Neuwave Systems http://www.neuwavesystems.com innovative audio + visual solutions Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:17:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Media Room vs Theater Room – What’s the Difference? http://www.neuwavesystems.com/2017/01/media-room-vs-theater-room-whats-difference/ Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:07:49 +0000 http://www.neuwavesystems.com/?p=3131 One of the most popular questions we receive at Neuwave System is, “Should I get a home theater or a media room?” […]

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One of the most popular questions we receive at Neuwave System is, “Should I get a home theater or a media room?” Below is a more in-depth explanation of each.

Home Theater

Perhaps you have gathered that home theater rooms are taken a bit more seriously. Aside from comfy, oversized bucket seats, and often soundproofed walls, home theaters are areas where homeowners want the best experience with high-quality audio, visual, and lighting. A home theater is perfect for those who demand the ultimate viewing experience.

Home theaters provide a movie theater-like experience with personal touches and an overall impressive visual result.

Media Room

A media room is practically an existing family room on audio and visual steroids. We can use any existing common room and outfit it to serve more of a dual-purpose to meet the needs that may arise. The media room serves as a centralized meeting area to watch sports games, shows, or listen to music.

Unlike home theaters, media rooms aren’t as restrictive in terms of location, outside noise and functionality. It’s an immersive section of a home that welcomes many varieties of social interaction.

Having a hard time choosing between a home theater room or a media room for your home?  Get in touch with one of the design and installation experts at Neuwave Systems to help design the perfect audio / visual room for your home.

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Score BIG at your 2017 Super Bowl Party With These 5 Tips http://www.neuwavesystems.com/2017/01/score-big-2017-super-bowl-party-5-tips/ Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:21:54 +0000 http://www.neuwavesystems.com/?p=3134 Whether you are Giants, Cowboys, or Patriots fan, we know you have been counting down for the final game of the season! […]

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Whether you are Giants, Cowboys, or Patriots fan, we know you have been counting down for the final game of the season! Kickoff for Super Bowl LI is set for Sunday, February 5, 6:30pm. From snacks to soundbars, here are the top 5 things you need before the start of the big game:

Food

Just like the weeks surrounding the holidays, the biggest of all game days is all about the food! Finger foods and small bites are ideal for partygoers. Remember, you’ll be eating for 3 or 4 hours so large meals are not necessary. Some great food ideas include wings, pizza, sliders, and any mishmash of dips with a crunchy pairing (halftime game changer: pull out some buffalo chicken dip!). Inviting guests with a sweet tooth? Score some points with a platter of gooey brownies and cookies.

Drinks

Your friends are ready for a party so offer some spirits to go along with their celebratory touchdown dances. Coolers filled with variety of beer are essential, as well as some colorful Jell-O shots waiting in the fridge. The best cocktails for the party are the ones that are fun, tasty, and easy to serve in a pitcher. Always have a case of water and soda on the sideline for the underage and overly intoxicated.

Seating

Whether you are hosting the party in the media room or TV room, your seating must be arranged around the big screen. Lose the nice décor and unnecessary furniture. Your significant other might not approve at first, but when the empties start getting knocked over and the snacks spilled, she’ll be glad you hid the china.

TV

Speaking of sitting around to watch the game, now is the time to go and buy that big screen or install the home theater you have been fantasizing about. Look for a visual projector or TV that has excellent picture quality and wide viewing angles for your guest to enjoy at every viewpoint.

Sound

Don’t settle for the ordinary audio experience. For the most important football game of the year, you and your guests are going to want to hear the play that got overturned or the whimper of the puppy in the beer commercials. To make sure every bit of dialogue is crisp and clean, use a wireless soundbar and subwoofer.

You have put in a season of mental toughness, hours of strategic draft picking, and have come up with the most groundbreaking trash talking. Neuwave Systems will allow you to have the high-quality viewing experience you deserve.

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Stuff Your Stockings With Savings From Sonos http://www.neuwavesystems.com/2016/11/sonos-holiday-savings/ Mon, 28 Nov 2016 16:11:55 +0000 http://www.neuwavesystems.com/?p=3107 Save Up To $50 This Christmas! Fill your home with great music this year with these amazing discounts on some of the […]

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Save Up To $50 This Christmas!

Fill your home with great music this year with these amazing discounts on some of the most popular products from Sonos.  Offering the simplicity of one-touch wireless set up and the quality of a system that self-adjusts to the room, it’s no surprise that a Sonos system is at the top of many Christmas lists this year.

