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With Experience Comes Trust


With Experience Comes Trust

HTE, Home Technology Experts, has been assuring clients they can “trust the experts” for over a decade and they have the numbers to prove it.  The Southampton based technology integrator is the only firm in the area that has been awarded a Platinum Partnership with Savant Systems and a Pinnacle Partnership with Control4. 

While obtaining top tier status with both companies was an accomplishment, it’s not what owner, Alex Karoussous, is focused on.  “Our goal is, and has always been, to design quality systems that function to their highest potential. Both Savant and Control4 are great companies with products that live up to our clients’ expectations,” said Karoussos.  “Our clients have had a positive experiences and we are fortunate that they’ve recommended us to their friends and family, "that’s how we are able to reach our partnership levels” he added. 

When asked about future goals for the upcoming year, service manager, Terry Wahl, said the company was going to continue to increase their service availability.  “Our clients expect the best and we have to deliver. We’ve solidified our 24 hour support, putting technicians on call around the clock, on weekends, and even having a standby tech on holidays.” Wahl went on to explain the value of system maintenance and software updates, stating they will also be rolling out maintenance service packages in February.

HTE’s Director of Design and Engineering was proud to be Savant’s only platinum dealer in the area, but more excited for the new opportunities the control systems have led to.  “Clients know these systems allow them to push the limits as to what is possible and we are getting new and different requests for projects.”  While the company focuses primarily on residential automation, there is a growing demand from clients to incorporate distributed A/V, automation, as well as lighting and climate control in commercial settings.  “We’re currently working on a national roll out for an overseas company opening several locations in the US” advised Director Project Manager, Alfred Faicco.

Home Technology Experts also expanded outdoors with a new division, Hamptons Landscape Lighting. “We have always focused on exterior design: outdoor lighting, outdoor WAPs, gate access, security, even outdoor AV such as weatherproof televisions and landscape speakers,” Karoussos explained.  “Hamptons Landscape Lighting takes it a bit further with true lighting design and significantly more lighting options. It all comes full circle though, because most of the time clients want their landscape lighting integrated with their control system.”

HTE isn’t resting on its laurels.  Between expanding to a larger Manhattan office and implementing a new processes to improve both the client and industry professional experience, there is no telling what 2016 has in store for them. 


Leon Gives SONOS and Other Electronics a Makeover


Leon Gives SONOS and Other Electronics a Makeover

Leon’s Media Décor collection is giving SONOS, televisions, and sound bars a whole new look.

Tone Case

Leon’s all new ToneCase™ line brings their renowned sense of customization and style to any Sonos® speaker, including PLAY:1®, PLAY:3®, PLAY:5® and PLAYBAR®. Each product is designed to complement and conceal the speakers within the design of any space, whether adding a custom-width grill covering to match the PLAYBAR to a TV, or enhancing the PLAY:5 with solid hardwood cabinets. Now you can personalize your design as easily as you can customize your playlists.

Built specifically for the SONOS PLAY:1, PLAY:3, and PLAY:5, the Tonecase hardwood cabinets are handcrafted from solid White Oak, Black Walnut or custom painted to match any color.

With Screen

Without Screen

Other Media Decor Products

Edge Media Frame

Inspired by the integrated media furnishings of the 60s, the Edge Media Frame is designed and crafted to encase any TV. Handcrafted to house the display and one of our Horizon Series soundbars, the Edge conceals the mounting and wiring in one simple design to complement any environment.

The Edge Media Frame can be crafted out of solid hardwoods, including Cherry, Oak, Maple and Walnut. The frame magnetically attaches to the mounting panel for easy access to the back panel of the TV.

Edge was purposefully design to work with all of Leon’s Horizon Series soundbars to deliver the highest quality in audio performance and aesthetics.


Moving Art Screens

Featuring Lutron QS quiet motors and a patented scrolling motion, Leon’s Moving Art Screens elegantly conceal TVs and speakers up to 100″ wide behind beautifully printed artwork.

Each system is custom-crafted to order using artwork and frames. With three different models, and recess and surface-mounting configurations, the Moving Art Screens seamlessly integrate audio and video into any space.

Each back box is custom made for your specific installation. They are designed to easily recess mount Elite and Illusion Moving Art Screens. The motorized structure slides into the assembly and fastens directly to it, for a secure and perfect installation. The back box can be shipped before the art unit for installation during construction or dry walling.

Whether you’re looking for more contemporary artwork or more traditional artwork, the in depth galleries have plenty of options to choose from. Or, you can request a in-house design consultant to help you realize your artistic vision.

Moving Art Lifts

These silent, ultra precise electronic lifts use original art, sculptures, mirrors, or decorative panels to conceal TVs up to 70” wide. Custom-crafted to order, you choose the movement option that best suits your space: Eclipse Vertical for up-down, Eclipse Horizontal for left-right, or Dual Eclipse to ‘split’ art down the center – all with no visible tracks.

The Lutron Electronic Drive Unit provides a quiet, smooth, gliding motion to move any piece of artwork or mirror to reveal your TV and speakers. Each system is custom crafted based on the dimensions of your display and includes a back box for a perfect recessed installation.


No Cell Reception?  No Problem. We Have the Solution.


No Cell Reception? No Problem. We Have the Solution.

The Hamptons are known for beautiful beaches, summer parties, and terrible mobile reception. Luckily with cell boosters you can drastically enhance the signal in your home.  There are two types of boosters, ones sold by  service providers and ones that support all carriers. 

Carrier Solutions  

The three major carriers, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint all have their own network specific solution. All of these boosters are the size of a router and get hardwired via an Ethernet cable turning the device into a private cell tower for your home. As you can see in the chart below, the features vary slightly depending on the carrier.

Sprint and AT&T require you to add an additional service to your plan in order to use Microcells/AIRAVEs, once the service is activated, you have unlimited calling and data usage that doesn't count toward your traditional usage limits. Verizon doesn't require a service, but all minutes and data used via the Wireless Network Extender are calculated into your monthly allowance.  

With AT&T you have to register your device in order to access your Microcell and they don't offer an open network for guests. Sprint allows you to have open or restricted accesses. Restricted access is limited to 50 registered users. Verizon is open access, while it does have a restricted mode, it's not locked. By passers can't gain access to your devices through these open extenders, but they can join your network counting as one of your active users, taking from your bandwidth. 

Non Carrier Solutions

There are a number of cell boosters that use wifi to enhance your cell signal regardless of carrier. Most of these devices work with Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, US Cellular, Datajack/Virgin Mobile, T-Mobile, and MetroPCS. These solutions tend to allow for more active users at a time, but are usually a bit more expensive. You don't have to add an additional service to your plan to use these (they work like Verizon's Wireless Network Extender, counting as part of your traditional plan's usage).


'Tis the Season for Scenes


'Tis the Season for Scenes

It’s that time of the year again, your home is decorated and prepared for holiday gatherings. With the new Savant app you can create, capture, and edit a “Holiday Scene” with your smart device in a few minutes.  While Control 4 doesn’t allow for the same level of user customization, the latest upgrade does allow you to adjust and save your lighting preference.

With Savant's new app, simply create or capture a scene for one or multiple rooms in your home.  Choose which services you would like to include in the scene (ie: lights, music, electric fireplace) and save the values.  

When guests arrive, tap the holiday scene that you've created.  The lights will dim, music will play softly in the background, your fireplace will roar, and depending on your design you may even be able to power your season decorations, such as Christmas trees with the app. 

Learn How to Add Scenes in Savant :    (Web)   |   (PDF)

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