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Change Your Mind, Change Your Mood. It’s Your House

Twenty plus years of audio video experience enables the custom installers at Connections Plus to integrate the newest technology with your favorite existing components. Whether you simply want to connect your current sound system to your flat screen TV or yearn to integrate your music, lighting, security and HVAC systems, our technicians can pull it all together for you.

If you have thought of the possibilities of streaming all your favorite music to any room, or every room, and how to control your music with one simple app to fill your home with pure, immersive sound then you should take a look at Sonos. Sonos offers a variety of speakers in different shapes and sizes for any or every room of your home.

Not only that, Sonos now integrates with third-party home automation systems that make your choices virtually limitless! Of course, smart-home systems have integrated with Sonos for ten years or more, but now certain sanctioned partners have the great support that Sonos provides for its own products.

Change Sound, Lighting and Temperature on a Whim

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Take the integration of Lutron and Sonos. A fabulous seam free integration which gives gives consumers direct, one-touch control of any Sonos speaker alongside lights, shades and temperature, when used with Lutron’s Caséta Wireless, RadioRA 2, and HomeWorks QS smart home systems. Play, pause, skip tracks, and adjust volume, in exactly the same way that you control lights and shades from your nightstand or from the wall. Lutron has developed a new Pico Remote Control for Audio just for this purpose which puts audio and lighting control in the palm of your hand.

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Design Your Own Mornings

There are several benefits when integrating a RadioRA 2 or HomeWorks QS system, with Lutron Connect, with a Sonos system. Sonos speakers can be added to any single action scene button on an in-wall, tabletop keypad, or Lutron Connect app keypad. For example, music could be layered in with the lights, shades, and temperature control of the Morning scene, setting the perfect atmosphere for waking up in the morning and getting ready for the day.

You Theme Song Could Announce Your Arrival Home

Coming Home to Your Theme Song - Connections Plus Custom Audio VideoSonos could also be included into the “arriving/leaving home” feature to automatically start playing music upon your arrival home while pausing them when you leave. Also, you can use the new Pico remote for audio to control your Sonos speakers from anywhere in your home. Imagine arriving home to Hail to the Chief or God Save the Queen!

“Music sounds better when the lights are just right,” says Michael Smith, Lutron vice-president of sales. “Imagine settling into the couch with a glass of wine and you can adjust the lights and music right from the Pico remotes on your coffee table. Or as you pull into your driveway, the entry lights automatically turn on and your Sonos Home Sound System starts playing to welcome you through the front door. Music lovers will truly appreciate how easy it is to sync your music and lights and get immersed in the experience.”

Lutron’s “geofencing” feature allows you to schedule immersive sound and lighting scenes to begin even before you get out of your car. Kind of gets the house in the mood before you arrive home!

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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.”









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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The Twelve Audio Video Gifts of Christmas – gift #10

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Howie Foreman’s 10th AV Gift of Christmas is the SoundWear Companion Speaker by Bose.

This wearable speaker offers convenience and connection in a way that allows you to be totally into your music as well as completely aware of your surroundings. It rests comfortably on your shoulders and delivers sound that is full and clear to you, without bothering anyone around you.

Though sleek and low profile, this wearable wasn’t designed with fashion in mind. Every part of this speaker is meticulously engineered for better sound. The core of this personal speaker is legendary Bose waveguide technology and the resulting performance of the SoundWear Companion Speaker will astound you.

Call Connections Plus to get this great wearable technology for yourself AND get another one for your loved one on the 10th Day of Christmas.

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The Twelve Audio Video Gifts of Christmas – gift #6

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Howie Foreman’s 6th AV Gift of Christmas is the BOSE SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II.

The SoundLink Color Bluetooth speaker II is designed for life on the go. The wrap-around silicon body gives it the compact durability you need to toss it in a bag or backpack and take it anywhere. It’s light weight and rounded with a soft-touch surface, so it’s still easy to carry in your hand. SoundLink Color II is water resistant and tough, with a design that keeps your music portable.

Control multiple functions with the press of a button, like answering calls on speakerphone, skipping tracks and switching between connected devices. Wherever you go, you can confidently take SoundLink Color II along, without missing a beat of your music. The rechargeable lithium-ion battery gives you up to 8 hours of playtime.

The only question left to answer about the SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II is what color to buy for each of the folks on your Christmas list!

Call Howie Foreman at Connections Plus Custom Audio Video to join the Bose SoundLink family.

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The Twelve Audio Video Gifts of Christmas – gift #3

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Howie Foreman’s 3rd AV Gift of Christmas is a tried and true Bose stereo system called the Acoustimass® 5 Series V stereo speaker system20.

