How to Improve Employee Satisfaction with Conference Room AV

Tips That Will Impress Your Employees and Even Reduce Turnover

One common complaint about meetings is that they take too much time. We have all been victim to meetings that should have been emails. However, you can minimize the total time spend in your Baton Rouge, LA, conference room by streamlining operations before you start each session. Not only that, but you can also impress the employees that work so hard for your business with updated audio and video systems.

With our help and the power of conference room AV from Crestron, Control4, Sony and more, your company can reclaim more productive meetings and keep your employees engaged. Keep reading to see which upgrades and products we think should take priority.

 SEE ALSO: How to Create an Engaging Conference Room for Clients 

Improved Audio

Nothing says out-of-date boardroom audio equipment like speakers littered all over the main table, and employees take notice. Not only will in-ceiling and in-wall speakers cut out the boardroom clutter, but you’ll also get your audience fully immersed into the presentation, allowing improved brainstorming sessions.

Similar to a home movie experience, where sound surrounds you in all directions, hidden speakers encompassing the room keep more eyes on the presentation. If you prefer, we can even minimize your microphones, choosing a single mic with broad sound-pickup capacity.

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3 of the Best Benefits of Remote Access to Your Home Security

Find Out How You Can Enjoy Peace-of-Mind From Anywhere

As the 21st century has progressed, home security has become so much more than just an alarm system that you activate when leaving the house.

In fact, today’s best security systems can bring surveillance and security into your own hands – literally.

With smart home surveillance and monitoring, you can enjoy peace-of-mind knowing your property in Lafayette, LA or beyond will stay secure, whether you’re at home or halfway around the world.

Not only can you still use a professional monitoring service, but you also can have a direct influence on keeping your family safe.

So, what are the best features of having remote access to your smart home security system? Keep reading to find out!

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Smart Home Scenes for Every Occasion

How to Customize Your Baton Rouge Home with Smart Home AutomationYou may think that having a smart home is all about the convenience factor—controlling your house with a mobile device so you can focus on the important parts of your life. While that’s true, smart home automation is also about creating unique experiences. Yes, it’s quite nice to be able to turn the lights on and off with your phone. However, how do you create the right environment for an important dinner party with your boss using smart controls? In this blog, we’ll explain the concept of ‘smart home scenes’ and how you can use them for different events in your Baton Rouge, LA home.

What is a smart home scene?A ‘scene’ is a combination of smart home controls saved under a unique name for a specific time and date, or action. Scenes can be programmed by an integrator or created by a homeowner. Scenes allow you to customize the sequences of technology in your home and tie them together to create an experience. Our partner Control4 allows you to create scenes using a sleek and easy-to-use interface via the app. Scenes can also be created by our team and engraved in your in-wall keypads. So you’ll be able to hit a ‘Welcome’ or ‘Away’ scene using your smartphone or a button on the wall. Continue reading for a few examples.

Welcome HomeA very useful scene you can benefit from every day is a “Welcome” scene. As soon as you get home, all the lights in the common areas will turn on (like the kitchen and living room), your favorite songs will play, the thermostat will begin cooling or warming your house (depending on the season), and the TV will turn the news on. You can customize this scene any way you like it.

AwayAnother scene that is helpful for your everyday lifestyle is “Away”. A typical scenario in an American household is running around in the morning turning off lights, setting the alarm system, and adjusting the thermostat before you rush out the door to work. A smart scene saves you time so all you have to do is touch a button at the front door and your home shuts down. All of the doors lock and the security system turns on so that it’s secure while you’re away, and the lights turn off and the thermostat adjusts so your home is wasting energy while no one is there.

EntertainingPlanning a party can be stressful, but our technology can help make things easier for you. It’s up to you to hand pick the songs you want to play, but once that hard work is done all you have to do is go into your smart home system and set the day, time and location for it to play. For example, if you are planning a New Year’s Eve bash, create your playlist and then set it to stream the songs at 9 p.m. when people begin to arrive. Then when it’s almost midnight, set a different list of songs to play and usher in the New Year. Every song can be timed to play exactly when you want it with a whole house music system. If you have a large home, you could even play different styles of music in various parts of your property so that everyone can pick which style they want to dance to—such as salsa in the main room, and jazz outside. Pick your lighting level, shade setting, and more to create a fun environment to host your friends.

