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Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 3:01 pm

Technology is always evolving, and the gadgets and gear that control the sights and sounds of your home are no exception. Whether you need a system upgrade or plan to start from scratch, there are plenty of options to consider.

GREG MOSS, MODERN HOME TECHNOLOGY

  • Tech-link. Integrated home technology through multi-room audio systems like Sonos allows you to wirelessly link and manage all your music in one place, with individual control from room to room using your smartphone and/or tablet.
  • Sound advice. Sonos systems can be purchased at a retail store or through a home technology specialist and installed in less than a day. Advancements in wireless speakers provide lower-cost options without sacrificing superior sound.
  • Stylish technology. You don’t have to compromise your sense of style to receive the latest home technology. There are designers who specialize in blending technology updates with the look and feel of your décor.
  • The center of attention. Home media centers differ from home theaters in that they function beyond a screening room for movies. The open space allows for interactive family activities and is one of the most requested advancements.

AARON WALBRANDT—WALBRANDT TECHNOLOGIES, WALBRANDT.COM

  • Sleek style. The move from analog to digital has reduced cable clutter. Now, one HDMI cable replaces several cables with the ability to send digital audio, video and Internet. Also, new equipment design incorporates faster processers into a smaller space. Laptops, tablets and 60-inch 3-D televisions are now less than an inch thick.
  • Movies and music on-demand. We love the Kaleidescape Blu-Ray movie server. It provides instant access to your entire Blu- Ray, DVD and CD collection. The Creston control system also continues to be at the forefront of technology—control a whole house system with an intuitive interface that is easy to use and reliable.
  • The perfect plan. Start your technology planning early. Waiting until the last minute to research and choose options that correspond with your lifestyle can increase the cost of installation and sometimes limit what you can do.

 

GREG MOSS, MODERN HOME

TECHNOLOGY

■ Tech-link. Integrated home technology

through multi-room audio systems like Sonos

allows you to wirelessly link and manage all

your music in one place, with individual

control from room to room using your

smartphone and/or tablet.

■ Sound advice. Sonos systems can be

purchased at a retail store or through a home

technology specialist and installed in less

than a day. Advancements in wireless speakers

provide lower-cost options without

sacrificing superior sound.

■ Stylish technology. You don’t have to

compromise your sense of style to receive

the latest home technology. There are designers

who specialize in blending technology

updates with the look and feel of your décor.

■ The center of attention. Home media

centers differ from home theaters in that they

function beyond a screening room for

movies. The open space allows for interactive

family activities and is one of the most

requested advancements.

AARON WALBRANDT—WALBRANDT

TECHNOLOGIES, WALBRANDT.COM

■ Sleek style. The move from analog to

digital has reduced cable clutter. Now, one

HDMI cable replaces several cables with the

ability to send digital audio, video and

Internet. Also, new equipment design incorporates

faster processers into a smaller space.

Laptops, tablets and 60-inch 3-D televisions

are now less than an inch thick.

■ Movies and music on-demand. We love

the Kaleidescape Blu-Ray movie server. It

provides instant access to your entire Blu-

Ray, DVD and CD collection. The Creston

control system also continues to be at the

forefront of technology—control a whole

house system with an intuitive interface that

is easy to use and reliable.

■ The perfect plan. Start your technology

planning early. Waiting until the last minute

to research and choose options that correspond

with your lifestyle can increase the

cost of installation and sometimes limit what

you can do.

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