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Nest Cams: The Good, and the Bad

Nest Cams: The Good, and the Bad

Nest CamS: The Good, and the bad


Nest Cams are taking the surveillance market by storm with their ease of use and powerful next-gen technology. But how do they compare to a hard-wired surveillance system? Sunset Studios has over 25 years of experience installing surveillance systems for our clients. Here’s the good, and the bad, you might not know about Nest cams:


Nest is a Google Company


Nest cams are engineered and supported by Google. That comes as no surprise, since Nest provides A.I. functionality that offers advanced security features to the end-user, powered by Google’s team of masterful engineers.



Watch live on your smartphone


Using the Nest app, you can view your cameras’ live streaming video/audio, as well as recorded material, right from your smartphone or tablet. Give access to your spouse or other family members so they can watch as well. 



Access from anywhere


Get peace of mind knowing that you have access to your Nest surveillance system from anywhere, anytime. At the office, out to dinner, or on vacation overseas, you have access and control to your Nest cameras



Easily record to the cloud


The Nest Aware service provides cloud-based storage for camera recordings (audio and video). You can choose a length of storage time that is best for your needs: 10 days, or 30 days, of rolling backup.



High Definition Resolution

Nest cams have an HD resolution of 1080p, and record to the cloud at that resolution. Not only will you have recordings, but they’ll be clear and easy to see details, too. 



Record audio, as well as video


Hear what’s being said and see who’s saying it! Audio is both streamed live, and recorded to the cloud.



Smart AI-driven functions


Smart features are included with Nest (some require a subscription to activate, however). Familiar Faces recognizes trusted individuals and doesn’t worry about alerting you to their coming and going. Supersight zooms in and follows persons or large animals that it detects in frame, making it easier to see their features. 



Outdoor cams have nightvision


Nightvision is built right in to Nest outdoor cameras, so you can feel safe both day and night knowing that recordings in the dark will have visibility. 



wireless cameras are only as reliable as your wifi 


Although Nest cams can provide high quality streams and recordings, they are only as reliable as the WiFi they are tethered to. You must have a very strong network in order to have a reliable camera system, and even then, the chance of signal failure is high.



Features not exclusive to nest 


Nest cams provide many great features out of the box, but these features are available with most modern surveillance systems. We install and upgrade both analog and digital surveillance systems that have all the same features available to Nest, with far greater reliability, speed, and storage capacity.



Sunset Studios Media Solutions, Inc. are experts in the field of surveillance, audio and visual systems. We install Nest systems (and others), perform integration onto your devices, and provide training to get you up to speed with your new surveillance system.
Call us today for a free consultation: (877) 316-3342

Theater Seating for Home Theaters

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Theater Seating for Home Theaters

Theater Seating

Sunset Studios Media Solutions, Inc. has been installing home theater systems for over 25 years. Our clients include Hollywood stars and VIPs who demand true excellence from their home theaters. In our experience, theater seating is paramount to the viewer’s experience. 

Here are some of our important seating considerations when designing a home theater:


Seating Positions

When positioning theater seats, there are two major points to consider: view, and audio fidelity. We ask ourselves a few important questions: 


  • How well can the viewer see the screen
  • Is the picture being obstructed by objects, or other viewers? 
  • Are the seats positioned for optimal viewing angle to the screen?


We discover the acoustic "sweet spots" in a theater, then position the seats accordingly for the best listener experience across the whole room. A room’s shape and the positions of the speaker directly affect the viewer’s experience. 


  • Where are the acoustic sweet spots in this room?
  • How can the seats be positioned to enable every viewer to enjoy the best possible audio experience


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Choosing a seating option that best reflects the aesthetic style of the theater, and the comfort of the viewers, leaves plenty of choices. Some of our clients choose luxury-grade reclining chairs with built-in speakers, charging stations, and massage functions, while others just want big fluffy bean bags for lounging around. 


Also, many theater seats we install have built-in tray tables and recessed cup holders to prevent spills from interrupting your favorite scene. Floor-mounted tables can be set at arm’s-length from each seat, as well. 


Control of your viewing experience from your seat is also paramount to a comfortable experience. Change movies at the push of a button on an iPad or smart remote, which can be integrated into other systems such as lighting, audio, and climate control. These can be docked within reach of your favorite seat.


Sunset Studios Media Solutions, Inc. specializes in designing and installing luxury home theaters from the ground up, and we can help you choose the right seats for your home theater. Call us today to schedule a consultation: (877) 316-3342


Multi-Application Total Home Control

Single Application AV and Home Control vs. Multi-Application Total Home Control

Multi-Application Total Home Control

Single Application Audio Video and Home Control

In the modern home today, a single application provides an “Umbrella of Control Experience” versus a multi-application total home control environment. Open a Crestron, a Savant home control application and you have complete control of your home’s subsystems: music, lights, surveillance, thermostats, door locks, security system from any mobile device in the home, there is no need to move to other applications. As the world migrated “there is an app for everything” mentality, discerning homeowners have come full circle to requesting a single umbrella of control. In an ironic comparison, who wants four remotes on their coffee table to control the TV experience when you can do this with one unified remote? The same logic could be applied to a mobile device with multiple applications.

Another argument for a single home control application is the interconnectivity or automation function between subsystems. If you want to leave home and arm the security system while automatically turning off the lights, this function can be easily programmed into an “Away” button on a total home control platform, no need to use multiple applications to complete this effort.The ability to implement a single control system traditionally meant spending more on the programming element and being tied to a professional to uptake the maintenance of the system. That is fine for higher net-worth valued homes and families. What about everyone else? Real options are appearing and will become more and more available, with standards based automated control such as Z‐wave or Zigbee application development and wireless standards. This movement involves the various manufacturers following a “standards protocol” in implementing wireless communications into their products.

