Immersive Home Theater Audio: Redefining Family Movie Nights

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Transform Your Viewing Experience with Immersive Home Theater Audio

The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it comes the joy of gathering with family and friends for moments of laughter, joy, and togetherness. As you plan your holiday festivities, preparing your media room for the ultimate family movie nights is essential.

Imagine your loved ones’ excitement as they gather in your dedicated home theater, ready to embark on cinematic adventures. To make this experience truly unforgettable, consider the magic of immersive home theater audio.

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Your Media Room Checklist for Holiday Gatherings: What to Fix and Enhance

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and it's that time of the year when family and friends come together to celebrate. Whether hosting a big family gathering or planning an intimate get-together, your media room will likely play a central role in your festivities. Please don't wait until the last minute to ensure it's in perfect shape for entertaining. Here's your checklist for optimizing your media room before the holidays.

Continue reading – Redefining Voice Control in Home Automation

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Take Advantage of AI to Further Improve Control Over Your Smart Home

AI-powered voice-controlled virtual assistants aren’t new. Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Assistant are all examples of them. However, with the huge progression AI has gone through in recent years, voice control technology has also greatly evolved, giving birth to new, more advanced tools. is the best one of them all!

Read on as we discuss more about and why it’s becoming the most preferred voice control system in Kansas City, MO, for smart home management.

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A Home Theater Design for Immersive Audio Experiences

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How Tailored Audio Like JBL Delivers the Ultimate Home Theater Performance

Having a home theater is more than owning the latest screen or projector; it’s also about immersing yourself in a fantastic auditory experience. Everyone wants audio that can transform a casual home movie night into a true cinematic event. At Applause Custom Sight & Sound, we deliver these immersive sound experiences with speaker brands like JBL, considered by many to be the ultimate choice in home theater audio. Continue reading to learn how a professional home theater design can elevate audio performance in your Mission Hills, MO, home. 

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Is Smart Home Lighting Worth It?

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Learn About the Many Benefits Smart Lighting Offers to Homeowners 

Switching your standard LED bulbs with smart lighting fixtures may seem like an unnecessary home upgrade, but this isn’t true. Smart home lighting offers several advantages that can improve every homeowner’s lifestyle and home aesthetics. 

Let’s look at a few of the benefits of smart home lighting in Overland Park, MO, for a better understanding.

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Bring Movies & Sports to Life with Sony’s Flagship 8K TV

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Explore the Latest Sony Home Theater Experience: The Master Series XR-Z9K

New and better TVs are coming out faster than ever, leaving one wondering how to keep up with changing technology. At some point, before extreme fatigue sets in, you may find yourself satisfied with what you have because keeping up no longer seems possible (or healthy). 

Then, a TV comes along that sets the standard for all that follow, and you realize this may be your last upgrade for a very long while. If you embrace the sense of awe and wonder this type of technology provides, you may have already met Sony Home Theater and the Sony BRAVIA MASTER Series XR-Z9K. If you haven’t yet, we would be remiss not to introduce you. 

The MASTER Series Z9K is Sony’s flagship Mini LED TV, and it brings together all the best upgrades, creating a massive 8K TV that pulls you in with extreme detail and stunning colors. 

Are you ready to explore the secrets the BRAVIA XR-Z9K holds? Is your Kansas City, MO, home aching for the best of the best in home entertainment? 

Let’s set off on a journey, then, and explore this remarkable technology.

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3 Easy Ways to Tell If Your Conference Room AV Needs an Upgrade

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Overcome Technical Issues With More Modern AV Solutions

Over the past two years, buzzwords like 'hybrid teams' and 'remote work' have overtaken the business landscape. If your organization isn't practicing either of these, then you may have ignored the growing technology concerns connected to these new ways of working. However, it's important to note that the broader business community's communication expectations have also undergone a significant shift as a result of these workplace trends.

For instance, video conferencing has taken precedence over phone calls, and virtual collaboration is now more popular than printed handouts. If your conference room AV system can’t keep up with the changing times, it may be time for an upgrade. 

Continue reading to uncover three easy ways to tell if your Kansas City, MO, conference room AV is in need of an upgrade.

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How to Protect Your Home and Family with Smart Technology

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Explore the Latest Features in Today’s Smart Home Security

Home security systems have been around for decades, helping families feel safe and secure. Like most technology, however, these systems have advanced far beyond their predecessors. Today, they’re smart, connected, and offer a level of protection once only dreamed of. 

