4 Audio Gifts for Every Season

4 Audio Gifts for Every Season

Consider These Gift Ideas for the Audiophile in Your Life Gift shopping can be very hard. It’s stressful if you have no idea what to get someone for their birthday or Christmas. As your local technology dealer, we’re here to help. High-tech gifts are often well received and will impress that special someone in your life, like a close friend, spouse or sibling. In this blog, we have some ideas for the audiophile in your life. But the truth is these whole house audio gifts would be great for any type of person at any time of the year! Keep reading to discover why. SEE ALSO: Wired Vs. Wireless Speakers – What is Best for My Fishers, IN Home? Sonos One and Amazon Alexa You can get the best of both worlds, Sonos and Amazon Alexa, now that Sonos has integrated the voice-control technology with their Play:1 speaker. Now, with a simple voice command, you can select from thousands of song titles, manage your busy schedule, and enjoy all of the other benefits of Alexa. The Sonos One with Alexa supports all the top streaming stations: Pandora, SiriusXM, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio and more. Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless Headphones As a leader in innovation and design, Bowers & Wilkins develops quality headphones for the discerning audiophile. While they are best known for their one-of-a-kind loudspeakers, they also manufacture lines of headphones that anyone will enjoy. The P7 Wireless Headphones are super comfortable to wear since the ear pads are made of leather. It shuts out external noise and comes with a premium carrying case. You can use a cord...
Start 2018 by Making Your Indiana Home Smarter

Start 2018 by Making Your Indiana Home Smarter

Update Your House for the New Year with Smart Home Automation You may be thinking about the upcoming Christmas or Hanukkah holidays and celebrating with friends and family, but it’s not too early to consider what your goals are for the New Year. Ask yourself, “what am I proud of accomplishing in 2017?” and “what still needs to be done in 2018?” Don’t neglect your plans for home renovations and lifestyle changes. Not only can smart home automation contribute to a beautiful interior design in your Fishers, IN home, but it can also help you accomplish your personal goals and manage your busy schedule. Here’s how! SEE ALSO: Make Your Home the Smartest on the Block with Control4 Create a Routine with Smart Scenes You may be craving that Christmas ham or Challah bread right now, but come January you’ll probably want to hit the gym and work off those holiday calories. A smart home control system can help you get back on track and accomplish all of your goals. For example, create a scene called, “Wake-up” that plays music in your bedroom at 6 a.m. At the same time, the TV will turn on the morning news and the lights in the bathroom will turn on so you can get ready for a morning workout before going into the office. You can change the time and days this scene runs at any time using the smart home app installed on a wireless device. Do you have a goal to get the kids focused on homework right after school before binge-watching TV shows? Create a password to lock all...
3 Perfect Home Theater Gifts

3 Perfect Home Theater Gifts

Wrap These Audio/Video Products for Your Loved Ones This Year Jewelry, clothes, and toys make up many of the gifts during the holidays, but a large percentage of them are also audio and video products. It’s no surprise that in this technologically advanced day and age that tech gadgets and devices are hot items on wish lists. If you have a family member, friend, or child who loves watching movies and listening to music, what do you get for them? We have some top home theater system gifts you can surprise your loved ones with. Stick around to add them to your list. SEE ALSO: Check Off These Five Items During Your Home Theater Installation Kaleidescape Movie Server If you have been buying your brother, mother, or son DVDs and Blu-rays for years, a movie server would be the perfect gift for him or her. The Kaleidescape Movie Server combines all of your movies and stores them as a digital collection. Then you can browse easily through hundreds of titles right on your screen using a remote instead of searching through discs on a bookshelf. A bonus feature is that the Strato model upscales your DVDs, so they look even better on your TV. Want to rent or buy a new 4K movie? Kaleidescape also offers digital downloads so you can expand your collection even more. Dolby Atmos Surround Sound System It will surely excite your friend or spouse when they see multiple boxes wrapped up just for them! A Dolby Atmos surround sound system can be packaged up in one big box, or each speaker can be individually...
3 Great Playlists for Fall

