’Tis the Season to Upgrade Your Outdoor Entertainment Space

As fall turns into winter, the world grows cool again and families retreat inside for the long, harsh winter months.

OK, not really: this is Southern California, so it’s more like “people break out the sweaters and hoodies.” But you get the idea. We’re heading into winter and the holiday season, and the weather isn’t quite as lovely as it is the rest of the year.

Why not put the dormant winter months to good use by refreshing your outdoor entertainment space? At Experience Audio Video, we say say “’tis the season” to get your outdoor entertainment space ready for another year or ten of beautiful sunny SoCal entertaining.

Winter Is the Perfect Time to Renovate Your Outdoor Space

We think winter is the perfect time to renovate your outdoor space. Consider this: you’re probably not entertaining outside as often in the winter months as you do throughout the rest of the year. Your space is mostly sitting vacant, gathering outdoor grime from the changing seasons.

And that’s what makes winter the perfect time to upgrade your outdoor space. You’re not using it, and it’s undergoing natural wear and tear anyway.

Waiting Until Spring or Summer Takes Your Space Offline

Consider that if you wait until spring or summer to plan your outdoor entertainment space renovation, you’ll end up taking the space offline right when you and your family need it most. It’ll be under construction during some of the most beautiful months of the year, and you’ll be stuck inside, watching the progress. We think it makes more sense to start a project like this in the cooler months, when you’re more likely to be inside anyways.

Ready to Upgrade?

If your outdoor entertainment space is starting to show its age, let us help you refresh it this winter. Contact us today for a free consultation.

 


2 Reasons to Choose a Multi-Room Music System for Your Home

One of the many impressive offerings that Experience Audio Video provides to our customers is a multi-room music system. This technology upgrade adds a serious touch of class to any home, allowing users to listen to music throughout the home and to customize their listening experience room to room.

Of course, there are many ways to listen to music today. What makes a multi-room music system the right choice? Here are two reasons you might choose a multi-room music system for your home.

A Multi-Room Music System Gives an Immersive Experience

Music is a powerful thing, and we use it in a wide variety of ways. At its best, listening to music is a fully immersive experience. The listener can get completely lost in a wash of beautiful sound, and if you’ve ever experienced this you know how powerful it can be.

But most home music systems don’t do a very good job at immersive. Your smart speaker can play your favorite tunes and might even sound pretty good where it is, but walk to another room or another floor of your home, and the music is gone.

With a multi-room music system, your favorite music can permeate your entire home, creating the ultimate immersive experience.

A Multi-Room Music System Reduces Music Confusion

Another nagging issue in home music listening is the confusion of a fractured marketplace. Most people’s music collection is scattered across a handful of devices and streaming services both. Your smart speaker may know your favorite songs, but not your spouse’s. And then your kids start asking it for specific songs (Baby Shark, anyone?), and there goes the speaker’s idea about your musical tastes.

In a multi-room music system, you can centralize your library to one database, giving your both control and freedom to reign in the musical confusion.

 


Building a New Home? Why You Should Wire for Networking

Watch any video advertising about technology today, and you’ll get a singular message: the future is wireless. Truly, you won’t see wires anywhere in commercials from Apple, Google, Microsoft and the rest. They’re ugly and they look cluttered, so let’s innovate ourselves away from them, right?

No. At least, not yet. Sure, the tech gurus have a point that visible, cluttered wires are no one’s idea of luxury. And yes, wireless technology has made major strides in the last decade. But wired networking is still far and away the better choice.

If you’re building a new home, you should wire it thoroughly for networking. Here are a few reasons why.

Follow Their Walk, Not Their Talk

Yes, tech companies have removed wires from their advertising. But if you could peer inside the walls at any of those companies’ headquarters, you know what you’d find? Wires. Gobs and gobs of them.

That’s because they know what we know: wired networking is still the most efficient and reliable option, and it will be for years to come.

You need the most bandwidth possible. Wireless may be sufficient for that standard def video on your phone, but soon you’ll want to push 4K or even 8K streaming to your TV. Can your wireless network handle the strain? Doubtful. You need a wired connection.

Building In Wired Networking Fixes the Clutter

When you build wired networking in from the ground up, you can fix one of the biggest drawbacks to wires: clutter. The reason most people’s wires look terrible is that they aren’t built in. They’re strewn across desks or emerging from uncovered walls. When you build in wired networking, you can run it through the walls, dropping out connection points strategically— only where they’re both needed and out of sight.

Ready to Build?

If you’re ready to build and want to explore wiring for networking, the Experience Audio Video team is here to help. Let’s get started today with a free consultation.

 


Motorized Shades: A Luxurious Touch for Your Home

Just about every Southern California homeowner wants to add touches of luxury to their home without breaking the bank. You may want to do so simply for your own comfort, or it could be a way to command an even higher premium when selling in an already premium real estate market.

