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How to Expand the Limits of Your Home Theater With OpusCube

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Recently Opus Brilliance released the OpusCube, a fine-pixel LED video wall ideal for commercial and home theater applications. It repurposes the same technology used in supersized screens like you’d see at sports stadiums to help expand the reach of residential displays.

The OpusCube is a state-of-the-art screen you can configure to meet any size, without sacrificing clarity or brightness. This modular video wall combines panels that automatically adjust to be the same color age and brightness as current panels to create one uniform image.

In this blog, we go a bit more in-depth into why OpusCube and similar video walls could make projectors obsolete in home theater installations in Atlanta, GA and throughout the country.

SEE MORE: The Secret to Stunning 4K in Your Atlanta Home Theater

Size

The number one benefit of the OpusCube is the ability to customize it to any size. Many traditional flat screens don’t go beyond 80 inches, and even then they’re exorbitantly priced. Which is why many homes opt for projector-and-screen installations. The OpusCube eliminates those limitations. As long as the room allows it, you can go as big as you want without having to sacrifice a big chunk of your budget. It's easy to add and remove the magnetized panels as needed to create the ideal configuration. 

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Hands-Free Smart Home Control is Here

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When you speak, you want to be heard. It makes you feel like what you say matters. It’s essential in every relationship you have.

So why wouldn’t you want it out of your smart home technology? Voice-controlled home automation is one of the biggest developments to hit the market in decades, and it’s changing the way we interact with each device in our system. That’s why Control4 has joined forces with Amazon Alexa.

How will the new technology affect your Control4 system? Keep reading to find out.

See Also: Smart Technology is A Smart Investment

How it Works

Voice control can’t be as simple as it sounds, can it? What about regional dialects, accents, and pronunciation?

Actually, it is that simple. Thanks to the Internet, popular voice control platforms can easily understand most commands. And they receive periodic updates that improve their understanding over time.

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Smart Technology is A Smart Investment

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According to a recent study by real estate website Zillow, home values have recently been rising at an 7.7% clip in the United States. While real estate values do not grow in a straight line, home ownership has often been viewed as an investment that builds value over time, with the added benefit of having a place to live tailored to your lifestyle.

Over 50% of homeowners plan to spend money on home improvement projects, which are great ways to customize your space to your lifestyle and aesthetic taste, and also increase a property’s resale value. Beyond bathroom and kitchen makeovers, wall and floor finishes and other popular improvements, smart home technology should also be a top consideration.

Why? A recent Houzz survey found that nearly half of renovating homeowners are adding smart systems to their homes, indicating very high interest in smart technology as an important feature desired in a new dwelling. 

With these current trends, read on to find out how Control4 Smart Home technology can not only enhance your lifestyle in Atlanta, but it can also add to your home’s resale value. 

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

Smarter Kitchens

Kitchens are perhaps the area where remodeling investments have the highest return. Whether you’re considering cosmetic updates or rethinking your kitchen’s entire layout, don’t underestimate the importance of lighting. 

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How to Spruce Up Your Holiday Music This Season

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Every December, we welcome the most wonderful time of the year in the best way possible—through music. Whether you’re a fan of Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” or Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You," nothing gets the holiday vibe going better than the right music.

That’s why it’s so important to have a whole home audio system which lets you pull up your favorite holiday tunes at a moment’s notice. When relaxing with family or hosting friends in your Alpharetta, GA home, the mood transforms with the right playlist. In this blog, we highlight some ways your system helps you create the perfect celebratory atmosphere.

SEE MORE: How Does Home Automation Help With the Holidays 

Build the Perfect Holiday Playlist

Relying on a short list of songs on repeat is how you end up with jingle fatigue. Our multi-room audio systems make it easy for you to access multiple music sources so you can create a soundtrack that will last the whole night.

Pull up a holiday Spotify playlist through your Sonos speakers or listen to a classic Crosby record on your turntable. Easily play digital libraries, CDs, or dedicated satellite channels through all of your home’s speakers. If you need some inspiration, check out this list of the 50 best holiday songs of all time.

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It’s All About the Light

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Professional photographers obsess about optimizing the lighting in their pictures. If a photo shoot is outdoors in natural light, the amount, the shadows, and the exposure are all critical to getting great shots. Indoors, photographers use different types of flashes, or they use specific lighting for posed pictures. 

Think of your home as a photo shoot.  With the right lighting, you can set just the ambiance you want—for cooking, eating, relaxing, entertaining, sleeping or any other endeavor. But beyond making it bright or dark enough for an activity, the right lighting can highlight the aesthetic appeal of your living space. 

