There are a few audiovisual integrators (often called AV dealers, audio/video installers or systems integrators) serving the Newport Coast area. As you search for the right company to partner with for your residence, here are some points to keep in mind.
Your audiovisual company should be experienced well beyond just custom home theaters and media rooms.
For many Newport Beach homeowners, the home theater is the center of their system. But that’s not always the case. Many of the systems we design and install include whole house audio functionality, security system and HVAC integration, and control of the pool and spa. It’s important that you partner with a local AV company that understands how to deliver control over the entire home, whether it’s from one, or multiple user interface devises, like iPads, touchpanels, keypads and remote controls. Even if your initial focus is on the theater room, you’ll likely want to expand that system later on, so you want to make sure you choose an AV company that can help you do that when the time comes.
Ask your audio video integrator about ongoing support.
Unfortunately, some Newport Beach AV dealers love selling and installing new projects, but show little interest in supporting those customers later on down the road. Home automation and theater systems can be a substantial investment in both your residence and your quality of life. Make sure to ask about a company’s approach to support. Ask your salesperson to tell you about some of the oldest relationships they’re maintaining. Every system needs support at some point. And good support makes for happy clients who stay with the same audiovisual company for many years.
At Good Sounds, we maintain strong relationships with clients, some of whom have been with us for well over a decade. As technology has evolved, we’ve been there to support them, guide their decisions when it’s time for system upgrades, and provide support when they run into an unexpected issue.
Our long-term approach to clients includes elements of support, advising, and upgrading. Technology changes quickly, and so do user habits, so it’s nice when you have an AV partner to call when questions arise.
Ensure that your AV integrator is an authorized dealer.
Only authorized dealers have direct access to top manufacturers. That means being able to offer the best hardware pricing possible, and being a part of that manufacture’s inner circle. That kind of direct access is critical when you need manufacturer support, or access to their latest software and firmware updates.
Over the years, we’ve been dealers of top AV products like Savant Systems, Crestron, Sonos, and others.
Watch out for hobbyists.
A lot of home automation integrators start with a passion for AV. We think that’s great. But be aware that some of the audiovideo companies serving Newport Beach will treat your project more like a hobby, and less like a mature business relationship. These types of companies are often unable to set timelines and stick to them; accurately estimate project costs up front; or document project details and stick to the plan. A professional AV company, on the other hand, is able to sell a project and deliver it without major delays, conflicts, or surprises.
Contact us to discuss you home entertainment needs.