These systems integrate with your many smart devices, including your smartphone, door locks, TVs, indoor and outdoor lighting, and shades. They protect your home from intruders and environmental concerns like fire and flood. For families with little ones, they keep an eye on their whereabouts, alerting you when they go “out-of-bounds.”

Let’s explore today’s remarkable world of smart home security and how it brings unprecedented peace of mind to homeowners in Kansas City, MO.

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Elevate Home Entertainment with Smart AV Installations

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Transform Your Living Space into a Hub of Excitement 

Beyond the home theater room, did you know there are ways to incorporate smart AV installations into other areas of your home? You can turn standard AV components into automated, immersive, and personalized entertainment fun when paired with smart technology solutions like automated lighting, high-performance audio, and smart home controls.

Continue reading to explore how transformational smart technology can be for home entertainment experiences and AV installations in your Kansas City, MO, home.

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Top Ways Motorized Shades Enhance Your Lifestyle

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Discover the Comfort, Convenience, and Luxury Motorized Window Treatments Can Bring!

To enjoy a peaceful, comfortable lifestyle in Kansas City, MO, adding tech solutions that bring convenience and efficiency is a must. One of the best examples of these technologies is motorized shades, which can instantly turn your home into a more stylish, luxurious, and enjoyable place. From effortless control and energy efficiency to enhanced privacy and UV protection, motorized shades offer various benefits that elevate your living experience. 

In this blog, we’ll explore the main perks automated window treatments can offer to boost your living spaces. Take a look!

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Sony’s AV Receivers Bring Movies & Music to Life

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Sony Home Entertainment Delivers the All-Encompassing Cinematic Experience

Are you ready to create the ultimate immersive cinematic experience in your home? At Applause Custom Sight & Sound, we partner with Sony Home Entertainment to deliver our clients in Kansas City, MO, the best home theaters on the market. 

What makes the “best” home cinema? You know you’re there when you’re watching a movie or sporting event and lose awareness of your surroundings. You’re no longer sitting in a home theater; instead, you're in the depths of Middle-earth or surrounded by screaming fans on the 50-yard line. 

Sony’s AV receivers are a vital piece of the puzzle in reaching this level of entertainment. Here, we’ll explore their best-in-class AV receivers and how they transform the home theater experience with spectacular audio and video quality. 

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Looking for a Smarter Backyard or Patio?

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What to Expect from Smart, Integrated & Fully Automated Outdoor Living Spaces 

Summer is right around the corner, and what better way to welcome the warm weather back to Kansas City, MO, than with inviting, engaging, fully integrated outdoor living spaces? Well, that’s just what our technology integrators will create for you and your home!

At Applause Custom Sight & Sound, we create spaces where comfort, convenience, and entertainment blend seamlessly into the ultimate outdoor experience. With smart technology solutions ranging from hidden landscape lights and speakers to anti-glare outdoor TVs, we’ll keep you connected to the things you love, even if you decide to spend the whole day outside. But designing, integrating, and automating an outdoor entertainment system takes time, so we better get started soon!

Read on to learn more about how we will prepare you and your backyard for the summer.

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Why Should You Choose Motorized Blinds?

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Looking for Style, Efficiency & Convenience? Elevate Your Smart Home with Motorized Blinds!

Are you ready to bring a touch of modern magic to your smart home in Kansas City, MO? If so, look no further than motorized blinds! Sleek, simple, and smarter than ever, automated window treatments add style, control, and a whole lot of convenience to your place. And guess what? Applause Custom Sight & Sound can install and automate them for you, seamlessly integrating them with your lighting control and HVAC systems. 

Let's explore the benefits that motorized blinds bring to your smart home and how our team of experts can help you install them for the best results.

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Discover the Magic & Unparalleled Realism in Sony Projectors

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Enjoy the Ultimate Cinematic Experience with Sony’s 4K Laser Projectors

At Applause Custom Sight & Sound, we’ve created customized home theaters and multi-use media rooms for clients throughout Kansas City, MO, for over 20 years. In that time, we’ve developed strong partnerships with industry leaders in home entertainment. 

One of those brands, Sony, defines the ultimate cinematic viewing and sets the new benchmark for today’s home projectors. Their 4K digital projectors are found in over 15,000 movie theaters around the world. Today, you can enjoy the stunning images their native 4K laser projectors deliver from the comfort of your home. 

Whether creating an immersive cinematic experience in your designated home theater or turning an area into a multi-purpose media room with incredible images and sound, Sony projectors offer the perfect solution. Let’s explore a few of their in-demand projectors and what they bring to your home entertainment.

