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5 Ways Security Cameras Can Make Your Home a Safe Haven

Keep your family and your precious property safe and secure.

5 Ways Security Cameras Can Make Your Home a Safe Haven

Our homes are a safe and sacred place where we lay weary heads and enjoy personal or shared space. That's why keeping the feeling of trust and security is so important. Many people have security cameras monitoring their house, either as a warning to intruders or allowing for peace of mind, and those are only two of the many reasons why having a camera is something to consider. If you're on the fence about getting one, here's a list of the top reasons people invite these integral systems into their homes.

A Great Deterrent

Studies show that outdoor security cameras are a huge red flag for anyone considering a break-in. No one wants to risk their face being captured in the process of a crime, and it's much easier to find an alternative target than risk exposure. Avoid the worst-case scenario, and protect your valuables with the best and most effective deterrent on the market. The price of a security system is little in comparison to what could happen without one.

Keeping Track of Loved Ones

While it might be an invasion of privacy to spy on your significant other, keeping track of your pets has never been easier. We all worry about accidentally leaving a pantry door open for a ravenous feline or curious puppy. Instead of racing home or worrying all day, you can simply check the display of a Savant System. Technology has paved the way to keep your loved ones safe and allow you to take some stress out of your day. Even for children, you can feel good knowing they are safe in bed. With these systems in place, you never have to be kept up at night thinking about the things you can't control.

Answering Every Door Is Old School

Ever been disturbed while sitting down watching TV in the afternoon or had a knock in the middle of the night? One is an inconvenience, the other mildly terrifying; in both situations, a front door camera like DoorBird is the best way to alleviate any concerns of who is at the door. DoorBird is a door intercom and camera system. You can view and answer using the DoorBird app, or have it integrated with your Savant System so you can check your front door from a tablet and never worry about getting up for any unwanted solicitors again. 

Save Money on Insurance

Many homeowner's insurance companies offer discounts for homes that have security systems installed. Whether to protect from risks of fires or document any loss of property, a home security camera keeps your house safe in more ways than one. The discounts that companies offer customers vary depending on the system's features but even without a discount, these types of systems still protect your investment. 

The Little Things

Not everything is a dire situation, and sometimes you just want to monitor your homes in small ways. Making sure you didn't leave the lights on and being able to turn them off with home automation. Anxiety can rear up in many ways, and being able to see your property on live footage can help.  

Whatever your reason for getting a new home security system, Echo Workshop is here to help. With advanced technology, the world is your oyster, and the options are limitless. Having a DoorBird Intercom and Camera System is security access at your fingertips. If you're in the Houston area, contact our team to get set up for your complete home system and check all your cameras from one easy screen.

Bring Music to Your Home with a Listening Room and Vinyl Records

Audiophiles can enjoy the ultimate vinyl experience.

Bring Music to Your Home with a Listening Room and Vinyl Records

When was the last time you listened to music?

Not the last time you heard music; perhaps in the car, or as background noise while working. The last time that you truly listened, with your full attention, to a piece of music being played for you. If you're like most people, this kind of listening seldom happens.

Music is inextricably tied to human evolution. Its effects on the mind are nothing short of astonishing: music can increase cognitive performance, reduce blood pressure, alleviate depression, and provide other benefits.

Of course, we don't typically listen to music solely to improve our health. Music is an intense, emotional experience that makes us feel everything from joy to nostalgia. The music we love is a crucial component of our identity, and it deserves to be appreciated in the right way, in the right environment. Echo Workshop can create a space for you to listen to your music properly, in the comfort and intimacy of your own home with a dedicated listening room. The National Day of Listening is on November 24th this year-what better time to consider letting music into your home? 

Listening Rooms

The right setting can make a profound difference in the quality of music you listen to. Consider the difference in sound between a symphony played in a skillfully designed opera house and one played in a high school gymnasium, for instance. Even if the music and performers were the same, the contrast in quality would be obvious. Or maybe consider how much better your singing voice becomes in the acoustically friendly environment of your shower compared to how it normally sounds.

Many factors go into engineering a high-caliber listening room: room geometry, acoustic treatments, and soundproofing, to name a few. An end result is a place that will provide you with the best possible interaction between the sound waves of your music and your ears. An opera house in your home. Transforming a room into a listening room is an investment that is worth every penny when you can close your eyes and listen to something beautiful and forget where you are.

Proper room design, however vital, is just one aspect of the journey. The medium you play your music on is integral to orchestrating a sublime auditory experience.

Vinyl

Vinyl records bring a level of audio fidelity every bit equal to that of digital media. Some connoisseurs even prefer the warm sound and characteristic crackles which precede the music. Yet, the real power of vinyl comes from its effects on the mind.

Vinyl records hearken back to a time when the music somebody owned was a part of who they were. Instead of having immediate access to essentially every song ever made via streaming, people had only a precious few albums available to them. They would listen over and over, carefully placing the needle each time, becoming intimately familiar with every skip and jump in the track. Maybe this was something you yourself did in times past.

The ritual of mindfully taking your record out of its sleeve, taking in the album cover art, and placing the sleek black disk onto a turntable is undoubtedly part of the listening experience. It helps you relax and prepare yourself to really hear and appreciate the music that's being played.

A Little About Echo Workshop

We are a family-owned business with over 20 years of experience serving the greater Houston area. We work with homes and businesses to provide customized technology solutions alongside excellent customer service. Read our stellar reviews, and contact us to make music a part of your life this National Day of Listening with a custom-built listening room and Rega Turntables.

