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Picking A Subwoofer For Your Home Theater In Jupiter

home theater jupiterAsk any home theater Jupiter enthusiast about their equipment, and they’ll probably drop a few specs about their screen, talk about the quality of their receivers, maybe show off some of their secondary components like the remote that dims the lights or the digital archive of their movies.

But when it’s time to impress the company, the star player is always the thunderous, earth-shaking bass sound — and whether the jet’s going past your head or the monster is crushing a building, the component that brings it home is the subwoofer. Picking the right one for your needs and balancing it with the system you have can be a little tricky, but keeping in mind just a couple of things can get you on track.

First of all, there’s the matter of frequency. The sub is going to take over where your other speakers leave off, delving into the deepest lows where no regular speaker dares to follow. To avoid gaps in coverage, so to speak, your subwoofer needs to have a maximum high frequency that’s in line with the minimum low your existing speakers can reach.

Next, know your habits. If you listen to things loud all the time, you can generally get away with smaller subwoofers; but if you like to listen at lower levels, smaller diameter subs tend not to produce audible sounds (for most of us) at lower volumes. If you expect to listen to a lot of music in addition to watching movies, look for speakers that handle the relatively higher frequencies (e.g. 30Hz to 80Hz) that are common in music, rather than the much lower rumbles associated with films.

Finally, consult with a professional to determine whether you’re overpowering (or underpowering) your specific space. To arrange a consultation with our home theater experts, contact us today!

Paradigm Soundtrack 2 System Now Available!

Paradigm is pleased to announce that the Soundtrack 2, a wireless subwoofer system and 6-driver soundbar is now available. This is a low-profile Paradigm-quality sound that offers to match all flat panels. It has bluetooth with aptX streaming technology and includes 2-channel Music Mode as well as multichannel Movie modes with Dolby Digital and Paradigm Virtual Surround. A great-sounding substitute for existing low-profile soundbars with sonic excellence based on Paradigm’s 30 years of award-winning sound innovation. Fully powered by way of the built-in amplifier, Paradigm Soundtrack 2 needs no other A/V components for power.

Soundtrack 2

Soundtrack 2

The lack of existing high-fidelity options was one of the reasons Paradigm decided to tackle the powered soundbar market. The physical cone separation and deep, distinct bass from the sub makes it the ideal solution for those who don’t have a lot of room space or are craving a minimalist aesthetic. The Paradigm Soundtrack 2 has 2 x 25 watts RMS Sustained; 2 x 50 watts Peak Power. The sub offers 240 watts Peak Power. The onboard interface manages the Power, Volume and Syncing of the subwoofer with the Paradigm soundbar. The system can learn source select, power on/off, volume up/down and mute from the TV’s remote so that both the Paradigm Soundtrack 2 and the TV can be controlled with just one remote. Discrete HEX codes are also available if needed.

The Paradigm soundbar features two bass/midrange drivers, two high-frequency drivers and two passive radiators. 4-1/2˝ bass midrange drivers and 4˝ passive radiators are a mineral filled polypropylene which delivers a low-mass, high-stiffness cone. High-frequency drivers feature 1˝ satin-anodized aluminum dome tweeters for superior high-frequency performance, which is a rarity at this price point. Passive radiators boost extended lower frequencies and driver complements are physically separated inside the cabinet providing sonic clarity and distinct channel separation. Snap-in feet can be put on the Paradigm soundbar to place it on a flat surface.

The Paradigm soundbar’s rear panel provides either digital optical and analog stereo inputs for hook-up of Blu-ray/DVD/CD players, satellite receivers, gaming consoles or other external sources. Analog outputs are also included for wired subwoofer connection. Connections can be made via the Paradigm soundbar or the TV, increasing the amount of inputs as well as improving the user experience. Users can choose between a wireless and a wired sub. The dual-ported subwoofer has an 8˝ laminated composite cone driver with a 1-1/2˝ high-temperature aluminum-wire voice coil. Oversized ports and driver are displayed in a perpendicular pattern to achieve the low-profile design with the dual ports providing deep, even bass response. The Digital Signal Processing signal-processing engine uses sophisticated mathematical algorithms to frame frequency response so that even at loud levels, bass is accurate and musical. The DSP platform is also behind the mathematical algorithms needed for Paradigm Virtual Surround sound processing.  This surround sound is so realistic that it makes this product stand out in the category. If desired, the Paradigm sub can fit into a standard A/V cabinet.

