Articles tagged with: Knoxville Home Audio

A Proud Moment for iSS

on Thursday, 19 February 2015.

Today at iSS, we have a big moment to annouce.....this is our 100th blog entry! We love writing about all the things that inspire us, and hope you enjoy reading our entries. Now is our chance to enjoy what YOU have to write.

Below is our FaceBook page link. We would love for you to write and tell us what your favorite blog was, what would you like to see us write next, or simply write us a review of your last experience with iSS. We look forward to reading all of your entries!

Home Automation for this Thanksgiving Holiday

on Tuesday, 18 November 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

It is that time of the year again. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Christmas straight ahead. This Thanksgiving you may have your family and friends over for dinner or you might be joining someone else at their table. No matter what your Thanksgiving Day plans are, it is nice to have an extra helping hand around the house on such a chaotic day. A home automation system can make it easy to take care of your home while you are focused on good times, good food, and being thankful for what you have.

If you are hosting this year’s Thanksgiving, your home can help you reduce some of the holiday stress for you. Imagine your home helping you with cooking and entertaining in peacefulness. Some great helping hands in your smart kitchen would be:

  • Accessing your favorite recipes from your touch screen in the kitchen.
  • Program one-touch buttons for optimal lighting. One could be for “Cooking Prep” and another for could be for “Entertaining.” A press of a button, your lights will automatically go from cooking to dining that are more subdued and intimate.
  • Send a notification to the living room TV when the turkey has reached optimal temperature. Then alert everyone that the feast is ready!
  • Again from your touch screen, queue up the perfect playlist as your guests sit down in the dining room.

You could also have your shades automatically raise or lower, and fans automatically turn on and off, helping to circulate air. So your home will be at the perfect comfort for all guests, plus it helps you be energy saving conscience. Also, if you are having house guests staying with you for the Thanksgiving Holiday, you can assign them a temporary entry code with smart door locks. That lets them come and go as they please. Best of all, you can set it to expire automatically when they leave.

If you're joining friends and family for the holiday away from your home, a home automation system gives you peace of mind while away. When you are rushing out the door with side dishes in tow and the kids running around, you might not remember to lock the front door or arm the alarm system. A home automation system can make spending time with family on Thanksgiving more enjoyable because you have less to worry about. There is no need to sit at the Thanksgiving table wondering if you locked the door. Instead, you can just check and take care of it right then and there. A home automation system allows you to do that anywhere.

If the Thanksgiving fun goes on longer than expected or you decide to spend the night, you can use your home automation system to make it look like you are still at home by turning lights on and off. You can also adjust the temperature of your home to save on heating costs or to keep things toasty on a cold night.

Whatever you may be doing for your Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Home Entertainment: Audio Systems for any room

on Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Audio

Last week we blogged about what screen and projectors would look best in certain home entertainment areas. This week we would like to take a look at what audio systems would be best in those home entertainment areas, too.

With any media room you want to get the most sound coming towards you. Many media rooms are open areas and multifunctioning, which means distractions can come around very easily. The best audio element for a media room would be a great sound bar. Sonos’ PlayBar is one of the best on the market, and is our featured product for this week. The PlayBar gives you amazing sound quality, and complements HD TV’s with richly textured HiFi sound. It provides you full theater sound for TV, movies, music, and video games. The PlayBar wirelessly connects to your home WiFi network, and can be controlled by free apps with Android and Apple.

Home Theaters are fantastic and can really bring the grand cinema experience right to your home. Whether you have a small soundproof room with nice recliners or the whole package with theater style sitting, a concession bar, and movie memorabilia; you have to have a great picture and amazing sound quality for that true movie theater experience. The ONKYO Home Theater Package with Dobly Atmos is a great audio system for any home theater. The package comes with everything you need from speakers, receiver, to a subwoofer. It brings 360 degree sound and makes you feel every element of a movie with Dolby Atmos technology.

Last but not least, Sonance Landscape Series outdoor speaker system is fantastic for some good outdoor entertainment. This system delivers perfectly even coverage and unbelievable sound quality though out any sized space. Sonance Landscape Series system is hidden completely out of sight, and is built to handle extreme weather conditions. With easy flexibility, you can direct the sound exactly where you want it, and not at your neighbors.

If you need some help in making the most out of your home entertainment areas, just give us a call. We are always here to offer you better life solutions.

CEDIA 2014 Recap (pt. 2)

on Monday, 29 September 2014.

In our CEDIA Recap, part 1 we took a look at Sony, Epson, Dolby, Screen Innovations, and Sonance latest and greatest new products. Now in part 2 we have more coverage of what we liked from CEDIA 2014, and our next top three are below:

1. QNap Turbo NAS:

QNAP’s Turbo NAS is designed for storing and protecting your most cherished memories. QNAP is the ideal centralized storage ‘hub’ for making your files available on various devices at home or on the go. It is a great home multimedia entertainment device. You can browse photos, play music and videos on DLNA compatible devices and easily share them with family and friends. The Turbo NAS also helps to secure your files and gives you control to who you want to have access to those cherished memories. Also, with myQNAPcloud, you can connect much easier to the Turbo NAS without limitation of location. The Turbo NAS easily enriches your home entertainment and content sharing. Also, what is great with QNAP is that they have integrated with Control4 to provide you with the ultimate connected home experience. Check out this video from CEDIA that demonstrates what QNAP and Control4 can do for you:

2. Control4 OS 2.6 Software update:

Control4’s OS 2.6 software update features elegant user interface enhancements, provides instant integration, and delivers compelling Control4 experiences throughout smart homes. This update brings enhanced music experience, intuitive pool and spa control, and extensive new features for added comfort and peace of mind in your home. OS 2.6 software makes it much easier for Control4 dealers to integrate hundreds of third-party products. As an end user this may not be the coolest thing on our list, but it is awesome for us which in turn makes it great for you! We can now provide you with seamless effort and efficiency for all of your Control4 systems.

3. LaunchPort...with Buttons:

Their latest product is the LaunchPort with buttons, the world’s first programmable, independently functioning buttons on an Ipad case. Ipads have become the favorite device for home automation. With LaunchPorts new sleeve for the Ipad, it provides immediate access to key controls, and gives you more power in your hands.

I hope you enjoyed our coverage from the CEDIA Expo this year. If you need any more information on any products we have discussed, please let us know. We are here to offer you better life solutions.

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