July 29, 2013

What Can Home Automation Do For You?

Filed under: Home Automation — Stereo East @ 2:33 pm

Imagine gathering the family for movie night in your media room. Wouldn’t it be convenient if you could turn on your home theater, set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature, and dim the lights using just your smartphone? Or, imagine being at work late and worrying about your teenager coming home safely after football practice. Wouldn’t it put your mind at ease if you received a notification on your phone letting you know when he unlocks the back door?

A smart home goes beyond just controlling the audio and video systems in your house. A complete home automation design can allow you to effortlessly manage not only A/V, but HVAC, lighting, shades, surveillance, and more. It is a complete lifestyle enhancement solution for every member of your family.

Which Brands Lead the Home Automation Industry?

You’ve probably heard of more and more companies introducing smart home services. But when it comes to whole-house systems you’re going to use every day, Stereo East Home Theater strongly recommends going with an established industry leader. Brands like Crestron or Control4 are the platforms our experts recommend. Sure, there are other good systems out there, but none that have the product breath, third party vendor partnerships, or reliability of these two powerhouse platforms. These brands have years and years of experience and have designed impressive automation packages for both residential and commercial applications.

Crestron systems are the most elaborate and customizable, but that customization comes with a price tag. On the other hand, Control4 is less customizable but is more affordable. And yes, Stereo East Home Theater has certified technicians for both platforms and is an authorized dealer for both brands.Control4 devices

How Much Does Home Automation Cost?

It depends on the specifics of your project. The good news is that advances in technology have made smart homes more and more affordable. Best of all, there’s no need to implement all aspects of home automation at the same time. You can choose to start with a basic setup, beginning as low as $1500 to $2000, and continue to expand with additional functionality as you see fit.

Schedule an Automation Consultation at Stereo East Home Theater

If home automation sounds like a good fit for you and your family, let us know. The first step in the process involves discussing your needs and your wired infrastructure with one of our knowledgeable design consultants. We’d be happy to set up a consultation at our showroom in Frisco so you can learn more about the various options available. We serve clients in Frisco, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Irving, and other locations throughout Dallas/Fort Worth. Contact Stereo East Home Theater today!

July 3, 2013

Entertain in Style with Outdoor TV and Music

Filed under: Home Theater — Stereo East @ 5:03 pm

Summer is officially in full swing. It’s time for grilling your favorite foods, swimming in a refreshing pool, and relaxing with friends and family. Take outdoor entertaining to the next level by bringing TV and music with you. At Stereo East Home Theater, we offer a variety of options to help bring entertainment to your backyard. As this article in Electronic Lifestyles explains, advances in technology really allow you to customize your own space. If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your outdoor space, now is the time to do it!

Watch a Beautiful Picture on Your SunBrite TV

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Want to dine on the patio but don’t want to miss the game or your favorite TV show? You don’t have to.  An outdoor HDTV by SunBrite is the solution. SunBrite TVs are designed to weather the elements. Available in 46” or 55”, this 120 Hz LCD TV is enclosed in a high-impact resin exterior. A multi-fan airflow system and a water-tight cable entry system also help the set remain dry and cool. Even the remote control and the built-in 20 watt speakers are weatherproof.

Listen to Your Favorite Music Outside with Nuvo

Whether you’re having dinner for two or entertaining a group of guests, music sets the scene. If your home isn’t wired for music in multiple rooms, the NuVo Wireless Audio System is a great solution. By connecting with your home networks and the Internet, NuVo allows you to play music from your iTunes library or popular streaming services like Pandora and Rhapsody. Best of all, you’re not limited to just one room of music. The NuVo system will support multi-room audio so each family member can listen to his or her favorite music.

Speaker Options from Soundcast, SpeakerCraft, and Bose

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Of course, powerful speakers can significantly enhance the quality of music in your backyard. Luckily, we offer both wired and wireless options so you can customize based on your specific needs. If you prefer speakers that blend seamlessly into their surroundings, SpeakerCraft’s Ruckus series or the Bose FreeSpace 51 may be for you. These all-weather speakers are designed to sound and look good for years to come. For a more flexible option, consider Soundcast Systems’ OutCast wireless and portable music system. With a built-in sub and up to 20 hours of play time, this piece is just what your backyard needs this summer.

Ready to Create Your Outdoor Entertainment Retreat?

Visit Stereo East Home Theater’s huge showroom in Frisco, TX to learn more about your options. Our design consultants will be happy to demo products and discuss your project needs. We serve residents from Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Irving, Dallas, and surrounding areas.