Welcome Mike McClure, Residential Systems Specialist

WesternAV is glad to add a new member to our growing company. Michael McClure our New Residential Systems Specialist works on providing new and current customers the best home automation solutions. From project evaluations, quote’s, installation over-view and training  Mike follows each of the projects through from start to finish ensuring that all phases of the project meet our standards.

Mike co-owned his own audio/video company, Theater Works TV & HiFi based out of San Carlos, CA for 9 years. His expertise in sales, installation and customer service are key in providing all customers the best service and experience.  Mike enjoys outdoor activities, playing guitar and spending time with his family & friends in Maui.

Mike can be reached at:  1-877-747-9447 or via his email mike@westernaudiovideo.com

Mike McClure; Residential Specialist

Mike McClure; Residential Specialist

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New Samsung Curve UHD 4k Display

New Samsung UHD 4k Display

New Samsung UHD 4k Display

Samsung’s new curved displays bring you closer to the action. This curved screen is supported with proprietary technology that creates an accurate picture with exceptional color, without any picture distortion. It has a dramatically improved field of view that creates a panoramic effect and helps the picture feel bigger.

UHD displays have been around for a while but have never had that much content available up until now UHD has been primarily used in commercial applications such as digital signage. Samsung has also announced that by early next year Directv, comcast, netflix and a handful of other providers will have UHD content available for the residential market. Some of the new Key features include:

  • UHD Upscaling

    UHD Upscaling delivers the complete UHD picture experience with a proprietary process including signal analysis, noise reduction, UHD upscaling and detail enhancement to seamlessly upconvert SD, HD or full HD content to UHD-level picture quality.

  • PureColor

    This feature allows the TV to express most shades of color as nature intended for optimal picture performance. Most TV’s focus on the adjustment points of primary colors Red, Green and Blue. PurColor focuses on primary and secondary colors Magenta, Cyan and Yellow.

    • Ultra Clear Panel

    The Samsung Ultra Clear Panel absorbs ambient light, reduces reflections and lets the picture come to life. It displays deeper blacks and enhanced contrast for crystal clarity and reduces glare, so you can see clearly and enjoy more detail.

    • Smart Hub

    Enjoy everything you love in one place. The Smart Hub organizes your entertainment into 5 panels. Effortlessly navigate through live TV, movies, streaming content, social networks and apps plus games and more.

    • Smart Interaction

    Intuitively control your TV using hand motions. Use them to browse the Smart Hub, play games and more with the built in pop-up camera. Voice Command lets you talk to the TV to search what’s on or to perform basic commands such as “last channel,” “record” or “turn off.”

    • UHD 4K Standard Future Proof

    Stay current as UHD 4K standards continue to advance. Not only does the One Connect Box update your TV with the newest software and features, it also makes your TV ready for any and all possible 4K formats. With the One Connect Box, the evolution of UHD 4K will never leave you behind.

    • Smart Remote Control

    The Smart Remote Control gives you ultimate control of your Smart TV. Select TV functions by talking into the built-in microphone. You can also use the touchpad to navigate quickly, or use the remote like a mouse and simply point and click.

    • Quad Screen

    Transform your TV into four screens that can access live TV, video clips and the web all at once. Watch your favorite golf tournament on one screen and search the web for current standings on another. Then watch a video tutorial to master your swing while navigating your Smart TV panel on the fourth screen.

    • Smart View 2.0

    Turn your phone, computer or tablet into a second TV with Smart View 2.0. Whatever is playing on your TV, Netflix, VOD or live TV is streamed to your mobile device as well. This lets you watch your favorite movies, shows and sports all around the house.

    • ConnectShare™ Movie

    Watch videos, play music or view photos from a USB connection with ConnectShare Movie. You don’t need a PC or special equipment—just plug your USB directly into your Samsung TV’s USB Port and entertain family and friends.

