Should I Use Video Conferencing?

March 26th, 2015

Small businesses are constantly looking for ways to improve upon their business and benefit both their staff and their clients. With technology constantly advancing and evolving, new options are available for small businesses to utilize in order to move ahead in their industry. One way for small businesses to gain a positive reputation and increase their overall productivity is through video conferencing. Video conferencing may seem like a difficult application to utilize, but it can really be simple to use and easy to utilize.

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How to Choose your Home Theater Screen

March 18th, 2015

While you may fall asleep each night dreaming of adding a beautiful theater screen to your home, this isn’t a project you can just rush into.

You deserve to kick back and make your new home theater system the envy of everyone in the neighborhood, but accepting a “one size fits all” approach is not the way to go. Taking your time to understand your home theater screen needs is the only way to make sure your viewing experience is perfect.

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The Benefit of a Home Theater

March 13th, 2015

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If you are looking to update your Baltimore home, there are a number of different systems that can be installed. One of the more popular systems to have installed currently is a new home theater. However, some Baltimore residents tend to believe that a home theater is an unnecessary expense. What residents fail to realize is the benefit that a new home theater can bring to a home.

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Common Home Theater Questions

March 6th, 2015

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Homeowners are always searching for different and new ways to update their home. As the technology available to us continues to evolve, homeowners have the option to add different elements to their home that they once lacked. One new element homeowners can add to their home is a home theater system. A home theater is known to provide homeowners with several benefits, but many are still skeptical about the new systems. They have several questions about a home theater system and are never sure where to find the answers.  Here are some commonly asked home theater questions.

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How-To Guide: Hosting a Home Theatre Party!

February 26th, 2015

In order to be the host with the most, you have to throw a party that will really stand out! A typical dinner party may be a little “been there, done that,” and other plans might simply fall flat. But for a party to remember that all of your guests will enjoy, consider hosting one in your home theatre! Read on to find out how to make your home theatre party go off without a hitch!

home-theatre-party Planning the Perfect Party in Your Home Theatre

 There are a few things to keep in mind when planning your home theatre get-together. Follow these tips for party perfection!

Have a theme! Movie nights lend themselves well to having themes, and you can tailor your party’s theme to the tastes of your guests. Are all of your friends fans of fantasy? Crazy for classics? Head-over-heels for horror? Whatever their preferences are, take these into account and plan which films to watch accordingly. You can even extend the theme by incorporating it into the décor and snacks!

And speaking of snacks…be sure to have plenty of them! Popcorn and candy are the obvious choices for a movie night; you can even have your own popcorn machine in your home theatre to give everyone a true sense of being at the movies. Having a few healthy options on hand isn’t a bad idea either: veggie trays, fresh fruit, and cheese slices will be appreciated by guests who are looking to stick to a specific diet.

Comfort is key. Once everyone has gotten their snacks and the first film is starting, they are going to want to settle in for the evening. Make sure that there are plenty of blankets, pillows, and cushions available so that everyone can get comfortable enough to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.

About Us: Down to Earth Communications

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in installing home theatres, surround sound speaker systems, and much, much more! Our great working relationships with some of the best audio and video equipment suppliers allow us to provide our quality service and products that fit within your budget. For a system that is easy to use, effective, and suited to your every specification, you can’t go wrong with Down to Earth!

To get started with an estimate, give us a call at 410.242.0000 or feel free to contact us via the website so we can help you with all of your commercial audio/visual needs!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn for more audio/visual info!

His & Hers: Home Theatres Make the Perfect Valentine’s Gift!

February 12th, 2015

Still scrambling for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetheart? While chocolates, flowers, and other traditional items may jump to mind, they also might be a little too “been there, done that” to constitute a truly unique, personalized present. Whether it’s a girlfriend or boyfriend that you are shopping for, however, a home theatre system could be the ideal way to show your love this Valentine’s Day! Read on to find out more.

valentines-home-theatreHis: Home Theatres for the Man in Your Life

What makes a home theatre the perfect gift for your husband or boyfriend? Well…

1.)     For one thing, it will give him the chance to watch all of his favorite sports games on the big screen of his dreams. Far less expensive than season tickets, a home theatre is the perfect spot to watch every touchdown, home run, and slam dunk imaginable.

2.)    A home theatre will also make your man a hit amongst his friends when it comes to planning a guys’ night. Their weekly poker-game-and-action-movie get-together can be held in this state-of-the-art room!

Hers: Home Theatres for the Woman in Your Life

On the flipside, how does a home theatre make the ideal present for your wife or girlfriend?

