Start Your Smart Home Journey with a Control4 Universal Remote

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Get Ready for an Exceptional Family Room Entertainment Experience

Interested in smart home control but hesitant to take the plunge? You can dip your toes in first by beginning with the Control4 installation starter package! An industry leader in smart home automation, Control4 offers scalable solutions for every need so that you can start small and expand later.

The Control4 starter package is perfect for effortless command of your entertainment room. The bundle consists of one Control4 EA-1 Entertainment and Automation Controller, which integrates your AV devices, and a handheld universal remote for intuitive entertainment control.

For a sweet taste of smart home control, read on to learn what to expect when you start with this single-room universal remote control package from Control4.

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Four Unique Ways to Use Motorized Shades and Window Treatments

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There’s a Motorized Solution for Almost Any Window

The month of May has been dubbed motorized shades month – at least for the purposes of our blog. We’ve endeavored to take as much of the mystery out of motorized shades as possible, or to educate if you didn’t find them particularly mysterious. Start the demystification by reading the earlier blogs in the series about the most frequently asked shade questions or the many ways to control your shades. Then keep reading below to get some ideas for motorized solutions you might not have thought possible for your home.

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What’s the Best Way to Operate Your Motorized Blinds and Shades?

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With Home Automation, Personalized Control Is at Your Fingertips

Are you new to motorized window treatments? Start by reading our blog that answers the most frequently asked questions about powered shades. If you’re already one step ahead, then let’s dive right into our next topic on motorized blinds and shades: the many ways you can operate them!

When you think of smart home control, mobile apps may come to mind. Apps are excellent for managing your devices and systems from anywhere—especially when you’re away from home. But the truth is that reaching for your phone each time you want to adjust window shades isn’t very intuitive.

Smart home technology should always feel natural to use. Motorized blinds and shades paired with home automation achieves that by offering various ways to command window treatments (beyond an app) that suit different situations, preferences, and homeowners. Discover the ways below!

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5 Frequently Asked Questions About Motorized Shades – Answered!

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Make the Best Motorized Shading Decisions for Your Home

Hand cranks were the standard for operating car windows until we upgraded to automatic buttons. We used to wash dishes by hand until the time-and-water-saving dishwasher was invented. Would you go back to cranks and hand washing now? Probably not. And after you experience powered window treatments, you won’t want to go back to manual blinds and shades either.

If you’re considering making the upgrade to motorized shades, this blog can serve as a quick guide to help you make the best decisions for your home. Our motorized shading experts have answered the most common questions about this smart home solution below. Keep reading to learn more!

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High-End Audio, Part 3: Amplifiers To Make Your Speakers Sing

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Bring Out All the Emotion and Nuance in Music with McIntosh Amplifiers

This is the third of a series of blogs on one of our favorite solutionshigh-end audio. In the first two, we’ve gone from discussing the endpoint – the speakers that create the sound – to the sources, like streaming, vinyl, and CDs. In this final installment, we’re going to go into the middle – the amplifier, the piece of equipment that creates the current to drive the speaker.

Power amplifiers are what make speakers come alive. Speakers are not all the same, and some amplifiers make far better partners for some speakers than others. Some speakers are relatively efficient, requiring smaller amounts of current to achieve high sound levels and clarity, and some only sound their best with copious quantities of undistorted power. 

One of our favorite amplifier brands is McIntosh. The company’s amplifiers are legendary, having powered the famous Woodstock concert of the late 1960s. Their build quality and longevity let them be passed down from one generation to the next, like a classic vintage automobile. Let’s dive a little deeper into McIntosh amplifiers and how they can amp up the sound system in your listening room.

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