Hybrid Home Theaters: The Ultimate Rec Room

Last month, we went through the top trends we’re seeing in 2018 for home theaters. One of the most interesting and fun trends we are watching is that of hybrid home theaters. Hybrid home theaters earned their name from folks trying to get the most bag for their buck from their home’s square footage by giving their entertainment spaces multiple purposes. Think: ping-pong table meets Xbox, meets watching the big game, meets snacks and beer.

Essentially, hybrid home theaters are just that – a hybrid of entertainment options. The combined use of space is brilliant and long overdue. However, the combined use of space means a lower overall budget that can be solely dedicated to theater purposes. I mean, how do you choose between a 4K Ultra HD TV and a vintage Iron Maiden pinball machine? It’s a tough choice that we must make when designing the ultimate hybrid home theater rec room. So let’s take a look at how to design your home’s hybrid theater space. Continue reading

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2018 Home Theater Trends

Now that we are several months into the year, it is clear to see which home theater trends are leading the charge. Several of the top trends, like sound bars and voice control automation, have been on the rise for the last few years. However, some of the trends such as social media and hybrid theaters, are just emerging. Let’s start with the old and end with the new, shall we?

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Spring Cleaning Your Outdoor Home Theater

Most people dread the thought of day-to-day household cleaning chores. But there is just something about ushering in the warmer weather that has us excited to talk about cleaning! Mainly because it is finally time to dust off our outdoor home theater systems and start grilling up some great parties. Understanding how to clean the precious gadgets that make-up your home theater requires some additional knowledge and finesse. All of which you’ll find right here in this article as we walk you through the three areas of focus when it comes to spring cleaning your outdoor theater system.

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Best TVs Announced at CES 2018

If the television trends at CES 2018 were a long-time friend you hadn’t seen in a while, you’d instantly acknowledge how thin they are. You’d say, “Wow, you’ve really slimmed down. What are you doing?”. They’d respond by showing you their advanced yoga practice and effortlessly roll-up into a ball.

While enjoying great conversation over lunch, you’d be astounded at how crisp and clear their voice was. And just when you began feeling bad about yourself, you’d see with complete clarity every single wrinkle on their incredibly porous face.

Trust us, if you thought that introduction was over dramatic, you’re right. Continue reading

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Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa

Google Assistant vs Amazon AlexaEveryone in the tech industry predicted that smart home technology would yet again dominate the headlines as 2018 CES show stealer. What we didn’t expect, or at least appreciate, was Google’s plan to show up and wave its latest integrations in everyone’s face.

Including one lady named Alexa. Continue reading

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CES 2018: Top 3 Trends

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show has come and gone. And while we are sad to see it go, we are ecstatic over what it had to offer. The expansion of smart home technologies, virtual reality, and televisions were expected at this year’s CES and nonetheless exciting to see, and health tech, beauty tech and even robots brought unexpected excitement to the tech world.

From the unexpected to the expected, let’s look at CES 2018’s top 3 unveilings. Continue reading

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CES 2018: What to Expect

What to expect at CES 2018Our favorite time of the year has come; it’s time for the Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest tech show of the year. The show runs in Las Vegas from January 9th– January 12th and we can’t wait to see what new innovations will be unveiled. Like any good technology lover, we can’t simply wait to see what happens, we must speculate! Here is our list of top innovations and unveilings that we expect to see at CES 2018. Continue reading

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Control4 Smart Locks for your Smart Home Security

In our last post we talked about securing your garage door with Control4. This may have left you wondering about all the other entry doors on your house and if they can get any “smarter”. With Control4, they certainly can. In fact, currently Control4 can work with 3 different brands of smart locks to keep your home secured. Continue reading

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Control4 Smart Garage Tech

Control4 Smart GarageHave you noticed that calling something “smart” has taken on a whole new meaning? Historically we’ve reserved that word to reference individuals with high levels of intelligence or perhaps a sweater vest with a certain sophistication. Today however, we call a lot of things smart. Like phones, TVs, lights, thermostats, sounds systems and garage doors.

Yep, you read that right, even garage doors have gotten smarter. Continue reading

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Top Gifts for Music Lovers

Top Gifts Music LoverIf you have a true music lover in your tribe, an iTunes gift card or generic pair of headphones won’t rightfully acknowledge your appreciation of their hobby. No, true music lovers take how, when and where they listen to their favorite artists and albums, seriously. If you are tasked with the challenge of finding the perfect gift for the music lover in your life, don’t fear. We’ve compiled a great list of items that are sure to impress. Continue reading

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