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A McIntosh audio system at the AV Specialist showroom.


The great thing about audio technology is that it’s constantly improving, with devices advancing to bring bigger and better sound to your home. McIntosh encapsulates that innovation by continually revamping and improving their products to deliver the best possible audio to homeowners worldwide. At AV Specialists, we love McIntosh audio and its ever-evolving line of products. That’s why we carry the newest product from McIntosh in our showroom for homeowners in Tampa, FL, and the surrounding area to test and purchase. Keep reading to see what McIntosh can offer your home and what you can discover at our showroom!

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A luxurious living room overseeing the garden, with recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling.


Recessed lighting is one of the most popular types of fixtures you can find in residential spaces, as it is a great way to bring a modern, streamlined look to any room. The growing popularity of recessed lighting has led many homeowners to attempt to do the installations themselves. While DIY projects can be an exciting hobby, we strongly recommend working with a professional team if you want a safe and successful lighting installation that makes your St. Petersburg, FL, home more beautiful, comfortable, and functional. 

In this blog, we will explore a few common mistakes people make when trying to install their own lighting solutions and how a professional recessed lighting installation company such as AV Specialist can help you avoid them. So, let's dive in and learn how to get your lighting right the first time!

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Should You Hire a Home Theater Designer?

A home theater featuring a Sony ES ceiling projector and projector screen. 

Let a Professional Designer Bring Movie Magic to You and Your Smart Home

Transforming an otherwise regular space into a state-of-the-art home theater may sound like a dream, but it’s a lot closer than you think! With that said, choosing the right components and integrating them into the ultimate cinematic experience isn't easy. Neither is finding a home theater designer to trust with your smart home in Tampa, FL. 

At AV Specialists, our team of highly skilled designers and technology integrators is here to help. From picking the best brands and products to installing acoustic panels and integrating dozens of smart devices, we know what it takes to create the perfect home theater.

In this blog, we'll explore the benefits of working with AV Specialists to design, install, and integrate your next home theater system. 

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A Sunbrite TV with the ocean and an infinity pool in the background. 


Summer has never really left Clearwater, FL, where the weather is always perfect for spending some time outdoors with friends and family. And when it comes to keeping your guests and yourself entertained, nothing does the job quite as well as an outdoor 4K TV

At AV Specialists, we carry brands like Séura and Sunbrite, both industry leaders in outdoor TVs, and integrate their products with other smart devices for unparalleled entertainment right in your backyard. 

Read on to learn how an outdoor TV, surround sound, and lighting control system integrate to turn your backyard into the ultimate summer entertainment experience!

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A home with beautiful lighting by a professional lighting designer.


Trying to use lamps and overhead lighting to illuminate your home on your own can be a challenge. It’s hard to ensure every corner of your home is well-lit, but a poorly lit home can negatively impact mental well-being, productivity, and overall mood. That’s where a professional lighting designer can help. They can bring premium lighting solutions to your Tampa, FL, home, and can use technical expertise to ensure everywhere in your home is well-lit. Check out how a lighting designer works with you to enhance the lighting in your home.

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4 Benefits of Working with a Home Automation Contractor

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A Professional Contractor Can Help Your Transition to Home Automation Go Smoothly

Home automation continues to gain popularity among all homeowner demographics. As lackluster DIY solutions pop up everywhere, we want to stress the importance of working with a professional home automation contractor to ensure your solutions and integrations work together seamlessly. 

If you're on the fence about automation for your St. Petersburg, FL, home or you'd like to upgrade your existing system, AV Specialists can provide the required guidance and installation services. Keep reading to discover the perks of working with a home automation specialist.

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The Right Lighting Will Make Your Home Shine

A kitchen featuring Lutron recessed lights and motorized shades. 

AV Specialists Can Install the Perfect Recessed Lights for Your Home

There is nothing quite as rewarding as investing in what we love, which explains why the devil is in the details when it comes to our smart homes. Your place should be no exception. After all, every technology system at home must reflect, enhance, and optimize your lifestyle. 

At AV Specialists, we understand how important it is to get your smart home just the way you like it. That’s why, besides being home automation experts, we are also the leading recessed lighting installation company in Tampa, FL. So, if you are looking for subtlety, power, and unparalleled attention to detail, we can take care of every smart device for you down to the last light fixture!

