Custom Home Entertainment

How to Integrate Audio into Your Decor

By | Custom Home Entertainment, Residential Solutions |

So, you want to incorporate a high-end audio system into your living room, your finished basement, or even your bedroom but you don’t want to do it at the expense of your home decor. This might seem like an impossible task, but there are actually a number of ways that you can do it.

You can fill your home with rich sound when you’re watching a movie or listening to a playlist and, more importantly, you can do it without compromising your home’s interior design. Here are some ways you can go about doing it:

Install speakers into the ceilings and walls in your home

One of the most effective ways to integrate better audio into your home without screwing up the look and feel of your decor is by installing speakers for an audio system in your ceilings and walls. In-ceiling and in-wall speakers have become a lot more common in American homes in recent years because they’re capable of delivering amazing sound without taking up a single square inch of space. You can hide them in corners of your home so that no one will be able to see them, but they’ll certainly be able to hear them when they’re turned on.

Choose speakers that match your home’s decor

When you think about the speakers that typically come with a surround-sound system, you probably think about big, black boxes that don’t look very sleek. You can still find these kinds of speakers with many audio systems, but you can also find ones that have veneers that are designed to match the decor inside of many homes. It’s all about finding the speakers with the best veneers based on your home’s specific design.

Look for speakers that are on the smaller side

Once upon a time, people thought that they needed to buy big speakers to get the big sound they were looking for in a home audio system. This isn’t true anymore! You can find plenty of speakers that are on the smaller side that will deliver even better sound than their much larger counterparts. It’s all about putting the right speakers in the right places throughout your home to get the sound you want without affecting your overall decor.

Do you need help integrating sound into your home without having it take a toll on your decor? Shore Home Solutions can set you up with home surround sound setup and installation services. We offer a wide range of speakers, including many in-ceiling and in-wall options, and can show you ones that’ll work well in your home. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to see what we have that will best suit you and your home!

Custom Home Entertainment

Things to Consider When Buying a Projector

By | Custom Home Entertainment, Home Theatre Systems, Residential Solutions |

Are you thinking about installing a projector in your home theater as opposed to a big-screen TV? There are lots of benefits that come with doing it. You’ll usually get a much better picture with a projector. You’ll also be able to customize the size of your screen and make your theater feel larger since projectors don’t take up much space. But there are a few things to consider before investing in a projector. Check them out below.

How much room do you have in your budget for a projector?

You don’t necessarily have to break the bank to buy a projector. You can get some projectors for right around $500. But many projectors cost a lot more than that and will come jam-packed with better features than their cheaper counterparts. You should figure out how much you can afford to pay for a projector and decide exactly what you want out of it before you start shopping around.

Are you prepared to properly maintain your projector?

One thing some people don’t realize is that you need to do some maintenance to most projectors. There are filters and bulbs inside most of them that could need to be repaired or replaced over the life of your projector. You won’t have to worry about this right away, but it is something that should be on your radar.

Are you going to mount your projector permanently?

There are some projectors that you can mount on a ceiling or wall permanently. There are others that you can move around from room to room if you want. Think about if you want to have your projector mounted so that it doesn’t go anywhere or if you want something that’s more portable.

Which sound system are you going to hook up to your projector?

If you’re setting up a home theater, you’re probably going to want to invest in a sound system, regardless of whether you’re going with a TV or projector. But with a TV, you’ll have the option of using the TV speakers for sound if you want. With a projector, you’ll need to buy speakers for sound since most projectors don’t have speakers built into them.

Choosing the right projector for your home theater can be a challenge. Shore Home Solutions can help you make the right decision based on your preferences and the design of your home theater. Contact us today to start the process of picking out a projector.

Outdoor Entertainment

Outdoor Home Entertainment Trends

By | Custom Home Entertainment, Residential Solutions, Surround Sound |

There are more and more people who are investing a lot of money into the outside of their homes and creating welcoming spaces where they can gather with their friends and families. While the exterior of a home used to be reserved for a few pieces of patio furniture and maybe something like a fire pit, there are many homeowners who are now creating outdoor spaces outfitted with the latest forms of technology.