Paradigm’s Soundtrack 2 is a winner when it comes to an all-in-one value-oriented powered audio solutionsWith today’s living spaces being smaller, its high level of performance mixed with a non-technical setup is perfect in a placement-friendly format.  The Paradigm Soundtrack 2 experience is made large due to the Music and Movie modes with the Paradigm Virtual Surround, Bluetooth with aptX streaming and Dolby Digital decoding.  Customers are going to experience a music and movie experience that’s very higher caliber, whether the Paradigm system is used as their primary system or a secondary system in a bedroom, dorm, den, etc. The built-in Paradigm amplifier make it virtually a plug’n play system.

The Black Gloss Soundtrack 2 is available from participating Paradigm Dealers throughout North America.  Contact us today to find out more information or to schedule a Free Consultation!

Home Automation North Palm Beach is where the tech is

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From refrigerators and thermostats to washing machines and light bulbs, Smart Home utilities are progressively replacing their ordinary predecessors.


The home of the future is finally here.

The vision of Home Automation has been popular at world fairs and sci-fi cityscapes for decades.  This vision is being turned into reality by enthusiasts and vendors who recognize a growing market for smart appliances.

Even the simple light bulb has been given a tech modification, with added features such as Wi-Fi.

Home Automation products should be on the radar of retailers looking to interest future consumers.  Home Automation is becoming one of the fastest-growing new market sections.

We all believe that tomorrow should be better than today and Home Automation companies are compelled to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary for everyone’s benefit.  The key to the market’s success is convenience and affordability.

Cutting-edge technology is commonly seen as exceedingly complex and expensive.  To be truly innovative, Home Automation technology should be reliable, easy to understand, simple to use, and regulated with today’s pricing expectations.

To create a unified Smart Home, homeowners might consider using Network Attached Storage (NAS) as a central hub for each device.  In the future all you’ll need is a managed server to open an app that can turn on your coffee in the morning.

Home Automation will become more popular once the technology is better developed and prices will become more acceptable.

A major selling point for many Smart Home devices is their capability to someday pay for themselves.  There are thermostats that learn when to turn down the heating to save on energy bills, which can save a lot of money on a relatively cheap investment.  Smart refrigerators can also tempt buyers into a more pricey initial cost, by presenting the capability to reduce the amount of food being left to perish.

Selling Home Automation products isn’t the only gain the market holds for retailers – companies could boost business by utilizing smart devices themselves.  Retailers could use smart bulbs to accent their products and gain control over how customers feel and experience their stores.

Despite the increasing ease, the Home Automation market still needs to grow and work together.  Many devices only talk to their manufacturer’s base and don’t communicate with anything else.

This will change, as open standards are becoming more common. It won’t be long before the washing machine, dryer and dishwasher will decide amongst themselves which gets to run first, after the appliances consult with the energy company through the central hub to get a good deal on the electricity they need.  At that point, some portion of home automation will become customary and just taken for granted.

For more information about the installers of home theater and home automation Jupiter residents have come to trust most with their entertainment and smart home needs, please give us a call today!

Leveraging Light In Your Home Theater Palm Beach Gardens

home theater palm beach gardensWhen it comes to home theater  Palm Beach Gardens clients we’ve worked with over the years all agree it’s the finishing touches that tend to make all the difference; every good home theater Palm Beach Gardens will have a fantastic screen, high-powered speakers, and the best in source material choices, but a truly great home theater  Palm Beach Gardens takes the experience to the next level by ensuring the proper “mood”.

