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...
Bowers & Wilkins’ New Speakers Are Meant to Be Heard, Not Seen

Bowers & Wilkins’ New Speakers Are Meant to Be Heard, Not Seen

On a good day, you’re lucky if a company like Bowers & Wilkins announces one new speaker. I guess this is a very good day indeed, because this morning the company announced a trio of new speakers aimed directly at the architectural market, including two new round in-ceiling models and a fancy in-wall model engineered specifically for home theater applications. First up is the CCM632, a small, round in-ceiling speaker that was designed to address a very specific problem. Most in-ceilings of this size (5.7-inch diameter, designed to fit in a 4.5-inch cut-out) suffer from sound colorations due to the fact that the woofer required to deliver deep bass doesn’t have a lot of room to fire around the tweeter, which delivers higher frequencies. Bowers & Wilkins solves this problem by employing a single 3-inch, full-range driver with frequency response from 100Hz at the low end to 17kHz at the high end. On a good day, you’re lucky if a company like Bowers & Wilkins announces one new speaker. I guess this is a very good day indeed, because this morning the company announced a trio of new speakers aimed directly at the architectural market, including two new round in-ceiling models and a fancy in-wall model engineered specifically for home theater applications. First up is the CCM632, a small, round in-ceiling speaker that was designed to address a very specific problem. Most in-ceilings of this size (5.7-inch diameter, designed to fit in a 4.5-inch cut-out) suffer from sound colorations due to the fact that the woofer required to deliver deep bass doesn’t have a lot of room to fire...