Monday, December 21, 2009

Make your Home a SmartHome

The SmartHome team is known for large scale audio/video installation projects for businesses throughout the capitol region. However, if you need inspiration for a personal theater in your home look no further! Not only will SmartHome provide you with their designs and concepts, but they are happy to work with your preexisting equipment. If it is time to upgrade or modify your families' entertainment system, checkout this recently completed project in a Waterford, NY home.

This 110-inch electric screen with front projector was installed with 5.1 surround sound and programmed to be controlled with an all-in-one remote. There is a single button for movies, television, etc. No more juggling multiple remotes. Just sit back, hit the "watch movie" button, and relax. All wiring has been completely hidden to provide a clean presentation. The family is thrilled the project took only two days and is excited to share their new theater with loved ones this holiday season.

The SmartHome team has two more similar projects before Christmas, make your home next on their list.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Conference Rooms Installed at GlobalFoundries Plant

Between October of 2008 and March 2009 a collaboration between Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) and the Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) led to the need for and announcement of a leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company. The company would address the growing need to enhance independent foundry capabilities.

On March 2, 2009 GlobalFoundries was officially launched.

Since then, GlobalFoundries has asked M+W Zander Operatives (a worldwide leader in architecture, engineering and construction services) to be the general contractor for the 4.7 billion dollar microchip fabrication plant in Malta, New York. This is where the SmartHome team comes in. M+W Zander decided the installation of two conference rooms would be best served with the concepts and ideas SmartHome is known for.

The large-scale project will include complete audio/video installations of the highest quality.Some of the features specifically involved are a pair of 1080P High Definition front projectors, two 110-inch motorized screens, a 50-inch Plasma display with a SmartBoard overlay, eight pairs of Kef Uni-Q in-ceiling speakers, wireless Shure lavalier microphones and a Denon receiver to decode HDMI audio from two computer towers.

All of this equipment will be streamlined so users can control their presentations by simply plugging in a USB thumb drive and utilizing the touchscreen controller. Audiences of fifty people will be able to hear speakers with out them ever having to raise their voices.

The GlobalFoundries project is a prime example of the SmartHome Theater and Technology Center installing innovative equipment in an efficient, cost-friendly way.

The SmartHome team would like to thank everyone they worked with this past year and is grateful for a successful 2009.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Wolf's 1-11 Project Completed

The Smarthome team completed a large scale installation project at the recently opened Wolf's 1-11 in Colonie. The restuarant and game center will offer 32 HD televisions spread throughout the space, as well as a 110-inch screen and projector. The layout will allow customers to see multiple games, events and shows at once from any table.

Stop by Wolf's 1-11 for a fun night out in the newest spot in Colonie and checkout the work of the Smarthome team. They can network multiple televisions or install single units. They know how to do it all and can accomodate businesses and personal projects.

If you would like to learn more about everything Smarthome can offer, take a look at their website for more ideas or contact information.

Monday, November 16, 2009

SmartHome Project Update

Just a update on some of the projects SmartHome is working on.

Global Foundries - the AMD plant in Malta - We are contracted to do their
confeence rooms with smart media systems for projectors and presentatin

Halliday Financial- completing their new conference room next week with
projector and motorized 100" screen. See John Sieper at Halliday Financial
for all your investing needs.

Were still working on our biggest project - the 16,000 sq ft $15 million
dollar home in greenwich CT....19tv's, theater, automation in the main
house, pool house asnd guest to come soon.

WOLFS 111 - the former old chicago- working on opening it near the end of the
month - we installed more than 30 tv's and a huge projecton screen for the
entertainment room. I would like to mention that.

Your Special Project Could Be Next !!!!!
Contact us Today
243 Wolf Rd
Colonie NY 12205

518.813.9164 - phone
518.813.9183 - fax

Friday, November 6, 2009

Unbelievable Sale Just in Time for the Holidays!

Just in time for the 2009 Holiday Season, Smarthome Albany is rolling out the savings! You will not find this unbelievable deal anywhere else in the Capital District, so get it while its hot!!!!