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5 perks of using professional surveillance cameras

Update Your Covington Property with Smart Surveillance & Security Many families in the Covington, Louisiana area travel around the holidays, which means empty houses and abundant opportunities for break-ins. So how do you keep your home safe while you are away? Today’s surveillance cameras give you a lot of options for monitoring your home. You may be surprised by all of the advanced features security and surveillance systems offer your family. In this blog, we’ll cover some of those finer details on what you can do with security cameras. With a lot of knowledge at your side, you’ll be confident in protecting your home and can also find new ways to use them for everyday activities.

Luma Surveillance CamerasAcadian uses Snap AV’s line of Luma surveillance cameras for a number of reasons. First, their analog and IP systems give you easy-to-use controls. When you have days’ worth of video footage, it can be difficult finding the image you are looking for. With the Luma user interface you can playback video, fast forward, snip pieces of video and capture screen shots with just a click or a tap. Initially the interface presents multiple camera views in a multi-window format. But you can easily change this and make one specific camera angle a full screen on your desktop or mobile device. A colored line in the timeline of the video at the bottom of the screen indicates a unique event. So if you arrived home at 5 p.m., the surveillance camera hanging above your garage will mark that event in the timeline. All you have to do is press “watch live video” to switch back to video streaming in real time. If you want to find even older recordings, click the search icon and choose from a list of entries organized by date and time.

Types of Surveillance CamerasWhen you hear the words NVR and DVR you might get confused, but they simply mean Network Video Recorder and Digital Video Recorder. The Network Video Recorder records IP cameras that are transmitted with a network cable just like your computer. The cameras connect with a network switch or router, whereas a DVR transmits video using a coax cable. Why does this matter? Analog cameras, or DVRs, can be beneficial for plug and play-type jobs where the home simply needs an update rather than a brand new installation. If you purchased a home with a wiring infrastructure in place or CCTVs this may be a beneficial and cost-effective solution. However, if you are installing a surveillance system for the first time in your house, a NVR may be a better choice. IP cameras allow for more flexibility as to how and where video footage is recorded since there’s no transfer between analog video to digital. IP cameras also offer higher resolution images.

Luma IP cameras give you a lot of quality features, like high-definition video and sending alerts via email or text. The Luma Surveillance 700 series IP outdoor camera for example offers an ultra-high resolution 4 MP digital image with motorized zoom and focus. They have cameras suited for wide angle views like monitoring a back yard, and for closer proximities, such as screening visitors at the front door. You can adjust the camera from your computer, using the zoom and focus controls on the interface.

The 700 series cameras also allow you to capture movement based on precise settings. For example, you can create an alert that gets triggered when a vehicle crosses a specific point on your driveway. These advanced features let you select up to eight target areas in a grid view using a click and drag of the mouse.

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How do I Stream Audio or Video with a Whole House Audio/Video System?


Discover all Your Options for AV Content in New Orleans

If you look at how audio and video technology has evolved over the previous 50 years, or even the past five years, you’ll see a dramatic difference. We’ve gone from audio cassette tapes and VHS tapes to CDs and DVDs, and from grainy sound and picture to vivid colors and crystal clear images. Along with those changes in devices is the way we attain and enjoy content. You don’t necessarily have to purchase and own a CD or DVD anymore. You can subscribe to streaming services and get unlimited amounts of movies and music. In this blog, we are going to cover what video and audio streaming is and what the best ways are to access online content using your whole house audio/video system in New Orleans, Louisiana.



SEE ALSO: How to Enjoy the Ultimate Entertainment Experience in Your Louisiana Home
What is video and music streaming?
Video streaming is the process of sending compressed video content over the Internet and displaying it for the viewer in real time. Instead of downloading the video file, or playing a disc, the content can be accessed directly and instantly via the Web. The media is sent in a continuous stream of data and played as it arrives to the screen. Music streaming works in a similar way as music files are compressed and sent via a network connection to your music system, and then through your speakers.

