Archive for August, 2014

Things to Avoid When Setting up a Home Theatre System

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

home theatre installationA home theatre could be a great addition to your Maryland home – providing it’s set up correctly. One of the hardest parts of getting any new type of technology is setting it up and making sure that everything is done properly. It’s time consuming and can be confusing. Deciding which cord goes to what (or how to program that cordless speaker) can lead to hours of frustration. We’ve got a few tips for setting up your home theatre system with minimal frustrations. It just takes a little bit of preparation and a willingness to learn!

Tips for Avoiding Home Theatre Catastrophes

  • Read your owner’s manual – Whether you have your new home theatre system professionally installed or you decide to install it yourself, you should always read the owner’s manual for everything that you’re installing. You’ll need to know how to run all of it as well as how everything needs to be hooked up. Taking a little extra time to peruse the owner’s manual and learn how things function will help you to better understand how things work and the best way to work them.
  • Make sure that your subwoofers and speakers are properly placed – Don’t take for granted that your speakers are set up for optimal sound without first consulting the manual and figuring out where everything needs to be. Your subwoofer will give you better quality sound if it’s placed properly in your home theatre room and if the settings are all correct. Properly placed sound equipment will help give you an immersive home theatre system.
  • Check to see that you have all of the pieces – Obviously you want to know that you have all of the pieces included for each of the components of your new home theatre system, but you also want to make sure that you have the components themselves. A crystal clear, big picture isn’t worth much without good speakers that are hooked up with all of the proper cords. Read reviews online and find out what other people are saying about the product as well as the best ways to hook up the equipment. You might be surprised at what you’re missing.

Home Theatre Installation

Home theatre systems are complicated. Many people choose to have a company help them choose and install the best equipment rather than going it alone, because there are so many things that can go wrong in the process of installing a home theatre system. At Down to Earth Communications, we can help you with the entire process, from start to finish. 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 for your new home theatre system, 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: Crutchfield

 

What are the Advantages of Fiber Optic Cables?

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Fiber Optic BundleYou may have been using copper wire cable for as long as you can remember, but have you ever thought about making the switch to fiber optic cables? From high carrying capacity to a lightweight build, fiber optics is a groundbreaking element within the communications field.

The Fiber Optic Advantage

  • High carrying capacity. Fiber optic cables are made up of multiple small fibers within one cable. Unlike copper wire, for example, multiple thin fibers can be bunched together, creating a higher carrying capacity. This means that more phone lines or channels can go through the same cable.
  • No fire hazard. With other cables made from metal, there is always the potential for them to spark, creating a fire or communication interference. Fiber optic cables are unique because they don’t carry an electrical current, therefore eliminating the possibility of a fire hazard or spark hazard.
  • Money-saver. Using fiber optic cables can actually save you money in the long run. Fiber optic cables don’t use high voltage like copper wire does. The individual wires in the cable don’t interfere with one another, resulting in stronger signals. Because these fibers don’t have any interruption, it allows the use of lower-power transmitters, which will ultimately result in big savings.
  • Build. Fiber optic cables are small, lightweight, and flexible, making them the perfect cables for just about anything. Whether you are using fiber optics for phone lines, a TV box, or flexible digital cameras in medical, mechanical, or plumbing endeavors, the cables are definitely valuable assets to all fields.

Commercial Fiber Optic Cable Installation

If you are looking into commercial fiber optics for your business, don’t hesitate to call Down to Earth Communications. With the use of fiber optics, we can improve the performance of your information transport systems. We also provide network design, implementation and maintenance. To get started with an estimate, give us a call at 410.242.0000 or feel free to contact us on our website.

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Sources: http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~nd/surprise_97/journal/vol4/sm27/adv.html

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/fiber-optic4.htm

 

Maryland Home Automation Options

Friday, August 15th, 2014

home automation services“Home automation refers to the automatic and electronic control household features, activity and appliances. Various control systems are utilized in this residential extension of building automation,” (thanks, Comcast). In case you were wondering what home automation actually is, there you have your definition! Home automation systems are growing by leaps and bounds across the world. The sales of smart home devices doubled from 2012 to 2013, with 17.23 million wireless devices used just for home security. Home automation is used for many purposes, from security to home entertainment and ambiance.

How Can Maryland Home Automation Benefit You?

Security – Having a place to call home that you know is safe and secure is very important. More security companies are making home automation options a priority. Being able to check your CCTV cameras from anywhere in the world can give you peace of mind. Additionally, many systems let you know if a door or window has been opened in your home. This can be extremely useful in a police report as well as for quick response to a potential robbery. Home security and home automation go hand in hand.

Entertainment – If you have a Maryland home theatre system (and we certainly would encourage you to. Check out some of the benefits of that from this blog), you already know how nice it is to have that type of luxury in your home. Now imagine if you could dim the lights in the room, press play, skip the previews, and adjust the temperature of your home all from your smartphone or smart remote. That’s what home automation is offering. You don’t have to worry about sifting through 5 different remotes or getting up to dim the lights. A home automation system makes your home theatre feel like a real theatre.

