4 Options For Residential Multi-Room Music Control

Walking from one room to the next as your music follows you is, for many homeowners, the epitome of smart entertainment. With a whole-house audio system, you can gain control of the music in every room of your home.

There are a number of ways to play music in multiple rooms of your home, yet some will offer different functionality and usability over a lower price. Come up with an idea of how you’d like to listen to your music at home, and then consider one of these options for multi-room music controls.

  1. Same Music, Different Room

The most straightforward setup for a multi-room music system is to wire a set of speakers in another room to your current receiver or player. The benefits you’ll get are being able to listen to the same song in both rooms; the drawback is you can’t listen to different songs in each room.

  1. Multiple Sources, Multiple Rooms

To get a multi-zone setup where you can listen to different music in each room you’ll want to have an audio-video installation team plan out the right configuration for your needs. You’ll be able to control your music via wall or remote control.

  1. Whole House Audio

For a whole-house multi-room music system, professionals will be able to design and install the right system for your use. Because these systems are larger and more complex than other types, expect full customization to your home’s needs.

  1. Indoor/Outdoor

Take your whole-house audio system a step further and include outdoor zones. When entertaining, music will seamlessly flow from the outdoors to the indoors, making an immersive and enjoyable experience for your family and guests.

 

 

 

 

 

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What Is Multi-Room Music And How Can You Get It?

Have you ever started listening to your favorite song in one room and hoped it would follow you to any other place in your home? If so, you’re looking for a multi-room audio system.

Let’s face it, the days of CDs and cassettes are gone, and digital music formats make it easier than ever to listen to your favorites from anywhere, on a range of devices. With a multi-room music system, you’ll be able to do the same in any space in your house.

Whether you want to play the same song throughout your entire home or blast your favorite pop song upstairs while your spouse listens to classic rock downstairs, a multi-room audio system is a must for day-to-day entertainment. And even better? You can keep using those CDs or vinyl records if you sync your home to appropriate players.

With a system that plays audio throughout your home, you don’t want to have to walk to a central control area to change songs, which is why wireless control is pivotal for your audio setup. Modern speakers are small enough to be hidden yet powerful enough to provide the right listening environment, so with an expert audio-visual installation team, you’ll be able to design a setup that suits your home and lifestyle, without compromising any style.

But before you can sit back and enjoy the tunes, you need to figure out what your system will need. These are some of the most common elements of a quality multi-room music system:

  • Speakers
  • Audio platform
  • WIFI/Bluetooth
  • Remote control or app
  • Desired playback equipment according to music format 

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    Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


Greenify Your Home With Automated Lighting

It might be trendy to talk about “greenifying” your home, but when you make the choice to be eco-friendlier, you’ll reap a whole host of benefits.

For California homeowners, reducing energy and water usage can go a long way towards lessening your impact on the environment. But in addition, being greener has the benefit of saving more green; the less energy you use, the less impact on the earth and on your wallet.

One of the simplest ways to get started using less electricity is by automating your home’s various systems. Lower the blinds remotely on a hot, sunny day to ease the burden on your AC, and turn off your sprinklers from the office when rain is in the forecast. Not only will you start saving, but you’ll also make your life simpler.

When you automate your home’s lighting system, you’ll have the power to control any light in your house. It can be a horrible feeling to realize you left the upstairs lights on before heading out on a trip, and with automation, you can turn them off from wherever you are. You’ll cut down on replacement bulb purchases, and you’ll use less energy that you’re, well, not using.

Some of the easiest ways to go green with an automatic lighting system are:

Motion sensors: You can forget about leaving the bathroom or hallway lights on at night, as motion sensors will illuminate your path when you walk by them and will keep lights off when you’re gone.

Custom settings: Automate your home’s lights to go on and off when you’re traveling, or set simple settings like “home” and “away” that make sure your lighting is the way you want it with the press of a button.

Dimmers: Do you need, or even want, bright lights overhead at all times? Dimmers can cut back on your energy use and make your environment more comfortable. 

 


Audio Video Solutions For Small Residential Spaces

For California homeowners with small houses, the right audio visual solutions can go a long way towards making a space feel bigger. And the good news is, modern technology has made it so that you can install just about any size system in just about any size home.

In fact, smaller homes often have an advantage when it comes to audio-video quality, not to mention, the final price. You won’t need as many speakers in small rooms, and multi-room music and video distribution won’t need to connect as many spaces as you’d need to in a larger home.

