Would you like some expert advice on finding the perfect gift for the music or movie lover in your life? Here are four surefire options that are available now from Acadian Home Theater:
1 – Sonos music bundle – Play:3 or Play:5 with “Bridge” – $299 / $399
Everyone enjoys music. Give the gift of the music system that is not only easy to use, but takes just a couple of minutes to plug in and start enjoying. Plus, this music solution is portable (you just need an AC plug nearby).
The Sonos Play:5 resembles an ordinary table radio, but is much more because it is part of the world-famous Sonos multi-room music system. The Play:3 is its even smaller sibling. Simply put, the Sonos music system streams not only your current digital music library (iTunes, etc.), it has streaming access to many popular music services such as Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, MOG, Sirius/XM, and many more. As of just a few weeks ago you can now “push” the music on your iPhone or iPad wirelessly to the Sonos system…very cool!
You can add more rooms wirelessly, too. Simply add more Play:5’s, the smaller Play:3, or if using your own speakers, you can add Sonos Connect and Connect:Amp units. If you want multiple rooms of music, you can opt to have them all play the same music source or independent music streams. It doesn’t get easier or more convenient than that! Control is from a free app that is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android devices. There is also free computer software for control from a PC or Mac. The price above includes the Sonos Bridge, which connects to your broadband Internet connection and establishes its own wireless connection with your Sonos components. The free Bridge offer is valid until January 3, 2013 and is only for new Sonos customers.
You can visit Sonos’ website here > www.sonos.com.
2 – Control4 one-room remote control system with 3 lighting dimmers = $1700 including installation (plus tax)
Is a deserving loved one frustrated at a coffee table full of remote controls to watch TV or control their media room or home theater? Give the gift of an intuitive remote control that not only controls audio/video systems, but will serve as the base of a home control automation system in the future. To give you a taste of how great a lighting control system is, this package includes three lighting dimmers. The handheld remote control included in this package is the handheld remote to the left in the above picture.
Control4 is a popular control system company that not only makes a very nice centralized remote control, this advanced control system will serve as the basis of a full-blown home automation system that can grow to control your alarm system, climate, lighting, pool/spa, motorized shades/drapes, you get the idea. As with most other home control manufacturers (Crestron, Savant, AMX, etc.), you can use apps on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device to control your Control4 system.
3 – Sonance Landscape Series Outdoor Speaker System = $6,700 + installation
Outdoor living is alive and well in the Gulf Coast area, even in the winter (yes, braving that “freezing” 50 degree winter can get a little tough sometimes 😉 ).
We’ve been installing outdoor audio systems for years (outdoor TV’s and outdoor theaters, too), though the outdoor speaker category has really become popular lately due to a huge increase in both sound quality and “stealthiness”. To sum it up, these speakers sound incredible and easily hide within your landscape / greenscape. The package price above includes eight “satellite” speakers and one subwoofer. The subwoofer is buried and the sound exits a “mushroom” top (conventional above-ground subwoofer option available), and the eight satellite speakers mount throughout your yard to give a wide, even area of sound coverage. No more “hot spots” of sound, just excellent quality sound seemingly “floating” throughout your yard.
4 – PRIMA Cinema First-Run Movie Machine = $35,000 + installation
The PRIMA Cinema is one of the biggest news items to hit the high-end home theater world in a long time. In a nutshell, the PRIMA Cinema movie player is a sophisticated component that downloads first-run movies automatically and allows you to watch them in better-than-Blu-ray picture quality in the comfort of your own home, while the movie is still in theatrical release! To read more details on this product, please be sure to see a review here > PRIMA Cinema for your home theater.
by Bryan Naquin. Follow Bryan on Twitter @ACIexperts. And you can always contact him at 225.906.2589 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bryan Naquin is president of Acadian Home Theater and Automation based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. CEPro Magazine has ranked Acadian in the top 100 consumer electronic companies in the U.S. for the third year in a row.