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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#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.

 

 

 

Elite Now Offers Super Sleek Audio Video Furniture!

Salamander is no doubt leading the industry with well built audio video Cabinets.  We wanted to offer these gorgeous designs with our services.  Check out some of the looks and features below that are on display in our showroom here in Las Vegas.  Explore what style speaks to your personality.

Each cabinet is engineered specifically for the purpose to satisfy the functional requirements of professional AV Integrators and AV enthusiasts. It’s no wonder Salamander earned the title of #1 Brand of AV Furniture by CE Pro Magazine. Elite A/V LLC in Las Vegas is happy to offer such an outstanding home theater cabinet.

Are you wondering why the need for a special Audio Video Cabinet?

Consider all of your home theater gadgets, cords, and speakers.  Housing these items under the right conditions are crucial to making your expensive equipment last.  For instance, proper ventilation can significantly decrease malfunction, extending the life of your components.  A/V cabinets ensure proper storage with the ability to tailor accessories to your families needs.  Your cabinet should reflect on your preferences in technology.

Furthermore, high-end electronic components are typically deeper and heavier than standard components.  As professional audio video installers, we suggest to rack-mount your devices on an industry compliant cabinet frame for the best support.

Finally, these cabinets assist with the look and feel of your home decor, having a place to hide your electronics and give a clean overall classy look to your home theater. So lets look at designs, shall we?

Which Style do you gravitate to?

Are you Contemporary, Urban, Metropolitan?

Barcelona would be a fit for you! With a clean cutting edge design, beveled edges and precision miter joints, this beauty is highlighted with a Natural Walnut finish and Gloss White doors.  Variations are also available in Natural Cherry finish and Smoked Glass doors.

Are You a Contemporary Minimalist?

Then the Chicago Salamander Design is right for you! Lightly textured, black oak doors with black, tempered glass on top, this beauty is sleek and exotic just like a salamander itself.

How about Rustic Contemporary?

If you like a warm cozy home, then the Dever style is for you! Deeply embossed, horizontal grains resemble wheat stalks. The simplicity of the natural wood is clean, rustic and enhances the chocolate brown glass top. Variations of this cabinet are natural light oak instead of the walnut finish.

The size and shape variations are extensive too! We want to help you as we educate all our customers how they can enjoy their home theater in the very best way.  Reliable, sturdy furniture is a great start.  As a home theater installation company in the heart of the entertainment capital, Las Vegas we expect the best of the best in the products we offer.  We especially like how Salamander Designs walk the walk and back up their pieces.  Take a look at their guarantee.

Learn more by visiting our website at www.LVAVS.com and Call Elite A/V LLC today for audio video needs in Las Vegas, Henderson, Summerlin, and Green Valley areas.

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Martin Logan’s Speakers

Martin Logan is sweeping the speaker design nation with elegant modern and unique looking high fidelity speakers.  They sound fantastic and they rock in the home décor department.  So what’s with the panels and how do they work? Let’s take a deeper look at the technology behind the static electro panels and become mad scientists together.

Electro Static Panels

The Martin Logan speakers have an innovative curved translucent panel that is equipped with an electrostatic transducer.  We have all experienced static electricity before.  You know, when the hairs on your head go straight up and float around in mid space.  Yeah, that kind of static.  If you can’t recall I’m giving you a reference of this cute kid.

 

Moving on.  So What is Electrostatic?

It has to do with the movement of positive and negative electricity through a conductor. Take a look at this diagram below.  An electrostatic transducer has three basic components- stators, a diaphragm, and spars (non-conductive spacers) – assembled as a sandwich.  The diaphragm is made out of a ultra-light plastic film, infused with an electrically conductive material and stretched taut between the two stators, which are perforated steel sheets coated with an insulator.

When the speaker is operating the diaphragm is being charged with a fixed positive voltage from the power supply and the stators charging one negative and the other charging positive from the amplifier through a transformer.As the magic of electrons grow, like charges repel and opposite charges attract, the diaphragm’s positive charge will force it to move forward or backward depending on the stator charges.

This is how an electrostatic transducer translates an electrical audio signal into diaphragm motion to produce sound waves in the room.  Whew!  It can be tricky to understand.  Hopefully, I haven’t lost you yet.

To help stiffen the panel (it’s very important that only the diaphragm move) and to prevent the diaphragm from ever coming too close to a statornon-conductive strips called spars are placed width wise at intervals along each stator’s length.