3 Great Playlists for Fall

Use Your Whole House Music System for Special Occasions The holiday season is such an exciting time of year, and there’s no better way to entertain and relax than with music. Is your audio system ready for the upcoming months filled with family gatherings and fun parties with friends? A whole house music system can take a lot of the work out of it. How? Automation allows you to plan your playlists ahead of time and couple them with other settings in your Carmel, IN smart home. Continue reading to learn more. SEE ALSO: Wired Vs. Wireless Speakers – What is Best for My Home? Cocktails Music is a key part of hosting a swanky cocktail party with friends. First, create your playlist or pick a themed station from Pandora or Spotify and play the music as guests arrive at your door. Couple the music with a lighting setting that dims the lights and keeps the shades down to maintain privacy in your home. You can add in other settings for your thermostat and security too to make your party perfect. Dinner Play soft instrumental music for a dinner party. Or, if it’s Thanksgiving dinner, play the radio so everyone can listen to the football game loud and clear. It’s easy to change the music from one channel to the next using your smartphone or with a touchpad hanging on the wall in the kitchen. Navigate to softer music for dining and then the radio for that game everyone is anticipating. Fun and Games Whether you are simply watching a movie or playing board games, the sound system can...
Stay Comfortable This Fall with Automated Lights and Shades

Stay Comfortable This Fall with Automated Lights and Shades

Customize Your Indiana Home with Automation It’s starting to get cold in Fishers, Indiana, which means it may be time to take a closer look at the ways you can conserve energy and keep your home comfortable.  So how do you stay warm without leaving the heating on all the time? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, almost half of all energy used by the typical U.S. household is eaten up by heating and cooling. But don’t worry: the right technology can help you avoid using so much energy while still keeping your home at a pleasant temperature. Lighting and shading control can help in the frigid winters. Here are some ways that automated shades and lighting can keep you comfortable without making your electricity bill skyrocket. SEE ALSO: Go Green with Lighting and Shading Control for Your Carmel, IN Home Custom Controls for Lights and Shades One of the things we love most about smart home technology is being able to customize it for your everyday needs and personal preferences. When winter comes, you can set your Control4 system to maintain a certain temperature and save energy at the same time. Control4’s climate control system and easy-to-use app allow you to adjust your home’s features at any time from a smartphone or tablet. For example, you could program your motorized shades to open every day at 11 a.m. when the sun is strong so that it warms up your home. At the same time, program the lights to turn off so you make the most of the sun’s brightness. Then, time your lights to turn on once...
What’s New from Control4?

What’s New from Control4?

Smart Home Automation News for the Westfield, IN Homeowner There are so many fun and exciting things you can do in a smart home, but are you aware of all of the system’s capabilities? Knowledge is the first step to getting the most out of living a connected lifestyle. It’s not just about turning the lights on with your phone, or saving energy with your smart thermostat. It’s about customizing your house with smart home automation so it fits you and your family like a glove! Here are some ways you can make your Westfield, IN home unique with our Control4 solutions. There are some great new products you don’t want to miss out on. Whether you’re new to home technology or are looking for the next best thing for your existing system, this blog will be useful to you. SEE ALSO: 3 Ideas for Creating Smart Home Scenes Control4 When>Then Personalization One thing we’re very excited about for people with home theaters is the Control4 4Sight App. With this app, you can customize your home theater system any way you would like. For example, you could create special scenes for movie nights, football, or a Call of Duty marathon. You’ll be able to adjust the thermostat, lighting, video sources, and more at the push of a button. High-Resolution Music Enjoy powerfully clear audio by streaming your music in high resolution—the highest standard in audio quality. Everyone in the house can listen to the artists they love, whether it’s on Spotify, XM Sirius Radio, Tidal and so much more. Control4 has also started a special partnership with Triad, a...