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Compatability Issues

We are always happy to work with your existing components, but many times we find that the experience you want can’t be created with your existing components. For example, TVs that were built even just 5 years ago may not have an HDMI (high definition) input. So, if you want to add components via an HDMI connector, it can’t be done with the existing TV. Sometimes, there are work arounds, but generally these do not produce the same quality and we try to stay clear of them.

 

Compatibility issues

Major issues involve receivers that don’t have the right input or output connections or enough of them to allow you to add input components such as Apple TV or output components like speakers. Most older equipment has fallen victim to what is referred to as the Analog Sunset. In 2010, Hollywood started embedding something called AACS in its Blu-ray disks. AACS is a new set of copy protection rules within HD movies and playback equipment. In a nutshell, no HD quality content will be allowed to pass through the analog connection of a device in a High Definition format. This means that for that Blu-ray of Thor to play, the devices must be connected by a digital connection, i.e. HDMI. HDMI interfaces carry the AACS copy protection schema via HDCP (High bandwidth Digital Copy Protection), so now we are right back to the first topic, compatibility.

 

Design Issues

What we hate to see the most is when potential clients buy components from the Internet or a Big Box retailer & they won’t work with what the person has at home. You can even buy the wrong mount for an existing TV if you don’t ask or provide the right information to a knowledgeable salesperson. These are assumptions made all the time, resulting in compatibility issues.

 

You can avoid buying the wrong things by having a site survey done before you purchase products. Let us tell you what your existing products are capable of doing. Then, if you choose to buy from someone other than us, by all means do so. Our pricing on electronics is competitive as we know the pricing of our competitors. But if you want to get a brand that we don’t sell, you are more than welcome to do so. You just want to be sure you are getting the right components to do what you want it to do. You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole and that is exactly what happens when you don’t mix and match your components correctly.

 

What to Do with the Old Stuff

Please, please, please do not just throw your old electronics in the trash. E-recycling locations are increasing all the time. A lot of Big Box retail stores will take your old items. A little further down in this newsletter is a company that we have worked with that does E-waste recycling. Recycling anywhere is better than the regular trash.

 

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Why we like Bose®

in memoriam to Dr. Amar Gopal Bose who passed on July 12, 2013

While we try to remain vendor neutral when specifying systems to clients looking for a home audio or theater system, Bose® has always been a preferred brand so in memory of Amar Bose who passed away on July 12, 2013 at 83, we’d like to tell you why we like Bose®and why we suggest Bose® audio to many of our prospective & existing clients.

Quality

Bose® hasn’t been around for nearly 50 years by providing poor quality products. They spend years researching sound and don’t put a new product on the market until they have created something that uses their own unique technology to create a great audio experience for the consumer. Bose® is not the top choice for serious audiophiles who are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars for their sound quality. But these are not the people Bose® targets. As they say on their website “our vision is guided by human interest – how better sound affects us or what it means to find joy in products that work exactly how you want them to…”

Customer Service

We have been reselling and installing Bose® for 10 years and of all the companies we have dealt with, they are by far the best in customer service. We have assisted clients with damaged Bose® systems due to storms. Even when the product is out of warranty, the cost to replace pieces of a system are extremely reasonable, and the process is fast and seamless.

Training/Education

Bose® has high expectations of the people that install their products and will not sell certain lines of products to just anyone. If they feel that the customer will not get the full experience of their product without the installation being done by a certified installer, they will not sell it to the consumer, nor to anyone that has not been through their training and passed testing. That is why we are a Certified Bose BUILT-INvisible® designer.

Value and Longevity

Before we started Home Network Solutions, we owned Bose® speakers. Eventually we upgraded to a Lifestyle® system, but we still have the surround sound speakers set up on a 2nd television. That set was purchased around 2001. They still sound great and while they are larger than the newer ones & the subwoofer is “huge by today’s standards” we know that until we decide to retire them, they will continue to give us quality sound.

Ease of Use

If you compare a Bose® control device to any other you will find it has a lot less buttons to push. That is because Bose® wants you to get to your sound quickly without jumping through hoops. Their new Lifestyle® system allows you to hook up your portable device to it versus downloading CDs as previously done, thus giving you even more control over playing exactly what you want based on your music library.

Variety

Bose® has just about any product you need for an audio experience. We don’t sell the personal line of products but their headphones are top rate and their WAVE® Music system is great for apartments. Bose® audio can also been found standard in many automobiles or as an upgrade. As for their home audio speakers and theater surround sound, they offer different choices at different prices from stereo bookshelf speakers to choices of sound bars with and without subwoofers and 5.1 Home Theater systems. From our perspective, we like the fact that if we recommend a specific system to someone and the pricing is a bit out of their budget, we can come back with another Bose® system at a lower price that will still give the client a great sound experience at a lower cost.

 

Thank you Dr. Bose for your technology, your contributions to MIT and to the world. We know your values will continue to keep Bose®in the forefront in consumer audio. For a biography on Dr. Bose & company remarks visit  http://www.bose.com/remember/statement.html.

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Projection Systems

Is a projection system for you?

As flat screen TVs have gotten larger, you would think people would veer away from projection systems. But, once bitten by the “big screen” bug, many consumers just want more than what the market offers in flat screen TVs. This is especially true if you have the right room layout for a projection system.

So, if you’re looking for that movie theatre 100+ size image, then projection is the only way to go.

With projection systems, you have 3 major components: the projector, the screen & the sound. Obviously, wiring is involved, as it is with flat screens, and there are lots of extras, such as custom made furniture, acoustic sound silencing, universal remote systems, even devices to make your seats shake. But, we’re not going too fancy in this article. We’ll keep it to the basic three.

Projectors: Entry-level projectors at 1080p HD resolution will still cost around a thousand bucks. But for 1-2K more, you can get better video processing, features like 3D functionality and better contrast (Darth Vader looks black not gray). Step up to the big-spender category, and you can enjoy videophile-grade picture quality with great colors. The deepest blacks, and the kind of robust picture that might make you forget how much you paid.

Screens: Most people go with either mounted or drop-down screens. You can have a screen mounted to the wall or a screen that is ceiling mounted & electronically comes down the wall for viewing. There are benefits and drawbacks for both styles. There are also screens that are specifically made for areas of high ambient light so your picture is not washed out. If the room has windows or high levels of ambient light, there are other things that require additional analysis as well.

Audio: With a projection system, you have to have separate audio, so you need to consider a receiver and speakers. The size of the room that your screen is going in will determine your speaker requirements. You need space on each side of the screen and & underneath the screen for either in-wall or stand alone speakers. Then you’ll have at least two speakers behind your seating to create the surround sound. These can be mounted in the ceiling or from a back wall depending on the room. Let’s also not forget the subwoofer that you will need for the room filling low frequency effects.

The main considerations when deciding between projection or flat screen TV is “size” of the image, type of room, and permanency. While you can move a flat screen TV if you redecorate, a projection system is generally there for the long haul. Thus, most people who go this route make the investment to go above entry-level in all components. While components can always be replaced, good quality ones will last longer, have better warranties & most certainly make the investment worthwhile with the image and sound that you get from them.

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