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How Well Do Your Smart Home Devices Play Together?

Control4 Orchestrates Smart Home Control

How Well Do Your Smart Home Devices Play Together?

Smart devices are everywhere. Smart locks, smart doorbells, smart cameras, smart lights, smart thermostats – the list goes on. Chances are you have one or more of them.  Some of these devices work well together.  For example, if you have an Amazon Echo speaker and use Alexa voice control, some lights will work with it – but not all.  Similarly, you may find a device or two that works with Apple Homekit, but they are limited.  Some smart cameras work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home, but some only work with one of them.

One of the frustrations with smart home devices and automation is getting everything to work well together.  While it’s a benefit to have a smartphone app and perhaps voice control over a function like smart lights, you ultimately will want a system that can tie them all together and do more sophisticated things.

What do we mean by sophisticated?  Think about linking together smart lights, a smart thermostat, and motorized shades for more intelligent control over the interior environment, increasing comfort and saving on energy too.  Or perhaps setting a scene for entertaining that manages the lights, audio, and interior temperature to just the right settings for your guests. 

A system like Control4 can help you accomplish just that. And it also works with many of the most popular consumer smart home devices too.  Read on to find out how Control4 smart home automation can orchestrate all of your smart devices in Frisco. 

TAGS: Control4 | Lighting Control | Smart Home Automation | Whole Home Audio

High-End Sound You Hear But Don’t See

Get the Signature Focal Audio Sound, Built-in

High-End Sound You Hear But Don’t See

A few months ago we wrote about Focal Audio hi-fi speakers, a French brand known for producing superb loudspeakers that not only sound great but also add high style to any décor with their incredible build quality and finishes. 

As custom installers, Crown Audio-Video understands all too well that not everyone wants to see speakers in their home, no matter how beautiful the designs. Fortunately, Focal Audio has a full line of architectural and surface mount speakers for a wide variety of uses, all delivering the neutral, vibrant signature Focal sound quality. 

When we’re talking about a variety of uses, we mean that.  Focal built-in speakers can be used in the home for background listening, critical listening, and home theater duty.  Some models are equally for commercial environments like offices, and some can be adapted for outdoor and public address purposes. 

Let’s dive in and take a quick look at some of Focal Audio’s custom speakers to see how they might fit your home or commercial space in Dallas. 

TAGS: Commercial Audio Video | Focal Speakers | Hidden Speakers | Whole Home Audio

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

Everything You Need to Know About Wireless Speaker Systems

Are They Right For You?

Everything You Need to Know About Wireless Speaker Systems

As a smart home and AV systems integrator, we have done dozens of residential and commercial audio speaker installations. If someone comes to us wanting to incorporate high-quality audio in multiple rooms in their Frisco home, we have many options we can propose.

We work with major speaker manufacturers like Origin Acoustics and Sonance for built-in speaker systems in homes. We also work with premier audio equipment brands like Mcintosh for high-end listening systems. Generally speaking, a wired speaker solution is going to provide the best audio performance in a home.

In some cases, homeowners may not want to run wires in walls for built-in speakers, or structural issues that might make that impractical. In the past few years, wireless speakers have become enormously popular, mostly from the prevalence of simple-to-use Bluetooth wireless speakers that allow you to stream most any audio from your smartphone or tablet. These days, wireless speakers can be a viable - and high quality - solution for one room to multiroom systems.

Read on to learn more about wireless speakers and see if they are right for you.

TAGS: Multiroom Audio | Sonos | Whole Home Audio | Wireless Audio