Read on to learn more about recessed lights, their role in different spaces, and how we install and integrate them with other technology systems in your smart home.

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Why Your Smart Home Should Have a Tunable Lighting System

Tunable lighting fixtures in a bedroom with a queen size bed  tuned to a bright midday setting.

Discover how this advanced lighting solution gives you finer control over your lighting.

A well-executed tunable lighting system is an incredible advancement in home automation. Not to be confused with dimming systems, which allow you to make the room brighter and darker only, tunable lighting lets you control aspects like color temperature. 

The lights in your home have a dramatic effect on how you feel. Keep reading to learn more about how tunable lighting transforms your moods and how adding it to your current St. Petersburg, FL, home automation setup can make daily life more enjoyable!

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Everything You Need to Know About Outdoor Sound Systems

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Take Your Favorite Entertainment Outside With Weather-Resistant Speakers

Nothing beats a little fun in the sun with your family and friends. With an outdoor sound system, you can enhance your time spent in your Tampa, FL, backyard or patio with crisp, even music that fills your entire space. You’ll no longer have to find, charge, and drag a portable speaker that doesn’t carry throughout the area. Instead, you’ll have a full audio system designed to deliver high-fidelity audio in a durable package. Keep reading to learn more about outdoor speakers from brands like Coastal Source and see how they can enhance your home.

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Bring the Power of Residential Lighting Design to Your Home

Enhance every room at home in Tampa, FL, and make your entire place more energy efficient with professional residential lighting design. Learn more here. 

Explore How AV Specialists Takes Care of All Your Lighting Needs 

Are you looking to turn your new construction project into the ultimate luxury residence? Whether you are designing and building a client’s home or working directly on your own, if you are in Tampa, FL, our team at AV Specialists can help. After all, there is a lot more to us than audio and video! We are also the leading technology integrators in town, specializing in smart home solutions tailored to the unique needs of each of our clients. 

Among these solutions, residential lighting design plays a crucial role in all our projects. That’s why we partner with Lutron, the global leader in lighting control systems and motorized shades, bringing you the latest and most efficient products available. 

Here are the ways our team of Lutron-certified lighting designers will help you bring the perfect light to every space in your home or project. 

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The Growing Use of Huddle Spaces for Businesses

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A Commercial Audio-Video Installation Turns Unused Spaces into Collaborative Meeting Rooms

The new year is the perfect time to analyze your company’s current status and where you want to be by year’s end. For many businesses today, that means taking a close look at their employees’ workflow and workstations. Are these spaces designed for maximum collaboration and productivity? 

Let’s explore the issues facing some businesses in this area and how to overcome them with the latest commercial audio-video installation

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors with the Best Entertainment Systems

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Discover the Benefits of a Top-Rated Outdoor, Weatherproof TV for Your Backyard

We’re fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful locations in the nation, a place where we can enjoy our backyards with family and friends year-round and long into the evening. Is your outdoor entertainment area everything it could be? Advancements in technology have created outdoor 4K TVs that rival the top indoor brands and audio that creates a blanket of sound. 

Let’s explore the latest outdoor TV options and what they offer your home in St. Petersburg, FL.

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Which Sony 4K TV Is Right for You?

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Choose From a Variety of High-Quality Options

Shopping for a new TV can be both a fun and daunting experience. There are so many elite, high-quality options on the market that choosing one may seem like a daunting task. But fear not—AV Specialists can help you compare and contrast the different features to ensure you leave with the TV you need to meet your needs. Of course, we can help you install it, too!

When it comes to high-quality performance and cutting-edge technology, we recommend Sony 4K TVs. There are many different models and features to choose from, which makes it easier to find precisely the TV you want and need. Continue reading for questions to consider when deciding on the best TV for your Tampa, FL, home.

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How Your Smart Home Optimizes Natural and Artificial Lighting

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A Whole-Home Lighting Control System Manages Your Lighting with One Touch

Whole home lighting control is one of the most popular smart home technologies. Gone are the light switches and dimmer controls and going from room to room, turning lights on and off. In their place are elegant custom-engraved in-wall keypads, touchscreens, and remotes. Now, with one touch, you control every light in every room. 

