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Make Your Home Fitness Smarter

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"Don't Be A Dumbell, Make Your Home Fitness Smarter" Control4.com; Accessed August 17th 2021

Sleep Technology

"For the sleep obsessed, there’s a plethora of technology available designed to keep an eye on your sleep quality and habits, from wearables and sensors you place on your mattress to headbands that aim to measure brainwave activity. If you’re already using an Apple Watch or a Fitbit, you’re probably familiar with their built-in sleep tracking functionality. However, there’s a couple new companies offering wearable products that are geared more narrowly towards rest and recovery, like the Oura ring or the WHOOP band. The Whoop tries to parse out the data taken from your everyday life and break it into three categories: strain, recovery, and sleep, then gives you an overall percentage grade of readiness for more strain so that you have some feedback about whether you’re ready for a workout or should be prioritizing rest. The Ouro uses a similar system, but their tracker is a minimalist ring with sensors inside the band."

 

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The Best Seat In The House

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"The Best Seat In The House" Control4; Accessed August 11th 2021

The Best Seat In The House

A home theater should feel like a special destination in your house—the one place you can retreat for a couple of hours to escape from reality and be transported into another world. The place you like to visit frequently with friends and family to enjoy the latest blockbuster releases—but without walking out with a backache from sitting in a poorly constructed seat.

 

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5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Crestron Home

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"5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Crestron Home" Crestron; Accessed July 27th 2021

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Crestron Home

If you haven’t heard about the new residential platform from Crestron, then now is the time.

With Crestron Home™ software, we’ve taken a new approach to residential system design, configuration, deployment, and user experience. Even if you’ve actively followed the progression of the platform, it’s easy to miss or forget some of the many new features. Since the inception of the platform in the fall of 2019, there’ve been three major updates. We expect to release another update around the time of this blog post. Hopefully, you can take away at least one useful thing from this post and use it to provide value to your upcoming job.

 

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Accentuate Your Home with Smart Lighting Control Systems

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Lighting Control from Lutron, Crestron, and Control4 Improve Your Life and Beautify Your Home

Home lighting is no longer a system that’s simply “functional.” Decades ago, it served one practical purpose – to light a room. However, today’s smart lighting control systems enhance the appeal of a space and offer seamless control for the end-user. From LED recessed lights to fiberoptic lighting to accent lights that create a certain mood, you can design a lighting system in your home that elevates your entire living experience.

Smart lighting from industry leaders like Lutron, Crestron, and Control4 offers an endless variety of products to suit your home’s design and your preferences. Best of all, you’ll enjoy one-touch smart home control that allows you to adjust lighting and shading from anywhere in your Atlanta, GA, home. Keep reading to learn more!

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5 Tips for Implementing Home Technology Systems – Without the Pain!

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"5 Tips for implementing Home Technology Systems - Without the Pain!" HTA Certified; Accessed July 26th 2021

5 Tips for Implementing Home Technology Systems – Without the Pain!

In a recent conversation with a very experienced builder, it was clear that he and many builders are looking for direction on the best way to have a home’s technology systems installed. He admitted it is difficult for builders to wrap their heads around the myriad technologies and brands available today. He said something that resonated deeply, “We don’t know what we don’t know” about home technology. Yet, technology has undeniably become an integral part of our lives. It is no longer a question of if the home will have technology systems in it, it is a matter of how much technology it will have. Yet, having technology installed in a home has historically been a frustrating experience for many home builders and homeowners alike.

 

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A Home Media System Transforms Any Room

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Check Out the Different Ways to Set Up Your Home Entertainment!

Home media systems can take any area of your Alpharetta, GA home to a whole new level. With the press of a button, your flatscreen display and high-end speakers can turn on to envelop you in stunning visuals and immersive audio.

But do you need a dedicated media room in order to enjoy your top-quality system? In this blog, we dive into why a scalable media system is flexible enough to customize and make your own in any way you prefer throughout your property. Find out more by reading on below.