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Lutron’s HomeWorks QS Creates the Perfect Setting with One Touch

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Seamlessly Upgrade Your LiteTouch System with HomeWorks QS

Light touches every aspect of our homes and lives, creating a beautiful, functional environment and setting the mood for our many activities. Thanks to Lutron, the global leader in smart lighting control, how we manage that light has transformed forever.

Today, you can control one or every light in your home with an elegant in-wall keypad. That same keypad allows you to manage daylight, raising and lowering beautiful motorized shades. Daylight sensors automatically adjust lights and window coverings to maintain the perfect illumination. Occupancy sensors ensure the lights are turned off after everyone leaves a room. 

HomeWorks QS is the latest version of Lutron’s flagship smart home control system, and it redefines everyday living with effortless control of lights, shades, temperature, and audio-video equipment. 

Applause Custom Sight & Sound has been providing custom automation and home entertainment solutions in Kansas City, MO, for over 20 years. We integrate the new HomeWorks system and can easily replace LiteTouch systems for clients looking to upgrade their lighting control. 

Let’s explore the possibilities. 

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Create a Custom Entertainment Experience with a Professional Video Wall Installation


Enjoy All Your Favorite Entertainment at Once with an Integrated System

Home entertainment is great to relax and make some memories with your family. However, your household may not always agree on what to watch, or you may want to enjoy multiple shows, sports, and games, simultaneously. A video wall installation allows you to enjoy multiple videos by crafting a wall full of high-end TVs that provide a beautiful picture, no matter how you use them. Watch sports, movies, shows, or play video games on a display that rivals a cinema’s, plus enjoy the ease of control with an integrated system. Keep reading to see how you could enjoy a video wall in your Kansas City, MO, home.

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5 Ways Commercial Automation Improves Your Business

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Increase Business Efficiency with Smart Technology 

It takes a lot of time and mental energy to keep a business running, not to mention to make a growth plan. All your time spent at the office should be focused on your clients, employees, and the overall health of your Leawood, KS, business. It shouldn’t be spent managing every tiny detail of your office or other commercial space. That’s why Applause Custom Sight & Sound helps businesses automate and streamline daily tasks with commercial automation technologies. Check out these five solutions Applause can bring to your business and see how they improve day-to-day operations.

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Home Automation Offers Exceptional Convenience & Ease of Living

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Enjoy One-Touch Control of Your Home’s Many Systems

Smart home automation is growing in demand, with homebuyers looking for existing technology and more homeowners integrating automated systems. Why the increasing interest? 

A smart home offers extreme convenience, beauty, and security. At Applause Custom Sight & Sound, we create smart homes managed from one home automation platform. This platform communicates with your many connected devices, all of which are managed with one touch from in-wall keypads, touchscreens, remotes, and mobile devices. 

The result is one-touch control of lighting, temperature, music, TVs, and more. We also tailor the system for you and your family, ensuring it responds precisely how you want it to. Let’s explore the makings of a personalized smart home and what it offers homeowners in Overland Park, KS. 

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Expand Your Living Space with Outdoor Audio Video

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Take Your Favorite Entertainment Outside 

Whenever you have people visiting your Overland Park, KS, home, there’s probably some kind of entertainment. Maybe you have some music playing in the background or you all gather to watch a baseball game. Whatever it is, entertainment helps guests feel comfortable and can keep them occupied. It’s also a way to bond with your friends and family by enjoying the same media together. 

In the warmer months, these gatherings often happen outside while cooking dinner on the grill, taking a dip in the pool, and enjoying conversation under the stars. But, outdoor parties can be lacking in entertainment without the AV equipment your home might have indoors. That can all change with outdoor audio-video equipment. Keep reading to learn more about outdoor AV and how it can expand your living space.

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Smart Lighting Control Is Just a Tap Away!

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Lighting Control Simplifies Your Life by Optimizing Indoor and Outdoor Home Spaces

What is the first thing you notice when walking into a room? If you are like most of us, lighting is part of the answer. Whether it is the living room or the kitchen, the right lights make all the difference in how we experience a space. The same is true for outdoor areas as well. 

With a lighting control system, you can manage every light at your home in Overland Park, KS, from your smartphone. At Applause Custom Sight & Sound, we can design, install, and integrate it for you!

In this article, we explore the benefits of smart lighting control, from its convenience and ease of use to its many applications in indoor and outdoor spaces.

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