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This is the place to find out about the latest television and stereo sales, why 4K TVs are great and which surround sound receiver is best for you. Check us out frequently for information about monthly audio/video sales and tidbits about the electronics industry. 

San Diego technology troubleshooting

San Diego technology troubleshooting, remote control programming and finding out which wire above goes where

 

Did your old audio/video company go out of business? Maybe you just moved into a new house and you don’t know what those 5,000 wires are doing? Need a remote control programmed and don’t know where to go? Got bad WiFi and are tired of Netflix continually stopping? Read on!

Today’s technology can be complicated and for many people, they don’t know where to turn when the above issues and other technology problems raise their head. This is why we offer what we call our “Discovery Visit”.

Our “Discovery” service allows us to arrive on site, decipher the various products and design of your set-up and to come up with a solution to make sense of your system. This also allows us to document your set-up so we can support you with service and troubleshooting in the future. Some of the elements typically uncovered during a Discovery include:

 

  • Type of audio/video/smart home/WiFi components and the way they are being used in your particular design
  • WiFi speeds in crucial areas
  • Remote control programming and remote control troubleshooting
  • Whole-house music or Sonos not working
  • Troubleshooting products that are possibly defective
  • Presenting solutions for future service and EASE OF USE
  • Best practices and implementation of existing components and design going forward
  • On-site tutorials of how your system operates

 

The cost for a Discovery visit is determined by the length of time and complexity of your system. Interested in a technology consultation? If so, give us a call and let us make sense of your TV, stereo, WiFi or home automation system.

 

 

Need a technology expert? Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County 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, Point 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, Torrey Pines, Alta Del Mar, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Coronado, Fairbanks Ranch, 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, Lennar or other builders? We can help!

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Bose vs Definitive Technology - What provides the best sound for the dollar?

 

Disclaimer: The information below is our professional opinion only.

 

I’m almost willing to bet that if you walk up to 100 random people and ask them if they have ever heard of the company Bose, at least 95 of them would say yes. Bose invented the “small speaker” category, they have a great product and they are extremely good at advertising and providing customer support. We used to be the certified installers for Bose for all of Southern California so we are very familiar with their product line-up. However, times have changed and there are small speaker offerings that we feel are a better option for the buck. One brand is an award-winning speaker company called Definitive Technology.  Let’s dive in, shall we?

 

Bose Acoustimass 6 System:

                                - (1) 2.5” Twiddler full-range speaker per speaker

                                - (1) 5.25” powered woofer (subwoofer)         8”Wx13”Hx22”D

Bose Acoustimass 10 System:

                                - (2) 2.5’ Twiddler full-range speakers per speaker

                                - (2) 5.25” powered woofers in the subwoofer enclosure             8”Wx16”Hx25”D

 

Now let’s look at a few items from Definitive Technology (also called Def Tech) in comparison:

 

ProMonitor 800:

                                - (1) 4.5” driver, (1) 1” aluminum tweeter, (1) 4.5” passive radiator

ProMonitor 1000:

                                - (1) 5.25” driver, (1) 1” aluminum tweeter, (1) 5.25” passive radiator

SuperCube 2000 Subwoofer:

                                - (1) 7.5” powered woofer, (2) 7.5”ultra-low bass radiators        approx. 10” cube dimension

SuperCube 8000 Subwoofer:

                                - (1) 11” powered woofer, (2) 12” ultra-low bass radiators         approx. 16” cube dimension

 

The Def Tech speakers are going to sound far more full and detailed than the Bose speakers for a few reasons.  The ProMonitors have markedly more driver surface area which directly helps achieve more full mid/low range frequencies and they have the separate metal tweeters which give the speaker great clear detailed high frequencies. With the passive radiators (which supply more bass) added, these speakers throw out nice full-range sound that fills the room nicely. Once you have decided which ProMonitor you like, you then get to pair them with one of Def Techs excellent subwoofers (which are MUCH smaller in size then the Bose units).  All the subwoofers in the Definitive Technology SuperCube line deliver clean, precise, LOW frequencies that you can’t get with a 5.25” driver like the Bose subwoofers possess. Another great thing about Def Tech is that you can piece these systems together as you see fit. For example, you can use the larger ProMonitor 1000 speakers with the smaller SuperCube 2000 Subwoofer.  However, if you like the smaller ProMonitor 800 speakers but want teeth-rattling bass you can add the larger SuperCube 8000 subwoofer (or either 4000/6000).  This allows you to make your own stereo “kit” to match your budget and desired quality level. When it comes to Def Tech vs Bose, we have to say that we feel that Definitive Technology scores a knockout!

