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Outdoor Speakers Can Transform Your Backyard into the Perfect Oasis

Outdoor speakers make the perfect addition to enhance your backyard. No matter what you’re using your outdoor space for – whether it’s grilling for a pool party, playing kickball with the family or sitting on your patio with a relaxing glass of wine – outdoor speakers have the ability to transform your space with your favorite music playing in the background.  

Many attempts to play music outside can result in problems like noise complaints from neighbors and poor-quality sound, this is because sound energy dissipates quickly outside. 

Having numerous outdoor speakers strategically placed throughout your backyard helps you achieve a uniform sound at a medium volume. Professional installation, along with the right equipment, provides you with the ideal sound. Rather than attempting other makeshift approaches, invest in long lasting speakers to enjoy for years to come. 

 

Variety of Designs that Blend In  

Outdoor speakers come in a variety of shapes in sizes. They are designed to blend in and can be featured throughout your entire backyard. These designs include:  

  • Rocks: These speakers are designed to look like rocks and come in a variety of colors and styles to match your outdoor space. They’re perfect for placing with other rocks, near bushes or plants so they don’t stand out from the rest of your yard and are still able to deliver quality sound.  
  • Surface-mounted: You can mount outdoor speakers to your house or other architectural features throughout your yard. These come in black and white and can be painted to match the exterior of your home.  
  • Satellites: These have a similar appearance to a light fixture and can be strategically placed throughout your backyard.  
  • Omnidirectional: These speakers distribute sound in multiple directions and can be placed in the middle of a bed of flowers to be hidden or shown off as an architectural feature.  

 

The MartinLogan Outdoor Living Series has built-in brackets that provide you with endless options for placement and mounting. No matter what design you select or where you place them, these unobtrusive designs blend in perfectly with landscaping and outdoor décor while delivering ideal sound. 

 

Importance of Placement 

With professional installation, you can get high-quality sound throughout your entire piece of property. Having these speakers strategically placed throughout your yard helps the sound carry better, so you don’t have to play it as loudly.  

Instead of trying to cover a big space by moving outdoor speakers farther apart, we recommend mounting speakers about 10 feet apart.  

Think of each zone in your yard as a room in your house, you need to have the right number of speakers for each zone so it’s never too loud or too soft in one area. Think of speaker placement like heating and cooling vents in your home. 

Speaker wires will then be buried after running the cable through a plastic conduit to give you extra protection from rodents, lawnmowers or being cut with a shovel.  

 

Benefits of Outdoor Speakers 

Beyond the endless relaxation and entertainment that outdoor speakers provide, there are many other benefits to having speakers installed.  

First off, these speakers are specifically designed for the outdoors, meaning the installation is permanent so you don’t have to worry about potential damage due to weathering. They are designed to withstand dust, water, extreme temperatures, wind and more.  

Another benefit to them being permeant is that you’ll never have to hassle with temporarily hooking up low-quality portable speakers again. You can play any music you want with the simple push of a button.  

The user-experience of your outdoor audio system is another great benefit. You can adjust the volume, change the playlist or skip the song all with the tap of your screen.  

These speakers will never go out of style or become obsolete. They provide years of high-quality audio outside and make a great investment for your home.  

 

 

Commercial Use of Outdoor Speakers 

Outdoor speakers are not just limited to your backyard, business owners can also benefit from the use of outdoor speakers. These can transform all outdoor commercial spaces, from restaurants to mini-golf courses, and help add to the overall atmosphere.  

It is hard not to enjoy sitting on the patio of your favorite bar on a nice day, but staticky, low-quality music can definitely take away from the overall experience. This is why it is so important for business owners to invest in high-quality speakers.  

Beyond customer’s simple enjoyment, music can be used in commercial spaces to influence customer’s emotions. Music has a commanding influence on customers and can affect their attitudes. It plays a vital role in our daily lives and influences our thoughts and subconscious decisions. 

For example, when customers listen to music they enjoy, they are more likely to idealize their memories of an overall positive experience and overlook things like waiting for their food or in a long line.  

Music can also alter customer’s perception of time. Some business owners use music to set customer’s rhythm by using a fast tempo to encourage them to move quickly and slower tempo to allow them to relax and spend more time contemplating their purchases and enjoying the atmosphere.  

Background music can be used in a variety of ways for your business to help set the theme, mood and tonality of what you’re striving for and can be beneficial in a variety of ways.  

 

Things to Avoid  

If you’ve made the decision to invest in outdoor speakers for your home or business, it is important to avoid making these common mistakes while selecting your audio system.  

First, make sure to select waterproof equipment. Indoor speakers are not designed to handle the strain of outdoor weather conditions and a little bit of water could completely wreck your equipment.  

