Create your Home Sound System with Sonos

Sonos Home Sound System

Explore Sonos Speaker Sets

Filling your home with immersive sound has never been easier.    Sonos-Speaker-Set

Our hand-picked sets of speakers are the easiest, most affordable way to make your home come alive with incredible sound.

There’s a reason we call it the home sound system.

Every Sonos speaker is designed to provide rich, detailed sound on its own. But the real power of the Sonos system kicks in when you link two or more products together, extending that immersive, life-changing sonic experience throughout the home.

Take your listening experience to the next level with any of the Sonos sets available at Starpower.

 

STARPOWER

Only the Best.

At Starpower, we have a tradition of providing Only the Best in home entertainment. We’re an organization of seasoned and decorated professionals committed to delivering excellence to our clients, since 1995. From the best brands to the detailed attention provided by our in-house installers, you can be confident that you made the right choice.

 

Introducing: The Sunflower

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SUNFLOWER is an outdoor smart home shade that automatically tracks the sun to create renewable energy.

Starpower Introducing: The Sunflower

Exclusive Pre-Order price: $7,800

Suggested retail price after March: $8,700

Reserve your SUNFLOWER today! Contact a Sales Associate for more information.

SUNFLOWER has integrated solar panels that generate and store renewable energy for uninterrupted usage and operation. SUNFLOWER is highly efficient and can generate energy even on cloudy days. Battery life will vary based on customer usage and conditions. 

Starpower Introducing: The Sunflower

For more information on the SUNFLOWER, click here.

 

Smart Homes – Avid Golfer Tech Talk Feature (March 2017)

Smart Home

Turn Your Home Into a Smart Home

 

Looking to transform your house into a new smart home? We take an in-depth look at the process of installing home automation and help answer the questions to ensure your smart home is designed to respond to the way you live.

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What should a homeowner consider when making a technology plan?

The most important thing anyone should consider is, how do you want your technology to serve you? Your home’s technology should be designed to respond to the way you live, not the other way around.

Keeping that in mind, every homeowner should understand that home tech is evolving very quickly, which makes it hard to keep up, much less understand the solutions available to you. In order to make an educated decision, you need to invest some time in understanding the options that are out there.
We hear all too often, “Oh, I live very simply. I don’t want too much technology complicating my life.”

Yet, these are the types of people that need us the most. Technology has the power to make your life simpler. But it must be installed, programmed and integrated by an expert who knows what they are doing. The simpler the solution or interface, the more complex the technology infrastructure that is required and more expertise is needed.

 

Where in the building/remodeling process should the technology plan be considered?

Technology needs to be considered early in the plan. Some questions are obvious such as, “How do we wire the home?” Some questions may not be as forthcoming such as, “Where do we put all of the gear?” It may seem silly, but we have seen multi-million dollar homes that fail to consider where to place racks of equipment.

Moreover, many of these items require proper ventilation that needs to be engineered into the design. Even if you do not fully decide on the technology being used, much of the planning should be made when the architect has the plans. In the event you miss the architectural phase, you will want to get advice as soon as possible.

Again, a properly designed home allows flexibility no matter what technology is ultimately chosen. Plus, for resale purposes, you certainly don’t want to be the home that was not intelligently designed for technology.

Obviously, there are different needs and budgets for different people. However, one thing that most people have in common is the need for a robust network. Yet, networking is the most commonly overlooked requirement for a successful marriage between technology and the user. Most of the new and evolving technologies require huge amounts of bandwidth, which will typically clog most wireless networks. Investing in the proper backbone that takes into account the almost certain need for expansion is important. Having a robust network plan opens up unlimited possibilities and options.

If you want to outfit your home, where are the points/rooms that should take priority?

As I mentioned before, networking must take a high priority. From there, you should prioritize based on how you use your home. For example, most people only use a few rooms. Those few rooms are a good way to prioritize budget. However, you should think of the entire home as a canvas for purposes of technology design.

For example, many people do not consider lighting control as a high priority. However, people that have lighting control love it. Have your lights come on at sunset, go through cycles of on/off while you are traveling, light up pathways in the middle of the night and create security scenes that make you feel safe when coming home alone (not to mention the one button “all off” feature). And this is just one of the great technology features for the home.