What do I need to stream?
There are a number of ways to use streaming platforms. One way is purchasing a smart TV, which already comes with the most popular services – such as Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime. You can also use a streaming stick, box, or Blu-ray player. Streaming sticks are Wi-Fi enabled, but if the Internet isn’t strong you could experience problems. A wired Ethernet connection, or professional home network like the ones we install, will provide a reliable connection for high-definition movies and games. Smart TVs also have the advantage over sticks and boxes in some respects because they have exclusive content deals with studios to offer more content. In addition, a smart TV has a strong processor to handle Internet content, which helps make navigating and browsing faster.

For music, the top streaming services are Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, and XM Sirius Radio. Some of them are free, like Pandora, and some require a monthly fee for subscription like XM Sirius Radio and Tidal. Like we explained with smart TVs, some wireless speakers or receivers support these streaming services, like Sonos. However, if you already have in-ceiling speakers, or other speakers in your home we can connect the right equipment to give you access to more streaming services so you can listen to unlimited amounts of songs throughout your home. Switching between your personal music collection of CDs or even vinyl and these streaming services will be quick and easy using your smart home interface.

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How to Use Geofencing Technology in Your Louisiana Home


Learn About the Security Trend that is Changing the Smart Home World

In the world of smart home automation, there are a few ways to simply control your Louisiana home. You can press one button on your mobile device or wall keypad to start a specific scene, or schedule a scene according to date and time. However, now we have another way to control our smart homes – geofencing. Geofencing technology is a relatively new feature to homeowners and gives you another way to manage your home remotely. Instead of using times or dates to start and stop tasks, you can use your precise location. Continue reading this blog on this security and surveillance trend to learn all about it.



SEE ALSO: How to Protect Your New Orleans Home with Security & Surveillance Systems
What is Geo-Fencing?
Geofencing allows you to create an invisible fence around your Covington property so that as soon as someone steps inside or outside of that virtual zone, the security system reacts. Your system uses cell phone tower triangulation to gauge where you are. Once you pass the invisible barrier, either going in or out, certain rules will go into effect. These actions are triggered by a device, most often a smartphone, whenever it crosses into the established zone.

How do I use it with my smart home?
Geofencing can be used for a lot of different reasons other than just security. For example, you can monitor the activity of your children or pets so that when they go outside of a certain area, you get a text message on your phone. This is helpful for determining when your kids get home from school to make sure the home is locked and armed when they are there, or monitoring the behavior of Fido in case he escapes the backyard. Geofencing can be tied to every smart feature in your home, such as motorized shades, automated lighting, surveillance cameras, the smart thermostat, and smart locks. Imagine making your way home from work and your home activating a “welcome home” scene as soon as you are a mile away. The thermostat will adjust to make your house cooler, the lights will turn on, your TV will turn the channel to the afternoon news, and the security system will disarm.

Full Security and Surveillance Solutions
While geofencing is certainly the newest trend in smart security, there are many other ways to protect your home. Here are a few more ways we can install a surveillance and security system in your home to protect your loved ones and valuables.
  • Smart Locks:By incorporating smart locks into your smart home, you can wirelessly lock and unlock doors, get alerts sent to your phone on the status of every entryway, and use personal codes to enter instead of keys. We’ll work with you to find the right smart lock or entry system that suits you.
  • Surveillance Cameras:Our cameras can be used to capture break-ins if they occur, but they can also be used to monitor pets, infants, and guests. View any room in your home at a moment’s notice in real time and zoom in on specific points. Keep hours of video footage on a secure platform and share files securely when needed. Our indoor and outdoor security cameras are high quality so they withstand basic wear and tear as well as intense weather conditions like moisture and heat. With our HD models, you’ll also capture tiny details you would not have noticed otherwise.
  • Arm/Disarm Wirelessly: The Control4 interface allows you to arm and disarm your system by pressing one button on your phone, or a touch panel in your home. You can send a panic alert, view the history of all logged security events, and even directly control security sensors. It's also easy to send a fire, police or panic alert from your touch screen, even while the security system is disarmed.
We’ve written a number of articles about all we have to offer when it comes to securing your Louisiana home. Read more on our blog and contact us if you need to schedule a discovery meeting with our professional team.

