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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

TAGS: Multi-Aplication Total Home Control | Total Home Control | Z-Wave App | Zigbee application development

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.

TAGS: Best Home Theater Audio | Dolby ATMOS | Home Entertainment Sound Systems

What is Fiber Optic Internet?

What is Fiber Optic Internet and why is it important as audio visual integrators to know it? Basically, fiber optics equals speed and power!

What is Fiber Optic Internet?

First of all, Fiber Optics are cables that are incredibly thin, not much wider than a human hair, and they are very flexible. Unlike cable wires, which are metal, they can contain huge volumes of information far beyond a copper wire; allowing for a multitude of uses in the world of communications ie. internet. Using light, Fiber optics cables also illuminate, meaning they light up which can create visual applications. You have probably seen the points of light on a bouquet of fiber optic strands that have the light of the rainbow? Imagine these points installed into a Home Theater ceiling can create your own planetarium into the home theater with the cosmos of stars synthesized using points of fiber optic light!l But the thing that really sets fiber optics apart from normal metal cables is that light travels over much greater distances at much faster speeds allowing immense bandwidth on a strand the size of a hair. This simple fact transformed how we communicate forever. So, to the world of the Audio Visual Architects, there are really endless uses to be considered on top of just the internet, and the importance of it.

What is Fiber Optic internet in AV Systems?

This is important when it comes to audio visual integration because one of the biggest concerns when setting up the internet in a home is signal strength and speed. Fiber optics are many times faster than any type of regular metal wires providing HD signal transmission to greater distances than wire. And, one of the most often asked questions and concerns of customers is having good overall internet connectivity, so that no signal is dropped, especially when it comes to streaming etc. Therefore, fiber optic internet is an important consideration when it comes to the integration of wiring of a home.

Audio Visual Integrator

As a result, this makes fiber optic internet and fiber optic cables more reliable in the overall production of commercial and home productions in audio visual integration. So, what is fiber optic internet? It is the future of communications, audio visual, and smart home industry due to its speed and ability to increase productivity. It has the ability to improve and increase Cloud Storage which is important for the internet for the audio visual integrator. Due to fiber optics ability to carry the signal much further than standard copper cables, there are many applications in AV integration that make fiber optics optimal. Plus, the experience for the clients and the user-friendliness and reliability provide a more consistently pleasant experience. This has made fiber optic internet and fiber optic cables the top choice for clients in businesses and homes for communications purposes, especially the internet, in the audio visual sphere. Something that was once a fan based market, is now a comfort, safety, and necessity based market.To receive an in-home consultation for fiber optic internet or fiber optic applications, visit us on our: conact page

TAGS: Fiber Optic Cables | Fiber Optic Internet | What is Fiber Optic Internet

Good Customer Service Skills and Maintenance Agreements

Sunset Studios Media Solutions, Inc. is an audio visual collaboration company which dedication to good customer service skills and our customers comes first.

Sunset Studios is a company dedicated to integrating entertainment technology. We specialize in doing service, design, engineering, system documentation, project management, wire installation, implementation, programming, commissioning, performance calibration and of course, dedicating time to good customer service skills, maintenance & support for many clients across the country, especially in Southern California.

We have been working for more than 35 years in the audio-visual spheres of business. We know every element of the intricacies of the work. Because of our high level of professionalism, we create each project customized to the wide range of our client’s requirements. We value our clients time and understand the importance of their audiovisual systems, in bringing their visions to life. This is why the practice of good customer service skills and have the assurance of a long-term maintenance agreement is of the utmost importance to us.

Sunset Studios not only brings the latest technology to our clients, we provide a new lifestyle as well.


We care about our clients especially after finishing the work and the warranty period. For that reason, Sunset Studios has a 24-month “After warranty service” contract, which takes away a lot of pressure from the clients. We want our clients free from having to worry about all the details of maintaining their new installations, which is often put on the customers to pay or make repairs after the initial warranty period is over. Now we do it!

Sunset Studios sets up this service because we were often asked, “What should we do after the warranty service, who will care about all of our equipment?” It’s a good question because sometimes the client spends a lot of energy and money creating, for example, a new conference room, auditorium, home theater, light control, and smart home, but after the warranty period, a problem comes up and somebody must deal with it. Good customer service skills, to us, are about providing an excellent experience to our clients where they feel completely unburdened and at ease, not just during the installation period.

Good Customer Service Skills and Quality Collaboration Company

After the warranty service is a Support and Maintenance Agreement, which provides an opportunity to care about the client’s equipment and design. Signing this agreement, our clients receive the following maintenance program:

  • Quarterly Scheduled preventive maintenance
  • Scheduled firmware updates
  • Enhanced 4-hour Emergency on-site service calls (for fault diagnostic and repair)
  • Telephone support
  • Set up online monitoring
  • Expediting RMA procedures as defined by specific manufacturer Replacing faulty appliance (RMA)

Also, the clients can receive equipment insurance, which in the case something needs to be replaced, loaner equipment will be installed to get the client up and running should a component need service that will take time.

The Support and Maintenance Agreement, after the Warranty Service Contract, gives the huge benefit of both preventive measures and problem-solving should a situation arise. Scheduled maintenance gives the opportunity to identify and repair faulty equipment.

Because we do quarterly checkups and can be in the field as our clients need, this will also guarantee longer working time for the equipment and save our client’s money in the long run. If something happens, we bring the client’s equipment to the manufacturer for repair. The client doesn’t spend any additional energy at all!

Call us anytime or use our contact form to set up a Free Consultation where we come to you to answer any questions you have about a project you want to see come to life! 

TAGS: Collaboration Company | Good Customer Service Skills | Support and Maintenance Agreement | Warranty Service