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(707) 515-0820

Serving Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties including Rohnert Park, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati and Guerneville

Services include Energy Monitoring, Home Automation, Home Theater Systems & Media Rooms, Lighting Control Systems, Phone & Internet Networks, Universal Remote Controls, Whole House Audio Systems. Brands include Control4, Denon, Elk, Epson...
License 866829 | DCID7079381890
(707) 992-5999

Serving the Bay Area

Services include home theater systems, home audio systems, telecommunication services and home automation. Brands include Control4 Home, Denon, Stewart Screens and Samsung...
License 754843 | DCID7075428450
(707) 219-8310

Serving all of Sonoma County including Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Windsor, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati and Guerneville.

Services include Hi-Fi Audio, Home & Business Automation, Home Theater & Electronic Systems, Lighting Control & Shading Solutions, Media Distribution, Surveillance & Security Systems. Brands include Apple, Arcam, Crestron, Elan,...
License 904678 | DCID7074339199
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Why Trust Diamond Certified Home Theater and Automation Companies Rated Highest in Quality?

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You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a home theater and automation company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified home theater and automation contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated

You are the customer. If your goal is to choose a home theater and automation company that will deliver high customer satisfaction and quality, you’ll feel confident in choosing a Diamond Certified home theater and automation contractor. Each has been rated Highest in Quality in the most accurate ratings process anywhere. And you’re always backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Here’s why the Diamond Certified ratings and certification process will help you find a top-rated home automation and home theater company and is unparalleled in its accuracy, rigor and usefulness:

1) Accuracy: All research is performed by live telephone interviews that verify only real customers are surveyed, so you'll never be fooled by fake reviews.

2) Statistical Reliability: A large random sample of past customers is surveyed on an ongoing basis so the research results you see truly reflect a Diamond Certified company’s top-rated status.

3) Full Disclosure: By clicking the name of a company above you'll see the exact rating results in charts and read verbatim survey responses as well as researched articles on each qualified company.

4) Guaranteed: Your purchase is backed up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee, so you can choose with confidence.

Click on the name of a Diamond Certified company above to read ratings results, researched articles and verbatim customer survey responses to help you make an informed decision.

More than 200,000 customers of local companies have been interviewed in live telephone calls, and only companies that score Highest in Quality in customer satisfaction–a 90+ on a 100 scale–as well as pass all of the credential-based ratings earn Diamond Certified. By requiring such a high score to qualify, the Diamond Certified program eliminates mediocre and poorly performing companies. Read detailed information about the ratings and certification process.

How to Choose
Choosing a Sonoma County Home Theater Installer and Home Automation Company
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Look for a Sonoma County home theater and automation company that will design your home theater and automation to include all the features that you want. Many happy homeowners have had their home theater and automation systems designed by a Sonoma County home theater and automation company. They take all of the things that matter into consideration and create just the right home theater and automation system for you....

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Look for a Sonoma County home theater and automation company that will design your home theater and automation to include all the features that you want. Many happy homeowners have had their home theater and automation systems designed by a Sonoma County home theater and automation company. They take all of the things that matter into consideration and create just the right home theater and automation system for you.

You want to know that you are hiring true professionals who will give you quality results and good customer service that you want. Research is important because it enables you to hire the perfect home theater and automation company for you. It is the key to finding and hiring the best home theater and automation company in Sonoma County.

You probably don't even know where to begin when it comes to hiring a good Sonoma County home theater and automation company. You want to know that your new home theater and automation is the right one for you. How do you begin this search for a Sonoma County home theater and automation company? Research is the answer and will help you make an informed decision that will save you time and money.

Information About a Home Theater and Automation Company in Sonoma County
It can be a bit overwhelming when you begin looking at all of the high tech choices for your new home theater and automation system. It is important for you to understand the terms and technology that is used for home theaters and automation.

A good home theater and automation company in Sonoma County in the cities of Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati and Guerneville will make sure that you understand the terminology and what your equipment is for, how it works and what can be done with all of it. Not only do you want a new home theater with automation but you want to know how to use your system as soon as it is installed!

