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STV are specialists in discreet sound installations. From speech and induction loops system right through to concert quality Church, Club, Pub and Stage applications, we can provide the ideal solution combining our technical expertise and years of experience.

We make it our aim to design to your needs a specialist, sound system that meets all of your requirements.

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Immerse yourself in the latest movies and TV with quality sound. Choose from wireless and bluetooth models, and add a subwoofer for unparalleled audio quality.

Experience The Thrills of a Cinema at Home!                                                                         Nowadays, people do not have much time to enjoy a movie at the cinema. This is due to the fact modern jobs are becoming more and more demanding timewise. However, there is a readily available solution for these persons: the home cinema. The latter allows everyone to enjoy the thrills of a full-fledged cinema without having to set foot outside. A home cinema system can provide the most immersive experiences one can possibly imagine.

Surround Sound Makes The Difference

The sound system is the next most important element of a cinema. As a matter of fact, film-makers are now able to decide exactly where every single sound should come from. This is called surround sound and is the only way of experiencing that form of home entertainment to its full extent. However, having speakers around a room often leads to having cables all over the place. To avoid that, people resort to trunking most of the time.  a product which solves those two problems at once: wireless speakers. Those are connected to the entire network of equipment via Wi-Fi.

Site Visits for Installation planning
STV’S task is to make sure that our customers get the best out of their home cinema. This all starts with a site visit, where it evaluates the room in which one intends to replicate a movie theatre. This allows our team to better advise interested parties on the product that will suit their needs the most.

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Epson, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung; the best brands available in the industry.

What is a ‘Sound Bar’ system?

As our TVs have become increasingly slimmer, their audio output has diminished correspondingly with the size of their chassis’. Where once the manufacturers would try and coax you into buying a 5.1 system, to deal with the shortfall in sound, most of their efforts are now concentrated at selling you packages with greater convenience and less unsightly wires to conceal.

True multichannel audio is now seen as the preserve of the enthusiast and the rise of the soundbar or, more recently, the speaker base goes on relentlessly.
We’d still advocate the use of a 5.1 (or above) system, where possible, but we also know it can be a challenge, both in accommodating multiple speakers and/or gaining the approval to do so in the living room environment.

A major benefit of the soundbar is that it presents a swift and virtually effortless upgrade to your TV’s audio, requiring virtually no specialist knowledge.
Assuming you have assessed and subsequently dismissed the idea of multiple speakers, for whatever reason, then the motives for opting for a soundbar are fairly obvious. First and foremost, they will make the speakers fitted in your flat panel TV sound substandard, which, for the most part, they are. We have of late seen some effort from the TV manufacturers to improve the audio but a soundbar with only a very modest price will still outperform even Sony’s current flagship TV which has been specifically designed to have impressive speakers.

What is Sonos?

Sonos is the wireless home sound system that fills as many rooms as you want with great-sounding music, movies and TV. Stream via WiFi. Play whatever you’re craving. And amp up every moment with intense, pulse-pounding sound.

Soundbar or Speakerbase?                                                                                                                             If you thought a soundbar was the last word in a tidy and convenient audio solution, think again. One of the current major trends in the industry has been for speakerbases/soundplates/soundbases/call them what you want, as they all amount to the same thing. Think of them as an audio shelf on which to place your TV, thus taking up little, or no more, footprint than that of your TVs base-stand.

Despite the relative newness of the product category, we’ve already seen quite a number of these devices for review,  Each performed quite well with, in general, sound processing that gave the impression that audio was coming out of the centre of the screen, rather than below it. The fact that they are generally smaller than a soundbar means they have less separation and bass impact, however, as the subwoofers are built in, rather than supplied as separate units, as we get with the majority of soundbar packages.

HIFI MUSIC SYSTEM SEPARATES

What are ‘separates’ and why should I have them?

Separates as a term refers to component hi-fi systems – what some might call a ‘stacking system’ – where each unit has its own function, e.g. an amplifier, CD player and turntable. The main drawback is that component systems are usually bulkier, but because each unit is specialised to particular tasks, you will get the best performance for your money.

You’ll also be rewarded with a much more flexible system that can develop over time as your tastes and technology change around it. Whether you know what you’re after or not, we are always happy to help with set up, servicing and repairs.

