The holidays mean new tech toys. And who doesn’t love a new tech toy? Whether it’s a gorgeous 65-inch TV or a sexy new wireless speaker system, technology is the perfect gift. But just like a child with a new toy and no AA batteries, a high-tech gift without the know-how to hook up and install it is the ultimate buzz kill. Don’t let your new gear collect dust. We are here to help you get your tech toys up and entertaining, safely, reliably, and quickly. Here’s how we can help.
Know what you need
Some tech toys don’t come with all the accoutrements necessary to use them right away. For example, Apple® TV doesn’t come with an HDMI cable and speaker cables are almost always sold separately. Check the box to see what’s included and what items you have to purchase separately. We are happy to help you figure it out so you can get started as soon as possible. In fact, we can make additional recommendations for accessories that will help protect your gift down the line, like a good surge protector.
Professional TV mounting a must
Nothing spoils the holidays like a shattered HDTV. So if that uncle who had too much eggnog tries to hoist your new display above the fireplace mantle, kindly tell him to step aside. In fact, we highly recommend enlisting the help of an expert. For one, we can advise you on whether your old TV mount is compatible with your new TV and if not, get you one that is. We can also help with aesthetic considerations, like flush-mounting the TV so that it is even with the wall. If this is the first time you’ve hung a TV, you’ll need help installing the proper wires—including electrical and A/V—inside the walls. Otherwise you’ll end up with unsightly cables hanging out of the TV and dragging down the aesthetic value of your media haven. Last but certainly not least, TVs are heavy and you can get hurt if you don’t know what you’re doing. Don’t risk it. Call the experts.
Audio was a hot-ticket item this holiday season, with many peeling back wrapping paper to reveal a wired or wireless speaker system. Speakers, however, can be tricky to install. First, you need to put them in the right location. Second, room factors contribute to the overall sound quality of a speaker system, making even the most rudimentary calibration invaluable. Whether you received a sound bar that you want to mount below your wall-hanging LCD display, a surround system that needs to be connected to a receiver, or a wireless system that seemed plug-and-play but isn’t, we can help painlessly wire, place, hook up, and optimize your audio system.
Smartphone and tablet integration
Did you know that the iPad® your spouse gave you this season can actually be used to control your entire home? With all the available smart phone and tablet apps from satellite and cable providers, control manufacturers and other home electronics makers, we can set up your tablet or smart phone to operate everything from temperature to TV to home lighting. As an added bonus, you can do all this on your mobile device from afar, so you’re connected to your home even when you aren’t at home.
Prepare your home network
One thing is certain; the home network is now the official backbone of the home-entertainment system, with every gadget, gear and gizmo having Internet connectivity. That’s why it’s a good idea to give your network a once-over to make sure it can handle all your new ‘connected’ tech toys. Call us and we’ll make sure you’ve got strong coverage so that your signal won’t drop out while you’re trying to enjoy a movie with the family. So, now that you have your new electronics, let us help you get it up and running in peak performance. Give us a call today.