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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.
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!
Smart Home San Diego installation with Lutron Caseta lighting, RTI universal remote app and Nest thermostat
The term “Smart Home” is everywhere today. However, depending on who you talk to, the definition of “Smart Home” can have many meanings. Here’s our take on “Smart Homes”, how to get one for yourself and some of the pieces and parts that make up this category.
We’ll cover three types of Smart Home solutions. These will be:
Smart Home DIY: These are products for people that would like to install some of these smart home conveniences on their own. We love DIY! (with limits…see below) so we carry many of these products for this reason.
Smart Home Installation LIGHT: These Smart Home solutions provide home automation solutions for audio, video, lighting, climate and more.
Smart Home Installation GENIUS: This type of installation is truly intuitive where your home environment changes automatically as you move from room-to-room…read on!
Smart Home DIY
What’s great about DIY smart home products is that they are prevalent now whereas 5 years ago this category didn’t exist. Some of these solutions offer price-points 1/10th of what they used to be. This allows you to experience comforts such as front door cameras, whole-house lighting control, whole-house music, room-to-room intercoms and more. Some of these brands and solutions are:
Sonos: This wireless music solution provides a ton of today’s music apps, easy set-up and good sound utilizing your existing WiFi.
Lutron Caseta: This whole-house lighting control allows you to control the lights in your house ALL with a single touch. You can also have your lighting system do things like automatically turn on when you pull into your driveway, turn on/off at specific times of the day and more.
Nest Thermostats: Hate coming home to a 90 degree house in summer? Like the idea of turning your AC on BEFORE you get home? Nest thermostats allow for this! They also help to save money by automatically turning off when no one is in a specific area.
Yale doorlocks: Want to open the door for a babysitter or houseguest while you’re at work? How about knowing when people go in-and-out of a particular door? Add Yale WiFi locks for some awesome home automation capabilities!
Here are some of the possible issues with Smart Home DIY products.
Smart Home Installation LIGHT
This is the type of Smart Home installation that we perform for most of our clients. This makes up solutions such as universal remotes that control your surround sound and TV, seamless whole-house lighting control, whole-house music, climate control, etc. The big difference between Smart Home DIY and Smart Home Installation LIGHT is that with the latter, all of these Smart Home elements work in tandem as opposed to having to
Smart Home Installation GENIUS
Smart Home Installation GENIUS systems are truly a smart home where your house (equipped with our programming and products) “knows” what is going on as you go from room-to-room. Do you and your significant other like different music? Your Smart Home knows this and turns on different music for each of you as you enter the room. Want your TVs to display art when you walk in the room and turn it off when you leave? How about when you pull up in your driveway, your favorite music comes on, the temperature and lighting changes and the Jacuzzi jets turn on? Smart Home installations at the GENIUS level do this and more.
Smart Home GENIUS installations also use one app to control all of your household systems. Do you want to go in-and-out of your audio/video app to control your TV, lighting app for your whole-house lighting control, security app to see your CCTV cameras, pool app to turn your Jacuzzi on, etc.? If you have a Smart Home GENIUS installation, you don’t have to.
Got questions about Smart Homes San Diego? We’ve installed these types of Smart Home products in thousands of homes over the last 12 years. Give us a call and let San Diego’s smart home experts guide you in your quest to have the smartest home on the block.
Looking for smart home products 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, Alta Del Mar, 4S Ranch, Santaluz, La Jolla, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo. Need help in Murrieta, Wildomar, Temecula, Fallbrook or Bonsall...we're there too.
Ready for BIG TV and stereo savings? We’re clearing out some of our office demos to make way for new audio/video equipment. See below for CRAZY sales on projectors, surround sound equipment, high-end 2 channel stereo systems and more. 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.
Definitive Technology BP8060 tower speakers with built-in subwoofers: REG. $2,000/pair. NOW: $1099.98!
Definitive Technology WAMP and W7 streaming speaker and amplifier package: 50% off!
Monitor Audio SILVER6 tower speaker pair (Rosewood): REG. $1500.00/pair NOW: $999.98!
