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Make Your Time at Home More Relaxing and Fun by Incorporating These Home Automation Systems

Are you aware of all the ways home automation can reduce the stress in your life?

You may think of high-end home theaters or whole-home audio systems when you think of home automation, but the truth is these technologies take many forms. There are many smart devices that are much easier (and cheaper) to install than a custom home theater, and many are explicitly made with the goal of making your life simpler.

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Simple Steps You Can Take to Make Sure Your A/V System is Ready When It’s Time for Kickoff

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest party days of the year, and the Feb. 3 kickoff date is quickly closing on us. There’s a lot to plan, but it’s important to not forget the centerpiece of your Super Bowl party: your TV and speakers. To make sure your home is Super Bowl ready, we’ve put together this list of tips to help Houston residents enjoy a better home theater installation and have more fun watching the game.

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The Latest from an Industry Legend is the Perfect Centerpiece for your Home Audio System

Speakers may get most of the attention when it comes to home audio, but it’s important not to neglect the other major components of your home audio system. A crucial piece of any home audio system is your receiver, and Dan D’Agostino has just unveiled a new receiver that will make an excellent centerpiece for any audio setup.

With power to spare and a design focused on minimal heat and distortion, D’Agostino’s Relentless Monoblock amplifier delivers the high level of performance we’ve come to expect from them. Today, let’s look at why a quality receiver matters for a home audio system and why the Relentless would make a good fit for your Woodlands, TX home.

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As we approach the coldest days in Texas, what can you do to get the ideal cozy environment in your home? Did you know there's a tool that can keep you warm now while also helping to keep your home relaxed, stylish and efficienty during the sweltering summer tempteratures? 

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Give Your Speakers a Tune-Up to Make Sure You’re Getting the Most from Your Sound System

 

When it comes to your home theater, sound is just as important as the visuals on screen. Ensuring you have quality sound in your home theater involves more than buying the biggest, loudest speakers on the market; speaker placement and calibration is just as vital to creating an immersive viewing experience. Today we’ll take a look at what homeowners in The Woodlands area of Texas can do to create an optimal sonic landscape in your home theater.

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New speakers, amplifiers mark company’s return to the custom installation arena

 

McIntosh Laboratory is one of the best-known makers of high-end audio equipment, and they’ve recently unveiled new lines of speakers and amplifiers that would be a perfect fit for your home audio system.

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Latest systems aim to project video at same quality as professional-grade monitors

If you’re a River Oaks, TX, homeowner who loves to binge on Netflix, Sony may have just unveiled the perfect TV for you. On July 31, Sony announced its new A9F and Z9F models as parts of its MASTER Series, both of which boast improved video and audio quality as well as a new Netflix Calibrated Mode.

Sony says this new feature, which it developed with Netflix, enables the TVs to mirror the same video quality as studio monitors used by broadcast professionals “in order to preserve the artist's creative vision and intent,” according to a Sony press release. If these new TVs interest you, read on to see how we at iconic.systems might improve your media room design by installing one of these new models.

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Know the Moment an Incident or Event Happens on Your Property

 

Don’t make leaving your home for any amount of time a stressful situation.

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High Performance Audio is Meant for Anyone

Perhaps you want to listen to your favorite artist’s latest album as you go about your daily routine while walking from the kitchen to the other side of the house.

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Find Out Whether a Centralized or Switch-Based System is Best

 

As smart lighting becomes more popular, many people are still trying to make sense of all the options available to them. Not only is it about choosing the right brand, but the right kind of system as well. Do you want to just upgrade some of the switches on the wall? Do you want to eliminate some of the wall acne as well? It’s time to figure out how to bring smart lighting to your house in Houston or the Woodlands, TX.

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Wilson Audio, long considered to be the benchmark in high performance speakers, launched their newest product today.  Offering a teaser on the 7th, today dealers are officially allowed to audition, show, and sell the new Wilson Audio bookshelf speaker, the TuneTot.  Taking the history of cabinet and crossover design into the Sabrina, Dave and Daryl Wilson reached new levels in their design garnering industry and customer praise for a "smaller" form factor.  After the success with Sabrina, which was the first ever speaker to ship in a cardboard box, the TuneTot takes the new lead in smaller speakers.  Similar in many ways to the Sabrina, the TuneTot is designed as a monitor speaker to sit on top of something, like the original WATT.  For those that know the history, the WATT was a small monitor speaker that ultimately got paired with the Puppy base to make the WATT Puppy, one of the most iconic speakers in the history of speakers.  The WATT name actually stands for Wilson Audio Tiny Tot, so you can see where TuneTot gets its legacy.  

