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We are not going far…3 doors down in the same complex.  The idea is to build a new showroom is most about the interactive home.  The new space will feature a home theater and some high end audio for your listening pleasure. It will also be a completely automated space. You can visit and experience  complete home control, from security and surveillance, to home control options like lighting and temperature control and motorized shades! And a group of control mechanisms… i pads, smart phones, Control 4 touch screens and simple hand held remotes.

We will be ready for your visit in a few short weeks so look for our invitation!

 

 

 

 

 

The AVR450 is a sensational, high performance AV receiver designed to bring sonic reality and musical drama to any home cinema intallation.

Conceived to offer premium performance with a wide range of loudspeakers and connectivity to suit the most demanding of installations the AVR450  follows the Arcam tradition of sublime sound and picture quality from all genres of entertainment.

The AVR450  will delight owners but will also impress installers. Connectivity, setup and controllability have been designed with system integration in mind making the AVR450 the ideal hub for a modern cinema or media room.

4K “Ultra HD” and 3D video capability are built in, while both standard and high definition sources can be scaled to any resolution where required.

Control of the AVR450 is possible via Ethernet, enabling it to be fully integrated with whole house control systems. RS232, 12V triggers and standard IR control are also included.

But the AVR450’s secret weapon is the amazing insight and clarity it brings to complex soundtracks. Both pre-amp and power amp stages are crafted using more than 30 years of audiophile design heritage and it shows!

arcam av-450
Arcam AV-450 $3000.00

AVR-450 Technical Specifications 

Continuous power output, per channel, 8?

2 channels driven, 20Hz – 20kHz, <0.02% THD – 110W
2 channels driven, 1kHz, 0.2% THD – 125W
7 channels driven, 1kHz, 0.2% THD – 90W
Residual noise & hum (A-wtd) – <0.15mV
Audio Performance (Stereo line inputs)

Signal/noise ratio (A-wtd ref 100W) normal / stereo direct – 100dB / 110dB
Frequency response – 20Hz–20kHz ± 0.2dB
Video Inputs

HDMI – x7, Component – x3, Composite – x4
Video Outputs

HDMI – x2 (ARC Compatible), Z2 – x1 (Composite)
Audio Inputs

HDMI – x7, Coax SPDIF – x4, Toslink – x2, RCA Phono – x6, USB input, Ethernet Client, Internet Radio, ARC (from display)
Audio Outputs

7.1 Pre-amp ouput – 6x RCA Phono
Zone 2 output – RCA Phono
Radio Tuner

FM / DAB / DAB+ (in appropriate markets)
Supported Surround Modes Include

Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Pro Logic IIx DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete, DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix, DTS 5.1
General

Power consumption (max) – 1.5kW (approx. 5200 BTU/hour)
Power consumption (standby) – <0.5W
Dimensions & Weights

W x D (inc. speaker terminals) x H (inc. feet) – 433 x 425 x 171mm
Weight (net) – 15.5kg
Weight (packed) – 18.8kg

Arcam AVR-750 $6000.00
Arcam AVR-750 $6000.00

As one of the very few audio specialists in the world to design AV receivers, Arcam has developed a reputation for balancing a finely honed technical specification with world class audio performance. The AVR750 is, quite simply, the highest performing AV receiver Arcam has ever made.

Offering a level of sound quality that is far above competing receivers, the AVR750 is an audiophile product by any measure. Equally at home with high resolution surround sound or two-channel music, the AVR750 delivers stunning realism with everything from heavy-weight blockbusters to your favorite concert video.

The power amplifiers within the AVR750 are perhaps the finest ever seen within any AV receiver. Power delivery is both clean and tight against a background noise level that is astoundingly low. Listeners can expect to be enthralled from the opening sequence to the final encore!

The AVR750’s natural habitat is within high performance cinema installations. It is comfortable driving any loudspeaker to extremely high levels and delivers a sonic detail and emotional connection that quickly takes listeners to the very heart of the movie or music.

Both video and audio stages are designed to embrace both current and upcoming technologies. 4K “Ultra HD” and 3D video capability are built in, while both standard and high definition sources can be scaled to any resolution where required.

