Outdoor TV Tips


TIP #1

Guards Against the Elements

Guards Against the Elements

An outdoor television can add another dimension to your backyard or patio entertaining. But don’t try to use a regular indoor television outside. Regular televisions are no match for the great outdoors even if the television is sheltered by a patio roof.

High-quality outdoor televisions are sealed against moisture and humidity, and include built-in heating and cooling systems that allow them to operate flawlessly in extreme temperatures.

TIP #2

One way to make the most of your outdoor viewing is to place your television in the best location. If possible, pick a spot that is protected from the elements and doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight. If that's not possible, try to place your television with the screen facing north, so the sun is always behind it. That should ensure optimal daytime viewing.


TIP #3

Proper mounting is important. Just like the television, an outdoor television mount should be designed and rated for outside use. A regular mount meant for inside use can quickly rust when exposed to the elements. Plus, sturdy outdoor mounts are made to handle the weight of outdoor displays, which are typically heavier than regular flat-screen televisions.

Consider getting full-motion mount. This provides a wider viewing range than a fixed mount. It means your audience won't be limited to one viewing area, and you'll be able to tilt/swivel the television toward the patio, pool, fire pit, or wherever folks are gathering.

TIP #4


Audio and video sources should be located inside the house or another weather protected space near the television, like a garage or pool house. You'll want to feed digital signals to your outdoor television, and there are a handful of HDMI systems that can send full 4K UHD signals.

TIP #5

Try to plan your outdoor television installation in advance. Make sure you have power where you need it. And make sure you can connect all your sources, and that you're using cables that are rated for outdoor use.

TIP #6

Expertise counts. Outdoor installations can have a unique set of challenges. Make sure you contact an integrator that has the expertise & knowledge to make sure your project is not an experiment.

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Sound & Vision strives to hire the very best and we have constructed a work environment and benefits that we believe add tremendous value to our team members lives beyond their standard compensation.

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A/V Installation Technician

Installation, setup, calibration and programming of the very best home audio, video, home theater, control and networks. You must have at least 5 years of experience installing audio, video, network, lighting control, and automation equipment and be in the top 10% of the industry in terms of skillset and thoroughness.

CEDIA certified or extensive experience as a system integrator technician is required. The job is a hands-on job that requires lifting TVs, projectors, and other equipment. We look for the very best people with good low voltage experience and ideally good construction knowledge. An understanding of signal flows and control systems for distributed audio, video, and home theater systems is also required. We are looking for highly skilled technicians with a positive and "can do" attitude.

Candidates are required to provide a drug test and background check.

Please send your resume to careers@soundandvision.net

A/V Sales Designer

Sound & Vision, Chicagoland’s luxury home technology leader, is seeking an experienced sales designer. Our salesmen work with customers to understand their needs and offer the best solution.

Designers will participate in project designs and proposals, maintain business relationships with all customers, and demonstrate commitment to excellent service. We are looking for talented individuals that possess the ability to seek out and target new customers and new sales opportunities and initiate action plans to secure new business. Excellent communication skills are required.

Required experience:

3 years AV, system integration experience. DTools experience a plus.

Candidates are required to provide a drug test and background check.

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Crestron Home OS 3

What's New?

All New Breathtaking Interface

New Processor – The new Crestron Home solution is hugely powerful and runs a lighting fast user interface (see below) this requires an upgrade to the new Crestron Home processor which is approximately twice as powerful as the old Pyng processor (the CP3-R).

New Interface – The new Crestron Home interface is stunning! Crestron has invested huge amounts of money and time in to designing the perfect interface and it shows – this is a class leading interface which easily rivals all other smart home automation. We can easily demo this interface to clients using an iPad – try the system in advance and see exactly how easy it is to use!

Flexibility – The above interface will happily run on your mobile phone or tablet in addition to in-wall touchpanels and keypads – great for when you want to pre-warm the home ready for your arrival or when you want to change the music playing out by the pool!

