Spending more time at home the past few months has emphasised just how important it is to create a cosy, convenient and “connected” environment. Even for those people no longer having to work remotely, or homeschool their children, maintaining effective connectivity is essential. For an increasing number of homeowners, this means staying abreast of latest trends in home automation – covering both audio-visual set-ups and other key domestic appliances.
Bang & Olufsen
Lutron Connect, for example, is compatible with Google Home, Amazon Echo and Apple Home Kit. At a hardware level, the Lutron’s keypads and Palladiom curtains are exceptional, with both proving to be extremely popular among those seeking the ultimate in domotics.
The Palladiom shading system incorporates innovative technology and quiet performance, enhancing natural light with luxurious control elements. Another interesting new development (available on the Costa del Sol from 1 July) is Crestron Home. The aim of this interface is to bring the home to life – inviting, comfortable, entertaining and secure – with smart home technology that is intuitive, simple and attractive, and instantly responsive to touch or the sound of your voice. Meanwhile, Bang & Olufsen – always at the forefront of state-of-art home sound systems – provide excellent compatibility with Google Home, while their stunning new ranges include the Beovision Harmony 88-inch TV. The TV comes with the 2020 OLED 8K display from LG Electronics optimised for Bang & Olufsen, which allows for the full cinematic experience. Its 8K resolution, delivering four times more detail than 4K TV and 16 times more than HDTV, is designed to “deliver stunning picture quality, upgraded performance and artificial intelligence-enabled features that bring movies and sports to life like never before imagined”. With a pre-installed three-channel sound system and built-in dual subwoofer, the TV is compatible with Bang & Olufsen’s speaker program, allowing users to connect up to eight wireless Beolab speakers for 7.1 surround sound. All sources can be controlled with the Beoremote One – a remote that has been luxuriously crafted from a single piece of aluminium.
Lutron, Crestron and Bang & Olufsen are available from Illusion in Urb. Guadalcántara, San Pedro de Alcántara (www.e-illusion.es).