3 Ways Whole Home Audio Can Improve Your Lifestyle

3 Ways Whole Home Audio Can Improve Your Lifestyle

A smart home audio system opens new and exciting ways to enjoy music throughout your Chicago home Whether you’re cleaning your kitchen, enjoying a glass of wine after a long day or entertaining your friends, music makes your home a livelier and more enjoyable place to be. Given all the ways audio can enhance both everyday activities and special occasions, why not make it as easy as possible to listen to your audio of choice anywhere in your home? This is where whole home audio systems come into play. Using a network of speakers connected by sophisticated software, your music can follow you around your home with ease. There are additional benefits as well. Want to know more about whole home audio for your Chicago home? Keep reading. SEE ALSO: 3 Characteristics of a High-End Audio System CONTINUOUS ENTERTAINMENT Switching among multiple home audio sources is often inconvenient. Having multiple audio sources often means you’re also switching between different remotes. Whole home audio systems resolve these issues by streamlining your various audio sources under the control of one device. You’re no longer bound to one room when you use whole home audio. Your central control switch may be in your media room or home theater, but you can connect speakers to that switch from anywhere using a wireless or hard-wired connection. Now your music seamlessly follows you from room to room. For more variety in your audio offerings, we can design your whole home audio system to include multiple zones. With multiple audio zones, you can enjoy different audio in each of those areas. No more fighting among family...
Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater

Why Big Summer Movies Are Better in a Home Theater

No need to leave your home to see the best blockbusters – bring the best experience to your Chicago home Summer movie season is here, and that means it’s time for the studios to show off their biggest, baddest, most awe-inspiring movies. In years past you had to trek to your local movie theater, wait in line, and sit through commercials just to enjoy the best possible visuals and sound, but no longer. With a professionally installed home theater system for your Chicago home, you can bring the best elements of the cinema to you instead of needing to brave the multiplex. It’s easier than you might think, and we can walk you through everything you need.  Here are 3 elements that make your at-home movie-going experience superior. SEE ALSO: 3 Trends to Enhance Your Home Theater Design and Technology   YOUR SCREEN If you’re going to build a home theater, the place to start is your display. And what puts the “theater” in home theater better than a projection screen? One advantage of using a projector is that you can get a much bigger screen for much cheaper than you would for a TV of the same size. This makes screen sizes of 100 inches or even larger reasonably affordable. For the best picture quality, you’ll want a screen with 4K resolution and High-Dynamic Range imaging, or HDR. HDR gives you a broader, more vibrant range of colors than regular 4K, creating greater color contrast and more lifelike images. The increased resolution helps with motion blur and gives you sharp, lifelike images on screen. One important thing to...
Barrett’s Technology Solutions Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

Barrett’s Technology Solutions Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019

BARRETT’S TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS of NAPERVILLE, IL Awarded Best Of Houzz 2019   Awarded by Community of Over 40 Million Monthly Users, Annual BOH Badge Highlights Home Remodeling & Design Professionals with Top Ratings and Most Popular Home Designs   January 28, 2019 – Barrett’s Technology Solutions of Naperville, IL has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home renovation and design. The 52-year old technology integration firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 2.1 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. The Best Of Houzz badge is awarded annually, in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design awards honor professionals whose work was the most popular among the Houzz community. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including a pro’s overall rating on Houzz and client reviews submitted in 2018. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2019” badge will appear on winners’ profiles as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. “We would like to thank Houzz for honoring Barrett’s with the ‘Best Of Customer Service’ award for the 4th year in a row” said Joe Barrett – President of Barrett’s Technology Solutions. “We strive to provide our clients with the highest levels of service & support and this recognition is very much appreciated.” “Best of Houzz is a true badge of honor as it is awarded by our community of homeowners, those who are hiring design,...
Save Energy this Winter with Motorized Blinds And Shades

Save Energy this Winter with Motorized Blinds And Shades

Regulate The Temperature Of Your Chicago, IL Home With Smart Technology January is the time for making commitments that improve your lifestyle, and for a lot of people, money-saving decisions are smart resolutions. One of the biggest expenses when it comes to living in Chicago during the winter is your heating bill, and the frigid temperatures can be brutal for the climate control system in your home. Luckily, there’s a smart home solution that can help you cut down on your utilities spending by adding insulation along with other temperature-regulating features. Keep reading to learn how motorized blinds and shades will keep your Chicago, IL home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. SEE ALSO: Why Are Motorized Blinds An Essential Smart Home Feature? Maintain A Consistent Temperature Your windows are responsible for most of the heat transference that occurs in your home, which is why having motorized blinds and shades is such an effective solution. Your window treatments create an insulating pocket of air between windows and the rest of the room, establishing a barrier that keeps your warm air from leeching outside and cold air from making its way in. That barrier also helps keep cold air inside during the summer, and by blocking sunlight, you’re also diminishing heat gain. When you’re having people over for entertaining, your home heats up. The stove and the oven are on while you’re preparing food, and as more people show up, their body heat raises the temperature. You want your home to be warm in the winter, but you don’t want people to get uncomfortable. By connecting your...
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...