The Full Cinematic Experience, Now Available In Your Home.

Posted on April 01, 2016 by Kris Dybdahl | 0 Comments

The Cinematic Experience

The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, which is now available digitally, was filled with whirring lightsabers and chaotic action scenes. The theaters were packed as the amazing, crystal clear sights and sounds of Tie-Fighters roaring across the skies and lightsaber battles filled the room. Whether you got to see the movie in theaters or not, 2016 is the year to upgrade your home theater and recreate that exciting cinematic experience right inside your own home. Technology continues its steady march onward, and manufacturers are offering incredible quality—especially in audio and increased image fidelity—at prices that won’t break the bank. So if you want the incredible experience of feeling like you’re right there in the middle of each scene, read on and find out how you can recreate that perfect cinema experience.


4K Ultra HD TV
It wasn't so very long ago that 4K Ultra HD TVs were something only for those with tens of thousands of dollars to spare. Now, prices have come down enough that most of us can afford a 4K Ultra HD TV. While 4K Ultra HD content is still relatively sparse, these sets can make even high-definition content look better thanks to their internal video upscalers, so you don't have to wait. After all, the equipment always comes before the content so when the time comes you'll be ready to go.

HD and 4K Projectors
Want a bigger screen, but don't want to sacrifice image quality? 4K projectors are also popping up on the home theater scene, allowing for an even larger Ultra HD image on a huge projection screen. And when you see Ultra HD on a big screen, you'll see what all the fuss is about. Come in for a demo, we promise it will blow you away.

Wireless speakers
We prefer a wired speaker over a wireless one for reliability and quality, but there's no denying that wireless home audio is the future. Investing in a good pair of wireless speakers or a wireless home audio system is key to building the perfect, hands-free home theater. We're talking more than just a portable little Bluetooth speaker that you can buy at the drugstore. For music fidelity, you need power, features and flexibility.

Dolby Atmos
In many movies and TV shows, the sharpness of the sound is lost in the mix when using conventional audio systems. Dolby Atmos will expand your audio by unlocking up to 128 simultaneous audio objects. That translates to a fuller, richer audio quality that conventional speakers alone simply can't compete with.

A better network
We've said it before and we'll say it again: A great home entertainment experience depends on the solid foundation of a robust home network. The routers your cable company provides simply aren't going to cut it anymore. You need more power, more coverage and more bandwidth to ensure that every area of your home has wireless coverage that won't drop out or get clogged up. We can help you accomplish this quickly and painlessly.

Come in today (14123 Hwy. 281 N.), call us (210-828-3237) or click here to set up a demo of any or all of these technologies. After all, you deserve to have the very best performance when it comes to your favorite movies and content. We can help you get there, simply and affordably.

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10 Ways to Tidy Up and Upgrade Your System for Spring

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Kris Dybdahl | 0 Comments

 

It’s that time of year when we all get out our dusters and stock up on cleaning supplies to give our living spaces a bit of a refresh. When you’re ready to get moving on some serious spring cleaning, don’t leave your electronics out of the equation. They deserve a good once over too, not only for appearance’s sake, but for top performance as well. Here are 10 ways you can spruce up your electronics this Spring for a sparkling image, sonorous sound and an aesthetically pleasing systems.

1) Connect all your equipment to a high-quality surge protector or power conditioner to get pure, clean power, eliminating noise, artifacts and interference in A/V, while protecting your gear from damaging surges.

2) Do a quick video calibration to make sure your picture settings are optimized. A video calibration will get your system to the best possible performance based on your environment and preferences. We can help with this.

3) Check your connections. If connections are loose or you feel like the picture quality is not up to snuff, you may need to upgrade to a better HDMI cable.

4) Test your speakers. Sometimes, wires are connected to the wrong speaker, whether it’s a stereo or multichannel surround setup. We can do a quick scan to make sure the sound from your speakers is accurate and tuned to your room.

5) Organize your wires. Labeling and grouping wires will keep them from collecting dust bunnies.

6) Consider ventilation. Aside from harmful power conditions, there is no greater enemy to the life of your equipment than too much heat. Heat trapped in an unventilated equipment room or rack can lead to equipment malfunctioning or shutting down altogether.

7) Amplify your network. The wireless home network is the backbone of the home entertainment system, and you need one that goes beyond what the Internet Service Provider can provide for true performance. Say goodbye to buffering forever!

8) Consider upgrading. There is a lot of great technology that is becoming more and more mainstream. 4K Ultra HD TV looks incredible and prices are coming down. Meanwhile, wireless home audio systems and affordable home automation systems are better than ever.

9) Fix your furniture. This is a good time to consider (or reconsider) your furniture. Does it have wire management capabilities? Is it your style or something you purchased just to house your gear? There are more options than ever, for any taste.

10) Clean it up! Finally, spring clean your system in the truest sense, using electronics cleaners to shine up your screen. Dust behind your electronics and make sure everything is fingerprint-free.

Give us a call (210-828-3237) or contact us on the web for upgrades, calibrations and streamlining your electronics system. Your home will feel invigorated and your system will look and sound better than ever!

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Is Your Network Ready for What's Coming in 2016?

Posted on February 03, 2016 by Kris Dybdahl | 0 Comments

You stream media all the time, but do you really know what that means? In essence, streaming is an alternative to downloading content to a hard drive and storing it there for playback, which can take up a lot of space on your device and take a long time to complete. Simply put, streaming is content—like TV shows and music—that isn’t stored on your device but that is constantly received and presented to you while being delivered by the provider. This means you don’t have to wait for a movie to download before you watch it nor do you have to store it on your set-top box, iPhone or other device. You can playback while subsequent data is being received.

So take this typical scenario. You’ve got your daughter streaming Netflix in the bedroom, your son playing online games in the garage and your wife listening to Pandora on Sonos while you stream Game of Thrones on your iPhone from the treadmill. The unwelcome buffering wheel can bring all this fun to a screeching halt. That’s because with all this great streaming content comes a heck of a lot of data flowing around the home—especially if you want to enjoy high-definition content. The more content streamed, the more the WiFi in your home will clog up.

What you may not know, however, is that there are solutions. Oh yes, you can heal thy streaming snafus with a more robust home network, preferably one installed (and even maintained) by a professional. For large homes, we can install multiple wireless access points to ensure continuous, even coverage across the house. In fact, for homes with a lot of streaming entertainment demands, we often install enterprise-grade routers and other products that go well beyond what your local Internet service provider will typically install. As an added bonus, a lot of home entertainment and networking gear can be maintained remotely. Instead of us coming out to your home on Super Bowl Sunday to fix something, more than likely, we can troubleshoot it over the internet, saving you time and money while adding convenience.

Wondering where to stream music and movies from? There are the old standbys for video like NetFlix, Amazon Prime, Sling TV and Hulu, but then you also have more niche services like Mubi—which has more obscure movies—along with cable network channels that are getting into the streaming game, including HBO Now, CBS All Access and Showtime. Free content abounds online as well with providers like YouTube, Crackle, Funny or Die and others. 

For the music lover, you can stream Spotify and Pandora free, sign up for their commercial-free and more feature-rich paid services, or go the iTunes or Google Play route. We are also digging the new Tidal high-resolution streaming service, the first of its kind.

Whatever content you fancy, content abounds. You just want to make sure you can play it. Call or come in today and we’ll get you on the road to smooth streaming for what is going to be a content-rich 2016

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