Some of the hottest categories in home technology are security surveillance, outdoor entertainment, whole house sound systems, theaters, motorized shades and home automation – being able to control everything from one app on your smartphone. Again, it is easy to get carried away with any or all of these categories. An intelligent design affords flexibility and takes into account all of these possibilities, even if they are not an immediate priority.

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How much of the home build/remodel budget should you allot for technology?

A rough rule of thumb is 10 to 15 percent of the home value when you consider all the technology options. Of course, every home and homebuyer is different so these are not absolute percentages. No one should ever spend more than they are comfortable with. Spending too much makes people resent the technology and, often times, avoid enjoying all that technology can do to improve life at home.

My best advice – meet with a company that has been there a while and seen the mistakes that have been made. Get comfortable with the person guiding you. If you are not, ask for someone else or go seek help elsewhere. There are some good technology businesses out there. And, unfortunately, there are many that claim to be and are not. Take the time to research and explore your options.  You’ll know the right fit when you find it.

 

 

 

Originally published by Avid Golfer, March 2017. Image Credits: AvidGolfer.com

Wake Up the Silent Home – SONOS – Grammy Awards (Featured)

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SONOS – Wake up the Silent Home

Somewhere between music fitting into our pockets, screens taking over and home audio getting either too complicated or sounding too crappy, we stopped listening to music out loud at home.

We’ve become tethered to our screens. Isolated by earbuds. The tap-tap of emails and social media are now the soundtrack to our evenings.

This is The Silent Home.

What is SONOS?

Sonos blends spectacular fidelity with genuine convenience to bring back the shared, seductive joy of listening out loud, to the right song at just the right instant, in that one place that matters most.

The Silent Home wakes up.

Life reappears.

 

The Causes and the Conditions of The Silent Home

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Shop SONOS Now!

 

Starpower’s SONOS Collection

Starpower is a proud authorized retailer of SONOS products. Experience the entire system in any of our showrooms or buy online today! Visit us in Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix/Scottsdale Arizona.

 

 

URC TKP 7600 – Tech It Out Recap (Video)

Starpower Urc Tkp 7600 - Tech It Out Recap (Video)

Universal Remote Control – Home Automation – TKP 7600

Starpower brings you the latest from Universal Remote Control live from Starpower’s Tech It Out Lunch and Learn in Southlake, Texas. Watch as URC representative Mike Manchesi demonstrates the capabilities of the brand new TKP 7600 7″ Touch Panel for URC’s Total Control Home Automation System.
Tech Out URC in the video below to learn more and to start your home automation journey today!

 

 

URC TKP 7600 Video Recap

The touch panel boasts a gorgeous display, swipe navigation, and built-in two-way audio/video intercom between touch panels.

Just imagine – no more screaming at the kids from downstairs…ah!

In addition, the panel’s built-in camera doubles a surveillance camera.
If you prefer a more traditional method of control, you can pick up one URC’s best in class universal remotes. All URC remotes feature one-button-touch functionality making for an excellent user experience.

Interested in learning more about URC Home Automation? Click the button below.

Learn More About Home Automation

 

About Starpower Home Theater & Audio/Video

Starpower’s programmers are the best in the country and in the field of home automation. Our customized automation packages will take your home or office from a thing of the past to a modern, efficient, one-touch system that will save you time, energy and allow an easy, stress-free experience. Imagine full-featured touch panel remotes with control over everything that plugs in. Visit one of our conveniently located showrooms in Dallas/Fort-Worth and Scottdale, Arizona, or request a quote today!

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CEDIA 2016: Preview

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CEDIA 2016 – Dallas, Texas

#CEDIA16

CEDIA has once again taken over Dallas! Beginning tomorrow, CEDIA 2016 will feature over 435 exhibitors, 125 manufacturer product-training sessions, and 115 workshops on everything from networking a home theater system to managing a growing business. The show floor will be open this week from Thursday, September 15th through Saturday, September 17th. Follow us this week as we explore all the new products, services and innovations to come out of #CEDIA16!

