One of the best things about technology today is that it is diverse, accessible, and affordable. That is great news for every facet of our lives, including the time we spend in relaxation and recreation. Today, we can make our homes the center of our entertainment like never before with home theater technologies advancing to a place where the home theater experience exceeds the big theater experience.

However, the vastness of options can lead to problems for many who are trying to design their home theater system. While the choices are many and affordable, sound and light technologies and how we implement them are still a specialized science, and it is easy to get it wrong. For the home theater of your dreams, avoid these common home theater fails.

Poor Screen Placement

When the ceilings are high, there is a temptation to place the screen higher. Place the screen low enough that you do not have to tilt your head back to view it.

Wrong Size Television

Bigger is better, right? Well, not always. Viewing a big screen too closely can damage your eyesight. Additionally, a huge screen without ample viewing distance results in picture distortion. The minimal viewing distance for optimal clarity and optical health is around two times the width of the screen.

Choosing the Wrong Speakers

The audio components of your home theater system are of course one of the most important elements, and there are many choices in type and quality. This leads to many mistakes such as choosing the wrong speaker for the intended placement, opting for lesser quality speakers, choosing small satellite speakers for a large room, or choosing speakers whose sound cannot fill the room properly without distortion. Be sure to do your research before you buy or get professional advice.

Placing Speakers Inside Entertainment Centers

While entertainment centers are made for media equipment, they are not the optimal location for speakers. Speakers come in their cabinet designed to provide the right amount of space for the best sound possible. If you need to hide speakers. Opt for In-wall or in-ceiling speakers.

Buying Low-Quality Cables and Accessories

We all want to spend the bulk of our money on the big ticket items like the television or speakers, but don’t neglect the small things that make your larger components run best.

Not Hiring a Professional

Unless you are an expert in audiovisual, setting up a home theater system to its fullest potential is near impossible. If you are going to invest in a home theater, it is worth having it done right the first time to avoid costly mistakes.

HS Tech Group specializes in customized home theater solutions that fit your life.

This luxury apartment community near Fort Meade conveniently located in Anne Arundel County features too many amenities to list. From the 58,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space to seven attractive floor plans, this community has it all.  HS Tech Group was asked by The Dolben Property Management Company who worked with us on the Mill Run project to come up with something similar that would complement their luxurious accommodations.

The client wanted to offer a well-appointed Clubhouse/Great room with a full kitchen and billiards room, equipped with TV’s, music, and iPod dock; ideal for entertaining or unwinding after work.

The room also features an area with computers making it convenient for checking email or booking a dinner reservation.  We also installed a theater room, perfect for relaxing with friends or catching up on the latest sci-fi or action adventure.  After experiencing the movie on the Hi-Definition screen and hearing it through the amazing 5.1 surround sound – you won’t ever want to leave.

The upscale Apartments at Charlestown Crossing are conveniently located just off I-95 and Route 40 in North East, Maryland and feature a sophisticated clubhouse that is sure to impress.  When HS Tech Group was asked by the Dolben Company to include state-of-the-art electronics and maintain a luxurious appeal – HS Tech Group delivered.

The staff at Charlestown didn’t want their residents to have any excuses when it came to getting in their workouts or trimming those extra holiday pounds.  Whether it’s music or catching up on the news, exercising will never be the same.

In similar fashion, entertaining with friends in the billiards and great room are nice places to relax after a long week.  If experiencing a movie or rooting for your team is your thing, you can amerce yourself in the media center.  This room features stunning high-definition video and 5.1 surround sound.  It’s a real as it gets!

For more information on HS Tech Group and what we can do for your clubhouse – please contact Mark Recene at 1-888-947-8476 or mr@hstgp.com

HS Tech Group was contacted in late 2013 by a property management company searching for a security solution for one of their existing apartment communities. The Anne Arundel County property was upscale and hosted a variety of luxurious amenities. While the property currently employed security guards and some security cameras, both were unable to deter or prevent the theft that was occurring.

After visiting the property and conducting a thorough site analysis, HS Tech Group learned that automobiles were being vandalized and people were gaining access to restricted areas within the clubhouse.

With the information we obtained, HS Tech Group was able to determine the type of system that could potentially eliminate or greatly reduce these occurrences. HS Tech Group introduced a video surveillance system that employs video analytics. The software allows us to create rules for the cameras, such as when an individual approaches a door or a vehicle enters the property. This type of system can detect when movement occurs within the perimeter and transmit the live video instantly to the security guard and property manager.

