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URC MX990 universal remote

URC MX990 universal remote - San Diego

                                                       

Have you noticed that you can't just watch TV anymore? For most systems, the series of commands goes TV ON>CABLE BOX ON>AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER ON>TV INPUT>AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER INPUT>AUDIO/VIDEO RECEIVER SURROUND MODE just to watch television. What a nightmare! This process includes multiple remotes and if something gets pushed that shouldn't...you may never be able to watch TV again. However, we here at Aire Theater Designs have the cure to the above insanity...the universal remote.

In a nutshell, a GOOD universal remote will allow you to push ONE button and all of the commands above magically pop out of the remote, summon your surround sound system to behave and ta-da!...you're watching TV. Good universal remotes also ensure that the system can't get out of whack so if someone pushed a button they shouldn't have, one push of the universal remote puts everything back where it should be.

We say a "good universal remote" as many popular brands of remotes actually don't make the system behave if the wrong button gets pushed. Sounds odd, doesn't it? We agree but we've been fixing systems for years for clients that have these particular brands that don't allow systems to work flawlessly. We recommend two brands of universal remote. They are URC (Universal Remote Control) and RTI. Here's why.

In a nutshell, both these remotes have what we call "smart" or discrete codes. These codes allow the remote to know if elements of the system are out of whack. For example, if half of your components were ON and half OFF, these remotes from URC and RTI would know and would make sure everything is ON or OFF when you need them there. Some of the other brands on the market DON'T know so if you try to turn the system ON in the above instance, half of your components would still be OFF!

Now that you know what brand to buy, what remote is best for you? Here are some things to consider:

1) Screen size: Typically the more expensive the remote, the larger the screen and the easier it is to see the buttons. Here's an example of a GOOD remote (URC MX780i) next to a BETTER remote (URC MX980i). The difference in screen size is apparent.

URC universal remote control

2) What will you be controlling? If it is a single room or a basic surround sound system with a few rooms of music in other areas, something like the GOOD or BETTER options above work great. If you are thinking about controlling elements such as lighting, smart home features, surveillance cameras, thermostats or other home automation systems, one of our BEST options may fit the bill. These typically include some form of iPad control and well as hand-held remotes.

RTI iPad audio video

 RTI iPad solution for dedicated theater, lighting control, thermostats, cameras and whole-house audio - Murrieta

 3) Do you want to hide your surround sound equipment? All of our remotes have separate options so your cable boxes, receivers, Blu-Ray players, etc. can hide out-of-sight behind closet doors or cabinet fronts. You don't have to see any of the equipment!

Interested? Make an appointment to stop by our office. We've got many different models running our systems and we can recommend what will be best for your particular set-up. We are Aire Theater Designs, San Diego's URC and RTI universal remote experts. P.S. You now have smart home capabilities with most of today's remotes. Control your favorite smart features like lights, thermostats, shades, etc. in addition to your surround sound system!

San Diego Home Theater showroom Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Need help in Murrieta, Wildomar, Temecula, Fallbrook or Bonsall...we're there too. House by Pardee, Shea or Lennar? We can help. We also serve Torrey Pines, Alta Del Mar, Carmel Mountain, Coronado, Fairbanks Ranch, Cielo, The Bridges, The Crosby, The Lakes.

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Panasonic 103 inch TV resized

 

 

As audio/video professionals, we deal with “Smart TVs” on a daily basis. Many clients ask about buying Smart TVs for their “Smart Features” thinking it will be a simple and cost-effective solution to upgrade their old TV as well as gain network features, such as Netflix or Pandora Internet radio. Most people end up disappointed. Here are some of the issues with Smart TVs and why there is a better way.

  • Due to the fact that a Smart TV is both a TV and a “Smart Hub” or “App Center”, if the Smart features portion of the TV goes bad, your whole TV needs to be taken out to be serviced. In addition to being inconvenient, this can be very costly just to have access to Netflix, Pandora, etc.

  • Extra cables must be purchased and installed in order to stream these Smart functions and have the sound play through your home theater speakers. Out of the box, a Smart TV will only play the sound from these Apps through the television, NOT THE STEREO. Depending on where your Smart TV is located and where your home theater equipment is located in relation to it, it can be a costly installation to get these extra cables ran from the TV to the gear location.

