Tips From The Top

  • designing a smarthome

    North America represents the most advanced, largest market for smarthome, or home automation, technology. According to a CNBC report, 80 million smarthome devices were delivered worldwide in 2016, a 64 percent increase from 2015. Experts predict that number will be at least 130 million smarthome devices delivered in 2017.[1] So, what does that mean? Well, if you&rs…

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  • Tesla home battery for solar energy

    If you’ve ever considered adding solar to your home or office, now might be the time. According to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar is about to become the cheapest form of new energy available—cheaper than wind and, in some places, cheaper than coal or natural gas.[1] You could potentially install a solar system on your home at half the…

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  • Old LiteTouch control panel

    Jackson Hole is town with many high-design homes, so it’s no surprise that many of those homes also have advanced technology such as home automation and lighting controls. One of the most popular lighting control systems for many years was LiteTouch, and it’s what you’ll find in the vast majority of Jackson Hole homes. But now there’s a problem: LiteTouch, the company,…

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  • Services - Home Theater

    If you’ve looked into adding technology to your home, you’ve probably learned that some tachnoligies, such as home automation, can add ease, convenience and cost savings to your life, but did you also know that a high-tech home can actually be worth more as well? If you’re considering selling your home, adding some strategic features can actually draw more buyers and…

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  • heating and cooling control system

    Tech To Know: Rheem EcoNet

     

    Each summer, we talk a lot about your options for lowering heating and cooling costs by controlling the amount of sun that comes through your windows. But what about the rest of the year? Did you know that 65 percent of your home utility costs come from heating, cooling, and water heating? What if you…

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  • top home theater projector

     

    If you’re looking to create a home theater that provides a true theater experience, a TV just might not be enough for you: it could be time to consider a home theater projector. In our last post, we discussed some of the top home theater projector screens,…

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  • total AV control solution

    Tech to Know: WyreStorm Enado AV Control System

    AV control systems aren’t the flashiest, most stylish choice you’ll make when designing your home AV or home theater system. But they might just be the component that makes you happiest. That’s because a robust AV control system can ensure that your AV system actually does the things you want it to…

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  • SolarSmart glass

    If you’ve always wanted to enjoy the beauty of giant windows, but dreaded the sun-baked, overheated rooms, high energy bills, and total lack of privacy that would come with them, you might have considered motorized shades. That’s an excellent option, and motorized shades have never been more stylish and technologically advanced. But if shades aren’t your style, you have…

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  • outdoor TV technology

    When you live in a beautiful place, and the weather is just right, why would you want to go inside, even to watch the big game? And what could be better than inviting everyone over to float in the pool and watch that can’t-miss summer TV show? If you can’t get enough of the beautiful outdoors but you still need your screen time, an outdoor entertainment space might be the perfect…

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  • Savant 8.0 upgrades

    Savant is in the top ranks of home automation and audio/visual technology providers, so when they release new software, it’s always worth a close look. This spring, Savant released Savant 8.0, a new software version. It includes the usual suspects, things like firmware, but here’s what most people will really care about:

    • Improved licensing plans
    • Sonos…
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  • monitoring lawn watering and irrigation

    Summer is here, and smarthome technology can make your coolest, most efficient and cost-effective summer yet. Here are a few of the latest ways to make your home smarter for the summer season.

    But first, a note: a lot of free-standing smarthome technologies exist, and they can provide some great functionality, but to get the best results from your smarthome, work with a home automation…

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  • Lutron Sivoia motorized shades

    Until the early 19the century, we were in many ways prisoners of the dark. Our daily lives and our work were dictated by the rising and setting of the sun. Sure, there were oil lamps and later gaslights, but they were costly and limited. Then, with the advent of the electric light, everything changed. For the next century or so, electric lighting would reign supreme, but today, thanks to…

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  • motorized battery powered window shades

     

     

    Summer is upon us, and those hot days will inevitably bring skyrocketing electric bills. But who’s home all day to adjust the shades during the hottest parts of the afternoon? Motorized, battery-powered shades provide a simple solution, and if you choose the right ones—such as Lutron’s Sivoia QS Triathlon line—you’ll get a lots more…

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  • Lutron Hyperion solar adaptive shades

    Light is transformative. It makes everything seem happier, easier, more doable. Everything, that is, except a few crucial things like seeing images on a screen or, say, sleeping. What’s more, light coming through windows also brings heat, and while a home with enormous windows might be exactly what you want at some points in the day, at others it’s more economical and private to…

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  • high design home theater speakers

    There was a time when home theater speakers were made to be heard and not seen. They were unobtrusive, sleek, most always black or custom-made to fade right into your home theater décor. But, home theater friends, those days are behind us. Some of the newest, cutting edge quality speakers are coming out in bold new designs and colors that are meant for showcasing. Here are a few of your…

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  • The Lexus of wireless routers

    We’ve all asked ourselves this question: Why is my Internet so slow? Everything seems to be connected, online and working … it’s just slow. Painfully so. These days, when so many of our everyday tasks depend on the Internet, a slow connection can be more than just frustrating. But a slow Internet connection isn’t a problem you have to just accept. Here are the three…

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  • Strato movie player

    If you’re a home theater buff, then you are lucky: there has never been an era of more exciting home theater technology developments. You’ve got 4K/UDH and HDR delivering the richest, most vibrant pictures ever, Dolby Atmos bringing home the most realistic sound to date, streaming services to deliver content that works with all these advanced systems and new technology coming out…

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  • UDH and HDR home theater systems

    Last week, we talked about whether the time is right to upgrade your home theater to 4K, but a discussion of exactly what kind of 4K technology to invest in could never be complete without getting into one of the buzziest tech topics: High Dynamic Range, or HDR.