What’s the best way to do that?  A Control4 lighting system can set just the right scene, deftly blending light and shadow just like a professional photographer. Read on for ways to make your home look like a perfect lit composition, day or night.

See Also: Let the Music Move You

Shine a Spotlight on Art

Perhaps it’s your favorite piece of art or a family portrait.  Feature it prominently with light.  An LED track light could illuminate that prized painting or draw attention to an incredible photograph. 

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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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Let the Music Move You

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Music is part of our everyday lives. From the moment you wake up to your morning commute, and throughout your day, it can inspire you, relax you, and set the tone for any event. So, it only makes sense to optimize your Atlanta, GA home for the ultimate sonic experience.

Whether you’re in a dedicated listening room, the bedroom, or even in your backyard, your system should playback lossless audio tracks flawlessly through your integrated AV distribution system. Control4 makes it easy to find your favorite songs, put together playlists, and define the sonic character of each room in your property.

Thanks to their intuitive, user-friendly interface, command over your home’s entire music system rests in the palm of your hand.

SEE ALSO: Curious About Smart Home Technology? Seeing is Believing!

Choose Your Playlist, Define Your Room

When you think of interior design, you probably consider the way the couch looks with the drapes. And, maybe you think about the way the lighting emphasizes the areas of the room you love and downplays the ones you don’t.

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What Are the Best Surveillance Cameras for Your Home?

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Every time we discuss home security systems with clients, a big part of the conversation has to do with surveillance cameras. Everyone wants to know what to look for when buying and installing cameras to make sure they're genuinely protecting their Atlanta, GA homes. Rarely is there a one-size-fits-all answer to this since families all have unique needs and vulnerabilities.

However, we can say from our partnership with Avigilon that the cameras outlined in this blog all include innovative features that protect you in any environment. There are those ideal for outdoor use, while others may be better suited for sleek indoor installations. Keep reading to see which are the best fit for your home.    

SEE MORE: Protect Your Family with These Smart Security Features

Edge Solution: Bullet Cameras

If you want to get smart about your home security, then the Avigilon Edge Solution line is the ultimate all-in-one camera. We recommend the HD bullet camera with built-in analytics, storage, and video management software. With impact-resistant housing, these cameras are ideal for outdoor use. To avoid bandwidth issues, they save up to 30 days’ worth of video directly on the camera. For the ultimate control, it has remote zoom and focus capabilities, so you can easily review live and recorded footage.

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Control4 is the Conductor of Your Smart Home Orchestra

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If you are looking at smart home technology options around Atlanta, GA, you may run into a fair amount of hyperbole. There are smart devices that all but promise to change your life, thermostats that know when you’re home and when you’re not, and lights that can turn into a rainbow of colors. All of those devices may do wonderful, innovative things, but do any of those things by themselves make your life better? 

A smart home may have many smart devices. You have probably heard of many of them; smart thermostats, smart lighting, smart security cameras, smart locks, and many others. You may even have one or two of them, like a Nest thermostat. Beyond having remote control of a device via an app, the way these devices start making your life easier is when they all start working together to fit the way you live—demanding less of your attention, automating routine functions, and making time available for more important things. 

That’s where Control4 smart home automation comes in. It orchestrates all your smart devices into a cohesive, manageable system that works for you.

See Also: The Future is Here with Control4 Smart Home Automation

Peace of Mind

Keeping your home safe and secure is always a prime concern. There are many small ways that a Control4 system makes that happen. Every Control4 Touch Screen has a camera and audio capability.  With a Control4 Door Station, you can remotely see and talk to anyone at your front door. 

With multiple security cameras, you can view each feed on a variety of screens; through a touchscreen, your phone or tablet, or on a TV.  When you’re away from home, you can get an alert if a camera detects a person, and you can view that activity and even interact with the person at the front door. If it’s someone with a delivery, you’ll be able to go one step further and let them in to drop off the package and lock back up when they leave. 

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Séura Mirror TV: The Smart Way to Start Your Day

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Starting off the day is always a struggle, so why not have smart home technology in place to make it as smooth as possible? As you get ready for work in the morning, what if your bathroom or dressing room mirror could keep you updated on everything you need to know? Imagine if it could help you adjust the lights or temperature. Don't worry; you don't need to be an Evil Queen to enjoy magic mirrors these days. Let us bring that magic straight to your Atlanta, GA home with Séura’s new Smart Mirror TV.

SEE MORE: 4 Ways to Keep Technology from Cluttering Your Home

What is a Smart Mirror?