$30 Off Sonos Speakers

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$50 Off Home Theater Components

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TV Buying Season Has Arrived! http://www.neuwavesystems.com/2016/11/tv-buying-season/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:13:11 +0000 http://www.neuwavesystems.com/?p=3063 With the holidays just around the corner (I know you’re trying not to think of it, sorry!) now is the perfect time […]

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With the holidays just around the corner (I know you’re trying not to think of it, sorry!) now is the perfect time to start thinking about your next TV upgrade.  We know you’re super busy so we thought we would give you a quick review of some of our favorite brands of TVs on the market this year.

Buying a TV used to be a simple task.  A quick trip out to your local department store would give you the choice from two, maybe three models if you were lucky.

These days with the advances in picture technology, smart tv applications, and plenty of different outlets selling countless brands it takes a little more time to understand your options and make sure you find the perfect TV.

As we said, we get that you busy so let’s take a look at our three favorite TVs for the holiday season.

 

Sony XBR-X930D

If your looking for the wallet-friendly price of an LED LCD TV but aren’t willing to take the chance on a marginal brand, this Sony might be the perfect choice for you.

This 4K HDR Android TV  brings amazing picture quality, great color, and deep black levels to the table.  It also offers an excellent app selection that means you may not even need an external streaming box to enjoy all your favorite shows.

It is one one of the more expensive models in its class but offers a sleek design that will look great mounted on your wall to go along excellent performance making this model a great choice for many shoppers this year.

Samsung UNKS8000

The KS8000 is the least-expensive Ultra High Definition TV on the market from Samsung this year.  It features a picture that may not be the best in class but is pretty darn good for the price.

This model also offers some pretty cool extras that make it an integral part of your home.  Besides the standard streaming video apps, the Samsung has the ability to control many devices throughout your home with the included remote.

Great bang for the buck is the bottom line on this Samsung.  With a great style, completely acceptable picture, and an excellent price, this TV offers a great value.

LG B6 OLED

Not willing to compromise on overall picture quality?  This LG has consistently been one of the best-reviewed TVs on the marketing this year.  LG has a recent history of making TVs with top level picture quality, and this model is no exception.

All of this quality comes with s bit of a downside, price.  This B6 model is the cheapest of the 4K OLED TVs offered by LG this year, but it’s still quite expensive.

While this TV has arguably the best picture on the market, it is not the right choice for the value shopper.  But, if you’re willing to pay for quality, you won’t find a better option out there this year than the LG OLEDB6P.

Any Question?

Picking the right TV is a big decision.  If you need a little help making your choice our experts would love to give you a hand.  Either stop by our Raleigh Showroom for a visit or click the button below to get in touch.  We’re looking forward to helping you decide!

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Upgrade Your TV For Football Season http://www.neuwavesystems.com/2016/08/tv-upgrade/ Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:20:51 +0000 http://www.neuwavesystems.com/?p=3026 We may still be deep in the dog days of summer but all around the country, from hardscrabble high school fields to […]

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We may still be deep in the dog days of summer but all around the country, from hardscrabble high school fields to multi-million dollar professional training complexes, something exciting is happening.  That’s right folks, football season is getting started.

While the players on the practice field are gearing up for another season, it’s time for you to start doing your own preparations.  Don’t worry, we’re not asking you to get out there and do wind sprints, just that you take a little time to make sure your TV is up to date for the upcoming season.

Have you been staring at the same 32-inch standard definition TV for the last 6 years?  The start of another exciting football season is just the excuse you need to splurge on an upgrade.

Latest in TV Tech

First things first, you going to want to look for a high-definition set when you upgrade.  Even more specific, keep an eye out for TV’s advertising 4k resolution.  For years the standard for HD TVs was 1080p.  Unfortunately, as screens got larger, 1080p just wasn’t cutting it any longer.  The new standard offers four times the number of pixels in the same space as a 1080p, resulting in a much crisper image no matter the screen size.

Worried about breaking the bank? Have no fear, 4k screens have been around for a few years and a massive price drop over the last year means you can get a quality 4k TV for the same price as a high-end 1080p set just a year ago.

Get In The Game

Ready to experience the game like never before?  The staff at Neuwave Systems is just as excited as you to kick off the upcoming Football season.   For professional advice on choosing the next TV give us a call or stop into our showroom in Raleigh.

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Planning Your Home Theater http://www.neuwavesystems.com/2016/07/planning-your-home-theater/ Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:03:15 +0000 http://www.neuwavesystems.com/?p=3013 Summer is here in full force and that means one thing to film buffs… It’s movie time! The kids are out of […]

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Summer is here in full force and that means one thing to film buffs… It’s movie time! The kids are out of school, it’s too darn hot outside to do anything but melt, and lets face, we just love watching movies.

