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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:
A “BETTER” system would be:
A “BEST” system would be:
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.
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, Alpine, 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.
If you are a client of ours you know that we sell good stuff. If you aren't, think of us as your local Mercedes/BMW dealer for audio/video. The products we offer will give you an amazing audio/video experience in the comfort of your own home. To add to this "good stuff", we have added Oppo's heralded Blu-Ray players to our line-up. Why Oppo?
For us, it really came down to performance and value. For someone looking for a higher-end Blu-Ray player, we feel there is no equal at the price point. So do some other manufacturers. So much so that one other high-end audio company (that will remain nameless for legal reasons) "allegedly" took Oppo's player, stuffed it into one of their Blu-Ray players and then sold it for 7X the price! Google "oppo blu-ray scandal" for more details.
We are offering:
Best: Oppo BD-105 reference Blu-Ray player @ $1199.99
This player offers audiophile-grade sound quality, isolated board placement and high-end components throughout. More details are below in the link.
Better: Oppo BDP-103D step-up Blu-Ray player @ $599.99
Enjoy breathtaking video quality, courtesy of Darbee processing. More details are below in the link.
Good: Oppo BDP-103 premium Blu-Ray player @ $499.99
This selection provides you with audio and video performance that is a cut above the rest of the market at a paltable price. More details are below in the link.
Everyone in life wants good stuff. If you are a believer in the adage, "Buy best...Cry once", contact an ATD representative today with questions and let San Diego's leading dealer of Oppo Blu-Ray players show you how Oppo can blow you away with fantastic audio/video performance.
Today's new Yamaha Aventage receivers sound great, have tons of inputs to hook up your cable box, satellite box, XBOXONE, iPhone, AppleTV, Roku, etc. and also have about 1,000,000 other features that offer fun and flexibility. We'll focus today on just one...the iPhone app. Here's a real-life scenario:
You're outside and you want to turn on your audio/video system to listen to speakers by the pool. With most set-ups, you need to go inside, grab ten remotes, activate everything and then run back-and-forth any time you want to turn the volume up/down. With a new Yamaha receiver (set up by Aire Theater Designs, of course), you would:
1) Grab your phone or iPad and press the Yamaha app
2) Turn the receiver ON, press Pandora Internet radio and you're ROCKING!
You can now control your volume, sources and everything else music-related with your phone and a finger. It is also a nice perk that the Yamaha Aventage receivers have a longer warranty than any other in their class and sound fantastic. Check out their products, including the RXA730, RXA830, RXA1030 (considered our "best buy"), RXA2030 and the RXA3030 at:
Life is too short to listen to bad audio and to have to use 10 remotes. Contact Aire Theater Designs, San Diego's leading dealer of Yamaha Aventage and let us show you a great way to make your life sound better.
San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County especially the communities and cities of Central San Diego County which includes Rolando, SDSU, Cerritos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion 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, Olivenhain, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway and Rancho Bernardo. We aren't forgetting about our East County friends in El Cajon, Blossom Valley, Lakeside and Alpine.
Are you looking for a flat screen installation, San Diego? Perfect, you've come to the right place. However, being that every company under the sun performs flat screen installs, why should you choose Aire Theater Designs for this?
1) Licensed, bonded, insured and carry workers' compensation: Did you know that most businesses in San Diego that perform flat screen installs DON'T meet these basic requirements. A contractor's license alone doesn't protect you. If a contractor has one of his "helpers" get hurt in your home, YOU are responsible if the "helper" doesn't have his own contractor's license (and they never do). Check out the legal stuff before hiring at:
If they don't have a license AND workers' compensation, call the next guy on the list.
2) Experience: We don't have a guy on our team with less than 5 years of experience. With all of the HDMI 1.4, AnyNet, DTS-HD, SmartTV, optical out, enable Device manager, RF interference, cable reset, standing wave, 60 cycle hum and other nonsense you need to know to set up a system CORRECTLY, it's nice to hire a professional that will let you get all the performance out of your equipment that you paid for.