42” High Definition Plasma TV (42” diagonally)With an ultra-high
dynamic contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1,
the PQ10 will impress gamers, movie buffs, and design enthusiasts alike

Mega Contrast Ratio
2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio provides sharper image

AV Mode II
LG HDTVs include 3 AV Modes, preset to optimize picture and sound settings
based on Cinema, Sports or Game content. AV Modes can be easily set with a
convenient button on the remote control. Cinema Mode is pre-calibrated
using ISFccc parameters for a film-like experience.

600Hz Sub Field Driving
With LG's 600Hz sub-field driving refresh rate technology, see realistic
movement in Sports, Action, Movies and Video games like never before.

Clear Voice II
Automatically enhances and amplifies the sound of the human voice frequency
range to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells. Can also
be personalized with a new 12-step adjustment level.

here is the link to the tv on LG site:

Regular price $899...on sale next week only for $599 !!!!!!! Call to place orders or pick up at our store today! 518-813-9164

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Consider Smarthome This Holiday Season

With the holiday season quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to consider adding a Smarthome theater set-up in your household. Whether you are interested in a small entertainment center or a large scale system, we can accommodate your every desire.

Offering the highest in quality and technology, Smarthome can transform your existing television room or create your dream space! If you are already satisfied with your existing theatre, we can upgrade individual parts or integrate the wiring into a single remote. That's right, entertainment, intercom and lighting all controlled from the palm of you hand.

LCD vs. Plasma? Small speakers vs. large speakers? Wireless? Curious if your television is displaying the clearest HD picture? Is there a way to improve it? Unsure if Blue-ray is worth it? We will answer any and all of these question, while making suggestions to better your current entertainment center.

We will even come to your home to determine the appropriate size, angle and type of television that would best fit your home. At Smarthome we want to use our knowledge to provide the best possible fit for you!

Our expert staff is knowledgable on a wide range of equipment, companies, concepts and installation ideas. Contact us now and see if we can make your dream gift a reality this holiday season!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Thinking Blu-ray? Get the benefits right here!


Explore the benefits of Blu-ray Disc™ technology and the devices that deliver stunning, high definition (HD) content at its best.

The Benefits of Blu-ray Disc™ Technology
Chances are, you've heard of Blu-ray Disc™ technology. You've probably seen ads for movies being available "on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc media" or come across the sleek blue cases on display beside regular DVDs. But what is Blu-ray Disc technology, exactly?
This article explores the benefits of Blu-ray Disc technology, the various devices that support this amazing new format, and the components you'll need to experience the stunning quality of Blu-ray Disc technology at its finest.

Stunning High Definition Picture
Blu-ray Disc technology derives its name from the short-wavelength blue laser employed by Blu-ray Disc players. Compared with the red laser used by CD and DVD players, this new blue laser produces a much narrower beam capable of reading significantly smaller pieces of data. This allows Blu-ray Disc media to pack a lot more data into the same amount of space compared to DVDs. In fact, Blu-ray Disc media features five times the storage capacity of traditional, single-layer DVDs.

This massive storage capacity, combined with a wide bandwidth capable of sending data at speeds of up to 54 Mbps (megabytes per second), which is six times that of DVD (8 Mbps) and roughly two times that of a normal HDTV broadcast (approximately 25-27 Mbps), allows Blu-ray Disc media to store and display video in stunning, full HD 1080p resolution.
Lets You Play Your Existing DVDs

Blu-ray Disc players are backward compatible with current DVDs, ensuring you'll be able to enjoy your existing DVD library for years to come.
Even better, some - Blu-ray Disc players have the ability to "upscale" standard DVD content to match the resolution capabilities of your HDTV, making even your old DVDs look better.

A New Level of Interactivity
Blu-ray Disc media goes beyond the feature film and limited menu options to deliver a new degree of interactivity with on-disc content. With Blu-ray Disc technology, you can browse more specialized disc menus, select special features, listen to director commentary, switch language settings, and more -- all without having to stop the main program.