Did you forget to turn off a few lights when you left for work? Or, maybe you’re getting home later than expected and wish you’d left the security and front entrance lights on. Simply pull up your smartphone app from wherever you are in the world, and with one tap, it's done. As you can see, smart lighting control makes managing your home’s lighting in Tampa, FL, effortless. Let’s explore the possibilities.

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Make Your Employee Training More Engaging with AV Solutions

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Integrate these training room AV solutions into your business to help your team stay on top of their game!

A well-trained team contributes to a thriving company. Whether you’re teaching them to use new technology, sharing a presentation or sales pitch, or updating your industry practices, there’s no doubt that creating a space where people feel engaged, connected, and involved will completely transform your training experience. 

At AV Specialists, we are ready to help you integrate training room AV solutions into your commercial space. Curious to learn all the ways we can help you enhance your training sessions at your Tampa, FL, company? Keep reading to learn more!

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3 Crucial Things to Consider When Getting Custom Window Treatments

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Choose the best motorized shades and boost the beauty of your spaces!

Adding custom window treatments is a great way of bringing more beauty, privacy and comfort to any room. From your main bathroom to your kitchen to your outdoor spaces, there’s not one area of your house that couldn’t use some high-quality automated shades. 

However, if you’re planning to integrate this technology into your Clearwater, FL, home, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to fully enjoy all the benefits they bring. Keep reading this blog to learn all about it!

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Want to Enjoy High-End Audio? Here’s How McIntosh Can Help!

A MA252 Integrated Amplifier, an MT5 Precision Turntable and two XR100 Speakers, all by McIntosh, create the perfect listening space in a home.

Integrate these McIntosh audio solutions and elevate your listening experience

Music is the language of the soul. It inspires us, connects us with others, and helps us express ourselves. However, in order to truly enjoy every detail of your audio content, you need to integrate the right technology solutions that provide you with powerful, high-definition sound. McIntosh audio installations are a great example of this, as their high-end devices are powerful and beautiful, allowing you to enjoy the most luxurious listening experience possible. 

Keep reading our blog to learn more about two amazing McIntosh installations you can integrate into your St Petersburg, FL, home. 

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Expand Your Living Space With an Outdoor Sound System

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Experience Premium Entertainment Right In Your Backyard

Many people spend time carefully landscaping their backyard and crafting their outdoor space. It can be great to soak in the sun or play in the pool. However, the indoors is often where the entertainment is, so it can be tempting to stay inside the house most of the time. 

What if you could listen to your favorite music, radio station, podcast, audiobook, and more without taking a speaker outside? With an outdoor sound system, you could have premium speakers installed in your speaker year-round to listen to all your favorite entertainment in your St. Petersburg, FL, backyard. Keep reading to learn more!

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Enjoy Luxury Living with a Smart Home That Won’t Fail Along the Way

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Call AV Specialists to be your smart home company and get the job right the first time around!

Adding smart technology into your home is a truly exciting experience. The thrill usually begins when you start to imagine the kind of lifestyle you could have with home automation. Then, it grows a little more when you call an integrator to help you design your dream smart home. And finally, when every system and device is in place, you probably feel like a little kid on a Christmas morning, discovering all the cool things you can do with your new smart home. 

But what if, right after your smart home installation, all your technology starts to fail, leaving you frustrated and disappointed? Sadly, this story is all too common for Tampa, FL, residents. When that happens, those people come to us to fix their systems. 

What if instead everything worked perfectly from the start? AV Specialists helps you avoid the pitfalls of working with an inexperienced smart home company, ensuring you have a reliable system for years. And if issues do arise, we are available to help 24/7 throughout our dedicated service plans. 

Keep reading our blog to learn more about the perks of working with a team of truly experienced professionals.

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The Benefits of Hiring a Smart Home Company versus a DIY System

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Experience Better Connection and More Control with a Pro System

Smart home technology has taken the world by storm. Homeowners can purchase everything from smart TVs to thermostats designed to make home life easier. However, a smart home should be more than just a collection of smart devices. Too many separate devices, apps, and controllers can actually make controlling your home harder. 

Some products, like Amazon Alexa, claim to be the DIY smart home solution, meaning you don’t need professional assistance to use Alexa to integrate your tech. This may sound like a good idea, but you’ll soon learn it’s not that simple. For an easier-to-manage and more luxurious smart home in Belleair, FL, you should integrate all your devices into a complete home automation system. Keep reading to see why you should work with a smart home company to create a true smart home.

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