When a homeowner or the trusted systems integrator does the research to integrate correctly separate disparate systems components into a home, with the use of an appropriate Hub, that connected into the home network, these various systems will be able to “talk” together using the single application on smart phones or tablets connected to the internet or inside the home network.

Many examples are showing up for the interconnected system using wireless technology from a variety of brands. For Z-wave, VeraEdge has been around for a while. Companies like Logitech are jumping into the fray but not all using open standards so be aware of compatibilities. The use of a Z‐wave Hub enables wireless communication between different manufacturers equipment through the Z‐wave app. But remember, this approach only works when you use the chosen setup of equipment dictated by the Z‐wave wireless consortium.

Multi-Application Total Home Control

The implementation of a single total home control application may make sense for some people while others don’t mind navigating between different apps. In fact, Apple has stated that the average consumer now has over 40 applications on their mobile devices, which is the same concept when thinking of multi-application total home control. This is a phenomenon that especially young people are used to. The fact is using multi-application total home control for the home’s systems is a pain and is confusing. But the strength of these concerns seems to not be an issue for young people. The concern that using multiple applications to control different subsystems of an overall automated home is becoming less of an issue because most homeowners already have multiple applications on their mobile devices

Time will show whether consumers are willing to navigate these diverse control applications and use them effectively, even though each has a different interface or whether the notion of a single application serving total home control, whether Z-wave Zigbee or another yet to be developed protocol becomes the brainchild of the next young brilliant entrepreneur seeking the secret sauce. One thing is for sure: The element of simple control is the single most vital link in the chain for audio visual integration and that goes also for smart home automation as well. People just want to press a button and know the equipment is going to work.For more information on how to effectively use single application or multi-application Apps for total home control in a smart home or even a commercial environment, please visit us here: Sunset Studios Contact

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The Future of the Best Home Theater Audio

The future of home theater audio and the top of the line for 2017 is the Dolby Atmos 7.2.4

The Evolution of the Best Home Theater Audio

When it came to listening to music when I was younger, the idea was to find the biggest, “baddest” speakers you could hook your entertainment center up to and let her rip. As time went on televisions became more sophisticated and some of us figured out how to combine music and movies. It was from this combination the Home Theater Movement was born and it has been transforming ever since into what is now considered the best home theater audio.

The pricey, complicated home entertainment sound systems centers with those big, bold speakers are bigger than ever. The Pioneer receivers along with tape players and turntable caged in a glass prison may be a technology of the past but only because technology has advanced.

Technology has been catching up and the shift to streaming media introduced by Apple and Pandora has led to a revolution dismantling the need forbulky speakers, subwoofers and other expensive equipment which used to costs thousands of dollars. Forget all those wires running around the room tucked under the rug or stapled against the baseboards, and make way for the best home theater audio.

For some, new smaller, lighter technology is what the doctor ordered. But it is like comparing a Cessna 180 to a Lear Jet. For those of us that are purists, the full home theater like the 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos is the king of the mountain for 2017. But it all started with the multichannel 5.1 theater back in the 1980”s. Ray Dolby, probably considered the king of audio, began with audio enhancement in 1986 and cinema audio a few years later. Their logo is a fixture in the cinema title world today seen in almost every movie.

Dolby pioneered the use of multiple speakers, developing surround sound and Dolby 5.1 from the original stereo film soundtrack. It spawned the best home theater audio revolution with Dolby ProLogic, a theater system which includes 5 speakers including a Left channel, Right channel, a center speaker and two side surround speakers. The point one referring to a subwoofer. This has been the most common setup since the 1980’s.

Over the years, like everything else, Dolby went digital, as surround sound audio fidelity improved, the channels multiplied with more specific discreet audio channels. It has increased the range of sound by adding discreet multi-channel sound as well as a discreet subwoofer channel instead of being improvised from the stereo Left/Right.

Home Entertainment Sound Systems Make Major Headway with the Dolby ATMOS

The 7.2.4 home Dolby Atmos takes surround sound to an entirely new level even if it’s a derivative off of Dolby Digital. In addition to the speakers included in the Dolby 5.1 series, the 7.2.4 includes two additional speakers directly behind the listener similar to what you would find in a theater. DCI Atmos actually develops 36 discreet audio channels for the cinema auditoriums. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have that kind of discreet coverage in your dedicated theater? Well don’t despair, the whitepaper for the DCI (stands for digital cinema initiative for the multiplex theaters) will be published soon allowing for manufacturers to provide the true DCI Atmos into the home dedicated theater experience

Even as 5.1 fades and DVDs become a thing of the past, don’t worry, all of these formats decoding are still backward compatible, and while this is currently the most advanced and best home theater audio system, for now, you may get plenty of DVD movies encoded with 5.1 Dolby technology. No problem because your 7.2.4 system will convert the 5.1 soundtracks to all seven of your speaker by “duplicated sound processing.”

So, if you are a purist and a lover of Dolby or you have an older 5.1 home theater system this might be the time to consider an upgrade to the Dolby Atmos 7.2.4 system. Why?

  • Sound Quality – it moves all around you and can be placed and moved in a three-dimension space.

  • Overhead Dimension – Sound appears to come from overhead creating a full audio immersion into the sound

  • Clarity – produces clear, precise discrete articulation of action with clarity, detail, and depth

  • Experience – It creates a truly fulfilling and unique entertainment experience.

Is all this experience worth the price you might have to pay? That depends on the entertainment experience you intend to enjoy. Either way, it costs nothing to check it out! Call us with any questions you may have and get The Sunset Studios Advantage.

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