FAQ


Home Owner Initial Meeting Questions

(These questions will be reviewed/discussed to establish the baseline for your system design)


 

Specializing in

SYSTEM DESIGN AND INTEGRATION

SATELLITE/HOME THEATER SYSTEMS & MULTI-ROOM AUDIO/VIDEO SYSTEMS

and

“FUTURE-PROOF” DIGITAL READY VIDEO/PHONE/DATA CABLING

 

Mark Brady, President and founder, is a retired naval officer (former A-6 pilot) with 50+ years experience in Home Entertainment Systems.

 

WHY HOME THEATER/MULTI-ROOM AUDIO/VIDEO SYSTEMS:  I’ve always been involved with music and entertainment. I put myself through college playing in a band. I have a collection of approximately 10,000 records/CDs. I’ve installed my own entertainment systems and systems for friends and clients for the last 50+ years. Our current home entertainment system is mostly oriented towards my audio system, however it does include the following components: 4 TVs, 2 Satellite Receivers, 4 HD Streaming Modules, 1 Analog Videocassette Recorder, 1 Digital Video Recorder, 2 HD BluRay Digital Video Disc Players, 1 3-Port Digital Modulator, 1 16-Port Video Distribution Panel, 3 Audio Receivers, 2 Power Amps, 2 Turntables, 3 CD Players, 1 Audio Digital/Analog CD Recorder, 7 Tape Decks (3) 10″ Reel-to-Reel, 4 Midi/Cassette Decks), 1 Computer with Audio/Video Capture, 4 Speaker Selector Units, 2 Tape Dubbing/Switching Units and 17 sets of Speakers.

 

WHAT IS “HOME THEATER”:  “Home Theater” is a means by which people can experience the full dynamic sound spectrum of a movie’s soundtrack in their own home, just as it was developed by the movie’s sound engineers to be experienced in the movie theater. You “watch” a movie on your TV; you “EXPERIENCE” a movie with a Home Theater system.  It’s comprised of:

  • A Movie/program source (Digital Video Disc, Digital Video Recorder, Media Server, Internet Streaming Module, Cable, Satellite or local TV broadcast when the program is encoded with Dolby or DTS surround Broadcast).
  • A Surround Sound Decoder/Processor (separate component or built into an Audio/Video (A/V) Receiver, TV  or Soundbar).
  • 5 To 11 speakers to play back the decoded movie/program soundtrack throughout the full soundtrack frequency range of 20Hz – 20kHz.
  • A Television, Monitor or Projector/screen system to present the video display.

 

WHAT IS “MULTI-ROOM AUDIO”: This system allows the homeowner to broadcast true “stereo sound” throughout the home, on decks and any other outside area desired such as pool/spa/garden. Speaker pairs are installed wherever desired. Music content can be streamed from tablets and Smart Phones, or via legacy devices such as Media Servers, Thumb drives, CD players, and AM/FM receivers. Wireless Music Systems (Sonos, Helos, etc.) allow multiple streams of audio in multiple locations, with the ability to control volume and playback options (pause, stop, next track, playlists, etc.). Speaker selector units/switches and “Zone Controllers” also allow you to select which locations receive the broadcast. Legacy style volume controls (either manual or IR remote Keypads) can be installed at each speaker location. This is a “Music System” only; it does not require any “Home Theater” system components.

 

WHAT IS “MULTI-ROOM VIDEO”:  A Multi-Room Video System allows Digital Satellite, Cable, OFF-AIR Broadcast, DVD, LD, VCR and Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) video to be available on ALL TV monitors and video systems throughout the home. Video content can also be displayed on smart tablets (iPads and Android tablets) that are wall mounted or hand carried. Video from these devices (as well as smart phones and USB thumb drives) can be transmitted to TVs via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.

