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...
How to Elevate Interior Design with Smart Lighting Control

How to Elevate Interior Design with Smart Lighting Control

Showcase Décor and Design in the Perfect Light  As a design or build professional, you know how to create specific design flourishes and features that set your projects apart. Whether it’s unique fireplaces, finishes, furnishings, layouts, or materials, you know how to create unique on-trend designs that exceed client expectations.   As a residential design pro, you also know about the importance of light in a project and the overall feeling it conveys in a home. Does a house have “good light?” Does the light bring out the best of the interiors? One of the best ways to showcase your Hinsdale, IL home projects is with smart lighting control. Keep reading to see how you can use lighting control to enable your designs to be viewed in the perfect light.   SEE ALSO: Why Lighting Control Is the Best Interior Design Technology  Create Ambiance with LED Lighting  You may already know about the advantages of LED lighting. If you have integrated lights in a soaring 30-foot ceiling, your client will appreciate that those bulbs may never need replacement due to LED’s extraordinarily long life. But LED technology also lends itself well to different light designs. It can be shaped and molded into bulbs and fixtures that would be impossible to make with older incandescent or compact fluorescent (CFL) lighting.  From a design standpoint, one of the best features of LED technology is its ability to control lighting hue and color in a fixture or bulb. Called tunable lighting, this feature enables LED lighting to change from cooler to warmer tones or to display a rainbow of colors. With tunable lighting, you can promote natural interior lighting that matches the day, with energizing, brighter, more intense...
Planning Summer Travel? Smart Home Surveillance Puts You at Ease

Planning Summer Travel? Smart Home Surveillance Puts You at Ease

Gain the Confidence that Your Home Is Safe and Sound  While the pandemic has curtailed much traveling over the past year, the situation has improved markedly, with optimism for returning to normal life. And part of normal life is travel, especially in the summer months. Whether your escape from Chicagoland is close by with a lakefront vacation in Michigan or Wisconsin or somewhere farther, you’ll want to make sure your home is safe while you’re gone. Fortunately, today’s technology supplies many options for keeping your home safe. Smart home surveillance is better than ever and lets you keep an eye on your home from wherever you are. Keep reading below to see how you can have peace of mind that your home will be safe, whether you’re gone for a week or the whole summer.   SEE ALSO: 3 Features to Look for in Home Surveillance Systems   Surveillance Cameras The latest home security cameras have advanced features that enable you to stay on top of any activity in and around your home. High-resolution capability – from 4K and beyond – can deliver clear, sharp images to your smartphone when movement is detected. High resolution is critical for two reasons. First, in cameras with a wide field of view, capturing more detail enables zooming in on the movement with enough accuracy to see a face, a vehicle, color, and more. What’s more, high detail allows advanced video analytics to automatically recognize things, such as an animal, a person, a type of vehicle, and more. Intelligent analytics make it easier not to get inundated with notifications of movement around your...
Create an Outdoor Fun Zone with Audio and Video Entertainment

Create an Outdoor Fun Zone with Audio and Video Entertainment

Spring Is the Perfect Time to Bring the Entertainment Outside  With spring around the corner, longer days are just ahead. There is something about the longer days with Daylight Savings Time that turns your thoughts to the outdoors. We know this is Illinois, and we can still get a spring snowfall, but anyway you look at it, warmer, sunnier days are just ahead.   Spring traditionally is a time to start planning home projects. After the winter, many Naperville homeowners turn their attention to backyards and landscapes. It’s time to get the pool ready, the outdoor furniture uncovered and cleaned up, and spruce up the landscape with annuals. While you’re attacking all those projects, consider a way to add another dimension to your outdoor spring and summer fun with an outdoor audio and video system. Explore some ideas below to create your own outdoor oasis that will have you spending more much-needed time al fresco.  SEE ALSO: Take the Entertainment Outside with an Outdoor Speaker System  Outdoor Audio  The most popular outdoor entertainment solution is audio. It’s not hard to see why. Music can set the mood for relaxing on the patio on a Sunday afternoon with a good book, energize a summer pool party, or create the ambiance for cocktails and dinner with friends on a warm evening. Whether you like relaxing background music, rock and roll, or have audiophile golden ears for your eclectic music collection, there’s an outdoor audio system that will satisfy you. You can choose from various brands and styles that range from outdoor speaker specialists to outdoor series from some of the best-known hi-fi audio companies.   Spring is the perfect time to plan for your...
How to Protect Your Home with a Smarter Security System

How to Protect Your Home with a Smarter Security System

Smart Home Technology Puts You in Control to Keep You Safer  Does your home have an alarm system? Most do, and many houses are prewired with low voltage cable to install basic systems. The typical setup includes window and door sensors to detect opening when the alarm is set, a keypad for entering codes, a siren, and indoor motion sensors. You may have such a system or are familiar with them.   The problem with these systems is that they are not very informative or easy to use. When an alarm is tripped, do you see a code? It might represent the window or door opened, but you might be confused as to which one it is. Likewise, changing codes or adding temporary ones for guests might involve a degree in programming.  There’s a smarter approach to a home security system. Today’s smart technology solutions offer a far more intuitive experience and put you in the know about what’s happening in your Chicago, IL home. Explore how below.   SEE ALSO: 3 Features to Look for in Home Surveillance Systems  Smart Sensors and Surveillance  As we mentioned, window, door, and motion sensors have been around for years. But now you can monitor your home’s environment too. Water and humidity sensors can tell you about a leak long before it becomes an expensive problem. Temperature sensors can go beyond your smart thermostat, informing you of an issue with your wine room or a potential problem in your kitchen with something overheating. Intelligent carbon monoxide sensors can notify you of a potentially deadly situation before it becomes a danger.  What about those window, door, and motion sensors? Use them with smart cameras that can trigger recording on motion,...
Add the Wow Factor to Your Projects with Integrated Whole-Home Video

Add the Wow Factor to Your Projects with Integrated Whole-Home Video

Sleek, Unified Video Systems Deliver Seamless Entertainment Throughout the Home As homes become smarter and more sophisticated, homeowners look for more ways to make it easier to manage their homes. One area that has typically been a source of frustration for many is the management of audio and video entertainment. In the AV and smart home industry, one of the fundamental reasons homeowners bring us in is to integrate audio and video equipment to make it easy and intuitive to use. No one likes multiple remotes, interfaces, and methods of doing the same thing in their home. As just about all audio and video entertainment has converged on digital formats, you might think things have become more straightforward. To some extent, they have, but the plethora of content options, equipment, and video and audio formats still presents considerable complexity. One way to decrease the complexity is to plan for integrating whole-home video and audio systems from the start in your new Chicago, IL residential projects. Not only will it add a wow factor to your builds, but your clients will appreciate the benefits outlined below.   SEE ALSO: Elevate Your Builds with Integrated Audio-Video Solutions   All Content, Everywhere One of the most important benefits of a whole-home video system is to get all the same video and audio entertainment in every space the homeowner wants. With non-integrated approaches, different smart TVs, streaming devices, cable and satellite, and media server sources, homeowners may not have access to all their entertainment in every location. A whole-home system not only ensures that all sources are available everywhere they’re desired, but they...