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Top Ways to Enjoy Whole-House Audio This Summer!

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Effortlessly Envelop Yourself with High-Fidelity Sound

Elevating your home entertainment is a key way to taking this summertime to a brand-new level. The ability to play your favorite tunes throughout your Alpharetta home – and even outdoors – lets you enjoy music and media in new ways with friends and family this season.

Keep reading below to see how whole-house audio can transform your summer lifestyle and Georgia property during these relaxing months of the year!

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What Makes Motorized Shades Stand Above Manual Ones?

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Check Out Why Lutron Shading Is Superior

You’ve no doubt heard of motorized shades and how they can be the missing piece that completes your smart home experience. But what makes automated window treatments so special? Are they really all that different from manual ones?

In this blog, we’ll dive into what motorized shades can do for your Atlanta, GA home and why this smart solution is a must. Keep reading on below for more!

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Resolve to Upgrade Your Home This Year With a Crestron Smart Home Automation System

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What Lifestyle Benefits Can You Expect From Crestron?

Most of us love the holidays and are looking forward to the new year. As 2021 begins, we are all hopeful for a year full of positive global changes as well as improvements to our individual lives. Resolutions are a great way to get things going in the right direction. After having spent so much time at home last year, one improvement you can make in the new year is to upgrade your home with a smart home automation system.

We probably will all be spending more time away from home in 2021 and will get to use our homes more to relax, and having an automation system can free up your time to enjoy your home when you are there. Keep reading for some of the lifestyle and entertainment benefits you could get from a Crestron system.

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PROJECTING THE ULTIMATE HOME THEATER IMAGE

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THE CHOICE OF PROJECTOR, SCREEN, AND SEATING MAKE A HOME THEATER INTO A PERSONAL CINEMA EXPERIENCE.

Movies are the most potent magic; they can sway us in ways no other medium can. The universal language of the film transcends continents, allowing us to see the world from another's perspective. No other media can have us laughing, crying, and cheering with gusto all in the same moment.

A home theater brings this excitement, sense of anticipation, and drama to your house. The adventure of it all can fall flat without the appropriate attention to essential elements and technology.

Our team is expert in designing and installing home theater projectors with home automation, screens, and seating, assuring you have the ultimate movie experience. Enjoy movies as they should be while still keeping connected to your Atlanta, GA smart home and security.

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Why Should You Join This Year’s C4 Yourself Event With a Control4 Dealer?

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Whether It’s In-Person or Online, You Can Take Full Advantage of This Year’s Event Despite the Pandemic

Building the smart home of your dreams is truly exciting. Finding all the best electronics and gadgets to give your smart home your personal touch can be fun, but it can also be an extremely stressful and overwhelming task to take on without the help of a professional.

There is no better time than right now to learn about how you can have the best smart home technology money can buy. The C4 Yourself event is happening now through November. You can take full advantage of talking to us, the preferred Control4 dealer for residents in Atlanta, GA whether you attend a session online or in-person at either one of our two showrooms.

At this event, you can be well on your way towards installing a Control4 setup for your home and having the best advisors available at Atlanta Audio & Automation.

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Are Wireless Shades the Best Option for Your Home?

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Very few technology upgrades are as simple and rewarding as adding motorized shades to your home. Even just adding a few throughout the house will reduce your monthly energy bills, make your TV sessions more enjoyable and enhance your family’s privacy. Not only that, but motorized shades reduce clutter by eliminating the need for cords and wands to manage them.

If not installed correctly, though, motorized shades can bring some dangerous clutter of their own. Once you add the shades, you need to power them, which in a worst-case-scenario means messy wires running from the window to the nearest outlet. 

Wireless battery-operated shades offer one excellent alternative for a more streamlined installation. You can also go with professionally installed hard-wired solutions with wires hidden behind walls. Once you read this blog outlining the pros and cons of each option, you’ll be able to gauge which is the best one for your Atlanta, GA home. 

SEE MORE: Why Your Shades Need to Be About More Than Just Style

Should You Go with Battery-Powered Shades?  

