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Cutting the Cord

Cord cutting – cancelling cable service in favor of internet-based services – is an increasingly popular choice for TV viewers. You can save a lot of money, but there are a few things to consider before making the decision. 

The Cost of Your Internet Service May Increase

If your cable and internet are part of a bundled package, ending your cable subscription may result in a rate hike for your internet service and you also may need a higher data limit and/or faster speed. However, the amount you’ll save by not having cable service should offset that, and you can also check out other internet service providers that may have lower prices than your current carrier.

Wired vs. WiFi

Hard wiring will provide you with the most reliable and fastest signal for streaming, so that’s what we recommend, but we know that’s not always possible. If you’re using WiFi, you will probably need a faster router if you’re using the one that your cable company provided.

Getting the Channels You Want

Different streaming services have different channels, so check each service’s lineup. For example, SlingTV doesn’t have CBS, YouTube TV doesn’t have HGTV, and Hulu Live doesn’t have Comedy Central. You may need to subscribe to multiple services to get everything you want. For sports fans, DirectTV NOW, Hulu Live, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and Sling TV Orange all have ESPN. Once you know which service(s) you want, make sure you choose a streaming device (or SmartTV) that supports them.

Consider an Antenna

Streaming services may not have local channels, but in metro-Atlanta you can get surprisingly good coverage with a strong antenna. While this does require an initial investment, you will likely recoup the up-front cost of installing the antenna within a few months.

Give It a Trial Run

Try going cable-free for a few weeks before you actually disconnect your cable service. It may take some time to find all the channels you want on your streaming services, so it’s good to have a backup so you don’t miss that all-important episode of Game of Thrones.

Cutting the cord can be a great way to save money, but make sure you have the proper hardware in place first. If you need help with wiring, a router, an antenna, or anything else, just give WAV&S a call at (404) 488-3874 or click on the box at the bottom left of your screen for an instant live chat.

Product Spotlight: Yamaha RX-A3080 Receiver

Since your receiver is the heart of your home entertainment system, it’s important to have a good one. The RX-A3080 is Yamaha’s flagship receiver — the best of the best. Here are some of the reasons we love it:

Great amplifier

Having a good amplifier is not just about getting more volume (though it definitely will do that). You also get better sound at low volumes. It keeps voices clear so you can understand what people are saying even when you have it turned down.

Best Processor

Since it has a top-of-the-line processor, you’ll get clearer sound and have fewer syncing issues. So when you’re watching Grey’s Anatomy, the audio and video will actually match up.

Dolby Atmos Surround Sound

Dolby Atmos is the latest surround sound format which totally immerses you in whatever you are listening to or watching. In fact, it was originally designed for movie theaters and then was adapted for home use.

Musical Versatility

There are so many ways to listen to music (or any audio) on this receiver. MusicCast— a multi-room audio system (similar to Sonos and Heos) — is built in and you can control it directly from your cellphone. You can also broadcast music directly to Bluetooth headphones and speakers. And most major streaming radio stations (Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, etc.) are included.

There are tons of other great features, including Alexa voice-control capability, which you can read about here. And on top of all that, it’s made with Yamaha’s highest quality parts so it’ll last longer than other receivers.

As always, if you need help with this or any other home entertainment product, give WAV&S a call at (404) 488-3874 or click on the box at the bottom left of your screen for an instant live chat.

Security Cameras: More Complicated Than You Think

Jennifer has a neighbor whose house was recently broken into. The theives did a quick smash and grab. They got away with a TV, laptop, and some jewelry. This got Jennifer thinking that she really needs some kind of home security. So she went to Sam’s Club and bought a surveillance system with 8 cameras and a digital video recorder. She had planned to install the system herself thinking, “It can’t be any harder than connecting a video camera to the TV, right?” When Jennifer opened the box she soon realized just how different it is. Feeling a bit overwhelmed, she called WAV&S. 

We scheduled her appointment within 3 days and not only got all of the cameras in the locations she wanted, we were able to hide all of the wires inside the walls for a clean look. Now Jennifer has the ability to grab her cell phone and check in on her home in real time, anytime, from anywhere in the world.