An internal tuner provides a fully integrated FM / DAB / DAB+ (in appropriate markets) radio solution. Worldwide access to radio stations is provided through the network connection, which also interfaces to uPnP audio servers. The USB port supports memory devices as well as digital audio from your iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®.

Control of the AVR750 is possible via Ethernet, enabling it to be fully integrated with whole house control systems. RS232, 12V triggers and standard IR control are also included.

AVR-750 Technical Specifications

Continuous power output, per channel, 8?/4?

2 channels driven, 20Hz – 20kHz, <0.02% THD – 120W/200W
2 channels driven, 1kHz, 0.2% THD – 130W/210W
7 channels driven, 1kHz, 0.2% THD – 100W/–
Residual noise & hum (A-wtd) – <0.15mV
Audio Performance (Stereo line inputs)

Signal/noise ratio (A-wtd, stereo direct) – 110dB
Frequency response – 20Hz–20kHz ± 0.1dB
Video Inputs

HDMI – x7, Component – x3, Composite – x4
Video Outputs

HDMI – x2 (ARC Compatible), Z2 – x1 (Composite)
Audio Inputs

HDMI – x7, Coax SPDIF – x4, Toslink – x2, RCA Phono – x6, USB input, Ethernet Client, Internet Radio, ARC (from display)
Audio Outputs

7.1 Pre-amp output – 6x RCA Phono
Zone 2 output – RCA Phono
Radio Tuner

FM / DAB / DAB+ (in appropriate markets)
Supported Surround Modes Include

Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Pro Logic IIx DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete, DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix, DTS 5.1
General

Power consumption (max) – 1.5kW (approx. 5200 BTU/hour)
Power consumption (standby) – <0.5W
Dimensions & Weights

W x D (inc. speaker terminals) x H (inc. feet) – 433 x 425 x 171mm
Weight (net) – 16.7kg
Weight (packed) – 20.0kg

As one of the very few audio specialists in the world to design AV products, Arcam has developed a reputation for balancing a finely honed technical specification with world class audio performance. The AV950 is, quite simply, the highest performing AV pre-processor Arcam has ever made.

Arcam AVR-950 $8500.00
Arcam AVR-950 $8500.00

Arcam’s highest performing pre-processor ever
4K (UHD) video compatible including upscaling
7 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs, ARC compatible
Auto setup with room correction
Arcam’s best ever “stereo” pre-amplifier
Balanced & single-ended audio outputs
On board PSU for rSeries accessories
Ethernet, RS232 and IR control
Free iOS control app
Offering a level of sound quality that is far above competing pre-processors, the AV950 is an audiophile product by any measure. Equally at home with high resolution surround sound or two-channel music, the AV950 in combination with the P777 power amplifier delivers stunning realism with everything from heavy-weight blockbusters to your favorite concert video.

The AV950’s natural habitat is within high performance cinema installations. It delivers a level of sonic detail and emotional connection that quickly takes listeners to the very heart of the movie or music.

Both video and audio stages are designed to embrace both current and upcoming technologies. 4K “Ultra HD” and 3D video capability are built in, while both standard and high definition sources can be scaled to any resolution where required.

An internal tuner provides a fully integrated FM / DAB / DAB+ (in appropriate markets) radio solution. Worldwide access to radio stations is provided through the network connection, which also interfaces to uPnP audio servers. The USB port supports memory devices as well as digital audio from your iPod®/iPhone®/iPad®.

Control of the AV950 is possible via Ethernet, enabling it to be fully integrated with whole house control systems. RS232, 12V triggers and standard IR control are also included.

Finally, a 6V power output is provided to supply the versatile range of rSeries accessories such as the rBlink, adding the convenience of high-quality aptX® Bluetooth® to your system.

Here’s the deal;

Arcam has gone All In with a crazy trade-in program for the new year.
Trade in ANY Surround Sound Receiver on an Arcam AVR450, AVR750 or AV950 and get 20% off.

WORKING OR NOT!  OLD OR NEW! OF ANY VALUE!

Offer good through 2/15-15

Yes, our feeling is this format will be here to stay!  Some may feel after the marginal success or as many would say failure of 3d TV in consumer video that this is a risky prediction for us to make.