Visit several home theater and automation companies to get ideas for your own system. You will gain knowledge about home theater and automation and learn about the actual work. Most companies have a display so you can demo what is available. Notice if the staff is attentive and if the office is neat. The way a business is managed will tell you much about the service that company will deliver.

Finding a certified home theater and automation company shouldn't be overwhelming. Diamond Certified home theater and automation companies have made it easy and done all the work for you. You can be sure that you are hiring a trustworthy home theater and automation company when you hire a Diamond Certified home theater and automation company.

The best home theater and automation companies know the importance of having a good rapport with their customers. If there is any area of the home theater and automation installation that you need more knowledge about, your Diamond Certified company will do everything they can to educate you. A Sonoma County home theater and automation company worth hiring will take time to educate you about the options that are available so you can make an informed decision. They will also take into account your requirements, needs and budget.

Diamond Certified home theater and automation companies don't just enter your house and install the equipment. Many components must be analyzed before the work is even begun. Your needs and expectations will be taken into account. Equipment must be matched with your needs and budget. One of the most important pre-installation jobs is figuring out the wiring schematics. All of these jobs are time consuming. Installation won't occur until everything is ready to go.

However, a qualified and experienced Sonoma County home theater and automation company in the cities of Sonoma, Cloverdale, Sebastopol, Cotati and Guerneville can save you time and money.

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Know What You Want
Think Before Hiring a Sonoma County Home Theater and Automation Company

Carefully consider what you are looking for in home theater and automation. Make a list of the details you want in your home theater and automation system.

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Carefully consider what you are looking for in home theater and automation. Make a list of the details you want in your home theater and automation system.

Here are some questions that you may want to ask:

  • Do I want a Diamond Certified home theater installation company that is rated best in quality and backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee?
  • What personal and professional characteristics would I like my Sonoma County home theater and automation company to have such as good communication skills, timeliness, honesty, integrity, and reliability?
  • Am I looking for the best home theater and automation company that will have complete responsibility for the project rather than hire sub-contractors to complete part of the installation?
  • Can this company integrate with other contractors that may be involved such as an architect, designer or carpenter?
  • Am I planning on living in this house over the long-term or will it be used as rental property?
  • Are there any changes or repairs I need to make to the house before the home theater and automation company begins their work?
  • What is my budget for a new home theater or home automation system?
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What to Ask on the Phone
What to Ask on the Phone With a Sonoma County Home Theater Contractor and Home Automation Company

Use a list of prepared questions as your interview local home theater and automation companies in Sonoma County. This will enable you to stay focused during your interview and you will be able to compare answers from each company more satisfactorily. It also may become clear which Sonoma County home theater and automation company is the best choice for you.

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Use a list of prepared questions as your interview local home theater and automation companies in Sonoma County. This will enable you to stay focused during your interview and you will be able to compare answers from each company more satisfactorily. It also may become clear which Sonoma County home theater and automation company is the best choice for you.

Questions you may want to ask include:

  • Has your home theater / home automation company earned and maintained a Diamond Certified rating?
  • Do you hire any subcontractors for any of the work?
  • How long have you been installing home theaters and automation in Sonoma County?
  • Who will be the person in charge of my project?
  • How many home theater and automation systems have you installed?
  • How are your workers trained for installing home theater and automation systems?
  • Do you stay personally on-site while the work is being completed?
  • What guaranties and warranties do you offer?
  • Do you carry liability and workers' compensation insurance?
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What to Ask in Person
Questions to Ask When Speaking with Home Theater and Home Automation Companies in Sonoma County
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Once you have decided on a few of the best Sonoma County home theater and home automation companies, visit a few of these in person to meet their representative.

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Once you have decided on a few of the best Sonoma County home theater and home automation companies, visit a few of these in person to meet their representative.

Questions you might want to ask include these:

  • Will you provide a written or a verbal estimate for the home theater system / home automation system I want?
  • What kind of warranty or guarantee do you offer on the home theater and home automation systems you provide?
  • What does your home theater system / home automoation system warranty cover?
  • Can you provide us with 10 recent references?
  • Do you hire any subcontractors for any of the work?
  • Are you fully insured?
  • How many home theater and automation systems have you completed in Sonoma County?
  • Will you provide a written contract?
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What to Ask References
Questions for References of Local Home Theater and Automation Companies

It's best to choose a Diamond Certified home theater and automation company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a home theater and automation company in Sonoma County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies....