Some Blu-ray Disc players also support the Bonus View feature, which can display director or actor commentary or behind-the-scenes footage in a picture-in-picture window while the movie plays.

In addition, many of the latest Blu-ray Disc players support BD-Live™3. This Blu-ray Disc player exclusive feature lets you access additional content right from Blu-ray Disc player (Internet connection required). With BD-Live, you can watch exclusive special features or bonus scenes, take part in live events with actors and directors, play movie-based games, record your own movie commentary to share with others, and download ringtones, trailers and wallpapers, and much more.

Superior High Definition Audio
Blu-ray Disc technology also brings your movies, music, and games to life with up to 7.1 channels of HD surround sound. What constitutes HD audio, exactly? HD video can be measured in pixel resolution. For example, a full HD 1080p image measures 1920 x 1080 pixels and contains six times the picture information of DVD video (640 x 480 pixels). HD audio is not measured by resolution, but rather by bitrate. Without getting too technical, the bitrate refers to how many bits of information can be transmitted in a single second. One easy way to picture this is to consider your Internet connection. Old dial-up modems connected to the Internet at a bitrate of up to 56.6 Kbps (kilobits per second).

Today's broadband modems connect at much higher bitrates that stretch into the megabits per second. In Internet terms, a higher bitrate translates into faster performance. In the world of audio, a higher bitrate allows more audio information to reach your speakers.
How much more information? Let's look at the bitrates. Dolby® Digital 5.1 technology, the dominant surround sound format on DVD, features a maximum bitrate of 448 kbps (or 640 kbps on Blu-ray Disc media). By comparison, Dolby Digital technology's HD successor, Dolby TrueHD technology, has a maximum bitrate of 18 Mbps, thereby delivering roughly 40 times the sound information of Dolby Digital 5.1 technology.
These higher bitrates enable certain HD audio formats, such as LPCM (linear pulse code modulation) uncompressed audio, Dolby TrueHD technology, and DTS-HD Master Audio™ technology, to deliver "lossless" surround sound. This lossless audio offers a bit-for-bit audio re-creation that's identical to the master studio recording, and allows you to hear a movie exactly as the director intended.

In all, Blu-ray Disc technology supports seven surround formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 technology and DTS 5.1 technology are competing surround sound formats that carry over from DVD. Both are lossy compression formats that eliminate sound information outside the range of human hearing to save space. Dolby Digital 5.1 technology has a maximum bitrate of 640 kbps on Blu-ray Disc media. DTS 5.1 technology extends up to around 1.5 Mbps.
• Dolby Digital Plus technology and DTS-HD High ResolutionAudio technology occupy the next tier of audio quality. Both support up to 7.1 channels of surround sound and, although they remain lossy compression formats, both allow for higher maximum bitrates. Dolby Digital Plus technology features a maximum bitrate of 4.7 Mbps on Blu-ray, whereas DTS-HD High Resolution Audio technology delivers up to 6.0 Mbps.
• Dolby TrueHD technology and DTS-HD Master Audio technology are both 7.1-channel lossless compression formats that yield audio that is a bit-for-bit re-creation of the studio master. The bitrates on these two formats far outstrip those already mentioned, at 18 Mbps and a staggering 24.5 Mbps, respectively.
• Linear PCM audio features no digital compression whatsoever. Although this lends Linear PCM tracks uncompromised sound quality, it also takes up a lot of disc space.

You can determine which audio formats a Blu-ray Disc movie offers by referring to the back of the case. In most instances, audio, video, and subtitle specifications are listed in a grid in the upper-left corner.

