Basement Transformation in Toronto’s Wychwood / Cedarvale Area.
We worked closely with the home owner, Lori, and her designer, Sunny Gervan, to create a retreat area for the whole family in this Wychwood / Cedarvale area residence. The basement was primary used for storage and hockey equipment prior to this renovation and they really needed the extra space as the kids are getting older.
At the beginning we aimed to have a large 120″ projection screen come down from the ceiling parallel to the window at the front (opposite the stairs) but the space,
… Read more Basement Media Room for the Kids
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).
… Read more The Samsung K950 Atmos Soundbar
Google’s NEST Outdoor Camera
This is my test of our Google’s Nest Outdoor Camera and I’ve decided to place it in the side alley where my garbage cans and the delicious green bin reside. As anyone who lives in Toronto knows, the green bins are irresistible containers to our lovely raccoon community. Keep on eye out for the evening and nighttime activities. I’ve set up the camera to be shareable online which is a great feature if you are looking at marketing your camera views (e.g.,
… Read more Raccoon Alley Cam – Google’s Nest Outdoor Camera
Your TV is a photo Frame
We recently visited our friends at Samsung Canada and got our hands on the new QLED TVs as well as the FRAMETV.
The FrameTV is using the MU8000 series but the exterior and mounting options are similar to the new Q9 displays which cost 3x more than the Frame TV.
Sizes (Updated for 2018)
When Samsung launched in July 2017, they introduced 2 sizes: 55″ and 65″.
These were perfect for the living room and bedroom displays but as I “wished”
… Read more The all new Samsung FRAME TV
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?
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
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.
… Read more Hiring a Home Technology Professional in Ontario
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.
… Read more SKYPE for TV being discontinued
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.
… Read more FREE OTA Service with PVR and on-screen guide
TV manufacturers have decided that curves are better than flat. Remember when 3D was all the rage? Well this year we have curved TVs. In my opinion it’s a fad and let me explain why.
Most of our installations are wall mounted TVs. (Over 95%). That means we need to be aware of what a TV looks like on the wall. When you walk into the room, can you see the side of the TV? If yes, as in many bedrooms, then a curved TV will stick off the wall a good 4-6″.
… Read more Curved TV… FAD or must-have feature?