To Pro or Not to Pro When Building your Home Theater?

When you are ready to foot the bill for a new home theater system, is it worth adding the expense of a professional installation? That is the question each must ask themselves.  Is it reasonable to assume that some audio-video background makes it possible to complete the job with success? This blog will break down some considerations you can add into the equation before weighing on that decision.

1. Proper Wiring

As educated professionals in low voltage and high voltage wiring systems, this should absolutely be the first consideration. Each project has its own set of needs.  The more wires involved and the higher the placement the wires the higher the risk.  Electrical Contractor Magazine stated this very interesting quote:

“Even low-voltage installers can still experience unsettling shocks, especially if they are working in an unsafe environment, such as if they are ungrounded or standing on a wet spot,” Johnston said. “While it’s unlikely that such shocks will cause serious injury by themselves, they certainly could literally knock someone off balance, which could be a real safety risk if an installer were standing on a ladder.

So consider, will the wiring require feeding through the ceiling or walls.  Will the job require creating new connections in the cables? Will you be working with equipment voltage that you haven’t learned much about? If so, it would be wise to hire a professional installer. “In addition, an arc in a low-voltage system has the same potential for igniting explosive materials as one in a 120-plus-volt system. Chapter 5 of the NEC provides rules for installing electrical wiring of any voltage in a hazardous (classified) location, specifically those locations with high concentrations of flammable or combustible liquids, flammable or combustible vapors, conductive and combustible dust, and so forth.”

2. How much time will it take you versus a pro?

With YouTube and the internet today the Do It Yourself philosophy is on the rise.  Millennials are an educated era.  It may seem sensible to try it yourself.  The frustration sets in when knee deep in a mess of cables, instruction booklets, and holes in the wall.  Professional audio installers work day in day out on common name brand equipment. 

The time it takes them to get the job done right is a fraction compared to the headache of installing yourself.  They say time is money.  That is definitely a consideration when attempting to install your home theater equipment yourself.

3. Equipment Malfunction.

Any experienced gadget goer knows that the inevitable malfunction is on its way.  No equipment is 100 percent. When the error or glitch happens will you be prepared? Professionals work directly with the manufacturers and can resolve an issue or replace the equipment with ease.  In comparison, a DIY project may come to a halt for several days or even weeks trying to resolve the complaint.  In addition to handling matters aright, installers have extended warranties on their work.  For instance, here in Las Vegas our company Elite A/V warranties for a lifetime the workmanship and wires. We also honor manufacturer warranties and will work directly with the vendors for the replacement. If a person decides to purchase the equipment on their own then hire an installer, Elite A/V offers extended warranty plans if the equipment is within 30 days of purchase.

 

As you can see there are levels of the project that all require careful consideration of skill, time, finance, and complications.  There may be areas where DIY is possible.  Or it might not be reasonable to take on the task of installing a home theater without the professionals.  What will you decide, to pro or not to pro? That is the golden question.  Elite A/V would be happy to help you at any stage of your project.  Call us for a free consultation and quote.

Smart Home Options That Save Money.

When you think of home automation does the sound “cha-ching” play over in your mind?  For many it does.  However, what some do not know is the smart home options that can save you thousands.  Let’s explore some of the ways to make a smart home more valuable than just convenience purposes.

Water Damage Control

Leaks happen, although when resolved right away the damage is minimal.  Let’s say though that you are out of town for the weekend only to come home to a completely flooded and ruined home. As a smart homeowner, that’s where home automation options could have saved you such a devastating scenario.   Today’s technology allows for the option of sensors that detect leaks.  Receive a notification right from your device letting you know where the leak started i.e. water heater, under the sink, in the attic.  Additional equipment is set up on the main water line and can shut off the water with a touch of a button, right from your phone. Think about the peace of mind that comes with this feature. Not to mention you could potentially save thousands of dollars and the devastation of a water leak.

In contrast, this feature can remotely protect a vacation home by turning on the water to run through the pipes once in a while. This will help prevent corrosion and a dried up water line that allows for cracks and leaks to occur in plumbing. Really when it comes to water damage and prevention smart home devices are a wise and valuable investment.

