. 5:40am turn on the bedroom/bathroom radio & Take a shower. 6:00am, turn on the kitchen light & open the blinds, go to the bedroom to start getting dressed…

Using automation you can have all of your lighting routines, comfort routines and entertainment routines happen at the same time. Example:

5:20 bedroom & bathroom lights slowly dim up to 10%, 5:30 your whole house audio system plays an alarm to wake you up. 5:32 your whole house audio system begins to play your favorite radio station or cd in the bedroom & tells the projection screen to come down in front of the TV. 5:40 it turns on the audio in the bathroom & While you are in the bathroom the lights slowly increase in brightness from 10% to whatever your preferred brightness is so by the time you are out of the shower and ready to shave or put on your makeup the bathroom is as bright as you need it to be. You didn’t have to lift a finger!

INTERACTIVE DEMO: http://isstenn.com/innea-livingroom-demo

What to automate and what to control?

Anything that doesn’t require your direct manipulation in order to achieve the desired result should be automated. The easiest things to automate are related to your environment and or your routine. Lighting, heating and air conditioning, background entertainment. Most of us perform streaks of some type every day. We wake up at the same time, we turn on the same lights, turn on the TV and or stereo, go to the bathroom, wash our face, brush our teeth etc. Where automation comes in to play is having all of those streak components done for you so you can focus on the manual things such as personal grooming.

As you can see, there are similarities between automation and control. Many times they overlap and are both great conveniences. The great thing is most automation platforms are great control platforms. Most control platforms are not automation platforms so be careful.

VIDEO HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7kHR7x1Zm8&feature=youtu.be

CALL US TODAY! Take CONTROL of the situation or enhance & AUTOMATE your lifestyle!

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