 

Love Bose and need new speakers? Give us a call and let us show you how you can get more tunes for your bucks with Definitive Technology and some calibration from the best local speaker store, Aire Theater Designs.

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Looking for audio sales, home theater sales or television deals? See below!

 

It’s time for us to bring in some new toys. For that reason, we are BLOWING OUT some of our previous demos. See below for this months's specials and deals. NOTE: Our specials notated CLEARANCE are for our office demos or specials and are ridiculously discounted. Some of the sales are so insane that we can’t list model numbers. First come, first serve. When these pieces are gone…they are gone. TV pricing varies weekly and can change from day-to-day.

 

  • Samsung Q series television sales: Save BIG on Samsung Q series TVs this month. Samsung's best 4K TV option currently offer great colors, motion and lower prices!
  • BIG Sony TV specials all month! Save on 850 and 900 series TVs.
  • CLEARANCE: Definitive Technology WAMP and W7 streaming speaker and amplifier package: 50% off!
  • CLEARANCE: Martin Logan ESL speaker pair. REG. $2500/pair. NOW: $1499.99!
  • CLEARANCE: Monitor Audio SILVER6 tower speaker pair (Rosewood): REG. $1500.00/pair NOW: $999.98! SOLD OUT! CONGRATULATIONS TO CHRIS FOR GETTING GREAT SPEAKERS AND SAVING SOME $$$.
  • CLEARANCE: Monitor Audio on-wall satellite flat speakers: 75% off!
  • CLEARANCE: Niles reference in-ceiling speakers: REG. $800/pair NOW: $199.98!
  • CLEARANCE: Velodyne SC600IW in-wall subwoofer: REG. $600.00 NOW: $299.99!
  • CLEARANCE: Definitive Technology STUDIOMONITOR65 bookshelf speakers 40% off!
  • CLEARANCE: Sunbrite 43" outdoor TV for $1199.99...Save $400.00!  

 

 

Interested? Call to make an appointment if you want a look or if you want to reserve one of these special deals. Better audio, video and smart home technology at CRAZY savings? It’s here!

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Sony vs Samsung TV - Which will get our thumbs up?

 

Without a doubt, Samsung and Sony have some of the best TVs on the market right now.  The technology that each of these companies are utilizing and mastering is remarkable and just plain ‘ol EXCITING.  The picture quality and color creation of these TVs is out-of-sight, amazingly realistic, eye-poppingly clear, bright, etc.  I could go on and on.  Let me tell you a little bit about each manufacturer’s technology and hopefully this will help you decide which is best for you.

 

Samsung flat screen TVs have always been known for their incredibly bright display paired with a super-wide color spectrum. In their BETTER LED models, Samsung touts technologies such as Dynamic Crystal Color which produces millions of additional color shades compared to other Standard HD TVs. They also possess Ultra Slim Array technology which controls lighting for deeper blacks and brighter whites, etc.  In Samsung’s Premium Q-Series line, utilizing Quantum Dots, they developed tech such as Q-Color for over a billion color shades and 100% color volume (zero color-brilliance sacrifice at 100% brightness), Q-Contrast for deep blacks, and Ultra Black Elite anti-reflective coating to further achieve deeper blacks.  All of this is with absolutely no chance of picture burn-in.  Incredible!  One notable downside to the Q-Series TV in general is the loss of color brilliance when viewing from an angle or from the side.  If your TV room is set-up in such a way where everyone is pretty much viewing straight on or at least close to it, the Samsung Q series can be a great choice. If you have seats that are off-axis,  read on for the advantages of Sony OLED.

