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5 Benefits of Home Automation

Have you realized the benefits of automation for your home? I’m not talking about a setup like Tony Stark (Iron Man). Although it’s super cool, a built-in artificial intelligence acting as your do-it-all butler is probably not possible just yet.

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Unlike Iron Man’s equipment, the home automation technology that we offer at Westcoast AV Gallery is made for you. It’s easy to use and offers a lot of benefits.

When most people think about home automation, the conversation seems to revolve around simple environmental controls like lighting, heating and air conditioning. Although these areas are very helpful, they only scratch the surface of what is possible. Read More…

Why do Acoustics Matter in a Home Theatre?

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Your favourite Vancouver Technology Professionals offer expertise & solutions 

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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Westcoast AV Gallery Showcase: Ethos™ Electrostatic Speakers from MartinLogan

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Sonic technologies establish an unprecedented new direction in audiophile design

Since opening our doors here in Vancouver, Westcoast AV Gallery has taken considerable pride in offering manufacturers and products with only the highest standard of efficiency and precision. Debuting in 1982 at a Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago, MartinLogan has exemplified the term “internationally-recognized brand,” by offering superior design and technology to customers who value the best speakers on the planet.

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Westcoast AV Gallery Showcase: Primare Audio/Video Systems

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Cutting-edge technology & performance available from your favorite Vancouver electronics experts

Westcoast AV Gallery is determined to be your resource for all things home automation. To that end, we wanted to focus this newest edition of our blog on a key audio/video product partner; Primare.

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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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What are the Priorities when Finishing a Home Theatre Build?

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A Vancouver Home Theatre Installation Expert Offers Important Considerations

 

Last time, we discussed the importance of determining your sound options before making any commitment to building a home theatre. This time we focus on the completed package:

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Will a Home Theater Improve Your Property’s Value?

Vancouver-based home automation experts shed light on this important question

Acquiring your own high-quality home theater is a tremendous personal achievement; however, there is a “bigger picture” to consider:  Will investing in a home theater increase your property value?  The answer is YES!  When a home theater system is integrated correctly, your home immediately advances to a higher value. Multiple top-tier real estate agents agree: For the right buyer, a home theater is a huge draw.  In certain markets, the addition of “smart” features, like home theaters, are seen as a must-have amongst high-end house hunters. There’s no question about it, once you experience an integrated home, you never want to go back!

Quality of components makes all the difference

Quality of components makes all the difference

Quality is Key

Buyers in this market are fully aware of the available brands.  They are looking for names like Control4, Lutron, Samsung and other top-tiers.  High-end brands are more likely to return their investment when it comes time to sell. It is slightly different at the mid-market level.  Having a home theater in a suburban home is less likely to dramatically increase your property values, but they are still excellent for making your home stand out in the market.  A fully-furnished home theater in a basement, for example, will give your home significant market appeal and opens the door for you to increase the asking price over comparable properties in the region.

In the Final Analysis…

For many situations, a well-outfitted theater can actively boost your property values and adds a great amenity to showcase when you are trying to make a sale! When you’re ready to learn more about home technology, give us a call or visit our showroom. We make it easy.

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How do You Define Quality Home Audio?

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Vancouver-based Audio Video firm offers professional insight on the exceptional listening experience

What makes home audio exceptional? Is it a properly built system with a leading pair of speakers and expensive electronic components? Or is it more than that?

Listening to music becomes an emotional and passionate experience when the system and its components work in unison to transport you to another world. This is our definition of exceptional audio. With that in mind, what are some of the qualities necessary to create genuine home audio mastery? And what are the relevant issues that audiophiles face today?

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Digital files such as MP3’s are nothing more than an “audio pancake”. All sounds have been flattened to one tone.  Digital media has created a pattern of increasing the volume in order to give the impression that the music sounds better (provided you believe “louder” equates to “better”). In doing so, they’ve begun to limit the dynamic range: what we sense as the difference between soft and loud sounds in our music.

While music can sound  passable when using a pair of ear buds with your iPod or MP3 player, when it comes to sound clarity for your home audio system, these digital devices lack the dynamic range necessary to hear the highs and lows of every instrument.

Digital Cause & Solution

What can you do to improve the clarity of your favorite track on your own system?  Music should be recorded without any compression and played back through a quality home audio system that is fitted with a professional pair of speakers and an amplifier.

Top-notch speakers can effortlessly reproduce a wide range of sounds (i.e.: orchestral music, ambient background, recording effects, etc.) and make it seem like the concert is in your living room. If there are a variety of instruments, sounds, and dynamic range, smaller speakers can have a difficult time reproducing every nuance from a track. When possible, compare different speakers to listen to the variances before committing to any purchase.

Best Audio Companies for Your Dollar

Some consumers are merely looking for systems that offer convenience and/or invisibility for certain rooms (such as the kitchen or a study), which is fine. However, there are times when you want to simply sit comfortably, listen intently, and be transported by the excellent tunes emanating from the quality system into which you invested top dollar. Companies such as Leon, Jamo, Anthony Gallo, and Cambridge Audio all make fantastic products for those seeking the best in home audio achievement. They are manufacturers we recommend often for audiophiles seeking a high-quality listening experience. For more information, feel free to contact us. We have a friendly staff that is here to help.

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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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