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Video Intercom Plus Smart Home Control: What’s Not to Love?

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When you think of an intercom you probably imagine a clunky eyesore with limited capabilities circa 1985 and, given the technology we have today, it’s not something you'd expect to consider as an upgrade for your home. But with so many new ways to communicate, we need to redefine the “com” in intercom. That’s exactly what Control4 has done with Intercom Anywhere. Not only does Intercom Anywhere let you speak with anyone in any room, but it also lets you see and control what’s going on in your home while functioning as a highly effective video doorbell. Read on to find out all the things it can do for you.

Answer and Unlock Your Front Door Remotely

The Intercom Anywhere app works with the Control4 Door Station to provide homeowners with two-way audio, high-definition video, and motion sensor snapshots when someone is at the front door. When visitors ring, the door station then calls all connected touch screens and mobile phones giving you the ability to not only see and hear the visitor but also control certain smart home functions. These actions, or scenes, appear in the Intercom Anywhere app and are defined by the owner.

These scenes can be quite comprehensive. For example, you might choose to have a “Welcome” scene that turns on entryway lights and unlocks the front door, then locks it again when the door closes. Alternatively, you might design a “Secure Home” scene that locks all outside doors, rolls down window shades, and arms the alarm just in case you do not trust the visitor.

You might even have a “Delivery” scene that unlocks the front door or rolls up the garage door just enough for a package to fit through. The “Delivery” scene could temporarily disarm your home security and then two minutes later rearm the alarm and send you a notification if the door is not closed.

Of course, scenes like these would mean having smart door locks and other smart home and security devices, all of which can be installed and programmed by Atlanta Audio & Automation located in Atlanta.

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Using Your Control4 System: Find the Method that Works for You

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When you order a sandwich, you’re probably very specific about what goes on it. You take care to select whichever protein, veggies, cheese, and condiments fulfill your taste, lifestyle, and health goals. When your order is wrong, it’s disappointing and can be a mess to fix.

The same can be said about customizing your home, except the stakes are higher. And when it comes to the technology in your home, choosing a system that suits your tastes, lifestyle, and, yes, even your health goals can make all the difference when it comes to your quality of life.

Simplify and enhance your life at home with a platform that is completely designed around your needs and takes personalization and control to the next level. In a Control4 smart home, all your home technology works in harmony to create safe, convenient, and entertaining environments are all-encompassing. The press of a button, or a simple phrase, can set in motion an entire scene orchestrating and automating all the technology in your home.

What exactly can Control4 do for you? Keep reading to find out.

See Also: Control4 is the Conductor of Your Smart Home Orchestra

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Electronic House Names Atlanta Audio & Automation 2017 Home of the Year Awards Winner

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  May 31, 2017 - Framingham, MA - Electronic House, the leading information site for smart home consumers, announces the winners of the 2017 Home of the Year Awards, recognizing the best technologies, products, and services for the smart home.

"Our annual Home of the Year contest winners represent the finest implementations of smart home technology," says Electronic House editor Lisa Montgomery. "From creative integration of systems to innovative design and installation techniques, the winning home systems integration companies and projects serve as inspiration to any homeowner interested in incorporating smart elements into their own residences."

All entries were judged on integration and engineering, and specific ways in which the technology has enhanced the lives of the people who are using it.  

 Best Smart Home Less than $150K - Traditional Home

 Gold

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Some Benefits of Working With a Control4 Home Automation Expert

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As one of the most popular integrated systems around, Control4 home automation is a perfect addition to your Georgia property. But many homeowners wonder why working with a professional integrator is such an important part of the process. After all, don’t you get the same level of service from a DIY system? The answer is more complicated than it may seem. In this blog, we’ll show you why you may want to work with a Control4 home automation expert if you’re thinking about upgrading your home.

