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.

TV Wall Installations Buffalo | Why You Should Hire A Professional

Whether you’re looking to design your own home theater or simply want to reorganize the space in your living room, you should consider the benefits of a television wall mount.  The idea of installing a TV wall mount yourself might not seem like a big deal, but it requires a lot of decisions to be made and a fair amount of technical know-how as well. If you aren’t thrilled with the idea of all that work you can always hire an experienced TV mounting service to handle all the heavy lifting for you.  Whatever you decide to do, here’s a few things you’ll have to consider for any TV wall mount project in your home.

 

Is Your Wall Tough Enough?

The most important thing about any TV wall installation is making sure your television is going to stay on the wall where you put it.  After all, you don’t want your expensive new flat screen taking a dive because your wall couldn’t hold its weight or it wasn’t installed properly.  Of course it’s always essential to mount your TV directly to the studs but even with a stud finder they can be a little tricky to find. A professional installer will have no trouble with this and can notify you of any other potential issues with your walls that you should be aware of.

Cord Concealing

A tangle of ugly cords hanging out the back can ruin the sleek appearance of a wall mounted television.  Thankfully there’s a couple of options to keep them out of sight and out of mind. A cord concealer will house your dangling cords and attach right to your wall.  You can camouflage it by painting it the same color as your wall and it shouldn’t attract any unwanted attention. The better option though is to thread the cords inside your wall.  This is not easy and will require a professional TV mounting service to be done correctly without ruining your wires or your wall.

Television over Fireplace?

Mounting a television over fireplace may seem like a great way to utilize dead space in your room.  However, there are a lot of complications that come along with this type of project and many TV mounting services wouldn’t recommend it.  If you think it’s right for you, you’ll definitely want to seek the help of a professional who can make sure your TV is mounted securely and won’t experience any issues down the road.

Cosmetic Effects

The whole point of having a TV in the first place is be able to enjoy watching it.  When mounting a TV on a wall you’ll be watching from whole new viewing angle. With your TV mounted a little higher than it would be on a traditional stand, you may encounter a different set of glares from lights and windows.  An experienced TV mounting service will be able to offer advice on how and where to install your TV to reduce the nasty cosmetic side effects that could ruin your viewing experience.

 

Park Place Installations is an experienced provider of audio visual installation in Buffalo.  Over our years of serving the community in and around Buffalo we’ve never encountered a TV wall installation we couldn’t handle.  Our team of experienced technicians will know exactly how to tackle your TV wall mount project and can answer any other questions you might have.  For the best TV mounting service in Buffalo NY, look to Park Place Installations.

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!