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Sometimes we have lots going on and just want to let you know about all of the good stuff happening at Aire Theater Designs. Here's a remote headstrap for your time. In no specific order:

 

Sony 85" 4K TVs are on clearance at $3999.99 until they are gone! This is the best price ever on Sony's XBR85X850D monster big screen 4K TV!

 

We are now San Diego Pro-Ject turntable dealers! Want to hear why vinyl is coming back in vogue? It sounds fantastic and is cool...that's why!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgkCVqEFPFp/

http://project-audio.com/main.php?info=turntables&cat=turntables&lang=en

 

Big sales going on with Definitive Technology subwoofers. Save up to 25%! Did we mention that we are your favorite Definitive Technology dealer?

https://www.definitivetechnology.com/collections/home-audio/supercube-series

 

Save 10% on select Martin Logan tower speakers. Get the Motion20, Motion40 and Motion60 speakers at 10% off while the dealio is on!

https://www.airetheaterdesigns.com/blog/item/226-martin-logan-speakers-on-sale

 

Lutron lighting control is cool.

 

Did you know that basically every electronic troubleshooting call we receive is tied to "unplug the device...plug it back in again"? Check this audio/video troubleshooting tip out.

https://www.airetheaterdesigns.com/blog/item/190-computer-help-san-diego

 

You need better WiFi...here's how to get it. Hint: Don't go to your local big-box store...call us first.

https://www.airetheaterdesigns.com/blog/item/225-eero-wifi-san-diego

https://www.airetheaterdesigns.com/blog/item/213-better-wifi-san-diego

 

Thanks for reading...we feel much better now. Looking for great audio/video equipment or smart home technology in San Diego? Give us a call!

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High end home theater in San Diego

Martin Logan home speakers can definitely be part of a great home stereo system...read on!

 

So you're looking for the best home stereo system you can buy? If you're thinking about spending $163,389, our earlier blog post here details a fantastic system. However, if you're like most of us that aren't thinking about spending 6 figures on a home stereo, here are some ideas.

 

1) Bigger is always better: You will always get deeper bass, more presence and more authoritative mid-range (think vocals and dialogue) with larger speakers as compared to smaller ones. If you have room in your space for something like these, you're on a good path to great sound.

san diego best home stereo

 

2) Allocate $$$ toward speakers: In our opinion, dollar for dollar, speakers make more of a difference than any other component in providing a better music and listening experience. Instead of buying the $2000 surround sound receiver and a $400 pair of home speakers, we'd recommend reversing the formula.

 

3) Quality necessitates cost: We had a new audio company come to us this week and tout how their speakers (name withheld for legal reasons) sounded just as good as our $4500.00/pair Monitor Audio Gold 200 tower speakers at 1/3 the price. Really dude? Really????? My further questions about the technology, type of drivers, crossovers, etc. left him befuddled and had me hanging up the phone. With home speakers, just like most things in life, your quality goes up with your budget. Better quality equals more audible dialogue at lower volume levels, levels of detail that become amazing and just a more enjoyable home audio experience.

 

4) BBCO: "Buy best, cry once". Ever buy a Subaru Outback base model and then find out there is no A/C in the rear seats? Your 73 year-old mother in law (who sits in back) was not pleased. How about the cheap gym membership where you can't go to the club with the pool and basketball court...and you LOVE swimming and basketball. Home stereo systems get MUCH better when you go from entry-level systems to better home speakers and amplifiers. You do get to a point of diminishing returns eventually but until you're getting into 5 figure cost, we recommend going with better audio components and high-quality home speakers for truer, more accurate sound.

 

Want to get the best home stereo system for your budget, San Diego? Talk to one of our home stereo experts and let us build an audio package for you. NOTE: We still have some of our crazy up to 75% off home speaker sales listed here. These deals are one-of-a-kinds and when they are gone, they are gone.

 

Looking for the best home stereo system San Diego? 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.

 

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Yamaha AVENTAGE receiver acts as the heart of your whole-house entertainment and surround sound system

 

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 surround sound and whole-house 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 TODAY. 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 RXV383. 4 HDMI inputs, 70 watts X 5 channels @ $279.99. 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.

