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.

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.

 

 

 

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.

Las Vegas summer meme

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.