3 Essential Home Audio Video Upgrades for the New Year

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It's almost the end of the decade, and everyone is already looking forward to what 2020 has in store. Even though for many, the focus will be on career goals or dream trips, why shouldn’t the focus also be on the things you use every day? Do you have any idea how you could upgrade the entertainment in your Baton Rouge, LA home just in time for the new year?

We showcase three technology features that can transform your home audio video experience. Revamp your entertainment with a crisp, lifelike 8K video resolution. Embrace the comfort of wireless audio without sacrificing any of the quality. Enjoy the latest voice assistants in whole new ways by integrating them with a Control4 smart home system.

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The New 8K Video Experience

No AV upgrade is more popular as the new year approaches than a brand-new television. Even though there’s not a lot of content available, 8K video is sure to make the jump to mainstream in 2020. We recommend decking out your home with the latest 8K technology from Sony just in time for the Super Bowl and March Madness. This means a lot more than buying a new television.

With 8K televisions, you can upscale your existing 4K and HDR content for the utmost video quality. But for that to happen, you need to upgrade every part of your signal path to support this format. You should be adding new cabling, AV receivers, and network upgrades to get the most out of your new TV.

High-Performance Wireless Audio

If there was one home audio video trend that defined the past decade, it was the emergence of wireless sound. Instead of CD players, MP3s or turntables, most people are now using streaming services to access their favorite music. Especially since services like Tidal and Deezer offer hi-res streaming with the same full range of sound as many analog recordings.

As streaming became more popular, so did wireless speakers to listen to these services anywhere in the house. At first, these were low-quality Bluetooth speakers then some slightly improved Wi-Fi varieties came out. Now, most high-end audio manufacturers have jumped into the wireless game as well.  

Go with high-performance wireless speakers from Bowers & Wilkins or Klipsch. You’ll get easy access to your favorite recordings while enjoying their traditional high-end sound quality. Another approach is adding wireless receivers or media servers from companies like McIntosh. These devices let you add wireless capabilities to your favorite pair of loudspeakers.

Fully Integrated Voice Control

Wireless sound may have defined most of the decade, but no technology had a more significant impact at the end of it than voice control. First hitting the mainstream market with dedicated smart speakers, voice assistants like Alexa and Siri are now built into most new home audio video devices. You'll find them on your TVs, speakers, and streaming sticks.

But if you're only using them to adjust the volume or change the channel when you can't find the remote, you're not using them to their full potential. Instead, you should be using voice control through your Control4 smart home system. This way, you'll be able to manage all your technology through voice commands, not just the one device that came with it.

While voice commands are convenient, they grow tedious when you have to use a different one for each change you want to make. Control4 helps here, as well. Use dedicated scenes to manage various devices simultaneously with just one command.

Are you getting ready to sit down and watch a movie? Say, "Alexa, turn on movie time." The lights will dim, your TV will power up to your favorite channel, and the volume adjusts to your go-to setting.

 

Want to kick off the new year with the latest and greatest in AV technology? Our experts will help you find the solutions that best fit your lifestyle. Schedule a consultation with our team by calling (225) 906-2589, filling out our contact form or chatting with us below.

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