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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Top Landscape Lighting Installations You NEED in Your Outdoor Areas

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Highlight the elegance of your patio and enjoy your outdoors even after the sun has set!

Who says enjoying the beauty and comfort of your alfresco spaces has to be limited by the hours of sunlight? With world-class landscape lighting installations, you can extend the fun of your patio, backyard or terrace all night long! 

At AV Specialists, we partner with Coastal Source and WAC Lighting, two of the most reputable brands in the lighting industry. In this blog, we’ll explore a few of the top landscape lighting solutions these brands offer to elevate your outdoor living experience in Clearwater, FL.

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3 Common Outdoor Audio Myths Debunked

An outdoor speaker is installed in the middle of a flower bed.

Learn the real deal about outdoor speakers with these debunked myths!

Integrating an outdoor sound system into your home is one of the easiest ways to bring more fun, music, and joy to your spaces. Whether you are hosting a nice cookout for all your family and friends or just trying to relax with a good book by the pool, adding high-performance devices built for your alfresco spaces will ensure you and your guests enjoy the audio quality you deserve in your natural surroundings.

We understand, however, that homeowners have some common concerns about incorporating technology into their open spaces. In this blog, we’ll debunk three common myths about these installations so that you can keep your peace of mind when adding them to your Clearwater, FL home.

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Satisfy Your Audiophilic Needs with McIntosh Audio

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Take your audio experience to the next level with these world-class McIntosh products

There are few forms of art as inspiring as music. So whether you are a classical music connoisseur or a hardcore heavy metal fan, you deserve to experience music with the highest quality sound system. At AV Specialists, we partner with McIntosh, a world-famous audio solutions developer. Together, we bring you the latest sound technologies to build a sound system that satisfies every audiophile's needs. Keep reading our blog to learn more about McIntosh audio and the devices that elevate your listening experience in your Tampa, FL, home!

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Need a Home Theater Upgrade? Sony Projectors to the Rescue!

Three friends watch a basketball game displayed by a Sony projector in a home movie theater.

Enhance your fun and upgrade your entertainment experience with these brand new Sony projectors!

Entertainment is a huge element of the luxurious smart home experience. Whether you want to watch the game with your friends, play some video games with your kids, or have a lazy Sunday binge-watching Netflix by yourself, a home movie theater is a perfect space to enjoy all of that. 

But, to get the content-watching experience you and your loved ones deserve, you need world-class, up-to-date installations that deliver high-quality images. Keep reading our blog to learn all about the newest Sony projectors and how you can elevate your entertainment in your St Petersburg, FL home.

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4 Vital Elements of an Engaging Conference Room Design

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Hold more efficient and collaborative meetings with our conference room solutions

Building more intuitive and collaborative meeting spaces is one of the best ways to enhance your Florida business operations. Meetings are where the big decisions are made, and having an area that promotes productivity, idea-sharing, and teamwork is key to running your company smoothly and making your employees happier.

The expert commercial integration team at AV Specialists is ready to help you facilitate more engaging meetings with our world-class conference room design solutions. Keep reading our blog to learn how our technology can completely transform your St. Petersburg-area company.

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How Your Business Can Boost Energy Efficiency With Lighting Control


Find Out How Custom Lighting Can Impact Your Office’s Energy Consumption

Does boosting your business’ energy efficiency sound appealing to you?

Not only could it save your business on energy consumption costs, but you also can take pride in owning an environmentally friendly operation.

If you aren’t sure where to start, though, we’re here to help.

As custom technology experts, the AV Specialists team can provide your St. Petersburg, FL office with an energy-saving solution: Lighting control.

How can smart lighting be an energy-efficient addition to your business? Keep reading to find out!

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Stadium Sound System Integration: Wesley Chapel High School


When we first met with the client they were looking to replace a temporary stadium sound system they were using. This temporary system consisted of some small paging horns and an under powered amplifier. The school needed a sound system that could be heard all around the stadium. The stadium sound system would have to be able to handle music as well as the stadium announcers.  

