Home Gets Audio and Automation Right Indoors and Out

California resident Gino LaVerghetta wanted both a great indoor and outdoor audio system for his new home. Unfortunately, his past experience with outdoor sound systems was disappointing.

It’s true that outdoor sound can be a bigger challenge than indoor sound, and LaVerghetta wasn’t about to settle for something that sounded like a compromise just because he was in the backyard. That’s why he went to a professional audio/video installer who had a lot of experience with outdoor systems. Dave Febbraio of Structured Home Solutions suggested a Niles GS Garden Speaker system for the home’s patio and pool area.

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Music and Automation Drive NASCAR Champ Mark Martin’s Home

It’s a full throttle approach to automation, when two homes and two airplane hangers get smart.

A love of music is what inspired NASCAR driver Mark Martin to initially outfit his Batesville, Ark. home with a smart home system, but it was his hectic racing schedule that ultimately led to the recent introduction of a more complete control installation—one that would let him manage his entire home environment, not just the audio and video equipment. “What I wanted more than anything was a system that was bulletproof,” says Martin, after having struggling for years with a finicky A/V distribution system.

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