BETTER: Yamaha AVENTAGE RXA770. 6 HDMI inputs, 90 watts X 7 channels, video upconversion, multi-source/multi-zone, Dolby Atmos @ $649.99. This is part of Yamaha’s AVENTAGE step-up line. 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).

BEST: Yamaha AVENTAGE RXA2070. 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 into 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://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 Yamaha AVENTAGE and surround sound installers.

P.S. For you DIY surround sound people, when you purchase a Yamaha AVENTAGE receiver through us, you receive a guide that shows EXACTLY how to hook it up (which the manual doesn't) as well as lifetime phone/e-mail tech support!

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Episode outdoor speakers

Episode outdoor speakers on post, bracket and in-ground

 

We live in San Diego for many reasons but one that is encompassing is our weather…it’s beautiful! This allows us to spend 12 months of the year outside. The perfect partner to this is an audio system with outdoor speakers. Having an outdoor audio system can really help you and your family to enjoy your outdoor space to the fullest. However, it can be difficult for the uninitiated to choose what system is best for your home and outdoor environment. Here’s an overview of some of the forms of outdoor speakers and outdoor audio systems that we carry.

 

Outdoor speaker Monitor Audio

 

Standard outdoor weatherproof speakers: This form of outdoor speaker has been in place for over 20 years. These type of speakers are “weatherproof” (Note: These can weather in direct sunlight, high heat, VERY wet areas, etc….let us be your outdoor speaker expert when it comes to placement) and provide good sound in a limited area. The quality of outdoor speakers is VERY dependent on the budget. In general, expensive speaker…great sound. Cheap speaker…not-so-great sound. “Great” in this description means that the speaker provides elements such as fine detail so you can hear exactly what the artist is saying in your favorite song (it’s not “We built this city on sausage rolls”), deep, full bass so your music doesn’t sound tinny and exceptional balance so your treble, midrange and bass all sound life-like with no tones exaggerated.

You can install outdoor speakers under your roof eave, on the exterior wall on your house or on posts in a landscape setting. We are dealers for Definitive Technology outdoor speakers, Episode AW6 and AW5 outdoor speakers, Martin Logan, Monitor Audio Climate speakers and Niles outdoor speakers.

 

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Rock speakers at head of pool - Rancho Santa Fe outdoor audio project

 

Rock outdoor speakers: Want something that looks a little different? Rock outdoor speakers can be a good way to camouflage your outdoor music system and to get great sound.  Rock speakers are weatherproof so you can place them in your outdoor environment and not worry that your sprinkler system or gardener will damage them. These speakers can also provide fantastic sound. They typically cost a little more than standard outdoor speakers due to the form factor.  You can also choose outdoor speakers that look like planters.

 

Rockustics outdoor speaker 

 

These planter speakers are actually functional and provide good sound for outdoor environments. We are dealers for Episode, Niles and Rockustics rock speakers and planter speakers.

 

Episode landscape speaker

 

Episode landscape speaker with landscape subwoofer

 

Outdoor landscape speakers: This form of outdoor speaker has become very popular over the last couple years. These landscape speakers provide great sound by coupling the outdoor speakers with an in-ground or visible subwoofer. This outdoor subwoofer augments the bass and provides much fuller, deeper sound than typical outdoor speakers do. The combination of the landscape speakers combined with the landscape subwoofer gives you an unbelievable outdoor audio experience.  We carry landscape outdoor speakers and landscape subwoofers by Episode, Martin Logan, Monitor Audio, Bose outdoor speakers and Sonance.

 

Which type of outdoor speaker system is best for you? Let San Diego’s outdoor audio and landscape speaker experts assist with this. We’ve been selling outdoor speakers and outdoor audio/video solutions for over 12 years. NOTE: Looking to get a listen? We have the Episode landscape system on display in our office. Call for an appointment and enhance your life with music!

 

 

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FREE FREE FREE!!!!!! One of our favorite speaker brands, Martin Logan, is doing some great stuff for summer . For a limited time, get FREE subwoofers with the purchase of selected speaker pairs. See below for details.

