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Is it Time to Ditch the 4K TV in Your Home Theater?

Chances are, you own a 4K Ultra HD TV.

Chances are, you love it.

And chances are, you don’t want to ditch it in favor of an old-fashioned movie projector.

But if you’re interested in a fully immersive video display in your New York City, NY property, you may just want to rethink that position.

In this blog, we’ll explore why projector and screen combinations are a cornerstone of home theater design.

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What Lutron Dimmer is Right for Your Home?

With so many lighting control options available through Lutron, it can be easy to get a bit overwhelmed. We believe that selecting the right Lutron dimmer is essential to making your New York City home as luxurious as possible. Luxury in your home means convenience, ease of use, style and functionality. In this blog, we’ll discuss a few Lutron dimmers and what you need to know about each of them.

See Also: Unsurpassed Beauty and Style from Lutron and ACS

Palladiom QS Wallstations

The Palladiom QS Wallstations have a sleek, minimalist design for a subtle addition to your home. They incorporate settings for specific moments or moods, like “Dine,” “Entertain,” “Evening” and more. This means that you can program your lighting system to dim to a certain level for any occasion with a single touch.

The faceplates and buttons are flush to each other and use consistent material. This creates a smooth and minimalist aesthetic.

The buttons are large with simple, backlit text. This ensures an easy to use (and easy to find) solution to operating your lighting system and motorized shades. Why fumble around in the dark to find a remote when you can just search for that simple go-to wall plate? Don’t worry about the backlighting being too bright in the middle of the night; it automatically adjusts to the room’s light levels.

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What You Should Know About High-End Audio

Now that the MP3 is officially dead and streaming services like Spotify and Tidal are offering lossless audio subscription tiers, it’s the perfect time to invest in a high-end audio upgrade for your New York City property. But if you think all you need to get optimized sound is a wireless speaker taking up space on your bookshelf, you’re in for a disappointment. Instead, top-quality audio is about choosing the right components and optimizing your space for the perfect listening experience. Interested in learning more? Keep reading.

See Also: What We Loved at CEDIA 2017

Understanding Speakers

While they’re not always the first place to start building your system, many homeowners believe speakers are the most important part of an audio chain. But instead of scouring online forums and blogs about which speaker sounds best, you have to consider how they’ll sound in your space.

No two speaker brands are the same, just like no two rooms are exactly the same. Taking an in-depth look at the cabinet crafting, the materials of the drivers and other details will help inform your decision on which speaker will sound best in your space. However, there’s never a substitute for actually listening to the units.

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What We Loved at CEDIA 2017

The Custom Electronics Design and Installation’s annual showcase of the coolest and newest tech products may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still drooling over some the great new smart home technology coming down the line. From awesome new touch-panel mirror TVs to the resurgence of vinyl that will bring you back to your record-collecting heyday, we got to take a look at all of the best stuff that will be available this holiday season and beyond. Want to sneak a peek? We’ve chosen some of our favorites below. Keep reading to find out more!

See Also: 3 Unique Stylistic Solutions for Your Home Entertainment

Seura Smart Mirror 

A smart TV in your bathroom mirror is a great idea. You can catch up on the morning news while shaving or brushing your teeth. But you know what’s better than a smart TV? A complete smart home hub in your bathroom mirror – and that’s exactly what Seura is offering with their latest product.

The Seura Smart Mirror allows you to do a lot more than just watch TV; you can utilize apps, receive up-to-the-minute weather reports and yes, control your entire smart home before you’re done with your morning routine. It’s all completely customizable with access to the Google App store, so you can simplify the way you start your day. Plus, it’s fully equipped with voice control so you can enjoy hands-free access. 

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What is the Best Way to Stream Music in Your Home?

Largely on the back of paid streaming subscriptions, the music industry is having a revival. According to the IFPI Global Music Report, 112 million users subscribed to paid streaming services in 2016 for a revenue growth of 60 percent that helped offset a decline in digital downloads and physical purchases. Both the recording and audio manufacturing industries are looking to capitalize on this growth by offering greater streaming catalogs and creating better music streaming solutions.

In this blog, we help you find the best way to join the streaming music bandwagon in your New York City or Long Island home. Keep reading to find out which streaming services offer the best quality and how you can upgrade to streaming music services. This way you’re not relegated to listening on your phone or computer.

SEE MORE: Elevate Your Music Listening Experience with Whole Home Audio

Best Music Streaming Services

Deciding on the right streaming service to use can depend greatly on what your priorities are. Below we highlight the ones we like to use most—though if you’re an avid fan of a specific band or artist, you should always make sure they don’t have exclusive deals with a particular service.