And when it comes to setting a “mood”, it’s hard to beat lighting. Indeed, one of the biggest reasons for getting into home automation Palm Beach Gardens clients cite is the desire to control their lighting environment. Pairing that ability with your home theater Palm Beach Gardens is the natural progression from that desire, and we’ve found ways over the years to really leverage lighting to its full potential when you go to watch a film at home.

We’ve talked in this space about using home automation to lower lights as a film begins — and raise them again when the credits roll — and we’ve shown you ideas on using automated shade control to optimize the ambient light. But another great idea we’ve seen is to use small, focused lights to accent great-looking speakers, memorabilia mounted on the walls or sitting on pedestals, or even to highlight architectural elements in the home theater space itself — such as a particular ledge, old-style molding or ceiling accents. Lighting can also be used for safety; there’s nothing more treacherous in the dark than an unfamiliar step or two, and well-positioned lights can make all the difference.

When you’re ready to work with the experts in automation, home theater Palm Beach Gardens and home electronics Palm Beach Gardens clients recommend to their friends more often than any other, give us a call! We look forward to hearing from you.

Genelec Adds G Two Models to Its Active Speaker Lineup

SEAGULL1102Genelec is popular for its active, or powered, speakers that can distribute a good home theater kick.

This Massachusetts-based company’s new G Two Active speaker models might not be great in size, but they can surely pack a punch from their condensed dimensions.

This Genelec speaker is available in black or white, and features a four-inch woofer and 3/4-inch tweeter.  This places it relatively in the middle of Genelec’s G Series lineup that includes the marginally smaller woofers in its G One and slightly bigger woofers in its G Three.  Genelec’s G Four models also contain 3/4-inch tweeters.

For bigger thump you can add Genelec’s F Series active subwoofers that can accompany the G Series products.

The G Two models deviate from your typical bookshelf speaker design in their curvy cabinet structure that was a product of Genelec’s engineers teaming with award-winning designer Harri Koskinen.

Genelec says the design not only provides striking looks, but also helps the speaker’s acoustical features by reducing the acoustic reflections sometimes caused by sharp edges on a speaker. The company says that, combined with its Directivity Control Waveguide, this allows the G Two to deliver a smooth frequency response both on and off axis. Genelec’s 8.1-pound speaker frequency response is rated between 65 to 21000 Hz.

What Will Your Next Home Theater Projector Be?

SEAGULL1104Home theater shoppers are going to have a hard time choosing the perfect projector for their new project. Why? Because there are so many projectors that are so good that it’s going to be hard to decide what technology and features you’re going to want in your home theater.

Over the past few years, the trend has been toward making home theater projectors brighter without forfeiting black level. That continues this year as well. Each model is brighter and exhibits better contrast ratios than the model it replaces. There is also more prominence on flexible installation features and enhanced image processing.

4K, or Ultra HD, has also showed its head, though not in great numbers. Sony has introduced two new true 4K projectors and JVC presented a full line of e-Shift3 projectors that accept 4K signals and show 4K resolution on your home theater screen.

Even though 4K is a buzz word among HDTVs right now, that doesn’t mean it’s the most substantial feature when picking out a home theater projector. Contrast ratio, light output, and color fidelity are equally important. The new 1080p projectors have shown important advancements in all those categories, making them worthy of the most remarkable home theater cinema.

Home Theater Screens Meet All Your Needs

SEAGULL1103There are two misunderstandings about projection-based home theaters. The first one is that they are only appropriate for dark, dedicated rooms. The second one is that all home theater screens are substantially the same. This year’s CEDIA Expo proved both of those ideas are sincerely flawed.

The reason why is because home theater screen manufacturers now have a wide assortment of new materials and applications that make projection video systems possible for nearly anywhere.

