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Valet Amp: Connect Amazon Dots for a Premium Listening Experience

The Next Generation of Voice Control

As wireless and multi-zone audio has proliferated in recent years, high performance audio systems have lacked a voice control system that matches the user-friendliness and popularity of consumer favorites like Amazon Alexa.

Enter the Valet Amplifier.  Valet integrates the exceptionally popular Amazon Echo Dot with its high-fidelity amplifier, allowing for easy, affordable voice control to be added anywhere around the home.  Your high-performance speakers can now be integrated with the Amazon Echo Dot, to create a system of voice control accessing audio sources like Amazon Music, Spotify and Pandora.  

With up to four Echo Dots enabled to connect to the system, you can strategically place voice access points in useful areas around your home.  If you’d prefer not to have the Dots out in the open, mount them using Origin Acoustics’ mounting system, behind a speaker grille, making them almost entirely hidden in the ceiling.

Don’t Sacrifice Audio Quality for Voice Control

This is the beauty of the Valet Amplifier: you don’t have to choose between high-performance audio and user-friendly voice control.  You can benefit from the fast-growing Amazon Alexa voice control system, while still routing your audio through premium speakers.

Amazon is constantly innovating new features for their platform, and with an Echo Dot-driven multi-zone system, you’re set to benefit.  On August 29, 2017, Amazon announced a feature that lets you control music across multiple Amazon Echo devices, just by asking Alexa.  Name a grouping of Echo Dots–for example, “Upstairs” or “Kitchen”–and then ask Alexa to play certain music in certain zones.

Wonder how this could work in your home?

Give us a call at 914-765-0461, or contact us today.

Sources:
Amazon, “Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere”
ValetAmplifiers.com
CEPro.com, “Cheap Echo Dot Meets Premium Multiroom Audio

 
 
 
Soundworks Inc Featured in Greenwich Free Press

Soundworks Inc was featured in the Greenwich Free Press on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 in an article titled “Hamill Rink Will Soon Have Ice, and Sound Better, Thanks to Gift from GAF”.

Excerpt:

On Tuesday workers from Soundworks Inc worked from scaffolding to install a new sound system at Dorothy Hamill Rink in Byram. The project, a gift form the Greenwich Athletic Foundation, was long in the making, but had a tight window of time to be installed….

Read the full article at GreenwichFreePress

 
 
 
Savant’s New Release

July marks a significant update to Savant’s software with a number of enhancements and changes, intended to help Savant integrate even more seamlessly with your home and life.  Here’s what you can expect from Savant 8.4:

  • Amazon Alexa integration:  Control your Savant system and even jump to individual preset Savant Scenes with Alexa’s voice control capabilities.  Alexa integration opens up new frontiers in how you interact with your home

  • Introducing Wally:  Wally is Savant’s new 5.5-inch in-wall touch panel.  With gorgeous high-resolution imagery, and including features like customizable wake-screens and proximity sensors, Wally is specially designed to complement and enhance the Savant experience.

  • Global Savant Scenes:  Do you have multiple users but Savant scenes that all users want to access?  Global Savant Scenes now allow you to share scenes across users.  The Shared Scene is indicated by a global icon displayed in the scene.

  • Expanded Smart Host Capabilities: The number of zones that the Smart Host can support has been expanded!  It now supports up to 18 Audio Zones and up to 12 Video Zones.  And there is now no limit on the number of environmental zones you can add (lights, climate, etc).

  • Sleep Timer:  You can now set a sleep timer from the Savant Pro app!  Can be applied to any A/V service.

 

Questions about how you can make living simpler and easier with Savant?  Our experienced professionals can provide a recommendation based on the needs of your home.  Give us a call today at (914) 765-0461, or reach out and contact us today to learn more!

 
 
 
Soundworks Supports Hailey’s Hope Foundation

Soundworks is proud to have the opportunity to support the Hailey’s Hope Foundation with a donation of a 50″ television, worth $799, in support of the foundation’s work to support families in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Hailey’s Hope Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting families in the NICU with financial assistance, education and resources, specialized care packages, and partnerships with NICUs.

Learn more about the Hailey’s Hope Foundation here.

 
 
 
The Resurgence of LPs

It’s something shocking to say in the age of streaming and instant digital downloads: Vinyl is back.  But it’s true.  Even after being supplanted by the compact disc, record enthusiasts kept their preferred medium alive as a passionate niche.  Now, that niche has gone mainstream.  