3) Reasonable Pricing: We have flat screen install pricing starting at just $149.99. Call us for details as if we are installing a Panasonic 103" plasma TV on your wall, the price will be higher (we have to reframe your wall for this 500 pound monster!). However, we have reasonable pricing options for all sorts of home theater installations.
Why have we been San Diego's leader in flat screen and home theater installations for the last 7 years? Give us a call and we'll show you the Aire Theater Designs difference.
San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County especially the communities and cities of Central San Diego County which includes Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion 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.
"Hi friends...We've been getting the question a lot lately about what service to go with regarding your TV and internet. Here's my two cents as to which one to choose."
"For the best TV quality...none of the above. Go with DirecTV. It offers the best picture quality and you will see the fewest interruptions with service (you know what I am tallking about if you live in Rancho Bernardo or Poway and you have to constantly unplug your cable box to reboot it)."
"For the best customer service, we've had good luck with both Time Warner and Cox. In most cases, you can't choose which provider to go with (some of our clients in Poway are the exception where they can go with either-or). With both of these businesses, you can get a human to help and they offer 7 day-a-week in home service. Prepare to have a punching bag handy to release your frustrations if you are calling U-verse for questions or support. You'll need it."
"For the best Internet experience, go with the faster packages from Cox or Time Warner. It is difficult to determine exactly what speed you will see from any of the providers (Cox Cable, Time Warner, U-verse) as there are many variances when it comes to Internet speed (wiring in the home, distance from the nodes at the street, wiring from street to house, etc.). However, where the claimed download speeds from all three providers are very similar, the actual performance from U-verse typically ends up being much slower due to the wiring that is used from the house to the modem. In addition to the issues with speed, the ATT U-verse boxes have some known networking issues (won't work for wireless bridging, encryption issues with Tivo) that may make some of your networked equipment impossible to use."
"Our final votes are:
1) Cox Cable
2) Time Warner
"See our earlier posts about saving money on your cable bill and let us know if we can help!"
San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County especially the communities and cities of Central San Diego County which includes Rolando, SDSU, El Cajon, Rancho San Diego, Cerritos, Del Cerro, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, City Heights, Lake Murray, Friars, El Cajon Blvd, 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, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Costa, La Jolla, Poway, Rancho Penasquitos and Rancho Bernardo.
Remember the car above? At one point, it was touted as a "fantastic value" and people thought that it was a much better deal than a comparably-sized Honda or Toyota. Fast-forward a few years and the Yugo morphed from being a great deal to the worst car in history. Now let's compare this with our industry.
Here's a little secret...there are no real "deals" in audio/video. All pricing for equivalent solutions are roughly the same, regardless of what business you buy it through. If someone offers you an audio/video solution for $2000.00 and someone else offers a package for $1000.00, it doesn't mean that $1000.00 is a great deal. It may be that the lesser-priced option is missing components that you need. It may be that the $1000.00 package is a temporary solution and isn't equipment that is built to last. The $1000.00 solution may be the equivalent of the audio/video Yugo. How do you determine if you're being sold a Yugo or not?
1) Compare bids and make sure apples are apples for comparison. This will ensure that you are making an informed decision and that you are actualy getting what you need and want.
2) If you want equipment that will last for years and that can support your future gear or needs, make sure that you ask for equipment that can accommodate this. Many of the inexpensive solutions on the market are built as temporary solutions and aren't meant to last for years or to be hooked up to future components.
3) Want your system to be easy to use? Many of the cheaper solutions on the market aren't meant to be controlled by a single, simple-to-use universal remote. If you don't want to be frustrated with your new system, stay away from the cheapest options possible.
4) Make sure that the business you are dealing with is licensed, bonded and has workers compensation for all employees. this info can be found on the Contractor's State License Board at:
If the company you are getting bids from doesn't have workers compensation or a contractor's license, they are doing business illegally. Do you think they will do the right thing with your project if they aren't following the basics to operate a business the right way?