 

Sony is known for their incredible ability to achieve an absolute natural color and lighting balance. Their Triluminos Display technology helps create a very life-like realistic experience and feel.  For the ultimate in picture quality, check out the incredible depth, contrast and realism of the picture on Sony OLED TVs.  Contrast is a GIGANTIC factor in providing a quality TV picture and thanks to Sony’s OLEDs paired with their Pixel Contrast Booster technolgy, ultimate blacks and bright whites are created resulting in an incredibly detailed and accurate looking picture.  All of this is achieved using Sony’s super powerful X1 Ultimate Picture Processor. This is the best-looking TV and technology we have seen to date.

 

All the above aside, as a quick recommendation:

  • If you want the BEST TV possible, choose Sony OLED.
  • If you have seating that is off-axis from the TV, choose Sony OLED for the BEST picture or Sony’s 850F series.
  • If you want the brightest TV for the money AND you sit in front of the TV, choose Samsung Q series.
  • If you want the most natural colors, choose Sony vs. Samsung. 

 

Here’s some of our IMO recommendations:

Best:       #1 – Sony OLED (A9F, A8F)

                #2 – Samsung QLED (Q9FN-Q7FN)

Better:    #3 – Sony X900F XBR

                #4 – Samsung NU8000 OR Sony XBR850F

 

 

If you REALLY want your home theater room or surround sound area to ROCK, add a surround sound receiver and home theater speakers. On a limited budget? We'd recommend adding a surround sound system with a modest TV over using a GREAT TV with no sound.

Still have questions about Samsung vs. Sony? Call us and we can go over which flat screen, OLED, LED Q-series or TV option is best for you!

 

 

Sony vs Samsung...ask our TV experts! Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County 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, Point 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 CA, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Cielo, The Bridges, The Crosby, The Lakes, Torrey Pines, Alta Del Mar, Carmel Mountain, Carmel Valley, Coronado, Fairbanks Ranch, 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, Lennar or other builders? We can help! 

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Martin Logan Tower Speakers and Electromotion Speakers Are All Throughout the House!

 

Our recently completed whole-house La Jolla Smart Home project consists of:

  • 85" Sony XBR TV with Dolby Atmos Surround Sound from Yamaha, Martin Logan, Oppo and Episode
  • Sonos music streaming in all rooms, areas and outside
  • Trouble-free managed Wi-Fi by Luxul and Wattbox
  • EASY-to-use universal remotes and iPad universal remote control by RTI
  • Nest Thermostats to keep you COOL
  • Lutron lighting
  • Turntable featuring the Beatles Yellow Submarine by Pro-ject

 

Time to take a breath, rejoice and then to get to the next whole-house project. Looking for help with audio, video or smart home technology? You're in the right place. Give us a call and let our home automation experts get you started.

 

La Jolla Smart Home specialists are here! Aire Theater Designs proudly serves all of San Diego County, CA including Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Talmadge, Kensington, Hillcrest, Mission Valley, Fashion Valley, La Mesa, El Cajon, Blossom Valley, Lake Murray, 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 by the Sea, Torrey Pines, Carmel Mountain, Coronado, Solana Beach, Alta Del Mar, Del Mar, Olivenhain, Fairbanks Ranch, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Blossom Valley, Alpine, La Mesa and El Cajon...we're here too.

 

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Definitive Technology bookshelf speakers at 20% off for September! 

 

20% OFF! 20% OFF! 20% OFF!

What's up with these crazy guys at Definitive Technology? We've got 20% off on select Definitive Technology bookshelf speakers for the month of September. If you don't have room for GIANT speakers but you want great sound for movies and music, check these out. Get "great for the price of good" and some extra $$$ in your pocket.

 

Definitive Technology D11 bookshelf speaker pair: Regular $999.00...NOW: 20% OFF!

Definitive Technology D9 bookshelf speaker pair: Regular $749.00...NOW: 20% OFF!

Definitive Technology D7 bookshelf speaker pair: Regular $499.00...NOW: 20% OFF!

 

Want great sound for the price of good? Call us up. We are your local and best Definitive Technology dealer. Better audio, video and smart homes are here.

 

San Diego Def Tech specialists are here! Aire Theater Designs proudly serves and displays Definitive Technology to all of San Diego County, CA 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, Alta Del Mar, Del Mar, Olivenhain, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Blossom Valley, Alpine, La Mesa and El Cajon...we're here too.

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