We are consuming more entertainment than ever at home. As Netflix creates high-budget originals and blockbusters are released straight to streaming, the appeal of having a high-end home audio-video setup is bigger than ever. Homeowners can enjoy the experience of a commercial cinema in the comfort of their home with big 4K displays and immersive surround sound systems.
But how do you know if it is time to make the leap to a home entertainment upgrade? Our experts break down the signs that your audio-video equipment might be outdated. Read on to discover whether it is time to upgrade your home audio-video setup in the Quad Cities, IA.
Audio-video systems rely on several cords to function. Your AV receiver, television, speakers, and components must be connected to function. This can ruin your interior decor with clutter on the walls and floors. Even if your AV setup seems to be working fine, if your entertainment center is a tangle of cords, it might be time to reach out to a professional for an audio-video installation. Newer models use fewer cords or can even be connected wirelessly. Our technicians can install wiring inside your walls for a seemingly invisible connection that still provides a high level of performance.
Another signal that it might be time for an AV equipment upgrade is if your audio or visual quality is lacking. For example, if your audio is unclear or your display is fuzzy, you cannot enjoy your media as intended. The latest resolutions are 4K and even 8K, so it is time to upgrade if you still use a 720p or 1080p television. Similarly, if your audio has a buzzing sound or isn’t clear, a new surround sound system might be in your future.
Home audio-video systems are constantly evolving as new technologies are released. Your AV equipment might become outdated as it can no longer keep up with audio and visual quality upgrades or brand-new features. For example, Dolby Atmos is a new surround sound format released in 2012. It creates a 3D soundscape that immerses you in the world of your favorite movies and TV shows and treats sound as objects instead of just having dialogue go to the center channel, music to the rear, and so on. The sound will follow from left to right when a car flies across your screen. To enjoy this new surround sound, you need a system to support it. It might be time for an upgrade if your equipment cannot support this feature.
Are you ready to upgrade your home’s audio-video system? Visit Reference Audio Video & Security’s showroom to see and hear the latest and greatest AV solutions for yourself. Contact us here for any questions you may have! We would love to hear from you!
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