But, as with anything in a smaller home, you’ll want to use your available space as strategically as possible. 

  • Make sure TV displays are placed far enough away from seating areas to allow for comfortable viewing. This chart can help you determine how much distance is ideal between the viewer and the screen and the impact of screen size.
  • Speakers should also be strategically placed so that they don’t dominate any area of a room. When you work with an experienced Orange County audio-video installation team, they’ll be able to help you position things in a way that optimizes your sound. 
  • Consider a compact projector instead of a TV, that allows you to keep your space more open without sacrificing access to entertainment. However, you’ll need to be mindful of things like light from windows, and again, how far seating is from the screen.
  • Have your audio-visual system’s elements built into walls to conceal them further and make rooms feel more spacious. You should also have your installers hide any wires and cords, as these will only make your space feel more cluttered. 

    About the Author

    Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


Anticipate Each Season With Motorized Window Dressings

Try to think of every single window in your house — and now figure out which one you missed.

It can be a challenge to remember to open or close each window in your home, but depending on the season, you may be increasing the effort your HVAC system puts in, increasing your energy usage and waste.

Instead of trying to remember to open and close your window dressings, make the switch to motorized shades, which gives you the freedom to control your home’s exposure to the outdoors, from inside your home or elsewhere. Not to mention, because your blinds will be controlled by a central system, you can even open or lower them from the comfort of your couch, making your relaxation time really count.

When you use your motorized shades strategically during the most challenging seasons when it comes to weather, you’ll save money on your utility bills, have a more comfortable home, and won’t need to do anything more than press a button.

Summer

You know that sitting in an air-conditioned room in the middle of summer with the sun blasting through open windows isn’t necessarily comfortable, and it’s definitely not energy efficient. Energy.gov estimates that 76% of that sun coming through your windows is turning into heat, so close blinds during the day to save.

Winter

Also, according to Energy.gov, around 30% of the energy used to heat a home is lost through windows. With the right insulating window covering, you can keep your home warmer, and quickly open them from anywhere when the sun is blasting its strongest.

Spring and Fall

Depending on where you live, spring and fall may be the perfect time to leave windows open and enjoy the fresh, crisp air. Regardless, you’ll be prepared to change your window dressings with the touch of a button when you have an automated system. 

 

 

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Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


Upgrade Your Home’s Security With Indoor And Outdoor Security Cameras

When was the last time you thought about your home’s security system? For most people, it’s not until there’s a problem that they really take a look at how their home and family are protected.

Being proactive with security won’t just help you sleep better at night; it can also save you some money on insurance. Plus, you won’t have to worry about leaving older kids alone, and you’ll know immediately whether something is a problem or just a glitch.

Installing security cameras is a simple and affordable way to boost your home’s safety. And the good news is, modern cameras aren’t as big, bulky, and obtrusive as those of the past. With wireless capability allowing you to get an alert on your phone no matter where you, you can always keep track of what is happening at home.

The Benefits of Outdoor Cameras

Most people focus on exterior security cameras to help deter or catch any intruders or crime. In many cases, if someone sees a camera installed at your house, they’ll probably move on to an easier mark. 

But security cameras will also help you bolster your case should you be the victim of theft or a break-in. When you can watch a perpetrator break in, grab valuables, and take back off, you’re giving your insurance company and the police a head start.

The Benefits of Indoor Cameras

Modern security cameras come in all shapes and sizes and can be placed in innocuous spots, like plants, making them useful for indoor placement. If you’re placing cameras indoors for security purposes, you can put them strategically inside entrances and any means of egress, as you’ll have a better chance of capturing any intruders head-on. 

Be careful when you install your indoor cameras to avoid places like bathrooms or bedrooms being in any frame, as you want family members and guests to feel comfortable in any part of the house. 

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


Summertime! 3 Entertaining Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

It’s already summer, so if you’ve been looking longingly at your dull backyard, it’s time to turn it into a year-round outdoor paradise.

With some music, video distribution, and some smart lighting, your yard will be a place that’s ready to entertain, whether it’s just the family or a community cookout. 

But installing the right A/V equipment for outdoors is essential; using indoor equipment means a higher chance of damage and higher replacement costs. That’s why it’s crucial to work with a local and experienced California audio-visual installation team to help plan an outdoor entertaining space that will last.

These three ideas will get you started on your new entertainment space.