This cutting edge technology allows us to design and engineer systems that are unique to each project.  Schedules can be configured; offsite monitoring can alert authorities and even communicate with the trespassers through a speaker. This type of system often leads to fewer cameras and can reduce or even eliminate the need for a security guard. Since the deployment of this system, there has not been another undetected or unresolved incident on the property.

For more information about video analytics or improving the safety and security of your property, please contact Mark Recene at 1-888-947-8476 or markrecene@hst-group.com

Welcome to Marketplace ApartmentsWhere Modern Luxury meets the Historic Waterfront District of Fells Point

When The Dolben Company teamed up with HS Tech Group, their goal was to offer unique spaces in the main building where residents could escape the daily grind and enjoy the property’s upscale amenities.

Crestron Automation System

Designed with simplicity in mind, HS Tech Group provided a Crestron automation system to manage a schedule for the building’s audio and video systems.  When staff arrives in the morning, they no longer have to navigate throughout the building to power up their entertainment systems. HS Tech Group programmed the assortment of TV’s and speakers to turn on and off at specific times. To help conserve energy; occupancy sensors were also installed. If one of the residents leaves a TV or music playing after business hours and doesn’t return for a period, the TV and music will power off. This is a relatively low-cost solution to save energy and extend the life of the components throughout the property.

Since connectivity was an important element, HS Tech Group chose to install a Ruckus Wi-Fi network. Recognized for its dependability, this system is designed to mitigate neighboring interference and improve the quality of the internet connection. Streaming audio and video sources to multiple devices can easily be achieved at any given time.

For more information on HS Tech Group and what we can do for your clubhouse or commercial property – please contact Mark Recene at 1-888-947-8476 X 1108 or mr@hst-group.com

DESIGNED WITH THE AESTHETIC-CONSCIOUS CONSUMER IN MIND; HS TECH GROUP OFFERS FLUSH-MOUNTING SOLUTIONS.

TRUFIG

The company that brought you the world’s first integrated in-wall iPod docking station, and remains the reigning design standard for architectural audio – introduces the flush-mounted Sonance Architectural Series® speaker system. TRUFIG represents the culmination of more than 25 years of groundbreaking design innovation. TRUFIG’s philosophy relies on the principles of material authenticity, perfection in the smallest detail and a systematic approach to design.

Come visit our design center and see the family of products:

  • Data Jacks
  • Switches & Keypads
  • Speakers
  • HVAC Grilles & HVAC Diffusers
  • Volumes Controls
  • iPad and iPod Touch Panels
  • And Much More

All WEATHER OUTDOOR STORM TELEVISION BY SEURA

HS Tech Group is proud to bring you the latest advances in outdoor entertainment by Séura®. Waterproof rated IP65 and able to withstand temperatures from -30 to 140F, Séura® TVs might be tougher than your NorthFace. Available in three sizes, Séura® brings the comfort of your living room to the great outdoors. Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall….The Storm features Séura’s® patented LuminOptics technology combined with a 1080p high definition display easily enjoyed on the brightest of days.  You have to see it to believe it, but don’t let it’s refined exterior fool you. While The Séura® Storm provides an elegant focal point for your outdoor grilling, entertaining or lounging by the pool, it is engineered to thrive in the harshest snow and rain, wind and withstand corrosive dust and insects.  The Storm utilizes Active Airflow technology to control moisture and weather temperature with ease. Powerful dedicated filters are sealed to prevent damage from leaves, dirt or other contaminants which means more time enjoying the big game with friends or the premier of your favorite new flick.

HS Tech Group is proud to represent the distinguished array of Séura® products manufactured by a family owned and operated facility in Green Bay Wisconsin. A Technology you can count on with the commitment to service our customers have come to expect. Outdoor entertainment taken to the next level.

The Séura® Storm is here. Call us today 1-888-947-8476 and see for yourself.

Traditional in-wall or bookshelf speakers are designed to be heard, not seen.  “They don’t always blend into your space and can stand out like a black eye, ” says Judi Miller, Owner of Architecture by Design in Ellicott City, MD.  “Our clients want their music to blend or even disappear into their space, not overshadow it.”

Ever heard of Invisible Speakers?