 

WHAT IS “FUTURE-PROOF” VIDEO/PHONE/DATA CABLING: This will ensure that your home will be cabled to support new “Digital Services” that will be offered by Phone/CABLE/Satellite and internet providers.  “Interactive Systems Cabling” is the current phrase utilized to describe future-proof cabling.  This type of installation will converge video/voice/data digital services, allowing the homeowner to easily utilize and inter-connect between all future digital service applications within their home  All home cabling should be “Head-ended” in multiple distribution panels that will inter-connect with each other. All of these panels should be able to receive (and provide) internet connectivity. Cabling should include terabit Fiber Optic cable as well as “Conduit” connectivity between floors and major video locations. This cabling should also include cabling to support constant “Wi-Fi” coverage for all floors in a residence. Allowing automatic Wi-Fi “Hand-off” between the supporting Wireless Access Points (WAPs).

 

WHAT ARE OUR MAIN OBJECTIVES:  Customer Satisfaction, Quality System Design and Installation, Personal Integrity and Dependability.

 

DO WE BOTH SELL AND INSTALL THE ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS: We do both. We install systems in both “New Construction” homes (the preferred time to install a system) and in “Existing” homes. We have multiple local and national suppliers providing us with a product line that covers almost every product manufacturer (see “Product Line” option).

 

WHAT IS THE NEXT PHASE OF CUSTOM HOME ENTERTAINMENT: In 1997 we saw the arrival of the Digital Video Disc (DVD). In 1998 we saw the commencement of High Definition Television (HDTV) broadcast from local broadcasters. In 1999 the satellite broadcasters commenced HDTV broadcast and Internet convergent programming. 2015 saw the introduction of “Ultra High Definition” displays (resolution with pixel counts of 3840 X 2160 = 8.3 Megapixels). 2016 saw the commencement of 4K Ultra High Definition streaming from multiple providers (Netflix, Roku, Hulu, etc.) and from both Cable and Satellite providers. Ultra High Definition BluRay players are currently available to provide fully “Uncompressed” 4K video to 4K displays. YouTube and other multiple new content providers are presenting 4K video streaming options. New video display technologies such as Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) are now available allowing the viewer to watch their TVs from high offset angles without losing any video quality from their displays. Streaming services are commonly included in the new TVs. The new OLED TVs are as thin as a credit card. Many films are currently being filmed in “8K” resolution (7680 pixels × 4320 lines, 33.2 megapixels). The new HDMI 2.1 specification requires 48GBS streaming capability to support 8K video (current HDMI speed to support 4K content is 18GBS). “Voice Command Recognition” via Amazon Alexa and the Google platform is revolutionizing how both Audio/Video Systems and entire Home Automation will be performed in the future. Many AV Control companies are already using the Amazon technology in their products. It has become a “Digital World”.

 

HOW ARE PROJECTS CONTRACTED, BILLED AND COMPLETED?: We divide our projects into three phases. Each phase is supported with a dedicated contract.

Phase One is system “Design and Engineering”. Phase One is billed at $150/hour, payment is required at the completion of the design.

Phase Two is “Initial System Installation”. Phase Two is billed at $100/hour; 50% payment is due upon start of the installation, final 50% payment is due upon complete satisfaction that all agreed upon services have been completed. “Initial System Installation” includes the installation of all in-wall cabling, in-wall ducting, wall-plate brackets and system distribution panels.

Phase Three is “Final System Installation”. Phase Three is billed at $100/hour; 50% payment is due upon start of the installation, final 50% payment is due upon complete satisfaction that all agreed upon services have been completed. “Final System Installation” includes the installation of all system hardware (wall plates, speakers, electronics, display devices, control devices etc), calibration of surround sound speakers and display devices, presentation of system “Operation Guides” and “System Operation” training.

 

GIVE US A CALL:  Every new home investment should include “Future-Proof” Audio/Video/Phone/Data cable technology installation. CAT-6/7 enhanced phone/Data cabling will ensure that the home your building today will support tomorrow’s digital super highway, with data traveling at 500Megabit/sec-to-1Terabit/sec.

 

Call or write for free information regarding our custom designed & installed Home Entertainment Systems, Local: 675-8301, Toll Free: 1-888-675-8301.