Why Not to Buy Your Home Entertainment System Online

It’s the day your surround system that you purchased online is to arrive, “somewhere between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.” At 5:30, the delivery guy finally drops your system off and bolts, leaving you to find the box cutter. As you begin unpacking, you ponder where to best place your speakers and how on earth you are going to hide the speaker wires that run from each speaker to the receiver. A little overwhelmed, you open the last box and are shocked to find the subwoofer is punctured. Did you read the return and service policy from your online retailer? Who is going to pay to ship this 95-pound behemoth back to the manufacturer, and who will pay to have a new one shipped to you? Using a reputable independent retailer or custom installer allows you to sidestep all these headaches and more. Here, you’ll find our top reasons to buy from a brick-and-mortar retailer versus an online electronics retailer. See. Feel. Touch. Walking into an electronics showroom, you instantly “get it,”—seeing all of the components in one place—eliminating the uncertainty of what an A/V experience might be like. Shopping online doesn’t offer the true demonstration experience you should have before deciding on what products to buy for your space. For example, with an independent A/V retailer, you can compare TVs firsthand, demo a speaker system, or decide which projector you like best. You wouldn’t purchase a car without a test drive; why should it be any different for an electronics purchase? Leave the research to the experts If you have ever shopped online, you know that a considerable...

Control4 and Sony Partner to Blend Automation and Receiver Technology

Throughout the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s (CEDIA) Annual Expo, held here in Indianapolis, Indiana, all the buzz seemed to circulate around a very intriguing partnership – home automation leader, Control4 and consumer electronics powerhouse, Sony. During the highly-anticipated Sony press conference, the manufacturer shared the exciting news that it had integrated Control4® automation technology into its new ES receivers (introduced at CEDIA Expo). Even more exciting is the fact that the marriage of these two technologies promises to deliver best-in-class AV performance and home automation within one easy-to-install and easy-to-use product. This is a powerful partnership redefining the AVR category by delivering an unprecedented integrated AV and automation experience in a single device. Consumers will enjoy top AVR performance, unmatched 4K content and a stunning selection of streaming media services, plus the added lifestyle benefits of personalized automation that can transform a house into a smart home. With companies like Sony embracing and marketing the benefits of home automation, the custom installation industry benefits as a whole. Together, Sony and Control4 have created an exciting new avenue to drive consumer awareness for the category. “We are delighted that Sony selected Control4 technology to revolutionize their receiver line and deliver a fantastic automation experience,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “Enthusiastic dealer feedback validates the power and promise of our integrated solution. Together, Control4 and Sony are delivering a unique and strategic product for our dealers – providing them with a high impact addition to their product portfolio to grow their business.” “Sony has delivered many firsts to the industry and now we elevate the category standard again by...

CE Pro 100. Again.

Digitech Custom Audio and Video has called its location along Station Drive in Carmel, Indiana home for a decade now, but we’re proving to be equally comfortable in another locality… The CE Pro 100. For the fifth time in the last six years and for the seventh time overall, Digitech has earned a spot in the consumer electronics magazine’s prestigious list of the industry’s top 100 revenue earners. CE Pro’s list, a veritable who’s who of the A/V world, is compiled according to billed business from residential installs that incorporate home audio, lighting controls, security systems, structured wiring, networking, etc. Digitech’s acumen with all of the above — and more — landed it firmly within the roster. Landing a spot on a list that also includes industry giants like ADT is no small feat — especially considering Digitech boasts just one location and more employees than only 23 of the 100 — and company president Mark Vyain is justifiably proud of the accomplishment. “Digitech is very appreciative to again be included in the CE Pro 100,” Vyain said. “Our inclusion in such a prestigious list is both humbling and rewarding, and is a testament not only to our commitment to excellence, but to the hard work of our staff as well. It will feel good to hang another CE Pro 100 plaque on the wall – I’d like to think it means we’re doing things...

APC Battles the Weather

Severe weather has been a hot-button topic of late, to say the least. Even in a normal year, which 2011 certainly has not been thus far, the spring months in Indiana are known for rough storms. More often than not, those storms bring lightning and heavy rain, and both bring the possibility of extensive damage to your electronics. Thankfully, there are buffers to put between you and Mother Nature — specifically, American Power Conversion products. APC is Digitech Custom Audio and Video’s leading choice to protect your equipment, as well as the priceless photos, videos, music and movies you store. Offering products ranging from power conditioners and surge protectors to uninterruptible power supplies, APC literally has a unit for every conceivable A/V, computer or data storage application. “We had a client whose basement flooded… There were at least a couple inches of water everywhere,” said Randy Leffler, Digitech installer.” This person had an APC surge protector as part of his basement system, and the water completely wrecked it. It was ruined, but it protected all his equipment. He had no further damage.” Rough weather aside, power bumps or outages can occur anytime of day or year, making it crucial to implement a power management strategy in your home. APC has you...

Digitech Adds Anthem Products

Digitech Custom Audio and Video is proud to announce its acceptance as a dealer for Anthem products! Anthem, a division of Sonic Frontiers International, represents the ultimate in high-end audio/video reproduction. Their products allow you to virtually ‘be there’ every time you listen to a favorite piece of recorded music or experience the excitement of surround-sound home theater, and continue to receive industry awards and acclaim in the finest magazines. In addition to that, Anthem’s reputation in analog and digital design is legendary… Around the world, Anthem is consistently the brand of choice for leaders in the field of music and entertainment. Anthem’s original goal was to create a high-end product without a high-end price, and their success is reflected in an award-winning product lineup that continues to set new reference standards of performance regardless of price. Anthem products (processors, amplifiers, Blu-ray players, projectors and receivers) are a fantastic choice for your A/V and home theater needs. Call Digitech today to learn...