When Home Theater projection screens are installed correctly and matched with the right components, they are better than flat panel TVs in almost every way. They’re bigger (with a few exclusions flat panel TVs max out at 90 inches.), are easier to disguise, can present a better picture, take no wires (unless they are motorized) and can be less expensive per square inch than good flat panel TVs. They also supply a much greater emotional encounter and immersion for the viewer.

But if you want to watch a video in a non-dark room, there are ambient light rejecting home theater screens for just that. If you want to watch a video outside, weather-proof and wind-proof home theater screens are available. You can also get an acoustically transparent home theater screen and put the speakers behind it if you do not want the speakers to stand out in the room. If you want to hide your home theater screen, there are retractable screens with different price options.

This means that picking a screen for your home theater or media room is a lot more complex than it used to be years ago. A few years ago you either went with a matte white screen or a gray screen. White screens were used in dark caves and gray screens helped a little with ambient light and helped boost contrast on weaker projectors.

Then there were different variations of gray in different gains, which is the amount of light the screen reflects back and better acoustically transparent materials, which are used for hiding the speakers behind the home theater screen.  There were also angular reflection screens that reject light coming from anywhere except from the direction of the projector.

All those differences are designed mostly for matching the projector’s capabilities to the home theater screen and the room lighting conditions. Once that’s decided you need to contemplate the installation and aesthetic needs of the home theater room. Fixed, wall-mounted screens are still the most typical in dedicated home theaters, but dedicated home theater rooms are now being dominated by multipurpose media rooms. For situations where watching a big picture isn’t the only, or even the primary, purpose of the room, motorized screens that lower from the ceiling or raise from a cabinet are now typical for hiding a home theater screen when it’s not in use.

But, fixed screens that look more like flat panel TVs are the present rage. Now most major screen companies offer a minimal bezel around the edge.

Ultrabright Outdoor Home Theater Weathers the Elements

RTIBlogFlorida and Southern California are hotbeds for outdoor entertaining. New York? Not so much. But the fussy weather of the Northeast didn’t stop the owners of this outdoor space from integrating a reference-grade home theater system into their backyard. They made sure, with the help of their custom electronics professionals, that their expensive equipment would be well-protected from Mother Nature.

This was done through special programming of an RTI XP-8 control system and ingenious installation of the screen, projector and other components. The 14-foot-wide screen is motorized to roll up into a soffit underneath a balcony when no one is watching it. The owners can move the screen up and down by pressing buttons on a waterproof RTI remote or an iPad. However, if the owners’ weather station detects a wind velocity of over 8 miles per hour, the RTI system will automatically put the screen away and shut down the entire home theater system. When the wind dies down and the sun has set, the owners use the home theater again. This may sound a little restrictive but it’s for the best. These homeowners demanded only the best viewing experience from their outdoor theater. This can’t happen if the sunlight is blasting onto the screen. Therefore, the outdoor theater system can only be used after a certain time of day, as controlled by the astronomical clock inside the RTI XP-8 system.

In the dark, the outdoor theater screen can really shine. Its 14-foot-wide size guarantees that no matter where everyone is hanging out, they can clearly see all the action. An ultrabright (6,000-ANSI lumen), ISF (Imaging Science Foundation)-calibrated projector from Digital Projection International (DPI) was put behind the outdoor theater screen in an attic space. That way it’s protected from the elements and hidden from view.

The family can hear the movie from the swimming pool as well as the patio because of the surround sound system that was installed.  The speakers perform as the front channels of the surround-sound system, and are able to be played loudly and without distortion. In order to contain the sound to the yard they’re angled downward from the eave of the house. Planter speakers are positioned throughout the outdoor theater area to preclude audio “dead spots” and to serve as the surrounds. No movie is worth listening to if you can’t feel and hear the bass, so three subwoofers were strategically planted in the yard. The speakers and subs are driven by an amplifier that pushs out 2,500 watts of calibrated power.

