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Five Reasons to Get a Home Theater System

Home Theater

There is nothing better than watching your favorite movie on the big screen, with your food and drink in-hand. What if you could get that same experience, but without the lines, loud people, expensive refreshments, and hefty ticket price? Many people feel that having a theater at their home is just too luxurious for them. That kind of thing is only for athletes and movie stars - well, those people are wrong. In this post we will look at five reasons why you need your own home theater. 

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The Benefits of Using Echo Dot’s Alexa in Your Smart Conference Room

Smart Conference Room

When most people think of hands-free smart technology, they often thing of its usefulness in a home. Whether its lowering the blinds, turning off the lights, and reducing the heats while they're snuggled in bed, or in the kitchen when people may find their hands full of covered in flour - there are many handy applications for smart voice technology in home, but what about conference rooms? In this post, we will look at a few of the ways Echo Dot captained by Alexa can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your smart conference room

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Three Ways to Easily Improve the Sound Quality in Your Home Theater

Home Theater System

Perfecting the sound quality of your home theater goes beyond the actual equipment that you buy. Of course, high quality speakers and subwoofers make a difference, but if they're not set up properly they're not going to produce the sound you're looking for. The right equipment setup and tuning can make a world of difference when it comes to your audio quality.

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Control4 Introduces New Smart Home Security and Entertainment Capabilities

smart home security

Control4, one of Integrated Smart Technologies' partners, recently introduced a new version of their smart home operating system, Control4 OS. This latest iteration, version 2.8, includes a host of new features that improve the system's already robust home security and entertainment features. Announced at the CEDIA Expo in Dallas, Texas, this version is all about being more flexible and easier to use while also maintaining the high level of customizability that customers have come to expect from Control4 products. Let's take a look at some of the best features offered by the new Control4 OS...

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What’s So Great About Ultra HD and 4K Televisions?

Home Theater

It's not always easy to keep up with new technology in home entertainment - this is especially true with TVS. This is further complicated by the fact that different manufacturers sometimes use different terms for the same technology. It's important to know that 4K or Ultra HD means that the TV has about four times the number of pixels of full HD TVs. So, what does this mean? This means that 4K televisions have about eight million more pixels which results in a much cleaner, sharper image. 

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Simplifying Your Control4 Home Automation Systems

Home Automation System

Having a fancy remote specific to some of your home automation systems and an app for the next can get really overwhelming, cluttered, and confusing. The whole point of having a home automation system is to simplify your life, but when you have all of these controls you have to remember the functions for, it makes everything a bit more complicated. Home automation should put you in control, not make you feel out of control.

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Some of the Ways Control4 Smart Security Keeps Your Home Safe and Secure

Home Security

Residential burglaries have been steadily dropping since 2011, according to the FBI. Many believe that this downward trend has a lot to do with the growing number of homes in the US who were connected to the internet which allows for wireless, smart home monitoring. This year, wireless security and monitoring is more popular than ever thanks to industry and technology advancements in smart homes.

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Four Ways Technology Will Shape Smart Conference Rooms

Smart Conference Room

Despite advances in technology, conference rooms have not changed much over the past few decades. What you'll find in most conference rooms is a phone, screen, whiteboard and maybe a little video conferencing equipment. With the technology that is available, these rooms leave a lot to be desired. Below are five items that should become the standard in your meeting space.

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Control4 Introduces Innovative New Square Wireless Lighting Products

Automated Lighting

Control4 recently announced the release of a new line of intelligent Square Wireless Lighting products. This new line expands upon their current custom - and retrofit - products and provides customers with additional options to light their smart home.

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Connect With Your Family in a High Tech, High Fun Media Center

Home Theater

Some nights, you want to go out on the town. You want to open up the wallet, pay for a nice dinner and take the family to see a good movie. Most nights, however, you end up staying home! After a long day at work, there's nothing more relaxing than an evening in, with the family, enjoying a good meal and good conversation. As a result, our living rooms and family rooms are some of the most important areas in our homes. Whether we're tuning in to the big game, popping in a new movie release or just enjoying each other's company, an inviting, entertaining space is a must.

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