If you’re worried about burglaries and want to keep your home safe (or just want to see what your dog is up to while you’re at work), WAV&S can help. We can guide you through the whole process, from choosing cameras that meet your specific needs to installing them to monitoring the alarm system. Call us at (404) 483-1834 or click on the box at the bottom left of your screen for an instant live chat.

How to Choose a Receiver

Does Speaker Cable Matter

The receiver is the heart of your entertainment system, so choosing the right one is essential for getting the most out of it. But where do you start? While we can’t cover every possible scenario, here’s a quick overview of what you want to look for in a receiver.

What to Consider

Type of Room

The first thing to consider is the type of room you’ll be listening in. A home theater generally requires a more powerful receiver than one for a living room or bedroom. Though if you want that “big boom” sound in your living room, you can always opt for more power.

Number of Outputs

You’ll also need to make sure there are enough output connections (called “channels”) for all of the speakers you have. Modern surround sound systems alone can have up to 13 channels. You also may need extra channels to power speakers in other rooms, such as outdoor speakers or speakers in the kitchen or master bedroom.

Number and Type of Inputs

Next, consider how many devices you’ll be connecting. Do you have a Roku or Firestick? A DVD player? A satellite or cable box? Your receiver will need to have enough inputs – and the right kind (HDMI, RCA, etc.) – to support all of your devices.

Special Features: The Fun Part

Lastly, what special features do you want? Receivers can include a wide variety of “extras” that will take your system to the next level. Do you want Apple AirPlay or Spotify built in? Do you want to be able to control your system from an app on your phone? Or by voice command? Do you want to be able to add wireless speakers? Or be able to play different things in different rooms? Special features vary widely from receiver to receiver. Check to make sure you get one with the specific functions that you want.

We Can Help

Choosing the right receiver is crucial for any entertainment system, and there are a lot of factors to consider. If you’d like some guidance on picking the best receiver for your needs, call WAVES at 404-488-3874 or click on the box to the left for a live online chat.

DIY Smart Home Pitfalls

Everybody wants a Smart Home and clients ask me about it all the time. Even still, whenever I start talking about Smart Home technology I often hear, “I’m not a high tech person,” or “That stuff is way too complicated for me.” And there’s a reason for that. Too many people are going the do-it-yourself route. When they show it off to their friends it’s too hard to follow. How many times have you seen a friend or neighbor go through this whole routine at a party:

“First you open the Nest app and set the temperature…(pause, wait for the app to respond)…then you open the TV app and turn on your TV…(pause, wait for the app to respond)… then you open the receiver app and turn on the sound system, oh and here’s the cool part, ‘Alexa, set lights for movie night.’”

It’s the millennial equivalent of having 10 remotes on the coffee table. And it doesn’t work any better than those 10 remotes did. A true Smart Home can make all of those things happen by just saying, “Alexa, turn on Netflix,” and like magic, you’re watching a movie.

If you have 5 remotes in a basket on your coffee table or taking up space in a drawer in your end table, ask yourself if everyone in the house can operate the system easily. If they answer is no, give us a call at (404) 483-1834 to schedule a home automation consultation or click on the box to the left for a live online chat. Let WAVES make it easy to use for the whole family. 

Product Spotlight: Nest Video Doorbell

We know that there are a lot of different products out there and it can be difficult to know which one is best for your needs. So each month we’ll be showcasing a product we love and telling you why we think it’s great.

First up is the Nest Video Doorbell. We love the Nest because in our experience it has the fastest response time for wireless video doorbells. Many video doorbells have a long lag time between the time someone rings your doorbell and the time you’re notified that someone’s at the door. It’s so long, in fact, that by the time you get the notification, the person who was at the door may have already left. This is much less likely to happen with the Nest due to its faster response time. Below you can read about some of its other great features.

If you’d like to know more about video doorbells and which one is right for you, please call us for free consultation at 404-483-1834 or click the box on your screen for a live chat.