Audio / Video Solutions
What makes a solution relevant is its balance of aesthetics, functionality and budget.
Backed by our HAA and ISF (hyperlink) certification, we've become even more particular (and capable) about speakers and good sound - should it be a tall one, short square one, behind a curtain, outside on the lawns, inside a wall or just simply sitting in your ears? Speaker choices that range from 4 different brands allow ours AND your imagination to run wild.
Add to speakers the magic and convenience of distributed audio and video – i.e.: "I want my music system in my bedroom AND have my music on the lawn as well!" Have we mentioned we like challenges? Taking the 'solution' one step further we can ensure 'no wires' while making over 5000 GB of music available anywhere in your home.
Among many things, ISF (hyperlink) has taught us that like the ubiquitous 'Watts PMPO' – pixel, HD, lumens and contrast ratio have been used by most companies to confuse the customer rather than educate.
Whether you desire to avoid crowded theaters with over-priced concessions and poorly calibrated projection and sound systems or just would like to treat your family and friends to the newest DVD releases - a well planned and well designed home theater room environment brings the experience together.
Multi-zone distributed Audio and Video Solutions:
Distributed AV systems simplify entertainment in the home by moving entertainment sources to a central location in a home and then allowing individuals in different entertainment areas to access them as needed. These sources can include cable boxes, digital video recorders (DVR's), DVD players, CD players, iPods, etc. Because the same equipment is being accessed from each location using the same control systems and remote, it is much easier to learn and maintain these systems. Not to mention less expensive. This continuity also leads to a predictable entertainment experience that is seamless and enjoyable.
Multi-zone audio-video servers work hand-in-hand with distribution systems to stream music and movies throughout your home! No matter where you are, you can now listen to music and watch movies stored on a central server/source!
Play the same playlists throughout your house, or send different songs into each room/zone simultaneously with multiple sources! Intuitive multi-zone interfaces make it easy to control what you want to play and where you want it. Have an iPod®? Dock it, and stream the content anywhere!
Browse music by cover art, with full album information. You can quickly view and control music in all zones at a glance. You can go one step further and remotely access the database from any web-enabled device.
Family living rooms:
Home theaters have quickly become a must-have for practically every family. From the simple family room setup to a much more elaborate stadium-seating wonder, today's home theaters aren't just for the wealthy anymore. What makes one home theater stand out from another is much more than just how it's equipped, it's also how it looks. The decor of a home theater is conducive to how well the room functions as an entertainment mecca for family and friends as well as how it shows when the lights are up. Creating a warm and inviting home theater is easy to do on any budget.
Dedicated Home theaters:
We would describe a dedicated home theater as a "box inside a box." Ideally, it's a room isolated both visually and acoustically from the rest of the house, through the use of sophisticated construction techniques and soundproofing materials.
They also require collaboration with a whole host of professionals, possibly including architects, electricians, low-voltage and lighting experts, interior designers, building contractors and, of course, us as custom installers. In many respects, dedicated home theaters are built to the exacting standards of professional cinemas, demanding precise calculations for the correct placement of speakers, acoustic treatment, video projector, screen, and theater seating for optimum picture and sound.
Typically, the centerpiece of a dedicated home theater is a large fixed projection screen, usually measuring 80 inches or more across. A video projector, hanging from the ceiling or hidden in a soffit, provides the picture. Electronics are tucked away in a cabinet, and often housed in a separate equipment room. Front left, center, and right speakers typically hide behind the screen—in which case the screen is perforated or woven to allow sound to pass through. The isolation of the dedicated home theater makes watching movies a formal affair, where family and friends assemble, start the program, and watch it all the way through.
In contrast, media rooms are often an intersection of daily family life - the media room may well coexist with a living room or den. There may be windows, a fireplace, and a sliding glass door leading outside. The atmosphere is casual, and the furnishings are usually similar to what you would find in a living room or den: a couch or two, a recliner or chaise lounge, and a coffee table.
The audio/video equipment may be visible, perhaps housed in a purpose-built cabinet that accommodates all of the electronics and a TV set. In many media rooms, though, we work directly with the interior designer to stealthily hide the A/V gear in utility closets or cabinets. We often use in-wall speakers, painted or wallpapered over to blend into the surroundings, or install conventional box-type speakers directly inside millwork so they disappear into the cabinetry and only a decorative grille cloth is visible.
Many media rooms feature dual screens. A flat-panel plasma or LCD TV, usually 50 to 55 inches, is used for daytime viewing and general family entertainment; these TVs are usually bright enough to view even with sunlight streaming in through a nearby window. For movie watching, sports, and other special events, a projection screen rolls down from inside the ceiling, and a projector (often concealed in a soffit or rear wall) provides the big picture. We recommend the use of motorized blackout shades that drop down to cover the windows and prevent the picture on the screen from washing out. Room lighting is also dimmed or extinguished so as not to interfere with the picture.
A media room presents technical challenges not only for video, but also for audio. Sound from the media room leaks into other rooms—and, of course, it leaks in from other rooms. Light from windows and other rooms may wash out the picture on a projection screen. And while the decor in a dedicated theater is typically designed around the A/V components, the reverse is usually true in a media room. Some acoustical treatment devices can be concealed and incorporated into the décor. But most media rooms have little or no acoustical treatment. Installers can tame some of these problems through careful selection of speakers, crafty room design, and the use of audio equalizers to tailor the sound to the surroundings.
Most 'outdoor' sound needs are tackled by 'indoor' home entertainment companies as they are usually treated as another room/zone. A simple discreetly hidden touch panel will provide access to your home music and play this through a variety of weather-proof speakers. You can now extend your evening party or a Sunday brunch into your verandah or lawn with a seamless music environment both inside and out.