 

What are we excited to see?

 

New 4K Projector technology

At this year’s event, JVC will debut its first native 4K projector. Their native 4K HDR projector, will feature a newly-developed “Blu-Escent” laser light source with a claimed brightness of 3,000 lumens. This new technology is focusing on producing a smooth picture, bringing depth to Ultra HD and HDR content and approximately 20,000 hours of operation.

 

 

 

Roll-able Television

Rollable Television At Cedia 2016

Screen Innovations is shipping their all-new Zero-G starting tomorrow! What is the Zero-G? Think roll-able television. The screen is suspended in midair with no black drop between the viewing surface and the case. It actually rolls itself up from the bottom when not in use. That means, when you’re watching the game or your favorite movie, Zero-G drops out of the case and expands at a preset location giving you a “levitating” image, suspended by cables.

 

Home Security

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Over 15 CEDIA exhibitors will be demonstrating doorbell cameras. These devices offer a new level of security, by notifying you when someone is on your property and letting you see and speak with anyone at your front door. We plan to see a wide variety of these devices from Ring, August, Channel Vision and Lilin. Most will provide wide angled HD video, smart motion detection, and cloud recording.

 

Starpower is the leading provider of consumer electronics and luxury living services in Dallas, Fort-Worth and Phoenix, AZ. Home Automation, Home Theaters, Home Security, 4K Television and more. Shop online at star-power.com

Crestron Shades – Are They Right for You?

Starpower Crestron Shades - Are They Right For You?

Are Crestron Shades Right for You?

If you’ve read our Home Theater Guide or Media Room Guide, you know the importance of having amazing shades in your home.  Crestron makes life super easy with their automated lighting solutions. Not only are these shades gorgeous, but they’re smart! Doesn’t get much better than that.

 

Why Shades? Comfort & Convenience

Imagine opening or closing an entire wall of window treatments at the touch of a button — it’s possible with Crestron shading solutions. Presets can ensure the perfect amount of light is allowed in throughout the day, creating rooms that are always as cool, comfortable and bright as you want them to be. One touch, from within your home or away from it, can recall the perfect lighting schemes for entertaining, relaxing, reading, watching TV or shutting everything off just before bed.

 

Types of Shades:

Roller Shades

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Sleek and elegant rollar shades are a popular choice for their versatility and variety of styles. With silent QMT™ motors and the ability to hide rollers out of sight, this type of shade can be discreetly integrated into any décor. Create curtain walls by coupling up to six shades as a single group with one Crestron QMT™ motor, or choose larger tube and bracket sizes to accomodate more expansive windows. Dual roller shades can also deliver both light-filtering and blackout shades on the same window for multiple purposes within one room.

Roman Shades

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Roman shades add visual impact to a room, with different fabrics, pleats, and folds creating unique aesthetic statements. Whether you want a more regal look, something traditional, or even a more modern flair, there’s a roman shade style to suit your taste.

Skylight Shades

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Easily control the sunlight streaming through your skylights with automated shades. Crestron provides skylight shading systems with hidden cable guides to maximize window area, allowing natural light in while keeping unsightly cables out of the way. Skylight shades can be mounted outside, inside, or recessed for added flexibility.

Drapery Track

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Draperies add a soft, graceful touch to your décor. Control pinch pleat, Ripplefold® and Accordia® styles on straight, curved, bent, and custom tracks to suit your unique environment. Even details such as motor, arm, and draw styles can be fine-tuned for touch sensitive controls, adjustable speed settings, and soft starts and stops, adding an element of dramatic motion to your window treatments.

What is Home Automation? | Home Automation Packages | URC

Starpower What Is Home Automation? | Home Automation Packages | Urc

What is Home Automation?

Why invest in Home Automation? There are hundreds of benefits for automating your home including (and probably most important, peace of mind, advanced security, and convenience.  With whole home control, you can control all of your audio video, but also control your home’s lighting, locks, security cameras, and more.

The Convenience of Home Automation

How often do you find yourself holding and fumbling through all of the TV remotes to adjust the sound, push play or simply fast forward? It becomes a balancing act just to watch a Friends” re-run because you have a remote in your left hand, in your right hand and one on each leg.

