Now we get switched on – home automation

Turn your house into a smart home with a custom installation

What’s your idea of a welcome home? If it starts and ends with a neatly emblazoned doormat, perhaps it’s time to broaden your horizons and consider how different life would be if you came home to a smart house at the end of the day.

We’re talking about a home that welcomes you across the threshold with your favourite music, automatically turns the lights to optimum levels wherever you roam, and is preheated – or cooled – to the optimum temperature when you walk through the door. The kind of house where the entertainment system springs to life, the lounge room lights dim and the blinds close the moment you hit a single button on the remote to play a new movie.

It may sound like the home of the future, but Audio Connection is customising houses with just these kinds of features today, pre-wiring new homes or injecting some digital DNA into existing bricks and mortar to make it happen

“Some people call this scenario a smart home, others call it custom installation. At Audio Connection we call it Switched On Living and it’s one of the things we do best, whether it’s for your new house, renovation or smart board room,” says general manager Adam Merlino.

Audio Connection has a prestigious track record when it comes to custom installations and its experts are frequently interviewed and quoted in the national press.

Most recently the company took out the coveted Sound & Image and CEDIA Award for Best Integrated Home Installation over $100,000 for its retrofit of a luxurious apartment overlooking Sydney Harbour.

CEDIA – or the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association to give it its full title – is the global industry body for custom installers. Audio Connection’s long-term, ongoing membership ensures its team is up to date with latest training and technologies – essential in this rapidly changing and complex area of work.

The concept of home automation has been around for some time, traditionally involving the distributed control of lights, security systems and home entertainment throughout the house. With Audio Connection’s Switched On solutions you get all that and more. Just imagine being able to take charge of your world with one, simple, easy-to-use device. This remote control for your whole home can be used to flip between different lighting moods for every occasion or member of the family, control dedicated and lifestyle entertainment systems in every room, see who is at the door, set the alarm, or even adjust your climate control system.In fact, a Switched On house can do pretty much anything you want short of feed the goldfish and mix you a drink. Audio Connection can take you from a blank sheet of paper to the most sophisticated whole home solution, and even leave you with the power to control it all from a device as simple as your mobile phone.

Our choice of wireless or wired solutions are remarkably easy and inexpensive to install, whether you’re building a brand new house or want to retrofit an existing home. The control of your home can be driven from touchscreens built into the wall, portable web tablets that can be carried from room to room, a PC, a PDA or a special smart remote control.

We can integrate this complex array of technology with the entertainment products you already have, or build you a new system from scratch to ensure the highest standard of quality and reliability. Audio Connection handles the entire project as part of its Switched On service, even integrating telephone and internet networks, and offering bespoke AV furniture and interior design consultation.

Impressively powerful yet amazingly easy to use, the result is a fully automated home that leaves you, the homeowner, in complete control.
Dreams can come true, so if you dream of your own welcoming Switched On home, come in and see us at any of our showrooms to discuss your requirements. While all our projects carry the requisite wow factor, we custom install entertainment and home automation systems that cater to a wide range of budgets. A solution that suits you may be much more affordable than you think.

Audio Connection’s knowledgeable team will be with you every step of the way from conception to completion, to make your dream home a reality. The process starts with an informal meeting to discuss what you want your Switched On home to be like and which features are most important to your lifestyle. Everybody is different, which is why every Switched On home is unique to its owner.

From there we’ll draw up detailed plans outlining how the entertainment system would work, which components and equipment will be needed and how much they will cost. We’ll also map out any home automation, electrical wiring and cabling work that needs to be done, and liaise with your building contractors during a new build or renovation. Add to that our expertise in crafting custom made cabinets and interiors should you require them and you don’t need to worry about a thing.

That feeling of security is ongoing, as we’ll maintain your system from completion to ensure it keeps working perfectly. Audio Connection’s after sales service is the best in the business, and we’ll continue to help you grow, upgrade and expand your Switched On home for years to come so you’ll always be able to keep up with changes in your lifestyle or new technology.

And just as buying high quality audio-visual equipment is an investment, so is installing a Switched On solution. A home automation or whole house entertainment solution can add considerably to the value of your home should you decide to sell it. So much so that many of our clients choose to leave the whole lot behind when they move – cables, components and all – and start again with a custom installation that is perfectly matched to their new abode.

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