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Why do Acoustics Matter in a Home Theatre?

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Room acoustics indicate how sound waves interact within a room. Every room reacts differently to the variety of sound frequencies, primarily because of the objects in it, and every speaker sounds different when in a different room. When you partner with Westcoast A/V Gallery for a home theatre build, acoustics are a vital component considered as we design and engineer your space…and for good reason.

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Westcoast Audio Video Gallery is Growing!

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And the hunt is on for the most qualified Custom AV Installation Professional in Vancouver (or Beyond)

 

There’s something to be said for having an extreme attention to detail; for having a specialized arsenal of tools ready to tackle the most custom requests; and for being committed to learning so you’re always on top of the latest innovations. If this, and at least 5-yrs experience as a professional installer, sounds like you or someone you know…then we genuinely hope you’re in the Greater Vancouver area (or are willing to relocate) because that’s exactly who we need!

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Why Upgrading Your Home Network Matters

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Westcoast AV Gallery looks at the benefits of managed network options

 

Having problems with a lagging home network? Westcoast AV Gallery of Vancouver, your full-service residential and commercial custom electronics and design integration partner for A/V, Lighting Control, Motorized Shading, Home Automation and Network equipment has the solution.

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Vancouver Home Theater Design: Your Dream Home Theater Awaits!

Vancouver Home Theater Design: Your Dream Home Theater

Do you dream of owning a home theater? It’s one of the ultimate ambitions of a true movie fan: to have a truly great home theater with all of the comfort, all of the sound, and all of the visuals as a Cineplex, only without crying children and random cell phone conversations interrupting the film.

Home theaters have been around for a long time, and the technology that powers them continues to get better every year. Today, you can have a home theater setup that rivals any commercial theater, with digital picture THX surround sound, and even 3D! Why would you ever go out to the movies again? If you would like to learn what a state-of-the-art home theater looks like continue reading…

Building The Best Modern Home Theater… Ever

You can’t have a home theater without a projector. There are dozens of solutions on the market, but for the best cinema displays, we recommend a SIM2 Multimedia Digital Projector. With ultra-bright LED bulbs and a full dynamic color range, these projectors have the absolute best picture quality. The projectors even support 3D!

Of course, it’s not a real film until you add sound, unless you’re watching a Chaplin classic. For speakers, the options are endless. Leon manufacturers some of the best quality speakers, and they are the brand we use most with our home theater installations. Their ultra-thin, yet ultra-high quality speakers can be set flush inside nearly any wall space, giving you sound to rival that of the multiplex.


To power the speakers, we recommend Sherbourn pre-amps. These amps can handle a wide range of speaker configurations, up to a 7.1 surround setup, which [offers a sound quality not found in many public theaters. If you integrate the theater with an Integra THX-certified video player you will also be getting the most from your Blu-Ray collection. THX is still the standard for theater audio, and Integra works closely with LucasFilm’s sound wizards to ensure it meets their exact standards.

Finally, with a Control4 home automation system, you would be able to control the entire home theater from a touchscreen device. You can change your lighting and sound settings, switch movies, or even install mechanical shelves that slide in and out of sight at the touch of a button.


Key Takeaway: The future of home theater really is here. With the right equipment, the results can truly be amazing.

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Vancouver Smart Home Automation News: CEDIA 2012 Highlights

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Vancouver Smart Home Automation News: CEDIA 2012 Highlights

CEDIA EXPO 2012, the technology mega conference of the year, concluded last week. If you happened to make it to Indianapolis, your head is probably still spinning from the sea of technological innovation that was on display. If you were unable to make it no worries, we got you covered!

Below are three interesting new products that were brought to the market at CEDIA 2012 that we felt were interesting enough to share with you.!

Sony and Conrol4 Create Worlds First AV Receiver That’s Home Automation Ready

Inside of this Sony receiver is almost the equivalent of an HC-250 automation controller from Control4, with most of the power and feature set of a standalone controller. This simple activation adds full Control4 functionality including Control4’s award-winning flash interface that is already built into the Sony Receiver.  We see this receiver as a continued trend in home automation. More and more products will become home automation ready in the future.

Here is a brief video of the  Sony/Control4 Receiver.

Sony’s 4K 84-Inch Television

Besides the Control 4 automation ready receiver announced at CEDIA, Sony also announced its 84 inch game-changing television. The largest, highest resolution picture Sony has ever produced on a TV. With four times more resolution than Full HD, in 4K the 84″ (diag.) 4K LCD screen contains no less than 8 million individual pixels (3,840 x 2,160). Advanced picture processing ensures that every one of those pixels displays images with superb quality. At a closer, more comfortable distance and a viewing angle widened to 60°, the TV screen fills your field of vision: it’s like experiencing the action in real life. With all the extra resolution, size, and viewing radius comes a heafty price tag of $25,000, but for those who demand the best, this television will sure be at the top of their list.

Here is a brief video of the high-powered Sony television.

Leon Speakers Debut New Timbre Series Bookshelf Speakers

Leon Speakers is a pioneer in the design, research and development, and refinement of meticulously handcraft elegant loudspeaker solutions. They seek to bring a home theater experiences into every spaces. The Timber line bookshelf speaker is their latest speaker and design concept. They are offered in hard woods, and can be custom painted to fit any design environment.

Here is a brief video that showcases the speaker line.

Key Takeaway: Every year CEDIA’s conferences are filled with industry insight and new products from manufacturers from around the world. This year was no different. This is just a sampling of a few new products we found interesting at this years event.

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Vancouver Control 4 Dealer: Is Control 4 Right For Your Home Or Business?

West Coast Audio Video Gallery is a Vancouver Dealer of Control 4.

Control 4 is an affordable residential and commercial automation solution that can make your home or business smarter and more efficient.  With control 4 your home’s audio, video, lighting, security, thermostat and even jacuzzi can be controlled from a keypad or touch screen device. However, there are many home automation choices on the market, so how do you know if Control 4 is the  right solution for your home or business? Here is some friendly advice that will hopefully clear the confusion.

The three most popular manufacturers in the automation industry are Crestron, Savant, and Control 4.

Crestron has been around for 40 plus years and is the grandfather of the “smart home” automation industry. Crestron systems are usually used for large-scale homes that are 5,000 square feet or more, Crestron is also used for government buildings, educational facilities, and medium to large corporate buildings.

Savant is similar to Crestron in price, but lacks the 40 plus years of experience in the market. They offer a solution unlike Crestron that is slightly easier to program for projects that do not require a lot of customization.  Savant hardware is comprised of a Mac Mini making many to believe that Savant is the Apple of smart home automation. They also use exclusively Apple products for control like the iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. However, these control devices and apps are also available for any other control system you may choose to use.

Control 4 was born on the philosophy that you do not need to be living the life of luxury to enjoy smart home automation. The Control 4 market targets homes and businesses that are less than 5,000 square feet and do not require a lot of customization. The control 4 programing is extremely simple to configure compared to Crestron or Savant. This ready to go out of the box approach Control 4 adopted creates huge savings for consumers looking to save money on expensive programming costs.

Our team here at West Coast Audio Video Gallery uses Control 4 frequently to make homeowners lives easier while not breaking their bank when doing so.  Control 4 is not the right solution for every project, but if you have a small to medium sized home or business, it may be the right solution for you.

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