Articles tagged with: DC Metro Home Theater

3 Priorities for Planning Your Outdoor Entertainment

on Wednesday, 24 July 2013. Posted in DC Metro Audio Visual Installation

Northern Virginia AV Experts Offer Sensible Advice for Moving the Party Outside

Warm days and temperate evenings here in Northern Virginia often put homeowners in the mood to begin planning big family gatherings, preferably outside. Encore Custom Audio Video can bring your favorite music, TV, and movies outdoors with you, transforming your backyard into this summer's party central.

Obviously, this is a bit more complicated than merely hooking up a television and some speakers on your patio; especially if you want to control your entire outdoor experience (lighting, music, the sprinklers and the pool) directly from a handheld remote. In this blog, we offer several priorities for planning your outdoor Audio Visual entertainment. Then, when you're ready to get started, you can just give us a call!

Patio TV system 1) Waterproof or Weatherproof – There is a difference. Weather-resistant outdoor speakers have been available for years, while special weatherized flat screen TVs can be exposed to the elements and feature a special coating to minimize the glare from outdoor viewing. What's key is the placement of your electronics. Are they going to be exposed directly to the elements, or will you be housing everything in a roofed cabana or enclosed patio? This is an important decision that must be made at the very beginning of your project.

2) Viewing Pleasure – In addition to the weather, you'll want your monitor protected from dirt, moisture and insects. Whether your entertainment is covered or not, you'll want to minimize glare by placing your display in a shaded area. If your choice is LCD vs. plasma, you'll find that LCD is less susceptible to glare. Another option is a motorized drop-down screen. Tucked into a soffit, it will be protected from the elements and can even be programmed to rise automatically if conditions get too breezy.

Outdoor lighting3) Heard not Seen – Think in terms of coverage, not volume. Plan on your speakers firing towards the house (pleasing your guests AND your neighbors), and blend the speakers into the landscape by choosing models that resemble rocks, planters and other background objects from manufacturers such as Sonance. Plus, when you complement your outdoor speakers with in-ground subwoofers, you can utilize smaller, more inconspicuous speakers throughout and elevate the quality of the output. Remember, you want even sound coverage from a system that will be easily heard but hard to find.

We have years of experience installing audio/video components outdoors, yet offering seamless control of them from roaming handheld remotes, or even home automation touchscreens cleverly concealed to protect them from the elements. For the ultimate in backyard entertaining, let the pros at Encore Custom A/V design and install an outdoor theater system, complete with large screen projection.

Outdoor networking options include basic stereo systems to full outdoor theater systems. Call Encore Custom Audio Video or contact us by email today for more information on how you can get the outdoor audio video system of your dreams.

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Encore Custom AV & Crestron: Putting the Power in Your Hands

on Thursday, 18 July 2013. Posted in Northern Virginia Home Automation

Northern Virginia-based Home Automation Experts Spotlight Total Home Technology

As the home automation industry continues to evolve with product advancements and integration technologies, Encore Custom AV is here to bring our expertise to you! We want our blog to be your expert resource for products and services that will have the most impact on your projects and for this edition we want to present the advantages of working with an authorized Crestron Dealer.

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Proudly Representing Crestron in Northern Virginia
The new home automation systems are sometimes called "Smart Home" systems or "Systems Integration." Whatever the title, they are all referring to intuitive control of your home's subsystems, including audio/video, lighting, security, CCTV, motorized shades & drapes, pool/spa and more. Besides a consistent system-to-system look and feel which makes controlling your home easier, combining these subsystems into a unified control also greatly eliminates wall clutter. Thermostats are hidden in closets or a mechanical room and backup security keypads and pool/spa controllers can likewise be hidden.

Encore is an authorized Crestron dealer and installer serving Northern Virginia, the DC Metro and surrounding areas. Our skilled engineers and technicians have Crestron certifications and are experts in installing and servicing Crestron home automation solutions, which means we can offer you Total Home Technology.

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What is "Total Home Technology?"
Total Home Technology from Crestron streamlines and simplifies all the technology in your home, offering the ultimate lifestyle of comfort and convenience. Total control is always at your fingertips, whether from a user-friendly touch panel, remote or a customized keypad.