What are the Advantages of Electrostatic vs. the Conventional Loudspeaker?

The drivers in a conventional loudspeaker have diaphragms attached to coils of wire, called voice coils. See diagram below. Current from an amplifier flows through these coils, creating a fluctuating electromagnetic field that interacts with the field of a fixed permanent magnet to cause diaphragm motion, and thus sound. The diaphragm has very little movement and needs to be 100% rigid.  If the diaphragm flexes or bends at all, the result typically causes distortion of some kind and an uneven response.  Tweeter diaphragms especially need to be light to be light and precise. It is nearly impossible with real materials and this design to make the sound flawless.

In comparison, the electrostatic diaphragm is light as it needs to be, flexible and driven uniformly over its entire surface.  In fact, the diaphragm (ultra light plastic) is so weightless that the air it moves is heavier than the diaphragm itself.  hat, together with the transducer’s distortion-canceling push-pull mode of operation, enables the diaphragm to trace even the most delicate sonic details with absolute precision. Martin Logan clearly has a unique twist on conventional audio technology.

 

Furthermore, controlled dispersion is a key factor in making this product outstanding. As a home theater guru, you want the sound waves rippling out toward the sides of the transducer to meet at the speaker’s edge and cancel. Conventional loudspeakers generally, minimizes side-wall reflections that tend to muddle sonic detail and stereo imaging. While the reduction in output to the sides contributes to the astonishing clarity for which electro stats are revered, the energy reflected off the wall behind the speaker opens up and deepens the sound.

A Company that will deliver.

All and all, these bad boys are a force to be reckoned with. Our company Elite A/V LLC loves being able to offer such a killer high-quality speaker installation coupled with an understanding of the product and why it is so valuable for your home.  As we like to break down the driving technology, understanding all of this is not required for you to enjoy the sound! Hearing these speakers really speaks volumes for themselves.  Schedule an appointment to come test our Martin Logan’s on display at our office located at 3611 S Lindell Rd Las Vegas, NV 89103.

Let us help you get started on a high-quality home theater system installation that is right for your budget and desired needs.  We have the experience to back up quality home theater work and we have the right partners to ensure you get the highest quality standards with any budget.  We are also skilled in hanging televisions, hiding cables, in-ceiling speaker wiring, projectors and more. Why not see for yourselves? Give us a call to make an appointment today in sunny Las Vegas. 702.997.4108

 

For those of you that want an in-depth understanding of electrostatic panels, hop on over to Martin Logan’s write up on the theory of electrostatic.

4 Ways Control4 is for the Modern Living

Whether we choose to accept it or not, life with technology is here to stay. There are benefits to jumping on board with modern technology. One of which is the convenience. I’d like to take a moment to share with you four ways that control4 remotes are for the modern living.

1) Less is more.

Imagine this scenario. You’re watching TV looking for the volume remote which happens to be different than the TV channel remote in some cases. Or possibly you get a little cold and want to change the fan to a lower speed that is also remote that you’re searching for. Now I know we have all experienced digging for a remote control in the couch. It’s not fun and it’s not for modern living. Having a remote control that is central and large enough not to get lost, yet condensed into one application to control multiple functions is incredibly convincing to get on board.

2) Safety.

Let’s entertain another scenario. You come home after a long physically demanding day, you’re sitting in front of your TV completely glued. The thought crosses your mind that the alarm system is not activated. You say to yourself “in a moment I’ll get up.” The house could be on fire and you may not even want to move! So you don’t turn it on. Fast forward an hour in time to falling asleep on the couch, you finally get up and go to bed. This particular night you forget to turn the alarm on. Control4 solves this problem because with the touch of a button you can set your alarm. And of course, if you were watching TV the remote control would be close by. You never know, the one night that laziness gets the best of you could be the night that you compromise your safety. Not to mention, that you are able to check your security cameras at any given time right from your remote control as well. That old wise saying “better safe than sorry” has never been easier in modern living technology.

3) Experience.

Life gets complicated and let’s face it, so does technology at times. But when you have a centralized remote control that you can use to create a mood in your home it makes for a unique experience. To lie back and be able to control your music, watch your favorite movie, turn off the lights, it’s all right there at your fingertips. How incredible is that! Experiences are even more important in today’s society because we are so engulfed in work and being occupied by daily minuscule tasks. Anyone of our clients in Las Vegas that has ever owned a control4 remote has never said: “man I wish I had separate remotes again for all my gadets.” Hence, the experience speaks volumes for itself.

