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...
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...
Explore the Best Screen Options for Your Home Media Room

Explore the Best Screen Options for Your Home Media Room

Take Into Account Style, Lighting, and Viewing Preferences When Choosing How do you know what display would be the best fit for your media room? Getting optimal video quality while maintaining your tailored interior décor requires the right technology. In this blog, we’ll highlight three installation options ideal for luxury homes in Lincoln Park or throughout the greater Chicago area. Naturally, all families and their spaces are different, which is why we want to highlight three unique approaches instead of merely focusing on product recommendations. We’ll discuss flatscreens first since they are still the go-to option in home media rooms. However, there are impressive new projectors and screen technologies to consider. SEE MORE: 3 Trends to Enhance Your Home Theater Design & Installation Opt for Camouflaged Displays Though the image quality is the top priority, stylistic considerations are also a significant factor when it comes to home media rooms. A big black box in the middle of the room is not an acceptable option for high-end homes. Eliminate clutter by integrating a flatscreen that camouflages with the rest of your décor. We recommend two options for this approach: Leon’s Media Decor and Séura Mirror TVs. Designed to mimic artwork when not in use, Leon Media Decor mounts include custom frames and curated artwork for you to showcase. You can even upload your favorite artwork or family photos for a more personalized feel. Their Moving Art Screen and Eclipse Art Lifts can house flatscreens weighing up to 70 pounds and as big as 120” diagonally. Add an extra stylistic feature to your media room with Séura TV mirrors. Drive your...
How Can You Create the Best Media Room on the Block?

How Can You Create the Best Media Room on the Block?

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Gives You More Control of Your Entertainment Spaces. You want your home media room to stand out. Imagine creating an entertainment space, with the help of a certified integrator, that becomes the talk of your Chicago, IL, neighborhood. With Barrett’s Technology Solutions, your dreams can actualize into a cool, polished environment that you’ll be proud to enjoy by yourself or with friends. Picture stepping into a media room uniquely designed for you, pressing one button and seeing your favorite titles appear on the screen. Settle into your favorite chair and sink into a comfortable escape for hours. Sound enticing to you? Here’s how to make your dream a reality. SEE ALSO: Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater Sense of Style Why settle for a generic concept of what a media room “should” look like? Barrett’s Technology Solutions artfully crafts your media room to your exact specifications and preferences to help it reach its full potential. During a one-on-one consultation, let Barrett’s Technology Solutions know what themes, movies, or sports team inspire you and we can design with that in mind. Comfort is just as important as well: what is your preferred mode of seating, for example? Some close-knit families prefer communal setups, with loveseats and sofas, while diehard movie buffs might want some traditional theater seats added into the mix. We’ve never heard a request too unique for us to handle. Surround Sound When building your sonic environment, we take equipment, speaker placement and soundproofing into consideration to create audio that feels dynamic and lifelike. We use only top-quality speakers, like Meridian...