Great Gift Ideas for 2018!

It’s that time of year again, when turkey sandwiches are being distributed daily in lunchboxes, and Black Friday seems to extend through December. Instead of being overwhelmed by big box retailers and high-pressure sales, Integration Controls offers you a tailored approach to your home technology needs, ensuring Santa gets the right gift for the lucky person on your holiday list.

Our suggestions will enhance the life of any lucky recipient, whether that means a killer audio-visual experience, smoking fast Wi-Fi or app control of their home! Best of all, we will wrap and deliver any of these items to your door, ready for the holidays!

Interested in custom installation? Oh yes, we do that too.  (Read on for an exclusive offer!)

Sony Bravia A9F OLED TV

There are TVs, and there are stunning windows into the world. This Sony OLED TV certainly fits into the latter category. Enhancing everything you throw at it, the Master Reference Series panel is not your typical big box special.  Sony’s best televisions have long been favorites of movie and television professionals, due to their uncanny ability to reproduce images as accurately as possible. Call us to discuss how this amazing flat panel can best fit into your entertainment space!

Savant Remote Control

Universal remote controls have been a staple of electronics stores in various iterations for over 20 years. The ability to have one remote over a coffee table-full is certainly appealing. If you’ve never thought a remote could be fun to use, take a look at Savant. This amazing remote uses a function-based touchscreen that is tailored to how YOU watch TV. Best of all, the remote is only part of the picture.  With Savant, you have a powerful home automation platform, allowing for you to add on lighting control, shades, or more – all with a single touch. Conceived by a former Apple designer, the Savant home automation platform is as beautiful to interact with as it is easy to use.

Want to learn more?  Call 314.475.3080 or email Integration Controls — St. Louis’ ONLY Savant Ambassador — for details on gifting Savant this holiday season!

Whole-house Wi-Fi

A strong and robust Wi-Fi network is absolutely essential for operating the vast array of devices today. Whether your smartphone, tablet, gaming system or Alexa device, weak Wi-Fi is a recipe for frustration. Instead of relying on the wireless router your service provider offers, look at mesh-network technologies for home networks. One solution we offer is through Ubiquiti: the Instant is a kit that ensures strong wireless coverage almost anywhere in your home. The kit comes with the router and another access point, enough to cover approximately 4,000 square feet. If you need more, additional access points are available for less than $100, making expansion painless and quick. The best part is, this system can be set up in a few minutes from its own app.

Call us today to learn how you can brighten anyone’s holiday with the gift of fast Wi-Fi!

Sonos Amp

New for 2018, the Sonos Amp takes all the appeal of anything Sonos — ease of use and great sound quality — and stuffs it all into a sleek and discrete form factor. Why use one of these rather than a Sonos speaker you can just drop into any room in five minutes? With this solution, you can have a more discreet install (in-ceiling or in-wall speakers) or use your bookshelf speakers, which will outperform a small, tabletop speaker! The new Amp is more powerful, runs more efficiently, and you can stream your favorite content just as you do with any Sonos system. Want to plug in your turntable? You can do that too, merging old school with new.

As St. Louis’ FIRST Sonos dealer, we got our hands on these early, so get a leg up on your shopping today by grabbing one for every music lover in your family! Contact us today!

TiVo BOLT with Voice Control

It’s no big secret that the biggest thing people hate about cable television is the actual box they have to use to watch it. TiVo has a solution. The BOLT VOX records your favorite content on your terms and offers a universal search engine to make finding your favorite show, easy as pie. Simply name a show and the TiVo service will scan every possible streaming, cable and antenna channel to find it — how’s that for ‘simple’?! By adding another smaller remote TiVo box multi-room device in each space you want to view content, you can avoid paying additional cable box rental fees to your service provider. Cable TV is actually less expensive over time with a TiVo system! All of this on a fast, responsive device with a fantastic menu system makes watching TV fun again. Let us know how we can solve your cable TV woes using a proven solution today! Call 314.475.3080

 

Thank you for your time and interest!  If you have read this far and are interested in purchasing holiday gifts for your loved ones, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Our team offers a curated technology experience, guiding you in your purchase so you are comfortable with the gift you give… even if it’s for yourself!  When you contact us, use the phrase JINGLEBELLS to receive $500 off custom installation services this holiday season!*

* not valid for retail purchase / custom install only in St. Louis metro areas

 

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!

Sonos:One

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).

Eero in the kitchen

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!

digital voice assistant

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

The Frame TV

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!