4) Be one of the cool kids!

No more wishing, be the one to set the standard of modern technology in your home. Trust me when I tell you, your friends will be impressed! When they see how easy it is for you to enjoy all your electronics with one convenient, really cool touchscreen application, they will definitely be jealous! They may even be like a little kid in an elevator pressing all the buttons! For movie night pull out your control4 and see everyone’s eyes light up in amazement that you can turn off the lights, play the movie, change the volume up and down, and even set the thermostat just right for a very cozy night in with awesome company!

If these reasons haven’t convinced you that control4 is for the modern living then it’s true, you may be living in the last century. But sooner or later technology will creep up on you and you will have to jump on board. Be the first! Set the standard. And really get the benefits and convenience of control4 remotes connected to your home theater system.

Elite A/V LLC in Las Vegas would be happy to help you with your home automated theater system. Give us a call for a quote. We would be happy to help install smart home technology and explain how to use your new controls. We can also install alarm systems. Let us know.

HDR is the Future of TV.

HDR What is it?

In light of all the latest craze in the television market, the acronym HDR keeps popping up.  What is it? What does it stand for? HDR means High Definition Range.  It stems from a term in photography.  As the human eye interprets vivid color in multiple layers the camera, however, lacks justice in capturing all the nuances of the scene. An SDR Standard Definition Range is most common in home theaters.

In comparison, High Definition Range refers to a technique that heightens a picture’s dynamic range – the contrast between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks. The approach is that the higher the dynamic range, the more a picture resembles a real life view.

Think about a time when you saw a spectacular sunset. Now consider the layers of glowing fiery red, orange and pink pastel colors enhanced by bright white clouds in the forefront.  In this scene painted for you, there should be distinguishable degrees of brightness. However, on the TV the layers look flat and dull with white levels smashed and layers that are virtually impossible to tell apart. There are multiple reasons for this.

Why the need for HDR?

The first reason is your TV’s limited dynamic range, it is not capable of reliving the real view picture in the finest differences in brightness.

In addition, the video you are watching has gone through multiple stages of processing and converting data to match what your Television is capable of. This ultimately takes away the quality in its end result.

In recent breakthroughs, TVs are much more capable. When our Elite A/V team attended the CES 2017 (consumer electronics show) we were in awe at the levels of brightness in newer TVs. Check out this video out we shot there!

A normal TV puts out around 100-300nits of brightness whereas an HDR TV is working on the capability of 10,000nits.   It’s not just sheer brightness we are after.  Too bright and it can be blinding.  The combination of luminance, color gamut, and color range all have to co-exist to give you the darkest dark to the whitest white on the screen.

Modern LED screens appear dim and dark blacks look gray because of their pixels being backlit. When you glance at a screen with the milky way you want the richest black color you can get to enhance the brightness of the stars and their glow.

At Elite A/V LLC, we all consider ourselves quality television lovers.  We want your upgraded home theater installation in Las Vegas to be the most knowledgeable choice you make this year.   HDR is the future of home theaters. Let us Hang a TV for you today that will allow you and your family to experience endless enjoyment for years to come.

BlueBOLT is a trusted Elite A/V LLC Product

Protection is Needed in an Ever Connected World

As our homes are becoming more and more connected with advanced technologies and entertainment equipment, devices such as; routers, modems, switches, controllers, and streaming devices rely heavily on stable networks.  There is a lot that can go wrong and many variables that can cause systems to slow down or lock up which typically require a service call with your home entertainment system.  But most often these problems can easily be solved by a simple power cycle.  BlueBOLT enables Elite A/V customers to receive active help on these issues through remote cloud-based system management.

Elite A/V can monitor your network connection and power management.  BlueBOLT also allows us to reduce your service calls by 80%, Immediately respond to issues, prevent issues from occurring, and ultimately increase your satisfaction as a customer here in Las Vegas.

In addition, each BlueBOLT component offers protection from a power surge.  You may ask, “What is a power surge?” In general, a surge is a transient wave of current voltage or power in an electrical circuit. 60-80% of all surges occur within a home or building.  It could be anything from a simple thermostat operating a heating element, a switch mode power supply found on many of the devices we use today, or electrostatic discharge.  Surges that occur outside of buildings are due to lightning strikes or utility grid switching.