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It's best to choose a Diamond Certified home theater and automation company because all certified companies have passed an in-depth ratings process that most other companies can't pass. If you want quality from a home theater and automation company in Sonoma County, you can have confidence choosing a Diamond Certified company. Diamond Certified reports are available online for all certified companies.

And you'll never be fooled by fake reviews. That's because all research is performed in live telephone interviews of actual customers.

If you can't find a Diamond Certified home theater and automation company within reach, you'll have to do some research on your own. If you do, it's wise to call some references provided by your home theater and automation. Keep in mind, though, that references provided to you by the home theater and automation company are not equal in value to the large random sample of customers surveyed during the Diamond Certified ratings process.

That's because references given to customers from companies are cherry-picked instead of randomly selected from all their customers. So the contractors will likely give you a few customers to call that they know are satisfied.

If you do call references on your own, specifically ask for a list of the company's 10 most recent customers. This will help avoid them giving you the names of only customers they know were satisfied.

  • Are you happy with your home theater and automation system?
  • Can you operate your home theater and automation system easily?
  • Did the installer respond to any requests you made?
  • If you could do things differently on the installation or components, would you and how?
  • Would you recommend this home theater and automation company to your friends and family?
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Review Your Options
Find the Best Home Theater and Home Automation Company in Sonoma County for Your Project
The Diamond Certified symbol has been awarded to companies that scored Highest in Quality in an accurate ratings process.

Your choice of a home theater and automation company is an important decision so take your time.

Before deciding on the best home theater and automation company in Sonoma County for you, it's important to consider the following questions....

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Your choice of a home theater and automation company is an important decision so take your time.

Before deciding on the best home theater and automation company in Sonoma County for you, it's important to consider the following questions.

  • What does this Sonoma County home theater and home automation company offer that is specific to what I need?
  • Do I feel satisfied with the planned set up of the home theater and the automation?
  • Does this company offer instruction in learning to operate the home theater and automation system?
  • Is this estimate for a home theater and automation system in my budget?
  • Can the home theater and automation company in Sonoma County meet your needs when it comes to scheduling, customer service and experience?
  • Does the home theater and automation company offer a written warranty to back up their work?
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How to Work With
Review and Assess Your Home Theater and Automation Company in Sonoma County

Putting in a new home theater and automation system is an investment. Plan your budget so you know how much you can spend. After you have found a Sonoma County home theater and automation company that you can trust, you will have peace of mind having your home theater and automation system installed.

First, meet with the home theater and automation company and outline what you would like included in your system. Using the notes you have taken, accurately describe any concerns and questions you may have. Be very detailed and don't be in a hurry....

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Putting in a new home theater and automation system is an investment. Plan your budget so you know how much you can spend. After you have found a Sonoma County home theater and automation company that you can trust, you will have peace of mind having your home theater and automation system installed.

First, meet with the home theater and automation company and outline what you would like included in your system. Using the notes you have taken, accurately describe any concerns and questions you may have. Be very detailed and don't be in a hurry.

It is as important for you to hear their suggestions and observations as it is for them to hear you. You need to completely comprehend the plan for your home theater and automation system and any potential problems.

Be sure to get all estimates in writing before any work begins. The estimate should include an itemized list of the cost of the supplies and the labor. Don't ever sign a blank estimate.

A Contract with a Sonoma County Home Theater and Automation Company
When you feel satisfied with the information and estimate you have received from your Sonoma County home theater and automation company, you are ready to sign the contract. Your home theater and automation company should make you feel relaxed about the installation.

If there is anything you don't understand about the electronics or any other aspect of the home theater and automation system, they will be willing to take the time to teach you. Make sure that they have a phone number where you can be reached.

If the actual costs exceed the original amount of the estimate, the home theater and automation company must get your approval before moving ahead.

Getting Your Home Ready for your Home Theater and Automation Company
Professional home theater and automation companies are able to handle all of the aspects of their work. However, there are some things that you can do to prepare for them and to make their progress in your home theater and automation installation go more smoothly. Doing these things may even cut down on their labor costs and can keep your home and belongings from being damaged.

