Wanna Call Me “Dumb as a Rock”?

Do you remember the Charlie Brown’s Halloween Special when “that round-headed” kid kept getting tricked with rocks while the rest of the Peanuts gang got delicious treats of varying kind? Here’s a clip to trigger your memory.


Well, I couldn’t help but think of Snoopy’s best friend when I visited certified Control4 dealer Matt McKenna at Semaphoric in Los Angeles, CA, and he took me to an incredible home in Calabasas.  The owner of this stunning spread, Matt explained, happened to be in the music business so in terms of control and automation requirements, having access to anything from Lady Gaga to The XX to everything classical and symphonic was a non-negotiable priority. And boy, did this guy ever have all of the right equipment to notice–with crystal clarity–every melodic nuance, not to mention EXPERIENCE every ounce of bass in your body as the music played. I was impressed.

And then I stepped outside. And yes, typical of such a SoCal spread there was a gorgeous pool before me, but that’s not what I noticed most. Rather, it was the music that continued to move me. Incredible sound warmed me as much as the sun and yet there wasn’t a single speaker in sight. Until I looked more closely. I noticed that cleverly disguised amongst their beautifully landscaped succulent-rich yard, were several of these so-called… rocks–all controlled via the closest smart phone, touch screen or tablet, thanks to Control4. Nothing dumb about that.


Since the owners seem to be doing quite well, I’ve decided they should hand these “rocks” out next Halloween.

Finally, Charlie Brown would score.  Check out :36 on this track…

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The Bose Videowave Entertainment System

Bose is usually known for their excellent audio products ranging from earbuds to guitar amps, but one of their newest products is the “Videowave” entertainment system! Put simply, the Videowave is a tv that Bose has designed to hold high quality built in speakers. The screen is 46″ across, and comes with a remote that Bose claims to provide “Unmatched simplicity.” As for the speakers, you can see that  in the picture there are channels to route sound out of more efficiently. This allows smaller speakers to produce a bigger sound without cranking up the volume and distorting the audio. This also allows the tv to be thinner, and lighter as well. The picture quality is great with it’s full 1080p resolution, and blacks are dark. So, the real reason anyone would buy this tv is if they were an audiophile looking for a compact package with great quality sound and video. Well, this product really delivers even if the pricing is a little (A lot) steep! Overall, this is a great product from Bose! ($ 5,350)

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