Powerful – The new Crestron Home solution will build on the Crestron Pyng solution to offer multi-room audio video, lighting control, heating and even intercoms and access control. In fact the Crestron Home solution is so flexible you can easily integrate anything electrical – garage doors, gates, irrigation systems and saunas!

Why Now is a Great Time to Start Planning Your Home Theater in Hinsdale

Gorgeous entrance of a recent Sound & Vision design build home theater project in Barrington Hills.

Gorgeous entrance of a recent Sound & Vision design build home theater project in Barrington Hills.

I recently watched, downloaded to the Kaleidescape Strato, Ant-Man and The Wasp in glorious 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos. It was amazing! I began thinking about the incredible level of performance we can provide today, for far less money than 10, or even 5, years ago. We can now truly deliver what the director intended in the comfort of your own home. This put a huge smile on my face. This was exactly the reason I started Sound & Vision over 25 years ago! Providing a magical experience is what we’re all about.

Pristine 4K HDR Video from classics to modern blockbusters.

Pristine 4K HDR Video from classics to modern blockbusters.

Why is now the time to plan your home theater? For the first time I can recall, there is a perfect alignment of both amazing sound with Dolby Atmos, breathtaking picture technology with 4K HDR, and plenty of available 4K HDR content. The advancements in both audio and video make it the perfect time to explore your theater options. We’d love to help you get started on planning your dream theater or providing an upgrade path for those with an existing system. We provide turn-key theaters from design, construction and the finest seating you’ve ever seen.

Immersive sound from Dolby Atmos that has to be heard to be believed.

Immersive sound from Dolby Atmos that has to be heard to be believed.

What is 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos?

4K televisions have been around for years but 4K projectors were reserved for the top end of the price range and 4K content was limited. Well both have now changed dramatically. We now have true 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range - contrast between the brightest whites and darkest blacks) projectors that start at $4,995 and 4K HDR content is everywhere with Kaleidescape and the Apple TV emerging as the content leaders. Kaleidescape has over 600 movies in 4K HDR for ultimate performance. All of your favorite original shows from Netflix and Amazon are in 4K, many with Dolby Atmos sound. iTunes also has tons of content.

Dolby Atmos employs overhead speakers as well as surrounds to immerse you in the sound. This has had a huge impact on the quality of sound and the in-home movie experience. With the addition of a couple speakers, you are enveloped in the sound like never before. This is the first major upgrade to sound we’ve had in more than a decade and it’s a massive improvement.

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Kaleidescape-upgrade your viewing experience

The New  Strato S

The New Strato S

The new Strato S movie player, the most advanced, compact player with internal storage that the company has ever produced. Strato S ships with kOS 10.3 system software, which integrates the Kaleidescape Movie Store into the onscreen display to offer the best user interface for selecting, purchasing, and playing movies.

The new player’s machined-aluminum enclosure, clean gloss-black bezel, and gold-plated connectors are of the same high quality and finish as Strato, Strato C, and Terra, and reflect the luxury market position these products occupy. Strato S saves rack space with its efficient single-rack-unit design, and the larger 12TB storage capacity supports an impressive 180 true 4K HDR movies with lossless audio (or 320 bit-for-bit Blu-ray-quality titles).

For customers who watch movies on streaming services, Strato S presents an opportunity to upgrade their viewing experience. Kaleidescape is the only way to experience an Internet-delivered motion picture in true 4K Ultra HD and lossless surround sound that match the capabilities of a modern home cinema. The Kaleidescape Movie Store offers the world’s largest selection of pristine 4K titles, with the greatest films from all major Hollywood studios, as well as compelling titles from many boutique studios.

For your clients who have a Premiere system, a Cinema One, or an Alto movie player, Strato S is a perfect opportunity to help them enjoy the benefits of the latest audio and video technologies. Kaleidescape is now offering special incentives for our valued customers to migrate to our flagship products, and you can also take advantage of the new factory download service for content purchased from the Kaleidescape Movie Store.

Contact Sound & Vision today for more information.