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Your next TV – news from CES

Who ever said bigger isn’t better has never walked the TV area at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Reporters and news programs can give a misleading view of what CES has to offer, as they tend to focus on the ‘concept cars’ rather than the ‘production cars’ of technology. Last year, the stories about LG’s rollup TV and this year’s Samsung's swing-into-portrait-mode Sero TV fell into that bucket. Yet underneath all the hype, we find some real changes coming to TVs, and many of them are available today.

03/23/2020|Starr News|

Smart Devices VS. Smart Homes

This shouldn’t be news to anyone, but your average home contains more “smart” devices than ever before. Nest thermostats may have brought the trend to the mainstream, but Alexa, HomeKit, Sonos, and others have taken that momentum and run with it. You might think that adding a few of these devices would take you to the pinnacle of the “Smart Home,” but is there anything that is missing from these consumer or DIY devices that is available in the professional systems like Control4, ELAN and Savant? Let’s take a look.

03/16/2020|Starr News|

Home Presets

I often wonder “Why do we welcome technology more in our cars than in our homes?” After all, let’s go back to the last time you approached your car: You probably pressed the button on a remote that unlocked the door and disarmed the alarm. As you pull back on the door in your car, the light conveniently comes on for you inside and the seat moves back. When you sit down, and either put your key in or press start, the seat moves forward as the steering wheel moves down and towards you. As you take a drive down the road, your favorite music is just a single button press away on the six presets. Why doesn’t your house do all this? In our homes, thousands of products are available to give you the same experience as in your car; people just don’t know about them. For example, there are ways to install a remote on your keychain that unlocks your door and disarms the alarm. It’s also rather easy to install a simple keypad beside your entry door. These six buttons act as “presets” for you and your home. Much like the 6 buttons on your car stereo, press the #1 or “Welcome” button, and your house takes on the setting that you prefer, like having the lights illuminate the path to your bedroom closet, your thermostat change to “comfort mode,” and your favorite music to start playing throughout the house.

03/09/2020|Starr News|

Technical Support Derangement Syndrome

Does calling for help on your smart home problems give you Technical Support Derangement Syndrome? It’s frustrating for anyone, especially when dealing with a luxury custom integration company, that all you hear is: • “I’m sorry. The person you need to speak with isn’t in the office at the moment. Can I have him give you a call back?” • “Let me make a few calls and get back to you as soon as I can.” • Or the dreaded “Hold please,” only to be left hanging for an inordinate amount of time.

03/02/2020|Starr News|

Upgrade Your Smart Home Automation with New Technology

What Smart Product Features to Check Out Today With any renovation or upgrade comes the question of whether the updates you’re making are relevant. What if there’s new technology available that you simply weren’t aware of? When it comes to smart home automation, we want you to stay informed about the latest technology growth and [...]

December 2016 Starr of the Month

Paul Hartman - Lead Service Technician Congratulations to Paul who won December's Starr of the Month! Paul is a Lead Service Technician here at Starr Systems, who we are very lucky to have. Rocky, Paul's supervisor, says that Paul is always willing to learn something new. Clients love him and say he's a nice guy, thorough with his work, [...]

01/12/2017|Starr News|

November 2016 Starr of the Month

Jack Fitzgerald - Senior Lead Technician   Congratulations to Jack who won November's Starr of the Month! Jack is a Senior Lead Technician here at Starr Systems, who we are very luck to have. I had a chance to steal a few minutes of his time before he jumped out into the field for the day. [...]

12/20/2016|Starr News|

An ecstatic Starr Systems customer

Starr Systems is my one stop shop for all of my electronic and audio equipment. Big screens installations, sound systems for homes, security systems - you name it, they do it! Pete, Rocky and Sean are top notch professionals, and they have provided me and my family with outstanding service. I entrusted them to make [...]

12/16/2015|Starr News|