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Outdoor Autumn Oasis

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September is no time to abandon your backyard! It’s been a brutal Summer here in Texas, so Take it Outside now that temperatures are beginning to drop.

We’ve got the perfect Sunbrite television for your Outdoor Autumn Oasis. Call Howie Foreman at Connections Plus on 972-524-6225. He’ll hook you up… literally. 

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Bose Home Speaker 500

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Bose has long made its name as the go-to brand for those who want great looks, solid sound, and ease of use when playing their favorite tunes at home or on the go. Recently, the company stepped even further into the forefront of home audio, offering a first for the brand in a new smart speaker to add to the ever-expanding genre. In addition, the company has two new smart soundbars, aiming to turn some heads and take some attention away from multiroom wireless company Sonos and its new Beam soundbar.

Each new option from the company is fully voice-controllable, featuring Amazon Alexa integration from the get-go, and according to Bose, other voice assistants to follow with software updates down the line (read Google Assistant). In addition, Bose says that Airplay 2 integration will be added in early 2019 to go along with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in.

Bose is calling its new smart speaker the Home Speaker 500. A small device that looks strikingly similar to the litany of oval pods in the market from Sonos and others, the Home Speaker 500 differs from many competitors in that it offers a screen on the front that displays what’s currently playing. We can expect that in the future the display will do more than just that, but Bose is keeping that to itself for now.

Wall-to-wall stereo sound from a single speaker

The speaker is also a stereo device, which should make music playback more lifelike than the mono sound of most competitors. Inside the Bose Home Speaker 500, two custom drivers point in opposite directions to bounce sound off the walls. The result? A sound-stage wider than any other smart speaker, powerful enough to fill any room with an astonishing stereo performance.

“Voice-controlled speakers aren’t new, and there are plenty of great options to choose from. But we had a different vision for ours, inspired by what we could uniquely do to make the experience better,” said Bose consumer electronics division manager Doug Cunningham in a press release. “All of our new smart speakers double up on functionality. It takes just one Home Speaker 500 to deliver true stereo separation — there’s no need to pair two.”

►  WALL-TO-WALL STEREO FROM A SINGLE SPEAKER

►  AMAZON ALEXA BUILT IN

►  SUPERIOR VOICE PICKUP

►  CONTROL WITH VOICE, TOUCH, OR APP

►  SIX PRESET BUTTONS

►  WI-FI® AND BLUETOOTH® CONNECTIVITY

►  PERSONALIZED BOSE MUSIC APP

►  MULTI-ROOM MUSIC

If you want to stream online content, Howie at ConnectionsPlus can easily set that up for you. Call Howie on 972-524-6225. 

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Picnic – take along the new Revolve speaker from Bose

Bose’s new Revolve Bluetooth speakers look great and play sound in every direction.

Little speaker. Big goosebumps.

Meet SoundLink Revolve, one of Bose best performing portable Bluetooth speakers yet. It delivers true 360° sound for consistent, uniform coverage. Place it in the center of the room and everyone gets the same experience. Or set it near a wall and sound will radiate and reflect around the room, immersing you. Taking it outdoors? Great, it’s meant to go where you go.

Bose launched this speaker with two variations, the Resolve is 6 inches tall with a 12 hour battery life and the Resolve + is just over 7 inches tall with a larger diameter and a 16 hour battery life and plays louder as well as longer. Two speakers can be joined together for a wider stereo soundstage.

Resolve is water resistant (IPX4) so will keep going through a little rain. Don’t have your phone handy? Don’t worry. You can still make dinner reservations or send a text message. Just press and hold the multi-function button to access the voice input for Siri and Google Now™ right from the speaker. Problem solved.

For a limited time, Bose are offering a bundle of the SoundLink Revolve speaker with the Amazon Echo Dot with Alexa. Playing music is easier than ever with voice access to streaming services like Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and TuneIn. And everything else that Alexa can do  played back in surprisingly full sound.

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The Best Outdoor TV You Can Buy

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Summer is almost here and our thoughts are filled with living around the pool or leisurely dinners in the cool evening air on the patio. Why not bring along an outdoor TV and make a movie night of it, or for the Dad’s, keep up with the game or PGA golf while keeping an eye on the kids?

If you want to install a TV on a covered patio or in a similar outdoor setting, you have two options. First, you can try using a regular TV, only to have the set damaged by temperature fluctuations, moisture from rain and condensation, and exposure to bugs and the elements. The better option is to get a TV built for outdoor use. The SunBriteTV Veranda is a 55-inch 4K TV that offers protection against the elements and 4K picture in one set. You’ll pay extra for the weatherproofing and optimizations for outdoor viewing, but it’s a better deal than burning through a standard 4K TV in a matter of weeks.

