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Control4 “When >> Then” Personalized Automation

CONTROL4 HOMEOWNER PERSONALIZATION

Watch the video to find out how home automation can be implemented to fit your lifestyle. The “When >> Then” methods are similar to IFTTT … “if this then that”.

Here are some automation suggestions based on the type of equipment that might be
installed in your home, with each proposed system getting more elaborate.

Basic Control4 system (system controller and remote)

WHEN a custom button on the system remote is pressed >>

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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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Sonos 5.1 sound system

SONOS Surround Sound Settings

Since we specialize in SONOS for many of the systems we have a few tips to share when it comes to “hearing” what is possible from your system.

Surround sound from SONOS is made possible with a few different options including our amazing Fx rear in-ceiling speakers from Monitor Audio paired with the SONOS Connect:AMP or the all new SONOS Amp coming out shortly. We have installed hundreds of Playbars with this setup and several paired with the smaller Beam. In either setup,

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Hiding your FrameTV source equipment

When clients come to us looking to upgrade their TVs, we are sometimes presented with challenges that require some creative solutions. The new FrameTV now looks amazing and our clients are very happy.

This project had a few challenges for the FrameTV:

  1. A small condo space didn’t allow for a media cabinet below the TV
  2. The cabling for the old TV below was messy and ugly and the client wanted us to hide it
  3. The new Samsung TV the client chose is amazing on the wall but there is still the challenge of hiding the one-connect box that connects the sources and power
  4. The wall was typical condo depth so it didn’t allow for our traditional in-wall box behind the TV (which requires a clear 3.5″

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When less is more in your AV cabinet

What a cabling nightmare!

If the Toronto snow storm wasn’t enough last night, I had the pleasure today of finding the worst wiring mess and complicated multi-room audio system I’ve come across in almost a decade. I definitely won’t mention who the AV integrator was but it’s not the first rescue job I’ve had following in their footsteps.

This client called us because their FM tuner was no longer working and they just wanted to listen to the radio. Simple request…

I show up and here’s what I find: A Russound 6 Room system with every single option on the planet.

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