Remove any furniture or movable items from the area where they will be working to install your home theater and automation system. Before they begin work on your home theater and automation, remove all of the objects that may be in the way.

Provide parking space and room for their work vehicles. Contact your home theater and automation company before they begin the installation and ask them how many parking spaces they need and how much room they need for any of their equipment. It is also helpful to walk through the area where they will be working so any hazards or clearance issues can be pointed out before the actual installation of your home theater and automation begins.

Keep your pets and children away from the area. Your home theater and automation company will be focused on installing your equipment and should not have to watch out for your pets or children at any time. This not only prevents accidents and injury but also any expense that comes from accidents that may happen because of children and pets being in the way.

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Be a Good Customer
Be a Good Home Theater and Automation Customer

It's the home theater and automation company's responsibility put in quality home theater and automation using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your home theater and automation, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Sonoma County home theater and automation company....

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It's the home theater and automation company's responsibility put in quality home theater and automation using the best possible installation techniques. But you play a big part in the success of your home theater and automation, too. Here are a few simple steps you can take to be a good customer when hiring a Sonoma County home theater and automation company.

  • Be clear and upfront with the home theater and automation company. Let them know what you want from your home theater and automation company, the long-term outcome you're expecting and specific ways they can satisfy your expectations.
  • Be sure your service representative has a phone number where they can reach you at all times while they're installing your home theater and automation. The work will move along more smoothly if your home theater and automation company can reach you for any necessary updates, questions or work authorizations.
  • Ask your home theater and automation company if you should call to check on the progress or if he will call you with updates.
  • When your contractor contacts you, return calls promptly to keep the home theater and automation company on schedule.
  • Pay for the home theater and automation work promptly.
  • Remember, a friendly smile goes a long way!
  • Before you hire a home theater and automation company in Sonoma County, restate your expectations and goals, and reiterate to the home theater and automation representative your understanding of the agreement. Most problems with local home theater and automation companies occur because of a breakdown in communication. By being clear about your expectations and theirs, you can avoid most conflicts.

Why would you want to be a good customer? Home theater and automation companies in Sonoma County appreciate customers who are straightforward, honest and easy to work with. Your good customer behavior sets the tone from your end and creates an environment conducive to a good relationship. Things may very well go smoother and any problems may be more easily resolved.

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Check the Work
Check the Work for Your Completed Home Theater and Automation Installation

When your home theater and automation is complete, most companies will give you a written invoice that details the completed work.

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When your home theater and automation is complete, most companies will give you a written invoice that details the completed work.

This invoice usually includes:

  • The home automation and home theater system company's name and physical address.
  • Any applicable warrantees or guarantees provided by manufacturers or the company.
  • An itemized list of all the supplies purchased.
  • The total cost for supplies, including the amount due for labor.
  • A list of all services performed.

It is wise to compare the completed work with the written invoice. Ask your contractor to walk through your home with you and show you the completed home theater and automation. Check the work with the invoice. During the walk-through, ask if there are any special instructions for maintaining your new home theater and automation.

If you have any questions about the work or equipment, now is the time to ask.

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Written Warranties
Get Written Warranties for Your New Home Theater and Home Automation System
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Most good home theater and automation companies will offer warranties on the home theater and automation systems and materials that are used. All details of the warranty should be provided to you in writing.

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Most good home theater and automation companies will offer warranties on the home theater and automation systems and materials that are used. All details of the warranty should be provided to you in writing.

This should include:

  • The home automation company's name and physical address.
  • If the warranties are transferrable to the new owner if you sell your home.
  • Your responsibility if you place a warranty claim (i.e., if you have to pay for labor or materials, or if you are required to pay a prorated amount).
  • Terms, limitations and exclusions on the materials and workmanship.
  • What products and parts of the home theater and automation system are covered. This should also include whether the company will replace or repair your home theater and automation equipment in the event of a product failure.
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Top 10 Requests
Popular Sonoma County Home Theater Systems and Home Automation Services

The more common requests for home theater and automation in Sonoma County include:

Intercoms
Intercoms are another system that allows for greater security. Intercoms and other door answering systems allow you to talk to visitors before they enter the premises and to communicate from room to room in your home....

