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 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.

 

 

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!

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.