Design and Durability
The SunBriteTV Veranda is built for a very specific set of circumstances. The outdoor television is designed to bring 4K display quality to full-shade outdoor environments. Think covered patios, uninsulated garages, poolside cabanas and screened gazebos. As such, the construction of the set is heavy-duty, with a sealed aluminum shell serving as weather-sealed armor against rain, snow and extreme temperatures. The Veranda can operate in temperatures ranging from minus 24 degrees Fahrenheit to 104 degrees and can be safely stored in temperatures of up to 140 degrees.

The metal exterior looks sharp, thanks to a black powder-coat paint job, but the real impressive stuff is the weatherproofing. The chassis is sealed against moisture, including a protective closure around the AV inputs in back.

The locking door cinches shut with two thumbscrews and is ringed with a thick foam-rubber gasket that allows cables to snake in and out of the compartment, but seals around the cables to protect the actual ports from moisture. Built into the bottom bezel is a sealed IR sensor for the remote control.

The TV measures 50 x 29 x 3.86 inches and weighs 51 pounds, which is heavy for a TV of this size, but not surprising when you take the metal exterior into account. The TV is compatible with 400-millimeter VESA wall-mounting hardware, or you can opt for SunBrite’s own all-weather stand. The optional stand is also made of heavy-gauge, powder-coated aluminum and provides a rock-solid base for the 55-inch Veranda TV.

For improved visibility in indirect sunlight – the TV is meant to be used in shaded outdoor installations – the brightness has been ramped up considerably.

Open up the weather-sealed compartment in back and you’ll find four HDMI connections, two USB ports, an RF connector for over-the-air broadcasts and both component and composite video inputs. A digital optical port gives you output for surround sound.

The SunBriteTV Veranda has no internet connectivity built in, and doesn’t include any smart TV functions. If you want to stream online content, Howie at ConnectionsPlus can easily set that up for you. Call Howie on 972-524-6225. 

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Top Home Theater Trends for 2018

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Online Streaming
New technological advancements are changing the way that people consume media and creating a shift in the entertainment industry. With a reported 49 million plus Wi-Fi-connected homes in the U.S. streaming content from a subscriber service such as Netflix, consumers’ love for binge-watching will only continue to increase in the foreseeable future.

Streaming services continue to generate millions of new subscribers annually, and this will continue the rising trend of home-theaters. In fact adoption of premium home-theater equipment is expected to rise astronomically. Everyone expects an uptick in consumer demand as well as the need for manufacturers to further differentiate themselves to maintain a competitive advantage.

Voice Control Integration
Tech giants continue to unveil new technologies across the wide spectrum of products and services that define the home entertainment space. One innovation gaining widespread acceptance is the integration of voice-control systems. Voice control will continue to be embraced as 50 percent of all searches are expected to be via voice by 2020, allowing home theater to play an integral role in the adoption of more smart-home technology.

Wireless Surround-Sound Home Theater
The home-theater industry has been witnessing a steady rise in technological advancements, which is transforming how music and movies are enjoyed. This massive growth in innovation will continue to increase the demand for home-theater audio systems in North America and revolutionize the marketplace — especially due to the growth in wireless audio solutions.

Many key factors are contributing to the quickly growing needs of consumers who are demandinmg more convenient, high-performance home theater without the wires. Because the existing manufacturers will naturally move to meet the increased demand and additional manufacturers and brands will capitalize on this trend by introducing more new wireless audio products into the marketplace.

Wearable Home Theater & Virtual Reality
Until recently, the ability to enter into a virtual reality only occurred in science fiction. Today, experiencing virtual reality through wearable technology is finding its way into our homes and transforming our movie-watching experiences. As the integration of home audio systems with wearable devices continues, manufacturers will feel compelled to develop smart and networked home-theater speakers that support VR, especially since the industry is projected to be worth $215 billion by 2021.

Social Networking
Today many, many people consider seamless connectivity to be necessary, sports fans and TV junkies alike desire the opportunity to join real-time conversations across various media platforms.

For instance, people want to chat alongside others when a new episode of Game of Thrones is airing, which is one of the most tweeted-about shows in the entertainment industry. In fact, 72 percent of TV “superfans” reported that social media plays an integral role in their regular TV viewing.