The amazing thing about BlueBOLT products is the self-sacrificing technology that saves your expensive electronics from being destroyed.

There are several products to choose from when we are designing the best protection for your home audio theater.  Some of the products are listed in this video on our YouTube channel:

To learn more about our products and custom integrated systems please call us and we would be happy to help.

KEF Speakers Giveaway

We are thrilled to giveaway a pair of KEF CI160Q4 in ceiling 6 1/2″ speakers valued over $600 to a winner in the Las Vegas Area.

Here’s how to get involved: Write us a review on Google.

Mobile device: A simple way to write the review is through your mobile device.  If you have a Gmail account,  Install/Open Google maps on your smart phone. Search Elite A/V LLC and scroll down and select the star review you choose. You can add a comment and pictures if you would like. Then click post in the top right.  That simple.
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Desktop: Open up Google chrome web browser on your desktop computer and type Elite AV LLC in the search field. Make sure your Gmail account is connected.  Select Maps under the search field. Now scroll down under Elite’s profile and go to the review section and add your review. Pretty easy.

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Additional Entries:

Follow our Google Plus, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest for additional entries.

Contest Rules and Requirements

Limit of 2 reviews per household. Each Google review receives 1 entry. Additional entries can be added by following our Google Plus, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest Pages. Contest Winner is announced on February 3rd, 2017 revealed through Elite A/V LLC  Instagram and Facebook.  Winner must be a Las Vegas Resident and at least 18 years of age.  After the announcement the selected winner must respond to redeem the prize within the first 48 hours after the announcement.  ID is required to pick up the prize and must pick up at the Elite A/V office during office hours. The winner is required to take a photo with us and signs a release for us to share that photo on social media when they pick up their prize. The prize is one pair of KEF CI160Q4 in ceiling 6 1/2″ speakers valued over $600. Installation is not* included in the prize.

Press Release for 2017 Best Of Houzz Awards.

 

Elite A/V LLC of Las Vegas, NV

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

 

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 

Las Vegas, NV, January 27th, 2017Elite A/V LLC of Las Vegas has won “Best Of Customer Service,” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The High-fidelity home theater and security system installer were chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service, and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

 

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Elite A/V LLC,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

 

Follow Elite A/V LLC on Houzz https://www.houzz.com/pro/lvavs/elite-a-v-llc

 

About Elite A/V LLC

Our Company’s goal is to specialize in you the customer & your needs. We handle all aspects of your entertainment system planning & design to the purchase of equipment & installation. We offer free in-home consultations & have over 15 years of professional experience in the electronics industry.

 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Amazon and Control 4 Integration

As a kid, we dreamed about flying cars and tablets that controlled our every desire. We all knew that at some point sci-fi movies would eventually become our reality. The distant future seemed so exciting as we all waited for the day we would have modern conveniences.  The wait is over- we ARE in the future!! Even Doc from Back to the Future dialed in our time.  The advancement of smart devices has made home life experiences worth sharing in.  Elite A/V Las Vegas customers are flocking to these new technologies.  We want you to be on board.

 

 Smart Home Possibilities

Create a “scene” with Control4 and Amazon Alexa smart devices.

Imagine coming home, as you walk through the front doors and say “Alexa turn on the welcome scene,” the lights automatically lead the way, while Pandora starts your favorite playlist, the door locks behind you and you feel the weight of a long hard earned day melt off your shoulders. This brilliant experience sets the tone for the evening.

 

As night falls, you sit with your sweetie on the couch and say “Alexa turn on movie night”.  The automatic shades from Lutron Triathlon slowly begin to fall creating a private movie environment. Your home theater opens with Amazon Fire TV right to your favorite movie.  The lights dim and your cinema experience begins. When you can’t keep your eyes open any longer no need to go around powering everything down. Simply go to bed and say “Alexa power down the house.”  All the lights shut off, the doors lock, the alarm system turns on and you can sleep with peace of mind.

 

There are many smart products available today, it isn’t until these devices work together in harmony, that you experience the flawless touch of a smart home. It’s the sophistication of smarter living that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.

Check out this youtube video brought to you by Amazon and Control 4: https://youtu.be/uByI298tsm8