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Hail to the High Tech Home

Source: Dan's Papers
By: David Lion Rattiner

One of the sexiest companies on the East End of Long Island is Crescendo Designs, owned and operated by Chris & Mike Brody. The company is a high-end audio/video and communication/control products company, that makes what was once thought to be science fiction possible. Feel like turning the heat up on your pool via your cell phone while driving out to the Hamptons? Crescendo can make that happen. Feel like being able to put all the shades down from your laptop in New York City? That's not a problem. Feel like having every system in your house set to "party mode" where the lights, hvac, pool, spa and music systems all magically shift to the appropriate settings at the touch of a button via remote from your London office? That's what the guys at Crescendo do everyday.

The company, with its showroom in Southampton, was truly the pioneer in bringing high-end theater systems to estates in the Hamptons. If you've ever been to a home that has its own private theater, chances are, Brody and his employees at Crescendo installed it and have it running to perfection.

As the business continues to expand and many clients with homes in New York City specifically asking for the care and experience Crescendo brings to their industry, the company appears to be hitting its, well, crescendo (sorry I couldn't help it).

"People absolutely love it when they realize that we can offer complete control remotely for nearly every system in their home. Having the ability to check up on their house from the city through security cameras or being able to adjust motorized shades really makes a difference in a home."

Crescendo focuses in on the quality of their products, such as Lutron lighting and motorized shades, both of which give remote access from anywhere in the world via an internet connection. For the controls in the home, Crescendo utilizes Crestron controls, which streamline and simplify all of the technology in your home using an intuitive touch pad. Having this kind of control of your house has obvious "fun" and "cool" factors to it, but there are also very practical solutions to it as well, such as security. As Brody explains, "When people leave their homes and head back to the city, it can be obvious to a trespasser that they aren't there because all the lights in the house are off or the television isn't on. Many of our clients have their houses set in 'away' mode, which will turn the lights on at certain times to keep trespassers away."

The line of products Crescendo sells are among the best brands in the business. For speakers they offer Bowers and Wilkins, Anthony Gallo Acoustics, PSB and others. For Plasma, LCD and DLP televisions they offer Runco, Sharp, Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, Sony and other brands. Brody personally looks into everything that they sell to make sure that they are up to his, and ultimately his clients' standards. When you are dealing with people who demand only the best, your business has to be run the same way. All members of the Crescendo design team are Cedia Certified installation crews and have extensive experience and knowledge of all of the equipment that they are working with inside of a home.

The gorgeous home theater systems that Crescendo creates are a trademark for their business. Lush leather couches and chairs with the theater room custom designed for each client has left its mark on countless estates in the Hamptons.

The Southampton sales and showroom is located at 14 Main Street in Southampton and offers an experience for anybody interested in the services and products Crescendo Designs has to offer. They can be reached at 631-283-2133.

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