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Looking for Audiophile-Grade Speakers with a Lighter Price Tag?

You’ll Love the Motion Series Speaker Line by MartinLogan

A troublesome myth swarming home audio speakers is that high performance equals high price. Quality is certainly an investment when it comes to any product, but high-quality speakers aren’t only reserved for the unattainably wealthy. In fact, their prices range to accommodate a variety of budgets.

One speaker line that’s acclaimed for its performance and value is the Motion Series by MartinLogan. The Motion Series is designed to transmute a level of performance similar to the brand’s ultra-high-end electrostatic loudspeakers but in a more traditional speaker and at a more affordable price.

Even on a tighter budget, you can enjoy audiophile-grade performance in your Wilmette, IL home with Motion Series MartinLogan speakers. Keep reading to learn more about this impressive speaker line.

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4 Ways Control4 Can Bolster Home Security While You’re Away

Travel Easier This Summer by Keeping a Watchful Eye on Your Home

Unlike summer 2020, which kept most of us indoors amid the pandemic, summer 2021 is opening the door to travel again as life returns to normal. If you’re looking forward to a summer escape, Control4 can help protect your home so that you can spend more time enjoying your much-needed vacation.

As a certified Control4 company serving Northbrook and the Chicagoland area, Avidia can deliver a customized system that allows for intuitive control of anything in your home from anywhere you are. Keep reading to learn four ways Control4 can help bolster your home security and peace of mind.

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Bring Your Idea of Home to Life with Crestron Home

The Unparalleled Quality of Crestron Automation in a Simpler Package

For decades, Crestron has been the top choice in high-end, highly customized home automation. Their name stands behind the most advanced software and hardware in the industry, delivering the smart home experience that discerning clients demand at any scale.

While a renowned name in home automation, Crestron systems were traditionally complex for the ordinary user and took days to program and deploy. Changes could be tweaked only by the programmer, making Crestron systems more difficult to customize after setup.

Crestron curbed these concerns with the introduction of Crestron Home, which can be deployed in a fraction of the time with no programming needed. Homeowners receive the same power and sophistication of Crestron automation but a much more intuitive and personalized user experience.

Imagine what your life in Kenilworth, IL could look like with Crestron Home by diving in below.

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4 Clever Design Ideas to Improve Your Media Room Experience

Upgrade the Look and Feel of Your Media Room with Help from Avidia

When it comes to media room design, the possibilities are endless. Everything from the display to the furniture to the lighting can be custom-tailored to your style and entertainment preferences to create the perfect space for movies and TV while maintaining the beauty of your interior design.

But blending technology and style can be tricky. Some spaces may look beautiful yet lack an immersive entertainment experience. Others may have the latest cutting-edge AV technology yet lack a clean, cohesive design that complements the rest of the home. Does this sound like your media room?

The media room designers at Avidia can cure these ills. Keep reading to learn four clever design ideas that will improve the entertainment space in your Northbrook, IL home.

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What You Need for a True 4K UltraWide Cinema Experience at Home

Don’t Waste Picture Performance on Black Letterbox Bars

One of the first topics our home theater designers at Avidia discuss with clients when planning their entertainment space is their viewing habitsIf they’re an avid movie watcher, they’ll best benefit from a home theater that’s optimized for the 2.4:1 content aspect ratio.

That’s because more than 80% of movies produced in the last 50 years are made in the cinema 2.4:1 aspect ratio. Even streaming services like Netflix are leaving the once-popular 16:9 aspect ratio behind and producing wider cinematic content.

We’ve all experienced black bars on the top and bottom of our screen when watching a movie. Even if you use your projector’s zoom feature to eliminate those bars, you still lose pixels and picture quality.

Here’s what you need for a true 4K UltraWide cinema experience in your Highland Park, IL home.