When you invest in home automation, you are investing in streamlined control – which means a kick ass remote that can control all of your devices. And it doesn’t stop there –  control your window shades, interior and exterior lights, security cameras, door locks and more from your ipad or smart phone.

Ready to Get Started?

Schedule a Walk Through Appointment with the Experts at Starpower.

Schedule An Appointment

Home Automation Packages Starting at $1,399

Starpower offers a variety of home automation solutions, and has complete home automation or smart home packages, starting at $1,399.

 

Starpower’s Silver Home Automation Package 

Home Automation Package - Dallas, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Fort Worth, Southlake

Starpower’s URC Total Control Silver Package offers you the ability to control your A/V with your iPad, iPhone, Android devices and universal remotes – pricing starts at $1,399.

System Highlights:

  • Great for 1 & 2 zone systems
  • Up to 5 additional sources can be controlled (DirecTV, FiOS, AppleTV, Blu-ray, etc.)
  • Ready for future expansion and smart home capabilities

Package Includes:

  • (1) MRX – 8 Network System Controller
  • (1) TRC-820 – Wi-Fi Remote Control
  • (1) iOS or Android Control App for smart phones, tablets, etc..

Read more about the feaures, functionality and add-ons available for this package by clicking here.

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Starpower’s Gold Home Automation Package

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Starpower’s URC Total Control Gold Package offers you the ability to control your A/V with your iPad, iPhone, Android devices and universal remotes – pricing starts at $2,999.

 

System Highlights:

  • Great for 2 & 3 zone systems
  • Provides access to SiriusXM, Pandora, and Rhapsody music services and more
  • Up to 6 additional sources can be controlled (DirecTV, FiOS, AppleTV, Blu-ray, etc.)
  • Ready for future expansion and smart home capabilities

 

Package Includes:

  • (1) MRX – 8 Network System Controller
  • (1) TRC-1080 – Wi-Fi Remote Control w/ 2″ color screen for multi-zone use
  • (1) SNP-2 – Streaming Network Player – Provides access to Pandora, SiriusXM, etc.
  • (1) DMS-100 – 1 zone networked amplifier

 

Click here to learn more about the feaures, functionality and add-ons available for this package.

Request A Quote

 

About Starpower Home Automation

Visit one of the Starpower locations in the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas area or Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona area to learn more about home automation the latest technology.

What is Home Automation? | Home Automation Packages | URC

Starpower What Is Home Automation? | Home Automation Packages | Urc

What is Home Automation?

Why invest in Home Automation? There are hundreds of benefits for automating your home including (and probably most important, peace of mind, advanced security, and convenience.  With whole home control, you can control all of your audio video, but also control your home’s lighting, locks, security cameras, and more.

The Convenience of Home Automation

How often do you find yourself holding and fumbling through all of the TV remotes to adjust the sound, push play or simply fast forward? It becomes a balancing act just to watch a Friends” re-run because you have a remote in your left hand, in your right hand and one on each leg.

When you invest in home automation, you are investing in streamlined control – which means a kick-ass remote that can control all of your devices. And it doesn’t stop there –  control your window shades, interior and exterior lights, security cameras, door locks and more from your iPad or smartphone.

Ready to Get Started?

Schedule a Walk Through Appointment with the Experts at Starpower.

Schedule An Appointment

Home Automation Packages Starting at $1,399

Starpower offers a variety of home automation solutions, and has complete home automation or smart home packages, starting at $1,399.

 

Starpower’s Silver Home Automation Package 

Home Automation Package - Dallas, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Fort Worth, Southlake

Starpower’s URC Total Control Silver Package offers you the ability to control your A/V with your iPad, iPhone, Android devices and universal remotes – pricing starts at $1,399.

System Highlights:

  • Great for 1 & 2 zone systems
  • Up to 5 additional sources can be controlled (DirecTV, FiOS, AppleTV, Blu-ray, etc.)
  • Ready for future expansion and smart home capabilities

Package Includes:

  • (1) MRX – 8 Network System Controller
  • (1) TRC-820 – Wi-Fi Remote Control
  • (1) iOS or Android Control App for smartphones, tablets, etc..

