4Sight

If you are familiar with Control4 then you probably have heard of 4Sight. All Control4 smart home automation systems come with a little extra on the side that adds a lot of extra features. The extra is called 4Sight – it is a service that allows your system to be securely cloud-connected which enables remote access, voice integration, intercom anywhere, and much more.

If you aren’t familiar with Control4 you are probably wondering what 4Sight is. Control4 is a home automation system that puts your home electronics in your hand. With Control4 OS3 (smart home operating system) you and your family can control nearly every device and system in the house in simple ways. You can control your lighting, television, locks, thermostat, and cameras all from your phone, iPad, touchscreen, or remote.

REMOTE ACCESS

Using Control4 normally you can use your phone to check the locks and cameras, control your lights, and media while you are at home. However, adding 4Sight into the mix you can do all of that from anywhere in the world. 

Remote access allows you to receive alerts, view cameras, lock doors, adjust thermostats, and manage lights with just a few taps whether or not you’re at home, across town, or across the globe.

VOICE CONTROL

Voice assistants like Amazon Alexa can be more helpful when integrated into your Control4 Smart Home system. When Alexa is integrated into your system you have the power to turn on lights, turn up the temperature, close the garage door. 

INTERCOM ANYWHERE

Intercom anywhere not only allows you to communicate with and see who is at the door it allows you to unlock the door or gate, or turn on the entryway lights all from the same app. So when your guests arrive early and you aren’t home yet, you can simply tap on your phone a few times to allow them inside. 

When you are ready to upgrade your home to a smart home give us a call and we can set you up with a new Control4 system with the 4Sight upgrade. 

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.

 


Video Conferencing for the Home

We have been remotely socializing, learning and working for months now. You are probably tired of sitting in an uncomfortable chair in the corner of the room looking at a laptop screen. Or you are tired of looking at your small phone screen talking to your family and friends on zoom. 

Technology is changing and adapting to the new normal way of life. Crestron has created HomeTime that is a professional video conferencing for your home. Crestron has leveraged their experience in enterprise UC to bring professional quality Zoom conferencing into your home. You can also have it integrated within your Crestron ecosystem. 

 CONTROL FROM ANY TELEVISION IN YOUR HOUSE

With the Crestron HomeTime video conference system it will allow you to join and host Zoom meetings using any television in your house. That is right, no laptop required. The benefits of the new Crestron conference system are:

  •     Full-duplex, advanced beamforming microphone enables natural conversation
  •     See friends and family in a much larger video window
  •     Logitech MeetUp conference camera captures everyone comfortably in-frame – no more crowding around a laptop
  •     Its built-in speaker delivers high-quality audio throughout the room

 INTEGRATED REMOTE CONTROL

The TSR-310 has a 3-inch color touchscreen, backlit buttons, voice control capability, and enhanced Wi-Fi. You can use a TSR-310 handheld touchscreen remote, the same one you use to control lights, shades and thermostats, to conveniently control your Zoom meetings. 

The uses of a TSR-310 on HomeTime are:

  •     Start/join scheduled meetings
  •     “Meet Now” (enter your meeting ID and password from remote)
  •     Volume/mute control
  •     Select view (speaker, gallery, full screen)
  •     Camera control (pan and zoom)

ADD ROOMS

Crestron’s DM NVX AV-over-IP technology supports both video and USB. Because of that the Crestron HomeTime video conferencing engine can be located remotely. With the optional “add-a-room” kit, you can easily route meetings to televisions in other rooms.

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.

 

 


Staycation or Celebration

Spring has come and passed, and we are almost through with Summer. But I am sure you haven’t had any celebrations in your home because of the current world situation. You are probably wanting to go on vacation for the summer and you can’t, so what do you do? You have a staycation! But is your backyard ready for a staycation?

You have the food and the music, but do you have a great outdoor entertainment area with amazing speakers included? Quality speakers can make all the difference when it comes to outdoor spaces without acoustic barriers the sound may just disappear. Triad and Sonance have all-weather landscape solutions that will help make your outdoor space have a beautiful rich audio.

MARINERS

Sonance have a wall mounted speaker called Mariners. The Mariner speakers feature a front mounted terminal connection that makes wiring easier and it protects the speaker terminals against moisture and the elements. When the speaker is mounted it could be easily pivoted to direct the sound where you want it. They will also stay where you position them.

The Mariners come in three sizes, with three performance levels. There is a speaker to suit nearly any outdoor application. Mariners speakers have an all-weather construction that will deliver years of reliable service.