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Avidia Is Now a Distinguished Control4 Pinnacle Status Dealer

This Achievement Reflects Our Commitment to Delivering Superior Smart Home Solutions

Since our start in 2010, the Avidia team has served homeowners in Barrington and Chicagoland with a strongly held purpose: to empower our customers to enjoy the magic of technology through personalized smart home solutions and unparalleled service.

Through our longtime partnership with Control4 and proven expertise in designing and installing custom Control4 smart home systems, we’re proud to be recognized as a lifetime Pinnacle status dealer!

As one of just three Control4 smart home integrators in the Chicagoland area who have reached this achievement, we’re proud to represent Control4 and continue delivering superior connected homes for years to come. Read on to learn what Pinnacle status signifies and what it means for our customers!

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What to Consider When Finding the Perfect Home Projector Screen

Avidia Works with Stewart Filmscreen to Deliver Top-Tier Projection Screens for Any Environment

When it comes to large displays, it’s hard to beat the image of a projector. Today’s projector screens can soar to 300 inches (or more) to deliver truly immersive viewing experiences. But the best home projector screen isn’t based only on size. You must consider other factors, like seating arrangement and ambient light, before selecting the right screen for your entertainment space.

At Avidia, we’re proud to partner with Stewart Filmscreen, an award-winning manufacturer of handcrafted projector screens, to deliver the perfect solution for our clients in Northbrook, IL and the Chicago area. Stewart Filmscreen displays are trusted by Hollywood filmmakers and suit virtually any environment and style preference. No matter your needs, there’s a Stewart Filmscreen display for you.

Read on to learn which factors to consider before landing on the right projector screen for your home.

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Complete Your Backyard with an Outdoor TV Installation

Avidia Can Help You Select and Install the Best Option for Your Space

Family movie nights at home are a fun pastime, especially in colder seasons that encourage us to get cozy on the couch with hot cocoa in hand. Now that warmer weather is on the way, you can take your cherished movie nights to the backyard and under the stars with an outdoor TV installation!

Outdoor TVs are perfect for any backyard activity, at any time of day. From your morning yoga flow to an afternoon sports game to that beloved family movie night after sunset, the outdoor TVs we install for our clients in the Chicago area produce a superior picture even in the harshest elements.

For areas with full shade or no shade, we can help you find the perfect TV for your backyard. Read more to learn about the outdoor TV models we offer from leading manufacturers SunBriteTV and Séura.

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Spring into Warmer Weather with an Outdoor Audio-Video System

Whole-House AV Distribution Makes Entertaining Outdoors Easier Than Ever

It’s still cold in the Windy City, but in a few short months, the weather will turn. Before you know it, you’ll be greeted by warmer temperatures that lure you to the outdoors. That makes now the perfect time to spruce up your backyard spaces so that they’re ready to enjoy at the first sign of spring.

We don’t just mean manicuring the lawn and cleaning the pool. You can take your backyard to the next level with an outdoor audio-video system! Weatherproof speakers and TVs deliver high-quality content in rain or shine without distracting from your landscape.

Plus, when integrated with the rest of your AV equipment via whole-house audio-video distribution, managing your entertainment indoors and outdoors is simple for everyone. Read below to explore the possibilities of adding a backyard audio-video system to your home in the Lake Forest, IL area.

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Bring Movies to Life with MartinLogan Architectural Speakers

Discreet, High-Performance Audio for Luxury Home Theaters

We’ve boasted on our blog before about why we love MartinLogan: for their spellbinding electrostatic loudspeakers, commitment to lifelike audio accuracy, and vast range of high-fidelity audio solutions. You can read our introduction to MartinLogan speakers here.

In this blog, we’re writing to movie enthusiasts in Barrington, IL and the Chicagoland area who are looking for best-in-class speakers for their private home theater. MartinLogan architectural speakers are a winning contender for any homeowner seeking masterful sonic performance that brings their movies to life without taking up floor space.

Read below to learn more about why we love MartinLogan architectural speakers for luxury home theaters—and why we think you’ll love them, too.

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