  

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Best home stereo system San Diego

Martin Logan Monolith Speakers and Friends - San Diego Home Stereo Systems

 

Ever go to a home stereo store and hear something along these lines...“I have picked out the absolute BEST stereo system for you!” – “You will never find anything better anywhere than the speaker you see before you now” – “You will think you died and went to heaven once you hear this top-of-the-line incomparable home theater system that I’m going to sell you for almost FREE!”. Have you actually ever been impressed with some of the stereo systems that are available at those stores?  It's possible...some of these stores do actually have some good decent audio/video gear.  However, is it the “BEST AVAILABLE ANYWHERE”?  Have you ever wondered just how crazy good and expensive a home theater system can be?  Here's an example of a home theater system below that, for all intents and purposes, could be considered as one of the BEST HOME STEREO SYSTEMS around.  Take a look.

 

    Krell Illusion surround sound pre-amplifier                             (1) $14,999 ea.                     = $14,999

                Krell Solo 575 575 watt monoblock amplifier                          (5) $6,999 ea.                       = $34,999

                Martin Logan Neolith Loudspeaker pair                                    (1) $79,995 pr.                     = $79,995

                Martin Logan Illusion ESL C34A center speaker                      (1) $6,995 ea.                       = $6,995

                Martin Logan ESL-EFX on-wall speaker pair                             (1) $3,095pr.                        = $3,095

                Sony 100" OLED TV XBR-100Z9D 4K Ultra HD                         (1) $59,999 ea.                     = $59,999

 

                                                                                                                                                   Total   = $200,082

 

This system actually is missing some things as some of today's formats need 13 AMPLIFIERS instead of the 5 above, there are 10s of thousands of dollars needed for power management and cables, etc. but this illustrates that there is some pretty amazing stuff out there. When you walk into our office here at Aire Theater Designs, this is the kind of system that we will tout as one of the best.  What gets even better is the fact that we deal with all the companies above.  Do you or someone you know want to ACTUALLY think you died and went to heaven listening to your home theater system? Maybe you don’t want to get that crazy but are still looking for a new more practical home theater system. If so, give us a call and let San Diego's home stereo system experts show you what you may be missing.

 

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San Diego outdoor speakers

Niles outdoor speaker - This actually functions as a planter! Before and after.

 

Rockustics outdoor speakers

 

 

Can you smell your outdoor speakers? Sounds odd but you actually can with some of our landscape speakers that double as usable planters. It’s Springtime and that means that it’s time to enjoy your backyard or outdoor area.  A great way to do this is with music provided by our planter landscape speakers by Niles and Rockustics. What a great way to show off your favorite plants!

We’ve got sales and specials on outdoor speakers, landscape speakers and planter speakers all month long. Make your flowers happy and give them some tunes! Give us a call and let San Diego’s Niles and Rockustics dealer show you what outdoor audio is all about.

 

San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego, CA which includes Del Cerro, 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, Pointt Loma and Downtown San Diego. We also gladly serve those in North San Diego, California which includes Carlsbad, San Marcos, Vista, Elfin Forest, Oceanside, Escondido, Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Torrey Pines, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Coronado, Fairbanks Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Need help in Murrieta, Wildomar, Temecula, Fallbrook or Bonsall...we're there too. House built by Lennar, Shea, Pardee or other builders...we can help!

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Definitive Technology subwoofer sale

The insanity is happening again. Definitive Technology subwoofers are on sale and you need one (or more). This subwoofer special ends 3/18/2017 so act NOW to get the lowest prices ever on Definitive Technology subwoofers. This is not a typo...THE LOWEST PRICES EVER. Some examples are:

 

ProSub 800- Reg. $399 on Sale for $299. Save $100!  

ProSub1000- Reg $499 on Sale for $374. Save $125!

SuperCube2000- Reg $599 on Sale for $449. Save $150!

SuperCube4000- Reg $799 on Sale for $599. Save $200!

SuperCube6000- Reg $999 on Sale for $749. Save $250!

SuperCube8000- Reg $1499 on Sale for $1124. Save $375!   

 

The best thing you can do to upgrade your surround sound system, dollar-for-dollar, is to add a better subwoofer. Call us up and make an appointment to listen to Def Tech...we think you'll be sold just like we were. Enjoy movies and music in sonic perfection with some help from your friends at Aire Theater Designs, your San Diego Definitive Technology subwoofer experts.

