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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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 stator, non-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.
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.
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.
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
If there’s one thing we can count on it’s the insatiable demand for high-speed always-on internet for the masses. We live in a digital world where internet connectivity is a necessity. It’s estimated that there are 6.4 billion, yes billion with a B, internet connected devices in the world!
This staggering number is a clear indication that new network technologies are continually needed to keep up with the demand. At LVAVS we know our customers are always interested in keeping their home entertainment system fast and always connected as well.
Well one such new technology takes advantage of something we take for granted every single day – light! The name of this technology is Li-Fi and it promises to greatly enhance the download capacity of any network, whether it’s a commercial business or at home.
How does it work? Put simply, it very quickly changes the intensity of a light bulb in such a way that is not perceptible by the human eye. This quick change of intensity is detected by a device which is able to then convert that to an internet connection.
Yes it’s true that the lights would always have to be on for it to work. And yes it’s true that as soon as you walk outside it no longer works. But just think of how often you are using the internet inside. As I type this article in a local Panera Bread store I look at the countless light bulbs scattered throughout the room and imagine that silently and invisibly they are providing high speed consistent internet speeds to my laptop. This would be much better than the much weaker signal I’m currently connected to back in some office on the other side of the restaurant.
These are the types of technologies we here at LVAVS prepare for and keep tabs on so that we can always provide the best possible solutions to our customers.