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Elevate Your Home Entertainment with an Outdoor TV

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Enjoy your alfresco spaces even more by adding outdoor video. 

Summer is just around the corner! And with this in mind, it’s important to prepare your home for sunny days, playing sports with your kids, grilling out with the family, or hosting fancy cocktail parties under the stars. Enhance every activity in your backyard, terrace, or patio by integrating home entertainment with an outdoor TV installation

The experts at simpleHome are ready to install the best entertainment technology to elevate every alfresco experience in your Boston, MA, home. Keep reading our blog to learn more about the benefits of an outdoor TV.

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Need Top-Level AV Installations? Trust simpleHome!

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Enjoy The Whole Experience Of Enhancing Your Entertainment With Our World-Class Service.

Summer is the perfect time to enhance your home entertainment. With the kids home 24/7, families spend much more time together, and enjoying movies, TV shows and video games are among the most popular entertainment activities. 

But before you get the snacks and drinks ready, you need to integrate industry-leading AV solutions to create a high-quality experience at your home in Boston, MA, or the greater area. For this, you will need a professional AV company that guides you seamlessly through the whole process. Keep reading our blog to discover why simpleHome is the tech firm you are looking for!

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This is What Your Life Could Look Like in a Smart Home!

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Enjoy a lifestyle of luxury and comfort with a home automation system 

Imagine a home that is perfectly designed to satisfy your every need: a house that knows exactly what you need to start your mornings the right way and creates the perfect environment for you to feel happy and inspired throughout the day. Doesn’t it sound dreamy? Brace yourself, because at simpleHome, we can make it a reality! 

With our home automation system solutions, you effortlessly have full control of your surroundings and create an ambiance filled with luxury and convenience in your Cape Cod, MA, home. Keep reading our blog to learn more about this sophisticated lifestyle! 

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4 Ways to Enjoy Your Outdoor Space with Whole-Home Audio

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Enjoy the sunshine of springtime with a whole-home audio system!

Enjoying your home doesn’t have to be limited to your indoor spaces. Spending time in your backyard, patio, or terrace is a great way to keep yourself healthy, change your routine, and have some fun with your family and friends. Add a whole-home audio system and enjoy from work to entertainment in your beautiful outdoor space. Keep reading to learn more about the unique and fun alfresco activities you can do without leaving your Cape Cod, MA home.

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3 Ways You Can Elevate Your Home with Smart Lighting Control

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Create a Newer, Better Lifestyle with Our Lighting Control Solutions

Proper lighting is a key element to enjoying a better indoor living experience. With today’s technology, lighting is no longer just to keep your home illuminated at night. It is also a great tool to build the right environment for you to work, rest and have fun with family and friends. 

As a leading smart home integrator in Boston, MA, simpleHome can help you enjoy an enhanced lifestyle through automation. Keep reading our blog to discover how smart lighting control systems in your home create a better experience for you and your loved ones.

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Better Together: How We Built a Stronger Team to Enhance Our Service

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SimpleHome stems from the idea that we can create a stronger company with top-level services when great teams work together. 

Collaboration is at the heart of innovation and business success no matter the industry. When you bring in new personnel to a team, they bring differing perspectives and experience. We believe that those differences are what make us stronger, and that’s how SimpleHome was born!

By combining the experienced staffs from Audio Video Design and Sounds Good Corporation, we were able to craft a team of experts prepared to collaborate on delivering a first-class product and client experience. Not only that, but with an experienced group of project managers—SimpleHome is even better prepared to follow best practices when it comes to working with builders, architects, designers and of course, the homeowner! 

Below we outline the tiered service options that make SimpleHome stand out while explaining the Audio Video Design and Sound Good Corporation merger that made us become the go-to choice when choosing a home automation company in Boston, MA.

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What are the Best Home Automation Ideas?

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What are the Best Home Automation Ideas?

It is imperative to make the right decisions when beginning your home automation project. However, it is not easy since there are hundreds of ideas on building the ultimate smart home or entertainment center. As a result, we review and speak about the top ideas that bring the most value for our clients.