You should also be wary outdoor speakers that claim to be waterproof but don’t have proper drainage capabilities. One of the worst design flaws in outdoor speakers are audio systems that don’t account for potential water seeping in. Even if it is made from watertight casing, it still needs to be capable of releasing and draining any water.  

Another mistake many people make is not connecting their outdoor sound system with their indoor sound. Pairing the two together allows you to manage them off of one device. This allows you to switch from using your indoor sound system, to your outdoor speakers or both simultaneously, and makes it more likely that you will use both your outdoor and indoor audio more frequently and enjoy both of your sound systems.   

Finally, you should also ensure that your speakers are made from durable materials. Invest in speakers that are designed to handle any kind of weathering. Plastic and metals are good options, along with brass. 

To avoid making these mistakes, contact us today and we can help walk you through the process of selecting which outdoor speakers are right for you and help you with the installation. Feel free to reach out to our team with any questions or concerns! 

Experience for yourself what this audio upgrade can do for you with a professional In-Yard Demonstratioof MartinLogan’s Outdoor Living Series, free and with no obligation.  

This line features the pinnacle of performance in outdoor technology and allows you to experience high performance audio in places you never imagined possible. Contact us at SCS today is to schedule a demonstration at your convenience.

Enjoy your staycation in Springfield Missouri

Turn Your Home Into a Relaxing Getaway for Your Next Staycation 

Scrolling through social media this summer you’ll probably see lots of pictures of your friends and family members enjoying a vacation. It is easy to grow envious and want to immediately begin planning your own vacation.  

Vacations are a great way to take a break from your responsibilities, unwind with a delicious meal and fill your days with whatever you want to do whether it’s sleeping all day or exploring new things. But vacations aren’t always a feasible option. 

If you can’t get out of Southwest Missouri this summer, staycations offer an alternative that is just as good, if not better than any vacation you’ll see on your social feed.  

Consider adding some fun new features to your home here in the Ozarks to make it feel more like your dream resort. While this might seem like a bit of an investment, these new additional features will be there for you to enjoy long after the staycation ends. 

At the end of the week, you won’t be leaving behind all your new favorite amenities at the resort, because you’ll have invested to have them in the comfort of your own home where you can enjoy them for years to come.  

  • Outdoor speakers: Set the mood for your vacation with the perfect feel-good-vacation-vibes playlist. Consider adding speakers to your landscaping that blend in beautifully with your yard because they are designed to look like rocks.  
  • Home theater: An in-home theater is just what you need to have your own film festival at home to watch all your favorites. You can have themed movie festivals to watch patriotic movies on the Fourth of July and movies with great summer vibes like Mamma Mia, Jaws, Dirty Dancing, Caddyshack, Weekend at Bernie’s and many other great options!  
  • Outdoor TV: Designed to endure the great outdoors, these are a great addition to any patio. Combined with twinkle lights and landscaping, this can make any backyard feel like you’re relaxing on the patio at a resort. 
  • Smart Shades: These keep the sun from shining in your eyes, making sleeping in and pressing the snooze button so much easier.  
  • Furniture and game tables: Most resorts have arcades for the kids to escape to when the parents need a break. So why not install your own ping pong, billiard and shuffleboard table? The kids will be endlessly entertained and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your staycation how you want to. Or invite some friends over for some friendly competition. 

Billiards Table for the Family

What Is a Staycation?  

To put it simply, a staycation is a vacation at home. Staying in your own house might sound boring but done right it can carry just as many new adventures and joyful memories with your loved ones.  

Staycations are customizable in every way! You decide how long you want it to be, how much you want to spend and what activities to do. Get creative with how you want to spend your time and choose what is right for you 

The best part about a staycation is that you are still close to the friends and family in your hometown. This means that you can invite others over to enjoy parts of your staycation while still taking time alone for yourself.  

No matter what stage of life you are in, staycations are a great option. For families, they provide a fun week of bonding, especially with the kid’s home for the summer. For singles, they provide time for self-care, relaxation and entertaining friends. For empty nesters, they provide an opportunity to rekindle romance and invite extended family members to catch up.  

Why Do You Need a Staycation?  

After all of the stress of planning and executing a vacation, you’ll often hear people say, “I need a vacation from my vacation!” A staycation keeps you from feeling this way by giving you all of the relaxed feelings of rejuvenation without any of the budgeting and preparation.  

A staycation keeps you from having to deal with the stress of booking the right hotel room, trying to make sure you pack everything you’ll need, travel expenses and worrying over who’s going to water your plants back home.  

Instead, you can place all your energy on deciding how you want to spend every moment of your time. You may do some research, meal plan and book a few fun activities, but you won’t have to spend hours searching for the best deals in an area you’re not familiar with because it will be right in your hometown, allowing you to support local businesses.  

