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Awesome Outdoor Technology

on Wednesday, 02 April 2014. Posted in Knoxville Outdoor Technology

 

It’s finally warming up and if you’re anything like me you are beyond ready. After being stuck inside the last several months, I can’t wait to spend some time outdoors with friends and family. If you’re also anything like me, you probably have a little work to do before you’re ready to host that first BBQ of the year. Aside from the usual post-hibernation yard duties, I’ll bet your outdoor living space could use some other upgrades. If you like to stay up-to-date with new technology, then you’ve probably noticed there are tons of great products for outdoor living. From landscape speakers to projection screens, there are plenty of options to create an outdoor space that will give your indoor living area a run for its money. Even if you just want a new portable music streaming device to put out on the deck, the options are truly endless.

If you love music, then why not bring high quality audio outdoors? There are several products on the market that will blow you away. If you want to go all out and install a year-round option, I would go for the Sonance Landscape Series speakers and subs. We’ve installed several of these systems and as far as sound goes, you really can’t get much better. Plus, they tie in beautifully to your already existing outdoor areas. Sonance lives by the mantra that speakers should be heard not seen. You can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be able to hear these. Several different subwoofer options can be buried into the ground and the above-ground canopy can be easily camouflaged with plants or scrubs. Another great feature about this system is their ability to contain sound with directional speakers. This reduces sound spill and annoyed neighbors!

If you want a more versatile portable option, Sonos has a variety of wireless speakers that can go anywhere you do. For the biggest sound, try the Play:5 or Play:3. For a more compact option try the Play:1 or mix and match any of the three together for optimal performance. Not only do these wireless speakers pack a punch, they are also super versatile. When you’re ready to head inside for the night, these speakers can come on in with you.

Outdoor audio can transform your backyard into a musical oasis. Who wouldn’t want to kick back on the weekend and listen to their favorite albums in the comfort of the great outdoors? Plus, with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day on the horizon, a new outdoor audio system would be an amazing gift for the music lover in your family.

If you really want to jazz up your space, why not add a television under a covered patio or a projection screen by the pool? We've done several projects with outdoor TVs or projection screens and our clients couldn't be happier. It's like having a drive-in theater in your own backyard! The only problem is you may have a hard time getting your guests to ever leave.

If you're looking for an outdoor flat screen, a SunBrite or a Seura Storm TV will deliver high-quality picture and can survive the most undersirable weather conditions. Because the technology is still newer, the price tag can be steep, but their solid engineering will guarantee you'll be able to enjoy your outdoor TV for many years to come. If you don't want to splurge on a weatherproof TV, some covered patios will allow for a basic flat screen, but you're not guaranteed a lasting relationship with that option. Warm spring weather can also bring some nasty storms so install regular flat screen TVs at your own risk! If an outdoor TV sounds good, but you cant find one big enough for your space then there are tons of outdoor projection screen options as well. The great thing about projection screens is the ability to make them disappear when they aren't in use. When they are being used, I can promise you'll love it. How cool would it be to watch a new movie while you're floating under the stars in a pool. In fact, I think every pool needs a projection screen...

If you're been dreaming of an upgrade in your outdoor space since the deep freeze has finally begun to thaw, then let us come out and give you a free estimate. We love doing outdoor spaces and hope that we can give you the backyard you've always dreamed of.

 

West Knoxville Boardroom Installation

on Friday, 28 March 2014.

A company's boardroom is a crucial component in any office. It gives clients a first impression of your establishment and serves as a common area for ideas and innovation to flow. If a company has an outdated boardroom, their capabilities become seriously limited. Every office deserves a great boardroom and our most recent client was no exception.

A Knoxville medical consulting firm contacted us a few months back for a boardroom and conference room overhaul. Their current boardroom featured no technology or any design features to enhance the space. Their biggest concern was video conferencing with clients across the country or even the world. We stepped in to provide the technology for their main boardroom as well as a smaller conference room.

The clients wanted the larger boardroom to function as the main space for meetings and training with clients. They needed multiple screens, a video conferencing system, cameras, speakers, and devices to easily control the system. For the screens we chose two 80-inch Sharp Quatron LED TVs. Underneath one of the TVs, we mounted a 5 megapixel camera for video conferencing. Above the conference table, we mounted an HD camera to provide another angle during presentations and video conferences.  Omnidirectional microphones were installed to easily pick up sound in the room and high quality speakers worked to enhance presentation audio.

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Two in-table boxes provide multimedia inputs and also a charging station. Controlling the entire system with ease was crucial for our clients. For the main control pad we used an iPad mini with a backup wall-mounted LCD touch keypad. These options allow complete control over presentations without an overabundance of controls and buttons.

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For the smaller conference room that is mainly used for small staff meetings and training, we used a similar setup. For the TV, we chose a 55-inch LED. Because the space is much smaller, we really didn't need to go any bigger than that. We used the same speakers as the main boardroom to provide quality audio. To control the system, we used a user-friendly in-wall keypad. This serves as mission control for the entire room. Another great feature about the overhaul of both rooms is the remote connectivity feature and ability to remotely power cycle problem devices which in turn can prevent future service calls.

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With the new setup, our clients have been able to achieve so much more during meetings and wow current or potential clients. A company's boardroom is a direct reflection of the business so it is important to make sure your space is updated to accommodate today's technological demands and capabilities. If you're interested in more information about this job or getting a quote for your own boardroom upgrade, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We would love to take a look at your space and offer up some excellent solutions to set your boardroom apart from the rest.