Monthly Archives: January 2010

Home Theater Installation Tips

I am a home theater installer for the past 10+ years, and I have been in business for 15+ years.  I have been with some of the biggest names in the industry.  I am continually asked about quality of installations, and I have some tips for you so that you won’t be taken advantage of, or improperly installed.

  1. Don’t let the technician make all of the decisions about your installation.  Make sure they know what you want overall.
  2. Don’t let the technician talk you into doing your electrical work unless they are licensed electricians.  (If there is any problems you want to be fully covered.)
  3. Size means everything.  Don’t get too big, or too small of a tv.
  4. Front speakers need to be to the left, and right of a tv, and not at the ceiling.
  5. The center channel needs to be under the tv, and not above.
  6. Subwoofer should be at the back of a room, and not the front.
  7. Try to get a Advanced Learning Remote Control.  They make it so you only need 1 remote for everything.

Systems that are all contained in 1 speaker bar are not true surround sound.  Avoid these at all costs.

Systems with speakers that must be wired to the subwoofer should also be avoided.  These are not systems that perform in comparison to a system with a receiver head, and individual speakers.

Systems like the Bose, and other All-In-One home theater units do not have the capability of multiple inputs, so you can’t tie all of your equipment into one system without major additional costs.

“In my opinion Bose is highly overrated, and the sound will never compete with a real surround sound system.”

I would recommend either Sony, or Onkyo.  Both names have a very good receiver unit, and they can be connected to almost any speakers.

This review is based on opinion, and should be treated as such.

Back To Business

Now that I am no longer with Sony I have put my full attention into my business once again.  I have found that it is hard to run a business when you are working another job, and this is why I am back to business as usual.  In the past I would take a customers call, and write the information on a calendar so I would easily know what I would be doing from day to day.  Recently I found the need to look into project management software.  This is the kind of software that could make my job easier.

I have never used this type of software in the past because I am very efficient in paperwork, and bookkeeping.  I don’t want to lose control of my business again, so I think that it is time that I make some major changes in how I have done things in the past.  I got to where I am because of the customer service levels that I give to ALL of my customers.  Everyone gets treated equally.

I have been doing computers, tvs, and more for @ 15+ years, and my business is still running.  It may not be running as strong as I would want, but the economy isn’t helping that much.  I do not have the option of allowing my business to fail, so 100% of my efforts go into it with each, and every customer I encounter.

I started with computers, and moved into home theaters.  From there I branched into security cameras.  I am a Authorized Sirius, and DirecTV dealer.  If you are in New Jersey, and need a reliable technician, then please feel free to let me know if you need any questions answered.

Have you ever tried to run a business, and had it fail?  What was the cause?

Cancer Isn’t Newsworthy Anymore?

In todays day, and age you read about all sorts of lawsuits that are going on.  Some have to do with injuries, and some have to do with other things.  Everyone is out to get a fast buck no matter who is actually at fault.   The things that you don’t read about are lawsuits dealing with cancer from asbestos.  This is known as Mesothelioma.  These people deserve to receive money for what has happened.    Back some time ago I remember reading about these cases on almost a daily basis.  Well, that is not true anymore.

This is from the National Cancer Institute… “Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum.”

Being as it is more than possible for it to become a malignant mesothelioma I would have thought there would be more of these lawsuits in the public eye.  I would have thought this because people want to prove things to the workplace that this happened in so that it doesn’t happen again, and also for some sort of payment because most people with mesothelioma will never get rid of it.

I feel bad for people that have cancer, no matter what type.  Cancer is something that is plaguing our world.