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Top Home Automation Solutions to Enhance Your Projects

A woman is controlling her smart home system through Savant’s app on her tablet.

Add more luxury and convenience to your projects with home automation systems!

When you design, build, or remodel a home for your clients, you are not just creating a building. You are designing a lifestyle, an experience, a sanctuary for relaxation, a place where they can retreat after a long day and spend unforgettable moments with family and friends.

Let your projects offer a luxurious way of living by integrating outstanding solutions only home automation systems can offer. Keep reading our blog to learn more about the systems we can incorporate into your Tampa, FL projects.

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Explore the Many Benefits of a Building Automation System

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Commercial Automation Systems Increase Efficiency While Reducing Costs

If installed and programmed correctly, a building automation system delivers lower operating and maintenance costs, greater energy efficiency, and better indoor air quality while increasing productivity as well as your staff’s and clients’ comfort.

To accomplish this, AV Specialists partners with industry leaders that remain on the cutting edge of technology. In commercial automation, that brand is Crestron, a recognized worldwide in building automation. Together, we’re transforming businesses and organizations in Clearwater, FL, and the surrounding areas.

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3 Creative Ways To Enjoy High-End Audio in Your Home

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Create a whole new experience in entertainment with high-end audio solutions

A world-class sound system is the first step to creating the home entertainment experience you deserve. Whether you are watching an Oscar-winning movie, the six o’clock news, or playing the latest video game on your new console, high-end audio is vital to enjoying your content to the maximum.

The team of experts at AV Specialists is ready to deliver the best tech solutions to enhance your entertainment at home. Keep reading below to learn more about the benefits of incorporating high-end audio into your Tampa, FL, home.

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Create the Ultimate Entertainment Space in Your Florida Sports Bar


Increase Profits and Reduce Costs with a Video Distribution System

Two of the main elements of a successful sports bar are the entertainment and atmosphere. Most guests go to these establishments to relax, watch the big game, and enjoy the camaraderie. This requires several TVs in highly visible areas with audio contained in each zone.

The good news is that you know your market. The bad news is that you may have a lot of competition. Successful restaurant operators continually look for ways to enhance the guest experience to stand out from their competitors while at the same time simplifying operations, particularly in today’s labor-challenged market. A video distribution system offers a solution to both of these quests, providing a much simpler means of controlling the many 4K HDR TVs while increasing guest satisfaction and reducing costs.

Let’s explore what these systems offer restaurants and bars in Tampa, FL, and the surrounding areas.

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The Key Elements to Designing a First-Class Home Theater for Your Clients


Enhance the luxury of your projects by selecting the right features

A home theater is a most fascinating area of a house. It's a place where families gather, and the magic of cinema intertwines with the coziness and comfort of a home. As it has become more common for families to spend more entertainment time at home, creating a dedicated home theater has also gained popularity.

Architects and interior designers can integrate these luxurious spaces in any Tampa, FL home with the help of home theater designers like AV Specialists. Keep reading to learn about key elements to consider in your projects.

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Stream Live Church Services to Expand Your Reach


Learn About the Church Audio-Video Equipment You Need for Live Streaming

Are you ready to spread your message to more people or help support those unable to attend church service due to physical or transportation issues? Unfortunately, many people in Tampa, FL, and the surrounding areas find themselves in this situation, unable to regularly attend worship services for one reason or another.

Fortunately, you can reach these people in a way that makes them feel like they're part of the congregation. To accomplish this, you’ll need the right video, audio, and streaming services.

Let’s take a look at the best church audio video for your needs and how to get set up so that you can stream live church services to reach anyone anywhere in the world.

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Audio Distribution Creates a Remarkable Work Environment


Learn What a Commercial Sound System Can Do for Your Business

Are you operating your business without a commercial sound system? You'll be happy to learn that a commercial distributed audio system combined with smart technology can create a remarkable work environment. Improve the overall function of your business with just a tap of a button to set the perfect mood.