Whatever your reasons, at Experience Audio Video we believe motorized shades are a great choice, especially in sunny Southern California. Upgrading to motorized shades is a luxurious touch for your home, and it’s one that won’t break the bank.

Shade or Sunlight at the Touch of a Button

The technology underlying motorized shades isn’t exactly complicated. When in place, window shades block some, most or all light streaming through windows. We’ve simply added motors and remote controls.

With motorized shades, instead of running through the whole house and pulling each shade down yourself, you simply press a button on a remote to move your shades up or down.

If your home has just one window per room, then motorized shades might not be all that worthwhile of an investment. On the other hand, if your home has lots of natural light—perhaps a whole wall of windows—motorized shades are a no-brainer. The same goes for homes with high-up windows you can’t reach: motorized shades let you control the light even in hard-to-reach spaces.

Many Brands Can Interface with Smart Home Controllers

Many of today’s motorized shades are equipped with smart home technology so that they can be controlled by a smart home system. With this technology, you can program your shades to open and close on a schedule. You can also control them from a distance.

If you’re already using smart home controls (or you want to start doing so), let us know so we can steer you to a compatible brand.

 

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.

 


Why It’s Essential To Have The Right Security Cameras For Each Part Of Your Home

Safety is a concern for every homeowner, yet most don’t take adequate precautions to protect against very real threats.

Do you have an alarm system? Does it work? Will it transmit to the local police station or to the alarm company? Is it loud enough to hear outside of the home? Do you remember to set it when you leave the house and before bed at night?

Alarms are only as good as they’re programmed to be, and you’re only human. While you should have an alarm system at home for underlying security, adding security cameras to your home will ensure that all of your house is protected, all of the time.

Security cameras are designed for different functions, and their information can be transmitted in various ways. Most homeowners find that streaming security camera feed to an app on a smartphone, computer, or tablet lets them see what is happening at any time, from anywhere. 

Security cameras come in many different forms, and the right designs and placement for your home will boost your home’s safety immediately. These are a few factors to consider.

Field of View: The larger the field of view, the more you can see. Backyard cameras should have large fields of view, while one focused on just a porch can be smaller.

Low Light: You want your cameras to work at night, in daylight, and in the dimly lit times in between. With a wide aperture camera, you can get better details at dusk and dawn.

Motion Detection: With motion detection, your cameras can let you know via an app or alert that there is movement detected at home, whether it’s a delivery person or your dog chasing its tail.

 


How To Choose The Right System Control For Your Home Theater

Your home theater needs a large-enough display to view movies on, and speakers that help to enhance the experience. Of course, comfortable seating will be inviting to your friends and family, making your home theater even more useful.

But one component of your home theater that you might not be thinking about is the overall system control that makes everything work as it should. 

When you want to sit down and watch a movie, you want the experience to be much like it would be if you were turning on the TV in your living room. But unlike your TV, your home theater has multiple components to control — speakers, projectors or display screens — and so your basic remote won’t cut it.

The problem with many home theater remotes is that for the average homeowner, they are needlessly complicated and hard to use. If you can't remember how to turn on the speakers on the right side of the room, you’re probably not going to watch as many movies.

So how do you choose which control will be right for your needs? Ask yourself these simple questions to get started.

Do you want to control the whole room?

When you use a system like Control4 for your home theater, you can link other parts of the room, such as window covers or lighting, to make your whole room adjustable via a single remote. 

Do you want touch control?

You can opt for remote control of your system using a tablet or similar device that allows you to see and touch each component in your theater. 

Do you want a traditional feel?

You can find something more similar to your TV’s remote, with a simple setup, for some of the basic functions of your home theater.

 

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.


Can I Play The Same Movie In Multiple Rooms Of My House?

Home theaters are a great way to immerse yourself and your family in a movie. But sometimes, you just want the comfort of a smaller screen and your couch or bed.

When you start a movie in the theater you’d like to finish in your bedroom, what can you do?

With a whole-house video distribution system, not only can you watch any movie in any room, but you’ll also make your life easier in the process. Stop worrying about trying to figure out the video setup in different rooms and make sure you can always access your video content at home, wherever and whenever you want.

And when you install a multi-room video distribution system at home, you’ll receive several other benefits that will have an added positive effect on your household.

Never Press Stop

With a central system like Control4, you can watch your movie on as many screens as you want; it’s as simple as pressing pause in one room and play in another.

Clean Things Up

With a professional audio-video installation team, you’ll be able to get rid of wires, devices, cable boxes, and more. You’ll be free of superfluous devices as your home’s entertainment components will all come from a central system that can be hidden away, leaving rooms cleaner and clutter-free.

Control Things Your Way

Get access to your media any way you want with a remote system tailored to your preferences. Tablets can give touch-screen experiences via app controls, and a universal remote can make sure that you can store away your access any time you want.

 


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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.


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 

    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.


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.