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4 Easy Ways to Amp Up Your Home Audio

Four Sound System Installation Considerations for Better Audio Quality

4 Easy Ways to Amp Up Your Home Audio

We’re going to let you in on a little secret.  If you buy equipment from well-regarded audio companies – like our partners Yamaha or Paradigm to name but two – it’s going to sound pretty good, whether it’s a wireless speaker or their best speakers and electronics. 

But one’s person’s pretty good is another’s awesome, and yet another’s mediocre.  That’s why there’s such a huge variety of audio equipment out there from the inexpensive and portable to the stratospherically costly and heavy.  We think that’s great because it lets us offer a wide range of equipment and systems that cater to many varied tastes. 

On the other hand, even the best and most expensive gear may not sound as good as it should if it’s not set up correctly.  Sometimes, you have to know what equipment is right for a particular space, where to place speakers, and other details that can make a big difference in your sound quality.

With that in mind, let’s talk about some sound system installation considerations that will make your Richardson listening room, theater, or whole home audio system sound its best.

TAGS: High-end Audio | Home Audio System | Whole Home Audio

Add Drama to Your Home’s Exterior with LED Lighting

Show Off Your Pool and Landscape with Innovative LED Lights

Add Drama to Your Home’s Exterior with LED Lighting

In photography, controlling light is paramount. After all, with both film and digital photography, it’s all about how light is captured. In the same way that professional photographers deftly manage light in order to make a shot look its absolute best, the right lighting can also add a touch of drama to your home.

With our relatively warm climate in Texas even in the colder months, our outdoor spaces can be used almost year-round. The pool may be cold, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our outdoor fireplace or pit, enjoying a nightcap with friends in the cool night air. Since you spend lots of time, effort, and expenses on maintaining your landscape, why not use lighting to add an effect at night?

Read on for some ideas on how to use innovative and efficient LED lighting to show off your Preston Hollow outdoor spaces in the best light.

 

TAGS: Landscape Lighting | Lighting Control | Lighting Design

Love Zoom Web Conferencing?

Make it Easy With A Crestron Mercury System

Love Zoom Web Conferencing?

Zoom web conferencing is taking the collaboration world by storm. As an intuitive platform for video conferencing and sharing information, anyone with a smartphone, tablet, or laptop can use it for free. Of course, companies like Zoom do need to make money, and the paid plans for business allow the unlimited meetings and large numbers of participants necessary for business collaboration.

The ease-of-use for anyone on any device, plus the flexibility to support business with scalable and economical options, has made Zoom increasingly popular with companies from the smallest to the largest. That has also prompted some of the biggest names in conference room technology to partner with Zoom to enable conference room systems to take advantage of Zoom’s ease of use and flexibility.

Crestron has always been one of the biggest players in home and commercial automation. Their conference room systems have long been staples in Fortune 500 boardrooms, managing AV, lighting, and video conferencing capabilities to make running meetings easy. In 2017 Crestron partnered with Zoom to marry Crestron’s conference room technology with Zoom’s easy to use collaboration platform, and the result was Crestron Mercury.

Read on to learn more about how Creston Mercury makes Zoom web conferences even easier for your organization in Dallas.

TAGS: Collaboration Technology | Conference Room Automation | Crestron Mercury | Crestron Zoom Room | Video Conferencing

The Best Smart Home Devices

The Best Devices Are Ones That Work Better Together

The Best Smart Home Devices

We are sure you know all about smart devices. You may be reading this on one right now, such as your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Of course, those devices are smart; at their core they are computers.

When it comes to smart home devices, it seems like a new one is announced every day. You might be thinking – just how useful are these things? Yes, they may be cool, and it might be interesting to control it from my smartphone. But is it useful on a daily basis? Is it something I’m going to benefit from after the novelty wears off? 

We think that smart devices are everyday useful when they’re part of the same ecosystem, so they work well together. What’s an ecosystem? In technology, it means an interconnected set of products and services that interact and work well with each other, making for solutions that are greater than the sum of the parts.

In the smart home device world, that means that there is a smart home automation system that can help derive even more value out of a smart device. For example, a smart thermostat is great in part because it can be remotely controlled by a smartphone. But what it if works in concert with automated lights and window treatments to better manage energy use? Then you have something delivering more value through the ecosystem.

With that in mind, let’s talk about a couple of smart home devices that bring real value to your Plano home when plugged into the right smart home automation ecosystem. Read on to learn more.

TAGS: Lighting Control | Smart Home Automation | Smart Locks | Smart Thermostats | Video Doorbell