Top Technology Myths Busted!

Today I'd like to cover some of the top myths in technology for homes.


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If you can operate a smartphone, home automation gadgets were made for you! Years ago, the most advanced products were not quite as easy to use as they should have been. This left some people feeling as if they got in over their heads.  Today, technology has evolved and the interfaces for automation are as effortless to operate as the other items we use in our everyday lives.  Home automation is intuitive and simple to use, will save you time, and ultimately money!


Myth # 2 It’s just background music, speakers are not important.

Out of all the things that may change in your home over the years, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers tend to stay forever.  Selecting the best speaker for your application can make the difference in your home’s system and why choosing something you will be happy with is so important. 

modern high-performance in-ceiling speaker with a bezeless grill 

I have often heard "I can't tell the difference" when making selections. Speaker technology is an area that has recently seen significant advancements in performance and aesthetics.  The sound improvement is notable, particularly when back boxes are installed.  Also, gone are the days of large bezels.  Today’s speakers now have bezeless designs that virtually disappear once installed.  The difference in cost between average speakers and excellent speakers is insignificant when considering these improvements. 

 
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With all the streaming options available, music is more accessible than ever and selecting the best possible speakers is important.


Myth #3:  Everything should be wireless.

As you begin your new construction or remodeling project, you will be deciding which aspects of your home should be wireless.  While wireless is perfect for certain applications and has certainly become more common in recent years, aspects of a modern home should still be wired.  Wiring provides reliability, better performance, security, and offers a path to future technologies.  Also, a simple network cable is usually sufficient to deliver all signals in native format.

What should be wired?  We recommend that speakers, televisions, high-performance audio, streaming media devices, and surveillance cameras be wired. 

Wireless applications do have their benefits - do not require cables, are portable, and do not require traditional installation. 

What should be wireless?  Certainly, the obvious portable items such as laptops, iPhones, and iPads are wireless.  But, even things like lighting control can now be wireless due to a proprietary technology that is secure and highly reliable.  However, in all cases, these items should be secured by a professional, essentially “locked down” to avoid being hacked or compromised.


Myth #4: Value engineering a project compromises performance.

Stretching to get the most value for the dollar is a sport we all love to play.  This certainly applies to home technology.  It’s not unusual for the homeowner’s vision to be out of sync with the budget.  Although this can be discouraging, Sound & Vision can suggest creative solutions that reduce costs while still delivering the vision of the completed system.

The ability to “value engineer” a project is one hallmark of an experienced integrator.  One of the differences between a competent integrator and a real pro is the understanding that value engineering is not a random cost-cutting exercise; instead, it’s a systematic and thoughtful approach to satisfying the homeowners’ most important needs while honoring the budget, not sacrificing ease of use or functionality.

Items that can be value engineered include the design of the system as well as the products that go into it.  Sound & Vision will analyze the homeowners’ concepts, plans, and specifications and then suggest alternatives that lower costs while maintaining quality.  The goal is to support the homeowners to make informed choices.

Real value engineering is subtle.  It’s not unusual to be able to shave thousands of dollars off the budget for a custom system by making several small adjustments that only minimally impact the system’s functionality – if you know how to do it correctly!  Sound & Vision will deliver on value engineering to optimize the budget by asking the right questions in the right way, identifying patterns in the answers, and reading between the lines.  With 25 years of experience, solid business processes, and very good people, Sound & Vision can uncover priorities and propose solutions.

Outdoor TV's, Bring the Indoors Out!

Never miss the big game

It’s time to turn your outdoor space into a truly extraordinary entertainment area with the addition of an outdoor TV.   Watch the big game, favorite movie, or binge-watch your TV series!  Your new outdoor TV will be an instant hit that will delight and amaze family and friends! 

Today, outdoor TVs combine incredibly elegant designs with the most advanced technology, weatherproofing, unmatched reliability, and the sharpest, brightest picture in any lighting.  Whether the ideal location for your outdoor TV is in direct sun or shade, we have versions that are optimized for direct sunlight and others for shaded environments.

Nothing like family movie night under the stars

Reliability, safety, and durability are important for all products, but downright
critical for outdoor electronics. Rest assured, that your new outdoor TV is designed and factory-built inside and out to deliver reliable, climate-proof, superior outdoor entertainment for many fun-filled years. 

Reimagine Pool Parties 84" UHD/4K!

Spring has Sprung! Time for Outdoor Entertaining

Now that spring weather has finally arrived, it’s time to get outside!  Our experience has shown,  time and time again,  that having easy access to high quality music guarantees that the entire family will spend more time outdoors.  New and exciting options allow us to provide even coverage of music that flows effortlessly no matter the size of the space. While performance is always important, we know that our first step is working to preserve design. With this in mind, our outdoor audio systems are completely concealed in your landscaping. We accomplish this by using multiple small speakers for the highs and an in-ground speaker for bass. 

Sony 4K Projectors-images that defy the imagination

Sound & Vision has been at the forefront of projection video for more than 20 years. What we're able to offer today is nothing short of amazing. There's a projector for every type of room, from a media or living room to a super high-end dedicated home theater. The other good news is they've never been more affordable. HD projectors start at $1,999 with 4K UHD starting at $9,999.

Whether you're looking to upgrade your current projector or want to add the experience that only a BIG screen can provide we can make it happen. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an in-home design review. 

Unlock the walls of your imagination
Let your living space double as a 4K HDR home theater with this ultra-short throw projector. Enjoy over 100” of stunning picture quality when and where you want it. Designed for style and built for flexibility, it puts no limits on the design or layout of your home and lets you live the dream of having a large screen display on your terms.

Major update to Crestron Touchpanels

Major update to Crestron Touchpanels

A touch screen offers an ideal user-interface for controlling all the technology in your home, boardroom, classroom. Touch screens do away with piles of remote controls, cluttered wall switches, and cryptic computer screens, simplifying and enhancing the way you use technology. For controlling audio, video, lighting, shades, HVAC, security, and other systems, Crestron touch screens are fully-customizable with easy-to-use controls and icons.

Native Sonos App-Crestron is proud to feature a native Sonos app on the TSW-760 touch screen.  With the app, users can enjoy the full Sonos experience since it is integrated directly with the Crestron Control System®. The easily installed and configured app provides a wide variety of audio content that can be controlled and distributed through the audio system straight from the touch screen.  The only app of its kind on the market, the Sonos app brings a versatile library and easy-to-use audio distribution controls to casual listeners and audiophiles alike.

Built-In Camera The built-in camera and microphone provide a versatile and secure intercom, videoconferencing system, and security camera. Communicate with loved ones throughout a large home by using the touch screens as a video intercom, or simply use one touch screen to check out the view from another or to see what is going on in various rooms around the house.