Essentially, the Smart Mirror is a “vanishing display” that serves more or less the same function as a touchpad or tablet. The display lets you interact with all of your smart home technology directly; whether it’s pulling up your emails, the weather, a favorite TV show or your Control4 application. The digital display disappears when not in use, so the Smart Mirror works like any other traditional vanity mirror. How would you like it to look? Each Smart Mirror comes with a custom frame and ambient lighting options. Even your display is customizable — set it up to feature your favorite apps or information when you pull it up.

How Do You Control It?

We recommend using the Smart Mirror as a touchpad, with quick touch control that lets you navigate your apps and adjust their size and location. Revamp your routine without any risk of cracks or water damage to your smart devices by replacing them with your Mirror TV when you’re in the bathroom. The mirror also integrates with Amazon Alexa, so you can use voice activation if your hands are busy applying your makeup or brushing your hair. Wondering what outfit to wear? Ask Alexa to pull up the weather forecast while you’re getting ready, so you’re not caught in the wrong attire for a fall cold front.

What Does it Control?

The Smart Mirror TV has access to over a million widgets and apps through the Google App store. Access your emails, calendar and favorite social media sites with a simple swipe or press. To really take advantage of this interactive mirror, we recommend connecting it to your home automation system. Just download the Control4 app and save it to your home screen for easy access or add the necessary Control4 skill to Amazon Alexa. You’ll then be able to manage lights, climate, shades, security, and more from the convenience of your Smart Mirror.

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Does Your Home Theater Meet IMAX’s New Standards?

Every time there’s big news in the A/V industry, we make it our goal to help our clients learn everything they need to know about the latest products and features. Right now, everyone is talking about IMAX Enhanced. Since you're probably wondering what the company best known for its large screens and immersive viewing experience has to do with home theaters, we're here to sort it all out for you. In this blog, we're going to explain what the IMAX Enhanced program is and how to get it in your Georgia home. 

 

SEE MORE: 3 Necessary Accessories for Every Home Theater System

 

What is IMAX Enhanced?

IMAX Enhanced is a certification and licensing program. Its primary goal is to help consumers discern which high-end electronics will best showcase the company’s 4K Ultra HD content and DTS audio mixing. The secondary objective is elevating filmmaker's visions by making sure premium IMAX-remastered content looks just the way they envisioned when viewed in a home theater.

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How Control4 is Improving the Smart Home Experience

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For the last three years running, Control4 has been named the top whole house automation company by industry professionals. That is in large part due to their ongoing innovation from acquiring significant players like Pakedge and Triad to bringing in top-level talent like Amazon Alexa architect Charlie Kindel.

At the 2018 CEDIA exhibition, Control4 continued its commitment to innovation with its new OS Version 2.10.4 which adds new music and personalization features for homeowners. Check out their top CEDIA announcements below. As your local Control4 dealer, you can also experience them first hand at our Alpharetta, GA showroom.

 

SEE MORE: Are You Curious About Smart Home Technology?

 

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The Future Is Here with Control4 Smart Home Automation

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Do you dream of the ease and convenience found in the Jetsons’ futuristic home? The 1962 series featured the home of 2062, with space-age appliances that made food and flying cars. We’re not quite there yet when it comes to flying cars, but even the Jetsons might be impressed at some of the smart technology we have today.

From lights that automate to your every wish to personalized home entertainment settings at the touch of a button, the Control4 smart home solutions provide tried and true smart home technology that is definitely worthy of being labeled “the future.”

Experience for yourself some Jetsons-style smart home automation, available right now, for your home in Atlanta, GA. No need to wait until 2062! Simply submit your comment or question in chat box at the bottom of your screen and a Certified Showroom Professional will respond.

See Also: Curious About Smart Home Technology? Seeing is Believing

Control4 has pioneered high-end, innovative lifestyle automation solutions, making them a leader in smart home technology today. For an example of their smart home options, just imagine this: After a busy day of work, shuttling kids to after-school activities, and a quick trip to the grocery store, you pull into the garage. A sensor in the garage knows you’re home. A preprogrammed “welcome home” scene illuminates the garage and the hallway to the kitchen, then turns on the overhead lights in the kitchen and family room. The alarm has been disarmed. You like a little soft background music to unwind after a long day, which automatically starts when you walk in the door.

After putting away the groceries in the refrigerator, you tell the kids to start their homework at their desks in the upstairs nook. You have a Control4 touchscreen controller in the kitchen and a minimalistic camera upstairs, allowing you to keep an eye on the kids to ensure they’re really doing homework and not playing video games. All you have to do is bring the video up on the touchscreen. 

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Curious About Smart Home Technology? Seeing is Believing!

