When we first got started installing high-end audio video equipment in Orange County homes more than 30 years ago, the trend was for homeowners to want to “show off” their systems. Large speaker systems were out in the open. Huge televisions were the focal points of rooms. There was no (or very little) attempt to integrate technology into the overall design of the home, at least for those homeowners for whom the best audio video equipment was a top priority. In addition, back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, high-end audio and video equipment wasn’t exactly discreet. Speakers were huge and bulky, as were the big-screen TVs of that time.
The trend has changed quite a bit in recent years. Homeowners now tend to want their audio video equipment to be more subtle or even hidden. They want their AV systems to complement their homes rather than stand out. Thankfully, the today’s product offerings reflect this trend.
True, there are still those who want the biggest screens and speakers they can fit in their homes, but many Orange County homeowners now choose to put them in dedicated theater rooms or media rooms, rather than out in the open in a family room or living room.
Experience Working with Home Builders and Interior Designers
If you’re building a custom home from the ground up or doing a major remodel that will include new AV technology, make sure you contact an Orange County audio video company early on in the process. At Good Sounds, we can work with your builder or interior designer to incorporate AV technology in a way that doesn’t take away from the design. We can use things like hidden speakers that will blend into your walls or ceiling, but still give you great sound quality. If you absolutely must have floor speakers, we can help you choose ones that will complement the design of your room and not detract from it. Rather than a huge television, you can go with a projector that recedes completely into the ceiling. There are also clever ways to hide flat screen televisions using panels or artwork.
When we first started doing residential audio video installations, designers and builders were not always happy to include us in their process, but that has all changed. With more and more Orange County homeowners incorporating things like whole-house audio, smart home technology, dedicated media rooms, and home theaters into their homes, designers and builders now understand the importance of consulting with an audio video company early on. They also appreciate our expertise and willingness to work within their design, so the client gets the look they want for their home, as well as audio video technology that makes them happy!
If you are in the beginning stages of planning a residential remodel or a new home build, and you want to include the latest in AV technology without sacrificing good design, contact us at Good Sounds. We’d love to hear what you have in mind for your new or remodeled home and help make your dreams a reality!