Vinyl records are expected to sell 40 million units in 2017.  Every major record label is releasing vinyl, and manufacturers are having to open new vinyl pressing plants.  In some global music markets, vinyl is even eclipsing digital downloads.  

What’s driving this thirst for analog in a digital world?  Historically, there’s always been a nostalgia factor in the attraction to vinyl.  Music listeners are looking to the past, and many genuinely prefer the warmth and crackle of recorded sounds, and the immersive experience of listening to an album all the way through, rather than skipping between songs.  More recently, in an era of streaming–where you don’t own the music you listen to–some attribute it to an interest in the tangible ownership of music.

There’s also the question of authenticity, says Harvard Business School professor Ryan Raffaelli in a report by The Atlantic.  There is an authentic emotional connection found both in the warmth of the sound of a record, and in the physical collection of LPs, that can’t be found in digital downloads (or for that matter, arguably, in cassettes or CDs).

Today, vinyl sales are one of the bright spots in an industry that’s seen upheaval year after year.  As digital downloads decline, streaming and vinyl are the real contenders for music aficionados ears and wallets.

Infographic: The LP is Back! | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

So what’s the best way to get started?  Here’s what Soundworks recommends if you’re ready to bring back vinyl:

  • NAD Integrated amplifier C326BEE $549.00
  • NAD Turntable $399.00
  • Paradigm Speakers Mini Monitor v7 $598.00

Questions about the perfect setup to get the most out of your records?  Call Soundworks today at (914) 765-0461.

 
 
 
Sony’s Big Release of 2017 is Here

Sony’s release this month of their own line of OLED TVs makes serious improvements over LG’s range of OLEDs. If you’re in the market for a new television, consider Sony’s new 65” Bravia for cutting-edge aesthetics and gorgeous visuals.

Sony’s new OLED has been eagerly anticipated after making a splash at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2017. Why consider an OLED? OLEDs offer black levels that substantially improve upon what traditional displays can achieve. Sony’s technology can handle pretty much any high-resolution content you throw at it: from HDR10 to HLG to Dolby Vision. Their 4K HDR processing engine aims to bring the best out of any 4K content you’re viewing.

Sony OLED TVAnd then there’s the design. The unit is thin enough that Sony moved many of the internal components of the television to a back panel that can either serve as an easel to stand the TV up, or fold flat to enable wall mounting. Strikingly, Sony’s new TV doesn’t have a traditional stand attached to the bottom of the screen. Instead, the screen sits flush with the surface you place it on. Sony’s intention is to create a more immersive viewing experience.

Can you imagine this television in your home? The 65” model is available now. Call Soundworks today at (914) 765-0461 to be the first to get this beautiful upgrade incorporated into your media room or home theater!

 
 
 
Soundworks Gift Giving Guide for the 2016 Holiday Season

Stumped for holiday gift ideas this year? Don’t worry, we have you covered! This holiday season, Soundworks has a wide array of wonderful gifts for music lovers, gadget junkies, TV enthusiasts, and even that very special person on your list (who also happens to be impossible to shop for)! With our holiday gift guide you will be able to find something for everyone on your gift list.

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3 Ways A Home Theater Can Be Convenient And Affordable

Posted by Louis Gordon

Ever thought about installing a home theater in your house? Don’t be coy. You know you have—you’re reading this post, aren’t you? So you know you want to, but what’s holding you back? I know. You’re sold on the whole convenience thing and the cool factor of having a home theater. But it can feel like an extravagance—something beyond your reach, right?

Well, maybe it isn’t. Here’s something to consider: Three simple ways a home theater might actually be convenient and affordable.

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3 Reasons to Upgrade to a Smart Home

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Out with the old and in with the smart home! The expectations of potential home buyers are changing and the interest in smart homes is continuing to grow. According to a recent survey by Coldwell Banker and CNET, 81 percent of people said they were more likely to buy a house that was already equipped with smart home technology. Here are three reasons why you should consider investing in home automation.

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Summer’s Hottest Home Technology Deals from Soundworks

Summer's Hottest Home Technology Deals from Soundworks in Westchester NYThis month marks the end of an era as the last ever VCR is manufactured and all your old VHS tapes officially become obsolete. Worry not, there’s good news: Soundworks is here with summer’s hottest deals in home technology to help you stay cool, connected and entertained to beat the heat and avoid the rain!

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