EXTREMES

Another speaker that Sonance has is the Visual Performance Extreme speakers. They are constructed for high-humidity areas and can survive extreme temperatures from -30ºF to 175ºF while maintaining superior sound quality. These speakers go in the ceiling, meaning they need to be installed in the ceiling of your patio.

GARDEN ARRAY SPEAKERS

Sonance and Triad have garden array speakers. Garden array speakers are satellite speakers that use a spike to go in the ground. The garden array satellite speakers offer a 150-degree listening area. This allows for a wider speaker placement so you can enjoy surround sound quality outdoors with less speakers. 

Both Sonance and Triad have a garden array subwoofer that is designed for both above ground and in ground. That way the bass can be located exactly where you want it, patio/deck, or in ground by the pool or gazebo.

 

Are you still confused by the different types of outdoor speakers or if you are interested in developing your outdoor entertainment space, we can help you dreams come true. No matter the speaker you chose we will be here to walk you through your yard renovation for your staycation or celebration.

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.

 


Home Audio Choices

Have you been thinking about having music throughout your home? There are a few ways that you could accomplish that. You could put Bluetooth speakers in different areas or rooms of your house, making sure they are 33 feet away from each other. Or you could get a professionally designed and installed audio system that is made to maximize the performance for each listening area.

If you decide to go with the professionally designed and installed audio system, you can chose a few options; dedicated home theater, media room, TV sound, outside audio, or distributed audio.

There are different high-performance speakers for example:

  • Freestanding towers
  • Bookshelf speakers
  • Invisible in-wall speakers
  • In-ceiling speakers

DEDICATED HOME THEATER

Do you have an extra room that you don’t know what to do with? Do you watch a lot of movies? Well then, a dedicated home theater is probably what you should consider. There main benefit of having a dedicated theater is it will optimally recreate the commercial theater experience.

There are different speakers that you could have installed to give you a different sound. The current reference surround sound standard is Dolby Atmos. This system uses multiple speakers positioned around the listeners with additional speakers placed overhead to create a true surround experience.

MEDIA ROOM

You have thought about it and you don’t have a room in your house to convert into a dedicated home theater but you still want to have a wonderful movie and music experience. What do you do? Well you create a media room. A media room is a multipurpose space to watch movies, sporting events, play games, or have a drink and listen to some music.

Media rooms are generally located in your family room or living room. Because of that you will want your speakers to match your décor. Some speaker companies will match your speakers to your décor, there are also in ceiling or in wall speakers that you can use so they won’t take up floor space.

TV SOUND

As you know the sound that comes out of the tv isn’t that great. It really doesn’t matter how much you spend on or how big your television is the audio that comes out of it will never sound as great as exterior speakers. Because of that we suggest getting a soundbar to go with your television.

A premium soundbar will not only improve your ability to understand dialog, but it can turn a room into a mini theater. Soundbars can sit on a shelf, cabinet, mount on the wall or be attached underneath the television.

OUTSIDE AUDIO

Music can play an important part in creating the perfect atmosphere outside. There are some difficulties with distributing audio outside. One difficulty is creating balance and even sound levels so people sitting near the speakers won’t get deafened. The other difficulty is making the music area, so it doesn’t disturb the neighbors.

A well-designed outdoor audio system can be disguised into your landscape. There are outdoor subwoofers that can be buried in the ground that could provide a concert like audio.

DISTRIBUTED AUDIO

As I have mentioned above about the different types of speakers. The ones most used for a distributed audio system are the in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. Those speakers are typically round speakers, but they do have square adapters and some also come in rectangle.

By creating listening zones and letting each person in the family personalize their own listening are key to getting the most out of your distributed audio system. How it works with zone audio is one person can be in the study listening to soft jazz, another person could be in their room listening to grunge, and another person could be in the kitchen listening to country.

 

Connecting your audio system to your automation system can make it a lot easier to switch from all day entertaining to relaxing. You can even have Alexa programmed for simple tasks as well, like changing the lighting, turning down the music, adjust your shades, and set your thermostat.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.


Remotes

How many remotes do you have to control your equipment in your house? With the technology that we have today your answer should be one, but most people have multiple remotes still. There are a few awesome remotes to consider if you want a smart home. 

The two major brands are Crestron and Control4. With both Crestron and Control4 remotes you can also use your cell phone or iPad. You could get an RTI, URC, or any other universal remote, but you won’t have the same smart features as you would with Crestron or Control4.

Some of the features are; control lighting, thermostats, av equipment, and more just from your couch.

LIGHTING CONTROL

With a Crestron or Control4 system you can control your lighting from your remote, smart phone or iPad. You wouldn’t need to get up from your couch or make sure Alexa could hear you. 