  • Many devices these days need to be power-cycled to work effectively. Power-cycling is unplugging an electronic device from the power to restart it. Many times, it is impossible to power-cycle a TV if it is mounted on the wall as you can't access the power plug. If Netflix isn't working through your TV and you need to power-cycle it, you may be out of luck.

These days, almost all TVs are "Smart TVs". They all have the capability to connect to the Internet to get these apps. We recommend buying a TV for the picture quality and not the Smart features. When you pay more for a TV, you're paying for better contrast, better color and better motion. The more you pay, the better the picture. If you want Smart features, here's what we recommend:

  • Add a device: How about having a small box w/ a cost of no more than $100 that can stream movies, TV shows, music and much much more and is about the size of a hockey puck? Sounds awesome right? We recommend the Roku streaming device and the AppleTV. Each allow for streaming and they do it BETTER than doing it through the TV (see above issues).

  • Add a Blu-Ray player: Many of today's Blu-Ray players also allow you to stream. You also can play Blu-Ray discs, DVDs and CDs through these machines. NOTE: This would be the second-best option. Using a Roku or AppleTV is a better way to go.

You are now a Smart TV expert! If you're looking at new TVs at the big-box store and the sales guy tells you that you need a Smart TV, proceed to run away and come on in to Aire Theater Designs...San Diego's Smart TV and surround sound professionals.

San Diego Home Theater and Surround Sound Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County including Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, La Mesa, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Olivenhain, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Need help in Murrieta, Wildomar, Temecula, Fallbrook or Bonsall...we're there too.

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RXA2040

Yamaha RXA1040 AVENTAGE audio/video receivers - San Diego

                                                       

It's probably been a while since you've bought a new audio/video receiver or maybe I'm being assumptive and this is your first foray into surround sound. No worries...we'd be happy to help. Your audio/video receiver is the heart of your music and entertainment system. Making the right choice here assures sonic excellence and also provides you the flexibility to hook up future components. However, dealing with the big-box stores or attempting to figure out what to buy on the Internet can be painful (aside from this article, of course). Here's a quick guide to picking the right audio/video receiver.

What is it: Your receiver acts as the hub of your audio/video system. All of your components like cable boxes, video games, Blu-ray players, streaming devices, etc. hook into the receiver and it provides the sound for your speakers. Pick your receiver based on:

1) How many devices you will be hooking up to it?

2) Will you be connecting other areas/rooms of speakers?

3) How important is it to get the best surround sound experience you can?

Brand to Buy: Yamaha. Why? In a nutshell, they rarely break, provide great sound and have plenty of inputs. You can Google different brands, models, histories and other facets but we've already done that. We've also performed thousands of installations and sold receivers for over 20 years. We know what is the best NOW. NOTE: If this ever changes, we'll let you know and we'll change our mind. However, for the time being, Yamaha is our choice for the best receiver at the price point.

GOOD: Yamaha RXV377. 4 HDMI inputs, 70 watts X 5 channels @ $249.99. Buy this if you are on a budget, will be hooking up four components or less and aren't hooking up speakers in any other areas of the house. NOTE: Plan on how many components you will be hooking up not just now, but in the future as well.

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/av-receivers-amps/rx/rx-v377_black_u/

BETTER: Yamaha RXA740. 6 HDMI inputs, 90 watts X 7 channels, video upconversion, multi-source/multi-zone @ $649.99. Buy this if you will be hooking up 6 components or less or if you will be hooking up speakers in other areas (ex: Outside, other bedrooms, etc.). This is also a good choice if you have older components as it plays nicely with legacy video formats (Wii game systems, VCRs and certain cameras come to mind).

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/aventage/rx-a740_black_u/?mode=model

BEST: Yamaha RXA2040. 8 HDMI inputs, 140 watts X 9 channels, improved audio processing, Dolby Atmos @ $1599.99. Buy this if you are hooking up 8 components or less and if you want the best in today's surround sound formats. Our earlier article about Dolby Atmos goes ito depth about the latest surround sound mode. This receiver also sounds noticeably better than step-down models due to its particular high-end construction.