 

What to Consider When Starting Your Smart Home Project?

The best ideas to implement are the ones that automate and allow you to control the crucial components of your home intuitively. Generally, we consider the elements listed below critical:

  • Audio
  • Video
  • Network
  • Lighting
  • Shading
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Security

Furthermore, home automation ideas involving integrating the technologies under one control system are fundamental. These solutions increase the usability of your technologies and allow you to control them from anywhere. In addition, solutions that seamlessly blend your electronics into your home and give you greater degrees of customization are excellent ideas.

 

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How to Plan & Select Your Home Theater Seating

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The Right Choices Can Make or Break Your Viewing Experience

Seating is a vital element in home theater design. Generally, homeowners spend hours researching the best audio-video solutions and overlook the comfortability of their media room. As a result, audio-video components are not the only factor in creating the ultimate home theater experience.

Like any other room in your home, a home theater only adds value if you want to spend time there. Not only should technology be top-flight, but the room should also be comfortable, suit the way you live, and reflect your style. The proper seating for your home theater will ensure not only that you have the best vantage point for viewing, but it will create a space that you want to unwind in. Below, we offer insight into planning your home theater and how to select the best seating.

 

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What Key Functionalities Should My Home Theater Include?

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Eight Stunning Smart Home Projects

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Eight Stunning Smart Home Projects

Innovative home technology has moved far beyond smart light bulbs, thermostats, and doorbells. Today’s designs combine fingertip control of entertainment, security, lighting, and energy with stylish architecture and décor. The projects highlighted here are more than visually stunning. They show how A/V specialists, architects, builders, and designers can work together to create automated solutions for every setting.

Penthouse Perspective

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Working parents needed a highly connected smart home to accommodate their family’s busy lifestyle. As a result, their Control4 system integrates security, entertainment, lighting, and HVAC. Highlights include a flatscreen that lifts from the foot of the bed. An advanced entertainment solution, which features multiple zones. Privacy and lighting control that open and close shades. And remote capabilities so the client can manage their home and other properties from their iPhone.

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This family needed a functional home base to accomplish several goals. First, they wanted a built-in system to connect and automate their electronics. And second, the capability to effortlessly track and manage their other properties. As a result, AVD installed a robust Creston system in their five-story house. This solution could be controlled on or off-site through touchpads and mobile devices. The entire system integrated a comprehensive list of electronics to make it a dream living space.

Cape Cod Cinematheque

 
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When you’re passionate about film, sports, and gaming, you need a top-of-the-line theater experience. Therefore, AVD designed this home theater to surpasses any local cinema by doing the following. They installed a Sony laser projector and 149″ Stewart ultra-matte projection screen. And they integrated lighting elements such as ceilings that change color and step illumination to mimic the ambiance of a theater. In addition, AVd went with highly comfortable seating for 16 that eliminates sound vibration.

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Best Complete Home Automation Systems for Luxury Living

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Best Complete Home Automation Systems for Luxury Living

Are you looking to automate your entire home? Do you want to manage your house from anywhere? Below, we feature some of the best whole-house automation systems for luxury living. Each of these brands offers premier solutions and quality support.

 

Control 4

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Control4 is one of the top home automation systems. Their solutions allow homeowners to automate and control their lighting, audio, video, climate control, intercom, and security. Smart Home OS 3 is Control4’s award-winning operating system that unifies thousands of third-party products. By installing their system, you will have the ability to control everything from your digital devices. Any authorized dealer can configure and customize Control4 in your home.

Crestron

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www.crestron.com

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Best Home Audio System Brands in 2021

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Investing in a home audio system makes it easy to spread quality sound through every room in your home. High-end audio technologies offer a variety of customization options. Choose from outdoor speakers, Wi-Fi networking, and smartphone management. Consider these popular brands if you are planning to install audio products in your home.

