Choosing Whole Home Audio Systems: What to Know

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We Help You Think Through What’s Important

Some people have called this the Golden Age of Audio. As an integrator that’s been around since 1966, we have seen many stages in the evolution of audio technology. And whole home audio systems are no exception. The transition to digital audio has created a wide array of products, such as IP-connected speakers, high-resolution audio capability, wireless streaming, and much more. These days, there are many solutions for multiroom audio for your Chicago, IL home. So how do you choose? 

There are many areas we could discuss, but for the purpose of this blog, we broke it down into three key things to consider. Ready to learn more? Please keep reading below. 

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Can the Cans: Upgrade to Modern LED with the Help of a Lighting Retrofit Company

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Updating Your Lighting Might be Easier than You Think

What’s one of the things that can transform the way you see your home? The lighting. Many homes have basic lighting packages. Unless you built a completely custom home or did a very extensive remodel, your home lighting might be making do with the basics. You may have overhead can lighting in the ceilings for ambient light, but these are fairly basic and generally fall into the category of budget fixtures. 

But here's the good news. Since you have all the electrical wiring in for those cans and the switches that control them, replacing them with modern LED lighting is not arduous. Why would you want to do that? LED is up to 80% more efficient than those incandescent floods and spots you may still be using. And if you have newer, more efficient CFLs, those are eclipsed in efficiency by LED, and LED is instant on versus the annoying minute that it takes CFL to warm up to full power. 

So why not easily upgrade those existing cans in your Chicago, IL home with modern, flexible, aesthetic lighting? It’s easy with the help of a lighting retrofit company. Keep reading to learn more! 

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What’s Involved in Planning Your Smart Home Installation

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A Little Planning Goes a Long Way for Your Dream Smart Home

In life, a little planning goes a long way. Do you plan your vacations? Most people do it for a better result. Even if you love serendipity and spontaneity, planning can eliminate nasty surprises and save lots of time for what you really want to do.

If you’re building or remodeling a home in Chicago, careful planning also eliminates surprises and saves on cost. Typically, these projects are also the best time to consider adding smart home features. For the best results, any smart home technology should be well integrated with your project, including planning with your architect, interior designer, and builder. So what are some key things to know about planning your smart home installation? Keep reading below!

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Why Smart Home Technology Makes Sense Right Now

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The Future is Here – Why Wait?

Those of a certain age might remember the Jetsons, the cartoon series from the 1960s that depicted a future as imagined in that era. The Jetsons foresaw flying cars, robots, drones, holograms, and video calls. If you think about it, that future – save for flying cars – is mostly here. 

The Jetsons was ideated over 50 years ago, so we can only imagine what’s to come in smart home technology in the next 50 years. While that might be fun, today’s reality is amazingly Jetson-like and worth getting right now. So let’s explore the possibilities for your Hinsdale, IL home – available right here, right now!

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