The TuneTot has all of the well known Wilson features, but adds a few new tricks too.  Because it is not a floorstanding speaker and will always need to sit on something else (like the WATT sat on top of the Puppy), Wilson makes a dedicated isolation base as an option.  Color matched to the speaker, the isolation base enhances the features of the cabinet by decoupling the speaker from the surface it sits on, which reduces or eliminates resonance.  In addition to custom colors for the speaker, they can be tricked out further with the addition of optional grilles or a woofer trim ring in matching or contrasting colors.

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Screen Innovations Has the Key to Unsurpassed Image Quality

As high-quality projectors have become more affordable in recent years, they've begun expanding beyond traditional private home theaters. Many households have replaced the flat screens in their living rooms and family rooms with projector and screen combinations, knowing these offer more size and design options.

Despite this change of scenery, many people still rely on traditional matte screens that reflect light uniformly in all directions. These screens are less expensive and can work for light-controlled home theaters, but not multi-purpose rooms. In cases with a lot of ambient light—coming from windows, glass decorations, ceiling fixtures, or even white walls—these will often result in washed out images.

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With B&W Speakers, High-End Audio is Always Achievable

Quality sound is crucial. Playing your favorite song or hearing the crisp narration of an audiobook is enhanced tenfold when your speakers produce high-end sound with each listen.

With Bowers & Wilkins legendary speakers, you can make any part of your West University Place, TX home feel like a concert hall with high-performance audio.

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With an Advanced Home Control System, Daily Life is a Breeze

Imagine a home that meets your every want and need. With a home control system in place, this dream can easily be a reality in your River Oaks, TX living space.

Many people are coming to realize just how simple smart home automation system can make their daily lives. In a recent Houzz Smart Home Trends Study, 45 percent of respondents said they planned on installing smart systems during renovations. In this blog, we go through just how beneficial the latest smart control trends are for you and your family – read on to learn more!

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Change How You Watch Film with High-End Audio

The first things you notice about a film are what you see and what you hear.  While your roll down screen and lowering projectors take care of the visual side of things, your next priority should be how quality your audio is in your home theater.

Bringing immersive sound to your Memorial, TX home theater will completely transform your every viewing experience. With the current technology we have available, sound is actually more powerful than sound. It’s the sound of an explosion that makes you recoil, not the bright lights emanating from it. That’s why it’s so important to have a high-quality sound installation in your theater.

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Explore the Basics of B&Ws Newest Speaker Line

Bowers & Wilkins sparked waves across the sound distribution industry this fall with its introduction of a new speaker line: the innovative 700 Series.

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Home Control Easily Takes the Stress out of Planning

The holiday season is a time filled with joy and festivities, and your friends and family. But if you happen to be the host for this year’s gift exchange or dinner party, things can sometimes get out of hand. A smart home control system can transform how your West University Place, TX house helps you to manage your holiday plans and leave the hassles behind you.

SEE ALSO: TAKE YOUR ENTERTAINMENT TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH SMART HOME CONTROL

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CEDIA Innovations for the Ideal Cinema for Your Woodlands Home

A private home theater can completely change the way you watch films and experience movie-going.  You want to give your family and friends the best immersive atmosphere there is.  Iconic.systems, a CEDIA certified member (Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association), is the best way to get that technology installed.  Now, with incredible smart tech updates presented at CEDIA Expo 2017, bringing luxury and convenience to your home cinema is easier than ever.  Read on below, to learn how you can amp up the entertaining atmosphere in your Woodlands, TX home theater for the better.

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The Automation Company Made a Big Splash at CEDIA 2017

As always, there were tons of new products to enjoy at CEDIA 2017 earlier this month. It gave us a chance to take a look at some of the latest smart home control products hitting the market. No company stood out to us more than Savant which had three CEDIA Best New Product finalists. From shading to video distribution, there was something for everyone. Keep reading to check out the latest Savant releases and come back to our blog next month when we’ll showcase the top audio and video products from CEDIA.

SEE MORE: How to Optimize Your Smart Home Performance

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Strike a Balance Between Design and Entertainment With the Right Tools

In previous blogs, we've focused on the many steps we take to optimize performance during our home theater installations. From equipment to lighting, we do everything possible to get the best audio and video quality in your Memorial, TX home. That doesn’t mean we don’t take aesthetics into account as well. We can work with your interior designer to extend your stylistic vision to your entertainment spaces. Below we highlight a few home theater design tips that will help you create an environment that appeals to you.  

SEE MORE: Take Your Home Theater Installation to the Next Level 

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