Anthem

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https://www.anthemav.com/

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Anthem is a premium brand that delivers the highest quality home audio products in the industry. There’s a reason why the brand is known as a power performer. It’s because the full-integrated systems create the ultimate audio experience in your home. Anthem offers three series of receivers: MRX, AVM, and MCA GEN 2.

If you are looking for a high-end audio system, then Anthem is a great brand to consider. They offer everything you need. Available products include processors, receivers, integrated amplifiers, distribution solutions, and more.

McIntosh

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https://www.mcintoshlabs.com/

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Smart Home Technology & Lifestyle Guide

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Learn about home automation and entertainment and what you can do with your living spaces when smart technology is installed and synchronized. Optimize the way you leave by creating the ultimate smart home.

Overview

You arrive home at dusk, and the exterior is perfectly lit. The garage door opens with a simple voice command, and the security system automatically disarms. After dinner, you dim the lighting and play your favorite music to unwind through your smartphone. By adding smart technologies to your house, you can achieve a more comfortable and fluid living style.

Technology is everywhere. It’s hard to imagine our lives not involving it. Between our phones, cars, offices, and homes, technology can enhance our living by bringing us closer to information, entertainment, and each other. 

It is often that our home technologies are not synchronized or work together. Luckily it t doesn’t have to be that way. Instead, you could use smart home technology to automate your life.

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How to Choose a Quality AV Company

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Home automation and audio-video technologies are, by their nature, flashy and exciting. Unsurprisingly, many AV companies in the Greater Boston area offer deals, promotions, and promises just as glitter. Because of this, selecting an AV company might seem overwhelming. How can you separate the substance from the hype?

Whether you’re shopping for a Sonos multi-room speaker system or full-scale automation for your new home, here are a handful of questions that you should ask before choosing an audio video company.

Do They Value Customers’ Time?

Home automation and related technologies make life more efficient. If the process of installing and maintaining these smart home systems becomes time-consuming, though, how “smart” is it, really? A quality AV company makes customers’ lives easier. This could mean guaranteed response times, skilled email and phone support, or top-flight preventive maintenance to head off problems before they begin. A truly excellent audio video company ensures that you enjoy your in-home technology as much as possible.

Are They There When You Need Them?

If you need help operating your home technology, your audio-visual company should be there for you. Look for skilled service managers and technicians who are available when you need them. A leading audio video company will offer comprehensive phone and email support and remedy issues through remote diagnostics. When on-site AV service is needed, choose a company that offers guaranteed response times. Life can’t be put on hold until the next available appointment. The best AV companies know this and are there when you need them.

Do They Listen to You?

Look for an AV consultant who is interested in your needs, not just the services they can sell. One of the first questions they should ask is, “What do you need your home to do that it’s not currently doing?” A great AV company will ask the right questions and create innovative solutions for your home, lifestyle, and budget.

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Wine Review: A Special Spätburgunder

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2018 Hex vom Dasenstein. Baden.

Just lovely. Light color, plenty of glycerin, and medium-bodied. This wine has a nose of strawberry and soy with more strawberry plus cherry, black tea, and forest floor in the mouth. It’s finish is long, slightly sweet, and peppery. This wine went very well with our ratatouille and Moroccan lamb stew. The bottle is embossed and hand-painted, and at USD $21, this is a bargain!

Thanks again to friend Luiz Alberto for suggesting many years ago that I drink Spätburgunder more often. I am consistently delighted!

A Smart Home Company Works Smarter

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As your Boston leader in home automation and smart home solutions, AVD is redefining what it means to work smart right here at our Westwood headquarters! In the past year, we’ve taken bold steps to change the way we work. By focusing on better, not bigger, we’ve saved space, reduced waste, empowered our employees to work more efficiently, and enriched our customer experience here in Westwood. Curious how we’ve done it? Read on!

A Digital Leader Ditches Paper

An industry-leading home electronics company going digital? It makes sense to us! Over the past year, AVD has become a paperless workplace. By converting all of our documents and records to digital, we’ve realized twofold benefits. First, we’ve eliminated the need for dozens of file cabinets and bankers’ boxes, reclaiming that square footage for a more valuable purpose. Second, by going digital, we’ve greatly reduced our company’s paper waste. Whenever we’re in a position to help the environment, that’s something everyone here can get behind.