The 3rd AV Gift of Christmas is a Bose stereo system called the Acoustimass® 5 Series V stereo speaker system.

Clear, lifelike stereo sound without cluttering your living space. The Bose® Acoustimass® 5 Series V speaker system includes two small Direct/Reflecting® Series II satellite speakers, plus a hideaway Acoustimass module for a stealthy system that delivers big sound. Inside each sleek, low-profile satellite are two precisely angled drivers that provide the perfect mix of direct and reflected sound for a spacious music-listening experience.

The compact Acoustimass module can be placed out of sight, anywhere in your room so you can enjoy deep bass that seems to emanate from the tiny satellites. Could the thousands of loyal Bose customers who swear by Acoustimass be wrong? No way. Think Acoustimass for Christimas!Connections Plus - Custom Audio Video -Audio Video flourish

The Great Outdoors Deserves Great Music Quality

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You know what my Labor Day Weekend party needs, you’re probably asking yourself. Great music! Music piped in all over the property from great speakers!

Here’s the problem. Most people don’t want to mount speakers to their house, but you can’t really think of any other place to hang them. There’s a much better solution. Let me recommend TIC In-Ground Speakers for the great outdoors and here’s why:

Sound Quality
Of course, the most important thing to consider when you’re speaker shopping is what kind of sound quality you’ll get from your selection. The TIC GS-3 150-Watt Outdoor In-Ground Speaker has true 360-degree omnidirectional sound. This means that you’re able to place the speaker virtually anywhere in your yard and still get great sound all over your yard. Your favorite tunes seem to flow into your party’s atmosphere from nowhere. In truth, your omnidirectional speaker is the source of the music, hidden somewhere in your shrubs or flowers. The deep green color of the TIC GS-3 makes it almost invisible in the foliage while producing a perfectly clear sound that can be heard above all the distracting outdoor noise. Your Labor Day party guests will love that!

Because sound isn’t true to original without great bass, you also need a speaker with an ample sized woofer and a decent tweeter. The TIC GS-3 150-Watt Outdoor In-Ground Speaker has a full eight-inch woofer and a two-inch aluminum cone tweeter, which is more than ample to give you the sound quality you really want.

Equally important is the frequency response range because this determines how high and low the pitch of the sound can go. Many speakers start at about 50Hz and go up to 15,000 or 20,000Hz. These speakers have an amazing range of 38Hz to 22,000Hz. The high number may not be so impressive since the human ear does not hear much above 20,000Hz, but the low range of 38Hz helps play a deeper and clearer bass.

Speaker Efficiency
The next question you’ve got to ask yourself is, will theses speakers be strong enough to provide a great outdoor sound.

Despite its name, the TIC GS-3 150-Watt Outdoor In-Ground Speaker has a full range 200 watts sound, with a total RMS power output of 75 watts. The sensitivity of the speakers is basically it’s ability to transform power into sound and determines how efficiently it will run. Anything over 87db is considered efficient. This speaker has a sensitivity of 89db, making it the perfect outdoor speaker.

Overall Product Design
So as I said, the TIC GS-3 150-Watt Outdoor In-Ground Speaker has a shrub green finish that fits in perfectly with trees and greenery. You will barely notice them in your yard in among the shrubbery. They’re a little over a foot high and wide and weigh 10-pounds each, making it secure in the ground with an impact-resistant ABS cabinet. They also have a double insulated cable that adds extra protection to the speakers.

These speakers are built for the outdoors and are weather resistant. The TIC GS-3 150-Watt Outdoor In-Ground Speaker is built to withstand very high and low temperatures, rain, ice, and snow. Renowned for their rugged design and ability to withstand extreme weather, TIC supplies many of the nation’s amusement parks who use this exact speaker to play music in their parks. Big entertainment companies like this only invest in well-made products because the expense of having to replace all the speakers in their parks would quickly become a liability they can’t afford.

Finally, TIC offers a one-year warranty with the purchase of their in-ground outdoor speakers. My customers become life-long friends, so I’m always happy when a company offers at least a one-year warranty for products I recommend to them. TIC is a company we can trust because they always stand behind their product.

The TIC GS-3 is my favorite outdoor speaker, but my wife prefers the TIC “rock speakers” because “they’re pretty.” Regardless of your individual taste or style, I believe the TIC in-ground outdoor speaker range will fit all your outdoor speaker requirements and provide great sound for all your outdoor activities.

Call me and I’ll be happy to show your the TIC line.      Howie Foreman – Connections Plus AV

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