  1. Show Movies

Install an outdoor television screen so you can watch the big game or the season finale of your favorite show. Take things a step further and get a projector and a portable screen for night-time movie watching.

  1. Don’t Skimp On Sound

Sound travels a lot differently outside, which means speaker placement needs to be strategic. Too few speakers and you’ll have “dead spots” in your yard, and the wrong placement can mean your neighbors hear your music louder than you do.

  1. Keep Control In Your Hands

You’ll need the right remote to control all of your outdoor A/V elements, but you want something that will stand up to the outdoors. Your remote should be waterproof, large enough to see, and ideally in a color that will make it stand out, even at night.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


How To Plan An Audio-Visual System For Your New Construction Home

Building a house from scratch makes sure that you truly get everything you want out of your new home. But when you start without any infrastructure, you’ll have to have someone design every system, from HVAC to plumbing.

Unfortunately, most people forget to consider a hugely important part of planning when building a new construction home: your audio-visual system.

Whether you want a full smart home where every part of your property is linked, or you just want to build out a home theater or some general audio features, the earlier you start considering A/V needs, the easier it will be to keep your system wireless, hidden, and functioning its best.

Speaker Placement

It’s in your best interest to work with an experienced A/V installation team when planning your home’s new system. Speakers are a considerable part of any A/V system, so they will likely be placed in rooms where you want to watch TV or listen to music. But you don’t want prominent, bulky speakers taking up wall space, so planning for them before walls are installed will help you hide them away.

Equipment Placement

Depending on what you want from your system, you’ll want a storage area for the bulk of this equipment to go. However, you’ll need a space that has climate control and often, ventilation, so planning for this before your home is built will help identify areas for this equipment to live out of your way.

Wire Placement

You definitely don’t want wires and cords traversing your home theater’s walls or hanging under your patio, which is why installing A/V assets during construction is ideal. No mess opening up and reclosing walls, and no unsightly wires.

 

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Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


Get Full-Home Automation Fast With Control4

Nowadays the smart home revolution can be seen just about everywhere, with individual products you can buy to control elements of your home like lighting, to whole-house systems that allow you to link products from room to room.

And if you’re looking for something that gives you the latter ability, you won’t find it on the shelves of your local store. For a real smart home customization system, you’ll want to look at a system like Control4

When you use Control4 for your smart home automation system, not only will you be able to share content and preferences throughout your home, but it will also boost your home’s security while even dropping down your electricity usage.

With Control4, you get room-to-room access to all of your digital and technological assets, but you can also boost the effectiveness of individual parts of your home:

  • Your Home Theater: Start a movie, turn off the lights, and set your perfect volume with the touch of a single button.
  • Your Lighting: Dim the lights with one button when you want to set a romantic mood or set up automatic lighting to help save on electricity usage.
  • Your Comfort: Stop worrying about the thermostat and keep your home comfortable with Control4’s advanced temperature control.
  • Your Music: With a multi-room music system you can listen to the same song throughout the house, or change it up in each room.
  • Your Security: Get updates on your home’s security whether you are there or not, by linking your system to security cameras, alarm systems, and other features.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


Projector vs. TV Screen: How To Choose The Right Home Theater Display

When you’re shopping for the right home theater display, you’ll find you have two main options: getting a TV screen, or a projector.

Most people are comfortable with TV screens, and consider projectors to be the stuff of movie theaters and conference rooms. However, for both TV screens and projectors, you can now find high-quality options for far less than they used to be.

But which is right for your home theater? It all comes down to what you want in terms of features.

Care

Your TV is pretty much maintenance-free for its lifespan. Modern LEDs are long-lasting enough that you don’t need to worry about replacing them. But with projectors, you may find you need to replace internal lamps.

Cost

The great thing about projectors is that one box can make a huge screen. With TVs, you could be looking at 80-inch plus screens, which will cost more and be a lot more unwieldy. 

Resolution

While HD and 4k screens are all the rage, it’s crucial to think about your screen size when you’re concerned with resolution. Most new TVs feature this technology, but they also have to be a large enough size to make it count. HD projectors, on the other hand, will give you the resolution that you want.

Brightness

In a dark room like a home theater, your projection screen will shine. But if you’re in a bright room, a TV screen will handle any additional light with ease.

Room space

While a projector can provide you with a massive screen, you’ll need to be far enough away from it to truly appreciate the quality. If your home theater is small, you may need a TV screen as you can’t get far enough away to enjoy a projector.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.