Stereo Advantage Closed, Park Place Installations To Step-Up

Stereo Advantage Closes After 40 Years in WNY

Stereo Advantage recently announced that after 40+ years of serving the WNY community, they are shutting their doors. In the Stereo Advantage Press Release earlier this week, The store founder, Tony Ragusa remarked that “while it is a quiet, peaceful end to an era – there is no better place to build a successful business than Western New York.”

The founder of Park Place Installations, another WNY residential & commercial AV supplier & installer, Jay Park states that “after 15 years in this industry, I agree with Tony [Ragusa], the key to success in WNY is building and contributing to a strong community around you. Park Place Installations is excited to take on the challenge filling the inevitable void that will be felt by Stereo Advantages farewell.”

While it’s hard to see one Buffalo institution shutting its doors; the prospect of new, young companies rising up to carry on the torch is exciting to watch, and we’re looking forward to what Mr. Park and his team have to bring to the table for our city.

 

About Park Place Installations

For more than 15 years Park Place Installations has been your source for the professional installation of the latest home entertainment systems, home automation systems, HDTV’s, and whole-house audio and video systems. Keep your home or business up to date with the latest and best electronic systems! We service and upgrade all systems no matter who installed them. We are craftsmen who have designed and installed AV systems in over 500 homes, restaurants, office buildings and more.

We serve the Buffalo, NY and Greater Niagara and will be happy to talk to you about your needs, no matter how big or small.

A Professional AV Integration Might SAVE You Money!

If you need AV integration in a conference room, bar, restaurant, or other commercial setting, you have some big choices in front of you.  Of course everybody would like their commercial audio visual installation done by experts but many opt for the DIY route instead. Most people who shy away from a professional AV installation do so as way to cut costs.  What would you think if we told you going with pro AV installers could actually be the cheaper option?

It’s a common misconception that hiring professional AV integrators will always be the more expensive option.  We would like to share some information that might help you decide how to approach your next commercial AV installation in Buffalo.  Here’s 3 cost effective reasons why you should be sure to hire the experienced engineers from Park Place Installations!

AV Integrators Will Know What You Need

You’re an intelligent consumer and you know exactly what you want your commercial AV systems to do for you.  When it comes time to make it happen though, it’s easy to get bogged down with all the options out there. Time and again we see people who try to do it themselves and wind up with unnecessary/ more expensive equipment than they need.  Perhaps the biggest cost effective benefit of hiring professionals is you get to abuse their knowledge. They’ll help you determine the perfect equipment to buy according to the needs and budget of your commercial AV setup.

Cheaper Equipment Through Partnerships

AV installation companies often form a symbiotic relationship with name brand manufacturers.  This allows companies like Park Place the right to sell the best equipment, and usually at a lower cost than you’d find on the consumer market.  Hiring a partnered company might allow you to be more creative with how you utilize your budget. Park Place is proud to be able to offer top brands like Sony, Ring, Eero, and Benq for your commercial AV integration needs.

Minimize Extraneous Costs

All the money you spend on a commercial AV installation is never going to be for the equipment alone.  Even if you think you can buy and install the audio visual systems yourself, there are always hidden costs.  Between shipping costs (if you order online), extra trips to the store, or the time of the install itself, you’ll often wind up spending more than you anticipated.  With professional AV installers, you’ll know all the costs upfront. And of course you can rest easy knowing the project will be completed the right way and on time.

You can trust Park Place Installations for all your Buffalo audio visual needs.  Over the years we’ve handled many commercial AV installation projects in the community in and around Buffalo NY.  We’re ready to help if you have any questions or concerns about your newest commercial AV integration. Feel free to give us a call at any time to set up an appointment for a new audio video installation in Buffalo.

Commercial Audio Systems | What You Need To Know

Opening a bar, restaurant or any commercial venue isn’t easy.  With so many big decisions to be made, it can be easy to overlook the importance of commercial audio systems.  Some business owners will opt for the quick and easy option: setting up an off-the-shelf home audio system rather than spending the extra money for a professional commercial AV system installation.

Perhaps you’ve been in this boat and figure that you just need something simple to be able to play sound in your restaurant.  Don’t make the mistake of assuming a consumer sound system will work well enough for your bar or restaurant audio system needs.  Here’s a few examples of why you should think twice before cutting costs on audio visual systems for restaurants.