    • Full Web Browser

    Browse the web on your Smart TV to find the latest content. Enjoy everything from online shopping and social media browsing to entertainment news and the latest YouTube hits. Catch up on all the trending news and then go back to watching TV.

    • One Connect Box

    The One Connect Box allows you to update your TV with the newest software and features. It also prepares you for the future of UHD 4K standards, making your TV ready for all possible UHD 4K formats the next generation of definition has to offer. The box provides clean integration of all your external devices as well so there’s less clutter.

    • DTS Premium Sound | 5.1™ with DNSe+

    Delivers immersive 5.1 surround sound from any DTS-encoded content and converts any two-channel audio content into a 5.1 DTS surround sound track for discrete surround sound playback. Samsung’s DNSe+ processing provides selectable custom settings for experiencing surround sound with maximum bass response, dialog clarity and consistent volume levels from any content source, including Blu-ray movies, TV programming, streaming and games.

     

 

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Conference Room Upgrade!

 
Take the time to make your business tech friendly and make meeting times an easy experience for your staff and guests. One of our current commercial upgrades consisted of a new Hitachi Projector, lights/shades/screen automation,table cabling, network system, and client equipment rack clean up. Our technicians make sure to label, test and provide special one-on-one staff training for proper use of the system. Create the same atmosphere in your business! We have many more ideas to make your next meeting a smooth gathering.
 

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WesternAV: Now a Distributor for BOSE Professional!

As technology advances, WesternAV works to provide both our Commercial and Residential customers with the best equipment in the industry. We have recently become Bose Professional distributors, this Bose division works to provide the best audio for commercial  settings. From amps, mixers, processors and loudspekers, Bose provides the most reliable equipment for all. Create an atmosphere with crystal clear sound and equipment that is efficient in many settings. Contact Western audio/video for more information about our product line or if you are interested in Bose for your Business.

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Visit BOSE Professional: http://worldwide.bose.com/pro/en_us/web/home/page.html

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January 10-12, 2014 Santa Clara Home & Garden Show!

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Western audio/video will be returning to the Santa Clara Home & Garden Show this weekend (January 10-12, 2014). Stop by our booth and talk to one of our experts about home or corporate automation. Check out some automation possibilities, learn about Control4, CCTV Display, remote viewing and much more. We hope to see you all there!

Santa Clara Home & Garden Show

Friday 12pm – 6:00pm

Saturday 10am-6:00pm

Sunday 10am- 5:00pm 

*Free Admissions and Free Parking*

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Sonos: Changing the way we Listen!

Thinking of an affordable and reliable audio system for your home? Maybe something you can stream your iTunes playlist, Pandora or Spotify from? Look no further, Sonos HiFi Speakers are the perfect audio system for any home. With an easy installation, these speakers can connect via Ethernet and can access your music accounts. Add a speaker to each room in your home and let your family listen to their favorite stations.

Learn more about Sonos, visit their website at: www.sonos.com

WesternAV is a Sonos  authorized dealer, our technicians can easily integrate these speakers to your home or Control4 System. Give us a call and talk to one of our experts, let us help you get the Sonos experience into your home.

 

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5 Holiday Gift Ideas For the Whole Family!

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Thinking of getting something that would make life simpler for yourself and your family? Give them an Audio-Video gift from Western Audio/Video! add smart technology to your home; everyone will love the simplicity of automation. Here are some ideas that Western Audio-Video offers:

1. Control4 Whole Home Automation System: Go all out and at create a smart home atmosphere. Create a light scenery to give your home a holiday feel or save energy and schedule your home to turn off lights in your home. This usually involves a more detailed idea of what you would like programmed in your system. But the family will love how easily they can connect their mobile devices to control the home.

2. Audio/Video Upgrade: Need to upgrade the old TV or old speakers, no problem! We can upgrade and create an aesthetically pleasing installation. Do you need a surround sound experience? we can help you with that too. Forget the cables, our technicians will work to bring in cabling to minimize the clutter of wires.

