CCTV Mistakes to Avoid

For many homeowners, CCTV cameras help give peace of mind. However, this peace can only be lasting if your cameras are installed correctly and operating as expected.

Here at JL Audio Visual, we have many years of experience in CCTV installation and we know how important it is to get home security right. Making sure everything is installed properly is essential if you want to get the best possible performance from your cameras!

To help ensure you’re getting the most out of your home security system, we have outlined some common CCTV mistakes to avoid.

Incorrect Positioning

For the most effective security and surveillance, you need the cameras to be in the best possible positions. This means assessing your property and figuring out which areas need to be protected.

Putting cameras in areas around the main points of entry is one of the best things you can do. Positioning cameras above doorways and ground-floor windows is a must.

It is also important to ensure your equipment is pointed in the right direction. Homeowners often make the common mistake of positioning their cameras down at an angle that’s too severe. This can mean the feed records the ground and won’t pick up any suspicious activity.

You will also need to consider the quality of light that will affect your intended installation position. If there are bright street-lamps nearby, your footage may become overexposed and unusable. A lack of adequate light will also impact your picture quality, so striking the right balance is important.

Inappropriate Number of Cameras

Another common mistake can be not installing enough cameras at enough points around your property. More cameras will mean you can achieve a more complete view of the property.

However, how many cameras you need to install will, of course, be dependent on the size of your property. Expansive homes will need more cameras with a wider field of vision, whereas the same number of cameras would not be necessary for smaller suburban home.

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Not Setting Up Alerts

The presence of multiple cameras may be enough to deter most potential intruders, but some may remain undiscouraged. The purpose of a CCTV camera system is so you can monitor any suspicious activity. This is why you need to have alerts set up correctly.

You will want to be notified if there is a threat; the alerts will make you aware of any intruders when you are not at home so you can call the authorities and protect your home and family.

Unobscured Cameras

As alluded to above, visible cameras can sometimes be enough to deter intruders, but you should not rely on this fact. Some criminals may notice your cameras and vandalise them or destroy them, making them ineffective.

To pre-empt this possibility, you can install cameras in less obvious locations. You may even want to disguise them to ensure that no unsavoury characters realise they are being watched!

For high-risk properties, a combination of both visible and less obvious cameras can be useful to help actively deter invaders while also remaining able to record serious activity.

Infrequent Maintenance

You may be tempted to install your cameras, leave it at that and not think about them again until you experience any kind of security threat. This is a mistake!

Checking that your connection is intact and cameras are fully operational is an important part of simple maintenance that should be undertaken on a regular schedule.

Bad weather or other environmental factors can compromise the system and render it ineffective, leaving your home vulnerable. So, check your visibility every now and again to ensure everything is working to your specifications.

Not Consulting a Professional

CCTV installation can be more difficult than many homeowners might suspect. Consulting a professional can help you avoid all of the aforementioned mistakes that lead to ineffective home security systems.

A home security system is not something you want to make mistakes with. If you require expert CCTV installation assistance, why not contact our team today to find out how we could help?

The Benefits of Surround Sound

Setting up a fully equipped home cinema means including a quality sound system. Many homeowners opt for surround sound for enhanced sound quality.

Here at JL Audio Visual, we have years of experience when it comes to surround sound and multi-room speaker systems; we know how important they are to an all-encompassing home cinema experience.

Audio is just as important as visual when it comes to achieving the best possible home theatre setup. We look at the benefits of surround sound and how it could take your at-home experience to the max!

What is Surround Sound?

The term gets thrown around a lot, but what exactly do we mean by surround sound?

The name is fairly indicative; surround sound means you are essentially ‘surrounded’ by audio. Having more than two available audio channels means that sound comes from multiple directions. Different types of sounds are categorised by mixers and distributed between speakers. One speaker’s output might focus on a film’s dialogue while another will emit the musical score.

A 5.1 audio system is touted as the best for domestic use. This means the system is split into five main speaker components, including:

• Center channel speaker
• Left and right front speakers
• Bipole speakers
• Dipole speakers
• Subwoofer

By splitting the sound like this, audio can be of a higher quality and will give a 360-degree feel.

Authentic Audio Experience

The isolated audio elements mean that sound is less muddy and more realistic. With a combination of quality visuals and audio, you can become fully immersed in a film. You’ll feel like you’re really there!

With speakers positioned at optimal points around the room, viewing experiences can feel more engaging. When audio is coming from behind you and either side of you, it can add to the overall excitement or suspense of the movie.

Increased Overall Quality

Surround sound can provide richer and more pristine tones. There is a very noticeable sound difference when compared to a basic speaker system.

This kind of system will mean the clarity of your audio is better than ever. Hearing overlapping dialogue clearly will be no issue and you will get the full impact of explosive or audibly dynamic scenes.

Customisation Options

With more audio channels, there are more opportunities for custom sound levels. You will be able to adjust each speaker to suit your tastes and specifications.

Bass or treble settings can easily be adjusted; mono or stereo speakers may not have the same kind of scope when it comes to customisation. If you are investing in a full home cinema experience, you will want it to be on your terms and to your specifications!

Closer to Real Cinema Experience

Going to the cinema is enjoyable because you are receiving a heightened viewing experience. But what if you could bring this kind of next-level experience home?

Surround sound can help you achieve this. The true cinema experience does not just involve a big screen. Film aficionados will want to be blown away by sound as well as on-screen action! The ability to clearly hear the deep rumbles of the bass and clarity of dialogue will help you achieve this cinematic effect from the comfort of your own home.

Someone watching a movie from behind a pillow

Other Options

Surround sound is by no means the only audio option despite its many benefits. The downside is that surround sound systems can be quite pricey, but if you are willing to invest in them, it can be well worth the cost!