Stop in and see us for any Blu-ray questions you might have! The SmartHome team is ready to assist you!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

LCD TV vs. Plasma From Mark Pettograsso, Owner of SmartHome

LCD TV vs. Plasma

This is the #1 question for me at any dinner party: Which is better, LCD TV or Plasma? This is a much debated topic and a fun one. When choosing between plasma and LCD TVs, you're actually selecting between two competing technologies, both of which achieve similar features (i.e., ,bright crystal-clear images, super color-filled pictures) and come in similar packages (i.e., 3.5 inch depth flat screen casing). To complicate the decision-making process further, price and size are two previous considerations that are rapidly becoming non-issues as LCD TVs are now being made in larger sizes and at competing prices with plasma.

Despite their similarities, the two technologies are very different in the way they deliver the image to the viewer.

Plasma technology consists hundreds of thousands of individual pixel cells, which allow electric pulses (stemming from electrodes) to excite rare natural gases-usually xenon and neon-causing them to glow and produce light. This light illuminates the proper balance of red, green, or blue phosphors contained in each cell to display the proper color sequence from the light. Each pixel cell is essentially an individual microscopic florescent light bulb, receiving instruction from software contained on the rear electrostatic silicon board. Look very closely at a plasma TV and you can actually see the individual pixel cell coloration of red, green, and blue bars. You can also see the black ribs which separate each.

Whether spread across a flat-panel screen or placed in the heart of a projector, all LCD displays come from the same technological background. A matrix of thin-film transistors (TFTs) supplies voltage to liquid-crystal-filled cells sandwiched between two sheets of glass. When hit with an electrical charge, the crystals untwist to an exact degree to filter white light generated by a lamp behind the screen (for flat-panel
TVs) or one projecting through a small LCD chip (for projection TVs). LCD monitors reproduce colors through a process of subtraction: They block out particular color wavelengths from the spectrum of white light until they're left with just the right color. And, it's the intensity of light permitted to pass through this liquid-crystal matrix that enables LCD televisions to display images chock-full of colors-or gradations of them.

LED TVs are a new form of LCD Television. The panel on an LED TV is still an LCD TV panel. The backlight is different though - changing from flourescent to LED based backlighting. See our complete coverage of LED TV articles and models here.


Plasma technology has certainly achieved quite high contrast ratios, a measure of the blackest black compared to the whitest white. Many plasma display manufacturers boast a contrast ratio of 3000:1 these days though our tests have not proven these numbers out. Panasonic has long been the leader in plasma black levels and we measure contrast of a 42" HD Panasonic plasma at about ANSI 1450:1 - still impressive. Plasma displays achieve such impressive black levels by using internal algorithms to block the power to particular pixels in order to render a pixel "dark" or black.
While this can limit a plasma television's gray scaling, it does produce exceptionally black blacks - depending on the manufactured plasma display element (i.e. glass). A plasma TV uses the most power when it is producing full white. As a result, some 2nd tier manufactured brands of plasma TVs have an audible buzz or whining sound when displaying white or very light images.

LCD (liquid crystal diode) displays, by contrast, utilize electric charges to twist and untwist liquid crystals, which causes them to block light and, hence, emit blacks. The higher the voltage passing through the liquid crystals in a given pixel, the more fully those crystals untwist and effectively block light - all of which makes these pixels darker. As opposed to plasma, LCD TVs use the most power when displaying a very dark or black image. This is a difficult process, and despite recent improvements in LCD black levels, only the best LCD televisions (like those produced by Sharp and Sony) have managed to topple the 1000:1 contrast ratio barrier. Recent improvements have brought LCD displays up to the level of plasma. The one continual drawback here for LCD is off axis viewing, when black levels consistently drop.

ADVANTAGE: Closer than a year ago, but still Plasma. LCD TV manufacturers have made great improvements in black levels and in many cases have managed to match the contrast ratio of plasma displays. However, Plasma displays still maintain a clear advantage in this category due to fading blacks when viewing LCDs from off axis. For scenes with a lot of dark and light images shown simultaneously - as with content originating from DVDs, video games, and NTSC TV signals - plasmas still consistently outperform LCD TVs.