Another benefit of a staycation is that you don’t have to worry about the weather ruining your plans by canceling your flights and keeping you cooped up in a hotel room when all you packed was bathing suits and sunscreen. You can plan for all types of weather with game nights and movies during the rain and picnics and long walks when the sun is shining.  

On staycation, you still have the comfort of home with your own food, your favorite spot on the couch and your pets.  

This means your furry companions will be able to keep you company and you don’t have to worry about trying to find a trusted kennel or pay a friend to take care of your pets. 

You also have your own kitchen stocked with all of your favorite foods, allowing you to indulge without feeling guilty. On vacation, it is easy to get caught up in all of the temptations. You eat a week’s worth of sodium in one meal because you’re on vacation, so why not? A staycation offers you the best of both worlds. You can still have all of the indulgences while focusing on your health and wellbeing.   

Steps For Planning Your Staycation  

Cut out work and cleaning:  

While planning the best rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t do it on vacation, you don’t do it on staycation. It can be easy to get caught up doing household chores and catching up on work, but your kids will grow bored quite quickly and it won’t feel much like a vacation.   

Leave work at the office by setting your work email to send an automatic out of office message. Hire a cleaning service to clean your house top to bottom so your mind can focus on things other than dusting and vacuuming. Have dinner delivered from local restaurants you haven’t tried before 

Shut out the world by keeping your phones put away and the news off. It may sound drastic, but the best vacations make you lose track of time, so take your focus off what is going on in the outside world and simply relax.  

Have fun choosing vacation activities:   

Whether you are someone who follows a strict itinerary or if you prefer to spend your vacations spontaneously deciding what to do in each moment, for a staycation it is important to have a few things scheduled and built into the routine.  

Building in activities will help grow the excitement for your upcoming staycation. While it can be a great time to catch up on all your favorite shows and movies, especially because most streaming services offer a free week trial, you’ll still want to ensure that you don’t look back on the week and realize all you did was binge-watch Netflix.  

Allow each member of your family or participant of your staycation to select things they want to do so that everyone can make the most of their staycation. Some fun examples can include camping in your backyard, hosting a cooking night with friends, playing water games in the backyard, relaxing with a good book, trying an art or dance class, exploring your city/town or booking a new exercise or yoga session 

If you want to make some of these activities even more special than your average movie nights, consider investing in a home theatre or new game table. These provide endless fun that makes it a year-long vacation.  

Home theater

Set up spa at home:  

Create your own aromatherapy spa by investing your favorite scrubs, nail polish, face masks and whatever else you need to make it your personalized perfect spa day. While you may have to put the face mask on yourself, you will be able to keep and reuse all of your products instead of leaving them at the spa at the end of the day.  

If you would rather have someone there to help pamper you, you can also go to your local spa for a day or relaxing indulgence or even hire a massage therapist who makes house calls. 

Smart shades add to the relaxation and set the tone by allowing you to carefully control how much light comes into your home. Smart shades help meet all of your relaxation needs.  They’re open wide for your morning coffee at sunrise and can give you a quiet, relaxing afternoon indoors, away from powerful UV rays. 

Take little steps to achieve the hotel-feeling: 

It’s the little things that make the hotel and vacation experience, so be sure to focus on details like buying a fluffy white robe, little soaps and sheets with a high thread count. It may seem silly, but if it adds to your staycation experience then it’s a win.  

Add welcoming music with an automated sound system. Having a great playlist can really help set the mood; whether that be relaxing spa music, your favorite songs to sing and dance around the house to or Frank Sinatra in the background for a romantic dinner. For each change in scenery, simply change the music and dim the lights.  

To get the full experience, have family members trade off on doing the turndown service each night by tucking in the sheets, folding back the covers and placing a chocolate treat on the pillow.  

Following these steps and upgrading your home to make it the vacation resort of your dreams makes for endless fun, bonding and new memories. You’ll have all summer to enjoy your new amenities and be able to create a personalized space for a vacation that never ends. Call us for a consultation on how you can turn your home into the perfect resort for your staycation! 

Integrating Smart Technology into your Building Design

Integrating Smart Technology Into Your New Builds and Remodels

Designing with Technology in Mind 

Integrating smart technology into your workplace has the potential of increasing productivity, moral, efficiency, and management. Smart buildings create the potential for self-diagnosis, correction, and self-healing when problems arise, such as an elevator that is in jeopardy of failing. Automation allows for building owners to be automatically alerted to problems in hopes of more cost-effective recovery, and maintenance automation is just one of the many benefits of smart integration. However, you don’t have to have a smart building to begin integrating smart technology into your workspace.  