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The more common requests for home theater and automation in Sonoma County include:

Intercoms
Intercoms are another system that allows for greater security. Intercoms and other door answering systems allow you to talk to visitors before they enter the premises and to communicate from room to room in your home.

Home Automation Kits
Home automation kits are available as a more inexpensive way to begin home automation. You can choose various kits for lighting, security systems, and home theater. These kits give you all that you need to start your home automation system including detailed instructions.

Switches
Home automation switches can remotely control your lights and appliances. Switches can remotely dim and control lights and also turn appliances on or off.

Wireless Remote Controls
Wireless remote controls can control lights, appliances and home theater equipment.

Automation Module
Automation modules control your lights and appliances by remote. Lights, stereos, sprinkler systems, appliances and garage doors can be controlled by remote with an automation module.

Home Theater and Entertainment
Home theater and entertainment uses a screen and projector or high end DVD player and television to recreate "going to the movies." Amplifiers and surround sound add to the overall experience.

Plug In Controllers
Plug in controllers allow you to immediately control appliances and lights in your home by just plugging them into an outlet. You can use your cell phone to turn on lights or even turn on the heater.

Automation Software
Automation software is a computer based software that allows you to control appliances and lights from your computer. Lights and appliances can be programmed to turn on and off at certain times or to activate a motion sensor.

Home Automation Starter
A home automation starter will allow you to control a few of your appliances and lights etc., from anywhere in your home. You may want to start with a basic and add to this.

Motion Sensors
Motion sensors control appliances and lights by motion. Lights can be programmed to turn on when someone walks in the room. Appliances can also be programmed to turn on with motion. Motion sensors are also popular for attics, porches, garages, and basements.

Popular Home Automation and Home Theater Brands in Sonoma County
The top requests for home theater and home automation systems in Sonoma County are listed below.

  • Bose Home Audio Systems
  • Sony Home Theater Systems
  • Action Home Automation
  • Dynex Home Audio System
  • Onkyo Home Audio System
  • Pioneer Audio Home Theater Systems
  • Samsung Home Theater System
  • Smarthome Home Automation Systems
  • ELAN Home Systems
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If Things Go Wrong
The Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee for New Home Automation and Home Theater Systems

Diamond Certified home automation system and home theater contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the company you've hired is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138....

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Diamond Certified home automation system and home theater contractors are backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. If the company you've hired is Diamond Certified and you can't resolve the issue by talking with the owner, contact the mediation department at info@diamondcertified.org or call 800-738-1138.

Ending Conflict with a Sonoma County Home Theater and Automation Company
Most projects go well, especially when you carefully choose a qualified home theater and automation company from your area of Sonoma County who has a history of customer satisfaction. Most home theater and automation companies are honest and really do look out for their customers' best interests.

However, it is important for you to know what to do if you are ever dissatisfied with your home theater and automation company.

If you have a complaint or concern about your new home theater and automation, ask to speak with the manager immediately. This is often the best way to resolve your problems directly and minimize conflict.

What should you do if something goes wrong in spite of your best efforts. Follow these steps below to resolve your problem quickly.

  • Explain the problem, and detail what you see as a fair outcome.
  • Know your rights.
  • Remain calm and polite.
  • Let your home theater and automation company know that you're willing to compromise or negotiate a mutually-beneficial agreement.

Document in writing your concerns with the home theater and automation company. Write down the home theater and automation company's response to your complaints in case you need records for future arbitration.

If you can't reach an agreement, tell the home theater and automation company you are going to file a complaint with the CSLB and do so.

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Glossary of Terms
Glossary of Terms for Home Theater and Home Automation System Contractors
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absorption
Absorption is the reducing of acoustical energy.

audio codec 3
Audio codec 3 is an encoding system that compresses digitally into a single bitstream.

Also known as: Dolby Digital, AC3

academy curve
Academy curve minimizes noise with an intended roll-off in the system's playback. In old movies this keeps the sound from being unpleasant....

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absorption
Absorption is the reducing of acoustical energy.

audio codec 3
Audio codec 3 is an encoding system that compresses digitally into a single bitstream.