Check out some of the best outdoor entertainment trends of 2018 below:

Strong lighting concepts

Outdoor lighting used to consist of flood lights and motion detectors. But these days, many people are opting to incorporate new forms of lighting into their backyards. From soft lighting that can be used to set the mood to bolder lighting concepts that cover entire walls, you can find many unique ways to add a high-end lighting system to your backyard.

Outdoor surround sound systems

There are lots of people who are still relying on Bluetooth speakers to provide sound in their backyard. Bluetooth has made it possible to incorporate portable speakers into the mix. But those who really love listening to music in their backyard space prefer high-end sound systems that have full range speakers and subwoofers. They can be used to bring the best sound experience possible to any outdoor area when they’re set up properly.

Outdoor “living rooms” equipped with TVs

The idea of installing a TV outside used to be ludicrous. But these days, it’s not uncommon to find “living rooms” with couches, fireplaces, and, yes, TVs in the backyards of homes. Families will often huddle around to watch their favorite shows and movies under the stars and experience TV in a whole new way.

Do you want to amp up your backyard with technology? Shore Home Solutions can help you do it by setting you up with high-end lighting and sound systems and so much more. We can also outfit the inside of your home with the technology you need so that you can enjoy being inside and outside during the warmer months. Call us at 410-878-2448 today for more information on our products and services.

Home Theater Room with Red couch

Importance of Home Theater Acoustics

By | Custom Home Entertainment, High End Home Theatre Systems, Residential Solutions |

If you’re in the process of planning out a new home theater, you’ve probably spent a lot of time thinking about the size of the screen you’re going to put in it. You’ve also probably spent a lot of time thinking about the surround sound system you’re going to install in it. You may have even let your mind wander and pondered how comfortable the chairs in your home theater are going to be.

While all of these things are important, the aspect of your home theater that you should really be concerned most about are the acoustics in the room where your theater is going to be located.

The acoustics of a home theater are important because they’re ultimately going to make or break your viewing experience each time you sit down and watch a movie, TV show, or big game. The acoustics are going to determine how good your speakers sound, which will impact your experience as a whole. If sounds are muffled during a movie or you don’t sound like you’re right in the middle of the action during a football game, you’re going to be distracted by it and what’s on the screen won’t even matter.

The company that’s helping you install your home theater should make acoustics a priority. They should come up with a great plan as far as where to position the speakers for your surround sound system. But more importantly, they should also help you control the reflections in your home theater to make the most of your system. If you have frequencies from your sound system bouncing all over the place and reflecting off everything, it’ll hurt the sound quality of whatever you’re watching and make you wish you’d spend more time focused on acoustics.

Shore Home Solutions can focus on home theater acoustics and tame the reflections in your room to improve sound. We’ll start by taking your room dimensions into account and find ways to work speakers and subwoofers into the mix to deliver sound you’ll love. By placing an extra subwoofer in a room or rethinking speaker placement, we can make your home theater even better than you could have ever imagined.

Call Shore Home Solutions at 410-878-2448 today to start designing and building the home theater of your dreams.

Hidden Television Solutions

How Hidden Televisions Help with Feng Shui

By | Residential Hidden Television Solutions, Residential Solutions |

Is feng shui something that’s very important to you? If so, you’ve probably gone to great lengths to put everything from your dining room table to your couch to your bed in the right place in your home. But have you considered how the televisions in your home could potentially be hurting your feng shui? Specifically, the TV in your bedroom could be taking a toll on it and causing harm to your home’s energy.

Studies have shown that more than 60 percent of Americans have a TV in their bedrooms. Some use it to drift off to sleep at night, while others use it as a place to escape when their significant other is watching TV in the living room. Regardless of your reason for putting a TV in your bedroom, it can send out active energy that can disrupt the calming energy that is usually present in a bedroom. As a result, it can make it difficult for you to feel at peace when you’re in a bedroom with a TV in it, even if the TV isn’t turned on.

