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Beef Up Your Home Theater System With One Easy Change

There are plenty of factors to consider when you’re designing a residential home theater. From seating to sound control, you have ample decisions to make when customizing your own space.

But there is one thing that will ultimately raise your home theater to the next level, and it doesn’t have to do with what kind of chairs viewers will be sitting on or what accessories you may have. Using a video projector instead of a large-screen TV for your theater display will make all of the difference anytime someone sits down to watch.

First of all, finding a flat-screen TV at movie theater screen size is impossible. The larger the screen you’re looking at, the more expensive and the less reliable it often becomes. With a projector, you can arrange your home theater so that you are giving viewers the absolute largest viewing space possible. Go as big as your theater space allows, recreating the theater experience at home. Or if you need to, shrink your screen down for more intimate viewings.

While projectors – even high-end ones – will ultimately cost less money and resources, they’ll also make the viewing experience easier on your eyes, literally. With a large screen, images and text are always big enough to be seen without squinting. Additionally, TV screens emit the light that hits your eye, which is harsher than projector screens, which only reflect that light. That means a more comfortable viewing experience for everyone.

Finally, using a projector means cutting down on space usage. Modern projectors hold a lot of capacity in a small device, which means you can quickly move or store yours when it’s not in use.


About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or for a Free Consultation.


Audio Visual Solutions To Improve Commercial Office Communication

Is your commercial office missing something? Look around, do employees and customers look like they know where they’re going or who they need to speak to?

If not, it’s time to consider audio-visual solutions that will boost communication within your office walls and beyond. These are five ideas to get you started with a range of potential upgrades to make your facility more productive and professional.

  1. Intercoms: It’s helpful to have a way for employees to receive information quickly without needing to answer a phone or check an email. Intercoms can help you get information out to anyone, immediately.
  2. Video entry systems: If your commercial/health care office isn’t a storefront than you may be opening the door remotely each time someone arrives. But if you’re relying on sound rather than video, do you really know who will be walking through your door? With video entry systems you can see who is coming and be ready to welcome them when they arrive.
  3. Boardroom and conference room displays: Some of your most important work is done in boardrooms and conference rooms, whether it’s hiring a new employee or presenting to a new client. The right audio setup and video display will help your conference room look and perform at the level you want.
  4. Music and entertainment: Do you want your employees to feel better about the day? Or clients to feel happier while in your waiting area? Playing music throughout your facility is easy with the right setup, and can help bring new energy and productivity to everyone who walks through the doors.
  5. Directional displays: There’s nothing worse for a client than getting stuck on the wrong floor when trying to make their way around your office. Display signs prominently located near elevators, stairways, and doors will help everyone get around smoothly.


About the Author

EAV has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappel and the EAV Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with EAV vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or for a Free Consultation.


Video Distribution in the Boardroom: 3 Essential Tools

There are several kinds of communal meeting spaces in most commercial offices:

  • Huddle spaces provide intimate areas for employee collaboration.
  • Conference rooms offer a larger space for more people and more extensive meetings.
  • Board rooms are where the highest-priority meetings happen, which often require a setting conducive to presentations.

If your board room isn’t outfitted with the right audio-visual technology, both presenters and listeners will have a hard time communicating effectively.

The good news is, an expert audio-visual installation team will be able to help you upgrade your healthcare office’s board room so that you have the right tools on hand, every day. These are three things your board room needs in order to have an effective and efficient video distribution system.

  1. Immediate, Centralized Control

Depending on the size of your office, you may or may not have A/V staff on hand that are experts in your boardroom’s setup, and the members of any given meeting probably aren’t either. You want your room to be ready to go with the touch of a button, which is what you can get with a central video distribution system.

  1. Appropriate Connections

Whether the person presenting needs to connect their laptop or a camera, there should be multiple jacks available where your presenter sets up. There should also be a power cord, so no devices die during the middle of a meeting.

  1. Multiple Quality Displays

Ensure that everyone in the room can see what is being presented with multiple displays, and for larger spaces, pair screens with a central high definition projector.


Greenify Your Home With Automated Lighting

It might be trendy to talk about “greenifying” your home, but when you make the choice to be eco-friendlier, you’ll reap a whole host of benefits.

For California homeowners, reducing energy and water usage can go a long way towards lessening your impact on the environment. But in addition, being greener has the benefit of saving more green; the less energy you use, the less impact on the earth and on your wallet.

One of the simplest ways to get started using less electricity is by automating your home’s various systems. Lower the blinds remotely on a hot, sunny day to ease the burden on your AC, and turn off your sprinklers from the office when rain is in the forecast. Not only will you start saving, but you’ll also make your life simpler.