Durability and Performance

Consumer audio equipment is usually only intended for a few hours of use each day.  This means it will break down faster and be much less reliable over time. Commercial audio systems on the other hand are built to handle more stress.  More rugged wiring and electrical components make commercial audio systems the way to go if you plan on pumping sound into your restaurant for most of the day.

Keep It Cool

Home audio systems typically don’t encounter issues with overheating. Natural convection is enough to keep things cool over a few hours of use.  However, restaurants are a whole different environment than a typical living room and natural cooling isn’t as effective. The less ventilated environment often requires more sophisticated techniques to keep from overheating.  Make sure you at least get a consultation from a professional before you attempt an audio system installation in Buffalo.

Different Kinds of Audio Systems

The biggest difference between consumer and commercial audio systems is in how they’re wired.  Commercial audio systems use balanced lines (positive, negative and ground) whereas consumer equipment uses unbalanced lines (positive and ground only).  The biggest drawback of an unbalanced system is the potential for interference. In a commercial setting this becomes a serious problem because of the extra signals floating around from WiFi, TVs, radios and other devices.

Where To Put Your Commercial Audio Systems

Bars and restaurants can be pretty noisy which means providing quality audio can be a challenge.  DIY audio installs usually wind up with speakers placed wherever it’s most convenient. It’s common for business owners to put speakers and audio systems up and out of the way rather than finding out the best acoustic location.  A team of experienced engineers is essential to getting the most out of your audio/visual systems for restaurants.

To make sure your commercial AV system installation in Buffalo goes well, look to Park Place Installations.  Our team of experts have been handling AV integration in Buffalo for years. Call us today to get a quote or if you want more information on how we can help setting up your commercial audio systems.

New Bar/Restaurant AV Installation | Things to Consider

Opening or updating a bar or restaurant in Buffalo NY isn’t easy. There’s a lot of competition, and every restaurant has it’s niche or differentiator to draw a crowd. One of the most important, but unnoticed factors in the Buffalo service industry is the ambiance. What is it that’s going to set your bar apart from the most popular? Food and drink are clearly most important, but the right audio accoustics, and placement of televisions and digital signage can truly change a patron’s experience. Here’s a few things to keep in mind for bar and restaurant owners trying to enhance their guest experience.

Enhance the Experience

What’s the vibe that your establishment is trying to reach? Quiet sit down restaurants still need soft accoustic tones to help drown out the kitchen. Loud sports bars still need the appropriate sound systems to help everyone hear what that penalty was on 3rd and Goal. Teaming up with a professional audio/visual installation team in Buffalo NY can really help you achieve the perfect accoustic experience. We can consult with you on how your space is designed, where speaker placement would help, and what the best products are for your needs. We can seamlessly integrate anything and everything, and allow you to control everything from your mobile devices.

More Than You Think…

You can try to set up all of your audio and video equipment yourself. Everybody knows somebody who’s “good with that stuff.” They can be, but when integrating professional audio and video products at a large scale, it comes down to more than just plugging in the aux cord. Consumer products use unbalanced external lines, (positive and ground) and professional grade equipment uses balanced lines- positive, negative and ground. When using unbalanced wiring within confined spaces and multiple devices, lines get crossed. Interference from dueling WiFi, radio, and TV signals can cause your devices to get all mixed up. Turning to a professional team of installers can ensure your systems are set up completely seamless, providing you with ease of mind for both audio, and TV installs.

Be Different.

We can install a TV or two. We can put in some better speakers. We can integrate multiple cable boxes so Susan the head server won’t complain when she needs to change the game. But why stop there? Have you seen our huge TV screen at Riverworks in downtown Buffalo? We can install enormous digital signage that can give you a screen bigger than anything on the market. Coupled with the best sound on the market, if showing games or fights on the big screen, or even live entertainment, we can make your place the place to be in Buffalo.

These are only a few examples of how Park Place Installations can help enhance your bar, restaurant, or music venue. Turning to a professional team is something that isn’t always easy. Will they overcharge? What’s the warranty? How are the prices on products? You won’t find an AV installation team in Buffalo or WNY with as much experience as Park Place. We started out helping installing TV’s over fireplaces, and designing home theaters, and today we are the proudest tech installation team in WNY. We work to stay ahead of the tech curve, and we know the best of the best. Just look at some of our work if you have any doubts!

