The Invisible, Yet Most Indispensable Component in Your System

Today’s A/V and home control systems are far more complex than they were even five years ago. One of the biggest shifts has been the integration of almost every major component with the Internet. We live in a world of constant communication with our computers, phones and tablets. Even our A/V devices need to communicate with manufacturers for firmware updates. Get wired and wireless For all this communication to happen, it requires a home network and most homes will need a combination of wired and wireless communication. Systems integrators still believe the most reliable connection is wired and will advise their clients to keep major systems such as whole-home A/V, climate control and security on the wired network. However, for various devices to interface or share content and information in the Cloud, a wireless connection is equally necessary. It’s really not an either/or situation, you need both and they should be as robust and stable as possible. Small but powerful… The one device that is now the most indispensable component is small, and probably rests in a closet or equipment rack somewhere. You don’t see it or really think about it on a daily basis but without it you’d be stranded, figuratively speaking. The router has become the most critical component in our homes, capable of allowing us to connect to other computers, smartphones, tablets, our A/V gear and the Internet. At first, routers were only wired and allowed us internet access. Then we were able to download firmware to devices like A/V receivers and Blu-ray players. Now, we need them so that all our various devices can communicate...

Invisible Systems: Options for Hiding Televisions and Other Equipment

Do you want the big picture and big sound, but don’t want to see the TV or the rest of your equipment when you aren’t using the system? The good news is that you don’t have to! By installing an ‘invisible system’, you don’t have to have a large television set and a stack of equipment constantly in view. For the video part of your set up, the following products are available to conceal the display when they are not being used: Motorized lifts for projectors and retractable screens that descend from the eiling for viewing, and then retract—out of sight—when they are not being used. Motorized brackets that lift TVs out of a cabinet or lower them from an access door in the ceiling. Mechanisms that hide a wall mounted TV with a painting when not in use. TVs that have a mirrored surface that look like a normal mirror when the set is off, but the picture appears when you turn the set on. Amplifiers, cable or satellite boxes, Blu-ray players and other components can be hidden in a cabinet or closet as it is now possible for both audio and video to be sent to the rest of the house from a central location. Years ago the idea of one central location for most of the electronics might not have such a good idea. In the past a significant percentage of the content that we viewed or listened to came to us on a disc or a tape and having to go to one location to load a tape or disc could be inconvenient. If you...

Why a Custom Home Theater Is Right for You

Want to experience the energy and excitement of the cinema from the comfort of your own couch? Ready to watch your favorite NFL team play from what feels like the sideline of the field? If you’ve answered yes to either of those questions, Digitech Custom has a home theater solution for you. Perhaps all you want to do is upgrade your flat-screen and add some surround sound audio to your current set up. Or maybe you want to take your home movie viewing to a whole new level—either way, we want to design the best home theater experience for your home. From the very first consultation to the design through the completion of the project, Digitech’s sales and engineering staff will help create the ideal entertainment environment for you and your family–while remaining within your budget. The possibilities of what we can do are limitless. We proudly carry the most up-to-date technologies, highest quality brands, and high-end enhancements to give your home theater system that “wow” factor. Here are some of our most innovative enhancements and options. Digitech’s Custom Home Theater Components: –    Video Projection Systems –    Audio Surround Sound –    Custom Seating –    Acoustic Paneling –    Lighting Design –    Automated Shading –    Climate Control –    Complete System Control We specialize in audio and video reproduction—our designers and installers have been trained to create the most compelling and engaging home cinema experience for each individual customer. We want you to be amazed at the clarity and quality of the audio and visual components of your home theater. Call us to schedule a consultation to see our showrooms to see your...

Internet Capable devices for your Home Theater

Once upon a time, even the most cutting-edge A/V technology was segregated from the outside world. In any of the millions of living rooms, basements and home theaters across the globe, the television and all its peripherals – cable or satellite boxes, DVD players, receivers, CD players – existed on one entertainment plane while the internet-capable home computer sat quietly in another corner, prepared to do its own, very separate job. Times have changed. These days, nearly every component in a Digitech Custom-quality audio / video setup is capable, via network connections, of communicating with its neighbor – and much more. It is commonplace now for Digitech’s field technicians to install, in one project, several flat-panel televisions, Blu-ray players and receivers with Ethernet ports or WIFI adapters; not only does that interconnectivity of devices open up a new realm of home entertainment possibilities, it also enables something that, just a few years ago, was unthinkable: The blending of home theater and computer. Let’s look at a few of the products Digitech Custom routinely installs, and what they have to offer along the Ethernet-ready lines: Sony BDP-S580 The BDP-S580 Blu-ray player is a tantalizing option for a streaming-media fan, packing in more internet-based services (including Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus and many more) than any of its competitors. It also has built-in Wi-Fi and an excellent Smartphone application you can use to search Netflix and other streaming-media services – no competing player provides this option for searching inside Netflix. Throw in YouTube and live sporting event services, and it’s clear that this Sony unit is a multimedia vessel first, and...

2012 Indianapolis Monthly Dream Home A\V by Digitech Custom

Updated 2/21/2012 Show Dates: 6/2/2012 to 6/17/2012 New year, same story. Digitech Custom has again been chosen as the preferred audio/video integrator for the Indianapolis Monthly Dream Home – marking the third time in six years Digitech has enjoyed such an honor. The 2012 version of the Dream Home, nestled in Carmel’s exclusive Laurel Ridge community, features a virtual all-star lineup of contributors. In addition to Digitech Custom, Campbell Custom Homes has been chosen as the builder, and Dianna Hoskins will handle the interior design. Wiring on the newly-constructed, traditional ranch-style estate began after the July 4 holiday. Once the wiring phase is completed, Digitech will use its core group of field technicians to implement a whole-house, multi-zone A/V system, a full-scale security interface and some limited lighting. The home, scheduled to be completed in early September, measures 13,000 square feet, sits on just under two acres in West Carmel and has an asking price in the $3.5 million range. Digitech Custom, long known as the source in greater Indianapolis for high-end lines, will install the following products in the 2012 version of the Indianapolis Monthly Dream Home: Control4 complete home integration system Sony LED HD televisions and video products Integra units (Blu-Ray players, surround receivers, disc carousels) Bowers & Wilkins speakers DSC security products APC power conditioners and backups Digitech will then put the proverbial ribbon on the package by tying everything together with Control4, ensuring simple and ergonomic command over virtually every A/V function in the Dream Home. An Apple iPad running MyHome Control4 software will also be used to control the home theater. Sweetening the deal...