Making Spaces Sound as Good as They Look

Today’s design trends involve a bunch of hard surfaces: high-gloss lacquer, mirrors everywhere, granite and hardwoods as far as the eye can see. But as striking as these spaces can look, the problem of reflected sound in the form of echos and poor acoustics can threaten to ruin the experience. Integration Controls is a company that takes sound treatments seriously, both in terms of how they improve sonics, and how they actually add to the visual dynamic. This is all part and parcel of our holistic outlook on how you enjoy your home, irrespective of the challenges it presents.

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Sound is dealt with in rooms in three major ways: absorption, diffusion and low frequency containment. Typically, the biggest issue outside of application-specific problems in home theaters, for example, is absorption. By containing certain audio frequencies and preventing them from bouncing around the room which, in extreme cases, can make even simple conversations difficult, spaces are more pleasant to be in. Echo and jarring room acoustics prevent us from being at ease in environments that are often so painstakingly designed to be as beautiful as possible.

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For commercial and larger environments, Integration Controls offer solutions that effectively break up, or diffuse sound. Why would you want to diffuse sound vs absorbing it? Diffusion is the act of ensuring that sounds are evenly dispersed in an environment, whereas absorption simply “soaks up” certain frequencies. And yes, in many cases, you’ll need to deploy both types. We offer an extensive selection of panel options per category, and you can use two different types of panels based aesthetics, severity of the problem, or both.

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Integration Controls takes your entire space into consideration, not just the media room. In fact, the majority of our projects are designed to enhance your life everywhere in the home, whether it’s lighting control, shades and window treatments, or acoustics. We have treatment solutions we can show you in our shop, or we can bring them to you. Call us today to find out what we can do for your space!

 

Holiday Tech 5 – top five technology gifts for the person on your list!

We know technology can be confusing and, since 2004, we have been here to simplify technology in your homes and businesses.  This holiday season, let us also simplify gift-giving with these top five technologies that are easy to give, implement, and expand upon.  Want a holiday tech item that won’t be obsolete as soon as it’s installed?  These functional gifts will also stand the test of time while making life easy and fun.

Let’s start with music!

We were the first SONOS dealer in St. Louis over 12 years ago and our first player STILL works (check it out)!  This company has created and re-created speakers and amplifiers that bring wireless music streaming to almost any room in the home.  With a good wifi system (read below), you can hear Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, your own music library, and more – in the kitchen, bathroom, kids’ room, almost anywhere!

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With the new SONOS:ONE, use your voice to turn on your favorite music!  (More on voice control… keep reading!)

Whole-house wifi – and – parental controls?!

Oh yes.  This business was founded by Jeff and Jamie Briesemeister and even though we didn’t have kids at the time, we have a family now.  Parental controls that disable wifi, set timers, all while providing whole-house wifi – are life-savers for today’s families.  People work from home more, send homework via email, online schooling… it all adds to the need for solid wifi experience.  The EERO  is a great solution with a quick setup and house-wide range (in homes with 3-5 bedrooms).

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Extenders are small so you can place them where you need them.

Let there be light!

Every day you touch your lighting: why not make it smarter?  Lutron offers a variety of products to address almost any lighting control need.  Entry-level systems are simple to setup on your own or you can hire a pro to do it for you.  For around $250, you can make lighting ‘smart’ through astronomical timers, app-controlled, aware of when you come home and more!  Consider Lutron Caseta Smart Bridge Pro, which is a functional and time-savings gift to give for that busy mother or professional in your life.

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Access your lights, shades, and more all from your smart phone or tablet – at home or when away from home.

“Alexa, start my car”

Voice control is here and you can do so many things with it.  Whether you are an Amazon Alexa user or prefer Google Home, voice control brings you information and access to the world using only your voice.  Hear about the weather, start your car, turn on/off your lights, and more!  We’ve been asked about voice control for years – now it’s here!

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Voice control for your world from your favorite brands.

For that special someone…

The Frame television by Samsung is a luxurious gift that combines art and television for a special person on your gift list.  Available in 3 different sizes, this digital art screen is also a television when in use.  ‘Standby’ provides artistic images with matte options YOU control.  Select from the available gallery, download more, or upload your own family photography to customize this piece to your preference.  When you want to ‘Netflix and chill’, simply pick up the remote and change the display!

The Frame by Samsung

Upload your family photos to The Frame TV by Samsung

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Watching television is easy (and beautiful)!

How to purchase this holiday season

Yes, you can buy these products online, but Integration Controls can offer similar pricing and exceptional service while your purchase helps the local economy.  Call 314.475.3080 or send us an email

You will speak with someone who understands your unique needs and can purchase and deliver your wrapped gift item through our white-glove service this holiday season!  Setup and installation are also available for an additional fee.

We are your home technology professional.  Give us a call today to discuss technology – for gift-giving this holiday season, even if that gift is for yourself!

 

The people behind Integration Controls…

In 2004, my husband Jeff and I co-founded Integration Controls in St. Louis, MO.

Our vision was the same then as it is now: simplify technology for our clients, using the right products and solutions to meet their needs and exceed expectations.

Take a minute (and one second, to be exact) for an inside look at what motivates the people behind Integration Controls.

To get to know us even more, click on this blog for the story behind the story.

What is CEDIA, you may wonder?  It’s our industry trade association – the professional body that governs best practices and provides education to home technology providers across the world!

Jeff and I are both dedicated to our industry and consistently raise the bar for ourselves (and our competitors!)  As volunteers for CEDIA, we teach classes, participate in various committees, and work collaboratively with other audio/visual companies and smart home automation providers to ensure the highest level of success for our industry as a whole.

We thank CEDIA for asking us to be a part of the I AM CEDIA campaign.  It’s a true gift to be able to share our story with you in this way.

Thank you for watching!