Give us a call, or just set up a free appointment right here on our website!

 

Home Audio Install for Summer 2018

As the weather warms up, it is time to update your home. Are you looking for a new way to bring fun to your home this summer? A great way to start is with a home audio system. Boston Acoustics has many options that will allow you to make your home the place to be this summer. There’s no need to plan a family vacation! Park Place Installations has all the details on these products to make your stay-cation one to remember!

Boston Acoustics has home audio systems for every budget. Their products are easily installed and have  a sleek look that will compliment any space. Park Place Installations has the latest information on these products so you can choose the best home audio device to install in your home!

Voyager

The Voyager series is designed especially for outdoor use. The Voyager Outdoor Speakers allow you to enjoy your favorite music and media even when you’re outdoors. Specially voiced for open-air use, the speakers are able to project audio in a focused area and prevent sound diffusion. This makes the Voyager speaker series an ideal sound solution for less-than-optimal acoustic environments: mount them outside of your house, on a deck, or even on a boat. The speakers are also versatile enough to use indoors.

HSi

The HSi in ceiling speaker combines sonic accuracy with remarkable value. Your favorite movies and music will play loud, long and distortion free, and you’ll give up nothing in the way of living space. Designed for stunning sound and ease of installation, HSi 270 in-ceiling loudspeaker expands the realm of quality sound to create an audio system that pleases even the most critical ears.

Bravo 20

In a corner, at the ceiling, on a wall, floor or shelf, there are few places in a room the Bravo 20 can’t handle. The Boston Bravo 20 is a multipurpose, high performance loudspeaker whose unique design fits discreetly anywhere in your home . The Bravo 20 is the perfect choice when you want the speaker to disappear, but can’t cut holes in your walls.

SoundWare

From these small speakers, you still get high fidelity sounds.Like Soundware’s larger cousins, these Speakers can be placed on a table, shelf or even on the floor in a variety of positions. The speakers can be hung flush on a wall or tucked away in a corner with the included mounting brackets. Articulating bracket allows you to angle the speaker towards the listening area.

Each of these speakers has unique features that only Boston Acoustics can give! Not sure which one will work best in your home? Call Park Place Installations so we can help! We are able to pick the best speakers for your home audio! We will make sure you are getting the best possible speakers for your home audio setup! Enjoy your stay-cation this summer with a new home audio system installed by Park Place Installations!

Add Crestron Mercury to Your Next Meeting

As a business owner, you want your employees to be both productive and inspired. You have to plan spaces that let your employees be creative, yet keep the workflow streaming. Having the latest technology can help organize this delicate balance. Park Place Installations is your source for your conference room needs. We have the latest technologies from Crestron Mercury that will set you apart in your next meeting.

What is Crestron Mercury?

Crestron Mercury is the only all-in-one system that tackles all of your office needs. It is a tablet, phone, speaker system, and a Bluetooth device all in one. This device combines all your essential conferencing needs in one easy to use touch screen interface. Unlike the competitors, Crestron allows for the user to  use multiple platforms, in multiple locations. It truly allows for consumers to choose what they need, when they need it.

Tired of devices that make you have some sort of remote in order to progress your meeting? This table top console has a sensor that tracks the presenter, allowing for smooth presentations  every time. Crestron Mercury also allows you schedule your next meeting right on the device. This system streamlines the process, giving you more time to focus on what’s important.

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Audio Video Conference Rooms

Having the capacity to hold a meeting that integrates both audio and video components changes how meetings are done. Instead of paper presentations, companies are able to use videos and other visuals to make conferences more interesting. Park Place Installations and Crestron Mercury are your solution in Western New York. By adding an audio-video conference room to your business, you will be able to see the difference in the style of meetings you are able to hold.

Crestron and You

Park Place Installations understands how important it is for you and your company to stay ahead of the pack. By allowing Park Place to set up your conference room with a Crestron system, your meetings will reach a whole new level of productivity.

Call us now to set up an appointment!