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Often when you’re interested in a product or technology, you turn to the internet. You Google a product to see reviews, look up technical specifications, and read articles about features and tests. However, when it comes to smart home automation, it can be hard to take abstract specs and turn them into a complete understanding of the everyday solutions that smart tech offers.

Why? Because a true smart home automation experience is not about specs and features. It is about finding solutions to make your life simpler. So, if you’re considering adding something to your home, you may find it difficult to evaluate what automation technology can really do for you and which options will fit your needs and lifestyle. 

Our partner Control4 strongly believes that the customer should be able to see and feel what smart home technology is all about. To that end, they created the Control4 Certified Showroom program.  We are excited to participate in the program and have built a showroom right here in Atlanta, GA to let you experience the latest smart tech for yourself.

Visit our Control4 Certified Showroom to see, hear, and touch smart home automation for yourself. Let us know you’re interested in the chat box at the bottom of your screen and one of our Certified Showroom Professionals will respond.

What You’ll See

When you visit our showroom, you’ll get to see and use the smart technology in action. Control4 takes the different elements of smart home automation—lighting, entertainment, climate control, networking, and security—and blends them together seamlessly to create the effortless environment you want in your home. 

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Why Your Shades Need to Be About More than Just Style

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Most of our clients reach out to us with an idea of the type of technology they want to upgrade whether it be displays, speakers, thermostats, or locks. Rarely do they realize there’s another part of their home ripe for improvement: their shades and drapes. Clients consider shades a crucial stylistic feature they can optimize with the right fabric and color. Few recognize how vital control can be as well.

In fact, upgrading your shades from traditional chords and cables can have a drastic impact. Read this blog to find out some of the ways motorized shading can transform your Atlanta, GA home beyond the clear interior design implications. 

 

SEE MORE: Take Control of Your Home Lighting

 

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Everything You Need to Know About In-Ceiling Speakers

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Listening to music can enhance your health, improve your daily tasks, and bring friends together when hosting a party or dinner. It should come as no surprise then that multi-room audio is a big priority for a lot of our clients. Getting access to their favorite artists anywhere in the house is a must-have feature.

However, many are reluctant to embrace multi-room audio because they’re scared of the stylistic impact of having a large number of speakers in their home. That’s why we use in-ceiling speakers in our multi-room audio installations. Unleash high-performance sound without the clutter with fixtures that blend seamlessly within your Atlanta, GA home.

 

SEE MORE: Choosing a Speaker Setup for Your Home

 

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Tired of Clunky Tech Cluttering Your Home? Here Are 4 Ways to Hide It

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Technology is essential to the way we live our lives. And with many homeowners investing in smart home technology for their Atlanta properties, there’s more of it than ever.

If you feel like enjoying the benefits of integrated technology comes at the cost of your home décor, you’re not alone. Some components can look clunky or otherwise distract from the overall feel of a space.

Thankfully there’s a solution. Hidden technologies are the perfect way to maintain the look of your home while simplifying your lifestyle. Here, you’ll find four ways to get started.

 

See Also: What is the Best Way to Take Your Entertainment Outdoors?

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What Is It like to Live in a Truly Smart Home?

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 Smart home automation is all about making your lifestyle simpler. Whether it’s controlling your home entertainment system or protecting your property with advanced security features.

And there’s no easier way to take command of each device than with a Control4 home automation system. Connect just about any smart device you can think of into a simple, comprehensive, and user-friendly system that makes your technology easier to us.

Don’t believe us? Now’s your chance to find out just how much a system could benefit you!

Join us on May 31 for the opening of our new Atlanta showroom and experience what it’s like living in a Control4 home. Find out more below!

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What is the Best Way to Take Your Entertainment Outdoors?

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Why limit the fun to the indoors?  Your next get-together or family reunion can be next-level with the right technology on your side.

Take the entertainment outside with only the best features and equipment.  An outdoor AV system can elevate your Atlanta, GA backyard space, and make hosting any event that much easier.

We’ve highlighted our top product picks from brands we know well and trust to run smoothly and work efficiently in the long run.

Keep on reading below to learn more about what they can do for you and your home.

SEE ALSO: ENJOY YOUR HOME ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS IN ANY SPACE

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Check Out Our Brand New Control4 Certified Showroom

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There’s no doubt about it – smart home automation can change the way you go about your everyday life.

But have you wondered what an automated system entails exactly? Or what its smart features even do or how they work?

The great news is you can see for yourself at our Control4 certified showroom here in Atlanta, GA. In this blog, we’ll go through what our showroom has to offer and how you can optimize these features in your living space.

A customized home automation system is possible for you and your family. Read on below to learn more!

SEE ALSO: HOW SMART HOME AUTOMATION IS CHANGING IN THE NEW YEAR

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