The home theater may take center stage in this backyard, but the RTI system controls a lot more than the A/V equipment. The motorized patio umbrellas, as well as all of the lights, can be operated from an RTI remote or iPad. The umbrellas are designed to catch and channel rainwater to an underground water drainage system. This is just one more step that was taken to protect the outdoor home theater equipment from the weather.

Paradigm’s 2.1 Speaker System Accommodates Apple Products

Paradigm-Millenia-CT-Speaker-SystemParadigm’s Millenia CT 2.1 speaker system is part of the company’s SHIFT series of products. It showcases two active monitors and a powered subwoofer. The speaker system features design aspects from the company’s Reference MilleniaOne speakers.

With new usage applications such as computer-based audio systems leading a new era in home audio, consumer electronics companies have had to become more inventive. The popular Canadian speaker manufacturer, Paradigm, has been one of the early adopters to the computer audio and portable media markets through the development of its SHIFT series of products.

Paradigm recently boosted the SHIFT series with the release of its Millenia CT 2.1 speaker system. The company says the Millenia CT 2.1 speaker system is a resolution that can be combined with digital media products like an Apple TV, iPad, Airport Express or a computer. Inside the Millenia CT 2.1 speaker system’s active monitors hold Paradigm’s 4-inch, aluminum cone S-PAL midrange driver and 1-inch, aluminum dome S-PAL tweeters. The speakers are amplified to clear and loud volume levels because of the built-in 40 watt per channel Class D amplifiers. The accompanied subwoofer features Paradigm’s 8-inch reinforced polymer composite cone driver that makes use of a 1.5-inch high-temperature voice coil, and an 80-watt Class D amplifier runs the 8-inch woofer.

The Paradigm subwoofer can be positioned horizontally or vertically, and comes with adjustable table stands for the speakers; a floor-stand with feet, a remote control, a control box that aids the system’s connection to an A/V system and cabling accessories.

Married to Technology: Inside Kevin Jonas’ Home Automation

Credit Line Required: © Matt Greenslade/photo-nyc.comPop star Kevin Jonas lets a sophisticated Home Automation system simplify his everyday life, at home as well as on the road.

Kevin Jonas can’t avoid the life of a busy pop star. He has been traveling the country on tour with his brothers, Nick and Joe, in their hit band, the Jonas Brothers; releasing songs and creating buzz for the band’s first album since 2009, V.  He’s also been performing with his brothers at special events such as the Miss USA competition while leading the role of reality TV star on E!’sMarried to Jonas; and, oh yeah, getting ready for parenthood with his wife, Danielle, who is pregnant with their first child. If there’s anyone who can be grateful for the comfort of home automation, it’s someone with a hasty schedule like Kevin. The Jonases’ home automation system manages to bring a considerable amount of simplicity to an already hectic life- both when the couple is home and, more importantly, when they are not.

Self-described as a “tech guy,” living with a home automation system and the countless subsystems it manages has Kevin in high-tech heaven … even though the initial setup proved to be monstrous. Thanks to basically an entire overhaul of the original system, though, every piece of his connected home now hits the right note with this musician.

“You’d think this would be simple. You just plug in a TV and it should work. But really there’s a whole other world happening,” he says of the masterminds behind his smart home. “What I most enjoy is that it works well and it’s easy. I think people are amazed when they come over. They think, ‘Oh, it looks like there’s so much,’ but really you just have a lot of choices. The home automation system and its controllers are the easiest thing you’ll ever use.” 

 Turning a Flop into a Hit
Unfortunately, Kevin’s home automation system was not always the effortless system that it is. Most of the equipment was in place, but it was chaos. Like any other industry, the custom electronics business has professionals whose work can range from oustanding to below par. While the original setup in this 7,200-square-foot house looked fine on the surface it hid some major issues underneath. With so many home automation subsystems involved—home theater, distributed audio and video throughout the house, security/alarm, surveillance cameras, lighting control and HVAC control—those issues were just waiting to be revealed.