While heading out to the theater has been a summer tradition as long as there have been movies to watch, a trip out to the multiplex this year might have you questioning your love of the theater. With ticket prices approaching $10 and snack prices soaring, a trip to the movies can run close to $20 a person!

Never fear loyal cinephile, there is another choice. Imagine sitting in the comfort of your home, digging into a bowl of chips that didn’t cost as much as a monthly gym membership, and enjoying your favorite summer movie (It is Jaws right?) in the peace and quiet of your own home.

Planning

The first step to creating your own home theater is to plan. I know, I know, it much more fun to start looking at gear, but trust me, a little time spent putting together a plan will go a long way toward a successful project.

Space

First things first. What kind of space do you have available? Your new home theater may be situated in a quiet corner of the family room or in a dedicated room. Either way, it’s important to evaluate the space you have available. There is no point in buying a huge projection screen if a 60” flat screen will do the job.

The Screen

When it comes to buying the perfect screen for your project it’s easy to get a little shell-shocked by all the options. With stores displaying 30 or 40 flat screens of all kinds and limitless choices online, being overwhelmed is no surprise.

The biggest choice to make is projector vs flatscreen. This decision is often made for you based on the size of screen you need. While modern flatscreens offer better resolution, for large spaces a projection system is often a better choice.

The Sound

Often overshadowed by choosing the right screen, your choice of sound systems is the real make or break component of a quality home theater system. The AV receiver is the hub of your system so be sure to find one the suits your needs including the correct inputs, a variety of sound settings, and compatibility with the surround sound standards used in movies like Dolby Digital, DTS, and SDDS.

Choosing speakers is a mostly subjective task. Your own personal taste should guide you when choosing speakers. The best way to make the choice is to visit a showroom and listen to a variety of speakers to find the perfect option for your taste.

The Final Step

Now that all the planning is done it’s time to get out there and start putting together your new custom home theater system!

If the process of choosing components and installing a home theater system seems a little more that you’re willing to take on but you still crave a killer home theater, the professionals at Neuwave Systems would love to give you a hand. By getting a thorough understanding of your needs and wants, our consultation process is designed to make building your dream home theater as simple as possible.

Get in touch today to schedule your free consultation!

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4K Upgrades Your Viewing Experience http://www.neuwavesystems.com/2016/02/4k-upgrades-your-viewing-experience/ Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:18:02 +0000 http://www.neuwavesystems.com/?p=2930 If you’ve walked through any store that sells TVs recently, you’ve surely heard of 4K. But what exactly does it mean, and […]

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If you’ve walked through any store that sells TVs recently, you’ve surely heard of 4K. But what exactly does it mean, and is it time for you to upgrade?

4k Defined

To put it simply, 4K means a whole lot more pixels, which results in a much higher resolution and crisp, clear viewing experience.

For years, the standard for high-definition television has been 1080p. But a full HD 1080p image is only a 1920×1080 resolution. In the space that a 1080p HDTV holds a pixel, a 4K HDTV of the same size can hold four. 4K screens have about 8 million pixels, which is around four times what your current 1080p set can display.

The extra resolution of 4K images adds more detail, more depth and more color resolution to the picture, resulting in images that look incredibly life-like – more like looking through a window than watching TV.

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4K is especially effective on very large screens – so ideally you’ll go for a 65-inch set or even bigger. That said, we’d argue that 4K resolution clearly improves picture quality at pretty much any screen size.

Cost

4K HDTVs have been hitting the market for a few years now, and have finally become both affordable and functional. 4K no longer has the pricing premium of early adoption, and you can get a good-performing 4K HDTV for about the same price as a mid-to-high-end 1080p HDTV last year.

The Ultimate Experience

If you want to create the ultimate viewing experience, combine home audio and lighting control to transform your living room to a cinema. You’ll never need to pay for a movie ticket again.

Contact us today to get started!

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Save Up to $500 When You Upgrade Your Control4 Controller http://www.neuwavesystems.com/2015/12/save-up-to-500-when-you-upgrade-your-control4-controller/ Fri, 11 Dec 2015 20:02:53 +0000 http://www.neuwavesystems.com/?p=2899 It’s the perfect time of year to give the gift of even better home automation … and save big! Upgrade and Save […]

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Control4 displayIt’s the perfect time of year to give the gift of even better home automation … and save big!

