Otto Benson

  • Hi-Tech for Your Home Office

    Hi-Tech for Your Home Office

    To be professional, you want to have professional equipment.

  • Building Your Home Theater: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Building Your Home Theater: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Home theaters are more than just an of-the-moment home trend; home entertainment systems have been evolving for most of our lifetimes. Finally, the technology for home theaters has caught up to what the big budget film companies are able to create. Wide screen, high definition, and 3D have moved...

  • Your Smart Home Tech Shouldn’t be an Afterthought

    Your Smart Home Tech Shouldn’t be an Afterthought

    What exactly makes a smart home “smart”? You can get devices in a pinch to fulfill an immediate need. Going on a trip and want a little extra security? There are plenty of security devices to attach to your home. Some of these might be good or even great devices, but because of the sheer numbers...

  • Your Holiday Travel Tech Essentials Are Here

    Your Holiday Travel Tech Essentials Are Here

    Have holiday travel plans over the next few weeks? There is still time to grab a few tech essentials to keep you on track, whether you’re venturing by car, plane, or train, and if you’re plans are taking you home for the holidays, out on a great adventure, or away for work. First: Keep Your Home...

  • Why Apple Music is Our Favorite Streaming Service on the Block

    Why Apple Music is Our Favorite Streaming Service on the Block

    Apple Music has had its share of bumps since its launch, losing some fans with the automatic U2 downloads (which were a difficult to both acquire for some and remove for others). Some people saw Apple Music as a gimmick, getting consumers first hooked on the technology and then providing the music...

  • Women Want More Smart Technology

    Women Want More Smart Technology

    In the 1950s, "smart" home technology was catered to women—but that home technology was designed to keep them in the kitchen, while technology for other parts of the home was geared toward men. Microwaves, blenders, and vacuums wanted to give women more time to keep up with their household chores...

  • Summer Living is Outside Living

    Summer Living is Outside Living

    When it’s summertime in Southern California, we tend to live most of our lives outside. The weather is warm, it doesn’t get dark until 8 o’clock, and we want to take advantage of the fact that most of our culture is on board with the summer relaxation mindset and encourages us to spend a little...

  • When Smart Home Tech Goes Mainstream

    When Smart Home Tech Goes Mainstream

    Perhaps it’s the effect of Tesla’s Model 3 launch and SpaceX’s simultaneous Falcon 9 landing, but the high tech wave of the future has been brought into the present. Pair that with the fact that our smart phones have a more powerful computer than the ones that sent astronauts to the moon—and even...

  • Home Theaters Explained

    Home Theaters Explained

    Going to the movie theater used to be the go-to social event, for family night or date night, the only place to find subtitled art house gems or B-movie chillers. Somewhere along the way, cable expanded, theaters dwindled or became more expensive, and people’s lives got busier—so busy, in fact,...

  • Winter Blues? Up Your Projections with a New Home Theater

    Winter Blues? Up Your Projections with a New Home Theater

    After New Year’s (and the Super Bowl), we often find ourselves in a slump, waiting for spring (and the new round of movies to come out). March Madness is a month away, and Game of Thrones doesn’t start until April 26. The good news is that now is the best time to check out the latest in home theater...

  • Holiday Gift Guide at Any Price Level

    Holiday Gift Guide at Any Price Level

    At Modern Home Systems, we’ve put together a list of greatest scores for your holiday shopping list you can find in our stores, and we’ve even thrown in a few “pie-in-the-sky” ideas if you’re really on the hunt to impress this December. AN APPLE FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Last month, we introduced the new...

  • Presenting the New Apple TV

    Presenting the New Apple TV

    At Modern Homes Systems, we are very excited about the latest innovations from Apple TV, which we are carrying in our stores in time for the holidays. You’ve probably seen all the apocalyptic advertisements announcing the end of cable hookups for television, and sure, they seem ridiculous. But...