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/aventage/rx-a2040_black_u/?mode=model

http://www.airetheaterdesigns.com/blog/item/125-atmos-in-san-diego

Now you're dangerous...you've got some good information. Stop by or call one of our product experts and let us simplify your decision to purchase a surround sound receiver. Aire Theater Designs, San Diego's Yamaha and surround sound experts.

San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo.

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Dolby Atmos San Diego

Contemporary Dolby Atmos Home Theater - San Diego

                                                       

About 23 years ago, home theater changed with the advent of Dolby Digital. This format allowed you to hear sounds behind you and added deeper, lower bass to your favorite movies. This format allowed us to hear movie soundtracks in a way that was almost like being in the theater. Since then, the "Internet" became popular, we've landed vehicles on Mars and the stock market has gone from 3004 to 17000+. However, the surround sound landscape remained relatively stagnant. However, we now have access to the biggest improvement in home theater in 23 years...Dolby Atmos!

In a nutshell, Dolby Atmos gives you height and multidimensionality that you can only get in the best theaters. If you already have a surround sound system, we can give you this spectacular new format with the addition of an Atmos-capable receiver and a few new speakers. Here's a link to Dolby that details all the particulars:

http://www.dolby.com/us/en/technologies/dolby-atmos.html

We love movies so we will be retrofitting our showroom for Atmos shortly to let you hear the difference that Atmos can make in your home. Love movies too? Come visit San Diego's home of the latest technology (and soon Dolby Atmos) at Aire Theater Designs. P.S. Our Dolby Atmos theater is live and kicking! We are by-appoinment-only so feel free to give us a call, schedule an appointment and hear how a combination of Yamaha Aventage, Definitive Technology and Dolby Atmos and your ears can improve your life.

San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo.

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Home Automation = Control your surround sound, cameras, lights and more!

 

The term "Home Automation" gets thrown around a lot these days when people are talking about technology. Here's a simple example of what Aire Theater Designs can do with home automation and you:

Right before you get home from work you push a button on your phone that says "Coming Home". This in turn:

1) Turns on your outdoor lights and interior walkway lighting.

2) Turns on your air conditioning (which is great with our recent weather).

3) Turns on your favorite Pandora radio station.

4) Pops up with a view of your home on security cameras so you can make sure all is safe before entering the house (and that your kids have cleaned their rooms).

A home automation system like this also allows you to further control all of your house systems such as:

 Home Theater

Home Entertainment: Control your home theater, whole-house music and all rooms of audio/video from any area in the house. Never juggle ten remotes again to make things work. Total Control allows you to use ONE remote to control everything in the house!

Lighting Control: Want to push one button at night to turn off all the lights in the house? No problem. How about coming home from work to a completely lighted home? Yup. Want your lights to turn on during the evening hours and to turn off in the morning? With Total Control, all of these lighting situations are easily solved with the touch of a finger.

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Security: Total Control allows you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world on your computer, tablet or phone. Feel comfortable knowing that your house is monitored securely and easily.

Shade and Curtain Control: By partnering with Lutron, our home automation systems by Total Control and RTI allow you to adjust the shades and curtains anywhere in the house with a single button push. Combine simple control with elegant shade solutions in different colors and styles.

Sound interesting? Contact an ATD representative today with questions and let San Diego's home automation leader show you how we can enhance your life and decor through technology.

 

San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, El Cajon, Alpine, Blossom Valley, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Universal remotes and home automation are serviced in Murrieta, Temecula and Wildomar. Need help in Murrieta, Wildomar, Temecula, Fallbrook or Bonsall...we're there too.

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                                                        Sony: Make. Believe

 

P.S. NOTE AS OF 07/17/2014. We just got word that there will be BIG savings coming up on 07/20/2014 on Sony's 900 and 950 series XBR TVs. Save from $700-$1000 on the best TVs on today's market. Interested? Call a ATD salesperson for details!

