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The Speed of Sound - Talking to Your Home Stereo System

Let’s discuss the Sonos/Roku partnership rumors

The Speed of Sound - Talking to Your Home Stereo System

Earlier this year, Roku introduced its voice-controlled home theatre software. Now there’s speculation that Roku and Sonos will collaborate, creating a system where you can talk to your speakers through Roku voice commands. If it happens, the partnership will bring us a voice-controlled streaming service with superior sound right to your Edina, Minnesota home. Would you make that investment?

Home Lighting Control, Holiday Party Style

Set the tone of the party with the right lighting

Home Lighting Control, Holiday Party Style

With Thanksgiving and all the winter holidays around the corner, now’s the perfect time to work with a Lutron-certified home lighting control installer that can jazz up your Wayzata, MN, home for the festivities ahead. If you’re about to entertain, your goal is to provide a best-in-class guest experience. What better way than lighting your home with the season in mind? With the right design strategy, expert installation help and some tools from Lutron, you’ll turn your home into the holiday hangout everyone talks about next year.

Building or Remodeling a Home?

Central Vacuums Are Still a Smart Choice

Building or Remodeling a Home?

We have written on these pages before about the benefits of central vacuums and central vacuum installation.  In this age of smart home technology, you may ask what’s so great about central vacuums?  No, they don’t vacuum the floors themselves (yet), but the traditional benefits of central vacuums are still intact in 2018. 

If you are building or remodeling a home, we’ve discussed the benefit of thinking about and planning for smart technology up front; it makes it much easier to plan the wiring, networking, and other infrastructure that is necessary for a future-proof smart home.  Central vacuums also benefit from the same advanced planning.  It’s much easier to plan for one in the framing, plumbing, and electrical wiring stage, and much less expensive to install than retrofitting.

If you are working on a large project – perhaps a significant addition or a new build – planning for a central vacuum makes sense. No one wants to drag a canister or upright vacuum all over a large home.  Of course, multiple vacuums can be purchased, but that also means multiple ones to maintain and store throughout the house. 

Let’s take another look at why central vacuums are a smart choice for your next Eden Prairie MN home build or remodel.

Home Automation Solutions for Halloween

Spook It Up A Notch

Home Automation Solutions for Halloween

We know that smart devices and home automation can make everyday life a little easier and more comfortable.  From lights that can turn on and off on their own, to hearing your favorite tunes anywhere in your home, to always having the temperature be just right, a home automation solution does the little things that add up to a better Minnesota day in Woodbury.   

Aside from the ease and comfort factor, smart home technology can be just plain fun.  We’re in October, and soon it will be Halloween again. If you have home automation technology installed, we have a few fun ideas on how to have the spookiest house in the neighborhood.  What’s that? You don’t have any home automation solutions in your house?  Call us; there’s still time before October 31!

4 Professional Solutions for an Improved Conference Room

Crestron Brings New Efficiency to Meetings and Conferences

4 Professional Solutions for an Improved Conference Room

When it comes to conference room technology, no company offers more comprehensive solutions than Crestron. From integrated AV systems to room scheduling features, the company lets you create the ideal environment to run seamless meetings, conferences or trainings. In this blog, we highlight four of their most popular conferencing solutions, so you can choose the ones that would fit best in your Eden Prairie, MN office space.

What New Tech Did CEDIA 2018 Unveil for Your Home Entertainment System?

Why Now’s the Time to Contact a Home Theater Installer

What New Tech Did CEDIA 2018 Unveil for Your Home Entertainment System?

If you’re a fan of technology, right now’s one of the most exciting times of the year. No, not because the winter holidays are right around the corner – because the CEDIA Expo just happened, and it brought a lot of new AV gear with it.

Whether you’re a fan of IMAX displays or you’re wondering what comes next after 4K HDR TVs, there were plenty of surprising finds at this year’s event.

What new components will show up in your Wayzata, MN entertainment system this year? What will have you grabbing the phone to call up your home theater installer? Find out by reading below!

How You Can Embrace a Smarter Home Security

Can Your Security Do These Things?

How You Can Embrace a Smarter Home Security

If your house was built over five years ago, and you have a security system in place, chances are its missing out on the latest technology. Sure, your system provides some peace of mind in that that something is monitoring your house when you’re away.  You likely have sensors attached to windows and doors, and a control system that can be armed and disarmed.  When armed, your system can notify a monitoring center about a door or window that has been unexpectedly opened or broken.

If you have one of these systems, they are not very smart by today’s standards. And they can be fairly cryptic.  Does your system illuminate a red light on a panel that corresponds to one of your doors when it’s opened?  If you have multiple outside doors in a large house, you need a cheat sheet to know which one – typically not what you have on you when the monitoring company calls you to say the number 6 door has been opened with the system armed while you are away.

Thankfully, the combination of today’s electronics, smart sensors, software, and cloud connectivity pack current security systems with far more intelligence than ever before.  Let’s explore the latest in home security system features that you will want for your Minnetonka MN home.

How Control4’s Latest Puts Even More Control in the Palm of Your Hand

Work with an Automation Installer that’s Ahead of the Curve

How Control4’s Latest Puts Even More Control in the Palm of Your Hand

CEDIA 2018 was a big event, and few manufacturers made a bigger showing than Control4.

With a whole new operating system that increases capabilities and customization, now’s the perfect time to work with a Control4 certified home automation installer that can give you the command you want in your Edina, MN property.

What did Control4 bring to the table at this year’s expo? This blog will show you. Just keep reading to find out how one of the leading smart control companies is changing the game yet again.