Smart technology integration consists of components that can link together to form an intelligent building and office space. When smart technologies orchestrate efficiently it will increase profit margins, increase sustainability, as well as carbon-neutrality, and most of all productivity. From reduced energy consumption and decreased maintenance costs, to extension of equipment life, automation and smart technology reduces building expenditures. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, lighting makes up 20% of energy used in commercial buildings. Automated lighting systems can reduce expenses with controlled shut off and dimming of lights to reduce energy flow. The Department of Energy actually estimates a 15% savings with automation. No longer will meetings be disrupted with a, “Can you get the lights?” 

Integration Starts with Options 

So, what’s going to fit your business needs best? Is it smart lighting, as mentioned above, or will it be something more specific, such as smart presentation tools or climate control? 

SCS Home Entertainment can offer customized presentation spaces with touch panels and built-in camera control, as well as an electronic whiteboard, customized and automated presentation spaces, and remote meeting capability. Smart technology can also mean climate control automation in your workspace. Not only does climate control mitigate high-energy costs, just as lighting does, but thermostats can be monitored and controlled right from any device, even a mobile device. 

Make a Plan 

If you’re unsure how to begin your integration, start slow! There are a multitude of available options that are cost-effective and sustainable; builders and interior designers can move and plan for their commercial buildings in steps:  

  • First, assess your buildings technologies, location, and ability to integrate smart technology. This can be done virtually, or conceptually, or both for a new building. If your commercial space is already existing, a comprehensive survey of building components will be able to tell you how items such as electrical infrastructure and lighting are connected. 
  • Second, determine an integration plan. What are the goals for your business space? What will be essential smart technology to enhance your future space? Create priorities. 
  • Thirdly, apply the set priorities of your plan. Existing facilities should take into consideration time of year, budget, type of business space, and potential interruptions when considering which smart technologies they will integrate. 
  • Lastly, implement the design phase. Beginning your integration process may mean different things to different builders and interior designers, but establishing relationships with industry experts is key.  

 

With SCS, your options aren’t just limited to a business or commercial space. With the smart home solutions package you can control lighting, security, and have complete climate control all from your smartphone or tablet. Take control of your home with smart integration using the same steps listed above! Our homes are our safe spaces, and with smart technology you never have to leave the house and wonder, “did I lock my front door?” Integration of smart technology allows you to relax and rest assured that you are taken care of, from anywhere in the world. 

 

Just as you would with an electrician or plumbing expert that you trust, you should ensure your smart integration partner will continue to work with you as a client, once your integration is complete. Smart technology will continue to evolve, update, and become more efficient as data is gathered from smart technology that that can lead to identifying patterns and trends, leading to better design choices in the future. Your smart integration partner will be key in aiding your future integration decisions. Once you’ve begun integration, you can use your newly found expertise and partnerships in the area of smart building to grow your portfolio and establish your construction, and interior design, business as a leader in technologically complex spaces. Whether you start small with one or two features, or you fully integrate your home or business into a modernized smart space, SCS is there to help 

Outdoor Entertainment System

Outdoor Entertainment Space Planning in the Ozarks

Why limit your patio and deck activities to grilling when you could add a fantastic outdoor entertainment system?

There’s a new generation of all-weather outdoor TVs and speakers that will turn your backyard, deck or patio into an unforgettable entertainment destination.

Outdoor Entertainment System

Bring Indoor Style Outdoors

Instead of getting limited use from a deck or patio, you can bring all your indoor comforts outside. It’s easy to create an outdoor living room that has it all: furniture, seating, lighting, rugs, grill and a fabulous weatherproof entertainment system.

Some outdoor havens even include amenities like an outdoor kitchen and fireplace, sophisticated lighting, a hot tub and more.

Plan Your Outdoor Space

You can find hundreds of idea-starters on Pinterest and Better Homes & Gardens. Some of the most popular outdoor arrangements are all-inclusive spaces that let you grill, watch sporting events, listen to music and much more.

If you have a backyard garden, you can add landscape speakers that blend with the natural surroundings. Some people even create “show sheds” in the backyard that let them enjoy music and movies in distinctive sheds that can be customized to honor a favorite sports team or rock band.

Some tips and FAQs about preparing your outdoor entertainment space:

  1. If you have an enclosed deck or patio, will you be entertaining year-round?
  2. Spruce up your backyard before beginning. Trim your trees and bushes to improve sight lines.
  3. Assess the current condition of your patio or deck. Are there repairs that need to be made before installing an elaborate outdoor entertainment system?
  4. Do you have enough space to consider creating an outdoor living room – or is your available space too limited for that?
  5. Do you want an overall theme for the outdoor entertainment space? (e.g., sports, rock & roll)
  6. If you have a backyard garden, will it complement the outdoor entertainment system? Should you add landscape speakers in the garden?
  7. To minimize glare, install the flat-screen TV facing north if possible.
  8. Determine whether the TV will be viewed on the deck or patio only – or whether it should be large enough to be seen throughout the backyard.
  9. Similarly, determine whether the audio will be enjoyed primarily on the deck or patio – or whether you want immersive sound across the entire backyard.
  10. Have you considered special lighting for the patio, deck or backyard? (e.g., landscape lighting, accent lighting for the patio, lanterns, etc.)

