Thursday, December 16, 2010

Living Room Upgrade

Last week, we showed you photos of a home theater upgrade we did. This week we are back at the same house but we are upgrading the living room with a new 65" tv, receiver, computer and remote. We again, completely rewired all equipment and we think the job turned out quite well.

Remember, Smarthome is here for all your home theater, sound system and T.V. needs. Contact us today to get started on the home system of your dreams!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Home Theater Job Completed

This is a theater we redesigned for a home, in which all the equipment was outdated. Over the course of 5 days, we rewired the entire equipment rack and added all new technology! Such as:

-Full 1080p high definition projector
-Networked receiver for audio/ video
-Installed computer for online access etc in theater
-Reprogrammed remote operation
-Installed wireless karaoke mics.

Thinking of a home theater? Need some upgrades to your existing theater? It's never been a better time! Contact us today to learn more about what SmartHome can do to enhance your home theater experience!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jobs and Updates From Smarthome

It's been a busy fall season here at Smarthome! We are finally settled into our new location at 1987 Central Ave and happy to be here. Stop in and see us if you haven't all ready. Our friendly staff is here to answer all of your home theater questions, especially with the holidays coming. It's never been a better time to add a home theater to your home.

As we mentioned, it has been a very busy fall season for us here. Of the many jobs we have completed, here are a few we would like to share with you and be sure to check back with us soon to see photos of the following jobs:

-Wolfs 111
As previously reported, we did the whole bar/restaurant. But we just completed the new banquet room with 5- 50" T.V.'s and a 110" projector screen with surround sound for the games and fights.

-GlennPeter Jewlers on Central Ave
Very happy to work at their new flagship location! Sonos, (Smarthomes product of the month), networked audio for the entire building for background music, thus bringing about a more pleasant atmosphere.

-US Army 42nd Rainbow Division
Job #4 of 9 total. Their "Drill Shed" complete with audio and wireless microphones. A total of 15 Soundtube commercial enclosed speakers suspended from a 25' ceiling.

-A House in Berne
We outfitted this home with 6 networked zones of audio, (Sonos), all controlled from the customers ipad.

As stated above, Sonos is Smarthomes product of the month. At Sonos, they all about bringing the joy of music to your home. Check out their revolutionary products today and contact us to learn how to implement them into your sounds system today. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Different drummers kitchen completed.

In their kitchen, they use for seminars and cooking lessons we mounted a custom truss with 2 42” flat panel tv’s.
You can view HDTV, view slideshows and media content they display for marketing purposes from a computer/internet, or thumb drive, and theres a HD camera mounted on the ceiling so the rear viewers/students can see the cooktop and what the chef is doing.

Friday, May 7, 2010

3D Technology Unveiled

After all the hype prompted by the success of Avatar in cinemas and the
flood of 3D technology unveiled at trade shows like CES 2010, 3D TV is
finally becoming a reality in living rooms. All the major players are well
and truly on the 3D bandwagon and they’re set to make a lot of noise to
try and entice consumers on board too. To help you navigate the 3D waters
as various companies spruik their particular brand of 3D technology we’ve
taken a look at what's on offer, when it will hit shelves and how much it
will cost.

Panasonic debuted the world’s first 3D Full HD Plasma Home Theater System
at CEATAC Japan in 2008 and is aiming to sell the world’s first Full HD
3D (FHD3D) home theater system through a partnership with US retailer Best
Buy. The system will consist of a 50-inch Panasonic VT25 plasma 3D TV, 3D
capable DMP-BDT350 Blu-ray player and one pair of active shutter glasses.
The retailer will be selling the system at a launch event at the Union
Square Best Buy in Manhattan on March 10 with plans for several hundred
Best Buy stores to have VT25 displays in the near future.

Panasonic’s VT25 series are FHD3D sets that provide full 1080p resolution
to both the left and right eye and will be available in four screen sizes
ranging from 50- to 65-inches.

The system is expected to sell for around US$3,000, while a 50-inch VT25 on
its own is expected to cost around US$2,500. These prices represent a
discount of close to 50 percent compared to Japanese prices recently
announced by Panasonic and is designed to help the company achieve its
target of selling one million 3DTVs worldwide this year.


In a sign that 3D TVs will be a major battleground for manufacturers this
year Samsung also announced its 3D capable C7000, C8000 and C9000 Series
LED TVs will also be hitting store shelves in the US from this month. The
rollout will begin with 46- and 55-inch models from the C7000 Series,
followed by 46- and 55-inch models from the C8000 and C9000 Series
appearing in April. May will see the availability of the 40-inch C7000
model, while the biggest and best 65-inch C9000 Series will be the last to
arrive in July.

Samsung also plans to be the first to bring 3D TVs to the UK and other
countries in Europe with models appearing in stores sometime this month in
presumably roughly the same order as the US releases.

Prices range from US$2,000 to $3,300 for the C7000 Series, US$2,800 to
$5,000 for the C8000’s, and US$6,000 to $7,000 for the C9000 Series.
Samsung won’t be bundling any glasses with their 3D TVs, but has
announced it will include a starter kit consisting of a 3D Blu-ray Disc of
Monsters vs. Aliens and two pairs of Samsung 3D active shutter glasses with
the purchase of a Samsung 3D-ready HDTV and Blu-ray player from March 21.

For those looking for a cheaper option Samsung is also releasing a non-LED
LCD TV in the form of the 46-inch 750 Series, which will be available from
May for US$1,700.

