These are a Few of Our Favorite Things – Stunning, Smart Technology for Every Home
The options are endless when it comes to choosing technology for your home. While choice is great it can also add complication. For example, how do you know which tech amenities make the most sense for your own home and lifestyle? Which brands are the best, fully vetted and fit into my décor and budget?
These are just a few of the questions homeowners face when embarking on a quest to make their homes safer, more efficient and fun. Having guided thousands of homeowners on this inspiring journey, Sage AV has investigated, tested and learned about top types of home tech products that provide a real, meaningful difference in the lives of their customers. Along the way, we’ve also discovered what customers tend to use the most once installation is complete. Perhaps most importantly—we’ve seen the systems that perform exceptionally well, deliver big benefits and integrate seamlessly into today’s home environments. So, without further ado, here are a few of our favorite tech solutions that are available now, and that meet the “Sage AV Standard.”
The Future is Here Today with Motorized TV Lifts from Future Automation
At Sage AV we take every measure to make technology blend, if not disappear, into the design of a home. Our team has explored many technology solutions that can preserve the design and architectural integrity of a residence, while delivering top-notch entertainment. While some of our clients like having a TV ever-present, it can be a bit of a black hole on the wall when turned off or can sometimes detract from the interior design on which our clients spent significant time and investment.
Thanks to innovative mounting systems from Future Automation, you can easily stow the TV until it’s showtime almost anywhere! The TV attaches to a specially designed, motor-driven mechanism that moves on command from a remote, keypad or mobile app. The motorized mount and TV can be hidden inside a cabinet, beneath the floor or even under the bed. This is a stealth installation approach that preserves design while enabling you enjoy big-screen entertainment whenever you want it.
And talk about a conversation piece! Imagine the look on the faces of your friends and family when they see a TV magically appear as a wall turns or a cabinet opens. James Bond has nothing on this neat solution.
Beyond the aesthetic advantages, we really like how easily Future Automation’s lifts can be integrated with other smart home systems. We can determine the best viewing position and set the mount to lift and swivel the TV to that exact spot. Also, we can synch the movement of the mount with operation of other devices. For example, our team can program a “Movie” button on a handheld device that dims lights, closes the window shades and signals the mount to lift the TV into perfect viewing position. This can transform any room into a home theater in seconds.
Homes not Only Look their Best, but Perform Best with Stylish Shades from J Geiger
For living rooms, bedrooms and beyond. We love the look of shades that lift and lower quietly in unison across a bank of windows – and so do our customers. Over the years, we’ve discovered that this type of system gets used as often as entertainment, as shades are used on a daily, sometimes hourly basis.
Beyond the luxury of a perfectly choreographed series of motorized shades, there’s the energy they help save and the comfort they provide by blocking out hot sun or setting a room’s light just right for working on your computer.
At Sage AV, J Geiger meets our standard for all types of projects. They are not only a market leader in the shading category, but they offer a unique, wide variety of premium fabric choices that are as fashion-forward as they are functional. We can easily incorporate sleek, programmable keypads to make positioning them a cinch.
One of our favorite aspects of these shades is the array of materials. Specific options include sheer, translucent, blackout and decorative fabrics in many colors and textures. These shades are elegant, refined and simply stunning. Available as wired or wire-free, battery-operated systems, they look beautiful from any angle All typically unsightly wires and screws are concealed within the system, and brackets are milled from solid aluminum and made in the U.S. Designed to be whisper quiet as they gently raise and lower, J Geiger shades will positively impact your environment, mood and every moment.
Where Art and Sound Come Together – it’s Meridian
There are two schools of thought when it comes to integrating technology into a home – you can hide it or blend it like the above mounting and shading solutions, or you can make it stand out as a design or room centerpiece. The DSP8000 XE loudspeakers from Meridian represent the latter approach and do they ever!
We’ve always loved the amazing sound performance of Meridian. Realistic and three-dimensional, they’re a true sonic masterpiece, and recognized as one of the best for Audiophile-quality listening. With Meridian, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a live concert while seated on your couch.
The way they look, however, makes them even more of a showstopper, and a true blend of form and function, all in one. Visually spectacular, these speakers resembling a piece of sculptural artwork that’s meant to be admired, not hidden. If you are into high quality music, a pair of floorstanding DSP8000 XEs is the way to add art to any space that will always create conversation.
Bringing it Home
These three technologies represent only a very small portion of the favorite entertainment, environment and smart home systems that meet the Sage AV Standard. If you have interest in seeing, listening or enjoying some of these, we’re here for you. And, if you fall in love, we can help you bring it home. We’ll share additional favorites that meet our standards in future blogs.
Photo Credits: Future Automation, Lutron and Meridian, our partners. All rights reserved by their individual companies.