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Top 3 Reasons to Invest in a Smart Home

Why Your Should Make Your Covington Home Smart

A study done by Lowe's smart home automation found that while Rosie the Robot is the futuristic feature consumers would want most from "The Jetsons," more than 70 percent of smartphone users in America just wish they could control something in their home from their mobile device. Above all, families want to make their homes safer, more energy efficient, and easier to manage.

Read this blog to learn more about it: The Best Benefits of Lighting ControlIn this blog, we’ll show you how Acadian Home Theater & Automation partnered with Control4 to meet all of your smart home needs in Covington, Louisiana. Here are the top three reasons why investing in smart home automation is worth it.

1. Add Convenience

Whether it’s summer and you have big plans to take a vacation, or it’s the middle of the year and work and school is quite demanding, a smart home system will help you manage your household and daily schedule. Managing a home and a family requires a lot of attention. Your Control4 system can act as a personal assistant, monitoring your property for security, keeping the house at the best temperature to save energy, and planning parties for entertaining guests. The truth is that being able to control your home with a mobile device – like your iPhone – is super convenient. And the magic of automation even allows you to take a hands-free approach since your system can think and act on its own. Simply tell it what to do using your smartphone, tablet, or in-wall touch screen with the Control4 app, and then go about the rest of your day without a second thought. Control4’s interface is also easy enough for anyone to use, from your 10-year-old to your grandmother, so you don’t have to be the only one in control.

2. Add Security

Security is often one of the first experiences people have with home automation. Protecting your home and family is a number-one priority of course, and automation not only helps you stay close to home by giving you access to live video footage, but also gives you the ability to act immediately through remote access. And with so many incredible features today, there are an abundance of ways to make your home more secure.

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Solutions for Designers: What About That TV?

A great home interior always maintains a consistent scheme throughout.  Architects and designers work closely to create the kind of ambience the homeowner client desires. Sometimes, though, introducing technology into a room can interfere with that ambience...but it doesn't have to!  Certainly not when you have experienced technology experts who keep "design magic" on hand for just such an occasion!

Since an "Old World" look is so popular with finer homes, we thought we'd demonstrate a problem and suggest some solutions.

Problem. The home below has a certain look its trying to achieve.  With the furniture removed, its easier to see the problem:

That TV!  What's that doing in a room like this?  Well, truth be told, it probably needs to be there as a main place for family gatherings.  But we would suggest hiding it exactly where it is now!  We'll show you how a little further in this article.  You might also notice the speakers to either side (visible just beyond the columns) and another center speaker right above that flatscreen?  Painting the grills to match the room is a great idea.  But if you want those to be impossible to see, we recommend speakers like LiveWall.  Even your painter will never know they are there!

Solution A.  Let's suppose you, your architect and your designer have collaborated on a room with the following look:

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2014: The Year of Home Automation?

2014 could very well be the year home automation comes into its own.

One writer in his blog listed six good reasons he believes 2014 is the break-away year for home automation.  But what impact will that have on homeowners in general?

First, the marketplace changes dramatically when people go beyond having heard of a technology to actually grasping what it is AND its benefit!  Due to mass marketing, people have seen commercials about being away on vacation and remember they didn't change their thermostat settings, so the actor in the commercial simply does so on his phone.  Or else its the one where they can't remember if they locked the house and--again--casually do so on their phone or tablet.  As a result, the public is beginning to understand that is an example of what home automation (AKA smart homes) is about.  John Q. Public, therefore, now gets both what home automation is and also why it can add security to our lives.  Smart technology is found in our phones, homes and even cars (see our post on smart car technology here!).

Second, as people are understanding the value of home automation, they realize its something they want for themselves.  Remember in the early days of the internet when travelers wanted internet access in their rooms and had to pay a small fee for it?  Hotels quickly learned they could entice guests with "free wi-fi access."  That's because they understood the value of offering that amenity to their guests.  Before you knew it, it seemed wi-fi was everywhere.