Monitor Audio on-wall satellite flat speakers: 75% off!
Niles reference in-ceiling speakers: REG. $800/pair NOW: $199.98!
Parasound HALO high-end 2 channel pre-amplifier and 125 watt amplifier: 40% off!
Parasound 250 watt X 2 channel amplifier IN BOX: 25% off!
Velodyne SC600IW in-wall subwoofer: REG. $600.00 NOW: $299.99!
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 TV or speaker sales 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.
Luxul WiFi Router, Switch and Wireless Controller Makes for GREAT WiFi!
We got another call today from a client that was not pleased with his WiFi performance and wanted to know how to get better coverage. After talking for a bit, we realized that any of our WiFi solutions would provide a robust, fast WiFi signal for his home and devices. Unfortunately, the cable company WiFi solutions are quite lackluster and don't provide the range, speed and quality that literally every one of our models do. Want better WiFi San Diego? Read on...to ensure great WiFi performance in your house:
1) CHOOSE A BETTER WIFI ROUTER
The wireless router supplied by the cable company is rarely a good choice. Selecting a better router from companies like Apple, Eero, Luxul or Ruckus will make a BIG difference in your range, speed and capabilities. Which is best? That's where our WiFi experts come in. We factor in elements such as the square footage that we need to cover, number of current devices that need WiFi, plans for the future and building materials when selecting the perfect piece for you. Additionally, quality routers make for a quality network as long as they are optimized correctly. Read on.
2) OPTIMIZE YOUR NETWORK
As more and more devices become wireless, all of these competing devices make it increasingly difficult to get a better WiFi signal. This can cause websites to take a long time to load, streaming services like Netflix or Amazon to drop out or other computer issues. Did you also know that your neighbor's network and devices can affect how things work in your home? Our WiFi technicians are trained to inspect your network to ensure that problems such as competing wireless channels, 2.4 Ghz noise, insufficient network speeds from the provider, etc. are dealt with promptly and accurately so that your WiFi network makes you love technology...not hate it!
Is your wireless network driving you insane? Let us help. We solve network and WiFi problems every day for our clients. Aire Theater Designs is San Diego's choice for better WiFi and wireless solutions.
Want better WiFi 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.
Sony 100" 4K LED TV - One of the biggest TVs you can buy!
Ready for a BIG TV? Do you have any interest in getting the biggest TV you can buy? How about the INSANELY HUGE HD display that the Dallas Cowboys rock in their stadium? It's a 1680" screen that cost $40 million from start to finish to make and install. I know what you are saying...probably too big for your Great Room or Family Room right? How about this then? Our entire team got to see firsthand Sony’s 100” XBR100Z9D TV and it looked amazing! It also has a much more reasonable price tag of just $59,999.99. If that is still too big or the budget is too ridiculous, here's some other options to up your TV game. NOTE: Some of our "Best Buys" are highlighted.
77” XBR77A1E OLED 4K TV: $17,999.99
75” XBR75Z9D reference 4K LED TV: $8,999.99
85” XBR85X850D 4K TV: $5,999.99
75” QN75Q7F Quantum Dot 4K TV: WAS $5,999.99 / NOW $3,999.99
82” UN82MU8000 4K LED TV: WAS $4,999.99 / NOW $3,799.99
77” OLED77W7P Reference OLED 4K TV: $14,999.99
77” OLED77G6P High-End OLED 4K TV: WAS $19,999.99 / NOW $10,999.99
86” 86SJ9570 BIG and BAD 4K TV: WAS $7,999.99 / NOW $6,999.99
Want the biggest TV you can buy? You're in the right place. Let San Diego's BIG TV experts steer you towards video alchemy as well as a heck of a GIANT TV. We've been helping clients with "Better Audio, Video and Home Automation" for almost 12 years. NOTE: TV pricing changes from day-to-day. Check with ATD for up-to-date prices.
Control your Smart Home with an iPad, phone or hand-held universal remote
A Smart Home brings simplicity, peace of mind, convenience and security to your life. What if your home seemed to move and change around you as you walked through it? What if it responded