Save on Your Electric Bill

Think of the dozens of machines and electronics in your home.  As technology advances so do the gadgets and energy for each device.  Each of these electronics, even in standby mode result in a higher energy consumption.  Smart home energy meters, installed in an electricity box can help you in this regard.  The data that you collect can help you analyze where the energy consumption is coming from. It reports energy use back to you in real time so you can see how much electricity you really use and when you use it. Additionally, you can be more prepared when you go to purchase other types of smart home money saving options.

Next, evaluate your crawlspaces, attic, and all windows and doors for ways to improve your insulation.  30% of air-conditioning and heat can escape if your home is allowing leaks. Once you have established a good insulation system, you can invest in a programmable thermostat.  Create and manage your home’s thermostat on the go. You can store multiple daily settings but override if need be without messing up the future programmed temperatures.

Other options for saving money can include connecting solar panels to appliances and having them run at times that are most effective.  You can regulate electricity by automatically shutting off the lights inside at night instead of accidentally leaving them on.

Moreover, lighting can be a downfall in many homes.  You can reduce your costs with motion sensor lighting.  It doubles as a luxury for your guests that do not know their way around as well as the convenience of carrying a heavy load of laundry without fidgeting for the light switch.  Once you have left the room the lights will automatically turn themselves off.  Amazing right!? This may have you wondering why you haven’t invested in this upgrade sooner.  This smart home feature is also aware of daylight hours.  Yes, these sensors are smarter than a 5th grader or perhaps more diligent than your kiddos when turning off the lights.

Save You Money by Deterring Burglars.

Your home and its contents are an asset that should be protected.  There are many smart home options when it comes to safety and security.  Check out this blog all on those options.

Tailor Smart Home Options to Your Needs.

In conclusion, as you may have noted an energy-efficient home paired with smart home sensors can save you money.  You may want to start with the basics and make larger investments (like solar technology) in the future.  Over time these small changes in your home can put money back in your pocket.  Not to mention the peaceful trips away from home while still monitoring the action.  Each family’s need is a little different.  Elite A/V has trained and honest professionals that can assist you in what you need to get started on this smart home journey.  We serve the local Las Vegas, Summerlin, and Henderson areas in Nevada.  Call today for a free consultation to learn what is right for you and save money for years to come.

Smart Home Automation – Is It Right For You?

When you think of smart home automation, what comes to mind? Does the idea of saving money and security spark your interest? Elite A/V is a company that cares about our client’s well-being.  We all struggle with the same common problems and we want to help.  It has been said money makes the world go round. You may think of home automation is a luxury, however, note how some options can really be worth the investment. This article is designed to help you understand the infinite possibilities of automating your home, who really could benefit from this technology and how to get started.

Families benefit from a smart home.

In today’s society, the workforce is on the rise.  Many parents get home later than their children.  Checking in on the kids has never been easier with home automation options. Get a notification right on your phone that your kiddo arrived home safely and has locked the door behind them.

This can be achieved with a specific front door unlock code designed just for your kids.  Look in on your cameras to see if they are doing their homework like they say they are.  Additionally,  families benefit by feeling more secure when they leave the home.   Having sensors paired with surveillance cameras around the parameters of your home to detect movement and start to record.  For more in-depth information on security benefits check out this blog HERE.

Pet care is another great way smart devices can help.  Automatic feeders, sensors, and monitoring is a great way to help assist you when you are away from those awesome fur babies.

Elderly and their children benefit with a smart response.

Trying to determine the safest care for your aging loved ones can be emotional.  Having a scare of your parent not answering the phone when you call to check in on them can be gut-wrenching.  Smart home technology is incredible to put your mind at ease.  Sensors can send data if your loved one has moved around the house frequently or perhaps the sensors have not gone off in a while.  These sensors send data to a dashboard on an app to your phone.  When your parent hasn’t set off a single motion detector in their house, can spring to action.  Phone and video intercoms can be placed in your aging parents home to allow them to answer by voice even if they are stuck on the floor.  You can automatically lock doors for them at night and set the alarm to stay.

Perhaps your parents are living with you or in the casita on your property.  You can monitor if the front door opens with flashing lights in your home or notifications if you are at work. All in all, many children and elderly benefit by keeping them safe with a smart home.  The smart home list continues with emergency response technology if your loved one has fallen. Enhanced alarms to compensate for the loss of eyesight and hearing. Memory aids offering reminders for daily medications and dosages and safety features such as automatically turning off appliances.  As you can see challenges are significant when a loved one is restricted, smart home technology is a fantastic investment for your peace of mind.