 

 

See Also: Control4 Home Automation: A Smarter Way to Live

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How Smart Home Automation Is Changing in the New Year

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There’s no denying that 2016 was a huge year for smart home automation, but the biggest changes to the integrated technology landscape are still ahead. With the growing popularity of voice-control features and increased desire to turn every aspect of the home “smart,” we’re seeing plenty of developments that could radically alter your home this year. In this blog, we’ll highlight some new smart home features that you should know about. Read more after the jump.

See Also: Is Gesture Control the Next Smart Home Automation Command Method?

Voice-Controllable Security              

Security systems are among the most important aspects of any smart home solution because homeowners love to stay in-the-know about what’s happening when they’re at home and away. But as ultra-safe features like biometrics and remote-monitoring become more common, there’s a desire to make systems more convenient and user-friendly. And what’s simpler than voice-control?

We’ve already seen Alexa-compatible security systems, though it hasn’t made much noise in the security market. However, the announcement of a Homekit-compatible system debuting at this year’s CES, it could be the next big step in protecting your property.

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Home Theater Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

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With the New Year now in full swing, it’s time to start looking ahead at the new technology you’ll soon be able to enjoy in your Georgia home theater. Everything from advanced display technology to top of the line audio gear means you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot more in your private cinema this year. In this blog, we’ll highlight some of our favorite trends to look out for in 2017. Read on for more.

See Also: Is iTunes Gearing up to Replace the Movie Theater?

Displays

High-dynamic range and 4K Ultra HD have taken the world by storm in 2016, so what’s next on the horizon? There’s plenty to look forward to in the coming months. Here are some of our favorites:

OLED: While OLED technology has been around for a while, it’s been a bit slow to catch on in the mainstream market. For a long time LG was the only major manufacturer producing TV displays with the backlighting technology, but with big announcements from Samsung and Sony that they would be jumping on the OLED bandwagon soon, it looks like this year may be its time to shine.

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Is iTunes Gearing up to Replace the Movie Theater?

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Remember the days when “direct-to-video” was synonymous with “low-quality”? Today that’s no longer the case with being able to easily access streaming services like Netflix and Hulu that produce celebrated original content, and higher-end services like Prima Cinema who put Hollywood blockbusters in your home the same day they premier in theaters. Maybe that’s why Apple is starting to make waves in the day-and-date streaming market. But what does that mean for your Atlanta home theater? Find out after the jump.

See Also: The Secret to Stunning 4K UHD in Your Atlanta Home Theater

Same Day as Theaters? 

As movie theaters start to wane and studios look for new ways to push out their content, your home theater stands to gain a lot. Now that Apple is entering the discussion, you may even be able to stream first run movies on iTunes. According to Bloomberg:

“21st Century Fox Inc., Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. and Comcast Corp.’s Universal Pictures all confirmed over the past week that they are looking to offer high-priced, home-video rentals of new movies shortly after they open in theaters.”

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The Secret to Stunning 4K UHD in Your Atlanta Home Theater

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The autumn is the perfect time to integrate upgrades to your Atlanta home theater system. With the major holidays right around the corner – and don’t forget the Super Bowl hitting early next year – you’ll want to begin upgrading your space with full 4K UHD HDR picture quality. But not all systems are created equal, and there are some issues you’ll want to address before you can enjoy the beauty of higher resolution and color range. In this blog, we’ll show you what to look out for. Read more after the jump.

See Also: The Coolest Things Atlanta Home Theater Owners Will Love From CEDIA 2016

Cabling

The most common – and most frequently overlooked – issue with upgrading your system is ensuring the proper amount of bandwidth. Remember, 4K UHD offers four times the resolution of 1080p HD, and that means your cables need to support four times the information. Throw HDR into the mix and you could suffer from a downscaled signal or even no picture at all.

So upgrading your cables is essential. For any devices contained within the theater, say a local UHD Blu-ray player, you can connect them with HDMI 2.0 cables. For any hardware racked neatly in the basement, you’ll want to fortify your signal with fiber optic cables which, unlike HDMI 2.0, can transmit 4K signals over long distances.

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