Architects New BFF

TRUFIG flush mount HVAC registersFollowers of this blog and our website know that we are big fans of  interior design-friendly products. If you haven’t seen TRUFIG’s flush-mount products yet, visit www.trufig.com for pictures and installation videos. With TRUFIG, Audio Video can make common household fixtures like electrical outlets, lighting controls, dimmers and home automation touch screens almost disappear.

Unlike one-off attempts to hide these devices that clutter every wall, TRUFIG gives us an engineered flush-mount solution that is repeatable and adaptable to nearly any well executed interior design, be it traditional or contemporary. They even have solutions for solid surfaces like granite and marble. Now TRUFIG has turned their attention to one of the most unsightly eyesores to clutter a beautiful wall…HVAC registers!
Flush mount HVAC by TRUIG at DSI Ent Systems
TRUFIG was conceived by the founders of Sonance, an industry leader in interior design-friendly products that help integrate technology into homes in an aesthetically pleasing way. Sonance was one of the first companies to introduce in-wall and in-ceiling speakers many years ago and continues to innovate.  With that  in mind, the visionaries founded TRUFIG to apply the same beautifying treatment to common wall accessories that not only “de-uglifies” wall accessories, they actually enhance the interior décor.

The new TRUFIG HVAC registers install completely flush with the wall or ceiling. The TRUFIG aesthetic is superior to conventional HVAC registers; once you see any TRUFIG flush-mounted accessory, you will wonder why nobody thought of this before.

Currently, there are 4 different HVAC register sizes available: 8″ x 4″, 10″ x 6″, 14″ x 8″, and 12″ x 12″. There are about 27 different ‘standard’ sizes of HVAC air supplies in use today, and even more sizes than this for return air, so it will be a while HVAC flush mount kits by TRUFIGbefore all sizes have TRUFIG kits available. If you are building a new home, though, just be sure your architect and HVAC technician designs around one of the above sizes. Optionally, TRUFIG can design a custom flush-mount kit for a different size (not only for HVAC but for almost any wall-mounted accessory). If you are interested in a custom TRUFIG product, please call Audio Video at 979-268-6010.

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Surround Sound Basics

The most common type of surround sound is the 5.1 system.  A 5.1 surround system has five discrete audio channels: Left, Right, Center, Left Surround, Right Surround and a Subwoofer.

The center speaker is for the dialogue of the film, and the front speakers produce the action noises and create the effect of sounds moving from the side to side.  Then the surround speakers (behind you) add depth to the sound.  They are generally a little quieter and they allow you to hear the things going past you.  To really create the best overall sound you also need a sub-woofer; this increases & intensifies the bass without causing peaks or dips.

That’s part of the technical reason why surround systems sound great. If you enjoy playing music and watching movies that sound amazing, do yourself a favor and contact us about setting yours up for you.

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Incredible Concert Sound at Home

A beautifully landscaped yard is a relaxing space to be, and is great space for entertaining. Having your favorite music playing while entertaining outdoors is great for the ambiance.

Outdoor speaker technology has advanced a lot in the past few years; the latest models sound amazing. Speakers that look like rock or even hidden inside specialized planters are nothing new, but the latest in high-performance outdoor speakers look more like Malibu landscape lights.

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Legendary speaker manufacturer Sonance now makes speakers in this new form factor, and they sound absolutely stunning. Instead of using larger speakers placed in just a few locations around the landscaping, Sonance is advocating placing this new style of speaker in multiple ‘satellite’ locations and they are easily camouflaged with the landscaping. Depending on the models chosen, you get a complete outdoor speaker system that includes 6 or 8 of these satellite speakers and a watertight sub-woofer that is buried within the landscaping (the bass sound comes through a ‘mushroom’ style vent just above ground level). The satellite speakers come in camouflage colors brown, green, black and beige. The weatherproof speakers can be mounted in trees, hidden in ground-cover, or mounted under eaves.

Benefits:

  • smaller satellite speakers are easier to hide
  • multiple smaller speakers give more even sound coverage over a much wider area
  • buried sub-woofer provides deeper bass than larger conventional outdoor speakers
  • easy to maintain consistent volume level throughout a large area
  • lower overall volume level (due to evenly spaced and carefully aimed speakers) minimizes noise disturbance to neighbors

Rock the House: Sonos Controller for Android

Sonos and the Sonos Controller for Android provide Android fans the ultimate wireless home music experience.

The Sonos Controller for Android™ is a free application that transforms your Android smartphone into a wireless music controller for Sonos. Just grab your phone, download the app from Android Market™ and take control of music all over your home.

With Sonos and Android you get:

UNLIMITED MUSIC IN YOUR HOME — Listen to all the music on earth—from the Internet and your personal music collection—in any or every room, wirelessly.

INCREDIBLE CONTROL IN YOUR HAND — Transform your Android phone into a magical music controller.

AMAZING SOUND IN EVERY ROOM — fill any or every room with great sound.

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Cool McIntosh App

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Dear McIntosh Friends,

Be sure to catch the wave and download the new McIntosh App today! It takes just seconds. Click here to access the McIntosh App page on iTunes!

Share the magic. This is the way to show the world the excitement you feel when you experience music with McIntosh Blue Meters.