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Why You Should Install a Smart Thermostat This Summer

As the summer months approach, it’s almost impossible to deal with the fluctuating temperatures in the New York metropolitan area. In just the past week, the city has seen highs of 90 degrees and lows of 50. With a smart thermostat, you don’t have to play catch up. Your home is always at your ideal temperature and with a lending hand from some of your other technology—including your motorized window shades—you don’t have to expend ridiculous amounts of energy to stay cool. Below we highlight some of the best smart thermostat features that you can take advantage of this summer.

SEE MORE: Motorized Window Treatments Enhance Every Space in your Apartment

Make it Easy to Set the Temperature

Traditional thermostats can be a hassle to program as you try to figure out what all the buttons on the panel mean. One of the coolest aspects of a smart thermostat is that it’s easy to manage from a mobile app or even through voice commands if you have Amazon Alexa. The app comes with simple graphics that let you choose a room, set the temperature, and turn fans on and off.

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Welcome to the World of Voice Control

Amazon Echo, the surprise tech hit of the 2016, is transforming the way homeowners and renters control nearly every aspect of the places they call home. Pair this new voice control technology with the endless custom integration possibilities of Crestron, and you get a highly personalized home, one that fits your unique needs.

The Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Since its launch in 2014, the speaker has rapidly evolved into a powerful digital assistant and smart home hub. The device, which is about the size of two soup cans stacked on top of one another, allows users to play music, control lights, shades and temperature, get news, sports scores, weather, and access other smart home features.

All you have to do is ask. The hub is controlled by simply speaking to it. Because the system integrates with Crestron, Audio Command Systems can offer the next generation in home integration to both new and existing customers.

Components of the System

Alexa is the voice-activated personal assistant technology that allows users to control the Amazon Echo, the speaker that resembles a Pringle can, and the Dot, its hockey puck-sized counterpart. Alexa is the brains behind the system, and since it is built in the cloud, it’s always getting smarter. With a few additional devices, you can control everything from your thermostat to your door locks. Or if you prefer, you can take a more leisurely approach, setting up a couple of lights, and adding more devices to your collection down the line. Additionally, Amazon Prime members can ask Alexa to order products much like they would order online from the website.

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Outdoor Lighting and Audio Upgrades are Hot Additions in 2016

According to new data from Houzz, a leading home improvement website, outdoor lighting is one of the most popular exterior technologies among homeowners today. Of the 1,000 U.S. homeowners who participated in the survey, nearly 57 percent plan to upgrade their exterior lighting. The 2016 U.S. Houzz Landscaping Trends Survey also found that 10 percent of homeowners report they are adding outdoor media.

Among the outdoor features that homeowners plan to illuminate are:

  •  Pathways- 60%
  •  Water Features- 24%
  •  Decks/Patios- 57%
  •  Outdoor Structures- 24%
  •  Trees/Shrubs- 53%
  •  Pots/Plants- 21%
  •  Steps- 32%
  •  Swimming Pool- 10%
  • Home Architecture- 28%
  • Art/Sculpture- 9%
  • Driveway- 26%
 

With an almost limitless number of options to transform your backyard, patio, deck or balcony, knowing where to start is often the most difficult part. As the popularity of outdoor living has grown so too has the focus on outdoor lighting. The right color temperature and quality of light are no longer design elements of only your interior spaces. Lighting is now being used to create inviting outdoor spaces that add more enjoyment to your property.

SEE ALSO: Seven Ways to Save Energy with Home Lighting Control

Our friends at Coastal Source offer a wide variety of outdoor lighting fixtures and are among the finest available. Designed to withstand the elements and outlast any other product, Coastal Source provides excellent value. Whether you want to showcase your home's landscape, illuminate stairs and pathways, or highlight your dock with waterfront lighting, Coastal Source's LED fixtures are the right solution. According to the same Houzz survey, while outdoor lighting may serve many purposes, it is first and foremost about the design and comfort of the outdoor space. Some of the top reasons for updating outdoor lighting include the following:

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Motorized Window Treatments Enhance Every Space in Your Manhattan Apartment

When homeowners consider what smart technology to add to their homes, they often contemplate automated HVAC and lighting control or media rooms with high-performance speakers and stunning visuals.  Yet one of the most overlooked pieces of home technology, designed for your windows, are motorized shades.  This elegant addition to any sun drenched room adds comfort, convenience, and beauty.  Let’s explore further how motorized window treatments can augment various rooms in your home.

