Articles tagged with: Knoxville Home Audio

CEDIA 2014 Recap (pt. 1)

on Thursday, 25 September 2014.

CEDIA is one of the largest electronics expos in the country, and was hosted this year in Denver, Colorado. Over 500,000 square feet of the most exciting technologies to date, which is why we had to break our CEDIA 2014 recap into two parts!

Below are our first top five picks of what we liked from CEDIA.

1. Epson PowerLite ProCinema LS10000 projector:

This projector delivers a revolutionary 4k Enhancement Technology with incredible sharpness, clarity, and detail. At the heart of the THX certified projector is a laser light engine and a 3LCD Reflective chip array to ensure accurate performance. The projector also offers full HD 1080p in 2D and 3D giving you a stunning viewing experience. This home theater projector is made for the ultimate movie theater experience.

2. Sony W and X Series 4K Ultra HD TV’s :

W Series and X Series 4K Ultra HD displays are now automation-ready with two-way IP communications built in. TVs have always been the bane of smart-home integration, lacking two-way communications. Most consumer-oriented sets are still controlled via one-way IR, meaning the TV can only receive commands such as ON, MUTE or CHANNEL DOWN. They cannot send data back to a remote control or home automation system. For that reason, a controller never quite knows the status of the TV. With two-way IP communications, a TV can both receive commands and provide status feedback. Such as I’M ON, THE VOLUME IS 70%, etc. 

3. Dolby Atmos:

Dolby Atmos delivers remarkable sound whether you are at home, on the go, or in the cinema. This audio system creates astonishing clarity, richness, detail, and depth. It puts sounds into motion all around you and creates a more profoundly moving entertainment experience. Dolby Atmos is the first audio format based on independent audio objects rather than channels-which means it is free of channel restrictions. Dolby Atmos supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects for a realistic, breathtaking sound. Experience Dolby Atmos for yourself:

4. Screen Innovations Black Diamond Glass:

Screen Innovations (SI) is fantastic about the amount of energy and creativity that they bring to the market. The latest product concept from the company is the Black Diamond Glass, which combines its innovative Black Diamond Screen material with the contemporary look of a LED lit, beveled glass frame. This elegant screen comes in many sizes and can range up to 150 inches. Conceptually, the Black Diamond Glass takes the company’s Zero Edge design and makes it even more interior design friendly.

5. Sonance's Architectural Series:

No longer is the audio and video guy a nuisance to the interior designer. Sonance now offers us the Architectural Series with the ability to please the interior designer/home owner. The Architectural Series is a discreet opening system that delivers amazing sound performance with virtually no footprint.

If you love these picks, just wait for part two of our CEDIA recap!

The Pioneer's Elite SC79 A/V Receiver

on Tuesday, 20 May 2014. Posted in Home Theater

Featured Product of the Week

This week's featured product is Pioneer’s Elite SC79 A/V receiver. The highpoint of performance and style of this receiver is the simply stunning audio surround sound that makes your movies, games, and music sound as life like as possible. With the best audio processing that is available today, the Elite SC79 receiver will give you an audio experience that will go above and beyond your expectations.

The Elite SC79 receiver features state of the art Class D3 amplification rated at 140 Watts x 9 channels gives this receiver the most powerful and effortless connectivity. The SC79 is also Ultra2 Plus Certified and offers surround sound in rooms up to 3,000 cubic feet! This receiver supports high-definition audio formats as well as 3-D surround experience for up to 9.2 channels. The SC79 can support the most popular high-resolution digital file formats, similar to AIFF, WAV, FLAZ and Apple, furthermore, it has HDBaseT that makes integration into a whole house A/V distribution system seamless.

Pioneer’s Elite SC79 receiver has 4K Ultra HD Pass-through technology which offers the highest quality image available. Also, the SC79 receiver uses MCACC (an automatic sound field adjustment system) to monitor and equalize the surround sound to optimize the parameters of the room. Additionally, this receiver features AirPlay which allows you to wirelessly stream music from any Apple device to your surround sound system.

With all this technology in one receiver it will give you the ultimate home theater experience. You will have the movie goers coming to you! So if you are ready for the ultimate home theater experience, feel free to give us a call. We are here to offer you better life solutions.

What's Hot for Homes in 2014

on Tuesday, 11 February 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

With the new year in full swing and winter beginning to melt away (finally), we are getting a better view of the top design trends on the horizon. Let's take a look at the list!

Home Contro
l is everywhere these days. I'm sure you've noticed the recent commercials for automation services big name companies now offer. Automation is quickly becoming a feature that has made its way on many homeowners' wish lists. I mean who wouldn't want to control multiple aspects of their home such as temperature, lighting, and security with the touch of a button? Just be careful if you decide to go with one of the big companies for your automation needs. This new service they are offering means it's new to the company as a whole as well as their technicians. Are you thinking the prices look too irresistible? My advice is if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Sure the intro rates may be cheap, but how much does it jump up after that? One of the companies now offering automation doubled my cable and internet bill after the "introductory" period. Yikes!

High Quality Audio Systems are HUGE right now. The big focus is on high resolution audio or HRA for short. HRA basically refers to anything over CD quality. Products like the new Sony 500-gigabyte HAP-S1 high-resolution music system offers audio quality far beyond compressed formats such as MP3. Plus, there has been a huge influx in download services such as Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, and HD Tracks. 

Anyone remember the Sonos ad during the Super Bowl this year? Wireless audio solutions are becoming more popular than ever. With systems like Sonos that offer a variety of speakers and subs, users can completely customize their desired sound and easily fill every room with music. Plus, the Sonos app is great for streaming your favorite tunes from Pandora and Spotify.

Cloud Video Surveillance 
is the perfect tool to keep an eye on things while you're away from home. Cloud video surveillance is a great option for homeowners that can't afford on-site recording and storage equipment; however, homeowners should be weary of DIY equipment. Opting for cheaper equipment may mean slower low quality video which isn't what you want if you have any unwelcome visitors on your property. For video surveillance, it's best to trust professional integrators. You'll be able to benefit from professionally hosted services that offer higher quality video, police dispatch, and false alarm reduction.

Automated Door Locks and digital credentials have been on my radar for a while now. Automated door locks are especially handy because of their versatility. I know I hate fumbling for my keys when I arrive home with groceries in tow. Automated door locks can actually be programmed to lock/unlock when your smartphone is in the vicinity. Do you have a housekeeper, babysitter or contractor regularly coming in and out of your home? Automated door locks would be especially perfect for you because they can be programmed to unlock when they arrive and lock up when they leave. My favorite part about automated door locks? Not wondering if I forgot to lock the back door all day while I'm at work because I can keep tabs even when I'm away. 

Which top trend is on your wish list for 2014? We would love to hear from you!

Interactive Demo

on Monday, 20 January 2014. Posted in Knoxville Home Automation

Ever wondered what automation can do for your home or business? I know I have wondered how a lighting system could change my space or how whole house audio would be perfect for my next get-together. Sometimes it's hard to envision things if you don't really know that much about them and exactly what they can do. That's why we decided to create a way to help you see what your space could be like with automation.

Meet the interative demo !

virtual demo
Our interactive demo gives you the opportunity to play with all kinds of automation which include music, lighting control, surveillance, temperature, and shade control. We can also bring a laptop version of our interactive demo to you.

Could you see your space upgraded with automation?

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