Can you use your Sonos wireless music system for 5.1 surround sound?

Yes you can …and iHome Systems can set it up for you!

Watch this short video that explains how adding one or more components can turn your Sonos system into a home theater surround sound system.

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Looking for an affordable way to control your lights and shades?

Caseta Wireless Have a look at the new Caseta solution from Lutron and have iHome Systems take care of everything!

Control your lights and shades from anywhere with Pico® wireless remote controls, as well as with your smart phone. Caséta dimmers install in minutes, work with numerous bulb types – including dimmable LEDs and CFLs, and bring the convenience of a connected home to your fingertips.

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Home Automation Planning: Don’t Forget the Window Shades

August 26, 2014
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When it comes to planning a home automation system, top billing goes to the cool stuff: Streaming music around the house from your iPad, a to-die-for home theater setup with a gargantuan projection screen that drops down from the ceiling, and the ability to monitor and control temperature, lighting, home security cameras and door locks from your smartphone.

But what about window shades that move up or down at the push of a button and automatically open or close certain times of the day? Don’t they also deserve top billing? You bet they do

- See more at: http://www.cedia.org/blog/home-automation-planning-dont-forget-the-window-shades#sthash.DnAk6SMN.dpuf

 

 

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Nest Reintroduces Protect Smoke Alarm at Cheaper Price

After voluntarily pulling the product a few months ago, the combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector is back. Full article here

Nest Smoke/CO2 detector

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Great surround sound…but where are the speakers?

Are you looking for audio performance that impacts but doesn’t intrude on your interior design?

Have a look at this media room. iHome systems installed a 5.1 surround sound system for a very discerning client who wanted to minimize the visual impact of the sound system in the room. For the left center and right speakers we partnered with Leon Speakers to customize a soundbar to fit the exact dimensions of the Samsung 55-inch Smart television. Did you see it the first time you looked at the picture?

The two rear speakers are invisible ceiling speakers provided by Stealth Acoustics. They are centered between the two lights, are completely hidden from view and sound incredible. The subwoofer to the left is the only ceiling speaker visible.

iHome Systems Award winning home theater Morgan2We partnered with Merz Construction on this project whose incredible craftsmanship produced these custom cabinets and precise millwork. (The gap around every single cabinet door is identical! How do they do that!?)

Please call iHome Systems today for award winning home theater design and installion! 978-369-4937 or email Aaron Duke aduke@ihomesys.com

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Sonos Adds Google Play to Expanding List of Streaming Services

Sonos reinforces its position as a leading whole-house audio company with the addition of the Google Play service to its family of streaming services.

Within a decade of its existence, the California technology company Sonos has become the face for whole-house audio category. Reinforcing its market position, Sonos has announced a partnership with Google Play to bring the streaming service into the company’s growing portfolio of entertainment solutions. Read full story

Sonos adds Google Play

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Ouch! Nest stops Nest Protect alarm sales due to unsafe feature.

So Nest is getting a lot of negative press this week after a barrage of great press. One, a lawsuit we reported on earlier this week and now this, an open letter from the CEO Tony Fadell in which he calls into question the safety of the Nest Protect Smoke + CO2 alarm and announces that they will stop sales of the popular device until further testing has been conducted. That’s gotta hurt.

The problem? The Nest Wave feature that lets you wave your hand in front of the Nest Protect to shut it off in the case of a false alarm, and the potential for it to be inadvertently triggered leaving your and your home vulnerable to fire and CO2 poisoning. I’m sure a fix will come soon, but in the meantime, Nest Protect owners be wary. Here is what Fadell had to stay about the situation: Read full story

Nest Smoke/CO2 detector

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