Disabled benefit from gaining assistance.

We often take for granted being able to pick up a remote or walk around the home easily.  Unfortunately, some suffer from daily tasks.

Home automation is becoming a viable option for older adults and people with disabilities who would prefer to stay in the comfort of their homes rather than move to a healthcare facility.  Smart home automation can enhance the quality of a disabled loved one’s life by allowing them to have voice commands to turn on and off the television, fan, lights, thermostat and more.  Additionally, motion sensors in hallways can turn on and off lights as they are working their way to the kitchen creating a safe pathway.

Similar to helping elderly, emergency features to allow for a safer life.  Devices can collect data of heart rate, respiration, temperature and other vital functions and alert family and their physician if there is a problem.  Home robotics to help with household chores as well.

Finally, giving a disabled loved one more independence really touches their heart and allows everyone to feel better about such a challenging situation.

Out of many options Where do you get started?

Home networks are an important place to start.  There is a tremendous demand on your WIFI and network with the overflow of devices connected to your network.  Having a safe, reliable and fast network connection helps ensure smooth smart home automation.

Additionally, you need a brain to connect these sensors and systems to.  Elite A/V specializes in one of the best hubs Control 4.  This is a device that allows data to be collected and you can remotely access the information then carry out commands. It’s best to start with this device and build your home automation “toolbox” over time.

In conclusion, as you can see the value of home automation can outweigh the expense.  Elite A/V likes to address the ever-growing needs of families with a consult to help you figure out the right direction to take with smart home devices.  We are trained professionals with many years of experience in home automation here in Las Vegas.

Call today to schedule a free consultation. We can develop an affordable and beneficial plan for your smart home needs.  Mention this blog and you can qualify for a free home security package.

Smart Home Security

How can smart home security enhance your peace of mind?

Every day families go to work and leave their home unattended. Unfortunately, lawlessness is advancing from bad to worse in our communities.  1 in 32 residents in Las Vegas can expect to become a victim of property crime.  This leaves a very important decision.  How can you protect yourself and your safe haven? This is where smart home automation options come to your aid. Remote surveillance over the internet or central locking of all perimeter doors and windows are a great place to start.   We all can relate to being away from our home and wondering “did I remember to lock the door or shut the garage door?” This idea can muster up anxiety when contemplating all day long if you exposed your home to theft. Now you can verify if your doors are locked to give you the peace of mind.

Security Technology Has Made Leaps and Bounds.

If a motion is detected in your home you can get a notification in an instant from your smart home dashboard. Parents can check to see if their children have come home safely within minutes. Recieve a notification that they came in the door and the door locked behind them.  Check the security cameras to make sure pets or children are ok and what they are up to.  Alarms and detectors can update you in moments notice if there is a danger.

Safe Smart Locks

Door lock automation capabilities allow you to unlock certain parameters just to give the lawn or bug man access to the backyard. You can assign a relative with a temporary passcode that works for just a few hours to unlock your front door.  All of this can be accomplished from your device remotely.  At night it has never been more reassuring with a home automation system set up.

When it is time for bed, arm your alarm to stay with a simple voice command “good evening”. The hybrid keypad by your bedside can verify all your doors and windows are shut. The lights inside dim and fade to black, the porch lights turn on and the alarm system is armed and ready.  If a sensor goes off in the middle of the night, hit a panic button that turns on lights and plays music to reassure you that an intruder gets scared off.  Another touch of a button can notify the police.

Vacation Without a Worry.

Additionally, one of the greatest security options is the occupancy feature. When on vacation the occupancy setting can copy all the activities you used all week.  It can turn on and off the lights, tv, and electronics, the entire cycling of your actions of the previous week when you were at home. This is so much more valuable than just turning the lights on and off at night.

A vacation home can benefit as well with the option to power on and off electronics so they stay perfectly healthy and last.

Are smart home technologies secure?

We get this question a lot from our clients in Las Vegas.  It seems technology brings a new set of challenges, security within your security.  That is why it is important to hire a professional when setting up smart home features onto your existing WIFI network.

Elite A/V has access to networks that are professional grade. Moreover, the precautions our team take when setting up your smart home give you the highest level of security.

Call Elite A/V today to plan out your smart home.  We will help you understand your options and give you a plan of action that you can benefit from.  With a smart security plan, you can feel safer in the years to come.

