Grand Reopening Event

The guests who attended the grand reopening event at Barrett’s Technology Solutions last week witnessed the unveiling of a new age of services, technologies and integrations. Many technologies that can be integrated were featured in the store’s displays for the seasoned technophiles and audiophile, but it was first time observers who seemed the most in awe. All seem captivated by the impressive array of possibility available in the market place. The remodeled store turned design center in Naperville, Illinois, exhibited an inviting and cozy outdoor living space designed & built by Ryco Landscaping featuring  all weather technologies. Across the aisle from the patio was an inviting state of the art kitchen vignette designed by Past Basket and features home automation and lighting controls. The center of the new design center featured a gorgeous custom built bar complete with a 90″ flat screen as the bar back. Guests also flocked to the  media room complete with a Sony 4K projector and impressive 172” screen to take in the sights and sounds. The newly remodeled listening rooms featured the latest in high performance audio. Barrett’s Technology Solutions Design Center has the industry’s top consumer electronics manufacturers, including Audioquest, Bowers & Wilkins, Control4, Classe’, Epson, Integra, Leon, Lutron, McIntosh, NAD, Revel, Rotel, Salamander, Savant, Seura, Sonance, Sonos, Samsung, Sony, and Wisdom Audio.  Please stop by and see what others are raving about. Whether you are looking for a home automation system, a whole-house audio distribution set up, or or just want some advice on the latest technologies to simplify and enhance your lifestyle, please stop by or call to make an...

What is 4K Ultra HD TV.

The term “4K” has become a big trend in display technology.  With over 8 million individual pixels (3,840 x 2,160) compared to about 2 million (1,920 x 1,080) on your current HDTV – it’s the highest resolution picture ever produced. Leading the charge on advancing 4K technology, Sony ignited the 4K revolution in 2001 with the very first commercial 4K digital projectors used in movie theaters around the world. Since then, Sony has paved the way for stunning 4K content as the only manufacturer capable of creating a complete lens to living room 4K ecosystem. Advanced professional cameras, recorders and monitors capture the brilliance of 4K while 4K projectors for the home, a full line-up of 4K Ultra HD TVs, and now the Video Unlimited 4K network video service make it fully accessible from the comfort of home. Even though officially 4K  resolution is 4096 x 2160 pixels. On October 17, 2012 the Consumer Electronics Association announced that 4K also known as ” Ultra High Definition ” or ” Ultra HD ”  would be used for displays that have an aspect ratio of at least 16:9 and at least one digital input capable of carrying and presenting native video at a minimum resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.  Which is still four times the total number of pixels on a current Full HD 1080p screen (1920 x...

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Courses Available for Design and Build Professionals Recently, Joe Barrett president and owner of Barrett’s Technology Solutions received the Registered Outreach Instructor (ROI) designation from the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) enabling him to deliver multiple courses approved for continuing education credit through the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD), Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC)-governed Interior Designer associations, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).       According to Barrett, educating architects, designers, builders, and interior designers on strategies to increase their business is a top priority for Barrett’s Technology Solutions. We want these professionals to understand all the options available for their clients as technologies continually change and improve. The Wall Street Journal featured an article  describing an example of such options for technology available in kitchens entitled, Welcome to Fantasy Island, ” Families want a flat-screen, TV mounted to a wall, to swivel in and out of view. Some companies are locating the control panel for window-shade and lighting systems in the islands.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324449104578314033845548270.html The classes Barrett took were part of the Custom Design & Installation Association industry outreach efforts, designed to strengthen collaboration between electronic systems professionals and the design and build industry. Now that he is certified he is looking forward to sharing his knowledge from the store. The courses  Barrett’s Technology Solutions will be offering  starting in summer 2013 will offer design and build professionals a better understanding of the capabilities of residential electronic systems. Courses cover such topics as hiding technology, planning...
Computer Audio Seminar

Computer Audio Seminar

The September computer audio seminar at Barrett’s Technology Solutions drew participants from all over the Chicago land area.  Several dozen people were educated on topics including USB DAC’s, streaming audio, Airplay, playback software (i.e. iTunes, J River Media Center), high resolution audio and mobile device integration. Steve Silberman from AudioQuest led the education event at the Barrett’s Technology Solutions showroom in Naperville and had said this about his invitation to lead the discussion, “I love being invited to host seminars at Barrett’s Technology Solutions. I like the intimate environment that their showroom provides. Being in these quiet rooms allows for anyone to hear any change made to the system, much like what one would be able to hear in their own home or workplace.” Steve was impressed with the consumers he met as many more are  becoming  more technologically savvy especially these past few years; many more customers have figured out how to use their computers as media centers for pictures, music, and movies. Steve is the Vice President of Development of AudioQuest and as VP he was able to steward a new project called DragonFly.  DragonFly is an affordable and easy-to-use digital audio convertor that delivers far superior sound by bypassing the poor quality sound card that is built into your computer – turning any computer into a true high fidelity music source. If you are looking for a simple way integrate media into your home or office there are software solutions such as J River that can manage your movies, photos, and music. Additionally J River can take advantage of DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), porting media to as many locations...
Farewell Good Friend

Farewell Good Friend

On Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 James Russell Barrett died peacefully at Hope Hospice, near his winter home in Bonita Springs FL. He was 80 years old. He was born into one of the earliest River Forest, Illinois families, on May 17th, 1931 to John Francis Barrett and Alice Flanagan Barrett. He had the Rockwellian experience of growing up in the same house his father had been raised in, with relatives living right next door. His sister stayed on and raised her family in that same house while Jim raised his family a block away. He attended Saint Luke grade school and graduated from Fenwick High School in Oak Park, IL. He was the youngest and last remaining of the Barrett brothers (John, Tony, Tommy, and Billy). He is survived by his beloved and adored wife of 60 years, Mary Koebel Barrett, and his very dear sister Margaret Barrett O’Neill. He was preceded in death by his daughter Susanne Marie Barrett. He is also survived by his four remaining children James R. Barrett, Jr. (wife Janet Waycie, sons James Russell III, Edmund), Joseph W. Barrett (wife Dianne Lamb, sons Ryan & John, daughter Laura), Jeanne Marie (Gigi) Barrett Lee, (daughters Jeanne (great-granddaughter Hatteras), Madeline, sons James, Kevin, Brian), and Brian J. Barrett (wife Christine Rutkowski, sons Miles & Todd). “Gentleman Jim” was a fierce competitor from a family rich in football history. His father was an All-American at Oak Park and River Forest High School under the legendary coach Bob Zuppke. His dad went on to play at Washington & Lee and later he played professional ball for the Chicago...