    What is HDR?

    As we discussed last week, 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV is about getting a…

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  • New technology can be thrilling, especially when it results in a home theater or media room viewing experience that is truly next level. But as each new home theater technology—3D, HD, OLED, plasma and so on—has emerged, big questions came along with it. Does it provide a performance boost that’s truly worth the extra cost? That’s a big one. But even those technologies…

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  • Jackson Hole AV blog, Tips from the Top

    In part one, we looked at how home voltage might be poised to take a more efficient—and safer—downturn, thanks to new smarthome technologies like the Tesla Powerwall. This isn’t the first time that the low voltage home has been considered, however.

    In the 1980s, the …

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  • Jackson Hole AV blog, Tips from the Top

    Unless construction is a hobby of yours (or your career), chances are pretty good you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about the voltage built into your home’s electricity system. But chances are even better that—no matter who you are—you’ve spent some time looking at your electricity bill thinking, Why does it have to be so high? For decades,…

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  • Jackson Hole AV, Tips from the Top

    Smart home technologies get more intelligent and plentiful every day, so it’s no surprise that a wealth of smart tech exists to enhance your enjoyment of one of your home’s most relaxing rooms: the bathroom. Here are just a few of the smart ways you can make your bathroom both more enjoyable and efficient.

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  • Jackson Hole AV blog, tips from the top

    We’re all familiar with Wi-Fi and its capabilities for allowing our devices to connect wirelessly, but even though wires weren’t required, until recently an Internet connection of some kind was necessary. Soon, however, your devices might be able to communicate with one another even when no Internet connection is available…

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  • Many people are just coming around to the idea that their high-def televisions have already been surpassed by much buzzed-about 4K/Ultra high-definition technology, but wait—there’s another new television technology on the block. That’s newcomer is the quantum dot television, and it’s one you’re going to want to know about.

    What is…

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  • Mony

    As much as we’re all looking forward to the Jetsons’ style smart home, those days are still many years into the future. Smart homes are a reality—and they can deliver huge benefits and significant conveniences—but they don’t just happen at the push of a button. If you’re ready for your smart home now, check out these tips to help you design and create the…

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  • Blog - May 29 2015 - Teaser

    The article below is a great discussion about where smart home technology stands. Exciting technological advances debut constantly, but if you’re waiting for one device that connects your entire home, you’re going to be waiting for a while, particularly if you have a large home. Some devices exist that attempt to achieve that, but even those are only suited for small homes.

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  • Lutron

    You might not realize it—most people don’t—but there are certain places in your home where your money essentially just … disappears. Those places are your windows. According to the U.S. Department of energy, 25 percent of your utility costs could be going right out the window. Luckily, there’s a simple solution that will not just save you money, but also add…

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  • iPad power off

    Whether you’re a person who waited in line for your newest iPhone or someone who resists technology as long as possible, chances are, once you got used to having these handy devices around, you loved them. That’s why, when they suddenly slow down or freeze altogether, it can throw a big wrench in your life. But have no fear: by following just a few monthly maintenance tips and…

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  • Power button

    Having trouble with a certain device in your media cabinet? Try rebooting it. You can do this by holding the power button until it shuts down. If that doesn’t work, try unplugging it from the wall, or if you have a power strip, flip the switch and wait about 10 seconds.

    Everything has a computer in it in this day and age. DVD players can run applications that only PC used to run.…

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  • Tucker Ranch Media Room

    When you invest in the best technology for your home theater experience, you want to do everything you can to maintain and protect that investment. Here are the top ten things to remember to ensure that your home theater is always ready to perform.

    1. Do use the right cleaners. The highly specialized materials found in your home theater, such as your screen…
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  • Maintenance DVD

    Jackson Hole AV is Excited to introduce our Jackson Hole Home Theater tip. It’s inevitable, DVD’s get dirty, scratched and stop playing. And while wiping it down on your shirt might work, here are some other options that’ll work even better.

    Rubbing Alcohol and Water

    Mixing one part water and one part rubbing alcohol makes a very effective cleaning solution.…

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  • Feather Duster

    How to Make Your Home Theater Audio/Video Equipment Last as Long as it Possibly can

    You just finished putting a lot of money into your new home electronics. It’s all installed beautifully in an A/V rack and tucked into a cabinet out of sight. You’ve put a lot of work into that new system and you are of course going to take care of it, if you didn’t, it’d be…

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