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What Sets Meridian Speakers Above the Rest?

What Sets Meridian Speakers Above the Rest?

Enrich Your Lincoln Park Home with High-End Audio from Meridian When it comes to high-end audio, Meridian has an exceptional reputation as the manufacturer of sophisticated, impeccably designed loudspeakers that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the ear. At our recent Technology & Design Expo, we used Meridian loudspeakers to fill the Pella showroom in the Merchandise Mart with sound, and it was remarkable how much power and clarity two loudspeakers could deliver. That showroom is probably much larger than any room in your Lincoln Park home or condominium, so imagine how much more full your music, TV shows, and movies would sound with Meridian loudspeakers enveloping you in an exceptional auditory experience. Keep reading to find out why Meridian is one of our trusted brand partners for high-end audio systems. SEE ALSO: Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo Advanced Technology Creates Lifelike Sound Digital Signal Processing is at the core of Meridian’s technology, allowing for precise reproduction of audio signals that eliminates the inevitable noise and degradation of analog circuitry. Amplifiers and DACs are traditionally separate components connected to the speakers through cables, but Meridian brings all of these elements together to keep sound in its pure digital form for as long as possible. Enhanced Bass Alignment digitally realigns the bass to remove sound blur, and turns the usual left/right stereo setup into an immersive 3D soundstage that will have you hearing new details in your favorite tracks. You’ll feel like you’re sitting right in the studio with the musicians, and the best way to truly understand the difference is to experience... read more
How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill?

How Can Lutron Lighting Control Lower Your Energy Bill?

Lutron Helps Minimize Your Hinsdale Home’s Carbon Footprint. Your energy bill is only getting bigger as your Hinsdale home gains new devices that are consistently using electricity, so if there’s a piece of smart technology that can help you save on your power usage each month, you want it for your house. Lights are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to energy usage, but with Lutron lighting control, you can make home-wide adjustments that conserve electricity. Read on to learn how Lutron smart lighting can help you lower your utility spending and improve the functionality of your home.

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What Is the Right Media Room Design for Your Home?

What Is the Right Media Room Design for Your Home?

The end of the Chicago summer means you’re about to spend much more time indoors, and a media room helps you get the most out of your indoor entertainment. Whether you’re excited about the return of professional football, the latest Netflix show, or a new video game, you should have a space that is customized to meet the viewing needs of everyone in your household. Barrett’s Technology Solutions specializes in media room design that provides maximum functionality without losing any visual appeal, and your vision for your home guides how we work. We aim to create a space so inviting that you’ll want to spend hours at a time in it, and you’ll thank us for it when the temperature drops. Keep reading to learn about the media room designs we recommend for different types of viewers.

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What Makes an Exceptional Multi-Room Music System?

What Makes an Exceptional Multi-Room Music System?

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 takes seconds to change the volume, and you can adjust each speaker if you want to enhance your soundscape.

Read on to learn how Barrett’s creates multi-room music systems customized to bring the best audio to Chicago homes.

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Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

Go Inside Barrett’s First Technology & Design Expo

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.

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Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

Building a Home Theater: What Architects Need to Know

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.

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Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

Get More Stunning Window Treatments with Motorized Shades

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.

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Does Your Lighting System Make Your Life More Luxurious?

Does Your Lighting System Make Your Life More Luxurious?

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.

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What Is a Connected Home Truly Capable Of?

What Is a Connected Home Truly Capable Of?

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.

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Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System

Behind the Scenes: How Home Networking Impacts Your System

Smart technology is a brilliant addition to your home. It adds convenience to your life, allows you to adjust the mood of a room with just a few taps, and can make your home safer. In order to fully see all of these benefits, though, one piece of your system cannot be overlooked: proper home networking. It’s the key that allows your devices and systems to all perform at their best.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the importance of home networking to keep your system (and your house) running smoothly.

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