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!

Smart Home Trends 2019

Smart Home Trends You’ll Most Likely See This Year

By | Custom Home Entertainment, Home Automation Systems, Smart Home Trends |

“How much ‘smarter’ can my home possibly get?” At this point, you might be asking yourself that very question. Smart homes have become all the rage in recent years with companies finding new ways to make everything from HVAC systems and appliances to lighting and TVs “smarter” than ever before. And they’re not done, either. Companies are planning to continue to push the envelope in 2019 to make products that will make your home even smarter.

Here are some smart home trends you’ll likely see this year:

Video doorbells

By now, you’ve probably seen at least a few of your neighbors install video doorbells from companies like Ring and Nest outside of their front doors. People are on a quest to stop so-called “porch pirates” from stealing packages off their front porches. They’re also interested in keeping their homes safer by recording what goes on around them. So, you’re probably going to be seeing a whole lot more video doorbells popping up throughout your neighborhood.

Appliances with touchscreens

Imagine checking out what’s going on in other parts of your home by looking at a touchscreen that sits over top of your stove or coming up with the perfect recipe for dinner by looking at a touchscreen that’s embedded in the front of your refrigerator. It’s not going to be too long before you’re doing these things. Most appliance manufacturers are finding innovate new ways to work touchscreens into almost all of their appliances.

Robots

Okay, so the “robots” that are going to be entering many homes soon aren’t like the robots that used to run around on The Jetsons. The world isn’t that futuristic just yet. But there are all kinds of robots capable of performing tasks that will be welcomed into American homes soon. For example, there are companies working on robots that can fold laundry. There are also companies working on robots that can prepare entire three-course meals. These robots could take care of many of the tasks you’re doing on your own right now!

Do you want to make your home “smarter” in 2019? Shore Home Solutions can help you do it. We offer home automation services that will tie all your various electronics together. Call us at 410-878-2448 today to hear about our smart home solutions!

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.

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.

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!