Thinking (and Working) Outside the Box

AVD employees increasingly take advantage of flex work and telecommuting options on the job. In addition to facilitating a healthy work-life balance for our team members, this sort of flexibility in scheduling has allowed us to combine and reduce employee workspaces here at headquarters. Gone are the accounting bunkers and cavernous warehouses of old. Through remote work and Just-in-Time ordering, we’ve reduced our accounting and warehousing footprint by half. So, who’s benefitting from all this streamlining? We’re glad you asked!

Winning Big by Thinking Small.

By going paperless and streamlining our accounting and warehousing operations, AVD is now operating more efficiently than ever. With all the resources and space we’re now saving, we’ve been able to give back. Not only are we producing less waste, which is better for our planet, but we’ve been able to donate 30 filing cabinets to a local police station and contribute office desks and chairs to a customer’s start-up. Perhaps the biggest winner, though, is the AVD customer. Thanks to our reduced footprint, we’ve expanded and enhanced our Westwood Experience Center. Here, customers and those who advise them—architects, designers, and builders—can immerse themselves in the technologies and systems we offer. At the Experience Center, customers can see, hear, and touch our full range of products. Hidden TV’s, automated lighting and shading, incomparable speakers, home theater fixtures, and more: everything is on display. In reducing and reimagining our workspaces, we’ve EXPANDED our customer experience. As far as we’re concerned, there’s NOTHING smarter than that!

Best New TV Technology in 2019

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2019: The Year of the Television?

TV’s reigned supreme at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Today’s AV consumers have witnessed a remarkable television evolution in their lifetimes. When furniture-cased models and their massive projection descendants gave way to flat screen technology, we marveled at displays that seemed like science fiction made real. TV manufacturers are still pushing the boundaries of what’s possible— with truly remarkable results. Curious? Read on to discover some of the jaw-dropping new TV technology unveiled in Las Vegas.

LG Is On a Roll

Want a TV that’s only there when you need it? LG’s Signature OLED R rises to the challenge— literally. Capitalizing on OLED’s inherent flexibility, OLED R rises from its sleek aluminum case with the touch of a button, spooling back into hiding when not in use. When its stunning display is retracted, OLED R capably serves as a Bluetooth sound system. With 4.2-channel Dolby Atmos audio, audiophiles won’t be disappointed! If you prefer state-of-the-art audio video with a minimalist aesthetic, start saving for OLED R’s arrival (late 2019).

 

8K TV’s: Is It Upgrade Time?

8K TV’s made waves at CES 2019, but are they worth the investment? 8K refers to a television’s resolution— specifically, how many pixels its display contains. More pixels result in a clearer, more lifelike picture. For TV’s over 40-inches, 4K, with nearly 4,000 horizontal pixels, is now the industry standard. With 8,000 horizontal pixels, 8K is a whopping improvement on the industry standard. Up close, the pixels of an 8K display are virtually impossible to distinguish, resulting in a video that’s incomparably clear and bright. Read about Sony’s 8K technology.

LG, Samsung, Sony and others will bring 8K to US audio video consumers in 2019, but is it worth the investment? While 8K is a remarkable technical achievement, it’s important to remember that none of the programming we love (films, live sports, streaming content, etc.) is available in 8K yet, and this isn’t likely to change soon. Also, you’ll need a really big TV (think 80+ inches) to notice any real difference between 4K and 8K. So, unless you have one heck of a living room, it’s probably sensible to admire this technology from afar, at least for now.

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AVD Receives the 2018 Prism Award Gold Winner

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We are proud to announce that Audio Video Design received the 2018 Prism Award Gold Winner for Smart Home Technology.

“The PRISM Awards recognize the finest projects and outstanding achievements of builders, developers, project owners, architects, land planners, marketing/advertising firms, interior designers, remodelers, and other professionals in the home building industry. Winning a PRISM Award is a sign of excellence and recognition of superior achievement.”