Some people will place something over their TV when they’re not using it to stop the active energy from the TV from affecting their bedroom.

But if you really want to improve the feng shui of your bedroom, you should consider taking advantage of the hidden television solutions offered by Shore Home Solutions.

When you don’t have your bedroom TV on, these solutions will cover it up with a mirror or piece of artwork that will hide your TV from sight and prevent it from sending out the active energy you don’t want. You’ll love the way the mirror or artwork looks and improves your feng shui at the same time.

Want to hear more about the hidden television solutions that Shore Home Solutions can provide for you? Call us at 410-878-2448 today to find out how helpful they can be when it comes to the feng shui of your home!

Structured Cabling System

Structured Cabling Explained

By | Residential Solutions, Structured Cabling |

In this day and age, most homeowners have wireless networks set up in their homes that they use to access the internet. Therefore, many people wrongfully assume that everyone out there utilizes wireless networks to create telecommunication connections. But this is not actually true, especially when it comes to the business world.

There are many businesses that need to have structured cabling systems in place.

Structured cabling is a comprehensive system of cables and hardware that allow for a business to establish a telecommunications infrastructure within their commercial property. It can be used to set up a phone system, a data network for internal and external communications, or both. There are many small and large organizations that count on structured cabling to meet all of their communication needs.

There are lots of advantages businesses enjoy when they use structured cabling.

It can offer businesses redundancy as well as the flexibility that they need in order to accommodate any changes that take place within a company. Additionally, the potential for downtime and the likelihood of human error affecting a network are both dramatically decreased when structured cabling is used. Structured cabling also allows for all connections to be made in an organized fashion that will look aesthetically pleasing once everything is set up.

When you have structured cabling installed properly, you can keep data flowing within your company seamlessly, regardless of whether you operate out of one building or have several locations. You can also keep the information you pass around safe and secure. You just need to make sure you work with a company that’s capable of installing structured cabling for you. Otherwise, you could run into problems using this type of infrastructure.

Shore Home Solutions can help you get your structured cabling system up and running. To find out more about how structured cabling works or to arrange to have a free consultation, call us at 410-878-2448 today!

Wall mounted OLED TV

LED vs OLED TVs

By | Custom Home Entertainment, LED vs OLED TVs, Residential Solutions |

For years now, those looking to purchase a new TV for their home have been forced to choose between LED and plasma TVs. But with plasma TVs recently bowing out of the equation, most of the TVs on the market today fall into the LED category. There is one exception, though—the OLED TVs that just started shipping to customers a few years ago.

Organic Light Emitting Diode TVs, better known as OLED TVs, might sound like they’re similar to LED TVs. But the truth is that they couldn’t be any more different. Rather than being illuminated by an LED backlight like LCD TVs, all of the pixels used within OLED TVs illuminate themselves, which usually results in a better picture for those watching them.

LED TVs do typically win out when it comes to brightness, even though both LEDs and OLEDs are plenty bright no matter how light or dark a room might be. However, OLED TVs have proven to be far superior in many other areas. For example, the black level of an OLED TV is better overall than that of an LED TV. OLED also beats LED is categories like contrast ratio, viewing angle, and uniformity. And while you could call several categories, like resolution and refresh rate, a tie, OLED is clearly presenting LED with the most competition it’s received over the last decade. It shouldn’t be long before OLED TVs become a staple in many American households.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the power of OLED, Shore Home Solutions can show you some of the OLED TVs we’ve installed in homes in the past. Call us at 410-878-2448 today for a free consultation!

Why You Should Upgrade to a Commercial Grade Wireless Network

By | Residential Solutions, Wireless Network |

When setting up a wireless network, most people opt to run out to the store to purchase a router. And while this used to be an acceptable way to create a wireless network, the truth is that you should go with a commercial grade wireless network these days to keep all of your devices connected. There are many benefits to going with a high-end wireless network from manufacturers like Luxul and Ruckus. Let’s take a look at some of them.