That might be just how home automation takes off.  What has been a growing technology in recent years may just about mushroom into popularity the way desktop computers gave way to laptops and tablets

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What is 4K TV?

The newest technology in TVs is clearly 4K...no pun intended!  That's because 4K (aka Ultra HD) is simply HD quality at twice the number of pixels both horizontally AND vertically.  So 4K is HD resolution multiplied times four!  Put another way, 4K compresses four times the pixels in the same amount of space that Hi Def does.

Why is that important?  Well, if you prefer smaller screens and have a smaller room where you watch TV, its not important, quite frankly.  But the clear trend is people buying ever larger TVs.

Some TVs might feel like jumbotrons in an ordinary room!  But that kind of size is what it takes to have a great media room or home theater experience.  The problem is when the same number of HD pixels are stretched over  increasingly larger formats, the appearance can become ever so slightly grainier.  4K solves that!  There's also 8K out there that doubles resolution yet again to near IMAX clarity, but that's another story.

Like any newly released technology, most media content isn't yet formatted for that resolution, but the content IS already out there.  Blu-rays are already capable of 4K content but nearly all agree the future of the 4K advancement is in streaming video.  Netflix, which already shoots its successful original series, House of Cards, in 4K recently offered that it plans to deliver 4K content within the next two years.  Sony already has a big investment in 4K by way of the cameras they sell to the movie and television industries and the projectors they produce for theaters.

So 4K is not a fad, but neither is it for everyone right now.  Still, when you consider "upsizing" your video experience, you will definitely want to keep 4K as a strong contender in your plans.

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Gizmos to Get Fit With

If you're in "getting in shape" mode, you might be interested in learning about the help you can get from technology and the internet.

Bathroom Scales

This is the first and most basic tool for any weight-loss program--measuring where you are currently and helping you decide where you need to go.  But now scales are Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth compatible.  There are so many of these products on the market that the easiest way for you to check many of them out is to simply click here to link to Amazon.com to give you a good starter list and prices of some that are available. They don't just measure weight!  Depending upon the model (and what you're willing to pay) you can learn your degree of body fat, bone mass, muscle mass, hydration and more.  And you don't need to keep record.  The scale will send your results to your computer or smartphone and log it for you through software and/or phone apps they provide!

Activity Monitors

Light activity is where you want to start?  Then all the experts say you should have a walking regimen.  Again, LOTS of products available and they start with the technology version of pedometers and advance to handle other forms of exercise.  This blogger covers six different devices that may be of interest to you.  In short, these devices will do such things as total up your activity level, monitor your heart rate, measure your blood pressure, calculate calories burned, etc.  Of course, most of them will do the recording for you in your health/fitness program on your computer or phone.

Rest is Important Too

Getting proper rest is important to an overall fitness program and, yes, there is even technology to help with that!  One of those is Zeo.  Whole clinics are now devoted to sleep assessment because having your eyes closed at night doesn't equate to sleep.  So most people don't know why they're fatigued when they awake thinking they've had a good night's sleep.  One product Zeo offers is a headband you wear while you sleep.  The information the headband downloads shows you how restful or else restless you sleep, measures the amount of REM sleep you got and scores your night.  You'll even get recommendations on how to improve your sleep.

Weight loss and fitness management is about about measurable results.  These products and SO many more can help you keep that New Year resolution.

by Bryan Naquin.  Follow Bryan on Twitter @ACIexperts.  And you can always contact him at 225.906.2589 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.

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Presto! Change-o! Family Room Becomes a Home Theater

Most of us don't live in sprawling homes.  And we try to make the most of our available living area.  That's why our family room often also serves as our media room.  At the center of our "media room" are the flatscreen TV and surround sound system.  Add to that the Blu-ray or DVR and if you enjoy good music, that's also where you'll find the CD player, the receiver and the amp.  Oh, you have kids?  Then add the gaming system to our media room/family room.

Those are just some of the different types of media components you could expect in either of our two sample family rooms pictured here.  Using either of these two photos, you can easily imagine including something like a satellite receiver or AppleTV or some or digital components in these rooms.

