Bring the Cinema Experience to Your Home Theater with Kaleidescape

Bring the Cinema Experience to Your Home Theater with Kaleidescape

You May Never Want to Go Out to the Movies Again Are you looking to revamp your home theater design? Many Illinois homes have had dedicated theater rooms for years now, but how long has it been since you upgraded yours? In the past several years, many new features have added new dimensions to home theaters – 4K/HDR projectors for sharper pictures with significantly enhanced contrast and color, Dolby Atmos audio for a realistic “in the scene” experience, and a plethora of streaming video services with more content than ever before. If you’re already enjoying some of these upgrades, perhaps there’s one you don’t know about. It adds convenience, the highest quality audio, and video experience, and maybe best of all, eliminates just about any reason to ever go out to the movies again. What is it? It’s the Kaleidescape system, the ultimate movie player for your Chicago home theater. Read more below to learn how Kaleidescape is like having your very own movie theater. SEE ALSO: 3 Trends to Enhance Your Home Theater Design and Technology The Digital Movie Collection Back in the olden days, the first movies for home viewing came on VHS tapes. Many families collected a large set of movies on tapes. When DVD discs came along, the enhanced quality, sound, and convenience replaced most of those collections. Then came Blu-ray discs, and the cycle repeated, although Blu-ray players could play the older discs, too. Now with 4K Blu-ray, once again, sound and visuals are improved. Do you see a problem here?  Physical collections take up space and must be manually well organized. Plus, modern Blu-ray discs tend to take their sweet time to load, even in the best player equipment. In...
Home Golf Simulators Are Perfect for Active Family Entertainment

Home Golf Simulators Are Perfect for Active Family Entertainment

Create a Multipurpose Indoor Fun Zone in Your Theater or Media Room  Virtual is a word that’s currently in vogue. In the past year, you’ve probably become tired of virtual meetings over Zoom, virtual work, virtual school, and virtual happy hours. Can we talk about something real? Well, not in this blog. But we promise we have something virtual that’s absolutely more fun and far more realistic than a virtual happy hour. And unlike happy hour, your kids can enjoy it as well. What are we talking about? Home golf simulators. You don’t have to be a golf fanatic to enjoy one, as these systems do more games than golf! As the weather in Illinois and Wisconsin turns chillier soon, a golf simulator is an excellent way to keep your game going and enjoy immersive entertainment indoors with your family in your Chicago home or your Lake Geneva retreat. Read on to learn more about how golf simulators add a new dimension of fun to your home theater or media room. SEE ALSO: Take Your Home Theater to the Next Level  Realistic Golf  When it’s cold and windy or the snow falls, your golf game doesn’t have to stagnate. Barrett’s works with aboutGOLF simulators, one of the best and most complete solutions on the market. Want to integrate golf into your home theater? The aboutGOLF Flatscreen solution is ideal for adding immersive gaming to your cinema room. High-performance cameras and sensors track your shots so realistically, when you hit an obstacle, it will feel like the real thing. Depending on your space, you can choose from three different sizes of indoor golf experiences. Each one is custom-fitted to your room. For a more immersive experience, the curved screen option adds three-dimensionality to your game and entertainment.  Do...
Is Your Network Ready for the Demands of Your Smart Home?

Is Your Network Ready for the Demands of Your Smart Home?

Explore the Commercial-Grade Network Solutions from WhyReboot  The home network has quickly become a foundational piece of the modern home, almost as important as electricity and running water. Are we exaggerating by placing networking at that level? Only a little, as communication with the outside world is a critical need in any modern home. Moreover, with the convergence of all information and communication into digital form, the home network is an enabling piece of technology.   In business, when a function is essential for the very operation of the company, it’s called mission-critical. Today, the home network is a mission-critical component. Imagine not being able to connect to work, school, and audio or video communications. In the past year’s pandemic, the need for robust connectivity was all too clear. And with the increasing dependence of the modern home on smart features like lighting and security, it’s easy to see why networking is a mission-critical component.  Is the home network installation in your Chicago, IL home keeping up? Explore how the solutions from WhyReboot are tailored to the connectivity needs of today’s smart homes.   SEE ALSO: How to Improve Your Home Network Performance    The WhyReboot Approach  WhyReboot assembles a custom-tailored, commercial-quality plug-and-play networking solution for the needs of today’s smart homes. This is not just a premium solution for luxury homes. The company is committed to providing the highest network performance for the lowest cost of ownership. It’s a commercial approach applied to the needs of extensively connected homes.  The company assembles networking solutions using best-of-breed commercial networking components integrated for use in the home. Dell SonicWALL routers, Ruckus Network switches, and wireless access points, and Router Limits firewalls combine to provide professional quality performance and...
What’s Coming Down the Pike for Our Home Automation Company?

What’s Coming Down the Pike for Our Home Automation Company?

Our Reimagined Website Is Just One Way We Continue to Move Forward  At Barrett’s Technology Solutions, we’ve been in business since 1966. As you might expect, there have been many changes in our business since that time. Audio, video, and automation technology have changed radically, and our firm has evolved with it. Our goal is to continue to be the best home automation company in the Chicago area and through our new office in Lake Geneva, WI.   This month, we’d like to give you a taste of what’s to come for Barrett’s Technology Solutions. Chief among them is a new website that will launch soon, and we can’t wait for you to see it. Why a new website? It’s all about effectively communicating what we can do so we can better serve our clients. Keep reading to learn more!  SEE ALSO: How to Improve Your Home Network Performance    Our New Website  Our new website has been designed by a firm that specializes in website design for businesses like ours. Besides state-of-the-art graphics and design, they help us convey clear messages not about technology but about what home technology can do for you. We know you can buy technology and entertainment products at big-box retailers and online. At Barrett’s, we specialize in custom solutions and technology implementations that blend with your sense of design, style, and décor. The new website better conveys that, with imagery and descriptions that educate and inspire, sparking the imagination of how home technology can fit with your lifestyle.   What will you see? Stunning video and images of real luxury homes with elegantly integrated home technology that enhances comfort, security, and entertainment. Manufacturer pages inform about premier products and solutions for lighting control, home...
Step Up to High Resolution and High-Fidelity Whole-Home Audio

Step Up to High Resolution and High-Fidelity Whole-Home Audio

Level Up Your Sound with Meridian Audio What do you think of when you hear whole-home audio? First, you probably think about synchronized sound all over your house. Any whole-house audio solution worth its tweeters should do that. Does it also scream to you…background music? As in, I enjoy listening to my favorites everywhere in the house, but I’m not getting my ears pinned back by the sound. If you’re an audiophile – or just someone who likes emotion in their sound – you don’t have to settle for good but not blow-me-away sound in your whole-home music system. Meridian Audio is a company that’s well-known in hi-fi circles yet also tends to march to the beat of its own drum. Started in 1977, before the dawn of the digital music era, Meridian Audio has been a pioneer in digital audio, having had a heavy hand in moving the quality of digital formats forward. In both the pioneering DVD-Audio surround music format and the current Dolby TrueHD lossless surround standard, Meridian played a leading role in contributing key technology and developing those standards. All this is to say that Meridian is all about high-fidelity in everything they do, and with their latest products, they’re making whole-home hi-fi a reality, too. Keep reading to learn more about how Meridian high-resolution, high-fidelity audio will pin your ears back in every corner of your Chicago home.   SEE ALSO: What Sets Meridian Speakers Above the Rest? MQA High-Resolution Music One of the latest and most exciting advances in home audio in the past few years is MQA (Master Quality Audio). Another innovation...