Home Theater

Universal Remote versus Apps

on Monday, 09 June 2014. Posted in Home Theater

One Remote to Rule them All!

Have you ever wondered if it would be easier to get rid of all those remote controls that are on the coffee table? I know with me, half the time I cannot figure out which remote goes to what device or if one remote is controlling everything. It is such a cluster sometimes just to turn on the t.v. WITH the sound. Well one dealer, Leon Shaw, sees for himself if he could eliminate all remotes and use only the apps that go with his entertainment system.

Leon Shaw is founder and chairman of Audio Advice, a company similar to what iSS does. He decided to test this experiment after understanding that quite a few customers were pushing back on getting a remote for their home theater. Many of them wanted to use their Apple devices and apps to control everything. What Leon Shaw learned in the end is that having multiple apps on one device was just about as frustrating as have a cluster of remotes.

If you are like us and want to get rid of the hassle of having multiple apps or multiple remotes, let me tell you about Control4. By pairing an SR-250 with HC-250 or HC-800 you are truly getting an all in one universal remote. You seamlessly interact with your entire Control4 system. You can control your movies, music, shades, lights, and more. With wireless connectivity, the Control4 can be used anywhere in your home, so no more pointing the remote at just the T.V. It has a high-visibility screen with backlit keys for easy use and it gives you a vast amount of control that fits just in the palm of your hand.

Some of you may not have a Control4 system and that is just fine! If you need help in figuring out a perfect universal remote for your entertainment needs, please give us a call. Furthermore, if you would like to read more about Leon Shaw’s experiment, please check out this article in CEPro. Within the article it also gives a link to view his entire blog on the matter. http://www.cepro.com/article/dealer_sees_for_himself_can_you_eliminate_remotes_and_use_all_apps/


The Pioneer's Elite SC79 A/V Receiver

on Tuesday, 20 May 2014. Posted in Home Theater

Featured Product of the Week

This week's featured product is Pioneer’s Elite SC79 A/V receiver. The highpoint of performance and style of this receiver is the simply stunning audio surround sound that makes your movies, games, and music sound as life like as possible. With the best audio processing that is available today, the Elite SC79 receiver will give you an audio experience that will go above and beyond your expectations.

The Elite SC79 receiver features state of the art Class D3 amplification rated at 140 Watts x 9 channels gives this receiver the most powerful and effortless connectivity. The SC79 is also Ultra2 Plus Certified and offers surround sound in rooms up to 3,000 cubic feet! This receiver supports high-definition audio formats as well as 3-D surround experience for up to 9.2 channels. The SC79 can support the most popular high-resolution digital file formats, similar to AIFF, WAV, FLAZ and Apple, furthermore, it has HDBaseT that makes integration into a whole house A/V distribution system seamless.

Pioneer’s Elite SC79 receiver has 4K Ultra HD Pass-through technology which offers the highest quality image available. Also, the SC79 receiver uses MCACC (an automatic sound field adjustment system) to monitor and equalize the surround sound to optimize the parameters of the room. Additionally, this receiver features AirPlay which allows you to wirelessly stream music from any Apple device to your surround sound system.

With all this technology in one receiver it will give you the ultimate home theater experience. You will have the movie goers coming to you! So if you are ready for the ultimate home theater experience, feel free to give us a call. We are here to offer you better life solutions.

Home Theater Design Tips and Mistakes

on Tuesday, 03 December 2013. Posted in Home Theater

Have you recently decided to install the home theater of your dreams? Before you get started, we have some design tips to ensure the final product is exactly what you hoped for.

Work together with installers and the interior designers. Installers want the room to function and sound great. Interior designers may focus more on the design of seats and furniture placement. By working together, everyone will be on the same page and reduce the risk of miscommunication about the design. What may look best to an interior designer may not be optimal for home theater sound to an installer. By working together, both sides can achieve a beautiful and fuctioning home theater.

Furniture selection is a huge factor in any home theater. Comfort, viewing angles and sound quality should all be taken into consideration. For example, many experts recommend cloth seats vs. leather because leather tends to be more reflective. Also try to keep seat backs low. If your home theater has surround sound, you want your ears above the back of the chair. Don't make the mistake of purchasing high back chairs that will interfere with your home theater experience. Also, don't try to fit too many seats into a space. It won't do you much good to have more seating if the number of seats minimizes the overall quality of listening and viewing. Instead, decide on the number of seats first so that the screen size and projector layout reflect those number of seats.

Equipment location is important in the overall design of your new home theater. Did you know that your devices don't even have to be in the same room? Creating a separate room for equipment can reduce clutter and wireless remote devices still allow you to control the system with the touch of a button.

Audio systems should be installed first. This sets the parameters for you and the interior designer to work within. If everyone is on the same page about the balance of room design and good sound, then the end product will be that much better. If your interior designer has already designed the home theater, it is important to go back in with the installer to create a plan that incorporates beautiful design as well as screen visibility and sound.

Paint is also a huge factor in the design of a home theater. Many commercial theaters are painted with dark colors to allow viewers to focus on the screen and not the walls. If you're not wanting to necessarily mimic a commercial movie theater cave, you should still opt for a darker color in a matte or flat sheen. Semi-gloss paint may be easier to clean, but its reflective nature can be very distracting. Shy away from traditional ceiling paint as well. Opt for a darker color like flat black or gray.

Lighting control is another factor to take into consideration during the design process of your home theater. Misplaced lighting can cause some major problems so it's important to get it right. The biggest focus is making sure no lights point directly at the screen. It's also a good idea to create different lighting zones so you can keep the screen dark, but light up other areas like a snack bar. Wireless dimming products like Lutron allow you to control lighting right from your chair.

Hopefully these tips will help you create the home theater of your dreams. While these industry standards can help in doing so, the ultimate goal is to create a space that you and your family can enjoy together for many years!

Tips & Tricks for Making Projector Bulbs Last

on Wednesday, 13 November 2013. Posted in Home Theater

Whether you use a projector for work presentations or in a home theater to unwind and watch movies, you can agree that a burnt out projection bulb never happens at a good time. Not only can replacing a projector bulb be an inconvenience, it can also be expensive.

Here are some tips on how to make the most of your projection bulb's lifespan:

  1. Projector location is a huge factor in the longevity of the bulb. Make sure the projector is in a ventilated air conditioned room with no obstructions blocking the exhaust air. 

  2. Let the projector cool down before moving or storing. Abruptly moving the projector before it has cooled for at least 10 minutes can cause damage. If possible, connect your projector to an uninterrupted power supply with a backup battery. This will give the projector time to complete the cool down process in the event of a power outage.
  3. Keep it clean by regularly cleaning dust and changing filters. This allows the cooling fan to keep the projector's internal temperature as low as possible.
  4. Keep the brightness setting low and adjust the lights rather than the projector. By lowering the lights and keeping brightness settings low, the projector bulb's lifespan will increase.
  5. Never move a projector in use because the delicate filament can't handle vibrations and doing so could cause it to blow on the spot.

We hope these tips increase the lifespan of your projector bulb!

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