When you automate your home’s lighting system, you’ll have the power to control any light in your house. It can be a horrible feeling to realize you left the upstairs lights on before heading out on a trip, and with automation, you can turn them off from wherever you are. You’ll cut down on replacement bulb purchases, and you’ll use less energy that you’re, well, not using.

Some of the easiest ways to go green with an automatic lighting system are:

Motion sensors: You can forget about leaving the bathroom or hallway lights on at night, as motion sensors will illuminate your path when you walk by them and will keep lights off when you’re gone.

Custom settings: Automate your home’s lights to go on and off when you’re traveling, or set simple settings like “home” and “away” that make sure your lighting is the way you want it with the press of a button.

Dimmers: Do you need, or even want, bright lights overhead at all times? Dimmers can cut back on your energy use and make your environment more comfortable. 


The Ultimate Guide To Huddle Rooms In Healthcare Spaces

Open work environments have become hugely popular in the last decade, as they allow for greater collaboration and dialogue between your entire team. But the problem with these open office layouts in healthcare settings is that employees don’t have a place to discuss confidential information or focus on a project without other distractions. 

For some small office spaces, the solution to this problem is to have employees use a conference room when available for these smaller meetings. But two people sitting around a table for twelve will make it harder for actual discussions to be had and plans to be made.

That’s why huddle spaces have emerged as a popular alternative to larger, stuffier rooms. Employees can reserve and use these spaces that are designed for smaller groups, yet have the technology and amenities to support collaboration. But aside from that, huddle rooms can take any shape or design that is most adaptive to your commercial office’s needs.

You Have to Have A/V Technology

It must be easy for employees to walk into a huddle room and connect their computers or digital devices to shared displays immediately. Time spent fumbling for wires or connections is time wasted.

Even better, match your huddle room’s setup to that in your conference room so anybody in the office can use either space at any time.

You Have to Have Comfortable — And Usable — Seating

Help employees get down to the important stuff with comfortable seating and ample room for laptops and note-taking. But don’t go too casual or your employees may not be able to use the rooms for long; bean bag chairs are easy to move, but not ideal if you’re trying to strategize a company’s future.

You Have to Make Scheduling Easy

Want employees to use these huddle spaces? Have a secure scheduling system that allows people to reserve rooms ahead of time and see when space is available. By utilizing digital displays on the outside of the room and a central calendar, you’ll make sure the area is open to anyone.


Audio Video Solutions For Small Residential Spaces

For California homeowners with small houses, the right audio visual solutions can go a long way towards making a space feel bigger. And the good news is, modern technology has made it so that you can install just about any size system in just about any size home.

In fact, smaller homes often have an advantage when it comes to audio-video quality, not to mention, the final price. You won’t need as many speakers in small rooms, and multi-room music and video distribution won’t need to connect as many spaces as you’d need to in a larger home.

But, as with anything in a smaller home, you’ll want to use your available space as strategically as possible. 

  • Make sure TV displays are placed far enough away from seating areas to allow for comfortable viewing. This chart can help you determine how much distance is ideal between the viewer and the screen and the impact of screen size.
  • Speakers should also be strategically placed so that they don’t dominate any area of a room. When you work with an experienced Orange County audio-video installation team, they’ll be able to help you position things in a way that optimizes your sound. 
  • Consider a compact projector instead of a TV, that allows you to keep your space more open without sacrificing access to entertainment. However, you’ll need to be mindful of things like light from windows, and again, how far seating is from the screen.
  • Have your audio-visual system’s elements built into walls to conceal them further and make rooms feel more spacious. You should also have your installers hide any wires and cords, as these will only make your space feel more cluttered.

How To Make Sure Your Small Healthcare Office Conference Room Makes A Big Impact

Conference rooms come in all different shapes and sizes, from the massive mahogany boardroom with leather chairs, to the casual space that allows start-up team members to get together on occasion.

But you don’t need a lot of size to make sure your healthcare office conference room makes an impact; especially nowadays when technological and audio-visual assets can be streamlined and hidden according to any space’s needs.

Whether your conference room has room for four people or room for ten, these are some essential components that will make it feel even bigger.

The Right Size Display Screen

You don’t want to overwhelm meetings with a display screen that is much larger than you need. For small rooms, you likely won’t need anything more than a 50-60” screen, but you’ll want to make sure that seating is positioned in a way that no visibility is lost.

The Right Speakers

Small conference rooms can typically get away with using the speakers on a monitor, but you may want to consider having an audio-visual installation team hide additional speakers in the ceiling or install an additional soundbar.

