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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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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.

Guaranteed
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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The Twelve Audio Video Gifts of Christmas – gift #11

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Howie Foreman’s 110th AV Gift of Christmas is the ONKYO Colibrino CD Hi-Fi Mini System with Bluetooth.

The Onkyo CS-265 takes the traditional mini stereo system and brings it up to date by adding both Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The Colibrino CD HiFi Mini System brings big, brilliant sound to small spaces. The word Onkyo translates as “sound harmony.”

This powerful Mini Stereo System offers a quality front-loading CD player that handles regular audio CD and both MP3- and WAV-encoded discs, while iOS mobile users are treated to an ultra-clear USB connection.

Wirelessly Stream from Mobile and PC. Clean and Clear USB Connection for iPod®/iPhone®/iPad®. Super Bass Function. Quiet and Smooth Front-Loading CD Player. FM/AM Tuner with 30-Station Presets.

Call Connections Plus to get a whole lot of great Stereo Hi-Fi in a small package for an even smaller price!

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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

Bringing Your Old Stereo System Back to the Future

 

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Love your old stereo, but yearn for new streaming technology? There’s nothing to feel guilty about and really no need to throw the old darling away just to tap into streaming content.

Twenty plus years of audio video experience enables Howie Foreman and his custom installers at Connections Plus to integrate the newest technology with your favorite existing components. One little trick of his is to use Sonos CONNECT to turn your favorite amplified audio equipment into a streaming machine. That means you get to keep the stereo you love AND play even more music with it.

CONNECT streams the music you love with no loss of fidelity at full CD-quality bandwidth. Then, you can simply adjust the sound to get the bass, treble, balance and volume set just the way you like it. Howie can even set it up so that you can control the volume using the Sonos smart phone app.

Whether you simply want to connect your current sound system to stream music or yearn to integrate your music, lighting, security and HVAC systems, Connections Plus Custom Audio Video can pull it all together for you.

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