So what if you decide that as a family Christmas gift, wouldn't it be cool to have a home theater?  I mean, the existing flatscreen is fine for routine TV viewing, but maybe you like the idea of "big event" home entertainment.  Maybe its a special movie night or a sporting event that you'd like to have a monster screen so having someone walk in front of you doesn't mean missing the big moment!  And you certainly don't have space for a room dedicated to a home theater.  Why not let your family room also become your home theater?

So picture this...you see you have a comfortable living space for friends and family to gather.  There's ample room to move about as guests refresh their plates with the food you have out as part of your spread.  Only thing is, everyone tends to huddle real tight for those "can't miss" moments on the screen.

That's when inspiration hits!  You can add a drop screen and video projector to your media room.  Pick either one of our sample rooms shown and imagine a motorized screen recessed into the ceiling.  At the start of your event, the massive screen lowers from the ceiling just forward of the existing flatscreen while the lights dim and your audio system prepares to thunder!  Even the video projector can be recessed into the ceiling only to descend as well on cue!

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MLB Star Adrian Gonzalez' Savant System

When MLB all-star Adrian Gonzalez, was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox, Gonzalez and his family purchased a new home on the opposite coast, nearly 3,000 miles away.

He wanted to include in his new home some of the best features he came to enjoy in his current residence.  In 2010, Gonzalez’ San Diego home had been equipped with an Apple-based Savant home control system, relying on Savant apps on iPads and iPhones to command the system. The integrator included a five-screen home theater with four built-in iPads in a counter in the rear to surf the web or play games.

Fortunately, the Gonzalezes wanted the same Savant control system in their new home. So his integrator just had to duplicate some of its original efforts into the new home.  Only this time, the company would need to fly their crew to the other side of the US and ship everything needed for the job (including tools) ahead of them.

As it turns out, it wasn't until after construction on the home was completed, that the Red Sox traded Gonzalez back to the West Coast to the Los Angeles Dodgers, so he’ll be able to use the Savant system to keep tabs remotely on his Boston home … before he presumably puts the home on the market.

Two industry magazines featured Gonzalez' Boston home each of which included a slideshow of the results.  Here's a link to one such slideshow illustrating the finished product.  You might want to find out more about what he incorporated into his home.  Click here to read an article about how it all came together.

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Great A/V Systems Are Home Seller's Edge

If you tour a lot of homes for sale, it soon becomes clear what amenities one expects to find in great homes, though perhaps not considered to be in the "high-end" range.

You might expect, for example, triple-crown moulding, granite counter-tops, stainless appliances and extra-large walk-in closets.  In terms of electronics, you might look for flatscreen TVs, built-in speakers (both indoor and out) or even a security system with closed circuit cameras.

But consider what your reaction to the home is when you find a dedicated media room or even a home theater?  Or perhaps you learn the home features fully-distributed audio and video to all the rooms in the house.  How does that affect the home's desirability factor?  Then again, what if you learned the home is programmed to operate from a tablet or remotely from your smart phone?--adjust the temperature, check the security cameras, or turn lights on or off?  Wouldn't any of these amenities create the sort of "wow" factor that tells you THIS home seller has one great home!?

Distinctive home electronic systems not only put the "style" in your lifestyle but could be the very thing that helps your own home outclass the others on the market when its time to sell.

Jerry Del Colliano write in hometheaterreview.com:
In high-end homes, expectations of media rooms, highly programmed home automation and AV trickery are expected, but what about in a more modest house? Laura Gallagher is a Remax real estate agent in Collegeville, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Philadelphia), who says, "Often, we see media rooms as part of finished basements in the homes in our market which average about $375,000 a property. While I don't think an appraiser would put a specific premium on the value of a home because of a distributed audio system or media room, it sure does help differentiate a home from the competition. In developments where one house is very similar to the next and there are many houses for sale at any given time, the one with the flat-screen TVs, media room or even the sub-zero fridge will sell first."
No one can predict the value someone else will place on any amenity in your home.  But the high-end nature of superb A/V systems can go a long way to setting your home apart from ALL the rest on the market.

by Bryan Naquin.  Follow Bryan on Twitter @ACIexperts.  And you can always contact him at 225.906.2589 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.