 

 

Enhance Your Home Decor With Your Television.

The Evolution of Television Styles

Let’s go back in time for a moment and reminisce on how heavy and thick television sets were in the 50’s.  Surely, these clunkers were an eyesore. At the time, no one cared, if you owned a tv you were doing good.  Fast forward to our advanced day and age, it is the norm in every household to have a flat screen tv. Additionally, most tv’s are mounted right on the wall.  They look very sleek and barely take up any space.

However, even though we have come a long way, let’s face it, a big black screen is not exactly art on the wall.  Most women would love to have a hideaway tv. Hiding cords and electronics would be a miracle. So, what options are available to enhance home décor with a television?

 

Add Art to Your Home theater or Living Space

A fantastic way to conceal your flat panel or projection screen is to literally cover it with art and add a beautiful frame around it.  A company called ArtScreen has mastered this idea and it fits within our standard of classy and unique. Framing your tv is a great home decor enhancement. Here’s how it works. A frame is surrounding your television with a canvas of your choice of art displayed in front of your tv. When you are ready to watch tv, a silent motor screen retraction rolls the canvas up inside of the frame and booyah you have a home theater system.

Design your TV Frame to Enhance Your Home Decor

The process is simple, purchase a tv if you don’t already own one. Followed by selecting your art.  This art could be your own if it is good enough quality or you could choose from ArtScreen’s selected designer art with over 1,200 options of styles and colors. Next, select a frame to your liking. We personally love the modern frame for a television choice.  If you ever visit our showroom in Las Vegas you would know Elite A/V preferred style is modern!

 

Finally, after you have chosen all the components to your artwork, a professional home theater installation company installs your framed art and conceals all of your wires.  That is where Elite A/V steps in, our company serves Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Summerlin, and the greater Las Vegas Area.We specialize in Home Theaters, HDTV Set-ups, Multi-room Audio Systems, Universal Control Systems, Lighting & Shade Control, Networking and Wireless Solutions.  We would love to help you learn more about framing your tv and all the amazing options out there.

Additional Thoughts For Your Screen:

ArtScreen can work with a recessed or surface mounted television.  However, a very important factor to consider is the quality of your tv screen. As audio video professionals, quality comes first in our opinion.  Additional money can then enhance your home decor.  Quality of a screen makes the world of a difference to your enjoyment of a movie.  The light that reflects off of a projector or screen can be faded and blurry if not chosen correctly. We want to ensure the quality of your home theater system by helping you understand your options.  Here are two great articles on our website to read: One is HDR and the other is 4K.

 

Feel free to email or call us to schedule a consultation with one of our professionals. We would be happy to email you all the options of frames and art choices.

Call us today! 702.997.4108

Email us HERE.

 

 

 

A Showroom Designed to Educate You and Impress Your Senses.

For those of you who know Elite A/V our standards have always been high.  We now have a home theater showroom in Las Vegas that will take you to audio video dreamland! The technology on display features complete home automation control systems and a variety of home theater sound displays. Additionally, we have Salamander a/v furniture, security systems, a commercial cafe bar and a stylish game room.   We have packed this place out with tons of amazing products for you to experience!

 

Learn Smart Home Capabilities

Home automation technology has grown so much over the last few years.  Voice commands and remote control systems have never been more functional. We really do have it made in the shade! You can test out Alexa and movie and audio commands.  Home automation is at the next level when you bring Control4 on board. This remote is a fan favorite when it comes to quality and variation.  Prompt automatic Lutron window shades, color changing light displays, thermostat controls and more with the dynamic duo of Alexa and Control 4 integrations.

The Theater Experience

Throughout our showroom, there are strategic audio displays designed to impress your senses.

The theater room is where you can kick back on plush fortress theater designed seating, gaze up at a seamless 100″ projection, and take in two variations of theater sound systems.  Monitor Audio paired with Dolby Atmos and the other incredible display by Martin Logan with a 7.1 channel sound. Both radiate immense power and unique sound.  Other audio systems showcased are Monitor Audio, Triad Speakers, Dynaudio, Sonos and Bang and Olufsen.

Every Home theater in Las Vegas should have the sound that is enjoyable to watch a movie with. We want to educate you about the differences in sound, size, price, and technology. However, no matter the cost, we back up the quality of the products we offer! Each and every speaker has something to offer for your individual preferences.