Choose Products That Stand Up To Sun and Rain

Ten years ago, it would have been difficult to create an outdoor entertainment system to rival what was possible indoors. But thanks to the latest advances in weatherproofing and component camouflage, you can enjoy an extraordinary outdoor system.

Many all-weather flat-screen TVs are triple-sealed so they can operate safely right next to your hot tub or pool. The components are both waterproof and freeze-proof. Plus there are many landscape speakers designed to look like rocks so they blend in beautifully in any backyard.

Hidden Outdoor Speakers Around a Pond
Hidden Outdoor Speakers Around a Pond

How To Choose An Outdoor-Rated TV

It’s important to remember that you can void the warranty of a standard indoor TV if you install it outside. Outdoor-rated TVs have all-weather exteriors that protect internal components from rain and sun. You’ll want to choose a model that features non-glare LED technology for excellent outdoor viewing, even on sunny days.

We Offer The Latest From These High-End Brands:

Séura makes high-end flat-screen TVs for both shady and sunny outdoor environments. The Shade Series is designed for covered decks and patios, while the Ultra Bright Series provides an impressively clear picture even in bright sunlight.

Martin Logan landscape speakers have a faux-stone finish that your guests could easily mistake for a backyard rock. They feature stainless steel grills to protect against water and UV rays.

Klipsch high-performance rock speakers also blend with backyard surroundings – and feature a woofer and tweeter rivaling any indoor speaker today.

Sonance Patio Series all-weather speakers offer a subtle, immersive sound experience. Sonance also makes “mariner” speakers that are specially waterproofed for either boats or backyards.

Bowers & Wilkins makes a rugged line of rainproof/sunproof outdoor speakers.

Get Expert Help From SCS

Creating an amazing outdoor entertainment system is more complicated than installing an indoor one. You’ll need professional help – and SCS has been Southwest Missouri’s #1 resource in home entertainment for more than 25 years.

Call us today or drop by our showroom to discover how you can bring the finest indoor technologies to your outdoor space this year!

As an Essential Business, SCS is Open for Business

As our local government has issued a civil emergency order, we want to let our customers know that our business and industry are considered essential and we will remain open. Our business hours will be limited to Monday – Friday from 9am to 5pm and closed on weekends. For the safety of our clients and staff members our showroom is closed and clients may visit our store by appointment if necessary. Please feel free to call us at 417-887-9558 and we will gladly do our best to accommodate the needs of our clients. We expect that your home entertainment systems and your Wi-Fi and streaming services will be getting a lot of use over the next few weeks, and we are here to support our clients with services in this difficult time.  

If you need sales or service please use the following options to contact us. We will do our best to reply in a timely manner. Please be aware that some of our staff will be working from home and return communications will be delayed in some cases.  You can reach us in the following ways:

Phone: 417-887-9558
Email: contact@scshomeentertainment.com
Online: https://scshomeentertainment.com/

Installations, Deliveries, In-Home Services & Consultations:

Already-scheduled installations, deliveries, and in-home consultations are being confirmed according to our customers’ comfort levels, and the utmost care is being exercised by our technicians. All staff have been trained to exercise a rigorous protocol in maintaining the safest environment possible. This includes maintaining appropriate distance from our customers. Any employee who feels unwell, exhibits any symptoms, or who has had confirmed or presumptive exposure is required to stay home.

We will be calling before heading to your home to confirm the following:

  • Confirm no one in the family is sick or has been in the past several weeks
  • Asking if you would like us to wear disposable gloves while in your home or business
  • Request the use of a location in home for hand washing for our technicians

As this situation continues to evolve, we will closely monitor guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and local health officials around the country. We will continue to rely on their recommendations and expertise to inform our decisions with the health and well-being of our customers, employees, and communities as our highest priority.

Stay well and please know that we’re right here on the other side of the screen, keyboard, or phone for you.

Best Regards, 

Larry Batson
Owner & President
SCS Home Entertainment

increase productivity through technology

4 Ways to Improve Productivity Through Technology

Productivity starts with design, and many companies are missing out on simple and relatively inexpensive technological upgrades for their business. Keep reading to learn about 4 easy ways you can improve productivity with modern technology:

Smart Lighting is a Smart Business

Lighting is incredibly important for well-being in your office. In a recent study, the American Society of Interior Design found that 68% of American employees complain about the lighting situation in their office. Some complain that lights are too dim, while others complain that lights are too harsh, and most would prefer they have a source of natural light.

