What Makes an Exceptional Multi-Room Music System?

What Makes an Exceptional Multi-Room Music System?

Listen to High-Performance Music Anywhere in Your Home We live in a musical world. The rise of streaming services makes it easier than ever to access nearly any song at any time, and music is now an essential part of how we move through the day and engage with our environment. Given how important music is in your daily routine, you want a sound system for your home that delivers high-performance audio in any room with the push of a button. A multi-room music system from Barrett’s Technology Solutions brings all of your audio sources together in a single control interface. Want to play classic rock in the kitchen, jazz in the living room, and top 40 hits on the back porch? Set the music for each zone by accessing streaming services and your home’s own media server from the same app. It only takes seconds to select the music of your choice and to adjust volume to the desired level. Read on to learn how Barrett’s creates multi-room music systems customized to bring the best audio to Chicago homes.   SEE ALSO: High-End Audio Solutions to Watch for This Year   Embrace the Unique Acoustics of Each Space Each room in your house is going to have different acoustic demands, and the design of your multi-room music system needs to consider the dimensions of the space, the layout of furniture, and different surfaces that can affect how sound moves around the room. Are there carpets and drapes absorbing sound? Leather furniture reflecting sound? The right balance of surface textures will give you a fuller listening experience, and we...
Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

Exploring the Intersection of Technology and Design for Chicago Smart Home Installers   In a stunning showroom overlooking the Chicago River, the CEO of Leon Speakers paints a portrait of Chicago jazz legend Buddy Guy. Smart home installers, interior designers, and technology professionals sip margaritas while chatting over Big Star tacos, sharing details about their industries and learning how they can all benefit from recent advances in their respective fields. A raffle is being held benefiting Almost Home Kids, a transition home for kids with traumatic medical experiences, and two guests will walk away with the one-of-a-kind Buddy Guy painting and an iPad dock from TRUFIG. The atmosphere inside Merchandise Mart’s Pella Crafted Luxury showroom is relaxed, friendly, and interactive, with different smart technology manufacturers setting up their products in the rooms surrounding a communal space for food, drink, and presentations later in the afternoon.     Barrett’s Technology Solutions’ Technology & Design Expo was a first in our 52-year history, and the success of our their event on July 25th has highlighted the need for an annual showcase of how technology and design should work together. Wish you were there? Read on for a recap of the event to whet your appetite for the next expo.   SEE MORE: Partnering with a Smart Home Company: Frequently Asked Questions   Retailers Spotlight Their Latest Innovations Representatives from CinemaTech, Leon, Lutron, Meridian, Millson, Salamander, Savant, Séura, Sonance, Sony, and TRUFIG showed off their most recent innovations, giving guests the opportunity to experience these sophisticated smart home and business solutions first-hand. Sink into a luxurious CinemaTech home theater recliner, try out...
Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