Rock Out This National Drummer Day with a Premium Speaker Set-Up

Revel Speakers can turn your listening experience up a notch.

Rock Out This National Drummer Day with a Premium Speaker Set-Up

Music promotes a direct emotional connection between human beings. Listening to it evokes measurable changes in mood, and listening to it together promotes bonding through shared emotional experience.

For thousands of years, our ancestors have utilized the effects of music to communicate more effectively. Drums, in particular, were essential to historical communication in many societies. In early Chinese warfare, soldiers beat drums to send messages across the battlefield. Zambians used drums to guide groups through a musical ritual known as "circle dancing", during which members sang about their grievances in order to communicate and grow social relationships. 

Today, drums are still an integral part of music. They provide a foundation for other instruments and vocals, tying the threads of musicality together with their toe-tapping beats. Whether you prefer the classics, pop, or soft jazz, your favorite song probably has a great bassline. After all, in rock lingo, the drummer is the "backbone of the band.” 

On November 15th, audiophiles everywhere are celebrating National Drummer Day by jamming out to their favorite solos. Joining in? Amp up the beat by upping your speaker game—it's worth it!

Maximize Your Listening Experience

As a form of communication, music can play a big role in social bonding. Rhythm inclines us to move to the beat, which drives groups to sing, dance, or clap together. Plus, listening to music together can help a group grow closer; it gives them more to talk about and creates shared emotional experiences they can reminisce on together. 

On National Drummer Day, you aren't going to get the best listening experience by sticking in your headphones and listening on your own. Sure, you might be able to hear the underlying beat of your favorite tunes, but you'll miss out on all the benefits of listening to music as a group! Have some friends over, turn on the speakers, and enjoy a great night of bonding over the rhythm. Sharing your listening experience will enhance your celebration, along with improving your relationships. 

Great Speakers, Great Sound

It goes without saying that having high-quality speakers will make your music sound better. But what makes a great set of speakers?

Great speakers will emphasize the beat without letting it overpower the rest of the instruments. When your speakers are high-quality, you'll be able to feel every sound wave passing through your body—meaning a speaker upgrade will make your National Drummer Day unforgettable.

Looking for more specific speaker recommendations? To elevate the beat in your favorite songs, try Revel Speakers. They have great dynamic range and low distortion, which will balance out your music while highlighting the drums. 

Celebrate National Drum Day in Style

Whether you're having a party for National Drummer Day or planning to tune into the radio at home, you can make your celebration special by stylizing your space. New speakers can be clunky and distracting, especially if they are low-quality or installed without professional assistance. 

Here at Echo Workshop, we use our expertise to integrate technology and aesthetics in elegant designs tailored to your needs. We can find the speakers that are right for you, then incorporate them into your home without sacrificing style. Bring your favorite music to life on National Drummer Day and beyond by contacting us to make an appointment. We know music is a big part of your life and would love to help you elevate the way you listen. 

Improve Your Restaurant by Reducing Noise with Acoustical Wall Treatments

Cultivate an atmosphere that puts your customers at ease.

Improve Your Restaurant by Reducing Noise with Acoustical Wall Treatments

Is your restaurant noisy? Does your staff have trouble communicating with each other and the guests? Is your business not operating as well as it could be? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions and you want to make your business more profitable, desirable, and popular; come along to see how customized acoustical wall treatments from Echo Workshop can help you improve your business by reducing its noise levels.

Efficiency

Every customer loves fast, personalized, and efficient service, but it is hard to deliver on these crucial aspects of hospitality when your waitstaff and customers can't hear each other. When orders are taken incorrectly because of miscommunication due to loud ambient noise, it not only slows down service and wastes valuable inventory, it upsets the customer; your most important asset.

With customized acoustical wall treatments from Echo Workshop, food orders are correct because everyone can hear each other, your management team is communicating efficiently with the staff, and your waiters are focused on the customer at hand, helping them feel special and cared for on their night out. Your restaurant is now operating like a well-oiled machine.

Desirability

You want your restaurant to be a first-choice destination, not a backup plan. You want your restaurant to be the spot in town people recommend to their friends and family, the restaurant CEOs take their clients to when they want to impress them. But it's hard to attain such a high status when the ambiance of your restaurant is ruined by unwanted noise.

By improving your restaurant with custom acoustical wall treatments, you will create a sanctuary for the senses for your patrons. Customers will no longer have to compete with other tables for the attention and ears of their guests; they will be able to fully focus on each other and their meals, improving their dining experience and increasing the likelihood of repeat business. Upgrading your restaurant with acoustical wall treatments can help solidify your business as a destination where guests, from CEOs to couples, feel comfortable being private in public.

Aesthetic 

So you love the idea of acoustical wall treatments, you love the thought of becoming a more profitable and desirable restaurant, but maybe you are wondering how these panels will affect your restaurant's aesthetic? Worry not! Working with Echo Workshop, you can be assured that our experts will work with you to customize your acoustical wall treatments to suit your needs and desires. Panels can be customized and blended in many ways to fit all aesthetic and technical needs. They can help add a modern touch to a bland space or improve an elegant space without becoming intrusive. 

Your restaurant has amazing food. You have assembled a knowledgeable, dedicated, and attentive staff. The location is perfect. Now it's time to put the finishing touches on your business.

Echo Workshop has been helping homeowners and business owners customize their spaces in every way throughout the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area and beyond since 1999. Our committed and experienced staff is at the ready to help you make your vision a reality. Contact us at Echo Workshop today and let us help you improve your business with custom acoustical wall treatments. Together, we can create a space where the only noise that travels is the word of mouth about how great your restaurant is.