We say, HAVE YOU SEEN IT??

We have and it is outstanding.  Bright, clear and detail we never thought we would see coming from a home TV.

Samsung and Sony seem to be the leaders with product available today and to add more steam to the progress DirecTV announced they will begin 4k broadcast starting TODAY!!!

This, like many new technologies can be complicated.  That’s what we are here for! We study trends and work up our knowledge to be able to lend assistance and offer educated opinions and recommendation to our family of clients.

Call us to learn more about this very exciting format!

Here are a few notes from the DTV press release.

DirecTV will launch 4K Ultra HD video on demand for the first time Friday, making it the first multichannel TV provider to do so. The satellite TV company said it will begin offering a variety of new releases, popular films and nature documentaries in 4K resolution.

DirecTV said it has teamed with Samsung as an exclusive consumer electronics 4K UHD launch partner. Customers who have DirecTV’s Genie HD DVR will be able to watch 4K programming on supporting 2014 Samsung UHD TVs. The DirecTV Genie downloads the 4K movies via an Internet connection, accessible by Samsung RVU-enabled 4K UltraHD TVs (and eventually other brands of RVU-enabled 4K Ultra HD TVs when available). The downloads are then receiveable wirelessly by receiverless Samsung UHD TVs that incorporate the RVU, remote room viewing capability.

DirecTV said it is working with other manufacturers to implement 4K-ready RVU capability in other brands of TV models as well, but only Samsung 2014 Ultra HDTVs with RVU are certified to do so at this time. –

The service will provide programming with four-times the resolution of FullHD 1080p, which was the previous highest resolution level the service offered on certain channels. At launch, DirecTV said it will begin offering nearly 20 movies from both Paramount Pictures and K2 Communications with more titles to be announced soon.

Among the first available titles will be: Forrest Gump, Transformers: Age of Extinction, The Terminal, Amistad and the 2009 Star Trek. Nature documentary fare will include: Dolphins, Coral Reef Adventure, Legends of Flight and Mysteries of the Great Lakes and others.

This great advice comes from the good folks at hometheaterreview.com and has been our advice since 1990!

There comes a time when every audiophile and/or home theater enthusiast needs to call in a pro. There may be many choices in your area, or there may be few, depending on where you live. Not all custom AV installers are created equal, so how do you choose the right one for your situation? Here are nine questions to consider before you hire a custom installer:

1. How long has this dealer been in business? Are they accredited by CEDIA, THX, ISF, and/or the Better Business Bureau? Make sure they have a rock-solid reputation and good track record before you cut them a meaningful check.

2. What does their portfolio of projects look like? Can they show you professional photos of really sweet installations they’ve done, or are they rocking install photos of seven-inch CRT projectors from 1991?

From a B&W in-wall family room Home Theater….

to your Dedicated Screening room…and beyond!!!

3. Are there client recommendations on the website, or will they provide you with a list of former clients you can call? Do a Google search and see if there is any chatter about the dealer. Check Yelp. The occasional bad posting is part of any business, but you want to look for a pattern of negativity. If nine out 10 reviews are bad, stay away.

4. What product lines does this installer sell? Is he an “A-list” dealer for the top-end stuff, or is he a “trunk-slammer”?

5. If you ask for a bid for a project, does he or she come in at your budget number, or do they try to tack on 30 percent or more? If the job needs to be larger, a top-level installer will ask permission to send a larger bid. It’s a professional courtesy and smart sales approach, yet some lesser dealers just go for the gusto every time and expect consumers to pay more.

6. Does the dealer offer you the chance to play with their programming, be it on a Control4, Savant or Crestron system? These platforms are powerful for remotes and home automation, but they are only as good as the person programming them. Have they programmed slick interfaces with simple-to-understand pages, or are they complicated and poorly drawn? If it’s the latter, run, don’t walk — a lame automation system will destroy the entire experience.

7. Does the custom AV installer have a background in acoustics, calibration, and overall system tuning? Anyone reading HomeTheaterReview.com is interested in the best performance even if they hire an installer. Do they have ISF certification? Do their installers get trained at CEDIA? Do they work with people who can do high-level video calibration? Do they work with acoustical engineers that can make your room sound awesome before you install any speakers? The best firms have good solutions for all of these topics.