Request A Quote

 

Starpower’s Gold Home Automation Package

Starpower What Is Home Automation? | Home Automation Packages | Urc

Starpower’s URC Total Control Gold Package offers you the ability to control your A/V with your iPad, iPhone, Android devices and universal remotes – pricing starts at $2,999.

 

System Highlights:

  • Great for 2 & 3 zone systems
  • Provides access to SiriusXM, Pandora, and Rhapsody music services and more
  • Up to 6 additional sources can be controlled (DirecTV, FiOS, AppleTV, Blu-ray, etc.)
  • Ready for future expansion and smart home capabilities

 

Package Includes:

  • (1) MRX – 8 Network System Controller
  • (1) TRC-1080 – Wi-Fi Remote Control w/ 2″ color screen for multi-zone use
  • (1) SNP-2 – Streaming Network Player – Provides access to Pandora, SiriusXM, etc.
  • (1) DMS-100 – 1 zone networked amplifier

 

Request A Quote

 

About Starpower Home Automation

Visit one of the Starpower locations in the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas area or Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona area to learn more about home automation the latest technology.

Take Control of your Sound System with Sonos

Starpower Take Control Of Your Sound System With Sonos

Sound Systems and Home Automation in Dallas/Fort Worth and Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ

Imagine managing your entire sound system throughout your house with one control. This my friends, is the Sonos sound system — the latest and greatest feature in home automation and home entertainment. All of the different pieces of the Sonos sound system can be controlled globally on your tablet or smart phone to play a single radio station or allow you to choose individual stations in each room!

 

SONOS Sound System

Sonos sound system makes listening to music fun and easy. Your phone or tablet app will display each unit of the Sonos sound system in your living space. You can wirelessly control every piece of the Sonos sound system in your house from a Mac, PCSonos Control or download the free app to your tablet or smart phone. This is such a great feature because of the element of individual control. Have every player in the house play the same music or chose different songs in different rooms —  it’s all up to you!

 

How to Get Started with Sonos

Getting started with Sonos is easy. You can start with the basics and grow your system, or you can go all in. Start with a Play:1 and a Sonos Connect and then expand the system wirelessly everywhere throughout your living space. You can start with one room and one player-connect your first device to a router and play all your favorite music instantly. Take it to the next level and add more players to a room and play them together in stereo.

Sonos sound system allows you to add players to as many rooms as you want! These players are all linked wirelessly together to give you the control you desire! Do you already have a stereo or home theater in your house? No problem! Use the Sonos Connect player and let it stream all the music you want!

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The Sonos Sound System:

Shop the entire SONOS collection here or read more below.

  • Sonos Bridge (BR100) – This unit is the centerpiece of the entire system. It connects to your wireless router with an internet cable and allows over $100,000 internet radio stations including, some that you would otherwise have to pay subscription fees to enjoy.
  • Sonos Controller (CR200) – This is a remote control unit that will control the system. The free downloadable app for the iphone and tablet has the same function as the controller.
  • Sonos Charging Controller (CC200) – For use with the controller
  • Sonos Wireless Dock (WD100) – This unit is for connection of a 4th generation music player to your system for access to your playlist
  • Sonos Powered Stereo Amp (ZP120) – This unit is to connect stereo speakers and a subwoofer. Is it the only stand-alone stereo unit available
  • Sonos Non-Amp Zone Player (ZP90) – This unit is used to connect to a separate amp/tuner to distribute signal to speakers connected to the amp/tuner
  • Sonos Play 5 (S5)- This self-amplified unit has 5 built in speakers. Just plug it in, follow the connection instructions contained in the settings feature of your phone app and it’s ready to go. It can be used with another Play 5 in the same room to provide stereo sound
  • Sonos Play 3 (S3) – This is also a self-amplified unit that has 3 built in speakers

 

Shop Sonos at Starpower

Stop by the closest Starpower today and get control of your sound. Let us show you how Sonos can make it happen easily and seamlessly.  Starpower has locations throughout the Dallas, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona areas.