Our Philosophy:

Living Spaces and Surround Sound

  • Wired is always best (a common theme for our company)
  • Typically, a 5.1 system is a great starting point
  • Best sound = cabinet speakers at ear level
  • Best looking = architectural speakers (in-wall or in-ceiling)
  • Best compromise = custom-width soundbar (left, center, and right channels) mounted to the bottom of the TV, paired with in-ceiling surround speakers
  • An in-wall flush-mounted subwoofer is ideal for aesthetics
  • Don't skimp on the AVR - start with something that at least provides volume level feedback to your universal control

Home Theater

  • Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 is preferable to 7.1 in a small room
  • 7.1.2  is a recommended starting point in a dedicated space
  • One good subwoofer is better than two okay subs
  • Projection is still relevant with ALR (ambient light rejection) screen technology
  • Projection is recommended for medium to large rooms that require a 90" or greater screen size
  • A 16:9 screen is preferable to a 2:35:1 (2.4) of the same width
  • The more powerful the amp, the cleaner the sound, even if you don't need the extra volume
  • Acoustic treatment is just as critical as speaker quality

Multi-Room Audio

  • Good = One stream of music to several rooms with in-wall volume controls
  • Better = One stream of music per room with app-controlled volume (rooms can be combined onto the same stream)
  • Best = Same as the "Better" option, but with an added in-wall or in-ceiling subwoofer for extra low end
  • Basic sound is better than no sound, but speaker quality plays a big role in how enjoyable the space will be

Video Distribution

  • Great for simplifying whole-home entertainment
  • Allows equipment to hide in a central room or closet
  • A huge benefit is that centralized video allows you to hear what you watch through the room's built-in speakers
  • Don't settle for less than 4K 60fps HDR 8 channel capability
  • Try not to mix older TV's with new - if you do, make sure the system has scaling capability so you don't compromise the 4K
  • The video switching system should support both stereo audio and surround sound where applicable (Careful! Many do not!)
  • Be sure to include your camera system as a video source

Outdoor Audio

  • Landscape speakers both look and sound better than rock speakers, but almost any speakers are better than none
  • No system is complete without a subwoofer
  • Always run subwoofers at 4-8 Ohms (subwoofers running at 70V don't sound nearly as punchy or dynamic)

Outdoor Video

  • If there's even the slightest chance that it will get wet,  go with an outdoor-rated TV
  • Not all outdoor TV's are brighter than standard TV's so it's important to pick the right TV for the level of sun exposure
  • In Arizona, the best value is an outdoor rated TV because of their higher heat tolerance