 

Get your Game On!

Our game room is not shy of audio power. We have some pretty amazing floor standing KEF speakers on display for your entertainment. Play a round of shuffleboard or bumper pool and imagine what your game room could be with surround sound pumping through the ceiling. We want to help customize every space in your home to maximize your enjoyment with your friends and family.

Commercial Grade Electronic Displays

Your heart may already be pumped up at this point, however, the cafe area features an LG commercial menu board with a video panel display that will have you brainstorming ways to enhance your storefront or restaurant. Soon to come is a 70-volt commercial Sonance system that creates a personal experience in a large space.  , an alarm system panel

 

Finally, to protect our establishment we have an alarm system panel to demo for you that we feel is of the utmost importance in your home and business. If you love to explore new technology and enjoy learning about a variety of audio-video gadgets, we guarantee you will be happy with our selections.  Schedule a visit so we can demo all kinds of fun entertainment equipment for you!  Call us at 702-997-4108 to make your appointment today!

Streaming Music at Your Workplace. Is it Legal?

Business owners red come in we're open sign

Business owners with great reason love streaming music for their clients and staff.  Music changes the consumer experience by a great deal.

A PROPER MUSICAL SELECTION INCREASES THE TIME SPENT IN THE STORE

  • 40% of clients spend more time in the store if they feel the music is well chosen.
  • Better music = more time spent = more sales.

THE ADEQUATE MUSIC INCREASES FIDELITY TO THE BRAND

  • 21% recommend you if they felt good with the music
  • 31% come back if the music is appropriate

MUSIC CREATES IDENTITY

  • 97% of general managers of the best retailers in the world say that music strengthens the brand personality.

Notably, these facts from snail music are a powerful statement. With that said, streaming music companies such as Pandora or Spotify in a workplace has complications and legal limits. Our goal is to break down legalities of music in a business setting and help you avoid any mishaps or penalties.  In addition to, providing you with reliable options of streaming music legally.

streaming music on a personal device

Streaming Music Services are Usually Limited to Personal Use.

When a song plays, you may find yourself using the expression “this is my song!” However, while we may have emotionally adopted the song, it still legally belongs to the songwriter who created it and the music publisher who markets it. To use their property in a public setting, you need to ask permission. The term for commercial licensing is “public performance” that is, a gathering of people in a public place not including social settings of a small circle of family or friends. Licensing agencies like ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC actively seek out businesses using unlicensed music and assess fines and penalties. These agencies are actually enforcing U.S. copyright law by collecting royalty fees and paying them to the musicians and songwriters that created the music.  Therefore, a public performance license is required in order to stream owned music.

Old school boombox

What about CDs, Tapes, Radio or TV?

Permission is needed to play records or tapes in your establishment. Interestingly, the ASCAP highlights permission for radio and television transmissions in your business is not needed. A problem to consider with radio or television is the annoying commercials in between that could drive consumers out of your business.

What About Streaming Music Just For Staff?

There is a bit of a gray area on playing music for your staff.  It’s important to note that, licensing is not required for the “private performance” of songs. There have been many lawsuits that stem from the disagreement of what constitutes as a public or private performance.  Nevertheless, one can convincingly argue that a group of fewer than five co-workers listening to streaming music within the confines of their office is a private performance.  As the number of employees grows, the closer you get to the threshold of a public performance.

Commercial Licensing vs. A  Music Service.

More often than not, a commercial license is limited to mood music. This mood music you hear in the background at a doctor’s office, hair salon, or grocery store. A commercial license doesn’t cover service for music used to accompany dancing (including ballrooms and dance studios), bowling, skating or instructed health club classes; or for music used in a location where a cover charge is charged. (Guide Through Legal Jungle)

In comparison, the benefit to obtaining your business music via a service is that all the licensing is in their hands. Your company will not need to directly interact with the Pros.

Elite A/V Recommends SiriusXM for Business.

At any rate, the cost of worry can be compared to a heavy load.  Lifting that burden and getting a quality service is what we recommend. SiriusXM for business requires a low monthly fee and a one-time purchase of The Grace Digital Business Music Player or Sonos wireless products.  This option allows you to play music directly from the internet over your business stereo or phone system. It’s perfect for anything from medical clinics to hotel restaurants, streaming over 50,000 stations with high-quality digital sound for your listening enjoyment.