Thanks to modern technology, offices can maximize natural light while supplementing it with perfectly calibrated man-made lighting. There are systems available that will raise and lower motorized window coverings, blinds and shades while dimming and brightening light fixtures to create the perfect lighting throughout the day. These systems can also be easily customized from a smart device to avoid all that time you have spent trying to figure out which light switches does what!

Cold Woman in OfficeProper Climate Control is Essential for Employee Comfort

A study found that one-third of workers surveyed considered temperature as a primary workplace issue. Temperatures that are too cold can cause employees to make mistakes as they struggle to stay warm. Warmer temperatures can cause employees to feel fatigued and struggle to concentrate.

An improperly programmed thermostat doesn’t just make your staff uncomfortable, but also costs you money in the form of energy bills. Smart climate control makes it easy to keep your employees productive and your energy usage efficient. Our modern systems allow you to control temperatures, from anywhere in the world or run completely autonomously. Along with control via an app, you’ll have a simple and intuitive touch screen on the wall to control this and all of your other systems.

A Modern Audio/Video Control System Improves Productivity

Professionally installed and configured video conference solutions improve productivity and teamwork. Modern systems allow for instant collaboration with any part of the world. Remote presentations come to life, communication becomes easy, and your business shows off the look cutting edge look it has earned.

Presentation Matters

The right presentation solutions can keep your clients and employees engaged from the moment they enter your place of business.

Imagine this: A client walks into your business for a meeting. They see their name, company, and meeting time on the digital sign behind the reception desk. After they are lead into your conference room, you walk in and press the presentation button. Instantly, the lights dim, motorized shades lower, a projection screens lowers, and your presentation is displayed. That will keep their attention.

 

We realize when it comes to commercial spaces, one size does not fit all for integrated technology. When you work with SCS, we first seek to understand your unique business needs and create a solution that provides you with the most efficient use of the technology you need.

Let SCS simplify and streamline technology in your boardroom, conference room and throughout your facilities. SCS is the definitive source for centrally and globally controlling, managing and presenting information in the greater Springfield, Missouri area. You can now control and automate the lights, blinds, screens, thermostats and AV equipment-all from an intuitive easy-to-use touch panel, remote or keypad. Let SCS help you take control of the technology so you can focus on your business.

6 Ways To Win Every Game Day

Win The Mancave Playoffs!

6 Ways To Win Every Game DayFace it, life is a competition where the person with the best home entertainment setup wins. You have to stay ahead of the competition if you want to be the one who hosts the big game. Let’s go over 6 things you need to make sure everyone on the block is begging to watch the play-offs at your house. With this guide you will have the best game day party in the lower 48.

1. A gigantic screen to put you on the field

You might be the coolest dude in the office, but if your TV isn’t up to snuff, nobody is going to want to come to your party. The most important thing by far is a proper home video setup. You want the best TV, and bigger is always better. You also want to make sure it can handle the latest video technology. 4K HDR is a must. You also have to make sure it is mounted properly. If you can swing it, the best option is a complete home cinema system with a projector and screen. We’ve got the options for you to make this happen, from the best TV for your budget to elaborate full home theatre installs.

2. A sound system that makes you feel every bone-shattering hit

You don’t just want to hear the sound, you want to FEEL it. Those speakers on your TV aren’t going to cut the mustard. Five speakers and a subwoofer is the MINIMUM to make sure you can drown out Brian from next door when he starts talking about his favorite anime hairstyles during 4th and goal. Ideally, you should to be able to give your guests a heart murmur with the unbridled power of your audio setup.

3. Make sure every seat is the comfy seat

You might have a nice recliner for yourself, but if your guests are forced to sit in camping chairs that you just knocked the spiders off of, you’re going to lose some points. You need the best furniture for serious game watching, and that doesn’t mean the cheapest couch you can find at the thrift store. It means high-end seating that is completely adjustable for every person in the room. It doesn’t matter how good your A/V setup is if your guest has a spring poking into their back. We’ve got the furniture that makes your mancave into THE mancave.

4. Gaming tables to occupy the kids.

Your friends are awesome and their kids are adorable. Most of the time. They are straight-up annoying when they are running around in circles in front of the TV while you are trying to use your force-powers to will the field goal attempt between the posts. This is where the gaming tables come in. Put a ping pong & shuffleboard table a couple rooms away and let them occupy themselves. It will be worth every penny to keep them out of your hair.

5. A second TV for the non-fans

We’ve got an even better option than continually cranking up the volume when your neighbor Brian won’t stop asking simple questions like, “What does first down mean?” Send him to a different room with a TV showing something he’ll understand, or maybe a YouTube video that explains the basics of football. You can even set up a “Basics of Football” training module for him on your Smart TV so that he can come back in a few minutes humbled and happy in his new knowledge.

