Tech Talk

In-cabinet Rack System

This rack from Strong Racks is designed for easier installations and maintenance of your expensive network, audio, video and other smart home technology. We often get asked to conceal equipment in tight spaces and having the right solutions to manage wiring and keep equipment well organized is critical.

These rack systems do add to your budget but we would highly recommend them if you want a clean, long lasting solution.

Design and pricing need to be coordinated with your cabinet or millwork contractors.

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Lutron smart home lighting and shades

Lutron Lighting & Shades

Lutron’s smart home lighting and shading solutions stand out above everyone else for their beauty as well as their ultra reliable performance.

Homes and businesses throughout the world have depended on Lutron’s solutions now found in HomeWorks QS, RadioRA2 Wireless and Caseta since the original dimmer was invented by Mr. Joel Spira in 1959, who later founded Lutron Electronics Company in 1961.

This Lutron video highlights the systems we love to design and install. Come to Cloud 9 AV’s Toronto showroom or visit one of the Lutron experience centres to learn why the best architects and designers specify Lutron on their projects.

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sonos arc soundbar

ARC: The New Dolby Atmos Soundbar from SONOS

Introducing the all new SONOS Arc Soundbar 

The all new 2020 SONOS Arc supports Dolby Atmos for amazing surround sound built into the single bar.

PRE-ORDER Now and schedule your installations with your smart home experts. (Under our contact page, please select “Help with a new project”)

The ARC is gorgeous in Black or White and can be installed on your mantel, media cabinet or with the optional wall mount can be positioned perfectly below your TV.

The ARC measures just under 45″

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remote monitoring and management

OvrC: What PRO Integrators use to manage your Smart Home Systems

If you have any element of smart home technology in your life, you know it sometimes acts up and needs a few tweaks or a good kick in the butt. Nothing is more frustrating than slow Internet or devices going offline. These are often due to your service provider or something going wrong on your network.

Having the right tools at every stage of a project is critical and that’s why Cloud 9 AV started using OvrC enabled products like Araknis & Wattbox over 5 years ago.

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Essential service work in Ontario

We continue to have requests to do work at your homes and businesses during the pandemic and we just wanted to clarify what we can and cannot do.

Residential Technical Services are Essential

Cloud 9 AV is an essential service provider because we fall into Premier Ford’s classification for multiple items which you can read for yourself on the Ontario COVID-19 website. We shut down all work on commercial projects in March as those do not qualify unless they impact your ability to work from home (corporate VPN access,

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Macbook Sidecar with iPad

Working from home on your Macbook and have an iPAD handy? Sidecar with iPAD is brilliant!

Like most people in Toronto, this is week 3 working from home. My home office isn’t amazing by any means. My work-from-home chair is NOT not my office chair and was designed for the dining room. I just don’t have room in my home office (aka my bedroom) for the luxury my butt and legs crave but maybe that’s better. I have to stand and walk around more often. One of the luxuries of the office is using 2 screens so you can multitask.

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CEDIA Outreach Instructor

Training for Architects & Designers with CEU Credits

In light of most of us working from home, our team will be delivering virtual training starting the week of March 30th and all of our architects and designers can earn valuable CEU credits. Even if you are not from Canada, we would love for you to join the training but registration for our local Toronto & Cottage Country firms will take priority.

The training is from CEDIA, our industry association and accredited for CEUs in Canada & US with the following associations:

Registration Form

  1. You will receive the training information and registration options in your inbox.

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Control4 Smart Lighting – Mont Tremblant Videos

We recorded a little video to demonstrate the capabilities of the Control4 smart lighting system. This system is based in Mont Tremblant Quebec and was a great deployment by our team with the help of local contractors and the guys at ResAV in Montreal.

The last finishing touches are still to come including custom engraving of the keypads but we will be doing that with the clients when they visit in late September.

Visit our youtube channel for more project videos

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Rack or No Rack for your Smart Home?

As integrators and smart home systems installers we are responsible for educating and advising our clients. Some of our competitors can do things for less and it is sometimes difficult for clients to understand why. It really does come down to attention to detail and why every contractor out there is going to do things differently. It doesn’t matter if you are hiring a tiling, HVAC or AV company…each trade does things a certain way based on experience, craftsmanship or requirements. As a customer, you need to ask the right questions so there are no surprises and expectations are clear.

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