5) Meet at the company's storefront or office. If the company doesn't have an office, what are the chances of the business being around in the future to help you out with future questions or warranty work?
At Aire Theater Designs, we don't sell Yugos. We sell high-quality products and we hold a firm commitment to providing excellent customer service. Give us a chance...you'll be glad you did.
Your local San Diego Home Theater company, Aire Theater Designs, proudly serves all of San Diego County especially the communities and cities of Central San Diego County which includes Darnall, Cerritos, Del Cerro, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, Lake Murray, Friars, El Cajon Blvd, 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, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo.
"Got a power outage? No problem... Poindexter with the Power Outage Police is here. You may be experiencing issues with your audio/video systems after SDGE's 12 hour snafu last week. If your cable box seems to be going through the channels much more slowly than usual, here's what to do:
1) Go into the SETTINGS on the box (press button that says SET or SETTINGS) 2) Press A (or yellow triangle) to go into "More Settings" 3) Go into "Audio/Video" and choose "Video Output Formats" 4) Make sure that only the setting for 1080i is checked 5) Exit out of menus and continue watching TV
Your cable problems are now solved. If you have further questions, touch base with my brethren at ATD. I need to go... I hear a cat somewhere stuck in a tree. Up up and AWAY!!"
"Hi... Poindexter here. Whereas I am normally jovial and ready to extol the virtues of audio/video, technology, Comic-Con, banana slugs and more, today I'd like to talk about something equally as important... supporting good local businesses when you come across them.
Our favorite service business TechExpert Express just announced that they are closing their doors. They have provided San Diego with audio/video repairs for a number of years. In our opinion they were head-and-shoulders above the competition. They were friendly, timely, professional and they handled business the right way. Unfortunately, not enough people knew about this gem and it made for their demise.
Have any problems with businesses lately? Try walking into any big-box store and let me know how happy you are when you walk out. How often do these businesses provide you with the right solution, call you back when they are supposed to, remember your name, etc? I guess my point is that when we find a local business that does a great job providing a service, be it automotive repair, selling ice cream or like us, providing audio/video and technology solutions, we should do everything possible to tell all of our friends and family about these companies. If we don't, we may not have these businesses as a resource when we need them.
I love ServiceRite electric, Scott Kroll (Sun and Sea Realty), Simpson Construction, Willy's Electronics, Angler's Arsenal and Techmate computers. If you're a raving fan of any businesses (hopefully us), let someone know. Now back to banana slugs."
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P.S. Check out this blog for additional audio/video troubleshooting, sales information and general nonsense.
"Hi friends! We have received a lot of questions lately about this whole Hz thing with today's televisions. Here's the scoop and an analogy to clarify things.
When we watch TV, we don't see a constantly flowing image (as it appears). What actually shows up on screen are a series of snapshots that are streamed so quickly that they appear as fluid motion. The more of these pictures (or frames) that are shown per second, the better motion-filled scenes will look (action movies or this strange thing that large, muscular ignoramuses perform called "sports" comes to mind). These are typically advertised as 60 Hz, 120Hz, 240Hz and 600Hz. This refers to 60, 120, 240 or 600 pictures (or frames) a second. Here's how it works.
(Poindexter goes back in time to 3rd grade...his Advanced Quantum Physics college course)
I'm bored today so I just started drawing pictures of a stick figure in the corner of each page of my textbook. On each page I draw a picture of this figure jumping and running. Just like animation, as I flip through the pages, the stick figure becomes alive and appears to be running and jumping. The animation looks better when I have more pages of drawings to flip through per second. If I flipped through 600 pages a second (600Hz), the motion would look more natural than if I flipped through 120 pages a second (120Hz).
That's how this whole Hz thing relates to today's TVs. There are other considerations than just shopping by Hz though. If you have questions about what is best for your room, call your favorite ATD project manager and we'll set you straight."