How Professional AV Installation Enhances Your Design and Build Projects

How Professional AV Installation Enhances Your Design and Build Projects

Bring in a Pro Early for the Best Results Today’s AV entertainment systems can get complicated. If you’re an interior designer, architect, or builder, it’s wise to bring in an audio-video installation pro early in your projects to incorporate the latest systems your clients want. You might think, don’t all we have to do is plan for some low-voltage wiring? While low-voltage infrastructure is indeed important, there’s more to achieving a well-sorted and integrated AV installation that incorporates what clients want, fits in with your mutual design vision, and doesn’t require a stack of change orders because of lack of planning. Let’s explore how you can enhance your Chicago, IL projects with a little help from your AV professional – like Barrett’s Technology Solutions! SEE ALSO: Elevate Your Builds with Integrated Home Audio-Video Solutions Seamlessly Blend Entertainment and Decor Your Chicago clients are style-conscious – that’s why they’re working with you. They want their technology to blend well within their style vision. For example, while some may like the look of high-end speakers, many of your clients want great sound quality but don’t want to see the equipment. Beyond just wiring a room for architectural speakers, we look at the room size, consider layout, planned furnishings, building materials, and other details to specify the right speakers and precisely where they should be located for the best sound quality. Some clients might be OK with visible TVs, but high-style interiors may not want a large black flat-panel TV visible when not in use. With planning, we can integrate motorized panels or artwork that hides TVs, specify custom furniture to hold...
How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

How to Get the Best Outdoor Entertainment for Your Home

Enjoy the Warm Weather with an Outdoor Audio Video Installation As brutal as Chicago winters can be, there’s no better place to be than outdoors once springtime hits. Now is really the time when Illinois homeowners should be thinking about what kind of entertainment upgrades they’d like to make to their outdoor areas. Of course, the right audio video installation for a roof deck in a Chicago home will be entirely different than what’s best for a backyard in the suburbs. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide to the best outdoor entertainment options and setups for each environment. For Backyards or Patios There are so many factors that can affect outdoor entertainment in the typical backyard setting. The location of the pool, the size of the patio, the amount of landscaping…all of these things will need to be taken into consideration when designing the best entertainment system for your space. Generally speaking, however, this is the typical technology setup: Audio An outdoor audio setup should include weather-resistant components that won’t be damaged by Illinois’ harsh winter snow or summer rain. We recommend using Sonance Landscape Series speakers and buried subwoofer. You’ll get excellence sound quality from subtle speakers that don’t distract from the beauty of your outdoor living space. Video Your two main options for video are an outdoor home theater setup or a television. If you are used to hosting large parties, a projector and screen is a good idea, but if you just want something for watching your favorite movie while relaxing in the Jacuzzi, we suggest an outdoor television from a reputable brand like...
Barrett’s Technology Solutions Gives Chicago Children’s Charity a Helping Hand

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Gives Chicago Children’s Charity a Helping Hand

A Professional Audio Video Installation for Almost Home Kids There are charitable organizations all over the world in need of aid, but often, you need look no further than your local community. Joe Barrett, President of Barrett’s Technology Solutions, stumbled upon a worthy cause in the Naperville-based charity Almost Home Kids. Almost Home Kids is a short-term transitional and respite care facility for children with complicated health needs. The healthcare facility gives children a home-like environment where they can feel loved and cared for while also getting the medical attention they need before transitional safely home. From 24-hour respites to transitions that span multiple months, the Almost Home Kids facility is there to provide children with a medically safe environment, as well as training for parents on their child’s own home medical equipment.  Upon visiting the non-profit for the first time, Barrett immediately knew he wanted to get involved. He invited Judith McLean, the Director of Marketing & Communications at Almost Home Kids, to speak at the smart home company’s 50th anniversary celebration. That night, Barrett’s Technology Solutions made the commitment with the help of its vendors to support the local charity with a professional audio video installation. “We are so grateful to Joe for getting involved, and to everyone at Barrett’s for their incredible donation,” said Judith. “The state-of-the-art television installations have transformed our home immeasurably, and the Sonos system is everyone’s favorite – the children and nursing staff love to hear music playing throughout our home. Thank you to everyone at Barrett’s for making a real and lasting difference at Almost Home Kids.” The Upgrade Initially, the...