Home theater viewers will soon have the privilege to tweet, comment, and share reviews while watching favorite programs on home-theater screens as TV manufacturers continue to unleash new social media features in their Smart TVs.

Product Value
No one can argue that the price of high-quality premium home-theater products has dropped significantly at the same time that features and performance continue to grow dramatically. With a wide range of product offerings in the marketplace at various price points, home theater owners can maximize their entertainment experiences at a fraction of the recent costs. Products that also rank high in simplicity and ease-of-use — such as wireless home-theater audio systems — eliminate the need for expensive installation costs encouraging the adoption of a wider variety of home-theater products.

 

Connections Plus founder, Howie Foreman has been a driving force in the AV industry for over twenty years, so his experience and knowledge is outstanding. A conversation with Howie can save you loads of time and avoid potentially costly mistakes if you are in the market to upgrade or purchase your Home-theater syatems. Call Howie on 972-524-6225. 

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The Twelve Audio Video Gifts of Christmas – gift #2

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Howie Foreman’s 2nd AV Gift of Christmas is a pair of BOSE SoundSport Free wireless, in-ear headphone ear buds designed for people with an active lifestyle.

When you open your gift of BOSE SoundSport Free Wireless Ear Buds, get ready for clear, powerful sound from the first truly wireless, in-ear headphones that BOSE has ever made. They’re engineered to stay in place and stay comfortable during even the most active lifestyle.

The technology inside these earbuds is focused on every detail from tuning the circuits for improved sound to tweaking the antenna position for maximum Bluetooth® signal strength. The result of this fine design is in-ear headphones that play consistently and clearly whether your phone is in your hand, in your pocket, strapped to your arm or sitting on top of the treadmill, with never a wire in sight. The volume-optimized EQ and Bose digital signal processing make music sound full and balanced at any volume whatever you’re doing.

The SoundSport Free Wireless In-Ear headphones have an unmatched combination of comfort and stability because the specially engineered nozzle of their StayHear+ Sport tips that spread contact evenly around the inside of your ear, while the fin conforms naturally to the shape of the upper ridge of your ear. Consequently, the BOSE SoundSport Free Wireless Ear Buds are comfortable, but won’t fall out.

You don’t have to be a body builder, sprinter or extreme sport enthusiast to enjoy BOSE SoundSport Free Wireless Ear Buds. Anyone who works up a sweat will appreciate the water-repellent mesh in the open ports to keep what’s inside dry come rain or sweat.

By the way, these ear buds come with a case that is much more than just a case. When you’re finished working on site or working out, place your BOSE SoundSport Free Wireless Ear Buds back in their case. It will not only protect them, but it can provide two additional full charges for up to 10 hours of battery life. Plus, a quick 15-minute charge will give you 45 minutes of battery.

For the specifications, pricing and details, call Connections Plus Custom Audio Video.

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Connections Plus Company Philosophy

 

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Our goal has never been simply to sell the latest gadget. The mission at Connections Plus was birthed from the desire to make our customers really happy by exceeding their expectations of our technicians and of their audio-video experience.

It’s all about the perfect convergence of sight and sound, so we pride ourselves in being good listeners and seeing the big picture. We listen to our clients, hear their needs and tap into their vision. Our job is to customize an entertainment system specifically for the people listening to each performance. Whether the installation is in their home or at their office, our goal is for the client to be blown away by their audio video system and by our dedication to the quality of their experience.

Finally, we believe that your entertainment system is just as important as that of Carnegie Hall. We also believe that our clients deserve the best service humanly possible for the very best price available.

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Connections Plus Texas – Custom Audio Video

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Connections Plus was founded in 1992 by Stanford University graduate, Howie Foreman. After earning a degree in music education, Foreman began his career selling musical equipment. He actually moved into the technical world of audio and video equipment from the prospective of how it affected the music.

While watching the drastic evolution of the A/V industry over the years, Howie Foreman noted that the emphasis was always placed on cutting edge sound and video components instead of connectivity. Howie was able to exploit that void in the industry and turn it into a thriving installation business. That’s exactly how Connections Plus came to be.

Family-owned & Operated

In 1996, Howie brought his son into the business. Aaron Foreman literally grew up in the A/V industry, so when he left Southern Methodist University, joining Connections Plus seemed an obvious career path. The move turned out to be a perfect fit and today, Aaron is indispensable to the success of Connections Plus.

In 2006, Howie Foreman’s son-in-law, Clyde Neal came on board and is now an integral part of Connections Plus. Together, our team has come to be known for providing our customers with personal attention unparalleled in the industry.

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