The 2016 Summer Games Start Today

Posted on August 05, 2016 by Kris Dybdahl | 0 Comments

Summer is here, and it's time to get ready to watch the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in all their glory. If you can’t make it to Rio for the real deal, the next best thing to being there is to enjoy your favorite sport or event at home. What better time to upgrade your system? After all, the Summer Games only happen every four years. Here is your guide to make it feel as if you were there, and to getting all the excitement of the Summer Games, wherever you happen to be in the world.

Get it on TV
Before you can watch the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, you need to know how and where to get your content. NBC will be broadcasting the games yet again, on both the NBC and NBC Universal family of networks. TV coverage will start on Friday, August 5 with the always entertaining and visually stunning Opening Ceremony. After that, primetime coverage will be running until August 21. (For updated details and channel listings, visit NBCOlympics.com as the event gets closer).

Get it via live streaming
The Olympics will also be streamed live on NBCOlympics.com and NBC Sports Live Extra app, available for your tablet or smart phone. You can check the live streaming schedule at nbcolympics.com/live-stream-schedule

Get it in top quality
More than a billion people will end up watching at least some of the Olympic games at home. In order to fully appreciate them, you need a great home theater or media room set-up. Again, this is a perfect time to upgrade your system. There’s nothing quite like enjoying the Olympics on a big, high-definition TV with a killer sound system. For the best viewing experience, we recommend you scrub up your system. For example, check your cables, wires and settings to make sure you are getting true high-definition. Go bigger if your set it small and consider getting a 4K UltraHD TV an don’t settle for the audio your TV set provides, either. At the very least, amplify it with an external soundbar or invest in a nice surround sound system. Finally, we recommend a really good TV (or projector) calibration so you can make sure your settings are optimized for the best possible image quality.

Come in or call us today. We’d love to get you on the road to Rio in your very own living room.

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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.

Posted in 4K, B&W, Bjorn's Audio Video, Definitive Technology, Dolby Atmos, Home Network, Home Theater, Network, Networking, OLED, Projectors, Sony, Speakers, Stereo, Televisions, Ultra HD

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!

Posted in 4K, Audioquest, Bjorn's Audio Video, Furniture, Home Network, Networking, OLED, Outdoor Living, Panamax, Speakers, Streaming Content, Televisions, Ultra HD

Our Top 5 2016 Tech Predictions

Posted on January 21, 2016 by Kris Dybdahl | 0 Comments










The New Year: A time when we take a look at the previous year’s successes and foibles and plan for the next. 2016 is going to be an exciting year for home entertainment and control as new technologies become more mainstream, content becomes more exciting than ever, car and home become more in sync and technology continues, as it always does, to improve. Without further fanfare, here are our top five tech predictions for the 2016.

1) Homeowners will continue the smart home quest. Traditional home automation companies and new ‘DIY’ ones that have appeared on the scene are all endeavoring to capitalize on the smart home market, which is poised to be $71 billion by 2018, according to Juniper Research. DIY Home Automation is typified by products like the Nest thermostat and Dropcam security cameras, with Apple joining the fray with its own home automation platform, HomeKit.

Just because some smart home automation products are marketed as DIY doesn’t, however, mean that average consumers have either the time or inclination to install a thermostat, surveillance system or connected door locks. Just because you buy a bathtub or water heater from the local hardware store, doesn’t mean you are going to install them on your own. Whether you want so-called DIY home automation or a more sophisticated home control system, we can help guide you through the selection and installation process.

2) The Car and home will become more in sync. Cars are more advanced than homes these days, with driverless sensor-based cars being tested now. We predict in 2016 that cars and homes will become more in tune, allowing not just your smart phone but your auto to communicate with your abode, with some manufacturers giving drivers a safe and responsible way to remotely access their entire frequently used smart home devices while on the road. Instead of just your garage door opening, in 2016, you can get your whole home primed for arrival from temperature to lights to music to door locks before you even arrive.  

3) This will be the year of 4K Ultra HD. You’ve seen the sets (and if you haven’t, you need to come demo one). They look amazing, especially on a big screen and have been steadily coming down in price. DirecTV recently announced that its customers can expect 4K content starting early 2016, which is great news for those of us who are craving an Ultra HD experience. Netflix, Amazon and YouTube already have some 4K ready to stream and companies like Roku are building UHD-ready hardware. Get ready for a truly lifelike viewing experience in 2016 with more content choices.

4) Smart devices get smarter. As sensors and chips are added to more devices, it’s easier to interact with our devices more fluidly. With this increased smarts, these devices can deliver relevant information quicker than before, and make it simpler for us to program them to suit our needs. Look for more and smarter wearables, for example, with the world-wide sales of wearable computing devices growing briskly in the next few years to projected 175 million in 2020.

5) Content is king. As more and more people cut the cord, streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are giving the networks a real run for their money. In fact, these streaming services provide some very original programming, like The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt, Master of None and the Mindy Project that are hugely popular in streaming households. Thanks to competition between cable and streaming providers, we’ve got some really innovative and unique content coming down the pipelines (or should we say, WiFi). Look for more unique streaming shows you can binge watch in 2016.

With all this great content and technology, it’s time to do a little sprucing up your system. Call us or come in for something as simple as an A/V calibration or as dramatic as a complete A/V makeover. We’re here to help!

Posted in 4K, Amazon Prime, Apple, Dropcam, Home Automation, Hulu, IoT, Nest, Netflix, OLED, Smart Home, Streaming Content, Ultra HD