Ladies and gentlemen...after parting ways with Sony years ago, we've brought them back into the fold. We are proud to add Sony's line of TVs, audio/video receivers and hi-resolution music players to our line-up. Why did we do this? We inspected some of their new high-end TVs a few months ago and were BLOWN AWAY by the color accuracy, black levels and realism. Their best televisions are our new reference standard. Here's a brief overview:

1) Televisions: We're especially proud of Sony's best TVs that they call their "950" sets. Sony's 85" offering @ $24,999.99 and their 65" @ $6999.99 have no equal on the market. Here's a link:

http://store.sony.com/84.6-diag-x950b-flagship-4k-ultra-hd-tv-zid27-XBR85X950B/cat-27-catid-XBR-4K-Ultra-HD-TVs?_t=pfm%3Dcategory

For our clients that want great but want to save some money from the flagship models above, Sony's "900" series still blows away any competition. Their 79" TV @ $7999.99, 65" TV @ $4999.99 and 55" TV @ $3999.99 have amazing colors and contrast.

http://store.sony.com/64.5-diag-x900b-4k-ultra-hd-tv-zid27-XBR65X900B/cat-27-catid-XBR-4K-Ultra-HD-TVs?_t=pfm%3Dcategory

http://store.sony.com/54.6-diag-x900b-premium-4k-ultra-tv-zid27-XBR55X900B/cat-27-catid-XBR-4K-Ultra-HD-TVs?_t=pfm%3Dcategory

As of this writing, Sony is the only manufacturer that offers 4K content so you can view the latest and best in today's TV technology. This is another reason we brought them into the fold.

2) Sony has also added some Hi-Resolution music players to their line-up. In a nutshell, these pieces allow you to listen to music from your computer or streaming services with MUCH better quality. If you have ever listened to a CD and then listened to the same track from iTunes, Pandora, etc. you will know that music sources from your computer do not sound good...AT ALL. Sony has changed this with their addition. Here's a link:

http://store.sony.com/hi-res-music-player-with-1tb-hdd-zid27-HAPZ1ES/cat-27-catid-All-Res-Audio?_t=pfm%3Dcategory

We'll also be adding Sony projectors to our line-up and we will have them on display. Interested in some new audio/video toys? Call San Diegos' Sony dealer and see what all the hubbub's about.

San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo.

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Episode outdoor speakers

 Episode landscape speaker pictured above in different settings

Hello Folks!  Daniel Salisbury, ATD’s Installation Manager, is here to once again inform you of an absolutely SENSATIONAL product. The product I’m dying to tell you about is the EPISODE LANDSCAPE SERIES speaker system. How many times have you heard outdoor speakers perhaps in a friend’s backyard or at a restaurant and thought, “This sounds OK but it just doesn’t compare to an indoor system like we have in our living room. I wish this sounded like the system in our house.”  I, for one, have asked myself this very question many, many times.  Fortunately, we now have the solution.

The Episode Landscape Series has 2 different satellite speaker sizes: 4” and 6” (ES-LS-SAT-4-BRN & ES-LS-SAT-6-BRN) which conveniently can be mounted in multiple ways: on the ground, surface mounted under eaves, or even mounted TO A TREE! These speakers are shaped and colored to perfectly blend into the environment and they are built with high quality parts and construction.

Remember that awesome full bass I mentioned earlier?  The Episode Landscape Series System has a 12” Subwoofer (ES-LS-BSUB-12-CPR) that gets paired with the satellite speakers. This sub is a beast!  Don’t let its size scare you though. The bulk of this subwoofer is meant to be buried, leaving only the subwoofer's earth-tone dome to be left visible. UPDATE: There is now a 10" landscape subwoofer AND an 8" landscape subwoofer option. Use these in areas where you don't need DEEPCRAZY bass or where you don't have a lot of square footage to cover. Models are the ESLSBSUB8 and the ESLSBSUB10.

Now to top all of this with the jeweled crown of the system...The subwoofer and speakers are powered with a Crown amplifier (CDi1000) capable of pushing out 1000 watts of ridiculous power.

All this mumbo-jumbo aside...I have never heard any other outdoor system that comes close to sounding as good as the Episode Landscape Series system sounds.  Don’t just take my word for it though.

Our installer Mark: "It was like being in a high-end car with a crazy good sound system, but you are standing in your back yard.  The best outdoor speaker system I have ever heard!"

Our musician friend Eric: "W-O-W."