The Right Phone 

Conference rooms require the ability to connect via phone and nowadays, via digital display as well. You need something with high-enough quality that your voice, and those on the other end, don’t get lost to a poor connection. A small room helps with keeping audio clear, but you may also want to consider strategic additional microphone placement if needed.

The Right Connections

You never want any employee in your office, or even worse, an executive or client, to have trouble connecting their laptop or device to your room’s setup. Offer wireless connection so that everyone can get started immediately, and have cables available just in case something goes wrong.


Anticipate Each Season With Motorized Window Dressings

Try to think of every single window in your house — and now figure out which one you missed.

It can be a challenge to remember to open or close each window in your home, but depending on the season, you may be increasing the effort your HVAC system puts in, increasing your energy usage and waste.

Instead of trying to remember to open and close your window dressings, make the switch to motorized shades, which gives you the freedom to control your home’s exposure to the outdoors, from inside your home or elsewhere. Not to mention, because your blinds will be controlled by a central system, you can even open or lower them from the comfort of your couch, making your relaxation time really count.

When you use your motorized shades strategically during the most challenging seasons when it comes to weather, you’ll save money on your utility bills, have a more comfortable home, and won’t need to do anything more than press a button.


You know that sitting in an air-conditioned room in the middle of summer with the sun blasting through open windows isn’t necessarily comfortable, and it’s definitely not energy efficient. estimates that 76% of that sun coming through your windows is turning into heat, so close blinds during the day to save.


Also, according to, around 30% of the energy used to heat a home is lost through windows. With the right insulating window covering, you can keep your home warmer, and quickly open them from anywhere when the sun is blasting its strongest.

Spring and Fall

Depending on where you live, spring and fall may be the perfect time to leave windows open and enjoy the fresh, crisp air. Regardless, you’ll be prepared to change your window dressings with the touch of a button when you have an automated system. 


Upgrade Your Home’s Security With Indoor And Outdoor Security Cameras

When was the last time you thought about your home’s security system? For most people, it’s not until there’s a problem that they really take a look at how their home and family are protected.

Being proactive with security won’t just help you sleep better at night; it can also save you some money on insurance. Plus, you won’t have to worry about leaving older kids alone, and you’ll know immediately whether something is a problem or just a glitch.

Installing security cameras is a simple and affordable way to boost your home’s safety. And the good news is, modern cameras aren’t as big, bulky, and obtrusive as those of the past. With wireless capability allowing you to get an alert on your phone no matter where you, you can always keep track of what is happening at home.

The Benefits of Outdoor Cameras

Most people focus on exterior security cameras to help deter or catch any intruders or crime. In many cases, if someone sees a camera installed at your house, they’ll probably move on to an easier mark. 

But security cameras will also help you bolster your case should you be the victim of theft or a break-in. When you can watch a perpetrator break in, grab valuables, and take back off, you’re giving your insurance company and the police a head start.

The Benefits of Indoor Cameras

Modern security cameras come in all shapes and sizes and can be placed in innocuous spots, like plants, making them useful for indoor placement. If you’re placing cameras indoors for security purposes, you can put them strategically inside entrances and any means of egress, as you’ll have a better chance of capturing any intruders head-on. 

Be careful when you install your indoor cameras to avoid places like bathrooms or bedrooms being in any frame, as you want family members and guests to feel comfortable in any part of the house. 


6 Reasons A Smart Office Will Boost Your Healthcare Business’s Success

For the modern workplace, it’s essential to focus on what really matters, no matter the industry: connecting your people. Open-plan office concepts were designed to help facilitate greater pathways between employees, with the hopes of increasing productivity. Nowadays, it is the digital design of your healthcare office that opens up communication internally and beyond.

When you upgrade your current setup to a smart office, you’re immediately making mundane things and the day-to-day easier on employees, freeing them up to focus on what matters: your patients. 

These are six ways that your new smart office will help your business succeed.

  1. Automated lighting will help your office use less energy, and setting your system to adjust according to optimal light and the outdoors provides a better workplace environment.
  2. Personalized temperature preferences will help each employee feel more comfortable without needing to add or remove layers.
  3. Scheduling apps for conference rooms, huddle spaces, and other meeting areas allow everyone to secure a room when they need it.
  4. Multi-room audio systems can play the same content to every space when you need to, but also allow for employees to choose their own sound.
  5. Digital displays can share content throughout your commercial office, both with employees but also with clients. Cut down on the need to answer questions from guests about navigating the space, and give employees the information they need, where they are.
  6. Security cameras can help keep your employees and your company’s belongings safe. When you can check your feed and receive alerts from an app on your phone, you’ll always ensure that everyone and everything on-site is protected.