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Retail/Demo Space Opens in West Hollywood

For nearly 25 years, Sunset Studios has been a premiere audio-visual systems integrator in Southern California -- and now we’ve expanded into a storefront showroom.

WIRELESS LIVING, POWERED BY SUNSET STUDIOS is our exciting new retail/demonstration space in West Hollywood.  Come on in and explore the untethered lifestyle with such brands as Sonos, Crestron Pyng and House of Marley.   One of our associates will walk you through your options in whole home audio, empowering you to decide what works for the audio-visual system of your dreams.  And after you’ve made your choices, let the tech specialists of Sunset Studios utilize their combined 75 years of experience to install and customize your new system.  It’s that simple.

Wireless Living is currently open by appointment only, so call us today to and let us know when you’d like to come in and chat.  We’re located inside of the French Marketplace Restaurant, so the coffee’s on us!

Wireless Living
(Inside the French Marketplace)
7985 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 106
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(818) 907-7630
Free parking.
TAGS: Crestron Home Automation | Home Automation | House of Marley | Sonance | Wireless Music

DIY Home Automation

For decades, the notion of home automation integration has been the Holy Grail – a glorious vision of a futuristic home that could be controlled with the press of a button, Jetsons-style.  The good news?  That day has pretty much arrived.

The bad news?  It’s still confusing and expensive to properly set up. 

Not anymore.

Crestron, the world’s leader in control and home automation systems, has introduced a new, streamlined product line designed for DIY-minded customers on a budget.  Crestron Pyng is an Apple-based system* that pairs the Pyng app with accessories throughout your home.  Those accessories include wireless lighting controls, shading solutions, thermostats and wireless door locks, as well as security systems. With guidance from your systems integrator, Pyng can also be expanded to include DigitalMedia distributed audio and other Crestron products.

The heart of Pyng is the physical hub located in your home that communicates with the app on your iPad or iPhone, but all settings are backed up to the cloud, allowing the homeowner to make changes easily and securely – and providing you with the option to restore the system to its previous settings if you go a little too wild with the programming.  And yes, you can make those changes yourself if you choose to; Crestron has designed the system for ease of use by homeowners, who may still need a little help from professional integrators who normally handle the nitty-gritty of home automation programming for their customers. While the hardware still requires professional installation, the software set-up and customization is taken care of via your tablet rather than a laptop, providing a simplicity that is hard to match. 

If you’re interested in this robust but affordable home automation system, contact Sunset Studios for a custom installation quote.


*A control-only Android version is pending

TAGS: Crestron Home Automation | Crestron Pyng | Home Automation

The State of 4K TV Resolution

The turmoil of the current media milieu, exemplified by rising internet-based and mobile viewing, hasn’t changed one core fact. We want more pixels. There is a point, somewhere in the future, where we’ll saturate the viewing space, and the only means to get sharper images will be to improve the human eye. But for tomorrow, we have the 4k TV resolution.


4k TV resolution, having entered grandly at this year’s CES, is the next step toward meeting our eyes’ capacity for vision. While our current High Definition sits at 2k (so named for resolutions with a width of roughly 2000 pixels), a quadrupling of the image size results in a 4k Ultra HD TV resolution screen. It’s not yet poised to sweep into every home in the nation, but for the exclusive audience, 4k is ready. Many of the latest films are being shot in 4k, and even as far back as last year, were being mastered in it. TV channels in 4k are springing up. The wait for 4k content will not be a long one.

The primary hurdle for 4k in the near future is distribution. While Japan and much of Europe enjoy extensive fiber-optic networks, the US’ network is still relatively dated. The data rates required for 4k video, in teleconferencing, for example, is often beyond what businesses will have access to. Thus, while 4k screens would be ideal canvasses for digital signage and locally-stored media, the full fidelity of such screens would be lost on the teleconference. Happily, though, one of the most touted features of many new 4k screens is advanced up-ressing capabilities, which ensure that 2k (standard HD) content looks every bit as good on a 4k TV screen as it does on a 2k screen.

As always, the constant march of technology assures that there’s never a bad time to be on the cutting edge.


TAGS: 4k | 4k TV Resolution | 4K TV Screen | 4k Ultra HD TV Resolution

Cloud Conferencing with the Collaboration Station

In this technology integrated world of ours, the only constant is change. Yet simple applications that solve basic problems are ideal. Such is the cycle of Video Conference technology where applications that are easily accessible and less complicated than what was used even a year ago seem to abound. Skype is a popular video-conferencing application enabling users to meet with their families and allowing businesses to devise collaboration work-flow for free. While the advanced HD and group share version is no longer “free” anyone can also open up their Google and easily communicate over voice or video at no charge. HD webcams are so inexpensive today for amazing image quality; they are connected to your computer (more and more a part built into laptops) and used to communicate with distant end point. This generation of “Let your fingers do the walking” is a completely new paradigm from this ancient jingle of long ago. Simply sitting at a computer desk and logging into the account and instead of driving or flying to remote destinations results in less time wasted and enhanced productivity in collaborating with colleagues.

Actually more and more it is the ergonomics of using the technology that has become the point of issue; carpel tunnel, strained necks not to mention compressed schedules causing more stress are additional concerns around the use of technology.  A thoughtfully developed system we’ve adopted as a way of bringing the corporate business world to the modern age is the “Collaboration StationSM.” Put simply, it is a meeting hutch combined with integrated technology that seats up to five individuals and has up to two mounted display screens and a camera. To use, it’s as easy as signing into your Gmail or Yahoo account and “connecting” with one of your contacts. The “Collaboration Station” SM is a combination of furniture, technology and television-mounted displays enabling collaboration and interaction with distant locations or end points. You can effortlessly share information, dialogues, stories, photos, presentations, products, and ideas – collaboration and brainstorming is just that easy!

At Sunset Studios, our priority is to provide our clients with technology solutions. We provide technical solutions to meet our clients’ needs, so the conversation of your business is about enhanced productivity and work-flow. Our jobs are custom-tailored to our clients’ needs and budgets. From two or three offices to multinational organizations, we are just an email, phone call (or video conference) away… “Let your fingers do the walking”!