Home Entertainment Must-haves for the Holidays!

When the family gathers during the holidays, or even after a busy week, it can be a relaxing activity to watch a movie in theatre-like conditions; this is when a modern home theater system would come into play.

Home Theater’s popularity has exploded.

Over the past two years, several factors have contributed to the skyrocketing popularity of home theaters and media rooms. First, with the temporary closing of cinemas and the rise of streaming services, many have turned to their home entertainment systems. Second, a switch to a “rent a movie” model has encouraged families to invest in a home entertainment system to enjoy movies easily at their leisure.

In the unpredictable world today, a budget that may have been reserved for dining out or a round of drinks is now often used as a quest for a new, high-quality television or a sound system that will offer the best viewing experience.

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Sonos Audio Gear Gets Even Better With Latest Update

A recent update has made Sonos’ audio gear even better.

The latest update of the Sonos S2 app is now available to all home users, adding new features, including DTS Digital Surround support. If automatic updates are not enabled in the Sonos app, you can install new features by going to Settings > System > System Updates > Check for Updates in the in-app System Settings menu.

The “Hollywood at home” trend continues to dominate the world, with the number of films debuting on streaming services tripling in the past year. In consideration, DTS Digital Surround decoding has been added to Sonos devices to ensure that all content sounds incredible.

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The New Sonos Beam is Elevating Home Theater to a New Level.

The second generation of Sonos’ most popular products, the Beam soundbar, has been updated to support Dolby Atmos.

Following the debut in early October, we had the chance to try out the new product, which may not seem like much of an improvement at first glance, but it can really take home theater viewing to a new level in the right circumstances.

In mid-September, Sonos unveiled the second generation of the Beam soundbar, which looks almost identical to its predecessor. It has changed under the hood that makes it Dolby Atmos compatible.

It’s still a step behind the Sonos Arc, but it’s an ideal choice for those who want more than just the sound of a TV and want a system that can be expanded later.

The front grille is now made of polycarbonate (instead of the previous fabric), which helps to provide a better sound experience.

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Quick Overview of the New Sony Bravia XR-55A90JA OLED TV

In the last ten plus years, we tested a fair number of TVs from various manufacturers. You may be impressed by the most recent televisions from LG, Samsung, and Sony. Maybe you’re considering a new TV for $5,000, $8,000, or even $10,000. Yes, these TVs are stunning and offer a ton of features that you can’t find anywhere else. But if you’re on a budget, then you may want to look into something a little more affordable. Let’s explore the new Sony Bravia XR A90J 2021 models and see if it’s up to the task.

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Home Networking and Streaming

Eliminate Home Network Bottlenecks for Better Streaming

Streaming Media and Home Networking

Currently, video and audio streaming is the top way which people use to consume content. But streaming content is only effective if your home network is strong enough. Generally, streaming usually puts any home network through intense strain. The effect is even more noticeable in case there are multiple users on the same network.

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Sonos One Review by Data Wire Solutions of Westchester NY

Sonos One Review: Great Sound From an Alexa Powered Smart Speaker.

Many audiophiles and casual listeners are already familiar with the Sonos range of speakers, not only for their snazzy names but also for their incredible quality in both sound and build.

It’s no surprise that the new Sonos one received lots of attention before its refresh. But the question lingering on most people’s mind is, does it live up to all the hype?

With the advent of wireless home speakers and worthy competition from tech giants like Apple’s Homepod and Google’s Home MAX, the Sonos One may have to deliver much more than just impressive sound from a compact build. Read more

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Upgrade Your Home with an Entertainment Room

One of the most rewarding home improvement projects is creating an entertainment room for both your family and your guests.

While in the past this was seen as something only the rich and famous can afford, now anybody with little extra space and time can install one.

Some people may be able to add a brand new entertainment room to their home, while others may need to go with a remodeling route to transform an existing space. Read more

Outdoor Entertainment System Guide - Data Wire Solutions Westchester New York

Get Your Outdoor Entertainment System Ready For The Summer

Spring is on its way, and so is the warmer weather!

How do you plan to use that outdoor space at your Westchester home?

Maybe a BBQ or two, throwing a party, having a few guests over or just the family. Anyway, you choose to use it; we can help you make it more fun.

At Data Wire Solutions here in Westchester, NY, we can help supply your outdoor space with the audio, video, security and connectivity to turn a backyard, deck or patio into an extension of your home. Read more

AV Receiver Setup Guide

How to Setup Your Shiny New Home Theater Receiver in 9 Easy Steps.

So, you got a home theater system? Awesome! Listening to music, playing video games or watching movies on a home theater system can be both magical and exciting. The most important thing when it comes to having a quality home theater is not only spending huge sums on buying it; properly setting it up is just as important. We will provide a step-by-step guide on how to best set up a home theater receiver.

How long will this take?

Actually, it doesn’t require long hours to set up a home theater receiver. To set it up perfectly, you’ll need about an hour in most cases.

What you need to get started

Before we go further, here is a list of what you’ll require

· Speakers

· Speaker wire

· A string or tape to measuring wire runs

· Wire cutters

· Speaker connectors

· HDMI and A/V cables

Planning:

Take note of the parts you will connect to the receiver (such as cable/satellite boxes, gaming consoles, Blu-ray players and Wii). Don’t stress yourself much on where to place your speakers, because receivers come with automatic speaker calibration, making it easier to get the perfect sound even if the speaker is not perfectly placed. Read more

4 Questions to Ask Yourself before Installing a Wired Whole House Audio System

The days when people listened to music using 2.1 speakers or single speakers in their living room are almost over. These days, pretty much everyone seems to be upgrading his or her home audio system to something more fun and special – whole house system. Whole house audio systems have the ability provide audio in more than one room simultaneously. The installation process of such a system is not too hard; however, you must have definite answers to these 4 questions before beginning installation:

1. How many rooms does the system need to cover?

Essentially, this question is the most important one you need to tackle. Having the right answer to this question is absolutely crucial to take further steps. Do you want to listen to music only in your living room and your bedroom? Or, is it important for you to hum along with your favorite song in the kitchen, too? Do you like to listen to songs while bathing? If yes, then you may want to dedicate one speaker in your bathroom. Depending on your budget and needs, you can decide to cover only a few rooms with speakers or you can cover every corner of the house. Read more