Sonance recognized this gap in the market and set out to design and build the highest quality “invisible” speaker.  Yes, that’s right, “invisible.”  The design of the unseen speaker gets even better and goes beyond your imagination.   The only time you see them is when they come out of the box.  Once they are installed, the speaker fits in between the studs and remains flush with the wall.  You can paint it, plaster it or even wallpaper over it.

Since they’re virtually invisible and architectural friendly, “many of our client’s have incorporated them into rooms that otherwise would not include music at all” said Mark Recene, Chief Innovations Officer of HS Tech Group.  Typically rooms like the dining room or master bedroom have been the most popular, but recently these speakers have found their way into upscale living rooms.  Sharing space with fine artwork and pricey furnishings, the meticulous homeowner is now enjoying the room even more with their invisible audio system that conveniently remains hidden behind the walls.

Sonance, the technology leader that introduced the world’s first in-wall loudspeaker now offers what is being described as “The new reference in performance and installation flexibility for invisible loudspeakers” said Todd Ryan, Chief Speaker Engineer for Sonance.

Ari Supran, CEO of Dana Innovations, Sonance’s parent company said, “Our goal was to create an entirely new range of Invisible Speakers that deliver the best sonic performance.”  And now Sonance has the industry touting these invisible speakers as the best sounding speakers they’ve ever heard in this category.

HS Tech Group is currently working with a variety of custom builders, interior design firms, and architects that include these amazing speakers in every one of their projects.

For more information, please contact HS Tech Group and experience the performance from these speakers at our interactive design center for a one-on-one demonstration.

Choosing an outdoor speaker is not as easy as one may think.

While there are a variety of companies that provide a wide range of speakers for the inside of your home, there are only a few that offer a great sounding outdoor speaker.

Unlike traditional outdoor speakers “which can be an eyesore,” with discrete accessories now available, speakers can remain out of sight.

Speakers can be hidden in planting beds, along walkways, covered under foliage, and even mounted in trees.  The subwoofers are buried in the garden or built into a planter box. Your outdoor entertainment will never be the same and guests will wonder where the music is coming from.

HS Tech Group offers outdoor speakers designed to operate under the most extreme weather conditions from 20 degrees to 190 degrees Fahrenheit.  Sonance, Klipsch and Monitor Audio, are just a few of the outdoor speakersHS Tech Group offers.

When choosing an outdoor speaker system that will stand up to sun, sand, and snow, one should consider the materials as much as the design.  For instance, Sonance Landscape Series is constructed of a high-quality ASA composite molded with UV-stable color that provides durability and resists chips and scratches.  The subwoofer is constructed from high-density PVC in a dark brown finish that is designed to be incorporated into furniture or planter boxes. The in-ground subwoofers feature a textured enclosure and powder coated finish on the canopy for strength and camouflage to ensure years of satisfaction. Some of the best outdoor speaker reviews have come from Sonance’s Landscapes series.

HS Tech Group offers a variety of outdoor speaker systems and even wireless outdoor speakers to blend sound seamlessly, creating the ideal ambiance and musical presence to your home every time, everywhere. Please visit our showroom for a demonstration.  If you are a current customer, just contact us, and we’ll be happy to set up a demonstration in your backyard!

What is Sound Masking?

Sound masking is the addition of natural or artificial sound (such as white or pink noise) into an environment to cover up an unwanted sound.

Sound Masking is being used to protect confidential privacy in areas where sensitive or classified conversations are being held.  The applications, among others, are in military, government, legal offices, and corporate board rooms.  The sound must be guaranteed to be continuous during room use, performance must be verified, and the equipment must be able to protect door, walls, window, and ducts with vibrations maskers instead of loudspeakers.

Over 70% of employees believe distractions from conversations of other persons in the office reduce their concentration, increase their annoyance and reduce their productivity.  Areas with call centers and cubicles are particularly susceptible to loss of efficiency to these distractions.

How Can Sound Masking Help Me?

Sound proofing systems reduce conversational distractions while increasing worker concentration, productivity, accuracy, and satisfaction. Adding sound masking can help solve the lack of privacy caused by decreasing workstation heights and less room absorption.  Sound proofing can lower data entry error because of noise and distractions.

Adding sound masking to an open office space is the acoustical equivalent of tripling the distance between workers.

HS Tech Group is currently working with a variety of general contractors and end-users for these types of installations. Please contact us to visit a recent installation or for a demonstration on Sound Masking.