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Smart Gifts For Smart People

Holiday Gift Tips: Shop Smarter Not Harder

Some of us are well-prepared to be the Ultimate Technology Gift Giver. You know the type—the expert who fights crowds to grab the latest tech trend (and all of its various connectors or controllers) before they dive into installation like an old pro.

But for the rest of us in all the excitement of holiday gift-giving, we tend to forget just what an undertaking setting up our sound system or home theater can be. This year let’s avoid the hassle of untangling yourself from the mess left behind in an inexperienced installer’s wake (we’re looking at you, big box guys).

Make your holiday surprise easy by thinking local. Avoid the crowds and spend time working with actual product experts who can ensure your new toy will work with your setup and aesthetics, then dispatch expert installers out to get the job done right. No untangling required.

Still, looking for ideas on what tech gifts to give? Here’s a bit of inspiration to get you started.

Smart home setups for the homeowner

Control of your own space is surprisingly liberating. Smart home setups can give your loved one the safety and peace of mind of a security system, along with the convenience of a connected environment. Lights, thermostats, security cameras, appliances can all be controlled using the seemingly endless possibilities available with smart home systems. Nothing says holiday cheer like a home of the future.

Connectivity possibilities: The possibilities are endless. Control lights, media, appliances, smart shades, and more with the touch of a button. Smart homes seem effortless, but there is an extensive amount of setup involved. From installing the apps, setting up hubs, to finding the right connected equipment, a guide is best when giving your home an intelligence boost.

Big screen TV for the sports fan

As football season gets to the playoffs, you don’t want to miss a moment. The larger your TV, the closer you are to the action, provided your resolution is high enough. Shoot for 8K Ultra High Definition to maximize the beauty and longevity of your display. Some brave the bitter cold to be in the stands, but you can get the same experience at home without freezing your tail off. Grab a beer and kick back in your personal front row seat.

Connectivity possibilities: With newer TVs, the possibilities are limitless. You’ll of course want to connect it to any media devices and audio setup, but also consider connecting it to your smart home system, cell phone, or computer for extra fun.

Projectors or outdoor TV for the backyard entertainer

In 2020, entertaining at home took a totally different turn. What used to be movie nights and Netflix binges in the comfort of your home theater turned into outdoor dinner parties in an instant. A great way to bring the movie magic with you no matter where you are—inside, outside, or even your Man Cave or She Shack—is through a short-throw projector. For a more permanent solution, consider making your patio or backyard into a staycation retreat with a watertight outdoor TV.

To really bring the magic to your outdoor entertainment system, outdoor speakers can bring premium sound while blending in beautifully with your landscaping vibes.

Connectivity possibilities: Since most projectors don’t come with built-in speakers and no one wants to use the built-in speakers on a TV, you’ll want a portable audio solution or an outdoor speaker setup for enriched sound.

Home networking for the young family

Between you and your family, how many devices do you have floating around? Cell phones, tablets, printers, computers, smart devices, security systems—there’s a lot to juggle. By giving your home a WiFi boost with access points and following it with a home networking system, we can create a secure network that utilizes and protects all of your gadgets seamlessly.

Connectivity possibilities: Relatively endless. If you have multiple devices on your network, connectivity can be the key to seamless functionality and fun.

Soundbars for the home audio minimalist

Wireless soundbars are often underestimated, but many offer a clean aesthetic in any room with enhanced sound capabilities. Soundbars are perfect for rooms with a chic design or to incorporate with an already robust sound system.

Connectivity possibilities: Wireless soundbars can work with your current sound setup or solo with your television, computer, or smart devices.

Pool and game tables for the not-so-tech-savvy

Some people prefer to be a little more analog, and that’s ok. Home entertainment doesn’t just include televisions or media centers. Consider a game room outfitted with premium foosball or pool tables. Fun for the whole family with nary a wire in sight.

Connectivity possibilities: While these gifts avoid the general issues of connectivity, a home entertainment expert can help you pick out the right style and look for you or your loved one’s game room setup.

At SCS Home Entertainment, our staff are experts in audio and visual technologies. We can help you select the perfect gift for your home. Our experienced installers are experts at what they do. They will install your new home entertainment system to its fullest potential, ensuring it looks great, sounds great, and lives up to its premium possibilities.

So, this year let’s skip the cramped aisles and disinterested sales folks of the bigger chains. We may not be elves, but our helpers are ready to make Christmas dreams come true.

Home Cinema Room

7 Reasons Why Having a Home Cinema is Better than Going Out to the Movies

Luxury Home Cinema Room

As we enter the third decade of the 21 st century, home cinema technology often matches and even surpasses movie theater quality. Investing in a professionally designed and installed home cinema system can result in a much more enjoyable movie-watching experience. Let’s go over some reasons why:

1. Visual Quality

Many movie theaters display in resolutions that are actually lower than modern home theater systems. Some even skimp on their screens, which results in large hot spots or flaws in the center of the film. I went to see a movie recently and the entire time I was watching I could only pay attention to the giant flare in the center of the screen.

2. Sound Volume and Quality

Movie theaters never can quite get it right, can they? It’s either too loud, too quiet, or poorly balanced. Maybe I’m just an audiophile, but I always want to jump into the projection booth and recalibrate everything.

Annoying theater patron using a phone at the movies. 3. The Other Theater-Goers

I’m the type of person who can’t stand when people talk or look at their phones in a theater. One guy 2 rows down live-tweeting the movie is going to ruin my entire day. Maybe that doesn’t bother you, or maybe you are the one talking and live-tweeting the whole time. If so, do you really want some stranger sitting in the dark stewing in rage at you for 3 hours? That doesn’t sound fun.

4. The Stinky Seats

Even if you are lucky enough to live near a theater with nice reclining seats, they still aren’t going to be as comfortable and customized as what you can have at home. Not only that, but thousands of butts have been in it for hours at a time before you got there. Don’t bring a black light in there either. A study by Good Morning America found that there is more fecal matter in a movie theater seat than there is in a New York Taxi, seats on public transit trains and buses, and even toilet seats. YUCK!

5. The Sticky FloorSitcky Movie Theater Floor

Most of us are going to mop our floor if we spill a half gallon of soda on it. In a movie theater, it will probably sit there for a few hours becoming a sticky mess. Soon it will start gathering popcorn, candy wrappers, and other biohazards. By the time you step in it, it’s going to be a pile of grossness that traps your shoe like a rat in a glue trap.

 

6. Watch What and When you Want

If your theater is at home, you get to watch your movies on your terms. No finding a time that fits your schedule, no waiting in line, no driving to the theater and finding a parking spot. Also, you can pause it whenever you want or just turn it off and switch to something else if you don’t like the movie. You shouldn’t feel like you have to stick around and watch something just because you spent the time and money to go see it in a theater.

7. Everyone Thinks you are Cool

There really isn’t a better way to impress your friends, family, and enemies than to casually show them you have a movie theater in your house. It’s like having a private bowling alley, but you’ll actually use it and you don’t have to worry about anyone injuring themselves in the ball return. You might need to be careful who you show, because they are definitely going to try to hang out at your house every day.

As you can see from these reasons, you need a professionally installed home cinema. There is way too much knowledge and skill required for the vast majority of us to even attempt to do it ourselves. Luckily, SCS Home Entertainment has been designing and installing home cinemas for years, and will guide you from start to finish. Give us a call today to set up a consultation. You deserve it.

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