Living room
Sun exposure throughout the day can damage room interiors.  Faded floors, sun bleached upholstery, and cracked wood finishes are just some of the results of too much sun.  With automated shades, homeowners can easily protect furniture, fine art, rugs, and wood surfaces from the sun’s harmful UV rays.  And the best part, you don’t need to be home to open or close the blinds.  Motorized window treatments can be programmed to respond to temperature fluctuations inside the room, scheduled for time of day or season, and compensate for sunrise and sunset changes throughout the year with their astronomic clock.  

SEE ALSO:  3 Ways Shade Integration Improves Your Outlook

Dining room
Motorized shades and draperies not only add style and elegance to your dining room, but can easily transition the space to create the right amount of light for a dinner party or add privacy for a late-night family snack.  Perfectly aligning the shades within a bank of windows is nearly impossible.  But with motorized window treatments, every shade can move in perfect synchronization, and without those unsightly pull cords.  A motorized shading system can also incorporate lighting controls for ultimate ambiance control.

Media room
Enjoy more movies and television without harsh glare or a washed-out picture due to sunlight streaming through the windows.  Press the play button on your remote and watch as the shades respond appropriately by lowering to block out sunlight.  Want to see just how simple, yet elegant this kind of control can be?  Take control of a media room including the lights, music, shades, and the television using our interactive demo.

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Are You Placing Price Ahead of Your Home Theater System Performance?

A home theater system is one of the most exciting entertainment options that provides you and your family years of continued enjoyment. The thought of selecting components for a home theater might seem a daunting task, so we've put together this guide on essential home theater elements to assure an excellent private theater experience in your New York home.

Essential Element #1 Distraction-free, high quality acoustical environment
A home theater starts with a space that incorporates acoustic qualities and treatments that enhance the user’s listening experience, while also isolating the space to minimize residual sound that “leaks" into other areas of the home.  Proper acoustical treatment in a theater is a science that involves the proper use of acoustic element and materials, as well as construction techniques that will: diffuse, reflect and absorb different frequencies of the audio program to enhance sound quality. Getting your home theater acoustics right greatly improves the emotional effect and overall enjoyment of the theater space - and your entire home.

SEE ALSO: Why do Acoustics Matter in a Home Theater?

Essential Element #2: Video Display Device
Within a home theater, the visual experience is certainly an important one to consider. After all, isn't the idea to bring the movie theater experience home? The size and layout of the room will determine the size of the screen that the space can accommodate. Whether you want to hide the projection screen in the ceiling or have it rise from the floor, ACS will make the design process easy so you get the best view from every seat in the room.  

Video projectors have come down in price dramatically in recent years, allowing homeowners to achieve excellent results for far less then it cost even five years ago.  Among the features to look for in a video projector are:

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Smart Home Control by Savant Provides Great Features and a Polished Interface

Savant Systems, a leader in luxury home integration, will change the way you enjoy your home. Control the lights, climate, entertainment, and security with ease.  Whether you’re new to the world of smart homes, an old pro, or somewhere in between, ACS can design and install a system that fits your lifestyle, personal taste, and your pocketbook.  Read on to learn more about experiencing your New York home in a completely different way.

Direct Your Home from Your Favorite Seat
Savant recently announced the launch of its newest product, the Savant Remote that promises a smart home setup in minutes. The slick home integration system is not only wonderfully simple, but it’s significantly less costly. It’s a hub, a high-resolution touchscreen remote, and a control device for a lamp, all of which communicate over WiFi. The remote works via Bluetooth so there’s no need to point it in any particular direction. Its capabilities are somewhat limited, focusing on entertainment and lighting. However, there are some standout features that make the system shine. They include the ability to work the remote using voice control, a mobile app that gives you all the same features as the remote, and the ability to create scenes so you can easily turn on the TV to a specific channel and dim the lights at the press of a button. The system works with Sonos, Roku, and most modern televisions. Savant plans to add more devices like shades, locks, and connected light bulbs.

SEE ALSO: Crestron, the Leader in Luxury Home Integration, Enhances their Pyng Platform

Arrange Everything in Your Home Just the Way You Like It
If you desire a whole-home system customized for the way you live, Savant Pro offers a more expansive array of features, functions, and solutions to meet your every need. A single app offers unparalleled convenience to control lights, climate, entertainment, and security from an intuitive interface. Schedule outdoor lights to turn on just before you arrive home from work or save energy by setting the system to turn off lights in empty rooms. Use your Apple Watch to adjust the thermostat remotely so you'll be comfortable when you get home; schedule shades to close in the middle of the day to increase energy efficiency, plus keep an eye on your vacation home with alerts about extreme cold or humidity.