8. Does the dealer have any kind of trade-in program? There is likely value in the gear you own now. Will they help you with photographing and packing your current gear for sale on eBay or Audiogon.com? You may have certain preferences in gear that may or may not be sold by this dealer. Will they get you gear that they don’t sell from another dealer if it’s what you really want?

9. What type of after-the-sale support does the firm offer? Is there a maintenance plan that will get you someone over every three to six months to upgrade firmware, check on your system’s functionality, and so on? What is the cost for such a service?

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Take a look at this transformation!  The new fireplace and wood work is in. The B&W in wall center channel speaker is in and so are the Bowers & Wilkins in ceiling rear speakers.  Our tech’s have been busy adding the rack and filling it with the Marantz Surround Sound Receiver, the VidaBox music and movie server and a couple of other sources. We also installed the B&W sub woofer and wired wit outdoor speakers.

marantz surround sound receiver-vidabox music/movie server

The rack is wired and ready to slide into it’s new home!

tracy california (CA) marantz,Bowers & wilkins, vidabox home theater

The rack will fit perfectly and then we can add the cover trim to the front of the wood work!

b&w bowers & wilkins home theater-tracy california (CA)

Lookin good!

b&w marantz vidabox home theater tracy california (CA)

One last component to arrive…The 65 inch TV will arrive and be installed the next day! The the system will be balanced and ready to go!

 

The most economical ‘one-component’ route to home theater by including both A/V processor and amplification in one unit. Selects the source, decodes the multichannel cinema surround-sound format, controls volume, performs room equalization, manages bass signals when a subwoofer is used, and sends video content to display device.  Can be controlled by typical custom home integration controls.  Includes video processing, video upconversion, AM/FM tuner, secondary zone capabilities, and control of other devices through trigger and/or HDMI.

anthem mrx-710 surround sound receiver

The Anthem MRX-710 $1999.00

Why choose an A/V receiver? With an A/V receiver, everything you need to drive a music and home theater system is contained in one component. They are a space-saving, cost-effective alternative to separates (i.e. a preamplifier, A/V processor and separate external power amplifier). Anthem MRX receivers continue to win awards for their sound quality and ease of integration, and best of all, include ARC(tm)–the Anthem Room Correction system. Read more about this exciting technology below.

 

Some product highlights;

Superb high-quality amp performance includes Anthem’s Advanced Load Monitoring to keep a constant eye on output.
ARC(tm) 1M, an enhanced version of Anthem Room Correction ensures the speakers’ award-winning sound isn’t lost in a less-than-perfect room situation.
Outstanding power — 7 channels in MRX 710 and MRX 510; 5 channels in MRX 310 (see Technical Specs section for power output).
More HDMI inputs! 7 + 1 = 7 rear inputs and one front-panel input on MRX 710 and MRX 510. 7 rear inputs on MRX 310.

Dual HDMI outputs.

4K Upscaling and Pass-Through.

HDMI Audio Return Channel

Faster HDMI switching.

Up to 20 input configurations.

Software updates via the USB port.

More robust control: IP and RS-232 control drivers for full integration with automation.

Remote control apps for iOS (Apple) and Android. (Coming soon)

Larger, easier-to-read on-screen menus and improved status displays.

Dual speaker configuration.

Speaker crossover now adjustable in 10-Hz Increments.

Optical, coaxial and analog inputs send 2-channel music to Zone 2.

Bi-amp the front Left/Right speakers with MRX 710 and MRX 510.

Power consumption in standby mode: <0.3 W.

 

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About Paradigm Integration

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We are a licensed and bonded California Contractor putting a strong emphasis on client service.

Our long list of services and vast experience teamed with a dedication to strong personal service makes us a GREAT one-stop-shop for your home electronic needs.

From your Central Vacuum system to your High End Distributed Audio we are your experts!

We offer our services to both residential and commercial clients.

So next time you need Security / Surveillance / Monitoring, Home Theater, Distributed Audio / Video, Lighting Control, Complete Home Automation, Central Vacuum or Wiring Infrastructure think Paradigm. Evolving your Electronic Environment.