– The Builders and Remodelers Association of Greater Boston (BRAGB)

Get Ready for Autumn with Home Technology

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Enjoying the last lazy, hazy days of summer? Before you know it, Autumn will be here with football, school and falling leaves. We want you to be ready for what’s ahead with these suggestions for home technology in lighting, window treatments, WiFi and speakers, and finally home networks for computers.

As the weather turns cooler and the days begin to shorten, you can use your automated window treatments to keep the heat in – opposite of summer months when you use shading to keep the heat out and prevent furniture from fading. If you have one of our automated lighting systems with the atomic clock feature, your lights will automatically turn on earlier and adjust when Day Light Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 4th.

Did you know that switching to LED lighting will lower your electric bills? They last much longer and run cooler than other types of bulbs.  LEDs offer great illumination for tasks like cooking and homework. Most programmable lighting platforms have many options for dimming and a variety of colors, too.  So LEDs are cool in more ways than one! Visit the AVD Experience Center and play with our array of lighting solutions.

 

Turn up the volume: Speakers and WiFi

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Winery Spotlight: Domaine Tour Campanets

If there could be a perfect little winery, it would be Domaine Tour Campanet. In Provence. A beautiful site. Run by a lovely young woman. Organic because she doesn’t want to work with chemicals. Making simple and superb wines. No commercialism. What could be better? Well, I suppose if your brain works like mine but you’re a woman, you would want a Provence winery with great wines made by a young guy. C’est la vie! There are plenty of those out there. You find them!

Emmanuelle Baude, owner and winemaker, is passionate about her vineyard. She knows every inch of the land, it’s soil, its smell, its shadows. I love her descriptions of the place. Her white has a dreamy name based in the reality of her relationship with the terroir: Bois des Fées.  Wood of the Fairies. And when I asked her how she came to name it thus, she recited a short story for me on the spot about the way the light and shadow play on the property. The vineyard is in the middle of a wood and to get there you must travel through closed and open areas, dense forest and open pasture. There is the play of light in its many forms, the variation of temperatures, the dust that you can see and the vacuum of space you cannot see.

Emmanuelle Baude of Domaine Tour Campanets and Roy Cohen of Cynthia Hurley Imports

The Bois des Fées Blanc starts out exotic-fruity and light and then intensifies, finishing in a way that demands attention. I love the rosés of Provence, including Emmanuelle’s, but this white wine is everything you want on a picnic! Half Vermentino, half Ugni Blanc.

Speaking of rosé, the Bois des Fées (yes, it should have a different name, such as Bois des Sirens) is fascinating because it looks and smells like a typical rosé of Provence but the addition of Cabernet Sauvignon to the Syrah and Grenache and the absence of Cinsault make it more accessible to the international palate. What does that mean? It mostly means it’s not as acidic and has more familiar flavors. The wine is the perfect match for cured meats.

Dom. Tour Campanets winery is making a Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence rouge called Mon Coeur Violettes, and a violet heart it is! There are only 2000 bottles (not cases!) and it is as succulent as the website proclaims. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan. I immediately thought of duck in a wine reduction sauce. Again, simple, but intensifying.

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AVD Wins 2018 Gold EM NARI CotY Award

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Audio Video Design won a 2018 Gold EM NARI CotY Award for Residential Specialty Interior for their Penthouse Perspective project. The Evening of Excellence for the 2018 Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards was held at the Clarke Showroom in Milford on March 28, 2018.

A two-career couple with a young family benefits from automation to make their home run smoothly. With a control system tying all of the electronics together, the net result is a smart home that needs minimal intervention to operate multiple TVs and distributed music, security, HVAC, lighting and shade control. Audio Video Design provided the latest technology to make living in a luxury building comfortable, safe and fun.

Photography by Greg Premru; Interior Design by Spring Hill Designs; Builder: Sea-Dar Construction (original work done by Woodmeister Master Builders).

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