AV EQUIPMENT

With a Crestron or Control4 system you can use one remote to control all of your av equipment for the living room. Meaning that your receiver, apple tv, cable box, and television will all work with one remote.

Remotes

Control4 has two different types of touchscreen remotes, the SR-260 and Neeo.

Control4 SR-260

The SR-260 remote has an intuitive button layout perfect for one-handed operation and they are highly customizable. It has a big, bright, high resolution display screen that you can customize the color and the language. The only color it comes in is black.

Neeo

The Neeo remote for Control4 is a handheld remote that gives you access to the things you use the most. It is Wi-Fi connected for a graphical experience that you can use throughout your home. With a big bright 3.2” high-resolution touchscreen that is customizable using favorites and the control4 mobile app. The Neeo is available in silver and black finishes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crestron has both non-touch screen and touchscreen remotes, the TSR-310, HR-310 and the HR-150.

The TSR-310 is an elegant, ergonomic and rugged handheld remote with a 3” color touchscreen, backlight, voice control capability and enhanced Wi-Fi communication. It also senses movement and wakes up the instant you pick it up.

The HR-310 is an elegant, ergonomic and rugged handheld remote with backlit buttons. It has nine buttons that could be custom labeled and assigned to any function. It also senses movement and wakes up the instant you pick it up.

The HR-150 provides a rugged and cost-effective handheld remote. It has 50 backlit buttons, eight of which are customizable. 

 

HR-310
HR-150
TSR-310

 

 

 As you can tell there are a lot of differences between the Crestron and Control4 remotes, but there are differences between the models of remotes as well. Give us a call and we can help you pick which remote will work best in your home.

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.


Smart Home Technology

Smart home technology comes in a comprehensive and diverse ecosystem and there are options for everyone. What do you need a smart home for? How do you know that is what you need? That is where a smart home professional like us comes into play.

Here are some questions to help you get to the bottom of what you want out of your smart home:

Is your smart home technology for function or fun?

   FUN

  •     Amazon Alexa
  •     Control4 Home Audio

Amazon Alexa is a smart home/personal assistant. Alexa can turn on your favorite tv shows, play your favorite music, tell you a joke, control connected lights or other devices. 

 FUNCTION

  •     Crestron motorized shades
  •     Control4 System

With Crestron motorized shades you can have them programmed to gradually open in the morning or you can control the temperature in your home throughout the day. And with a Control4 system you can tie your smart devices together to make them even more convenient and functional.

Do you want smart home technology to enhance safety or entertainment?

   SAFETY

  •     Yale, Baldwin and Kwikset smart locks
  •     Ring Alarm
  •     Hikvision IP Cameras

Smart locks allow you to unlock and lock your door remotely. You can give access to guests that you want when you aren’t home, and you can revoke that access. IP cameras can be accessed anywhere even when you aren’t at home. If your Ring alarm detects an issue it will send you a notification.

    ENTERTAINMENT

  •     Apple TV
  •     Triad Multi-Room Audio

There are many options for smart home entertainment. For all of your streaming needs there is Apple TV. You can watch all of your favorite tv shows and movies in one place. If you want audio throughout your entire home, outside, or select rooms you can use Triad audio and Control4 and use one of your favorite music streaming services.

No matter what you would like to do we can help you decide.         

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.

 


Smart Home OS

While you have been home these past few months, I am sure you have thought; Can I turn on my lights with my iPad? Can I turn on my lights and tv at the same time from a push of one button? Can I see what doors are unlocked at once? Well the answer to those questions is yes, if you had a smart home. With technology in your home the options are endless. 

Some of the things you can do today with a smart home are:

  •     Control all the lights around your home
  •     Get notifications and video when someone is at your door. You can even unlock the door and communicate with the person there
  •     You can monitor your home security system when you go back to the office

SMART HOME WITHOUT AN OS

Unfortunately, most of the time you have a smart home you have multiple apps that you have to manage, but with a smart home OS you won’t have to change apps you can just one to manage all of your smart home needs. It really is more convenient.

Traditional smart lighting might sound like it would be useful and they would be, but what if you don’t have your phone or Alexa. Well then you would have to get up and manually turn on the lights, now you have disrupted the connection between the lights and the app. The disruption could also mess with your default settings. 

SMART HOME WITH AN OS

Thankfully there are home automation specialist like us that have the knowledge to help you get your smart home OS. You may still be wondering what a smart home OS (operating system) is. It is a system that is designed to join hundreds of connectable devices around your home and control them with one platform. One popular operating system is Control4 Smart Home OS 3. 

