A Consultation with Koncerted
My husband I recently moved, and setting up our new place has been our summer project. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, a few new pieces of furniture, and things are starting to come together. A few months ago, Natalie and I were introduced to Koncerted, a Waltham-based company that aims to help people integrate technology into their life in a useful and seamless way, it was suggested that someone from the company stop by our new place and give us some advice.
We thought, why not? We had been using a hodgepodge of electronics: since we don’t have cable but use Netflix and iTunes, we had been running everything through a little computer near the TV, and using my old stereo from undergrad for music. In all honesty, my attitude towards technology is more of the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” variety, while my husband reads articles about the latest iPhone releases and fixes computer problems for family and friends. So I was impressed when Bill from Koncerted came over and could talk to us both in language we understood and about goals we could each get behind.
Our setup with the computer works well, however the stereo was less than ideal. To listen to music, we really had to be in the living room – anywhere else and we would have to crank the volume up to levels our neighbors certainly wouldn’t have liked. Bill suggested a Sonos soundbar below the TV, linked to small (and kind of cute) additional Sonos speakers, one in the kitchen and one in the office. (See pictures.) The three speakers can be set to play the same music or different music, and we now have the option to be able to hear the same thing throughout our small but long apartment. The music is controlled through the Sonos app, which is easy to use and pulls from your online music libraries. A huge benefit of Sonos is that as long as one of the speakers is connected to the internet, the speakers make their own network – no wires at the ceiling or need to drill into walls to wire the apartment! (I really did not want to do either of those things!) And though the set-up is not true “surround sound,” it works perfectly for us in our space.
As someone who is more apt to leave well enough alone, it has been such a treat to have a better way to listen to music. Bill was such a help to us, in recommending the particular speakers that we ended up buying and assisting in the set-up. He even brought the soundbar over before we bought it to make sure we liked the look and sound! If you are looking for advice or help with the technology in your home, Koncerted might be the people to help. They also offer classes to help you get the most out of your devices.
This post is in partnership with Koncerted, a local company that aims to make technology accessible and personal through education and integration. As always, all thoughts are our own. Thank you for reading!
Image Credit: Laura Chassaigne