Crestron's Total Home Technology Solutions offer integrated lighting control and automation. Create the perfect mood for every event, be it movie night or a backyard dance party, with the touch of a button. Traveling? The lights can execute pre-programmed scenes so it appears as if someone is home.

Control the climate of your home and keep comfortable at all times by monitoring temperature and humidity levels automatically. With Crestron, you can control multiple zones from one location and easily pre-set temperature control in different rooms. You can use your smartphone, tablet or PC to control the HVAC system in your home while you're away.

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Take Charge of Your Entire Media Experience
With Crestron's Total Home Technology distributed audio, you can enjoy music throughout the entire home, or whichever room you choose. Listen to jazz in the living room while your significant other listens to country music in the kitchen and the kids listen to hip-hop on the patio.

Crestron puts you in complete control of your home cinema right from your theater seating. Tap your controller once and the lights dim, the shades close, the screen opens, the temperature adjusts, the AV components turn on, the inputs are selected, the volume is set, and the DVD begins to play. Crestron's Total Home Technology enables you to create the ultimate home theater experience.

Keep Aware when You're Away
Crestron's audio and video intercom solutions provide for the ultimate integration of whole-home AV, video security, and voice communications. Monitor the front door, watch the kids by the swimming pool or check on the baby napping in the nursery. You can use your Crestron touch panel (or smartphone or mobile device) to control security cameras and monitor what is going on around the entire house.

Call Us Today!
If you are interested in getting more information about Crestron home control solutions, don't hesitate to contact their Authorized Northern Virginia Crestron Dealer (again, that's us: Encore Custom AV) today. We look forward to working with you!

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Presenting: The Encore Home Theater Page

on Thursday, 27 June 2013. Posted in Northern Virginia Home Theater Installation

Award-winning Northern Virginia Custom AV Firm Launches Dedicated Private Cinema Site

Why a new page? Because, let's face it, we LOVE building home theaters!

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Encore Custom Audio Video offers a complete range of home technology services. From controlled lighting and shading, to security and surveillance, to music distribution and environmental controls, we have both your home and office covered. That said, if there was one type of project that we wanted to showcase, we simply cannot get enough of Home Theater design and engineering. And it shows.

When we set out to create a new page dedicated to home theaters, we knew we had to provide something unique and informative. We wanted a page that did more than just shout, "Aren't these rooms awesome?!" It was important to us because, while these completed cinemas truly are "awesome," constructing one is a considerable commitment. It is not an investment someone should jump into without an understanding of everything involved.

At Encore, our goal is to establish relationships for life. We want to ensure that every customer who invites us to be part of ANY project is anxious and excited at the prospect of working with us again. That's why we don't want there to be any surprises when it comes to a project with the scope of a home theater build.


Encore New HT GalleryOur new dedicated page provides insight and guidance on the most important decisions that go into this work; including the space requirements, display options, sound reproduction, lighting, furnishings, and much more. It also includes a gallery of some of our favorite (and award-winning) work to provide inspiration for anyone planning their own home theater addition.

You don't have to take our word for it here. Check it out for yourself there! And if you know anyone who is considering a home theater project, let them know about it too! If you, or they, have any additional questions, do not hesitate to give us a call! We're available to offer our expertise any time.


And Don't Forget: When you refer a Friend to Encore, you're eligible to receive $500 OFF your next Custom Audio/Video project of $5,000 or more! Refer 2 friends and get $1,000 OFF any job valued at $10,000 or more! Just have them mention your name when completing our contact information here.

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What does 4K Mean to You?

on Tuesday, 04 June 2013. Posted in Northern Virginia Audio Visual Installation

Award-winning Northern Virginia custom electronics and design integration firm demystifies the new TV technology

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What does 4K Mean to You?

Award-winning Northern Virginia custom electronics and design integration firm
demystifies the new TV technology

4K TVs are slowly coming to market in force, with more major manufacturers announcing new products all the time. The latest (and perhaps most enthusiastic) is Sony, and Encore Custom Audio Video is taking the opportunity of our latest blog to get into the (high resolution) details…