Some of the smart home products from Control4 you can get are:

  •     Smart thermostat
  •     Universal remote
  •     Multi-room music and video
  •     Home theater audio and control

The best part of having a smart home with an OS is that you can set up scenes. Like:

VACATION

You can set up your lights to come on and turn off at certain times, so it looks like you are at home. By doing that you can help prevent a burglary while you are not home. You would also get notifications on your cameras if you had them.

KIDS

You probably have to work and worry about your kids when they come home. Well with a smart home OS there is less to worry about. You can have your front door lock behind the kids when they come in. 

 

When you are ready for a connected home give us a call and we will set up a meeting for you!

 

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera  installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.


Make Your Outdoor Space an Oasis

A lot of us have been forced to stay home in this trying time. Staying home doesn’t mean you can’t have fun or go outside. Do you have a backyard? Well you can turn your backyard into your outdoor oasis. Home Theater Installation Orange County is here to help!

 

Get Your Dance On

 Outside might be the best place to dance. There is a lot more room outside than inside and you don’t have to worry about breaking grandma’s antiques. You might be thinking that you don’t have anyway to get music outside, but we have a few solutions for you.

  1.     Triad Garden Array
    •       Satellite and subwoofer speakers that are placed strategically throughout your yard. Each satellite speaker offers a 150-degree listening area. 
  1.     Sonance Mariners
    •       Sonance Mariners come in different sizes, the smallest being 10-inches tall. Each mariner has precision mounting brackets that simplifies installation and provides up to 180-degree of pivot and securely locks the speaker into place

 Outdoor Living Room

You have the perfect outdoor area. You have your outdoor furniture, you have an outdoor fireplace or firepit (maybe both), and you have your speakers set up what is next? You might not have thought about it, but an outdoor television could make your outdoor area complete. A SunBrite Television is built to be outside so there is no stressing about the rain, snow, dust, insects, salt air, humidity or extreme temperatures. 

Get Some Vitamin D

You have been working from home for a few days and are getting restless, your kids are driving you crazy and not getting their homework done. It’s time to head outside, have your kids play their favorite sport, make an outside bowling alley, listen to music, or just enjoy the sun.

 

Check out Control4’s blog, Tech that Takes Your Outdoor Spaces to the Next-Level, and then give us a call to set up your new outdoor speakers.

  

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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 Have a Successful Home Remodel

As everyone is sitting at home in quarantine they are looking around their houses for projects to do. Are you one of those people? The best way to make sure you have a successful home remodel is to plan ahead and do your research.

One thing to think about while you are doing your home remodel is if you would like to make your home a smart home. Home Theater Installation Orange County can help you figure out your smart home options, whether you want surround sound throughout, an automated projector screen, use your phone to control all of your electronics, etc.

A Control4 blog called, “Steps to a Successful Home Remodel” that gives the steps and a little description of each step.

1. PLAN AHEAD

Think about the big picture. You want the remodel to make sense to your families needs and be functional. Make sure you let your designer or contractor know what you are envisioning. 

2. DO YOUR RESEARCH

By doing your research, you’ll find an understanding of return on investments, potential costs, your choice of materials, and what upgrade options you have, like a smart home.

3. SET A BUDGET

When you finish your research, you will have an idea of what type of material you want and you’ll be able to establish a budget. You will also be able to figure out what is a must, what you would like and what you don’t want to do during your remodel. Make sure that when you speak to your smart home professional that you give them your budget so they can make an accurate proposal for you.

 4. HIRE A PRO

 Once you have your plan and budget set you need to bring in the professionals. Depending on what you have decided to do for your remodel is who you have to call. 

 5. FINALLY! ENJOY YOUR NEW SPACE

 Now your remodel is done, sit back and enjoy your newly renovated home!

 

Check out Control4’s blog and then give us a call to schedule your meeting with Brian!

  

 About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.

 


Working with a Designer on your Connected Home

Are you working with a designer to design your perfect forever home? Has your designer talked to you about the ways you can make your home a smart home? With the way that home technology has evolved designers have more options to give you. A lot of designers work home automation companies to give you the best home system for your budget. Home Theater Installation Orange County will work with your designer to pick the perfect smart home OS for you.

 

The perfect smart home OS will connect all of your technology in your house. Control4 has a list of devices and services that could be integrated with a Control4 Smart Home; they include:

  •       Connected appliances
  •       HVAC control
  •       Electric blinds and shades
  •       Smart lighting
  •       Security cameras and systems

 

You can find the rest of the list and more information on Control4’s Blog, Connecting Technology and Design with a Smart Home OS.

 

  About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio, video and security camera installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team (License #804783). 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.