Let's look at what these systems offer your workspace in Tampa, FL.

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Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Setting Up Your Outdoor Sound System

Avoid These 3 Mistakes When Setting Up Your Outdoor Sound System

The Right Equipment, Installation, and Control Make All the Difference

Today, our homes have expanded, with beautiful outdoor areas that become an extension of our indoor living spaces. In Tampa, FL, many of us spend more time outside in our own oasis than we do in the interior of our homes.

So, what can make this space the highlight of our living areas? Customized furniture on your patio? An expanded outdoor kitchen? While all of those features can certainly make for a great outdoor living area, sound systems genuinely bring life to the space—creating a place to relax with your favorite tunes, podcasts, or the big game, while enjoying time with family and friends.

Let’s look at how to make the best outdoor sound system and the common mistakes you’ll want to avoid when creating your backyard retreat.

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Motorized Window Shades Bring Ease and Convenience to Homeowners

Motorized Window Shades Bring Ease and Convenience to Homeowners

Is It Time to Install These Shades in Your Home?

You may have heard about the beauty, elegance, and increased functionality that occurs when you add motorized shades to your Tampa, FL home. At AV Specialists, we partner with industry leaders that take home automation to incredible heights. One of these is Lutron.

These shades can be controlled with one touch on a customized in-wall keypad, touchscreen, tablet, or smartphone. They can also automatically adjust throughout the day. Our certified technicians can program them to rise with the early morning sun, letting natural daylight wake you. 

They can also automatically close at a specific time of day or when you leave your home. These shades can even adjust throughout the day based on the sun's position, climate control, and natural light levels.

Pretty impressive, isn’t it? Technology has truly transformed our lives. So, how do you know when it's time to install Lutron’s motorized shades in your home? Let's look at a few of the key clues and how these shades can solve everyday household challenges.

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Important Things to Consider in a Conference Room Design


Follow These Top Tips to Optimize Your Commercial Audio-Video Installation

When adding a projector and screen to your conference room as part of an upgraded commercial audio-video installation, there are many factors to consider if you want to set your Tampa, FL business up for success. For example, what’s the best projector screen size for your space? Which screen format should you choose? How bright should your projector be? We answer these questions in detail below!

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Are You Meeting Your Client’s Lighting Goals?


Our Smart Lighting Systems Bring Your Projects to Life

Every architect and interior designer knows how important lighting is to staging a home. As part of the overall design, it's important to understand the role of lights in each room. Reaching out to lighting designers is becoming more common in luxury builds, but knowing which high-end fixtures to use and where to place them is just the beginning. 

Truly elevating a home requires intuitive control of those lights as well. A smart lighting system lets homeowners fully leverage their lighting to better achieve their design or architectural vision. At the most basic level, you want to ensure lights facilitate their everyday tasks, boost their mood, and enhance their décor. This blog showcases how smart lighting systems help you accomplish these goals in your St. Petersburg, FL projects. 

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Using Multi-Room Audio with a Smart Home System


Experience Your Favorite Music in an Entirely New Way  

Do you consider yourself a music buff? Do you carefully curate playlists for different moods and genres, or do you own all the records of your favorite artists? Maybe you’re a podcast fan who loves to learn new things while cooking, cleaning, or exercising. 

No matter your preferred audio medium, you can soundtrack your daily life and enjoy listening more often with a multi-room audio system. If you’re new to whole-home audio, it’s a series of speakers across your home that are all connected to play in sync. So, you can select a song, and it will play through every room! 

Whole-home speakers are an excellent way to bring family and friends together at celebrations, and you can listen while walking about the house without headphones. That way, you’re never closed off from your household and don’t have to worry about tangled wires or charging wireless earbuds.

We think the best way to approach multi-room audio is with a smart home system. If you already own a home automation system like Control4, Crestron, or Savant, or if you’re planning to invest in one, you’re in luck. Read on to see how you can leverage your Tampa, FL smart home with multi-room audio. 

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