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How Much Does Business Security System Cost?

The potential costs of a new commercial security system have a great deal of influence over whether or not your company will choose to invest. Security systems are vital for the contemporary business and the customers who frequent it, preventing theft, protecting liabilities, and securing the property at all times. Finding the perfect commercial system…

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Finding Out How Albany Bookshelf Loudspeakers Measure Up to KLH’s Legacy

  KLH (once the largest loudspeaker manufacturer in the world) is back to reclaim its place among the speaker gods after its resurrection in 2017 by a group of industry veterans. Their long-range plans include a re-release of the iconic Model Nine Electrostatic loudspeaker, called the “best available loudspeaker system” by Stereophile magazine. Before all of their…

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Sonos Ends Software Updates for Legacy Products

If you’re like us, you recently received an email from Sonos stating one or more of your favorite streaming music players will be deemed “legacy” and no longer receive software updates from the manufacturer. Since it took us a moment to interpret what this email meant, you may still be left confused. To help, Livewire…

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VSSL A.1 Home Streaming Amplifier for High-Resolution Audio

VSSL debuted its new single room A.1 Home streaming amplifier earlier this year and I decided to take it for a test drive. High resolution audio (HRA) and other high-quality music sources are experiencing a resurgence and VSSL caters to listeners by leveraging ease of connectivity via Chromecast and AirPlay 2. How would the VSSL…

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Checking Out Flume Smart Water Monitors

The folks at Flume sent me one of their smart water monitors to test out. Unlike most of its competitors, Flume installs by strapping onto the water meter versus cutting pipes. Needless to say, this concept intrigued me, and I couldn’t wait to see if it would work as promised.   I wanted to understand…

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Evaluating Home Tech Based on Safety, Security, Comfort, & Convenience

Clients often ask me, “Will home technology increase my property value?” I usually cringe at the thought of responding. It’s a question our industry has been long afraid to answer. So much so that we generally avoid the return on investment (ROI) conversation altogether. We’ve done it to ourselves over the years with bad products,…

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Taking MoFi’s UltraDeck Turntable for Spin

I found myself jones-ing for a vinyl fix after experiencing amazing 2-channel audio demos at the ProSource Spring Summit held a few months ago. Thanks to the team at MoFi, I soon had one of their UltraDeck turntables sitting in my office waiting for an audition. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MoFi) makes products borne out…

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Reviewing the BenQ InstaShow Wireless Presentation System

BenQ sent me their latest wireless presentation solution to try out. The InstaShow promises a true plug-and-play, software-free presentation solution mostly oriented at laptop computers with either HDMI and USB or USB-C connections. In our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) world, wireless presentation solutions like the InstaShow have become necessary as competing formats like AirPlay,…

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Livewire 2019 Holiday Deals

Ready or not, the holiday shopping season is here. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have nothing on the deals we’ve got going this holiday season! Want the latest and greatest home technology? Skip the big box stores and support a local business. Did you know that when you support a chain, only 10 cents of…

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