How lighting can help refresh your perspective and improve your mood
When we talk about smart lighting solutions, we often emphasize the convenience and luxury of controlling your lighting when, where and how you choose.
However, we’ve never discussed in detail how much your health can improve from circadian-based lighting within your Minnetonka, Minnesota, home. Today, we’ll reveal some basic information about Ketra’s tunable lighting, and how it can boost your productivity or help you relax, both critical factors in our wellbeing.
Here Are Four Things to Consider When Choosing a Dealer
For four years running, Control4 has been named the top home automation company by technology professionals. Easy to implement with its intuitive, graphic-based user interface, it’s a favorite among both installers and homeowners. Though it’s one of the most accessible automation companies on the market, you still need a professional to enjoy its products and features.
As you prepare for your next smart home installation, the first step is finding a reliable Control4 dealer in your area. Not only do you need a company that has experience with the technology, but someone officially certified and with a proven track record of getting it to work in a variety of ways.
Don’t know what to look for when starting your search? Here we provide some questions you should answer before reaching out to your local Control4 Platinum Dealer in Edina, MN.
Ask Yourself These Questions Before Reaching Out to a Security Company
Home security systems are a significant investment when it comes to protecting your family. Every detail needs to be considered to make sure you have a solution that directly addresses the needs for your Woodbury, MN home. Especially now that smart technology components are regularly part of the mix, it can be challenging to figure out exactly which features you need to include.
As experts in both security and smart home control, we are glad to help you through the process. Though a one-on-one consultation is the best way to design a custom solution, there are a few questions you should have in mind before scheduling your initial meeting. Having a general idea of the things you may discuss during the call will help you prepare for optimal results.
SEE MORE: How to Embrace a Smarter Home Security
Hi-Fi and High Design Combine for the Perfect Aural Experience
Bowers and Wilkins (B&W) has been a trusted name in high-fidelity audio speakers for over 50 years. Starting with the first hand-built units in the back of an electrical shop in West Sussex, this English manufacturer has always been known for producing speakers with accurate, natural sound, the kind that audio enthusiasts cherish as it lets them enjoy the music just the way it was recorded, adding or subtracting nothing.
Today the company produces a full line of speakers suitable for any type of music, from the delicate instruments or classical to belting out the low bass of rap tunes, not to mention delivering the explosive dynamics of today’s powerful movie soundtracks.
Once known just for their home audio speakers, B&W has taken their audio engineering excellence to new lines in headphones, wireless speakers, and architectural speakers for custom home theaters and whole-home audio. If you happen to drive specific models of Volvo, BMW, Maserati, or McLaren automobiles, you can enjoy audiophile-level B&W sound quality on the road too.
But this blog is about Bowers and Wilkins speakers for your Minneapolis home audio system. Although once you experience these, you may just need to have the B&W sound in your next car or boat too! Ready to learn more? Keep reading for an overview of B&W speaker lines for your home.
Enjoy Supreme Convenience and the Highest Audio Quality
Meridian is a name that is well-known in high-end audio. They’re also known for marching to the beat of their own drum. Founded in 1977 – before the dawn of the CD and the digital music era – they are an early pioneer in digital audio. While powered speaker designs are quite popular today, especially in whole home audio wireless installations, Meridian introduced active (powered) high-end speakers way back in the 1980s.
The company is also a pioneer in high-resolution music formats. While high resolution (let's call it hi-res) music is a popular current term, hi-res came to music and movies quite a few years ago. Some of you audio enthusiasts that are fans of SACD and DVD-Audio, two hi-res formats that never attained mainstream status, already know that. For movie soundtracks, today’s hi-res formats like Dolby TrueHD serve up lossless audio quality and are now mainstream. Meridian had a hand in that, too, as the digital encoding called Meridian Lossless Packing is part of the standard for DVD-Audio and Dolby TrueHD.
More recently, Meridian, along with the rest of the audio industry, has embarked on a quest to take hi-res music mainstream. In today’s streaming dominated music environment, lossy formats like MP3 and AAC are used for streaming for bandwidth efficiency. Meridian has developed MQA (Master Quality Authentication) as an efficient packaging mechanism to stream both lossless CD quality and hi-res music and audio on the internet. MQA is making its way into a wide range of high-end audio gear and is used by the Tidal music service for high-quality streaming. MQA has been spun out from Meridian to facilitate the technology’s adoption in the industry.
Clearly Meridian knows as much about digital audio as just about any firm in the business. Their whole product line is built around digital technology. In this blog, we will cover Meridian Audio’s unique approach to components that deliver unsurpassed quality in digital music for your Eden Prairie listening system.
Lelch AV Has a Shade Recommendation for Every Home Need
If you’ve ever considered a motorized shade installation for your Woodbury, MN, home, we’re glad you found this blog. Lelch Audio Video works with both Lutron and QMotion motorized shades offerings, so we know how to install them and how well they fit a variety of homes.
We’ll take the time to talk you through how expertly installed motorized shades can make a difference in your home as well as your many choices in design models. Keep
reading for a few key benefits to letting a professional installer help you build shades enjoy for years to come.
Let’s Take a Look at a Variety of Lutron Offerings, from Lighting Control to Shades
As the choice Lutron provider in Lakeville, MN, Lelch Audio Video can find the ideal smart lighting solution for you regardless of your needs, home specifications or preferences.
We’ll dive deeper into each of Lutron’s product offerings in this blog, starting with lighting control systems and then talking about motorized shades to help you figure out which is the ideal option for your home. Keep reading to see the unique value of each of Lutron’s products!
Make Your Buildings Stand Apart from the Crowd
As a building owner, property manager, or developer, you look for ways to set apart your projects and give yourself an edge. You may have a complex with several residences, a high-rise apartment or condominium complex, or a mixed-use development that includes work and office spaces. In a competitive market, you want some points of differentiation.
It’s no secret that today’s dwelling-seekers are interested in smart home technology. The increased peace of mind from using smart cameras and sensors for monitoring and security, as well as the attraction of smart lighting and climate control to save energy and go "greener," make smart technology an attractive draw in a new living space. Most of these developments have common-area amenities like theater rooms, meeting and office space, and fitness facilities to draw prospective tenants. All of those areas present excellent opportunities to differentiate your property with automation features as well.
In this blog, we will highlight smart solutions for your multiple dwelling unit (MDU) properties from Control4. Control4 is the leader in smart home automation, and their products and MDU solutions offer a variety of ways to make your development stand out in Minneapolis, from small to very large. Just keep reading to learn how.