Home control – You’ve probably seen that AT&T commercial where the teenagers leave home after their parents and their parents ask them if they left the house in good condition. Cut back to the house and the TV, lights, and sink have all been left on, not to mention nobody locked the door. With a few touches on his phone, the father turns everything off and ensures his home security. It’s 100% true that home automation lets you do that and it’s becoming even more sophisticated all the time. Home automation allows you to control what goes on in your house from anywhere in the world.

Home Theatre Entertainment Automation Solutions

Custom programmed remotes are the perfect way to start your foray into home automation. They can frequently be linked to your smartphone as well as all of the devices in your home. At Down to Earth Communications, we help you design a great control system by determining what functions need automating and how those functions should be grouped. Often a poorly-designed control system frustrates its user because it allows too much control. Providing control over unused options will discourage its use. We help you automate the things that you need most. To learn more about home automation and custom automated remotes, 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!

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Source: Fresh Home, iWatch Life

Advantages of Projectors for Your Baltimore Home Theatre System

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

projector screenChoosing all of the details for your home theatre system is one of the best parts of building a home theatre system. You get to choose what type of screen you want, how you want your surround sound to be wired, what kind of accessories go in, and more. It’s a fun design project that can be a little challenging, but is always rewarding once you sit down to watch your first movie in your new home theatre. Deciding on a design takes a lot of thought as well as knowledge of all your options. That’s what we’re here for – to educate! That’s why this week we want to talk about the benefits of projection screens for your Baltimore home theatre system.

Why Choose a Projection Screen Over Other Options?

As with anything, your choice ultimately will come down to preference and budget. You should take other people’s opinions into consideration, but remember that your home theatre is for you and you should install what you like best! That being said, we really like projection screens for the following reasons:

  • Good Visual Quality – One big mistake that a lot of first time home theatre buyers make is to not by any type of screen. They’ll buy a projector and decide to project directly on to the wall. While you can do this, it’s not a good solution for watching your favorite movies. Walls have a lot of imperfections and aren’t properly treated for good viewing – projection screens are made specifically for the purpose of watching your favorite movies or shows!
  • Get the big picture – You can buy big TVs, but screens can only get so large. A good projection screen can easily span your entire wall and give you floor to ceiling visuals. If you get a good projector to go with your projector screen, you’ll find that you’ve got a great picture on a very large scale. It’s hard to get that with other home theatre visual options.
  • More picture for the price – You’ll be surprised to hear that projector screens can be much cheaper than big television screens. You can get a bigger picture for a smaller price with a projection screen. A nice projector may cost you a bigger chunk of money, but even they’re coming down in price to make it easier to manufacture them for people with home theatre systems.

Projection System from Down to Earth Communications

Your home theatre system is a reflection of you. If you like to go big and bold, a projection system is the way to go for your home theatre system. Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in commercial and residential audio and video 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: HDTV Solutions

DIRECTV Installation for Your Baltimore County Gym

Friday, August 1st, 2014

directv marylandRunning a gym can be a challenge – there’s no doubt about it. You need to make sure that you have all of the equipment that your patrons want and that they also can enjoy a workout in your gym. Since motivation can run pretty low for a 6 AM hour-long cardio session, you want to give your gym members any motivation to get them out of bed and on to the treadmill (or elliptical, stair stepper, etc). Likewise, people don’t always like going to the gym in the evening because they think they’re missing out on something (FOMO gets the best of us). Make sure your patrons never feel like they’re missing anything – with DIRECTV.

What are the Benefits of DirecTV For My Baltimore County Gym?

  • Relieve the boredom – “Just 5 more minutes. . .okay, maybe just 2 more minutes.” How many times have you thought this while on the treadmill? Imagine how many times per day it goes through your members’ minds. Having DirecTV installed either directly on your cardio machines or overhead can help relieve boredom and inspire people to finish a full 30 minute or hour-long workout because they want to finish the show – a little inspiration can go a long way for gym goers and they’ll appreciate the extra boost.
  • Knock out the excuses – Missing a TV show is no longer a good excuse to stay home from the gym. In fact, going to the gym could become a ritual for watching TV shows. Depending on the package you select, you could make it so that each guest is able to watch whatever they like while they work out. Miss “The Big Bang Theory” because you’re going to the gym? Nope. Help your members get some laughs in and enjoy their shows while they work out!
  • Add some music – Many DirecTV packages come with the option for all different types of music channels. Forgot an mp3 player? No problem! Plug in and listen to some great different types of workout music! Members will be able to choose whether they like to work out to rock, hip hop, or even salsa in some cases. DirecTV allows your gym members to catch up on the news or listen to some of the newest hits while getting a workout in.

All of the newest and most successful gyms offer a television option to their clients – it’s time for you to jump on the bandwagon, too, and offer your members the best in DirecTV! Down to Earth Communications, Inc. has over 15 years’ experience in commercial and residential audio and video 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!