Our client Phillippe: "Wow."

Our client Brian: "Sold."

Do yourself a favor and let me give you a LIVE DEMONSTRATION of this system right here in our office!  You will not be disappointed. Summer is here! The sun is out! Let clear, full music flow in your backyard! Hope to see all of you in here real soon. Want to get a listen? Give us a call and let San Diego's leading dealer of Episode outdoor speakers and audio enhance your summer parties and environment with killer tunes.

 

San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Point Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista CA, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff CA, Torrey Pines, Alta Del Mar, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Coronado, Fairbanks Ranch, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Home by Shea, Pardee, Lennar or other builders? We can help!

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Friday, 14 March 2014 11:57

Bose Soundtouch30 vs Sonos Play 5

Sonos vs Bose

Sonos PLAY5 and Bose Soundtouch30

 



It's time for an Aire Theater Designs FACE-OFF! Our two contestants have entered the ring. In this corner:

Standing in at 17.1" tall, introducing the Bose Soundtouch 30 Wi-Fi music system!! (Applause and clapping)

aaaaaand in this corner, we have the premium wireless solution from Sonos, introducing...the Sonos PLAY5!!!! (Applause and clapping)

Our main focus for this face-off was audio quality. We initially tested the systems with Lindsey Stirling's "Phantom of the Opera". After playing the song on both systems, the winner was very apparent. The Bose system absolutely won the first battle. The Soundtouch 30 had a much fuller, richer sound than the Sonos. We also noticed that the lower mid-range sounded more natural on the Bose. Whereas the Sonos sounded forced, the Bose played all of the notes cleanly and without any hint of distortion. Our Install Manager Danny said, "I love this particular track. On the Sonos, it sounded OK. On the Bose...I got goose bumps."

Our second test was with Shai's "Comforter". This track is an excellent test of bass. Again, this battle was no contest. The Bose handled the deep bass notes at the start of the track handily. The Sonos PLAY5 had quite a bit of distortion on these same notes when we turned the volume up to about 70% on both units.

There are some benefit to a Sonos system. If you are planning on using Sonos for its variety of music sources and apps, it can easily be integrated into any stereo system via another Sonos unit (the Sonos CONNECT). Sonos also has more choices of music services including Rhapsody, iHeart, iTunes MOG, Sirius and others. To sum up our face-off.

 

Benefits of Bose Soundtouch: MUCH better sound, easier to use, can be programmed into universal remotes.

Benefits of Sonos system: Can be integrated into existing sound systems and has more music services. 

 

Want to talk to an expert about Sonos vs. Bose and the differences between today's WiFi music systems? Contact an ATD representative today with questions and let San Diego's leading Bose and Sonos dealer show you how music can enhance your life.

 

Torrey Pines Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, El Cajon, Alpine, Blossom Valley, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. House by Lennar, Shea or Lennar? We can help. We also serve Torrey Pines, Alta Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Carmel Mountain, Coronado, Fairbanks Ranch, Cielo, The Bridges, The Lakes and The Crosby

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 Rancho Santa fe media room resized
URC universal remote option - Rancho Santa Fe media room and remote by Total Control


We just finished another whole-house project and the client was so pleased that he thought EVERYBODY should know about the product line. We do too. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, below is a description of one of our main product lines for controlling all of your house systems...Total Control by Universal Remote Control.

 

A home automation system like this allows you to easily control all of your house systems such as:

 Home Theater

Home Entertainment: Control your home theater, whole-house music and all rooms of audio/video from any area in the house. Never juggle ten remotes again to make things work. Total Control allows you to use ONE remote to control everything in the house!

Lighting Control: Want to push one button at night to turn off all the lights in the house? No problem. How about coming home from work to a completely lighted home? Yup. Want your lights to turn on during the evening hours and to turn off in the morning? With Total Control, all of these lighting situations are easily solved with the touch of a finger.

IP >>

Security: Total Control allows you to monitor your home from anywhere in the world on your computer, tablet or phone. Feel comfortable knowing that your house is monitored securely and easily.

Shade and Curtain Control: By partnering with Lutron, Total Control allows you to adjust the shades and curtains anywhere in the house with a single button push. Combine simple control with elegant shade solutions in different colors and styles.