In plasma displays, each pixel contains red, green, and blue elements, which work in conjunction to create 16.77 million colors. Insofar as each pixel contains all the elements needed to produce every color in the spectrum, color information was more accurately reproduced with plasma technology than it was with other display technologies. The chromaticity coordinates were more accurate on most plasma displays. Though the color saturation resulting from the pixel design of plasma displays is remarkable, LCD technology has nearly caught plasma in gray scaling color accuracy. Plasma continues to exhibit more richness in color information and more natural coloration. Today, SMPTE color coordinates in top plasma displays still normally outperform those in LCDs, which tend toward oversaturation.

LCD TVs reproduce colors by manipulating light waves and subtracting colors from white light. This is an inherently difficult template for maintaining color accuracy and vibrancy - though most LCD displays manage quite well.
While color information benefits from the higher-than-average number of pixels per square inch found in LCD televisions (especially when compared to plasmas), LCDs are simply not as impressive as plasmas with similar pixel counts. LCDs however, produce a typically brighter picture. Greens sometimes look over-green and reds can run a bit warm, but in a room with bright outdoor lighting, an LCD TV would be my choice.

ADVANTAGE: Preference to plasma but depends upon room light, manufacturer and model. Plasma color richness and naturalness will prevail in rooms with lower to normal lighting. LCDs will be better in very brightly lit rooms due to their inherent anti glare technology and brightness.


Plasma manufacturers have made much of their 160° viewing angles, which is about as good as horizontal and vertical viewing angles get. This owes to the fact that each pixel produces its own light, rather than light being spread across the screen from one central source. Hence, each pixel is more readily visible because its brightness is consistent with every other pixel on the screen. One consistent area of superiority of plasma viewing angles is demonstrated when viewing dark material content, especially DVDs. A Plasma display holds the black levels from off axis, while LCD TVs lose black level intensity more as the angle off axis increases. This usually occurs after around 90 degrees.

LCD TV manufacturers have done much to improve their displays' viewing angles. The substrate material on newer-generation LCD models by Sharp and Sony has helped to expand those units' viewing angles, though they still have some ground to cover before catching plasma. Expect the best LCD HDTVs to have between 120 and 130 degree viewing angles.



LCD flat screens display static images from computer or VGA sources extremely well, with full color detail, no flicker, and no screen burn-in.
Moreover, the number of pixels per square inch on an LCD display is typically higher than other display technologies, so LCD monitors are especially good at displaying large amounts of data - like you would find on an Excel spreadsheet for example - with exceptional clarity and precision. For the same reasons, LCD TVs will also be a slightly better template for video gaming.

Plasma technology has increased anti burn in tactics as well as computer and static signal handling. There are still issues with each depending very much on the model and manufacturer. For example, most EDTV plasma displays do not handle a computer input well and product a very jaggy image when viewing static images from same. Users may want to consider a commercial version plasma if their application calls for a lot of computer use.



Plasma gets the nod here because of their excellent performance with fast-moving images and high contrast levels. There are still some 2nd tier manufacturers whose plasma product displays some phosphor lag, a drag time in scenes changing from bright to dark.

While the "response time" of LCD TVs has markedly improved in the last couple of years, they still suffer from a slight "trailer" effect, where the individual pixels are just slightly out of step with the image on the screen. During fast moving sports scenes, the most discerning eyes can detect this slight motion response lag. LCD Manufacturers have been steadily increasing refresh rates to combat this.



There is a reason LCD flat panels are the preferred visual display units for use on airplanes: LCD TVs aren't affected by increases or decreases in air pressure. Their performance is consistent regardless of the altitude at which they're utilized.

This is not the case for a plasma. The display element in plasma TVs is actually a glass substrate envelope with rare natural gases compressed therein. So, at high altitudes (6,500 feet and above), an air-pressure differential emerges, which causes plasma displays to emit a buzzing sound due to the lower air pressure. This noise can sound rather like the humming of an old neon sign. NEC has been effective in producing several plasma models that are rated to 9,500 feet.

ADVANTAGE: LCD, at 6,500 feet and higher.


