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Birmingham Whole House Audio & Video Systems

At Birmingham Whole House Audio & Video Systems, we provide consumers with professional TV installations, Home Theater/Surround Sound and Surveillance systems.

We'll help you get started on your dream home theater for less than you think. You'll be able to easily access all of your movies, control all of your theater components with just one remote, dim the lights, you name it! So let our experts guide you in planning and designing a truly integrated room that fits your needs.

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Birmingham Whole House Audio & Video Systems offer a wide range of services from simple wall mounting of plasma’s and LCD TVs to entire whole house automation, music and TV systems.

Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, Whole House Audio & Video Systems has designed innovative, award-winning multi-room audio/video and home control systems including the complete system for the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center and at the beginning of the Apollo space program, designed and built the communication system for NASA. Over 40 Years Serving Birmingham.
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Whether you want a home theater system for your Family Room with custom built in speakers, or a fully designed and installed Media Room, Birmingham Whole House Audio & Video Systems will assist you with your dream project. Birmingham Whole House Audio & Video Systems will design the perfect home theater system for every room.

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When investing in audio video equipment it is just that, an investment, and when investing your money in this quality equipment you’ll feel safer knowing your products are protected. At Home Concepts we work with a nationally recognized security company to make sure your products are safe, whether it’s motion detectors in accessible areas, or a in depth monitoring system we make sure your investment is safe.

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With Central Vacuum System, you will enjoy home cleaning convenience and powerful, yet quiet, cleaning performance throughout your home. Additionally, the advanced cleaning technology of central vacuum system improves your indoor air quality up to 52%. If controlling allergy symptoms is important to your family, the built-in system can deliver as much as 61% allergy reduction benefits.

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Taking advantage of the expertise of Birmingham Whole House Audio & Video Systems' professionals, a lighting designer can achieve the exact look for each area with one press of a button. By using incandescent and LED lighting, a home can add color to under-bench-top, stair treads and Theater lighting features to a home.

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Birmingham Whole House Audio & Video Systems is a full service automation company. We have extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of home automation for over 40 years. Multi-room solutions are not complex nor are they boys toys but rather a way of getting all your electronic equipment organized and controlled by one simple user friendly solution that enhances your lifestyle and takes away the hassle of ever day chores.

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    Modern home audio/video systems seem to keep getting more sophisticated. They offer a lot of great convenience features, as well as superb performance. Electronics are popping up in every room of the house, and it takes the right gear to tie it all together. Distributed audio systems are easy if you get your parts from the right source.

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    Lifetime Warranty on all Provided Services! In addition to offering these and other fine products, we provide installation with a lifetime warranty on our services! We will install your provided equipment. Let us prove to you that you can get Great Customer Service in the Birmingham area.

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    You May Call Anytime 24-7. You can have your system installed in a few days after calling. There will be no long wait. We work 24-7, so we do your job in a timely and professional manner. We will visit you for estimates on weekends or nights.

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Feb5
Can You Hear Me Now? Advancements in Home Theater Audio
Can You Hear Me Now? Advancements in Home Theater Audio

It’s been a while since the consumer electronics industry has had anything exciting to talk about when it comes to home theater audio. Video has dominated headlines for years as Birmingham Whole House Audio & Video Systems seen resolution, contrast ratios, pixel counts and many others display technologies make advancements. So it’s with some excitement that we have seen our first real progression in home theater audio since the invention of 5.1 surround sound.

Surround sound’s first documented use was Disney’s 1940 failed experiment with “Flight of the Bumblebee” in the movie Fantasia. Although unsuccessful, it represented the first step in multichannel sound. During the 1950’s the Europeans had several ground-breaking experiments in sound channel separation, but it wasn't until 1978 when Max Bell at Dolby Laboratories implemented “split-surround” for the movie Superman. The first formal deployment in cinema of 3 channels in the front and 2 in the rear came shortly after with the release of Apocalypse Now. Dolby Digital was first used in 1992 with the release of Batman Returns where the audio was optically recorded at a consistent bit rate and once decoded provided 5.1 audio. There have since been many variations of Dolby Digital using separate channels of audio with some form of matrix audio processing to create different surround sound technologies. The commercial theater has always been the driving factor for advancements in surround sound and it wasn't until the late 1990’s that these technologies starting making their way into the home with the laserdisc release of Clear and Present Danger being the first available for the consumer.

Historically in the home, 5.1 and 7.1 audio (and their many variations) work in a single horizontal plane. While providing an engaging audio presentation, home theater designers have always been challenged with speaker layout since audio was sent to different channels (i.e. speakers) rather than a completely immersive experience. Even though it’s limiting, Birmingham Whole House Audio & Video Systems has had a lot of fun over the years bringing the full cinema experience home…and it’s about to get a whole lot better.

In 2012, Dolby introduced the world to Atmos surround technology with Pixar’s animated movie Brave at its theater in Hollywood California. For the first time since the creation of surround sound this new technology allows for multidimensional audio on an unlimited number of tracks providing optimal rendering based on the theater design and capabilities. With the addition of more speakers, audio engineers have developed a process, in conjunction with new hardware, which works in real-time directing audio to locations in the room which extends beyond speaker placement. The result is a home theater experience which is very natural and fully engaging.

Humans hear in all directions and the concept of sending audio to channels has been limited. Dolby Atmos uses audio objects to overcome previous home theater limitations and provide the listener with a truly immersive three-dimensional sound. The key to an Atmos theater is going beyond the horizontal plane by add overhead audio. The good news is existing 5.1 and 7.1 home theater systems do not have to be redesigned. Replacing an existing receiver with an Atmos AVR and adding overhead speakers is all it takes to get started and the number of speakers added directly relates to the increased precision of the audio objects. If adding speakers overhead is not possible, thanks to Dolby’s psychoacoustics knowledge, the audio can be reflected off the ceiling resulting in the desired overhead sound.

Earlier this year, Transformers – Age of Extinction was the first blu-ray to be released with Dolby Atmos. Several more titles will be available before the end of the year and 2015 will see many more titles available. There are already a number of home theater receivers available taking advantage of Dolby Atmos. It’s definitely worth a trip to your local cinemaplex to experience Dolby Atmos firsthand and then decide if it’s something that makes sense in your home theater (hint: it makes perfect sense).

Historically, home theaters have always presented a number of design challenges and adding Dolby Atmos is no different. Fortunately, this new technology provides a number of great options to bring this amazing opportunity to any movie lover. Here are a couple of tips as you are preparing for your home theater upgrade:

You can purchase Atmos add-on speakers to compliment your existing speaker system

Flat ceilings, rather than vaulted or angled, are best if you choose to reflect floor speakers

If possible, four overhead speakers are the recommended starting point

If you have low ceilings, it is recommended to reflect floor speakers rather than use in-ceiling speakers

If your application limits you to two speakers, it is recommended to reflect the audio from floor speakers

Existing HDMI specifications (v1.4 and later) are compatible with Atmos

Of course, you can always contact Birmingham Whole House Audio & Video Systems for expert advice regarding Dolby Atmos. Our technology advisers and system engineers are more than happy to assist you in creating the best in-home theater possible!

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