  • A Guide to a Spooktacularly Techy Halloween

    A Guide to a Spooktacularly Techy Halloween

    Some people have nostalgia for the simple Halloweens of yore, when all you needed were a couple of pillowcases—one to cut holes in for eyes and to stick over your head, one to hold candy—but we at Modern Home Systems like to celebrate the wonderful advancements that technology has made in scaring...

  • Making the Leap: Best Smart Gadgets for Your Smart Home Life

    Making the Leap: Best Smart Gadgets for Your Smart Home Life

    Have you been afraid to update your home with the latest technology? Have you been loyal to your iMac G3, Sega Genesis, and flip phone? That’s okay, because technology is making your transition to the modern era easier than ever. The best news is that there are a slew of new gadgets to begin or...

  • Home Theater Trends: Upping Your Game for the Big Game or a Hunger Game

    Home Theater Trends: Upping Your Game for the Big Game or a Hunger Game

    With bigger films coming out, everyone wants the bigger home movie experience. We want to recreate the experience of that great film in 3D, High Definition, and surround sound, and now the latest in home theater trends has reflected that desire. But we also want the impressive qualities of the...

  • Father's Day Technology Gift Guide

    Father's Day Technology Gift Guide

    Father’s Day is just around the corner, and what dad doesn’t love a new gadget to play with? But sometimes the tech market seems so flooded with new toys we don’t even know where to start. And for some, we might feel we need a Master’s Degree in technology just to understand what some of the products...

  • Rotel's New Surround Processor is the Complete Package

    Rotel's New Surround Processor is the Complete Package

    With a lot of the home theater companies trying to wow customers with the newest streaming service, 3D surround sound formats, and other fancy new gadgets, it’s nice to see a company like Rotel focus on producing high quality components that are not just a refection of trends, but are the basis...

  • The Importance of an Updated and Secure Network

    The Importance of an Updated and Secure Network

    Last month, CES 2015 was held in Las Vegas, and we saw the continuation of the smart home boom. Dozens of companies showcased their new smart appliance technology, everything from smart light bulbs to washing machines controlled from your smart phone. One issue, however, that may not be stressed...

  • A Sneak Peak into CES 2015

    A Sneak Peak into CES 2015

    We are expecting 2015 to be a big year in smart home and home theater technology, and it all kicks off in Las Vegas at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which runs from January 6 – 9th. While there is no way to know exactly what new gadgets will be showcased and what new technology...

  • Home Theater Gift Ideas

    Home Theater Gift Ideas

    It’s that time of year again! Here are some of our holiday gift recommendation for the person in your life who enjoys the luxury of a great home theater system: Televisions Sony XBR-55X850B 55-inch 4K Ultra HD TV: While this TV might not be the cheapest option, it will certainly deliver the quality...

  • Make sure your Smart Home is also a Safe Home

    Make sure your Smart Home is also a Safe Home

    The Age of Technology is still growing by leaps and bounds, and more and more houses are becoming “smart homes.” In fact, there may come a time when home appliances, security systems and other home features are smart by default. And any time you have something in your home connected to the internet,...

  • Building the Perfect Man Cave

    Building the Perfect Man Cave

    By Otto Benson

  • Smart Homes Can Cool Your House and Your Energy Bill

    Smart Homes Can Cool Your House and Your Energy Bill

    By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems As we swing into the dead of summer, people are trying to think of all sorts of ways to save on energy costs while still living comfortably. But maybe it’s not us homeowners that need to be smarter. Maybe it’s our homes. And long gone are the days when smart...

  • The Exciting New Features of Apple’s iOS 8

    The Exciting New Features of Apple’s iOS 8

    By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems Here at Modern Home Systems, we couldn’t wait for the beginning of June because that’s when Apple showcased its new software and technologies at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). And, as usual, this year they didn’t disappoint; they unveiled...

  • Tips for Your Home Entertainment System

    Tips for Your Home Entertainment System

    By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems We live in a golden age of home entertainment. There is so much great TV we can enjoy from the comfort of our own homes: HBO series like Game of Thrones, Netflix originals like House of Cards, the NBA playoffs, the Stanley Cup, HGTV. That’s why it’s so important...

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