Home Technology & Entertainment
Whether you’re dreaming of a cutting-edge home cinema, wishing for the sense of safety and peace of mind that comes with a state-of-the-art security system, or interested in learning more about lighting control, home technology and entertainment specialists can transform your life with the simple touch of a button.
Experience Magnolia Inside Best Buy
At Magnolia, we offer products and services to satisfy any audio, video or home automation need, at any stage of a project. From remodels to new home builds to existing spaces, our teams of System Designers, Engineers, and Installers work with you and your builder, your contractor and/or your architect to ensure that every home entertainment dream becomes a reality.
What are some of the best innovations you’ve seen in this market?
We’re always on the cutting edge of technology at Magnolia, carrying the latest gear from the finest brands in the industry. Perhaps the biggest advancement in technology is the release of 4K ultra high definition televisions. These TVs offer four times the resolution of 1080p HDTVs for stunning picture clarity even on the largest TVs.
What, in your opinion, is a must-have feature for homeowners today?
Home automation is not only a great solution for controlling all the elements of your home; your lights, your thermostat, your home entertainment system, and your security system, it’s also a smart solution—good for the environment and your wallet. With home automation, you control your home with your smartphone or tablet, so anywhere you have an Internet signal, you have control of your house. At Magnolia, we can integrate home automation into any home—new or old—giving every home the opportunity to be a “smart” home.
How do you merge technology and design in a project?
Technology and design are what Magnolia is all about. With our dedicated System Designers, we work with customers, architects, designers, and contractors to seamlessly integrate technology into any space. In doing so, we offer components that become pieces of art in a room, adding to the design of the space. Or, we can let the rooms design stand on its own, hiding the technology by using architectural speakers, hidden projector screens, acoustical art treatments, or concealed rack mounts.
You might not realize:
We understand that much of what we sell can be purchased at many different locations. What makes Magnolia different is our ability to work with you, and create the ultimate home entertainment solution for you. Our dedicated staff is there for you, from the first interaction to project completion, with our dedication of 100 percent customer satisfaction. It’s this goal, that we’ve honored for nearly 60 years, that has allowed us to offer the finest in premium audio, video, and home automation to connoisseurs who demand nothing but the best.
Richfield, Hopkins, Oakdale
Orion Home Systems
Home theater, whole house AV, security, lighting control, surveillance, structured digital age wiring, and central vac.
At what stage of a project is it best to incorporate technology?
Everything we use in today’s world is “connected” to the web. It’s very important to install a very robust network in the home. Networking is the No. 1 item on today’s technology list.
What is the ROI for technology/entertainment in the home, either now or at resale?
I believe that the best return is in making the system(s) easy to operate. Our industry has earned a reputation for installing systems that aren’t user-friendly. That has all changed (at least at Orion). The current attitude is “easy is better.” We practice that every day.
What are some common questions you receive from clients?
How can I control everything with my iPad? The answer? There’s an App for that. We use the Elan “G” system. It can accommodate just about any control from any type of hand-held device.
What, in your opinion, is a “must-have” feature for homeowners?
Getting everything into one manageable place is important. With the Elan “G” system you can do just that. It allows the customer to get started with a system and later expand into other areas like thermostat control, lock control, cameras, etc.
Would you like to add anything else?
Consumers need to do a good job of investigating the technology company they choose. Make sure they have experience. This is a good indication that they know the industry and will be around if you ever need anything in the future.