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Want to install a Sonos wall mounted speaker...read on!
Sonos speakers are great but in the past, there hasn't been a way to cleanly wall mount them. The problem is that legally, we can't run the power cables in the wall (against California code) so you would see them laying exposed on the wall. However, one of our installation partners just came up with a solution. Midlite now has a LEGAL in-wall power solution that allows us to hide the power cable and that doubles as a wall mount! This makes for a much cleaner look, especially when using Sonos speakers as rear speakers in a surround sound configuration.
Looking for Sonos speakers? We happen to be Sonos experts and carry the full line including the PLAYBAR, Sonos ONE, Sonos SUB, Sonos PLAY5 and others. Don't know what all the ruckus is about? See below for a little information of what Sonos is all about.
Interested? Give us a call and let us show you how to enhance your life with Sonos streaming speakers and amazing music.
Surround sound system and installation with Martin Logan and iOS univeral remote
How Much Does Surround Sound Cost?
Does surround sound cost $100.00, $1,000.00, $50,000.00? It depends. Think of today’s surround sound systems like a car. If you went to a dealership that sold every car on the planet and said “I want a car”, you might get a $500.00 used jalopy or a $1.4 million Aston Martin. You would need to ask some questions or present a budget/needs to actually get something you want. Surround sound has just as many variances. The reason is that there are many levels of quality of devices, types of speakers, different system configurations, levels of system control, etc. The build of your home can also determine how much surround sound installation costs as some homes are much more difficult to get wires from A to B.
Here are some things to consider:
Speakers: Your sound quality starts and ends with the quality of your speakers. If you want accurate, detailed true-to-life sound...buy better speakers. See link below for more details.
Ease of Use: When you have a surround sound system, you have MANY remotes. If you have a quality universal remote, just one button push on ONE remote will put everything on the correct input and setting. It will also ensure that nothing can get out-of-whack so you can enjoy your system without frustration. You will never exclaim “How do I turn on the TV” with one of our systems.
Management: Are you a techy person? If so, you may be familiar with power-cycling components, enabling bridge mode on routers, optimizing WiFi download speeds, etc. If you’re like 98% of our clients and you aren’t, plan on adding pieces that provide better WiFi and that make power-cycling easy (this is when you unplug your misbehaving cable box, AppleTV, Roku, etc.).
Components: Would you like to listen to streaming music through Pandora or Spotify? How about playing vinyl on one of our turntables? Want to get the best movie quality with one of our Blu-Ray players? Adding components will provide more entertainment solutions and fun but will have an associated cost.
You: Be frank and honest about your budget and what you’d like to accomplish. We are here as your audio/video advocate and our desire is to get you exactly what you want. However, if you don’t let us know what you are comfortable spending or what you may like, you may end up with the equivalent of the jalopy or the Aston Martin presented above. With a car or a house, people bring up budget right away. We recommend looking at surround sound systems in the same light.
“Surround sound” typically costs $5K-15K (once you add a TV). Here are 3 different systems in a Good/Better/Best scenario. These will give you a good idea of general costs of surround sound installation and systems for your home. Please keep in mind that each of these scenarios can be tweaked to fit your specific needs or desires.
Yamaha 5.1 A/V Receiver: ($280)
5 good in-ceiling speakers: ($875)
Good Subwoofer: ($400)
Basic Universal Remote w/ programming: ($500)
TOTAL = $3,055
Yamaha 9.2 A/V Receiver: ($1100)
2 Front Floor-standing speakers: ($1,600)
1 Center Channel speaker: ($700)
4 better in-ceiling speakers: ($1500)
Better Subwoofer: ($700)
Better Universal Remote w/ programming: ($1000)
TOTAL = $7,850
These systems can cost 6 figures. Please refer to one of the insanely high-end systems we created in one of our previous blogs. VERY cool stuff!
Krell Illusion Pre-Amp: ($14,999)
5 Krell Solo 575 Mono Amp: ($34,999)
Martin Logan Neolith Loudspeakers: ($79,995)
Martin Logan Illusion ESL C34A Center: ($6,995)
Martin Logan ESL-EFX On-wall speaker: ($3,095)
Sony XBR-100Z9D 4K Ultra HD TV w/ HDR: ($59,999)
TOTAL = $200,082
The above will at least give you the idea of a few different price scenarios and what would fall in each surround sound system. Hopefully this gives you a good reference of where you want to start for the new surround sound system you want for your home. Ready to enjoy movie theater quality surround sound and amazing music with the family in your home? Start with a call to us. We are the home of San Diego surround sound systems and installation.
San Diego surround sound installation experts 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, Rancho Santa Fe, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Blossom Valley, Alpine, La Mesa and El Cajon...we're here too.
Netflix won't work, AppleTV issues, cable TV problems and more...here is the fix!