It will allow you to connect more devices

Even if you only have a few people living in your home or working in your business, there’s a good chance that you have quite a few devices that will need to be connected. From smartphones and tablets to laptops and desktop computers, there are often dozens of devices in a single household. The average router won’t be able to handle all of them at once, but a commercial grade wireless network will have no problem connecting all of them.

It will deliver the speed you are looking for

In addition to keeping all of your devices connected, a commercial grade wireless network will also provide you with the speed you need to search the Web, watch videos online, and more. It’s one thing to simply connect your device, but it’s another to allow everyone in your home or small business to use their devices at the same time without suffering from lag. With a commercial grade wireless network, that won’t be a problem at all.

It will keep your network secure

Outside of providing you with connectivity and speed, a commercial grade wireless network also needs to protect your valuable information. Wireless options from Luxul and Ruckus will protect you and prevent breaches. You won’t have to worry about security issues when you have a commercial grade wireless networks installed by professionals.

Does a commercial grade wireless network sound like the right choice for you? Shore Home Solutions can help you install one. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to set up a consultation!

Dolby Atmos vs. 7.2 Channel Systems

Dolby Atmos vs. 7.2 Channel Systems

By | Residential Solutions, Sound Systems, Surround Sound |

A great surround sound system can go a long way in enhancing your home’s entertainment capabilities. With many different options to choose from, Dolby remains a high quality choice. Their Atmos system has a lot to offer, but how does it compare to the 7.2 channel systems?

Atmos

The Dolby Atmos system offers a superior and highly realistic sound experience. With the old channels, sound can only be heard from predetermined locations defined by the speaker setup, not how you would hear it in real life. But the Atmos system functions independently of channels, existing as individual entities called audio objects. This is a cinematic audio format which will fill the room unlike any other system.

7.2 Channel System

Because the Atmos is such an advanced system, you will need to upgrade your software, receivers, and speakers. Height speakers especially are important for creating the right sound. Also, some home theater equipment doesn’t support the Atmos system, and springing for equipment that does could be a big hit to your wallet. Overall, you need a lot of space both in your entertainment room and your budget to maximize the benefits of using the Atmos. The 7.2 channel system will have more compatible equipment for less money, but it won’t have the same cinematic sound quality.

If you’re looking for a custom and budget-friendly home entertainment option, Shore Home Solutions can help! We sell, service, and install a wide range of products that are sure to fit your needs. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation!

Important Facts about Surveillance Cameras

By | Business Solutions, Residential Solutions |

Surveillance cameras have been around since 1942 when the first one, invented by Walter Burch, was installed at a rocket launch site in Peenemunde, Germany. It wasn’t long after that that banks installed them to help prevent and solve crime. Since then, the growth of the surveillance industry has been fast and furious, and they are now used in all government buildings and offices, as well as in high traffic areas in cities.

For businesses, including retail stores, and restaurants, surveillance cameras are necessary. Most shoppers and diners know that there is surveillance nowadays, and so crime prevention has been much better. But surveillance also helps in solving crimes by providing images of robberies, assaults, traffic accidents, and murders.

Surveillance cameras are also used in public places like airports, and train and bus stations. It is said that in the UK, for every 14 persons, there is 1 surveillance camera. Cameras are monitored in special monitoring stations 24/7 so there are images in real time of potential crimes.

Many times, surveillance cameras are used in industrial complexes, in places where it is not safe to enter, or entry is forbidden, like nuclear plants and chemical plants. In some of these environments thermographic cameras are also used to monitor the temperatures in these high-risk areas.

Unfortunately, criminals also use surveillance cameras to track the comings and goings of people in businesses, restaurants, convenience stores, and residential areas. So those businesses, homeowners, and industries have to do their utmost to stay several steps ahead of potential crime.

Surveillance is here to stay. Those who cry “invasion of privacy” will have to make their peace with this truth. The world’s emotional and political climates have forced this fact upon us. For businesses, due diligence is absolutely necessary for the prevention of crime.