1.)     First and foremost, a home theatre gives the special lady in your life a place to relax after a hard day’s work. Whether she wants to curl up to watch a favorite film or catch up on the show all her friends are watching, a home theatre is the place to do it.

2.)    As great of a locale a home theatre makes for guys’ night, it makes an equally amazing one for girls’ night! She’ll enjoy an evening with food, friends, and fun with your brand new home theatre system.

It isn’t too late to start planning a home theatre installation as a Valentine’s Day gift! Get in touch with us today.

About Us: Down to Earth Communications

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in installing home theatres, surround sound speaker systems, and much, much more! Our great working relationships with some of the best audio and video equipment suppliers allow us to provide our quality service and products that fit within your budget. We take the time to meet with our clients to ensure we design and install a system that is easy to use, effective, and suited to your every specification.

To get started with an estimate, give us a call at 410.242.0000 or feel free to contact us via the website so we can help you with all of your commercial audio/visual needs!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn for more audio/visual info!

A Valentine’s Date of Cinematic Proportions

February 5th, 2015

Champagne bottle ready for celebrationOn Valentine’s Day movie theatres are packed to the brim with people. Some are couples trying to relive their first date, others are singles trying to escape the Valentine’s Day hype. All of these people are potential distractions from your perfect Valentine’s date. Escape the crowds with a home theatre so that you can really impress your mate.

What makes a good date?

A good date is made up of a few elements that a home theatre will definitely bring to your evening.

  1. Intimacy: With a home theatre the only people present are you and your significant other. This will allow you two to be totally focused on one another and your movie without other people disturbing you.
  2. Impression: A home theatre is very impressive. Whether this is your first date or your hundredth, your mate will definitely be paying attention when you invite them to view their favorite movie in the comfort of your home.
  3. Comfort: Time spent with the one you love should be comfortable and pleasant. If you’re at home you can dress in pajamas or snuggle up under a blanket. Odds are you’ve chosen comfy chairs for your home theatre, so you can say goodbye to the sticky, stiff chairs of conventional movie theatres. At home you can snuggle effectively.

Ah, the possibilities.

With a home theatre there are endless possibilities to make your Valentine’s Day date perfect. You can eat your favorite meal while they bring their favorite wine. Maybe you can watch your wedding video together on the big screen. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you can make a video for the one you love and surprise them with it.

Ready to pop the question?

You’ve chosen the perfect romantic film. You’ve provided the perfect wine. You wait for the perfect moment. Imagine the look on your partner’s face when you kneel down and show them the ring you bought. Would you really want such an intimate moment to unfold in front of a crowd of onlookers?  If you’re planning on popping the big question this Valentine’s Day during a movie, you simply must invest in a home theatre.

Give your date the night they deserve.

If you’re interested in learning more please contact Down to Earth Communications. You can reach them by phone, 410.242.0000, or on their website: http://www.downtoearthcommunications.com.

Surround Sound for Super Bowl Sunday!

January 29th, 2015

This Sunday, over a third of Americans will tune in to watch the 49th Super Bowl. And whether you are planning on screaming yourself silly for the Seattle Seahawks or showing your passion for the New England Patriots, you probably know one thing: you do not want to be stuck watching the biggest game of the year with the smallest sound system. If your speakers cannot stand up to the roar of the crowds, then it might be time for an upgrade. For a football fan-worthy sound system, go surround!

surround-sound-super-bowlGear Up for Game Day with Surround Sound Speakers

When you have a home theatre, you want to ensure that it is outfitted with all of the best accessories. Surround sound speakers are just one of the many different home theatre additions you can incorporate into your design, and it is certainly the one that packs the biggest punch. With surround sound speakers, the sound is not only enhanced in volume but it quality: it becomes crisp and clear.

Sunday’s football game will provide you with ample opportunity to check out the high-quality experience of a surround sound speaker system. Each cheer and groan from the crowds, each second of the half-time show, and each of those famous commercials will come in loud and clear , so what are you waiting for?

If you have a home theatre system but have not yet had surround sound speakers installed, get in touch with Down to Earth Communications today. Our expert team can get you hooked up in time for all of the biggest sporting events of the year!

About Us: Down to Earth Communications

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in quality home theater installations. Our great working relationships with some of the best audio and video equipment suppliers allow us to provide our quality service and products that fit within your budget. We take the time to meet with our clients to ensure we design and install a system that is easy to use and meets our clients’ needs for years to come.