The App is something you can carry with you and share your love of McIntosh. What do you think?

My thoughts on Spotify

It’s an exciting time to be a music lover.  Spotify is a really exciting new addition to the world of streaming media.

It’s an endless music database.  You get to choose as many songs as you want from their robust collection of over 15 million (wow) songs.  And these aren’t only major labels either, so far there hasn’t been anything I haven’t been able to find.

Also, you get a feature that allows you choose the tracks you want synced to your computer or phone.  This way you will be able to listen whether you have an internet connection or not.

Did you ever make mix tapes or playlists that you wanted to share with your friends?   Spotify allows you to share your playlists over various social media apps.

Spotify is available for your PC, Mac, home audio system and cell phone, depending on your level of service.  I was able to add it to my Sonos system fairly easily.

The service is simple, you just download the Spotify Desktop App then build your library and create playlists.

The only downside I’ve seen so far is that it only works on one device at a time.  So if you have your Spotify playing through a music system, then try to listen on your phone or tablet, the original stream will pause.

All in all I think this is a really impressive experience.  Who wouldn’t want instant access to every song ever made (well, almost at least)?

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The original McIntosh

Long before the iPad, iPhone, iMac etc. there was a little company in Binghampton, NY called McIntosh that built high-end audio gear that made all audiophiles salivate. McIntosh Labs has been making the very finest audio equipment for decades and they have never bowed to design trends and have stuck with their classic look for as many years as you have been alive.

Experience the Tradition of McIntosh at Audio Video.

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Ammo to “Show Off” your 3D Theater!

So here goes, 3-D demos to rock your socks off…

Monsters vs. Aliens – view minutes 43:34-47:04 – This bright clip shows off the true benefits of cinemascope (the wider 2.35:1 aspect ratio screens) and exceptional color performance. Be sure to check out the Golden Gate bridge against the blue sky.

Alice in Wonderland – Trailer from Disney Digital 3-D Blu-ray Showcase disc – This clip literally jumps off the screen. No movie can match the color saturation in Wonderland. Check it out.

Grand Canyon Adventure, River at Risk – minutes 11:58-13:48 – The Grand Canyon in 3-D, what else can I say? Spectacular.

Bob’s Big Break – animated short – This is the pre-quel to Monsters vs. Aliens and can be found in the special features of that 3-D Blu-ray. This is a great demo since you can show a story from beginning to end as opposed to picking a scene from the middle of a movie.

Step Up 3-D – First Dance Scene – This is a teenybopper dance movie but a good demo of live action 3-D combined with good audio.

Avatar – hidden scene – Go to Disc 3 and find the hidden menu to the right of “Live Extras”. Select “You’re not in Kansas anymore” and strap in for some of the best 3-D ever produced.

Although 3-D has not quite taken off like the industry has hoped it would, these demos might make believers of the 3-D skeptics.

If you are in the process of building, dreaming about, or designing your own private theater, Audio Video builds and designs private screening rooms and home theaters in Central Texas.

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Have an iPhone/Android/Smartphone? Check out This Solar Charger

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. Talking away on our phones or jamming to our favorite music on our iPod or MP3 player and we kill the battery before we’re near a battery charger. We’ve all had batteries die on us, and now there is an innovative and “green” charging solution by Revolve with their new xeMini hybrid charger.  You can purchase it direct from Revolve here > Revolve xeMini (no affiliation with Audio Video…just passing along something weportable-charger think you’ll like)

The xeMini is a hybrid charger that features a fairly powerful internal battery that can recharge over 3,000 different devices. It is small enough to take with you, and thanks to its built-in efficient solar panel, you can even recharge with the sun. How is that for green?? This travel charger can also be recharged from AC power (of course!) or even a PC through a USB input. It can even charge two devices simultaneously.

Another feature I liked about it is that the internal battery is powerful enough to charge most smartphones twice without having to recharge the xeMini. With this in your car, pocket, purse, or briefcase, you can’t use the “my battery is about to go dead” excuse. You’ll instead have to download some of the funny excuse apps in iTunes or the Android Market if you need a creative way to get out of a bad conversation. Enjoy…

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Now you see the TV, now you don’t

Design-savvy clients love watching TV as much as anyone, but often hate seeing the TV when it is turned off. Thin as they are today, a TV is just a rectangular monolith on a wall that adds nothing to a room’s interior decor or ambiance when it isn’t being watched. Behold the mirror TV, one of the tricks up our sleeves to hide video monitors.

The mirror television trend started over a decade ago, but it was often a difficult effort where you would try to find the best  single sided mirror that didn’t dim the TV too much, yet still do a good job of hiding the TV. Then there was the thickness issue, most flat screens were still too thick to fit in 2 x 4 construction walls. Then, there was the TV ventilation issues…

Now, thanks to brands such as SEURA and Media Decor, engineering a mirror TV solution is no longer a job for MacGyver. These clever hidden televisions are specially engineered to be behind mirrors, and the ventilation and mirror opacity variables have been all figured out for you. Since the larger TV sizes are now ultra-thin also, most of these engineered hidden TV solutions fit in standard 2 x 4 wall stud depth.

Audio Video carries both SEURA AND Media Decor as well as a motorized picture option by Vision Art.

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