6. My grandma’s chili recipe.

Just kidding, you can’t have it. I guess you’re stuck with the 2nd best game day party in the country. We’ll still help you with everything else.

Uh Oh, Everyone is Coming to your House for Christmas Again!

 

You just found out that the entire extended family invited themselves to your house for Christmas again. Normally, your anxiety level would skyrocket as you worry about how you will entertain them and keep them happy. Not this year, this year you’ve been preparing with the help of SCS Home Entertainment. Here are just 5 of the many ways that SCS helps make Christmas more pleasant for everyone!

1. A Shuffleboard Table to keep Great Aunt Doris and her new boyfriend occupied.

Great aunt Doris showed up with her new boyfriend Roy, and he won’t stop giving you advice on how to cook the turkey. He even brought his own deep fryer, “Just in case.” Good thing you have the new gaming tables in the rec room. It reminds them of the shuffleboard they played on the cruise ship where they met, and they spend every hour of the day reliving those memories.

2. The home cinema room for all 7 of the kids.

Your cousin Jeff shows up with his five kids for an entire week each December. Between them and your two little ones, the house is non-stop chaos. Luckily, this year you had a home theatre installed. Between that and your subscription to Disney+, they stay as calm and cute as Baby Yoda.

3. The central vacuum for your brother Kyle that brought his 4 dogs.

You love your brother Kyle, and you love his dogs, but they each shed about a cubic-foot of fur each day. They are also horribly afraid of a standard vacuum and won’t settle down for an hour after you run it. Luckily, you installed a central vacuum with a sweep inlet. A few swipes of the broom into your automatic dustpan each day and you can enjoy the pups without wearing them for the next month.

4. The outdoor stereo system for the teenagers.

Your sister Stephanie’s teenagers are cool. Way too cool for you. So cool, in fact, that they chill outside in the middle of winter so they don’t have to be with the boring old people. You show them your outdoor stereo system that they can connect their own Spotify account. Suddenly, you are also kind of cool.

5. The automated lighting system for your electric bill.

Your house was originally wired by a crazy person. No one can ever figure out which light switch controls which light. The entire house used to get lit up like the Christmas tree every time one of your guests got up use the restroom. Not anymore, now lights only go on when they are needed with your automated lighting system. You save a few dollars on your electric bill and don’t have to hear everyone complain about their stubbed toes.

 

This years Christmas will be a success thanks to the products and services you received from SCS Home Entertainment. Didn’t get everything you need yet? Let us know! We’ll do everything we can to help before the big week, or at the very least help you prepare for next year.

12 "Smart Gifts" For the Holidays

12 “SMART GIFTS” FOR THE HOLIDAYS

12 "Smart Gifts" For the Holidays

 

The people on your holiday gift list don’t want an ugly sweater, a boring tie or a partridge in a pear tree. Many of them crave unique experiences more than products. Here are 12 “smart gifts” for the holidays that will give them a whole year’s worth of comfort, convenience and peace of mind.

  1. Make family time more memorable – You’ve probably noticed that commercial movie theaters are now starting to provide the amenities found in many home theaters, including big, comfy seats and spectacular sound. Today’s home theater systems let you dim the lights without leaving the couch – and walls can be easily soundproofed so the kids can do homework while mom and dad watch Avengers:Endgame.
  2. Enjoy greater peace of mindHome security is a precious year-round gift. The market for home security cameras is expected to reach nearly $10 billion by 2023. With our Smart Home Solutions package, your gift recipient can remotely check home security cameras, make sure that doors are locked, and turn on outdoor lighting as dusk approaches.
  3. Take HD to new levels – An Ultra HD projector matched with a gigantic screen ensures that home movie viewing truly rivals the quality of your local cinema. When you see the results, you won’t believe how far high-definition technology has come in 25 years.
  4. Add visual flair to your home theater or game room – Whether it’s a plush seat for your home theater or a stylish credenza or cabinet for your game room, great furniture can enhance the experience. Let us be your one-stop shop for pool tables and gaming tables…plus the furniture that surrounds them.
  1. Make entertainment a whole-house experience – It’s easier than ever to sync your home’s video and audio systems so you can seamlessly enjoy Taylor Swift – or continue watching Toy Story 4 – as you move from room to room.
  1. Enjoy crisper audio and video – Today’s Blu-Ray players deliver greater performance in thinner, sleeker designs. Don’t forget that a Blu-Ray system does much more than play DVDs. You can also use them to stream Netflix movies or Spotify music.
  1. Get lighting that dazzles – Government figures show that 29 percent of U.S. homes are now using LED lighting – and that figure is rapidly rising. LED technology offers two major benefits: higher quality light at a lower energy cost.
  1. Hide your speakers – Wall speakers can now sit flush against the drywall, then get plastered over and painted so that they’re completely invisible. Your guests will wonder where all that amazing sound is coming from. Be sure to check out the Sonance Invisible Series speakers.
  1. Create subtle moods – Lighting controls can make you the maestro of moods, whether you’re dimming the lights in the late afternoon or shining a special light on a treasured work of art.
  1. Enjoy hassle-free wireless coverage in every room – It’s easy for us to install more routers and wireless access points so that you can easily browse or stream anywhere in the house.
  1. Communicate room-to-room without a clunky intercom – State-of-the-art communication systems – both wired and wireless – are today’s cool way to communicate from room to room.
  1. Liven up your outdoor entertainment – Every outdoor party will be a hit when you install an all-weather flat-screen TV and sound system. They can be triple-sealed and placed right next to pools and hot tubs. Some Martin Logan speakers are designed to look like rocks so they blend beautifully with your landscaping.

