Northern Virginia Audio Visual Installation


on Monday, 01 June 2015. Posted in Northern Virginia Audio Visual Installation

Encore has been recognized by the industry as one of the areas leading integrators. Encore has won several awards over the years for its designs, installations, and engineering.

What does 4K Mean to You?

on Tuesday, 04 June 2013. Posted in Northern Virginia Audio Visual Installation

Award-winning Northern Virginia custom electronics and design integration firm demystifies the new TV technology

Sony 4k lifestyle


What does 4K Mean to You?

Award-winning Northern Virginia custom electronics and design integration firm
demystifies the new TV technology

4K TVs are slowly coming to market in force, with more major manufacturers announcing new products all the time. The latest (and perhaps most enthusiastic) is Sony, and Encore Custom Audio Video is taking the opportunity of our latest blog to get into the (high resolution) details…

Product Spotlight: Sonos PLAYBAR

on Tuesday, 30 April 2013. Posted in Northern Virginia Audio Visual Installation

Award-winning Northern Virginia audio video expert takes a look at the latest

home theater

It probably goes without saying that Encore is in business because we have an unbridled passion for all things audio and visual. Few interactions are more enjoyable than simply talking up what’s new and exciting in our industry. We’ve heard a lot of chatter recently about the new PLAYBAR from Sonos, so we thought we’d take the opportunity of this blog post to take a look at this new phenomenon a little closer…

“It’s the ultimate music machine for fans.” – Variety Magazine

home theater

The biggest reason why Encore offers Sonos brand solutions is simple…because we’re fans of music and any tools that make listening to music fun and easy hold a warm place in our hearts.

With a sophisticated 9-speaker design, the PLAYBAR is surprisingly simple to set up. It syncs with other Sonos speakers wirelessly and plays all sources plugged into your HDTV (cable/SAT boxes, Blu-ray, game consoles…if it’s connected to your HDTV, PLAYBAR will play it).

PLAYBAR is also a stand-alone all-in-one Sonos player that allows you to wirelessly stream all the music on earth. The PLAYBAR can sit above or beneath your TV, on a table, or can be mounted on a wall. Whereas the initial products from Sonos were all stereo-centric, the PLAYBAR was designed to enhance your television playback like no other device on the market. After all, while TVs have gotten thinner and lighter, the sound has suffered. Not anymore.

Remember when TiVo first came on the market? Or the iPhone? The people who have had the SONOS system installed talk about it with the same kind of enthusiasm as the first consumers of those market-changing products. It’s as if they had forgotten how music and ambient sound can enhance their lives. Now that they’ve rediscovered this passion, they feel compelled to share their experience with friends and neighbors and anyone who isn’t in the know. We feel much the same.

We’ve had the opportunity to experience a diverse range of systems in our time here at Encore, and Sonos truly has a product that gets people talking. Sonos components are convenient, simple to set-up and use, and (most importantly) a lot of fun! We recommend it wholeheartedly. When industry professionals get THIS excited about a manufacturer and their products, it usually pays to listen.


Want to add a new dimension? The Sonos SUB subwoofer can be added for increased fidelity, providing incredible lows that never generate distortion from its compact package.

Anytime you want the lowdown on the latest technology advancements being launched in the home technology field, please don’t hesitate to call us at Encore! It’s very much why we’re here.

home theater

What are the SOUND Priorities when Planning a Home Theater Build?

on Wednesday, 03 April 2013. Posted in Northern Virginia Audio Visual Installation

Award-winning DC Metro Audio Video Expert Offers Professional Advice

Last time, we discussed the importance of determining your (1) space and (2) display before making any commitment to building a home theater. This time we focus on sound.


3. The Sound Reproduction

Many would argue that the quality of your theater's audio capability is even more important than how clear the images are on the screen. Your options include either an AV Receiver or a Preamplifier/Amplifier combination.

An AV Receiver combines the functions of three components:

a) A Radio Tuner for AM/FM and, in some cases, HD (Hi-Def), Internet or Satellite Radio

b) A Preamplifier for controlling which audio and video source is selected (Blu-ray, DVD, CD, etc.), it processes the incoming stereo or surround sound signals and distributes them through the correct channels/outputs

c) And a Multi-channel Amplifier that sends the signals and power to the speaker system


A Home Theater, AV, Surround Sound Receiver or Separate Preamp and Amplifier provides most of the inputs and outputs that everything, including your TV, connects into. A receiver can be an easy and cost-effective way of centralizing your home theater system. That said, many high-end theater installations use separate components for each channel (which gives more flexibility in changing or upgrading and prevents the interference that can happen with combining functions with one unit). On average, a good Receiver will prove more than adequate.

Snippit Speakers in Build

4. The Speakers

In much the same way the size of your space determines how large your video display should be, your room will determine what speakers are going to work best. We recommend listening to several different speaker models before you buy, and consider utilizing the same brand throughout (ensuring a better acoustical match). We have suggestions, but audio is subjective. How they sound to YOU is most important.


5. The Subwoofers

The Subwoofer reproduces the low frequencies found in music and movies. Again, the size of your space (and flooring) helps determine which subwoofer will work best and we highly recommend you sample a variety to find the unit that performs to your requirements.

Tune in next time...
Our next blog will look at the product protection, wiring, furnishings and more. On
average, the most successful builds are the ones wherein the homeowner has an idea of the basic requirements from the very beginning of the project. Regardless of how much homework you want to do, the Encore team is available to answer any questions and offer helpful advice based on years of experience. Call or stop by!