Cutting the Cord | Cable Television Dying As We Speak

The age of cable television is over. Just a few years ago, one could not live without a cable (or satellite) subscription. You would be missing out on everything, as the “idiot box” filled us with the latest news, consistent TV programming, live sports, etc. The internet has become a rebuild on the information superhighway, as it provides endless answers to infinite questions. Just over the last few years, the internet has adjusted to the times and increased video content, providing the same things as waiting for the commercials to end on TV.

Today, people are fleeing from the cable box, as streaming services have become a viable replacement, and cable providers suffer while hiking prices. All you need is internet. As a local industry specialist in audio video integration, we wanted to talk a little bit about why this has happened, and a few reasons why you might want to ditch the cable company like a bad date.

Save Your Money

When’s the last time you actually looked at the hidden fees you’re paying the cable company? When’s the last time you talked to someone at your cable company? Here in Buffalo NY, many are still experiencing headaches from the switch from Time Warner Cable to Spectrum. The simplest reason why you should cut cable, is how much money you can save! In renting the box, paying for the channels, paying for HD, and other fees, you’re already looking at around a hundred bucks. Streaming services like HBONow, and Netflix are subscription based, and you will have plenty to watch.

Stuff You Like

Sure you might not be able to channel surf to avoid endless commercials. You might miss the ability to check the guide whenever you want, and look through what is provided to you to watch during the scheduled time block. It doesn’t take much to realize how cool it is to have curated content that is provided for you based on your viewership. Algorithms know what you like to watch, and they provide it for you to watch. Since Netflix started about 10 years ago, the popularity has grown so far that many shows and movies being made today are released exclusively on Netflix.

Live Streaming is Coming

For some of us, live sports, and the coverage of sports, is the number one, and maybe the ONLY reason why we still hold onto the ugly relationship with cable. ESPN just announced they will be executing a 3rd, enormous layoff to many of it’s working. This has been a result of streaming, as well as competition from other networks. ESPN, NBA Network, NFL Redzone and many other channels that broadcast live sports on television are available on SlingTV, and HULU just announced they’ll be releasing a $40 live TV package. The future is now.

For anyone who’s afraid of letting go of the dusty old box, you’re in luck. Setting these things up can be a little tricky when dealing with wireless internet, and integrating things like an Apple TV, Roku, or HD Antenna. You’ll have to hang on to a wireless internet provider, which unfortunately oftentimes is the same as the cable provider. Regardless you’ll save yourself monthly expenses and with our help, you’ll be all set up to stream anything you want, whenever you want!

What to Do When Your Cable Box Won’t Work

We’ve all been there. You’re watching your favorite show. Maybe you’re watching crunch-time of the biggest game of the year. All the sudden the cable goes out. Before you go calling your cable provider to talk to 4 different people and waste an hour of your time, try this simple solution.

Usually, all you have to do is reboot the cable box. Here’s how.

Check Connections

Simple, make sure all plugs for devices are connected by each end to the designated ports. Ensure wiring is intact and make sure no fuses are blown. Make sure your television is on the correct input/HDMI mode.

Power Down

Still not functioning? To reboot, start by turning off the cable box, using either the power button on the front or the remote.

Disconnect

Disconnect the power cord from either the wall outlet or the back of the cable box. If you’re plugged into a power strip, turn off the power strip.

Wait, Reconnect

Wait 30-60 seconds. Once this time is allotted, restore the power by re-connecting the cord where you previously disconnected. The box should begin rebooting, with a countdown on the LED display. You should also get a wait screen showing on the TV.

Wait for it…

Allow the box to reset, for about 2 to 4 minutes. If everything goes according to plan, the LED digital clock will reappear on the front of the box with the correct time.

Power Up

Once you see the time on the LED clock, press and release the power button on the box or remote to turn it back on. Hopefully, your cable kicks back on to your home channel and you’ll be back to business!

This is usually the first thing the cable provider will have you do, of course, once you get to actually talk to someone. If you do try this first, it might save you the 15, 20, or 60 minutes that you’ll spend talking on the phone and responding to an automated response system.

If the problem persists, unfortunately you might have to give them a call, as it may be a problem with the cable line. Remember, if you notice during your troubleshooting session that your wiring or equipment are all discombobulated, we can clean it up! Park Place Installations is here to help install any audio visual equipment you have in a timely and organized manner!