Home Theater Design
Proper Home Theater Design starts long before any equipment is selected. The most important part of the room, is the room itself. If the room is not designed properly, the equipment selected down the road will not perform to the best of its ability. The room's size, shape, sound isolation, acoustical treatments, and site-lines all work together to create the perfect space. This way the sound from the theater stays in the theater and any external noises stays out. It also insures that each and every seat has proper site lines to see the screen and not the top of someone else's head. Once the room is properly laid out the proper equipment can be selected. Then you have the very best room for presenting Hollywood's biggest blockbusters!
Control4 Home Automation Systems - Making your home work for you! Automatically! Imagine a house that remembers to lock itself at 10pm. Automatically arms the security system at bedtime. The window shades that close based on the time of day and location of the sun. Thermostats that automatically adjust to your daily schedule. A home theater that automatically dims the lights and fires up the projector and surround sound system. Automatically selects your favorite channel or a movie from your catalog. All with the press of one button. With Control4, everything works together the way you want it to! Automatically!
Whole-House Music Systems
Control4 offers both 4 Zone and 8 Zone audio systems, which can be connected together to provide unlimited areas of music. Each Zone (Room) can play independent of each other. This allows Dad to listen to the TV in the Family Room, while Mom listens to satellite radio in the master bedroom, the Kid's are playing music off their iPone or iPod outside by the pool. Now with Apple AIRPLAY, music can be wirelessly streamed from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch into the house music system. No longer having to leave your device docked when you want music! Now you can surf the web, reply to emails, or play games while your music collection is wirelessly streaming to Control4 at the same time. Seamless and easy, Control4 and Apple are the perfect pair!
Centralized HD Video Distribution
Centralized HD Video Distribution is one of the fastest growing areas in video system design. Having one central location for all your audio and video equipment allows every source to be routed to every room. No longer do you need 8 HD cable boxes just because you have 8 TVs. No more needing multiple DVD or Blu-Ray players. For example, you can have 3 HD Cable/Satellite receivers, 1 Blu-Ray player, 2 AppleTVs, 1 Xbox360, and 1 Playstation3. Connect these devices to an HDMI Matrix switcher, now these sources now can be assessable from all 8 HDTV though out the house. Record your favorite show on one HD-DVR and watch it from any location. Kid's can play games in the game room, or play them with Mom and Dad in family room!
Lighting systems have become a big part of our business. We work with both Lutron and Control4 lighting systems. Lighting systems offer a simple solution for controlling all the lighting throughout the home. With the press an "Away" button you can instantly turn off all the lights in the house. The press of an "Entertain" button would allow you to recall all of your lighting to a predetermined level. Another advantage is the ability to remove the large clutter of electrical switches off the wall. With a lighting system you are left with a simple multi-button keypad to execute any desired scene or to control a specific light, and that programming can be changed at anytime! So what may work great for you now, may not always be the same in the future. Re-programming is fast and simple, and unlike a house with traditional electrical switches, any button can control any light or scene in the future.
The Control4 Door Station delivers full-motion video intercom and the fidelity of wideband audio intercom for crystal-clear communications and video security throughout a home or business. The Door Station comes in 3 stylish colors—Satin Nickel, Satin Black and Venetian Bronze—and provides audio and video intercom communications with the Control4 7" In-Wall Touch Screen with Camera and the new Control4 7" Portable Touch Screen with Camera. Now you can communicate from room to room or to the front door. The best part is the intercom features are built into the same touch screens you use to control your audio/video systems, lighting, temperature, and security. No more clutter of devices on the wall!
Camera systems have long been used to protect businesses, but more and more homeowners are installing camera systems. Installing a good quality CCTV system will reduce your insurance premiums and put your mind at rest. Technology has evolved where camera systems are far more affordable than most people realize. With the use of digital video recorders, these cameras can hold months worth of recordings, and can be accessed from any where in the world.
Security system come with a variety of options and features. Just having a basic security system can often save you money. Most insurance companies offer significant discounts for having a security system. Advanced systems can protect you not only against burglary, but also provide fire protection, carbon monoxide protection, and can signal authorities for medical alerts. By using a multitude of different contacts and sensors, like door and window contacts, garage door sensors, motion detectors, glass break detectors, smoke detectors, co2 detectors, heat detectors, and panic keypads, you can be assured your family's health and safety is protected.
iPad & iPhone Integration
Apple has changed the Home Automation industry, and that change has certainly been a positive one! They have made touchscreen interfaces, that are not only affordable, but easy to use! Control4 has taken full advantage of Apple's product line with the Control4 "MyHome" App. This app will run on any iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad, and give you full control of your home's audio/video system, lighting, thermostats, and security. The app not only works when you are at home on your wifi network, but will also work on 3G/4G networks, so you always have control no matter where you are!
Energy Management has become more and more important over the past few years. With skyrocketing energy cost, most homeowners are constantly looking for ways to reduce their utility bills. NEST has developed the worlds first learning thermostat. No more worrying about programming your thermostat, because NEST does all the work for you. Not only does it learn the temperature you are most comfortable at throughout the day, but it also knows if you are home or away. It also keeps track of how much energy it takes to heat or cool your home. It will make suggestions on the best temperature to set at, so that your energy bills can be reduced. NEST is now fully compatible with Control4 Home Automation systems, so it can be controlled from any Control4 touchscreen or iDevice.
Phone Systems & VoIP Services
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is the latest phone system technology. VoIP phone systems convert regular telephone calls into digital data delivering the voice communications over the Internet. Essentially, when using a VoIP, you are using the Internet to make telephone calls as opposed to a traditional phone line. VoIP phone services continue to advance and are becoming highly reliable and popular. The key advantage for using a VoIP phone service over a traditional phone system is that it is cheaper. Other advantages include the convenience and portability of VoIP service and the advanced communication features that are available at no extra charge.
Structured Wiring Systems
Structured Wiring is one of the most important aspects of a home, and its one of the most overlooked. Structured wiring is the back-bone of any Audio/Video or Home Automation system. Homes without complete structured wiring systems, will limit the homes ability to keep up with new technology, and cost the homeowner much more in the long run. Structured wiring generally consist of a group of CAT5 and RG6 cabling. With the combination of these different wire types, the home can have access to any Cable TV or Satellite TV providers, Phone services, Wired and Wireless internet access, and will generally provide enough extra cabling for future technologies. Conduits are also a good idea for providing a pathway to key locations in the house for future technologies.