Audio

How much money should I spend on in-ceiling speakers?

We get asked by clients and designers “how much should I spend on in-ceiling speakers” all the time. It is a difficult question to answer early on in a new relationship because we are just getting to know you and your family. What’s important is that we help you spend your money wisely. You don’t want to waste money but you also don’t want to be disappointed with the end result and wished you had upgraded.

What we are talking about here is integrating music into your home renovation or new construction.

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The Samsung K950 Atmos Soundbar

We have the new Samsung 500watt 5.1.4 soundbar systems setup in our showroom. This is not an inexpensive solution but it will wow your senses for both music and movies.

Until now I rarely recommended anything other than the sonos or bluesound soundbars as the generic $399-599 soundbars just couldn’t do much other than play a little better or clearer than your TV speakers.

For me the real benefit is combining the tv and music experience. Bluetooth speakers don’t count (if you don’t know why…email me).

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What questions should designers and contractors ask their clients?

Are you a designer or contractor that does remodelling or new construction projects?

Whether you are doing a single room project (kitchen reno), a full renovation or new build, what questions should designers and contractors ask their clients to better understand their technology needs?

Much like understanding how your clients like to cook, you need to understand how they want to live when it comes to technology. You don’t need to have the technical answers but consider the following situations…

You are renovating for a couple who is elderly.… Read more What questions should designers and contractors ask their clients?

Hiring a Home Technology Professional in Ontario

Governing Body

CEDIA is the governing body for the home technology professionals. You can find out more details based on where you live on their website. www.cedia.org

Hiring a Home Technology Professional Licensing in Ontario, Canada

http://www.cedia.net/programs/government-affairs/canada-licensing-detail/canada-licensing/2015/12/14/ontario

Why should I care?

Anyone building or renovating needs to know their contractors and subcontractors are properly licensed and insured to do the work.

The challenge with home technology professionals is that we DO NOT require special certifications or licenses to do work.

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SKYPE for TV being discontinued

Samsung has confirmed that all integrated TV skype cameras are no longer being supported after June 2016. This is the quote we received from Samsung directly:

“As the technology landscape has evolved, consumers have shown a growing preference for using video messaging on their mobile devices, with smartphones and tablets becoming the most natural way to reach friends and family on the couch or on the go. With this in mind, Skype has decided to shift its investment exclusively to mobile and will discontinue support and development for all Skype™ for TV services from June 2016.

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FREE OTA Service with PVR and on-screen guide

Many of our customers ask us to set them up with free OTA services. Toronto has access to many of the local HD channels but also the major US channels because of the proximity to the border.

The HD quality is often better than anything you will find from Bell or Rogers. The OTA service is uncompressed. The receiving antenna is going to determine your signal strength and clarity.

The Channel Master 7500 PVR is a full PVR when you add a hard drive.

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Lutron motorized shades vs no-name shades

Here is a quick demo of Cloud 9’s two motorized shade options.

For the Budget Conscious:

Our Proshade system is inexpensive but noisier and less reliable than our premium Lutron shades. Each window operates independently and may not provide unified operation as illustrated in our video below. This solution is intended for lower budget projects.

For UltraQuiet & Premium Installations:

The Lutron shades offer a higher level of finish and an ultra quiet motor. When lined up along a wall of windows,

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Rough-in wiring started today in riverdale. 

This modern home is getting the cloud 9 attention to detail. We are cabling the house today with our full crew and will be done so the contractors can insulate and drywall within the week. 

Speed and efficiency is key in what we do. Our experienced team knows how to work in ultra modern homes where bulk heads are non existent. 



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