Also known as: Dolby Digital, AC3

academy curve
Academy curve minimizes noise with an intended roll-off in the system's playback. In old movies this keeps the sound from being unpleasant.

acoustic suspension
Acoustic suspension is an enclosure in a sealed speaker that uses trapped air to help control the woofer.

Advanced Television Systems Committee
Advanced Television Systems Committee is a committee that is directed by the government. The ATSC developed the digital television transmission system.

Also known as: ATSC

amplifier
Amplifier is a component that increases an audio signal's level.

attenuate
Attentuate is to reduce or turn down.

bass
Bass is low frequencies below 200 Hz.

boost
Boost is to increase sound to make it brighter or louder.

brightness
Brightness is the control that makes your image brighter. In audio, brightness refers to having too much treble.

compact disc
A compact disc is a disc which allows you to digitally format with 74 to 80 minutes of recording.

Also known as: CD

controller
Controller is a handheld wireless remote or a processor or receiver.

Also known as: wireless remote

damping
Damping is the controlling of vibration by means of an electrical or mechanical device.

dynamic range
Dynamic range is the difference between the lowest and highest levels. In audio, this is decibels and in videos, this is contrast ratio.

heat, ventilation and air conditioning automation systems
Heat, ventilation and air conditioning are systems that can be controlled by remote receivers or computers.

Also known as: HVAC

house master keypad
House master keypad is a device that is installed to allow control all of the automation. It also communicates with room keypads.

individual dimmer
Individual dimmer allows for dimming in individual rooms or areas.

infrared
Infrared is a frequency of light that is invisible. Television and audio video equipment often utilize infrared remote controls.

infrared connecting block
Infrared connecting block is mounted on a wall and allows one to connect emitters by small plug-in jacks.

Also known as: infrared connecting blocks

infrared emitter
Infrared emitter sends out an infrared light which is sent by a remote control.

Also known as: infrared emitters

infrared receiver
Infrared receiver receives infrared signals which is then sent from a room to an appliance allowing you to control it.

Also known as: infrared receivers

macro
Macro is a group of commands that are executed in order sequentially.

microphones
Microphones are used with voice recognition to capture voices.

Also known as: mixers

power line carrier
Power line carrier allows devices to communicate through the existing power line wiring. Signals are sent and received through the wiring.

Also known as: PLC, professional lighting control

power supply
Power supply is a device that plugs in to convert to a lower voltage which is used for electronic components.

preset dimmer
Preset dimmer allows you to control a room with multiple dimmers which are controlled by one keypad.

recordable compact disc
Recordable compact disc is a disc which is recordable.

Also known as: CD-R

room master keypad
Room master keypad is a keypad that controls a room for lighting. They will control local dimmers and sp
eeds of fans.

voice recognition software
Voice recognition software is software for home automation that allows you to control by voice command.

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Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ About Home Theater Systems and Home Automation Systems

Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified home theater and automation company?...

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Q: Why choose a Diamond Certified home theater and automation company?
A: Diamond Certified helps you choose a home theater installer and home automation company with confidence by offering a list of top-rated local companies who have passed the country’s most in-depth rating process. Only home theater and automation companies rated Highest in Quality earn the prestigious Diamond Certified award. Most companies can’t pass the ratings. American Ratings Corporation also monitors every Diamond Certified company with ongoing research and ratings. And your purchase is backed by the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. So you’ll feel confident choosing a Diamond Certified home theater and automation company.

Q: Define home automation.
A: Home automation is the technological system or systems that are installed in your home to make your life more efficient. These systems are a convenience and will enhance your lifestyle.

Q: What does a home control system do?
A: A home control system can virtually change the way you live and the choices are practically unlimited. Some of the systems that you may want to control are: lighting, controlling the climate or temperature of your home, networking computers, security systems, controlling window blinds, and other touch screen controls.

Q: Can a home automation system save money?
A: Actually, a home automation system can save you money by saving energy especially with lights. Timers will turn off your lights saving light bulbs and energy. Motion sensors will turn lights off after motion or movement has not been detected in a room for a period of time that you set. Other devices that are controlled by home automation can be programmed to turn off also. Any saving of energy will save you money.

