Get Your Home Tech-Ready for the Holidays

 

This holiday season you may find yourself looking for ways to spread a little extra cheer. Here are some suggestions for getting your house holiday-ready, with great sights and sounds to take the festivities to the next level!

Upgrading Hi-Fi

Holiday music can always conjure up childhood memories and get us in the spirit of tradition. ListenUp is all about original sound and we have nearly endless ways to help you upgrade your sound system – or create a new one – so you can enjoy your favorite holiday tunes even more. 

Sleek new Definitive Technology Tower Speakers

The Demand Series D17 tower speakers deliver full-range, room-filling sound and precise imaging, all in a package with modern, elegant styling. They are fully equipped to deliver smoother high-frequency reproduction and three-dimensional imaging for both music and movie/TV soundtracks.

The D17s feature an exclusive 3-way driver configuration with a 1-inch aluminum dome tweeter, a 6.5-inch BDSS™ midrange woofer, a dual 6.5-inch carbon fiber bass driver complement with a dual 10-inch side-firing passive radiator configuration for a full range sonic performance with the deep bass necessary for great music and soundtrack reproduction.

Add Music to Your Holiday Light Show

If you love to make your yard festive this time of year, why not take it to the next level with some outdoor holiday music? Definitive Technology’s iconic AW 6500 and AW 5500 models are widely lauded as two of the best outdoor speakers ever. With a fully sealed design, they bring indoor speaker quality outside, and their rugged PolyStone™ enclosures protect the delicate electronics inside to ensure a great performance no matter what the weather’s doing.

An integrated galvanized steel mounting bracket and unique enclosure shape allow a full 360 degrees of rotation. Active drivers, in conjunction with the low bass radiator, double the bass output but still maintain a weather-tight seal, which allows for the ultimate in placement flexibility, reliability and performance.

Just Add Vinyl

tactile custom furnitureThe vinyl resurgence continues, and it’s particularly fun this time of year when you can dust off those old holiday records that have been in your collection forever. Here’s the perfect accessory — a mid-century minimalist cabinet perfectly designed to hold your LPs, components and turntable with style. Featuring solid hardwood walnut trim and angled legs with brushed nickel tips, this modern classic lets you flip through your favorite records just like at the local record shop, and with the ultra-smooth gliding door you can conceal or reveal the contents of the large component storage compartment. Tactile furniture is handmade in Evergreen, Colorado and can be custom configured to fit your music, home and style.

Home Theater for the Holidays

It’s a Wonderful Life. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. A Christmas Story. Miracle on 34th Street. A Charlie Brown Christmas. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Scrooged. The Holiday. There are so many classic films and TV shows associated with this time of year, and it’s a holiday tradition to gather the family around the TV and have a little bonding time. Now you can breathe new life into old favorites when you upgrade your home theater system. With today’s 4K TVs and 3D surround sound formats you’ll enjoy all your programming like never before.

Big Screen Thrills and Chills

sony tvNo one ever says they wish they’d bought a smaller TV. With flat screens now the norm and easily mounted on a wall or set on a stylish credenza, you can experience big-screen action in almost any room. Sony’s best 4K LCD TV (with Full Array LED backlighting), the XBR65X950H 65-inch 4K Smart TV delivers enhanced contrast and immersive viewing from any angle. With sound and pictures precisely aligned, you'll hear action from exactly the right place on screen. It employs the same powerful processor used in Sony’s 8K TVs to analyze data for better color, contrast and clarity. You'll see more detail in shadows and dark scenes for realistic pictures from any angle with less blur.

The Head and Heart of Your System

Denon AVR X4500HToday’s A/V receivers are like the Swiss Army knife of modern home theaters, acting as a hub for all your analog and digital sources and providing intricate processing for 3D audio and 4K video, plus cranking out the power for your speakers. At ListenUp, Denon has been our “go-to” receiver brand for many years, and the AVR-X4500H is a prime example of why we like them so much. It’s a 9.2-channel model with 125 watts per channel of pure, clean power. 

The most advanced surround formats, such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and IMAX Enhanced, are supported, as is cutting-edge processing for Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, and all your sources are upscaled to 4K for the best picture possible. Voice control from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant makes everything easy, and built-in HEOS wireless streaming technology lets you easily connect to your favorite streaming services.

The Simple Solution for Great Home Theater Sound

If you don’t have room for multiple components, a soundbar provides an easy alternative —especially when it includes a matching subwoofer, like the Denon DHT-S516H system. No matter what you watch or listen to, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS deliver an enveloping surround sound experience. Designed to work with any TV,  it comes with Optical, HDMI, Ethernet and IR blaster cables included, so you’ll have what you need every time to quickly start your home theater. The Denon DHT-S516H comes with HEOS built in for easy access to streaming music services and files stored on your hard drive or phone.

Smart Home Accessories to Make Your Home Comfortable

smart blindsThe final piece to making your home the perfect gathering place for the holidays is to consider smart home accessories. 

Custom shades, drapery, and shutters can define the mood during a special dinner or movie night. For a superior light experience, smart shades allow you to control when and how your window treatments move. From your smartphone or tablet, these shades can be scheduled to open in the morning for coffee by the picture window, then lowered  in the afternoon sun, then shut in the evening when family dinnertime begins. Lighting control can truly transform your space into a comfortable environment even when you’re busy with the hustle and bustle.

This year, let’s celebrate being together for the holidays at home. If you need more suggestions for creating the ultimate audio or smart home experience, visit one of our showrooms or chat with our team.