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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.