You can trust our team at SCS Home Entertainment to bring these holiday gifts to life. We know all about the high-end brands that can make it happen – like Klipsch, Bowers, Sonance, Martin Logan, Wilkins and Seura. And we serve not just Springfield but Branson, Rogersville and many other Ozark communities.

Here’s another great reason to visit us: we expertly install everything we sell. We’re not like Amazon, which ships you the products but forces you to find an installer.

This holiday season, give everyone on your gift list a home technology experience that will resonate throughout the year ahead. Or simply gift yourself…and let the whole family enjoy! Visit our Springfield showroom to learn more.

Home Cinema Room

7 Reasons Why Having a Home Cinema is Better than Going Out to the Movies

Luxury Home Cinema Room

As we enter the third decade of the 21 st century, home cinema technology often matches and even surpasses movie theater quality. Investing in a professionally designed and installed home cinema system can result in a much more enjoyable movie-watching experience. Let’s go over some reasons why:

1. Visual Quality

Many movie theaters display in resolutions that are actually lower than modern home theater systems. Some even skimp on their screens, which results in large hot spots or flaws in the center of the film. I went to see a movie recently and the entire time I was watching I could only pay attention to the giant flare in the center of the screen.

2. Sound Volume and Quality

Movie theaters never can quite get it right, can they? It’s either too loud, too quiet, or poorly balanced. Maybe I’m just an audiophile, but I always want to jump into the projection booth and recalibrate everything.

Annoying theater patron using a phone at the movies.3. The Other Theater-Goers

I’m the type of person who can’t stand when people talk or look at their phones in a theater. One guy 2 rows down live-tweeting the movie is going to ruin my entire day. Maybe that doesn’t bother you, or maybe you are the one talking and live-tweeting the whole time. If so, do you really want some stranger sitting in the dark stewing in rage at you for 3 hours? That doesn’t sound fun.

4. The Stinky Seats

Even if you are lucky enough to live near a theater with nice reclining seats, they still aren’t going to be as comfortable and customized as what you can have at home. Not only that, but thousands of butts have been in it for hours at a time before you got there. Don’t bring a black light in there either. A study by Good Morning America found that there is more fecal matter in a movie theater seat than there is in a New York Taxi, seats on public transit trains and buses, and even toilet seats. YUCK!

5. The Sticky FloorSitcky Movie Theater Floor

Most of us are going to mop our floor if we spill a half gallon of soda on it. In a movie theater, it will probably sit there for a few hours becoming a sticky mess. Soon it will start gathering popcorn, candy wrappers, and other biohazards. By the time you step in it, it’s going to be a pile of grossness that traps your shoe like a rat in a glue trap.

 

6. Watch What and When you Want

If your theater is at home, you get to watch your movies on your terms. No finding a time that fits your schedule, no waiting in line, no driving to the theater and finding a parking spot. Also, you can pause it whenever you want or just turn it off and switch to something else if you don’t like the movie. You shouldn’t feel like you have to stick around and watch something just because you spent the time and money to go see it in a theater.

7. Everyone Thinks you are Cool

There really isn’t a better way to impress your friends, family, and enemies than to casually show them you have a movie theater in your house. It’s like having a private bowling alley, but you’ll actually use it and you don’t have to worry about anyone injuring themselves in the ball return. You might need to be careful who you show, because they are definitely going to try to hang out at your house every day.

As you can see from these reasons, you need a professionally installed home cinema. There is way too much knowledge and skill required for the vast majority of us to even attempt to do it ourselves. Luckily, SCS Home Entertainment has been designing and installing home cinemas for years, and will guide you from start to finish. Give us a call today to set up a consultation. You deserve it.

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