3. Control4 Wireless Music Bridge: Want to add a music device to your existing Control4 system that lets you play music using your mobile device? You might be looking for the Control4 Music bridge, this smart device lets you stream Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn Radio and iTunes Music using Apple Airplay straight to your audio system.

4. Sonos: We know many of our customers love Sonos! from their speakers to their subwoofer, these HiFi wireless speakers are wonderful. Don’t deal with the set up, let us help you, we are Sonos dealers and can set up the system to configure with any Control4 System or home audio zones.

5. Roku or Apple TV Installation: Don’t leave the kids behind, add a Roku or Apple TV to access Hulu, Netflix, Angry Birds and many more apps, stream fun movies for the whole family to enjoy. We work to help you get his set up to your TV and control system.

Get ahead of the holidays and get your family a great audio-video gift. Let us help you with a smooth integration process. Our staff of professional technicians work to integrate all systems to suit your needs. Give us a call or send us a request via our website.

Happy Holidays!

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Panasonic Exits Plasma TV Manufacturing

Panasonic Plasma TV, www.panasonic.com

Panasonic Plasma TV, www.panasonic.com

With numerous competitors and a constant stain to keep prices pleasing for consumers. Many electronic manufacturing companies are moving away from TV manufacturing (to add one more to the list), this week Panasonic announced its exits from Plasma manufacturing.

Although many electronic integrators saw this coming, Panasonic will now be directing its attention towards commercial electronics. In its statements about its exit, Panasonic said it had not seen any growth in the consumer market, leaving the list of upscale TV’s as early as 2014. An examples of its re-direction was in 2011 when Panasonic unveiled their Toughpad line of professional tables. The Toughpad is currently the worlds thinnest and lightest 20 inch tablet.

What does this mean to Electronic Integrators? Although this announcement was not surprising, it further shows that the “Consumer Market” is more price conscience and is not very concerned with quality. WesternAV is a Panasonic dealer and uses many of their products in commercial settings. Our most popular product is Panasonic’s Commercial telephones. With their focus in Commercial products we are eager to see what new products they will unveil in 2014.

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Home & Garden Show- Santa Clara Convention Center

Home & Garden Show- Santa Clara

Home & Garden Show- Santa Clara, CA

Right off the SF Chefs 2013 boat, we are hoping on to another event this September. Western Audio/Video will have a booth at the Home & Garden Show on September 13-15. Stop by and talk to one of our representatives about any Audio-Video possibilities for your home or business. We will also have packaged deals, demo’s and much more.  Stop by and learn more about automation!

Home & Garden Show- FREE Admission- FREE Parking

Santa Clara Convention Center -September 13, 14, 15

Hours:

Friday 12pm-6pm

Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 10am-5pm

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Should I keep VGA in my A/V System?

VGA Cables

VGA Cables

This question comes up in many of our Audio-Video Installation. It is a good questions to ask because many of us grew up using VGA (Video Graphic Array) but unfortunately its phasing out quicker than we expected.

According to many A/V sources, the well used VGA was built to be used with a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. Now, compared with current resolutions we; the current users, have extended the limit to 1600 x 1200 resolution and more. This is mostly due to the new devices that require a higher resolution. In terms of size, the well used VGA is just not what current users can use to plug into their lightweight ipads, android tables or slim laptops. Kramer Connect Magazine’s article “Riding off the Analog Sunset” reports that Intel and AMD announced last year that it would start to phase out VGA in their motherboards. Many suspect that VGA would be completely gone by 2015, yes, you read this right, it would be completely gone in two-years. Users need to start letting go and look into the digital interface options.

With VGA gone, will this affect the user? None at all. It will be a relief for both customer and A/V integrator. Not only will we obtain more space (& no more screw-in locks) but HDMI & Display-port bring into the game: faster, slimmer and better resolution digital interface. Although adapters are available for VGA, a full jump over is recommended, it will later save you time and money if the VGA is not  compatible with newer devices.

HDMI Cable

HDMI Cable

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