Upgrade and Save $500

For the rest of December, you enjoy the latest-and-greatest Control4 experience to date and we’ll give you some of our greatest savings ever—up to $500! Simply upgrade your primary controller to a blazing-fast, high-performance model, and learn more about the mind-blowing feature enhancement your new controller will make possible, including:

  • One-touch access to your favorite streaming content Pandora, Spotify, Beats, iTunes, and more!*
  • Brilliant smart lighting control
  • Enhanced security with smart sensors for peace of mind, at home or away
  • Intuitive pool and spa control from any device in the home or miles away

Don’t get left behind! The new Control4 experience, plus future enhancements, are only available if your primary controller is one of our most recent editions, the HC-250 or HC-800.

Get 10% Off MSRP for All Current Customers

LowRes_noReflection_TouchScreens_SR260_iPhone6_Keypad_Flatscreen_VariousUIAny Control4 customer that has been a customer for at least six months also receives an additional 10% off all Control4 gear  you purchase. You can use this offer at anytime and even combine it with the primary controller discount!

Contact Us And Get Started Today!

 


*Some new streaming music services require hardware from Autonomic, Fusion Research, Sonos or Video Storm. Prices in US. If you reside outside the US the discount applies at the US equivalent in your local currency. $200 off an HC-250 or $500 off an HC-800.Discount is only applicable to Control4 products. Each install considered individually. Only available with certain Control4 products as specified by Control4. Ask your dealer for a list of qualifying products. Control4 equipment must be purchased directly from your dealer and installed between July 2014 – December 2015. Control4 reserves the right to modify or cancel this offer at any time. Limited to current Control4 customers that have a valid MyControl4 account registered at least six months prior to installation of upgrade. Employees of Control4 and its distributors, partners and dealers, including subsidiaries, affiliated companies, agents as well as immediate family and household of each such employee are not eligible.

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NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium Gets Upgraded with Neuwave http://www.neuwavesystems.com/2015/11/nc-states-carter-finley-stadium-gets-upgraded-with-neuwave/ Wed, 04 Nov 2015 21:43:01 +0000 http://www.neuwavesystems.com/?p=2815 Like much of the country, the Neuwave Systems family is a big fan of football. And living and working in Raleigh, N.C., […]

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Carter-Finley Stadium UpgradesLike much of the country, the Neuwave Systems family is a big fan of football. And living and working in Raleigh, N.C., we certainly feel a fondness for our local college football team, the NC State Wolfpack. Especially since many of our employees are also graduates. So we were excited to get the opportunity to help improve the video systems in Carter-Finley Stadium to make the viewing experience even better for fans, because after all, the fans are what make it one of the finest football stadiums in the nation.

NC State Wolves Den Video Updates Before the 50th season of Wolfpack football began, Neuwave upgraded the facility from analog video to high-definition DirecTV in all the suites and concourse TVs.  We also installed 60 new TVs throughout the stadium, including nine HD TVs in the Wolves Den, the newest premium seating area located in Vaughn Towers that accommodates 100 ticket holders.

And the visual systems weren’t the only enhancements to the stadium this season. Carter-Finley made additional improvements that include new student gates, a new pedestrian bridge and a chance to take a peek at the new Close-King Indoor Practice Facility that opened in August.

We hope fans are enjoying all the new upgrades – particularly the visual enhancements – and are making the most of another football season. We certainly enjoyed spending more time at the stadium.

If you are interested in making some upgrades of your own around the house or at your business, we’d love to help you find audio and video solutions that meet your needs.

See some examples of past work in our photo gallery and contact us for a free estimate.

 

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Get Yamaha’s New Wireless Multi-Room Audio from Neuwave http://www.neuwavesystems.com/2015/09/get-yamahas-new-wireless-multi-room-audio-from-neuwave/ Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:11:20 +0000 http://www.neuwavesystems.com/?p=2804 Yamaha recently announced a new product that will unite Hi-Fi and home theater sound performance with wireless, multi-room simplicity: MusicCast. MusicCast connects […]

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Yamaha MusicCast Yamaha recently announced a new product that will unite Hi-Fi and home theater sound performance with wireless, multi-room simplicity: MusicCast.

MusicCast connects with your existing Wi-Fi network, allowing you to stream throughout your home. You can stream all of your content through MusicCast including: music streaming services, TV programs, CDs and even vinyl.

You can even play different music in each room of your house or the same song in every room. And even better, it’s all managed through an easy-to-navigate app available on both iOS and Android platforms.

To use it, all you do is select a room from the App, pick a source to play in that room, choose your song, and you’re done.

MusicCast is now integrated into a wide range of Yamaha AV receivers, speakers, sound bars and Hi-Fi components. By the end of the year, Yamaha will offer over 20 MusicCast enabled products.

Neuwave is an authorized Yamaha dealer and carries the full product line.

To learn more about MusicCast, read the official news release or read the review at Audioholics.

 

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