Another A/V company was brought in when multiple aspects of the overall home automation system began failing. Almost every subsystem had some sort of issue, from the alarm system to the cameras. Kevin also had some lightning strikes, so a portion of the cameras were bad, and the door locks and alarms weren’t functioning. Part of the lighting worked and part of it didn’t; the HVAC never really did work right. So it was really a top-to-bottom makeover of the system, as well as reprogramming everything.

A trip downstairs to the equipment rack room is all the proof you need to see why the original home automation system was unfolding.  It looked like a bad DIY job. All the equipment for the system was stuffed into a half rack rather than a more suitable full-height equipment rack. The wiring was a jumbled mess and badly bound together, with poor and insufficient power supplies supporting the components; while the security system wasn’t even plugged in at all.

On top of the bad rack job, there was a combination of custom-interconnected wire, Velcro, prefab cables, zip-ties, and electrical tape. Most of the Apple equipment was literally dangling on an array of wire. There were extension cords plugged into power strip outlets, which were plugged into power distribution centers with splitters you would get from a hardware store. In the original home automation rack there was only a nine-outlet power strip. The hot water heater, the HVAC system and the lighting control were also plugged into those extension cords.

It took the audio/video company and his team about two weeks to first figure out where everything was connected and then re-design, re-wire and re-program the entire home automation system.  This included the Honeywell security, Lutron lighting and IC Realtime cameras that had already been set up but now needed to work well with the overhauled home automation installation and all of its control options, such as the iPads, iPad minis, iPhones. They installed a new Middle Atlantic BGR rack and spruced it up right down to the custom screw covers.

Singing the Praises of Automation
It certainly doesn’t take much to get Kevin Jonas talking about all of the day-to-day advantages that he enjoys from a fully functioning home automation and A/V system. For a person who has spent a great deal of his time on stage and in front of the camera, he’s got a natural charisma when displaying how he uses different aspects of the home technology. When asked about the motorized scissor-lift that can lower his living room TV into viewing position at the touch of a button, Kevin happily grabs an iPad from the kitchen counter and in about two seconds the big screen is on the move. He enjoys showing off the fascinating home automation technology because his interest for it is genuine. Kevin and his father-in-law installed the ComfortVu TV lift themselves, although they had to drill it twice because they didn’t have it level the first time. He even shared a video of the DIY project with his 3.5 million Twitter followers.

Kevin researched a variety of home automation systems and decided on an Apple-platform system after visiting a showroom; where he saw firsthand the integration possibilities and the recognizable control options. “I had a few ideas. I really enjoy the whole home automation functionality, especially in a home of this size,” he says. “I hated having to walk around to flip off all the light switches when there’s a much more effective way to do it; not only for you, but from an energy efficient standpoint. I knew how easily this system was integrated into iOS and everything that was already going on with my phone, my tablet and my computers.”

He’s so skilled with his home automation system and his iPad that he can dart through setting up a customized user interface page, putting in all of the desired icons for controlling whatever subsystems you’d want as shortcuts for a specific room, in minutes. He also went as far as to say that he’d love to go through the same training and programming courses that were offered to the custom home automation professionals. “The great thing about this system is you can modify it,” he says. “I just enjoy having everything at my fingertips, but if I really wanted to I can throw a new icon in, add a new button, and then edit it.”

Selling Points
Besides triggering his TV lift by touching a button on his iPad, there are other highlights that Kevin likes about his high-tech home automation system.

Security and surveillance: Video from eight surveillance cameras, in important areas such as the front door and front gate, can be viewable from portable devices and fed to iPads and TVs throughout the house. Scheduling and Alarm system functionality can also be done remotely. Kevin’s home isn’t in a gated community, but on a cul-de-sac in a residential neighborhood. As a celebrity and owner of a relatively large house he can expect any number of caretakers, guests, handlers, TV crew people, workers, and others showing up. Since Kevin is away from his home so much being on tour and traveling, the key piece for him was being able to monitor what goes in his home from anywhere in the world. There are times when he had to let someone into his home and he didn’t give them the key, but was able to unlock the door, turn on the lights and disarm the alarm for them.  All this was done from Brazil. Kevin get alerts, so he can instantly look at the camera feed to see who’s there. The home automation system has allowed the Jonases to feel way more secure in their own home.