LCD television manufacturers claim that their displays last, on average, 50,000 to 65,000 hours. In fact, an LCD TV will last as long as its backlight does - and those bulbs can sometimes be replaced! Since this is nothing more than light passing through a prismatic substrate, there is essentially nothing to wear out in an LCD monitor. However, one nasty little known fact about LCD technology is that as the backlight ages it can change colors slightly (think of florescent office lighting). When this occurs the white balance of the entire LCD TV will be thrown for a loop and the user will need to re-calibrate, or worse, try to replace the backlighting or ditch the unit altogether. Some of the early purchasers of larger LCD screens will be learning this tidbit in a couple of years. One thing that I've found in this industry, it is not easy to find out whether the backlighting on LCDs can be replaced. Manufacturers are either hesitant to discuss the topic, or they just don't know.

Plasma, on the other hand, utilizes slight electric currents to excite a combination of noble gases (i.e., argon, neon, xenon), which glow red, blue, and/or green. This is an essentially active phenomenon, so the phosphoric elements in plasma displays fade over time. Many manufacturers state a new half life of 60,000 hours. While I am skeptical of this spec, I do believe strides have been made to nearly even the playing field with LCD. At half life, the phosphors in a plasma screen will glow half as brightly as they did when the set was new. There is no way to replace these gases; the display simply continues to grow dimmer with use.

ADVANTAGE: Even, depending upon manufacturer quality.


LCD technology is not prone to screen "burn-in" or "ghosting" (premature aging of pixel cells) due to the nature of the technologies "twisting crystals."

With plasma, static images will begin to "burn-in," or permanently etch the color being displayed into the glass display element. The time it takes for this to occur depends greatly on the anti burn-in technology of the manufacturer. Recent improvements by plasma manufacturers have certainly extended the time it takes to burn in a plasma pixel cell. In the past I was concerned to place a DVD on pause 15 minutes. Now, many of the enhancements such as better green phosphor material, and motion adaptive anti burn-in technology are greatly reducing the risk of burn in. It's gotten so much better that I don't even worry about it anymore. In a new model plasma from any top tier manufacturer I would put "ghosting"
estimates at an hour or more now (Ghosting can be "washed" out by displaying static gray material). Permanent burn-in I would put at more than 10 hours.

ADVANTAGE: LCD, though not as much a concern as it was a year ago.


All television measurements are stated in inches and are for diagonal measurement of the screen from corner to corner - not including framing.

Both plasma and LCD TVs are becoming more readily available in larger sizes though plasma still leads the size battle by a great margin. Pioneer and LG produce 61" plasma sizes while Panasonic has a readily available 65" model.
Though it is not being imported into the U.S. yet, Samsung has produced a gigantic plasma of 100 inches. Though such mammoth monitors are expensive, they exhibit none of the "kinks" one might expect with such large displays.
In other words, even the largest plasma displays are reliable. Large plasma displays will consume power - try 675 watts for a 65 "display compared to around 330 watts for a 42" plasma.

The substrate material for LCD TVs has proved difficult to produce in large sizes without pixel defects owing to faulty transistors. Sharp produces one of the largest available LCD displays at 45 inches, while Samsung has a 46"
LCD. Sony and NEC currently produce units measuring 40" diagonally. This will change very soon. These manufacturers will have very large LCD screens here this year if production goes as planned.

ADVANTAGE: Plasma, though the playing field is leveling. Even though production costs and retail prices have come down for both technologies, plasma still has the edge as far as production cost and capacity go.


Because LCDs use florescent backlighting to produce images, they require substantially less power to operate than plasmas do. LCD TVs consume about half the power that plasma displays consume. The reason: Plasmas use a lot of electricity to light each and every pixel you see on a screen - even the dark ones. Though plasma manufacturers have improved voltage consumption requirements a plasma TV will consume around a third more power for the same size display.