Here’s a smattering of the calls we get on a daily basis:
“The guide isn’t coming up on my cable box”
“Netflix stopped working…there aren’t ay images”
“My Roku won’t do anything and it is frozen”
“I can’t get WiFi to work…the wheel keeps spinning”
“I’ve got no sound from my DirecTV box”
If you’re making this call, we know that audio/video troubleshooting can be frustrating and complicated. However, it doesn’t have to be!
If you’ve had a system installed with us over the last few years, you have a BIG, ORANGE BUTTON (see picture above). We liken it to magic. You push the orange button, wait 30 seconds and then push it again. Once you perform these three steps, your problems are solved!
We love the big, orange button so much we’ve thought about changing our company name to “BOB”. Don’t have a BIG, ORANGE BUTTON? Call us and let us simplify your technology with a BOB for your audio/video system or WiFi network.
NOTE: Is your system a little more complicated with racks of surround sound equipment, whole-house audio or smart home technology? We have a BOB we can install that allows us to reset things AUTOMATICALLY from anywhere in the world! We recently performed this for a client in La Jolla while we were in Costa Rica.
Call us to determine the level of BOB you need in your life.
WiFi issues, Netflix won't work or AppleTV problems San Diego? We've got you covered. 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.
It's ALMOST summer. That means that you a) Need to install outdoor speakers and outdoor televisions before it's 100 degrees and b) Football will be here before you know it. This is a great time to enhance your home with smart home solutions and great sound and picture. 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. Call for latest pricing.
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 home automation at CRAZY savings? It’s here!
Looking for Samsung TV sales or audio/video specials 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.
Like artwork and watching television? Why not do both? If you haven’t seen the Samsung Frame TV it’s worth an audition. This fantastic 4K TV doubles as digital artwork when not in use! This TV makes use of a proximity sensor so it stays off when no one is in the room and then turns on with artwork when someone enters the room. You have the option to load 100s of pieces of art from the TV itself or from Samsung. Want custom artwork? You have the ability to load your own! These amazing pieces of art are available in sizes of 43”, 55” and 65” diagonally.
You can also customize the frame on these flat screen televisions. The Frame TV initially comes with a black border but it is easily customizable with a separate white or wood-shaded frame.
Sounds interesting? Call the San Diego Frame TV experts and let us show you what all the excitement is about.
San Diego Samsung Frame TV installation experts 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, 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.
Right in the middle of Temecula Valley’s renowned Wine Country lies the residence of this Project of the Day. I am extra proud of this job as it definitely had its challenges and had, what I like to call, a Big Cool Factor to it. We were presented with an idea… a vision the customer had of transforming the Living Room in his house into a Theater Room for the whole family to enjoy. This is the thing movie fanatic’s dream of, a theater built into your home! How great is that?! Being that the customer enjoyed crystal clear picture and great sound when watching movies, we had to design a killer system that looked and sounded the part of an actual movie theater. We nailed it right on the head, as well as throwing in a couple extras we surprised our customer with! Let me take you into this spectacular project now so you can get a feel for what it took to get it done, and how it all turned out upon completion.
Our scope of work: Mount the projector, mount the fixed projector screen on-wall, build audio/video gear furniture piece, install all gear into furniture piece and setup, install (6) in-ceiling speakers for Dolby Atmos setup, setup tower speaker and center channel speaker, program a control system, mount (14) acoustic panels, and finally, and also the surprise, install and setup an Alexa for voice system automation. Here is the list of all the great products we provided for this Custom Home Theater System:
As you can see, we had excellent gear to make this dream project happen. Projects like this always have their obstacles to overcome though. The biggest obstacle we had to deal with was how and where we wanted to mount the acoustic panels for the best acoustic results. You see, the room was pretty live, meaning sound bounced around pretty bad, which is very bad for quality sound. By carefully designing a layout for the 3’x4’ panels, we were able to improve the acoustics of the room DRASTICALLY. It was awesome. The 6 panels that we hung from the ceiling were the most tedious for sure. I wanted to create a really cool look and feel to the room and still deliver the sound dampening performance that we needed. So I hung them from the ceiling at a slight angle, using thick piano/mirror wire and hooks. It turned out looking spectacular. Once everything was said and done, the customer couldn’t have been more thrilled. The crystal clear picture of the Sony 4K projector along with the Dolby Atmos Surround Sound setup made this living room turned movie theater look and feel like the real thing! Yet another successful custom project completed for ATD.
~P.S.~ Do you see the cool looking beam that the projector is mounted to? At the beginning of the project, none of that was there. It was just a huge vaulted ceiling. We worked hand-in-hand to complete the needed home theater design with the customer and the contractor so that the media room would deliver the look and feel the customer was looking for, yet also give us the functionality we needed for the home theater system. Fun stuff!