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Apartment Therapy

Nothing helps "get you home" from your day in the trenches better than by filling your home with the music you love.  But whether you're in an apartment or even a dorm room, you need portability while getting major impact from a simple system.

For simplified sound with robust tones, we want to recommend to you the SoundLink by Bose.  This little beauty is a mobile speaker which delivers amazing sound quality while weighing in at a mere 2.9 lbs!  Not even the size of a textbook, SoundLink is Bluetooth compatible meaning you can wirelessly connect to this handy delivery system from your phone, computer, tablet or other Bluetooth device from up to 30 feet away!  Cnet.com calls it "the best portable Bluetooth speaker on the market."  Click here to see how they get such LOUD, distortion-free sound in such a small package!

Open the cover to turn it on and continue folding it back to serve as its own stand.  And because its battery holds a charge up to 8 hours, you can fold it up and carry it with you to enjoy outdoors as well!  For $299.95 you get the fantastic technology you expect from a Bose product.  Click here for a one-minute video to see it for yourself.  If you order from us, you save on the shipping charges plus get local, dealer support for it and all your Bose products or upgrades.

Our next recommendation from Bose is a beefy package for the apartment when you're looking to have a complete entertainment center that you can handily take with you later.  Its the Bose VideoWave Entertainment System.  It begins with a 46-inch flatscreen HD TV.  What's truly incredible about this TV is that it delivers cinematic sound while it eliminates the need for extra speakers.  The speakers are BUILT-IN BEHIND the screen!  The Bose technology fills the room throwing sound more deftly than a ventriloquist.  Its practically eery to have sound coming at you even from behind!  So your "surround sound system" is compressed right into the flatscreen.  Watching the big game or your favorite movies doesn't get more exhilarating!  Click here for a look "under the hood."

Now to that, add your portable music via the dock included in the package to launch from your iPod or iPhone.  That wrap-around sound is now bathing your home in your favorite tunes.  So when its time to have the friends over, you're ready!  And what a great time awaits when you bring out your Xbox or Wii.  Check out this review of a VideoWave set up in an apartment.

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Builders Seeing the Light on New Technology?

It may just be that builders are beginning to see the value in offering technology packages in new home construction.  And why not?  Residential technology is here to stay.

Jason Knott of CE Pro's website cited a joint study between Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).  The percentage of builders installing energy management systems in new homes has risen 133 percent in two years (from 6 percent to 14 percent of new homes). Moreover, the percentage of builders actually offering energy management grew from just 40 percent in 2009 to 59 percent in 2011.

The percentage of new homes with multiroom audio has also more than doubled, while home automation and lighting control have also doubled.

He writes:
"The long-term trend is that technology is here to stay," says Chris Ely, manager of industry analysis for CEA. "The category of audio has seen a resurgence across the board." It should be noted that the data from the study is not strictly related to new home construction. Ely notes that the average respondent to the study did 46 new residential "projects" in 2011 of either new or remodel single-family homes or MDUs. Meanwhile, that same builder did an average of 34 light commercial or remodeling projects.
Smart builders are doing what others are doing; offering technology packages of different scales to their buyers.  In doing so, they automatically set themselves apart as regional leaders in the construction field.

by Bryan Naquin.  Follow Bryan on Twitter @ACIexperts.  And you can always contact him at 225.906.2589 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.

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Beware Saving a Nickel to Spend a Dollar

True story: A homeowner, ready to build their country dream home, hired the contractor that came in with the lowest bid.  As preparations for move-in day were being made, the homeowner asked when they would see their 225-foot concrete driveway constructed.  "Oh, you'd like us to build the driveway also?" replied their contractor, "Our original estimate was only to build your house."

Like every industry, the A/V business has plenty of wanna-be's and start-ups who will price your A/V work at bargain prices just so they can turn a dollar.  I've been in this business long enough to have to go behind their work later when frustrated homeowners call us because they can't find their original installer.  In short, they're hoping we can make the substandard workmanship sparkle.  Mostly, it can't be done--not without making considerable changes to get them the performance they originally envisioned.

