Home Theater Project

Residential   

By 2010, our 1990s era big tube Zenith television, VCR,
early K-Mart version of a DVD player, and six-CD player stereo system were
definitely, already, outdated. At that point, what we thought to be our
entertainment system was now a “non” home entertainment center. The sound was
lousy, and we were limited in what movies we could watch—not to mention no
access to anything high-definition. What to do???

Now that we were empty nesters, our tech-savvy and tech
support son was no longer home to bail us out. We had a real, vague, general
idea of what we wanted, and that we wanted it to work so we could understand
how to make it work. No more of these multiple remote controls flailing around
the living room. My husband wanted a simple, one-button-touch-does-it-all
set-up. Did such a system exist? Was there anyone out there who knew how to do
it?

When we met Robert Scharffer of Audio Visual Design Group,
he claimed to understand our predicament, our desires, and needs. This seemed
too good to be true. We laid it all out for him. Similar to working with an
architect or building contractor for a custom home, he listened to us and came
up with a plan to fit our room, our home, our budget, and our priorities. He
ordered all the elements and parts, from the HD screen to the wall mount, the
stereo receiver, speakers, and the Blu-Ray DVD player. He connected our Comcast
service, did a thorough surround sound set-up and sound check, and even set up
an Apple TV wireless router so now we can access all our photos, home videos,
and iTunes music from our main house computer, and enjoy them on our HDTV with
the surround sound system. To make it even better, all this is available with
just a touch on a visible, touch screen remote, that does all the connection
work by itself. It is also reassuring, because the remote actually talks to
you, with real English words via its screen, should something not connect
properly, and then proceeds to fix the problem by itself, so that all systems
are “go”! It is truly amazing, painless, and it works!

It really is not worth the time, money, and agony that a
non-techie person can expend attempting to install such system by his or
herself. Robert Scharffer of AVDG is an extremely gifted and competent expert
in this field. You can’t help but be satisfied with his work, and content to
enjoy your home entertainment.

Welcome to AVDG's blog

What's New?   

We’re a recently-reinvented audio visual systems design and installation firm. We have assembled a team of talented, experienced and fun individuals who are already very happy to be working together doing something we love: “geeking out” on equipment and software. We love A/V so much it’s also our hobby. As if working all day doing this stuff wasn’t enough, in our free time we design remote controls, mess with our car stereos, archive our music collections, rewire our homes, record music in studios, play video games, go to concerts, supply technical support to friends and relatives and of course, watch TV.

Every so often we’ll be posting some insights, witticisms, rants, stories and musings – often relating to the audio visual industry directly (“How come my plasma monitor won’t turn on but flashes the red LED instead?”), frequently relating to the field indirectly (“How high a resolution is really necessary on my 90-year-old grandmother’s new laptop?”), and occasionally not at all (“The pastrami sandwiches at the shop near our office are a little dry.”). All of the preceding questions are issues we’ve recently dealt with by the way.

Feel free to check in here on the blog page and contribute to the conversations. We welcome and encourage feedback and comments – at the end of the day, we’re really just trying to build a better mousetrap… or a/v system. (Hmm… we wonder if there’s a setting on our Clearone mixer that puts out an audio signal capable of repelling mice…). We have frequent discussions around here about approach to system design, equipment selection, physical and graphical user interface design, simplicity of system use, future-proofing, display configuration and placement, and how to make a finished space look cleaner by improving on our physical installation standards. Here at the blog, we’ll be having these same discussions, but with (or at least near) you, the nice people of the internet. These concepts affect the industry as a whole and we always recognize and try to learn from positive design aspects of existing systems we come across, as we also strive to set a positive example for our colleagues. It is our view that the audio visual industry is a community and we much prefer a culture of collaboration and participation to one of fierce competition (although a little healthy competition builds character, as our dads used to say). And let’s not forget about the people for whom we design these systems – the users. Without input from users we’d be putting together a/v systems that are about as useful to the average person as a space shuttle (which is why we abandoned that lunar module we had been making out of old CRT projectors and PictureTel units). In that spirit we’re hoping to facilitate some great discussions that can help us as an industry take advantage of our imaginations, as well as yours.

Welcome to our blog.
Enjoy, ponder, laugh, discuss.
We’re very happy to be here.