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Learn More about the Advantages of 4K and Ultra HD TVs


With the selection of new televisions out now, it can be difficult to determine which will be the best fit for your home theater. Further complicating matters, many manufacturers use different terminology for the same things. The important thing to remember, and it's very simple, is that 4K televisions have roughly four times as many pixels as full HD televisions. If that sounds like a lot, it's because it is! With roughly 8 million more pixels, the result is a sharper, cleaner image.

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How to Create the Ultimate Theater Experience


For the longest time, creating a true theater experience in the home was a pipe dream. Between clunky projectors and insufficient sound systems, home theaters were often plagued with technical issues, blurred images and, overall, an experience that didn't quite match sitting in an actual theater. With modern hardware and home automation technology, however, those days are over. It's now entirely possible to emulate a true theater experience in the comfort of your home, let's take a look at how Integrated Smart Technologies can help...

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3 Ways to Make the Most of Your Smart Home with the Help of Mobile Devices


As smart phones have evolved, we've grown to rely on them more and more in our daily routines. Whether we're finding the optimal route to the office, calculating a tip at a restaurant or passing time with a quick game on the subway, smart phones have become an integral part of our lives and an easy way to make things... well... easier! Utilizing the latest systems from Control4, Integrated Smart Technologies can now turn your smart phone - or any mobile device - into a nearly all-encompassing remote control for your home. Today, we're going to look at three ways that mobile devices can help you make the most of your smart home.

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iST’s Partner, Control 4 Delivers at the Electronic House Home of the Year Awards

Electronic House Home of the Year

Judging recently concluded for the annual Electronic House Home of the Year Awards and we're pleased to announce that our partner, Control 4, has garnered accolades - and awards - in seven of the contest's categories. As a Gold Winner in the categories of Multipurpose Room, Home Theater ($25k-$75k) and Before & After, Control 4's projects will be featured in the Spring issue of Electronic House magazine. In addition to their Gold awards, Control 4 also took home the Silver in Home of the Year (Under $50k) and Bronze in Outdoor Space.

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Take Your Man Cave to the Next Level with Home Automation

Automated Man Cave

If you're looking to convert your attic, spare bedroom or basement into a dedicated "Man Cave," home automation can help you create an amazing, personalized space. With the advent of Smart Homes and digital everything, it's now easier than ever to make your home work for you. Automated blinds, temperature control, lighting and music are just some of the obvious additions that you can make to your cave. But, what about some wilder, more imaginative solutions? Your Man Cave is a refuge, a home away from - or within - your home... what can you do to really amp up the wow factor? Today, we're going to look at how Integrated Smart Technologies and Control4 can help you take your Man Cave to the next level.

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Control4 Named 2015 Custom Integration Vendor of the Year


Integrated Smart Technologies is pleased to announce that our leading supplier, Control4 Corporation, was named 2015 Custom Integration Vendor of the Year at this year's ProSource awards. As one of the largest consumer-electronics merchandising groups in the US, ProSource grants the award to vendors who excel in several key areas, such as providing the most help to the custom integration industry through engagement and committing to developing new products for the industry.

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Customize Control4 Lighting Scenes

Automated Home Lighting

One of the key advantages of a Control 4 home automation system is the ability of a home owner to adjust lighting in a room, several rooms or the whole house at the touch of an onscreen button. We emphasize to our customers at Integrated Smart Technologies is their ability to customize their settings  to whatever degree of lighting they want, down to the levels of each lamp or light fixture.

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Temperature on Your Terms: New Wireless Thermostat from Control4

Control4 Thermostat

The ability to set your thermostat to automatically turn down the temperature at a certain time and turn it back up at another set time is not new technology. It's not even new technology to be able to control these settings from your handheld or mobile device--that's a feature Control4 has already been able to offer for years. With a new user-interface from Control4, however, this experience is an easier way to get what you want out of your home automation climate control.

Rolled out for 2015, the new system was developed jointly with HVAC experts and works with the vast majority of popular HVAC systems including split HVAC, radiant heating, geothermal systems, and dual fuel systems. And this doesn't just control the temperature; it can also handle humidity, air filtration, shades and blinds, and fans.

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Dolby Atmos Brings a New Dimension in Sound to Your Home


You may have heard the immersive Dolby Atmos(r) audio system if you went to see a movie in the Chicago or Detroit area since 2012. It is the latest in Dolby's efforts that began decades ago to move away from the left/right speakers of stereo and into true surround sound. Dolby Atmos travels to another dimension to envelop you in sound that comes from all directions, including from above.

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A Digital Movie Library at Your Fingertips

Movie Titles

Picture this: You're sitting at dinner with your family when someone suggests a movie night. You clean up the dishes (hopefully with some help!) and head into the family room and flip on the TV. You select a movie from your library or download one from a streaming service and hit play. At the same time the opening credits start up, your blinds close, your lights dim, and the sound system is adjusted, all from the touch of one button.

There's no getting in the car to run to the nearest RedBox, no shuffling through shelves of DVD cases, no disc-reading errors, no fiddling with the sound, and no arguing over who has to get up to turn off the lights after everyone is already settled in. We just can't guarantee the kids won't fight over who gets to push Play.

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