Entertain with ease and gain peace of mind
Whether you’re dining with friends or spending time with family, Savant is one touch away. Steam HD video from Netflix, Apple TV, or Hulu and watch up to nine things at once on the big screen using the TrueControl App. Rest easy with Savant home security solutions, whether you are home or away. Easily create different settings for a “lived-in” look to keep your home safe when you are gone. Tap the “Away” scene to effortlessly close the shades, lock the doors, and arm the alarm. Savant Pro also delivers solutions for even the most unique homes, with controls for amenities such as pools and home theaters.

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Kick-Off the Football Season with the Best in Home Audio and Video

For now, gone are the days spent outside enjoying the late summer sun.  But the arrival of fall signals the beginning of the long-awaited football season.  Whether you’re a “J-E-T-S!” fan, cheer for Big Blue, or spend your Saturdays watching college football, ACS can design a media room the whole family will enjoy.  Read on to learn more about how smart technology can enhance your home entertainment.

Enjoy more entertainment in more spaces

As families start to spend more time indoors, sharing the remote and agreeing on which movie or sporting event to watch becomes a challenge.  At ACS, we can expand your entertainment options and design a system that lets you enjoy movies and games in any room of your home.  In the living room relive past Super Bowls with NFL Game Pass, let the kids watch their favorite Pixar movie in the family room, while your spouse streams episodes of his or her favorite cooking show in the kitchen.  

SEE ALSO: Let Us Create the Perfect Sounding and Perfect Looking Solution

Regardless of how many televisions are located throughout your home, ACS can install a system that reduces the number of electronic components while maintaining full access to your music, streaming video, and television shows.  ACS will also integrate audio and video control with the other systems in your home for effortless control at your fingertips.  Easily adjust the lights, shades, climate, and security system along with audio and video using your Savant app.

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Seven Ways to Save Energy with Home Lighting Control

There are a number of ways to save energy in your home. By conducting a simple audit, homeowners can identify where energy is being used and where it’s being wasted. With a home lighting control system, you can reduce energy consumption, cut costs, and improve your lifestyle.  We’ve put together a short list of eco-friendly facts and the benefits of installing lighting solutions in your New York home.  Some are often overlooked and a few might even surprise you. 

1. Lutron dimmers extend the life of your light bulbs

Typical light controls consist of a simple on/off switch, rather than a dimmer. Whether it is the middle of the day or late in the evening, each fixture emits the same amount of light. With dimming, you can reduce the amount of power to a lighting source, thus saving energy and extending the life of the bulb. All types of bulbs can be dimmed including halogens, CFLs and LEDs. Halogen bulbs can last up to 20 times longer when used with a dimmer, and dimming them 35 percent reduces energy use by 28 percent.

2. Lutron lighting control improves productivity and increases comfort

Through dimming, homeowners can easily control the quantity of light in a room to fit a specific task or create a special mood. This in turn not only improves ambiance, but also saves energy in the process. Plus, increased comfort levels lead to increased productivity.

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Video Conferencing Solutions Should be as Unique as Your Business

In today’s globalized economy, the workforce is made up of more remote and mobile employees, customers, partners and colleagues.  Thus the ability to collaborate at any time, in anyplace is vital to a company’s success.  Due to the changing workforce and the new economy in which we live, the demand for web and video conferencing has exploded.  The majority of business professionals agree that the best alternative to in-person meetings is video conferencing rather than phone calls.  Whether your headquarters are in located in New York, California or Florida, or if you have remote offices across the world, you’ll want to be sure your boardroom audio and video is up to the task for true collaboration. 

With a variety of dedicated video-conferencing and web based conferencing tools out there, how does one know which type of technology will best suit their needs?  We’ll cover the advantages and disadvantages of both traditional video conferencing and web-based options.

Traditional Video Conferencing Services

If you’re looking to build a dedicated boardroom to host meetings with participants near and far and make everyone feel as though they are in the same room, then traditional conferencing – along with a properly engineered multiple microphone system - is best situated to meet your needs.  This system allows for the ultimate viewing experience by utilizing large screens and video walls.  Meeting hosts can slice up content on multiple screens, keeping everyone on the same page during presentations.