To get started with an estimate, give us a call at 410.242.0000 or feel free to contact us via the website so we can help you with all of your commercial audio/visual needs!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn for more audio/visual info!

Upgrade to a Surround Sound Speaker System

January 23rd, 2015

Televisions continue to grow bigger and clearer with no limit in sight.  The capacity of a high definition picture is mind-boggling.  Whether you use your TV for shows, movies, video games, or Internet searching, you are receiving a better picture than ever.  However, what good is all of that detail if the sound doesn’t match it?  A surround sound speaker system for your home theatre will bring the room alive with all the sound you could want.

surround-sound-systemThe Surround Sound System for You

When you think of surround sound, you probably think of speakers literally surrounding center of the room in order to create an effect that you’re “part of the action.”  This requires complex setup that requires a lot of time and effort.  This is only one solution to sound enhancement and offers its own benefits.  However, it is not the only way to create a sound-rich environment in your home theater.  There are other options for the discerning sound-lover.  For example, bar speakers are single-piece systems that cast sound around the room and operate on wireless channels to include more than one device.  They work excellently with wall-mounted televisions that may not support the weight of larger speaker systems.  Meanwhile, the home-theatre-in-a-box, or one-box, option works very well for small rooms and cooperates easily with a wide variety of amplifiers.  They also tend to cost less than other choices.  Receivers are capable of filling up larger rooms more easily, with the lowest-power speakers matching the best one-box speakers.  The surround sound speaker in a receiver comes with a large variety of features and software, meaning compatibility is a major factor in choosing the right one.

The Power is Yours

A good speaker does more for a home theatre system than provide good sound.  Surround sound speakers are almost essential for a lot of newer TVs that come with sub-par built-in speakers.  By matching the style of speaker to the television and decoration in the room, you can really bring the look of the space together while engaging better television quality.  When playing a video game, especially the current generation of high-def consoles, proper sound can enhance the experience and put you at a greater advantage by providing clearer audio cues.  This effect extends to the heart-thumping movies freshly released on disk and digital formats.   A good surround sound speaker will make you believe the action is coming to life.

About Us: Down to Earth Communications

We have over 15 years of experience installing exceptional home theater setups.  Our contact with some of the best equipment suppliers lets us supply some of the best technology to our customers.  Call us at 410-242-0000 or contact us through our website for consultations and information.

Does A Home Theatre Equal Home Value?

January 15th, 2015

Improvements made to your home almost always increase the value of your home, and a new home theatre is no different. Home theatre installation doesn’t only increase the value of your home when looking to sell; it also increases the value of your home while you’re still living in it. A home theatre makes your house more comfortable by providing a space solely for relaxation.

Home-Theatre-Home-Value Installing a home theatre is not only an investment in your future; it is an investment for you that gives you an immediate return. Aside from the obvious benefit of making your house feel more like a home, a home theatre also equals increased home value. Why?

1. Home theatres are becoming the norm. With many new-construction homes, there’s often an option to add a home theatre as a feature. Because they’re becoming more common, homeowners are looking for and expecting a home theatre more and more. A home theatre will either put you ahead of the competition or bring you up to par – either way there’s a notable and positive change in your home’s value.

2. Out with the old, in with the new. Physical books are becoming increasingly irrelevant with the popularity of the Kindle and other tablet devices. Libraries used to be the go-to when deciding what to do with an extra room, but now more buyers are looking for a way to watch their endless collection of movies and television shows thanks to services like Netflix and Hulu Plus.

 3. High-end finishes lead to a higher ticket price. Finished basements are so common now that in order to set apart your home from the competition, high-end finishes in areas like the basement make your house stand out when you’re ready to sell and thus increases the value.

A better design and more advanced components to your home theatre can also increase the value of your home. Talking to a professional about your home theatre installation can increase your home value substantially. It doesn’t have to cost a lot and you also don’t need a lot of space for a home theatre. A quality home theatre can considerably increase your home value as well as making your home more comfortable.

 About Us: Down to Earth Communications

Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in quality home theater installations. Our great working relationships with some of the best audio and video equipment suppliers allow us to provide our quality service and products that fit within your budget. We take the time to meet with our clients to ensure we design and install a system that is easy to use and meets our clients’ needs for years to come.

To get started with an estimate, give us a call at 410.242.0000 or feel free to contact us via the website so we can help you with all of your commercial audio/visual needs!

You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn for more audio/visual info!

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/16/garden/would-a-home-theatre-increase-the-value-of-my-home.html?_r=0