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sonos product and full line of speakers

In conclusion, We would be happy to help you figure out what music choice is best for your business. Call us today to find out what streaming service and equipment we recommend for your specific needs.  A well-respected technician would be happy to answer any of your questions.

RIVA FESTIVAL The Mother of a Multi-room Wireless Speaker

The last article featured RIVA ARENA, the more compact version of the wireless speaker from the RIVA Wand Series. This article will highlight RIVA FESTIVAL a larger and more dynamic version in this series.

 The Quality of Design is Remarkable for Such a Small Speaker.

First and foremost, this bad boy is upgraded with an elegant wood enclosure surrounding three woofers, three tweeters, and 4 passive radiators. Can you believe all that fits in 14 x 7-inch speaker?  This design reproduces more of the musical spectrum than any comparable product currently on the market. That’s impressive!

The RIVA Difference!

The FESTIVAL audio design utilizes high-performance acoustic components to deliver an audio quality that truly reciprocates live audio.  Additionally, their patented 3-channel audio technology Trillium™ captures stereo imagining in the finest and most sought after way.

You may wonder, what is stereo imaging? Imaging refers to the aspect of sound recording and reproduction.  When sound is recorded in a professional studio, the placement of instruments, artist, and microphone in the sound booth make all the difference.  RIVA speakers are designed to highlight those unique locations and depth.  Moreover, an image (placement of sound) is considered to be good if the location of the performers can be clearly located. On the other hand, the image is considered to be poor if the location of the performers is difficult to locate.

Stereo and Ambisonic Recordings

According to one reference, a well-made stereo recording, properly reproduced, can provide good imaging within the front quadrant; a well-made Ambisonic recording, properly reproduced, can offer good imaging all around the listener and even including height information.

Envision you are sitting in a room with a band behind you and the artist in front of you. It’s as though music is 3D, that is the type of amazing quality you can expect from these wireless speakers.  Immersive sound with deep, powerful bass is key to a pleasing experience.

Other Specs:

With a whopping 200 watts of power, this wireless speaker can charge your tablet or phone with its’ USB port.  Endless hours of fun with connectivity options including Wi-Fi, DLNA, DDMS, AirPlay, and Bluetooth. Stream unlimited audio content through Chromecast built-in and Spotify® Connect. FESTIVAL supports high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/192kHz so you don’t miss any detail.

Why Elite A/V backs up This Brand

All things considered, As of 2017, RIVA Audio has received some of the highest awards in the world of high-performance wireless audio. No doubt, we had to jump on board with such a high standard of sound.  It’s no wonder our customers in Las Vegas love this product.  See for yourself in person how powerful a compact wireless speaker can be!  When given the choice, choose professional options over consumer products out there.

Let us help! Call today 702.997.4108 to visit our fully remodeled show rooms to gain home theater inspiration.  The speaker choices will surely impress any listener.

Cover image of Riva Arena by the pool.

RIVA ARENA – Wireless Speakers that Pack a Punch!

The lives we live are fast-paced. Having a speaker to take on the go reaps great benefits.  For this reason,  there is much to consider when purchasing a compact speaker to fit the role of many jobs. We are happy to boast about these remarkable little wireless speakers that are packed with innovative technology.  First, let’s take a journey in time back to the early 70’s to see why these speakers exist.

The Roots of RIVA

The founder is regarded as a true “Golden Ears” throughout the music industry with a deep passion for delivering the real truth and joy of music. Beginning his career in the UK, Rikki Farr, was in the heart of the music industry.  He hosted the infamous 1970 Isle of Wight, which was said at the time to be one of the largest human gatherings in the world. With estimates of over 650,000, this event surpassed the attendance at Woodstock. The line-up featured some incredible artists such as The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis and The Doors.  Ricky later developed a touring company and produced 4,700 shows with leading artists Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Bob Marley, Bob Seger, Guns N Roses, Nirvana, and much, much more.

In addition, Ricky is no stranger to live music. His experience drove the passion to create the “Riva philosophy”.   The philosophy basically is to design and produce speakers and technology that can reproduce music and sound so pure you can hear the future.

Why Elite A/V Recommends this Wireless Speaker

As of 2017, RIVA Audio has received some of the highest awards in the world of high-performance wireless audio. Of course, we had to jump on board with such a high standard of sound.  So what are the specs of this roaring lion packed in a little body?