Because stand-alone video conferencing systems often utilize multiple cameras, your presentations and sales pitches become more impactful. Because the cameras can detect motion, they’ll seamlessly transition views when a different participant begins speaking.  Traditional video conferencing provides the same level of real-life interaction as watching a professional football game on TV; participants experience all the hard hitting action from multiple camera angles.

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Take Automated Lighting to the Next Level with Lutron and ACS

The emerging wearables industry promises to improve sleep, enhance communication, and motivate you to move more.  From smartwatches and heart monitors to pedometers and VR headsets, wearables are more than a tool.  They’re about a personalized experience and an expression of one’s tastes.  The same could be said about Audio Command Systems.  We’ve designed and installed thousands of custom systems for some of the most discerning clients across the country.  We’re excited to bring you technology that helps bring a human touch to your integrated systems.

The Apple Watch™ is by far the most ambitious and well-constructed smartwatch on the market. Interacting with the Apple Watch is as intuitive as using an iPhone or working on a Mac, and was designed to enhance the way you live.  Apple and lighting control leader Lutron Electronics have expanded their harmonious alliance, allowing you to get personally connected to your home – first from your smartphone and now your wrist.

Control your home from your wrist

Lutron’s QS Wireless system will connect people with their homes through the Apple Watch, allowing homeowners to conveniently control lights, shades, and temperature right from their wrist.  Whether you’re sitting by the pool, driving home from the office, or miles away on a vacation, you now have control anytime anywhere.  Turn lights on before the kids arrive home so they never have to enter a dark house, or easily transform the dining room into an ideal place to host a dinner party.

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ACS Builds Rock Solid Networks

From smart TVs and refrigerators to laptops and tablets, nearly every device we own is connected to the Internet.  The quality of the network is the foundation for a great system be it a home theater or fully automated house.  Today’s fast paced lifestyle and need to access everything at our finger tips makes a reliable, robust, and secure home network a requirement for most families.  We’ve come to think of a reliable wired and wireless network as another utility within our homes.  We depend on it to conduct business, stream music and videos, download files, and play online games.  The networking staff at ACS is poised to build a rock solid network for your New York, Florida and California residence.  Read on to learn about the key features of a network designed and installed by ACS.

Quality equipment, superior configuration

Audiovisual technology of today has transformed our lives and require a reliable network to perform properly. Gone are the days when you could visit an electronics store, buy the necessary networking equipment and set it up using the default settings. We install networking components from partners like Ruckus, Dell, and Cisco to bring you the best quality network solution. But that’s just the first step. Having high quality equipment is not enough. The efficiency and strength of a professionally integrated network is what sets a home system from ACS apart. We’ll eliminate disruptions and interference from other networks; program your network to prioritize different activities like streaming movies and downloading music, so all of your favorite activities remain uninterrupted.

Secure, reliable and robust

A hard-wired network is more secure and we recommend that it be business grade. There’s invisible protection built into the way the network is designed. We can further protect your home network by building you a guest network that prohibits access to other devices. Your entire network is protected without undo interruption. The network is there when you need it and can deal with increased capacity during parties and holiday gatherings. Whether you’re streaming your favorite Netflix sitcom on a tablet or your kids are finishing homework on their laptops a robust network supports all these activities so everyone gets what they want no matter where in the house they are at. In addition, we’ll proactively monitor the system so we know when there’s an issue before the homeowner does. These alerts keep the equipment performing and in turn last longer.

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Unsurpassed Beauty and Style from Lutron and ACS

Light in your home is not merely functional; it’s part of the décor, enhancing every experience within the space.  Whether it’s an evening curled up on the sofa with a favorite movie, a laughter-filled dinner party, or a serene afternoon in a quiet corner with a best-selling novel, Lutron offers an unrivalled range of lighting control solutions that can create and enhance a mood.  Strong and bright, soft and subtle, or dramatic and theatrical; see what light can do for your life.  ACS’ years of experience allow us to deliver a truly individual solution for your home. For decades ACS has partnered with Lutron for its continual advancement in redefining how you control light in a space. The latest innovation is the Palladiom™ keypad.

With Lutron’s Palladiom keypads pressing one button can lower light from table lamps and recessed fixtures, and adjust shades to create the right atmosphere for enjoying the latest movie.  Another button will adjust the lighting level to a brighter setting for shooting a round of pool.  Wall stations incorporate temperature along with lighting and shades, providing the optimal user experience.