 

 

San Diego Home Theater Installers Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego, CA 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, California 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.

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Martin Logan ESL-X

San Diego home stereo addition - Martin Logan ESL-X towers with Martin Logan powered subwoofer

 

Have you ever gone into Fry’s or Best Buy and walked through the home stereo section and felt an overwhelming flood of sheer panic and a multitude of questions rush in and pummel your brain? Maybe the experience was not that extreme but it can be a little daunting walking up and down all those rows of home stereo equipment.  You may have questions like “What are the differences between this model and that model – they look exactly the same?  Which audio/video receiver, or AVR, is going to be best for me in my home?  Does this home stereo come with speakers or do I need to buy those separately? What the heck is a 7.1 or 5.1.4 surround sound system?  Will this receiver allow me to have music throughout my entire house?" These are all very common questions and these are all questions that we can intelligently and clearly answer for you.

Don’t feel bad if you are one of the people that I described above.  There are many different products that fall into the ‘home stereo system’ category.  On top of that, there are even sub-categories that fall into that main category.  You have audio/video receivers, multi-zone AVRs, multi-zone amps, home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB), and even Wi-Fi Music systems such as Sonos.  If you don’t do this stuff everyday like we do it can be a lot to take in and figure out.  Fortunately, that's where we come in.

We know exactly the right questions to ask to ensure you get just the right audio/video equipment for your home.  Not only do we have the knowledge to get a personalized home stereo system designed for you, but we have the top-of-the line name brands you know and love such as Yamaha, Sony, Parasound, Sonos, Origin Acoustics, Monitor Audio, Definitive Technology and so many more.  We can design a system for you (no matter how small or large), get the quality name brand equipment, cleanly and professionally install the system and teach you how to use the system with your eyes closed (if you so desired).

Save yourself or someone you know from wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles of some speaker showroom, wishing you could get the personal and completely undivided attention you deserve.  Question no further about home stereo systems.  Visit our website (www.airetheaterdesigns.com) and give us a call.  We are here to help you. We are San Diego's home stereo and audio specialists! UPDATE: Here's some new videos we've produced about some of today's best stereo systems! See below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B--DN9kqJcs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzc_-K8X7Y4

 

San Diego's home theater experts proudly serve 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, 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. Need help in Murrieta, Temecula or Wildomar? We're there too.

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In ceiling speakers san diego

In ceiling speakers - Some options in our home theater store

 

Looking for a clean, hidden way to provide great sound for music and movies in your home? In-ceiling speakers may be the option for you. These speakers provide a stealth look and can give you very good sound. However, there are a few considerations when choosing in-ceiling speakers for your surround sound system or whole-house audio project.

 

1)  Quality of sound: Dollar-for-dollar, you will always get better sound out of conventional box speakers than using some form of hidden in-ceiling or in-wall speaker. If you don't have the floor/cabinet space for box speakers, in-ceiling models can be a good compromise. NOTE: Speakers make the biggest difference for the buck when it comes to sound quality. If you enjoy music and want the excitement of the theater in your room, we recommend going with the best speaker that your budget allows for.

2) Sound transfer: Are you installing in-ceiling speakers on the ground floor of a two-story home? If so, know that sound will transfer from the speakers up into the living area above. This element is can be frustrating if you aren't aware of this prior to the installation. Fortunately, most of our BETTER in-ceiling speakers have enclosures that dampen this sound transfer between floors. Our install professionals will make this determination before your install takes place.

3) Installation: There are a number of construction aspects to consider when installing in-ceiling speakers. There are also acoustic considerations that can determine which speaker is best for your home. Discussing your needs with an audio professional definitely pays dividends and ensures that you will be happy with your audio/video and speaker installation.

 

Interested in in-ceiling speakers, San Diego? Give us a call. Brands? We carry some of the best brands available of in-ceiling and in-wall speakers such as Episode Signature, Definitive Technology, Monitor Audio and Martin Logan. Let San Diego's in-ceiling and audio installation company enhance your life through music and movies.

 

San Diego's home theater experts proudly serve 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, 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. Need help in Murrieta, Temecula or Wildomar? We're there too.

 

 

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