If you’re biding your time and evaluating your options, a soundbar may be something to consider. These speakers can be much cheaper and will provide better sound than a TV’s internal speakers. They will not provide the all-encompassing experience that surround sound can, but they can be effective at giving high-quality audio before deciding to invest in something more extensive.

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If you are thinking about taking your at-home cinema to the next level, why not get in touch with our experienced team to see how we could help?

The Most Popular Movies on Netflix During Lockdown

With the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns across the world, this year has definitely brought some challenges and changes to all our lives. Trying to be positive has been difficult for many, but if there’s one good thing to come out of staying at home all day, it’s all that extra time for Netflix binging!

Here at JL Audio Visual, we know how important a home theatre system can be, especially during these socially-distanced times! Being able to achieve quality visuals and audio from the comfort of your own home is now more relevant and desirable than ever.

Things are slowly starting to return to normal as the movie industry gets back on its feet. In the meantime, there are plenty of films in the Netflix library to be getting on with.

But what were some of the movies that kept us company during the depths of lockdown? Netflix are famously secretive about their viewing stats, but through looking at what frequently appeared on their ‘Top 10’ feature and what was most talked about on social media, we can get a rough estimate of some of the most-watched movies during the lockdown period!

Contagion (2011)

This is an unsurprising if slightly indulgently macabre result. Those who aren’t familiar with the movie might be scratching their heads as to why a 2011 release got a massive boost in renewed interest. To put it simply, this movie depicts a hauntingly similar situation to the one we were all facing at the height of the pandemic.

The movie follows the discovery of a deadly virus after a woman dies suddenly, which seems to catalyse a series of fatal cases. The virus explodes into a global pandemic, and society begins on the path of collapse.

This was probably such a popular choice because many felt it reflected the world’s recent situation. There are no zombies or aliens in this apocalypse, just a virus and the very real-world panic to contend with. Many viewers felt this was a cathartic if eerily prophetic watch.

A map marked with virus outbreaks

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

This movie marks a trend of people revisiting old favourites. What’s more comforting than kicking back with a bucket of popcorn and watching a tried and tested classic?

The epic drama follows a former banker who is found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit. He must come to terms with the horrors of his new life in Shawshank prison while holding onto his hopes and dreams. Our main character befriends another inmate (played by Morgan Freeman); they help each other find solace and eventual redemption.

You can see why themes of hope and redemption might have been something viewers were looking for during all the lockdown uncertainty!

Red boxes full of popcorn

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You (2020)

This recent release appeared on Netflix just before lockdown hit and continued to be a favourite for many over the following months. As a sequel to the much-loved original teen rom-com, this film was bound to have a strong and enduring presence on social media.

Based on the trilogy of books by Jenny Hann, the film continues to follow the relationship of two young high-schoolers and the light-hearted drama that such relationships inevitably bring. The visuals are colourful and cosy, providing the perfect solution to lockdown cabin fever.

It’s sweet, fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, the perfect ingredients for a much-needed comfort film to get people smiling when there wasn’t much else to smile about!

Pink heart lights

These movies show the kind of variable viewing experiences that viewers were reaching for. From all too realistic apocalyptic settings to cheesy high school dramas, lockdown saw it all. There was certainly time to expand upon typical tastes and find some new favourites!

If lockdown made you realise the value of a quality home cinema system, we can help you realise your home theatre dreams! For more information about how we could help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Why Should a Professional Install Your Home Cinema System?

It is exciting when you are finally ready to invest in the complete home cinema experience. Understandably, many homeowners want to get stuck in and take charge of the installation themselves. They want to make sure everything is perfect and meets with their requirements.

However, installation is often far more complex than many people realise. To get the desired level of perfection, your best bet is to hire a professional to install your system.

At JL Audio Visual, we have over 15 years of experience in home cinema installation. With this knowledge, we understand how important it is to get your cinema system just right.

We look at the benefits of having a professional install your home cinema system, so all you’ll have to do is sit back, relax and immerse yourself in a good film!

Speaker Positioning

Professionals will be able to assess your space and figure out the best places to install surround sound speakers. Sound will be an essential part of your cinema experience, so ensuring speakers are in the optimal position will greatly benefit you.

A professional av consultant will be able to consider room insulation and acoustics as well as seating placement when deciding on the most appropriate sound system layout.

Sound Quality

As previously mentioned, sound will be vital for your home cinema. Good quality sound is something that you will want to invest in. A home theatre technician can provide advice on the best speakers for your space and will be able to recommend how to improve sound quality across all your devices.

A TV surrounded by speakers

Screen Advice

The most important part of any home cinema is probably the screen. To ensure that you have the best possible tech for your space and budget, professional installers will advise you on how to get the best viewing experience.

It may not be immediately apparent to you which sized screen is the most appropriate for your room, but a professional will be able to evaluate this.

Cables

For many, dealing with the nest of cords and wires involved in home cinema installation can be a daunting prospect. This is where professionals can help. They can ensure that wires and cables are tucked neatly away and out of sight while also confirming that everything is functioning at full capacity.

Safety and Efficiency

If you install everything yourself, there is a higher chance that something may not be correctly fitted which could lead to safety issues. With the help of a professional, you can have peace of mind that all safety regulations were followed. There is less chance of things going amiss if you don’t go down the DIY route.

Hiring a professional will also allow you to get it right the first time. Problems with connectivity and sound or picture quality can be frustrating and costly. If initial installation is done correctly, your experience will be much better!

Three people watching a big screen

Research and Tools

Ultimately, it is just easier to have the help of someone who knows what they are doing! There is no need to watch confusing video tutorials on various installation methods when a professional is on hand to do it all for you. They will have all the necessary tools needed which will also save you more hassle if you were to attempt installation yourself.

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