Sound interesting? Contact an ATD representative today with questions and let San Diego's home automation leader show you how Total Control can enhance your life and decor through technology.

 

San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, La Mesa, El Cajon, Alpine, Blossom Valley, Lake Murray, Friars, North Park, Balboa Park, Clairemont, Kearny Mesa, Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, Imperial Beach, Pt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego County which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Universal remotes and home automation are provided in Murrieta, Temecula and Wildomar. Need help in Murrieta, Wildomar, Temecula, Fallbrook or Bonsall...we're there too.

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Robyn Finchum, Project Manager

 

Our project manager Robyn like to muse from time to time about today's technology. The below is his take on the new Xbox One. The Cliffs Notes version is that an Xbox One can be a great heart to a home theater...you just want to add GOOD stuff to optimize your experience.

"I just got my new Xbox One and man is it sweet! I am going to build my new system around it. I will start off simple but with the intent of building an awesome theater. It’s easier to build your system when you start off with the right products. The Xbox One is designed to work with really good speakers and Ultra High Definition 4K. The audio video receiver is the key to a great system. I will lay out a good, better, best for anyone interested. As for me I strongly recommend Yamaha Aventage series receivers. I have the Yamaha RXA-2020 which makes my room sound amazing. It allows for the best audio and video I could afford. If I could spend a little more, I would go with Yamaha’s new separates. Their 11.2 channel amp and preamp, the MX-A500 and CX-A5000, take all the best Yamaha has and make it bigger. To stay within a budget for the TV, Samsung's 60” plasma would be very good because it has good response with motion and great blacks and whites. They are also unbelievably priced for an awesome 60” TV. The Xbox One has a built in 4K bluray and will come in very handy when 4K movies start to be produced. I can’t wait to play a 4K game. However, I love projectors because of the movie theater feel so I will be using the JVC DLA-RS4910U 4K Precision projector. If I couldn’t make a projector work and I had to look for a Ultra High Definition TV, it is tough to pass up Samsung’s new 65” UHD TV the UN65F9000 because it just dropped in price $2500.00 and has the most amazing picture you can imagine.

And now for the fun stuff...the speakers. My favorite speaker line right now is Monitor Audio and I am very fond of their Silver series. They can handle everything I throw at them and sound great while doing it. Since I am planning on having a full set of speakers, the Silver line helps me save a few bucks as compared to the Gold or Platinum series in their line (the Silver are 1/2 to 1/6th the price!).

It is absolutely possible to buy just the two tower speakers or bookshelf speakers for stereo and a good matching subwoofer at first and then slowly buy the rest of the surround speakers when you have more money. When you opt to get into full-blown surround sound, I always suggest you utilize Yamaha's presence speaker concept. This idea really fills up the room with sound. I use the front presence speakers to really bring the sound up to the level of the projector screen. I have two towers for a full sound range, the center is for character speech, the front and back presence is to open the sound stage, the surrounds are for when someone walks behind you and the subwoofers (2) handle all bass.

Here's some ideas how to maximize your Xbox One experience:

A “GOOD” system to build around the Xbox One would be:

  • Yamaha RX-A730 audio/video receiver
  • Samsung 60” plasma television
  • Definitive Technology BP-8060ST with built in subwoofer and comes with a FREE center and surrounds (through January) 

A “BETTER” system would be:

  • Yamaha RX-A2030 audio/video receiver
  • JVC 4K Precision projector DLA-RS4910U    or
  • Samsung 65” UHD 4K TV UN65F9000
  • Monitor Audio Silver 6 set of speakers

 A “BEST” system would be:

  • Yamaha 11.2 channel pre-amp and amplifier the MX-A500 and the CX-A500
  • JVC 4K Precision projector DLA-RS6710U
  • Monitor Audio Platinum series speakers

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/aventage/

http://www.monitoraudiousa.com/products/silver/silver-6/

http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/av-receivers-amps/cx-mx-separates/

Want to maximize your new Xbox One? Try some of Robyn's suggestions and let San Diego's leading integrator of audio/video solutions get your Xbox firing on all 12 cylinders.

 

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