Phones: Phones aren’t usually very exciting but don’t tell that to Kevin. His home automation system has a sharp IP-based telephony system that allows people to make calls from their iDevices’ apps or operate room-to-room intercom basically all as one integrated home automation system over the home phone line. Kevin’s just as excited to demo iPad calling as he is brandishing A/V systems. It’s an addition that the Home Automation company integrated, while also boosting the communications by using three cordless phones that work off of cell antennas so the signal can bounce around smoothly as you go from one end of the house to another. You can page from one room to another or transfer calls, regardless of whether you’re on a wireless device or Apple device, a cordless phone or the touch-panels in the rooms. He also has the paging feature, which means you can page through the home speakers, and it mutes whatever is playing on the speakers. Plans are being made to remove the old doorbells and gate control interface and replace them with a new IP phone interface to complete the telephony package and basically include it with that exterior security.

Skype: There are televisions throughout the Jonas home, but the one that Kevin uses frequently is the Samsung TV in his office because it has Skype. He does all his conference calls from there.  Kevin chose to live in New Jersey because he loves it there, but he needs to be in L.A. a lot, so instead of jumping on a flight, he has a camera on top of the TV in his office. He can just Skype in a session and talk to anybody.

Lighting Control: The Lutron lighting throughout the house, along with being controllable and monitored under the support of the home automation system, provides a strong way for the different areas of Kevin’s home to be both aptly illuminated as well as energy friendly. Due to the fact that he is eco-minded, he’s already thinking about switching to LED lighting and about the prospects of incorporating an energy management solution in his next home. For now, he’s happy to applaud the quality of what lighting control is already accomplishing. “The amount of energy saved with a lighting control system like this is incredible. When you turn on a light switch it’s usually at 100 percent but none of my lights are 100 percent. My lights are all at 65 percent, which is bright enough everywhere but people don’t realize that they’re dimmed. If I really needed it to be 100 percent, I could just press a button and it all turns to 100.”

HVAC: Heating, cooling and humidity control is clever and highly customizable. If you’ve ever watched Married to Jonas, you’ve probably noticed that some of the individual interviews take place next to Kevin’s spacious wine room. A sensor in there monitors the temperature and the humidity, which will send a notification if the conditions rise above a certain level. Throughout the house, indoor and outdoor zones are easy to schedule by temperature, time of day, season or other marker. Settings can also be copied to other zones, created and edited not only by the Home Automation company, but by Kevin himself.

Audio and Video: Being an entertainer Kevin spends a great deal of time using the multiroom A/V operations within his home as well as the dedicated theater room with a 110-inch screen and comfy seating for movie viewing. The housewide A/V system can access all of the music they have stored in Mac Minis or on a separate hard drive from any where they are using an iDevice as well as throughout the house. Apple TVs route iTunes and streaming content to TVs and speakers so that individual playlists and music libraries can be easily accessed through the couple’s own personalized user interface pages. When Kevin’s creative juices are flowing he can record some music into his Logic Pro demo rig or even connect his guitar pedals and amp and play it back over the home audio system. One of his favorite features of the A/V system is that obtaining pretty much any feature of the home tech subsystems doesn’t interfere with whatever audio or video the Jonases are enjoying on TV.  This is all because of the home automation system that simply overlays the interface features and navigation onscreen, allowing for lightning-quick progressions to lowering the heat, viewing camera feeds, or anything else.

Like the operation of all things tech-related in Kevin’s house, it’s smooth and seamless —which bodes well for this Jonas brother’s next big technology achievement. “I’m a big kid at heart, and these are my toys,” he says. “Dani loves the home automation system and she kind of let me go for it. She knows we’re contemplating moving now, and that in our next home it will probably be even more extensive.”

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