This two part article will feature our favorite two wireless speakers: RIVA ARENA and RIVA FESTIVAL Let us see which one is right for you.

The Small but Powerful RIVA ARENA

Arena speaker on kitchen counter

A compact multi-room wireless speaker that delivers stereophonic sound. What exactly is stereophonic? It is a sound reproduction using two or more separate channels (Arena having 3)to capture the dimensions of a performance. The depth is separated into the performer and their acoustic surroundings. This elevates your experience and allows your ears to resonate with a realistic sound of a live concert.

Pretty incredible huh? Not to mention lightly, the speaker doubles as a USB charger and is equipped with Spotify connect and Chromecast built-in for unlimited streaming capabilities.

Designed and Engineered from the Inside Out.

  • 50 watts of power
  • The Arena connects with Wifi or with Bluetooth, Airplay, DDMS, and DLNA.
  • It supports High-resolution audio up to 24-bit/ 192kHz
  • Play all of your favorite audio hassle free, from any source and anywhere you want. No Wi-Fi required!
  • Optional battery pack allows 20+ hours before recharging.

All things considered, this speaker from the wand series of Riva audio is an exceptional choice if a compact speaker is a huge asset you want to have.  If size isn’t the most concerning feature, you may like the RIVA FESTIVAL. Keep a look out for the next article.

5 Ways to Cool Your Electronics

For those of you that live local,  summertime in Las Vegas, NV is no joke. It’s so hot sometimes I feel like we are in one of those movies where you’re trekking through sandy hills trying to just stay alive. As we take measures to keep cool this summer, we should also protect our electronics.  After all, they provide us with hours and hours of fun! In this article, I will teach you 5 basic tips to keep your gadgets cool and working smoothly for the long run.

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How to Keep your Home Theater Electronics Cool

#1 Give your electronics room to breathe.

Stacking gadgets on top of one another is a common mishap with entertainment centers.  Each device has a venting system and the little fan inside of it is most likely working overtime when you are enjoying some relaxation.  Seeping out of the vent is a lot of heat. As we are familiar, heat rises. If your apple tv is stacked on top of your gaming equipment and that’s on top of your DVD player, chances are there is some overheating happening. So words of advice to the wise: spread your equipment out about 2-3 inches apart and use shelves to stack your devices neatly. Double check all of the vents around each item are completely clear and not obstructing the airflow.

If your equipment is stored in an enclosed area, hot air tends to cycle through it making it hotter the longer it is running. Fans and cooling devices are great for areas where the ventilation is not available.  Salamander A/V furniture is a brand we highly recommend for shelves and ventilation.  It helps that they are really sweet home decor statement pieces too.

Salamander audio video cabinets

#2 Keep the sunlight from shining directly in on your gadgets.

It makes sense right? Direct sunlight has the potential cut the life span of your theater devices in half. It’s common to have the entertainment center in a well-lit room.  Just monitor if the windows allow the sun to peer in and heat up your electronics. Sheer curtains help to ease the harsh sun.  To take it a step further, you can strategically place the vents from the a/c to point in the direction they are.

To take it a step further, you can strategically place the air vents to point in the direction of your entertainment center.

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Dust bunny

#3 Dust your electronics often.

Ever wonder why your tv gets dusty so quick? Electric and magnetic fields from your TV, stereo, and receivers attract and draw dust in. When dust makes its way into your components, a swirling mob of dust bunnies dancing around the fan could trap heat inside rather than letting the heat escape easily.  If you do a little cleaning this can significantly prevent overheating and make your electronics last much longer.

 

#4 Power Down when not around.

There’s no need to keep your electronics running 24/7.  Powering the TV or Projector down will help keep the house cooler and save the lifespan of your expensive equipment.

 

#5 Know the signs of overheating.

Lastly, if you sense something is wrong with your electronics such as too hot to touch or the fan is extra loud, shut them down immediately and disconnect the power source.  Each device has a built in cooling protocol.  Just allow them to cool down completely before powering up again.

So, that’s it! Common sense right? Hope this helps and you learned something new today. Try to make these little changes to assist your home theater in providing many years of enjoyment to come! Keep cool but keep your electronics cooler! Visit our website or call to learn more about how we can help with many solutions to solve heat issues including fans, cabinet coolers, ventilation products & more.