Q: What are the benefits of having a home automation system?
A: There are many benefits from having a home automation system. One of these benefits is that your home will be enhanced. You will be able to press a single button and do a multitude of tasks. You can turn on your television, or change the lighting, lower the blinds and many other tasks. The benefits of being able to change the lighting will be very dramatic. Lights can be made dimmer and change the mood of the room you are in. Lights also complement the architectural elements of your home.

You will find your comfort and convenience are also improved. We have all grown accustomed to changing the channels of our televisions from our chair but now you can change the channel, dim the lights, control the stereo, set the thermostat and many other functions from your chair, bed or anywhere in the house. This will save you time and effort. You will no longer have to get dressed to run outside and turn the lights off in a detached building or get out of bed to turn the lights off in a different part of the house. All of these conveniences are available to those with disabilities which can give them independence. Even quadriplegics can gain independence by controlling every appliance in the house.

A home automation system can also save you money. A large percentage of the average household budget is spent on lighting. And a large portion of this is wasted because of outdated equipment and being used inefficiently. By utilizing automatic timers  and dimming controls on the lights, much of this waste can be cut. An automated system will also regulate your water heater, air conditioning, heater and other systems so they are only on when they are needed.

Home automation increases the security of your home. Traditional alarms only alert you when the robber has entered your home but a new security system lets you push a button to turn on all of the lights in the house and flash alarm lights to deter the robber. Police will tell you that good lighting helps prevent crime.

Home automation will also make your homer safer. Motion detecters can detect movement and let you know if anyone is in the house. Many injuries occur because people fall in the dark and trip over things. Now lights will automatically light your way as you walk through your house.

Q: What is a home theater?
A: Home theater is setting up a place any your home that gives you the experience of being at the movie theater. Audio and video equipment are set up to give you similar sound and visual effects similar to a theater.

Q: Do I need surround sound for my home theater?
A: Surround sound gives you more of the experience of a movie theater so if you are looking to replicate that you will need surround sound. Surround sound will allow the viewer or listener to experience the sound coming from every direction.

Q: Does a projector or a television work best for a home theater?
A: The decision to have a projector or a television really depends on where you are going to have your home theater. Projectors work best in a room that is fairly dark or can be dimmed to make the picture clear. If your home theater is not in a dedicated room for viewing, you may want to get a large screen or plasma television.

Q: What is the purpose of amplifiers in a home theater system?
A: Amplifiers create the surround sound you are wanting in a home theater system. It is very critical to the amplifier to have a good power supply. Without a quality power supply, your resulting sound will be poor and may even have interference noise.

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Popular Home Theater & Home Automation BrandsTypes of Home Theater Systems and Automation Services Available in Sonoma County Cities ServedZip Codes Served
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Sony Home Theater Systemshome theater accessories
ELAN Home Systemscomplete home automation controls
JBL Home Audio Systemhome automation controllers
Denon Home Theater & Audio Systemshigh end home theater systems
X10 Home Controlssurround sound home theaters
Crestron Home Automationprofessional home theater installations
LG Home Theater SystemsHDMI Home Theater
Philips Home Theater Systemhome theater speaker placement
Dynaudio Home Speaker Systemshome audio & theater service
Coby Home Theater Speaker SystemHDTV Home theaters
Klipsch Home Audio Systemsoutdoor home theaters
RCA Home Theaterwireless speakers
Dynex Home Audio Systemhome theater wiring installation
Onkyo Home Audio Systemhome theater plasma TV set up
Smarthome Home Automation Systemscustom home theaters
Control 4 Home Automationcustom home theater construction
Honeywell Wireless Automationwireless lighting control
HAI (Home Automation Inc)smart home systems
Pioneer Audio Home Theater SystemsBlu-Ray home theaters
Futronix Home Automationhigh end home automation
Samsung Home Theater System 
Amazing Controls Home Automation 
Action Home Autmation 
Butler In A Box Voice Recognition Control Systems 
Insignia Home Theaters 
Hawking Technologies Home Automation 
Leviton Home Automation 
AMX Home Automation 
Linux Home Automation Software & Hardware