Although Samsung has been pushing its LED LCD TVs the company hasn’t
abandoned plasma with six of the eight models in the company’s 2010
Ultra-Slim Plasma HDTV line being 3D-enabled. The 7000 and 8000 Series will
both feature 50-, 58- and 63-inch screen sizes and will range in price from
US$1,800 to $3,500 for the 7000 Series and US$2,100 to $3,800 for the 8000.
All models and sizes are due to be available this May.

Along with the ability to display 3D content from a 3D capable Blu-ray
player all of Samsung’s 3D HDTVs feature a built-in 3D processor that is
capable of rendering 2D content into 3D in real time – although just how
well this compares to native 3D content remains to be seen.

Visit us today for more information

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Recent Installations!

Different Drummer's Kitchen

Smart home is almost complete with different drummers kitchens install
in Stuyvesant plaza.
8 speakers in showroom with iPod connectivity and Internet radio
2 tv's over kitchen on suspended rack with cameras aiming at rangetop
and chef for cooking classes.

Provides a smooth sound throughout the showroom for backround music.


15k sq ft house in greenwich ct in progress. Complete with pool house
and guest house, more pics to come.
19tvs, 30 zones of audio consisting of about 52 speakers, theater, and
a ultra high end lighting and automation control throughout the house

The view from pool house at back of 15k sq ft Greenwich house

Greenwich shower with hidden speakers.

Triad in ceiling 5.1 for family room. Each speaker is $1200.

Global Foundries

You've heard it in the news, seen it in the paper..... Global
foundries in Malta,.
Smart home built 2 large conference rooms with all the bells znd
whistles including smartboard technology.

Conference room 1 with 120" screen, high def projector, wireless mics

Conference room 2

***Stay tuned for more happenings with our NEW location coming very soon!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lots Going On @ Albany Smarthome! :)

Our new showroom and offices are comming along great. We will be open in
approximately 2 weeks. We have made many improvements from the Wolf Road
location, and are creating an inviting atmosphere to showcase the
technology we offer.

I would like to start a new segment called featured installation for the
month, where we will be taking our best or most challenging installations to
feature on the web.

Along with that, featured product of the month!

This months featured product is the universal mx-450 is a

So you have 4 remotes sitting on your table and you can't figure out how to
turn things on...
Do you have to be a scientist to operate your electronics? There's nothing worse than investing a bunch of money on a home entertainment system, and it not being user friendly.
This solves that problem!

Also a "featured installation" update will be available at the end of the week.

So, lots going on here at the Albany Smart Home! Can't wait for you to visit and see our new place and new improvements!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

New News from Smart Home!

An Update On Our Move!

We are in the process of building our new showroom, and will be completed in about 3 weeks. It will feature a home like atmosphere with a living room, kitchen, and home theater. Everything will be tied in with each other and the technology will be greater and more advanced while staying more affordable than our previous design center. Look for updates from me for the new TV technology that will be out next month .

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Smart Home:

Important Message from Smarthome:

We will be moving our store to 1987 Central Ave, Albany Ny 12205....right next to Costumer and across from Taft.

We are very excited to be making this move!

More info to follow, so be sure to check back.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Importance of Utilizing Surge Protectors

With the amount of money it costs to install high level entertainment systems these days also investing in a quality surge protector is a must. Why spend thousands of dollars and risk losing everything in less than a second because of a bolt of lightning or voltage spike? Surge protectors are the first line of defense for your entertainment system and it provides peace of mind against the unexpected.
Surge Protectors do two things; it will protect the connections inside your home theatre system and provide you with a central location for all power connections. Sure, you can monitor the weather channel and unplug your entire unit before every thunderstorm, but not only is that unrealistic, it won't help stop voltage spikes. Not to mention the many DVD players, VCR or cable boxes have to be reprogrammed when unplugged, which becomes quite the nuisance. Purchasing a surge protector eliminates this headache, provides a place for all power connections and simplifies the ability to track multiple cables. If you already own one and it doesn't have labels, make your own, it is worth the effort.
Surge protectors come in various sizes and plug inputs, being aware of how many you need and how many units you intend to add in the future is important before purchasing. An often overlooked aspect of these tools is that ALL LINES INTO YOUR HOME THEATRE NEED TO BE PROTECTED. Not just the power cables. In other words, the cable connection, any outdoor antenna or phone line is just as important as the power cable. There is a surge protector out there that addresses all these needs, do a little research and buy the appropriate model.
When looking into a surge protector be aware of the shut off limits. Problems only occur when the voltage fluctuates too for above or below the acceptable limits. This happens very quickly and you want to be able to respond in less than a nanosecond. The level of protection increases based on quality of surge protector. Look for one with visual indicators that will quickly tell important information, as well as audible indicators that will sound when a power surge has taken place. Also look into surge protectors that address the filtering of electromagnetic and radio frequency versus those that do not. These will produce cleaner power, which provide a greater protection level.
Finally, make sure you are presented a warrantee that guarantees coverage of the complete value of your home theatre system, not just the surge protector. If this is not available, it is not worth purchasing the equipment in the first place.
The point with all of this is to be a step ahead of any potential problems regarding power surges or voltage fluctuations. Investing in expensive equipment and not a surge protector is foolish and is asking for trouble. Be proactive, be preventive. Make your home a SmartHome.