To save yourself an unexpected "hit" in the future, here are some guidelines to help you get the best value for your money at the outset of your A/V installation.

1.  Strictly define the scope of work.  In nearly every case, the real difference in pricing is in what different A/V companies are proposing the scope of work should entail.  Have everyone stick with the original scope of work so you can compare apples with apples.  Then, if an audio-video integrator recommends additional work to better round out your system, have them present that as a separate proposal.

2.  What is being left out?  There is a significant difference between being priced a stripped-down version of what you think you want versus a version that may offer better equipment with perhaps better warranties AND capacity for future expansion.  Growing your system later need not require the future expense of replacing perfectly good components when you could have gone with something more than the "just enough" model.

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Summer Security

Memorial Day is almost upon us...the traditional start of summer vacation.  Will your home be secure while you and your family are away this summer?

There are two seasons homeowners want to particularly be on guard for their homes.  One is the Christmas season and the other is vacation season.

Now is the time to make sure you have addressed protecting your home and belongings.  If you thought we only designed and installed custom home electronics equipment, think again.  The truth is--yes, we install security systems, but in a commitment to our customers, we also have a company that handles all the ongoing monitoring for the protection of your home.

It is Shield Security of Louisiana.  Shield provides monitoring services to anyone with a security system--whether or not Acadian installed it.  And its not just about alerting authorities when a burglar attempts to break in.  Shield can also act as the one-button call center for either police or medical emergencies.  You just need to have the appropriate equipment.

Here are additional tips for being more secure while you're away:
  • Don't announce on social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter that you or someone you know is going away.
  • Arrange for your mail to be held by the post office and have a neighbor pick up any newspaper deliveries or flyers.
  • Install electronic tracking type software (i.e. Absolute Software) onto your laptop. Laptops have been recovered and arrests have been made by use of tracking software.
  • Don’t leave valuables where they are visible from doors and windows; use shades, drapes or blinds. Burglary is sometimes a crime of opportunity and “window-shopping” is one way criminals choose targets.
While you're planning for that oh-so-needed get-away, take the time to review your home's security.  You'd hate to come home to a disaster.  Review your home's security plan and see if its a good time to make some improvements.

by Bryan Naquin.  Follow Bryan on Twitter @ACIexperts.  And you can always contact him at 225.906.2589 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.

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Designer's Dilemma


Even interior designers are forced to work within the limitations of their own residences.

You know the drill.  You'd love to arrange your room "this way" but the combination of your existing furnishings and the door or window openings on your walls just won't allow it.  One designer's problem was their bulky TV/entertainment center in a tiny living room.  You have to have a TV and, in the case of designer/blogger Erin Loechner, her husband just had to have crystal audio clarity to go along with a superb picture.  Frankly, she didn't care as long as she could see it and hear it.  Here's how she put it:
Televisions and entertainment centers are often the biggest eyesores in any space, and our bulky, ten-year-old TV was certainly no exception.... Still, it was functional and I happen to live with a man who would marry function if he could. Me? I choose form to a fault.
But how do you get sparkling quality like that while hiding ugly speakers and (worse) speaker wire?  After all, most set-ups usually involve some sort of cabinet that houses speakers with a screen to mask their appearance.  But when you're dealing with a small space, ANY kind of built-in just gobbles up precious space.

Here's their flatscreen installed. The speakers? BEHIND the viewing screen.



Here's the solution they came up with...replace it all with the Bose VideoWave, a 46" LCD flatscreen with speakers built-in but nowhere to be seen!  That's because the speakers are actually located behind the TV viewing screen, so no ugly speakers in every corner of the room and no messy wiring.  Despite their location, the speakers produce brilliant sound.  Plus the single remote control not only controls the TV and sound but her iPod and Blu-Ray as well.  So "goodbye" remote control clutter!

by Bryan Naquin.  Follow Bryan on Twitter @ACIexperts.  And you can always contact him at 225.906.2589 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Bryan Naquin is president of Acadian Home Theater and Automation based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  CEPro Magazine ranked Acadian in the top 100 consumer electronic companies in the U.S. coming in at Number 87 for 2011.
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