The Palladiom keypads combine subtle elegance with architectural design. To give the keypads a consistent aesthetic, the buttons and faceplate are flush with each other and made from the same material; 10 architectural matte colors, 11 metal finishes, and clear glass, making it easy to complement any décor. Choose light almond to match a neutral color palette throughout your home or antique bronze to coordinate with your faucet, handles and knobs in your kitchen. Your wall and fixture coordination along with the ease of controlling lights, window treatments, and climate, will never be the same.

As part of the Lutron HomeWorks® QS system, wired Palladiom keypads and Wall Stations can control Lutron wireless QS dimmers and switches, making them an ideal choice for new construction or minor renovation. Lutron and ACS offer an unrivalled range of lighting solutions and installation expertise. Regardless of the size of your project or budget, from New York to California and Florida, call ACS to learn about “smart” solutions for your home.

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Savant Control System, is it right for you?

One of the fastest growing companies in the luxury smart home market, Savant has become a recognized leader in home integration.  Today its systems are compatible with more than 5,000 products encompassing lighting, climate, entertainment, security as well as an in-home communication system that allows you to talk from your phone to the speakers in the house.  Are you in Metro New York?  Audio Command Systems can design a home integration system that will revolutionize the way in which you interact with your home.

Relationship with Apple®

Savant has formed a strong alliance with Apple and uses its hardware, in particular the Mac Mini, to run the software. Savant also uses Apple devices, including iPhones and wall-mounted iPods and iPads, to control and adjust the various subsystems within a home. Like most Apple products, the Savant System is easy to understand from the get-go and syncs automatically with all your Apple devices. Savant was also the first home integration company to develop an app for iOS, called TrueControl™. The app allows even the most discerning homeowner the ability to customize the way they interact with their home. Ease-of-use and attractiveness are two key features of the Savant system.

One example of how friendly the Savant experience can be involves taking pictures. Snap of photo of your living room using Savant’s TrueImage Control® and it becomes the touch screen to control your home. Press the lamp in your photo and it comes on. Turn on the TV, thermostat, and even your fireplace with a one touch. Using Apple’s iCloud service allows the Savant system to distribution audio throughout the entire home as well.

Total Control of Every Aspect of Your Home from Anywhere

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Should I go 4K today? (Part 2 of 2)

Where should I have 4K in my home?

4K is ideal in the largest entertainment rooms in your home, such as a great room, family room, or, of course, a home theater. Your kids will be blown away by the immersive gaming experience with 4K. You don’t need 4K everywhere. Full HD is still perfectly fine for secondary rooms, such as bedrooms. If it’s your vacation home (perhaps in the Hamptons or Florida) consider how often you’re there and which room is used the most.

What about 4K content? Is there anything to watch?

Until recently, the answer was “not much.” But that’s rapidly changing. Online services are leading the charge. Netflix® already offers several TV series, including Breaking Bad and House of Cards, through their subscription on-demand service, and they’ve announced plans to produce more original 4K content starting this year. YouTube®, Hulu®, and Amazon® have likewise announced their plans to produce more original shows in 4K. 

There’s more. Within the next 18 months, Kaleidescape®, the leading manufacturer of movie servers for the home, plans to release a 4K player and provide access to 4K titles from major movie studios via digital downloads, and then streaming and discs. Sony® is also committed to 4K. They recently launched their Video Unlimited 4K download service, with access to an expanding library of 4K feature films and TV shows. And they’re shipping a 4K Blu-ray Disc™ Player that performs 4K upscaling of DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

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Should I go 4K today? (Part 1 of 2)

The big buzz in consumer electronics is the new 4K, the common name for the Ultra HD TV format. So what is 4K, exactly, and how do you know when the time is right to get it for your home?

The basics

4K represents the next giant leap in image resolution. How big a leap? 4K creates images composed of nearly 8.3 million pixels, compared to about 2 million in a 1080p image, the full HD resolution produced by Blu-ray®. In other words, FOUR TIMES the resolution of the TVs that you’re likely watching now. These pixels are usually arranged in a 3,840 x 2,160 configuration, compared with the 1,920 x 1,080 for full HD TV, also known as “1080p.”

Is 4K different from Ultra HD?

Though not the same, the two terms have become interchangeable, thereby creating some confusion. “4K” is the most commonly used term. However, some consumer electronics manufacturers prefer “Ultra HD” because it distinguishes between the 3,840 x 2,160 resolution inherent to 16:9 ratio TVs and the 4,096 x 2,160 resolution most commonly used in digital cinemas. For our purposes, we’ll refer to it as 4K.

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