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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Why Audio Video Equipment Racks are a Smart Investment

Often times we have clients who wonder why they should use an equipment rack to house their Audio Visual equipment.  A lot of times they feel that existing cabinetry should work fine.  The following are some major reasons / benefits to using a professional equipment rack to house your equipment:
  1. It makes servicing your equipment much much easier.  (ever had that speaker that never worked because everytime you pulled your receiver out of the cabinet the speaker cable came loose?)
  2. It allows the installer to properly route cabling to avoid EMI and other potential cross-talk of cabling.  (ever had a buzz through a speaker and you can't figure out where or why it's happening?)
  3. It allows for proper heat dissipation.  (ever had a cable or satellite box burn out?)
  4. It can be build offsite and transported complete to your site.  (keeps techs out of your home... do you really want to adopt a tech?) 
  5. It can be showcased to make your equipment a fancy display.
Built in Equipment Rack.  Easily Serviceable.





Hidden Audio Video Equipment Rack


Control 4 Equipment Rack - Hidden Hills, CA
Montecito, CA Middle Atlantic Equipment Rack



Thursday, May 10, 2012

Outdoor Audio

Here at Central Coast AV, the majority of our clients have some type of outdoor audio system.  The following are some examples of what we've been installing for clients.

Leading Edge Aviation - Outdoor Sonance Mariner 82 Speakers
Surface Mount Speakers:
Surface mount outdoor speakers are easy way to add to your outdoor entertainment.  We can typically install easily into retrofit applications assuming your home has an attic.  Favorite brands we've been working with are: Current Audio, JBL, and Sonance.

Pro Football Player Residence - Outdoor JBL Control 28 Speakers





Landscape Speakers:
Landscape speakers are the preference when you have a large outdoor space and want to have music throughout.  We typically install a 70volt amplifier that allows us to daisy chain from speaker to speaker to eliminate massive amounts of cabling coming in/out of your home.  Favorite brands we've been working with are: Rockustics, James Loudspeaker, and SoundTube.  We've created outdoor audio systems that can be heard from a mile away.  It's great for party's and definitely an attention getter.
Montecito Private Residence - James Loudspeaker system with 10" buried subwoofer
Montecito Residence - Hidden Soundtube XT850 speakers covering 5 acres