Tips to Achieving a Truly Successful Home Theater Installation   A successful home theater is about far more than having the latest 4K Ultra HD projector or the right seats to fit the theater theme. In order to create a theater that immerses the viewer in each film, it all starts with the architect. Size, shape, layout…the initial plans of a home theater lay the groundwork for the final product. So if you’re an architect in the Chicago, Illinois area, we invite you to read over these tricks of the trade to make your next home theater installation a success.   SEE ALSO: What’s the Key to Successful Home Theater Design?   Soundproofing Isn’t Optional Soundproofing is often an afterthought, something that’s addressed after the initial build of the theater is complete. But it’s so very important. A properly soundproofed room makes for a great theater, while a poorly soundproofed room is a theater that will seldom be used. For proper soundproofing, you must decouple the room. Only by decoupling the walls can you achieve the level of soundproofing needed for a dedicated home cinema.   Calculate Dimensions Based on Chairs We’ve seen it many times: after the theater room is built, the homeowners find out that it can’t accommodate the number of chairs they were planning on. Theater seating is far more complex than a standard living room or dining room. Each chair must be strategically placed to provide an ideal viewing and listening experience. It’s best to decide on the type of theater seating and number of desired seats before the room is planned out. That way,...
Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Are Your Windows Dressed to the Nines?   If you’re looking for that next upgrade for your home to make it look more stunning and luxurious, look no further than your windows – or rather, what’s hanging in front of them. Window treatments can have a huge impact on the look and feel of a room. Changing up that one element can go a long way toward making your home feel fresh and new. It’s also the perfect time to explore the possibilities of leveraging smart technology with your window treatments. Motorized blinds and shades offer many advantages, from convenience to energy savings, but their biggest value lies in their ability to make your Gold Coast home more beautiful. Keep reading to learn how.   SEE ALSO: DOES YOUR LIGHTING SYSTEM MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE LUXURIOUS?   The Perfect Brightness in Every Room Bright light can bring out the best in home décor and furnishings, but the struggle with natural light is that it can’t be controlled. Some days may be too bright, while other days will be dim and dreary. With standard window treatments, there’s nothing you can do to combat fickle weather. Motorized shades, on the other hand, give you the ability to control exactly how bright each room is. On particularly sunny days, the shades lower automatically to filter out the harshest rays, leaving a pleasant glow that’s not too overwhelming. On dimmer days, the same sensors that cause the shades to lower will alert the smart light fixtures in the room, causing them to brighten automatically.   Protect Your Furnishings from Sun Damage UV Rays...
Does Your Lighting System Make Your Life More Luxurious?

Does Your Lighting System Make Your Life More Luxurious?

Experience the Benefits of Lutron Lighting Control   Do you ever feel like you are spending far too much time changing your environment to better fit your needs? Between sharing meals, enjoying movies and books, helping children with homework, and any number of hobbies, your family is always using your home in new ways. You deserve technology that not only understands your needs, but also responds to them. Specifically, your lighting system has the power to impact your whole home, and one particular feature allows you to truly utilize it to its best potential. Smart control — more precisely, Lutron lighting control — saves you time and sets up a more enjoyable environment for your day-to-day life in Burr Ridge.   See Also: Why Lighting Control is the Best Interior Design Technology     Create Lighting Scenes A Lutron lighting control system allows you to do more than just turn the lights on and off at various brightness levels or colors. Control takes it a step further. You can create customized “scenes,” which are predetermined settings tailored to your needs and preferences. For example, you might create a scene with the perfect environment for reading, so you don’t strain your eyes. You’ll then have access to that scene with the push of a button, so you won’t need to spend time adjusting the lights to enjoy your favorite book. The benefits aren’t limited to one space at a time, either. Rather than walking from room to room and manually adjusting every light throughout the day or evening, you can set your system to remember your preferences for each time...
What Is a Connected Home Truly Capable Of?

What Is a Connected Home Truly Capable Of?

Smart Home Control Gives You Complete Command of Your Home   We’ve written some in-depth blogs in the past about various topics like specific manufacturers, home networking, and health benefits of lighting control. Just as important as these specific topics, though, is a high-level view of what exactly smart home control is capable of and what it means for your Chicago home. In this blog, we’ll look at some basic features and benefits of smart home control to give you an idea of the possibilities. Just keep reading to find out what those are.   See Also: Savant Home Automation: Power at Your Fingertips     Control  Smart home control is exactly as it sounds: complete control and management of your home and its technology. The defining feature of a smart home is the connectedness between technology and the living space. Your lights, motorized shades, and audio/video are all associated, so they can function either in sync or separately. This is where control comes in. To go from room to room manually adjusting each piece would be a great hassle. Imagine coming home from a long day at work and walking around your entire property to close the shades one room at a time, adjust the lights, and set the alarm. Then imagine doing it all over again in the morning. With smart home control, you manage all of this from one location. You can sync your devices to work with one another on a schedule, but you won’t be limited to it. Your home will also obey your commands from a single source, like your smart phone.  Say...