LCD HDTV displays will have a higher resolution per same size comparison than plasma. The lowest resolution of a 40 inch LCD will be 1366 X 768 - easily full HD resolution in 1080i or 720p. A 42 inch HD plasma has a resolution of 1024 X 768. While this is not truly an HD resolution, it's close enough so that it's difficult to know the difference. A 50 inch plasma TV will have a resolution of 1366 X 768, while a 45 inch LCD displays 1920 X 1080 (1080P) resolution.

Those extra pixels and the production process of LCD HDTVs cost more money to produce. Expect to pay a third as much more for a similar size LCD TV than a plasma display.

ADVANTAGE: It's currently a toss-up.

Mark Pettograsso
SmartHome Theater and technology center

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Our History

We got our start in the electronics business in 1994 when we opened EAST COAST AUDIO CONCEPTS, A small shop in East Greenbush, NY, specializing in mobile video and audio systems. We experienced substantial growth as mobile audio and video gained popularity. Our business ranged from “low end” to “no end”, installing basic stereo and video monitors to creating award winning custom installations. We outgrew our original shop and moved to a new state of the art location in East Greenbush in 2002, with a larger showroom and installation bays.

Over the years, Our team and our creations won numerous national awards and accolades and were featured in many of the top mobile audio magazines.

Some of our awards include:

Mobile electronics magazine - store of the year
Mobile Electronics Magazine - Installation team of the year
Mobile Electronics Magazine - installer of the year
IASCA - (international auto sound challenge association) - World Champions
USAC - (United States Auto Sound Competition) - National Champions
SLAP - Regional Champions
CANADIAN AUTO SOUND - Regional champions
JL AUDIO - Dealer of the year award
CES/ SEMA show cars and trade show awards


Car Audio and Electronics
Consumer Guide to Car Audio and Security
Auto Sound and Security Magazine
Car Stereo Review
Performance Auto Sound and Security Magazine
Street Trucks, Mini Truckin’, and Sport Compact Car Magazine

As technology improved, automakers began to integrate more and more mobile electronics at the factory - offering consumers in-car video, eight speaker sound systems, navigation, car starters, etc. At the same time, the home electronics market, beyond the basic television set, began to expand and become more mainstream. As such, the move from mobile electronics to home electronics was a natural progression for our business, as our expertise and knowledge would very easily carry over and apply to the home electronics market.

In 2004, we began our progression from the mobile electronics market to the home electronics market, continuing to operate out of our East Greenbush Facility. Although the “big box” stores were offering home electronics, we believed that they could not compete with our expertise and service. In 2007 CIRCUIT CITY contracted with us to be their exclusive installer for their “FIREDOG” home installation service.

Since 2004, our home electronics business has experienced steady growth, prompting us to concentrate exclusively on this aspect of our business, As a result, we decided to change our name to SMARTHOME - a name more descriptive of our business, and move to a new design center easy to find located on Wolf Rd. in Colonie, NY.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Multi-room audio is home entertainment
Inside, outside and everywhere in between, whole-house entertainment systems distribute fun throughout your home.
Imagine all your bulky electronics out of the way, hidden in one location, like a media closet, completely out of sight.
Now think about coming home, pressing a button and music fills the air. What will it be? Classical for relaxation after a stressful day; rock to get the blood flowing; or how about a favorite satellite radio channel while cooking dinner?
Meanwhile your spouse is working out to his/her favorite tunes at the other end of the house. Your kids are in the home theater room with five of their friends watching the latest bluray DVD. All this from one system, easily controlled from keypads, touchscreens or remote controls.
Gone are the stacks of stereos littering each surface. Say goodbye to big box speakers that look alien, no matter how modern your furniture is. This is what you see. What you get is so much more.

Multi-room audio is music to live by. It’s what you want when entertaining, relaxing or spending time together as a family.
Your life is more than photos pasted into a scrapbook. It’s moments made up of music, laughter, friends and family.
Because memories are more than just images.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Where are we located?

We are located at the north end of Wolf road in the town of colonie between Starbucks and Moe’s. About 2 miles from the Albany International Airport. One of the best commercial locations in the capital district with easy access to and from. Easy to see from the road too!