What is streaming?

Streaming simply means sending media from one place to another. For example, when you watch a video online, e.g. on BBC iPlayer, you’re streaming it from the BBC’s system to your device. It doesn’t just happen through the internet. If you have videos, photos or music stored on your computer you can stream them through your own wireless network to your TV or hi-fi too.

In this connected age, more and more equipment offers streaming capabilities of some sort, it’s what makes a ‘Smart TV’ smart for example. Come and speak to us and find out what will work for you.

What you need to know about Bluetooth

Bluetooth connectivity has played an important role in revolutionising how we listen to our music today.

Portable Bluetooth speakers are without a doubt one of the most popular options when it comes to enjoying your music wherever you are. It allows you to wirelessly connect and stream tracks straight from your smartphone or tablet, using music services such as Spotify and Deezer or playing them from your own library. Continuous improvements in portable Bluetooth speakers also mean that they now commonly deliver punchy sound and a long battery life that far outweigh their small size.

Some headphones, stereo amplifiers, mobile phones and even home cinema products also feature Bluetooth, giving you the freedom to enjoy hi-fi quality sound without being bound by wires.

What is a stereo bluetooth?                                                                                                                     Music carried through bluetooth (a type of wireless connection) to dual channels… as in left and right speakers.

Internet radio vs DAB radio – what’s best?

 

There’s no doubt about it, DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radios are brilliant products. Digital radio transmission offers many benefits over traditional FM/AM radio, such as a huge array of stations, wonderfully clear sound, and unbelievable ease tuning in – eliminating white noise between stations.

Internet radio, on the other hand, offers far more stations (over 20,000 at last count!). It doesn’t rely on local radio signals and instead allows you to listen to music and talk shows from all over the world in the comfort of your own home. Plus, if you’re travelling to another country, you can still tune into your favourite stations from back home.

Although the quality of internet radio stations vary considerably, they have the potential for better sound quality than DAB. Another advantage of internet radio over the alternatives is catch-up services, such as BBC iPlayer Radio. With all of this ease and functionality, you’ll be discovering new music and relaxing with your old favourites as easily as 1-2-3.

 

What is Apple TV


What is Apple TV and do I need an iPhone to use it?

Apple TV is a palm-sized black plastic box that connects to your television set via an HDMI cable. Then it connects to your home wireless network and brings the magic of Internet video to your TV. It comes with a simple three-button remote.

Apple TV is a  palm-sized black plastic box that connects to your television set via an HDMI cable. Then it connects to your home wireless network and brings the magic of Internet video to your TV. It comes with a simple three-button remote.

It was initially described as a “hobby” for Apple. Which, in retrospect, is sort of like Apple saying, “Hey man, I’m just shooting hoops in the backyard,” when actually it’s gunning for a spot in the NBA. Since the product’s launch in 2007, Apple has sold 25 million of these little boxes.

Let me back up a bit first. There are “dumb” TVs, and there are “smart” TVs. Smart TVs can connect to the Internet and run Web apps somewhere within the interface of the television set — click around with the remote, and you can find things like Netflix, YouTube and Facebook. “Dumb” TVs don’t.

A box like Apple TV — also known as a set-top box — bridges the gap. You connect Apple TV to your TV via HDMI, switch inputs to Apple TV and voila, you are accessing Web video apps on your nice big TV screen.

The funny thing is, even some people with smart TVs still use Apple TV. This might be because they’ve canceled their cable subscription and use Apple TV to access video content on their TV, or because the Apple TV interface is just so much easier to navigate. (I am in the latter camp.)

You asked whether you need an iPhone to use Apple TV. You do not — but you do need an iTunes account, which you’ll use to sign up, log in and buy stuff like TV shows and movies off of Apple TV.

So what exactly can you watch on it? Apple TV has more than 50 “channels,” streaming stuff from Netflix, YouTube, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, MLB.tv, ESPN, Disney, ABC News, CNBC and more. There’s a full list here. That doesn’t mean you get all of the same content you would get from cable channels; you simply get access to the stuff that the content provider has decided to make available over the Web.

In terms of other set-top boxes, Apple’s biggest competitor in this space is the  Roku 3. Roku also offers a streaming “stick” that basically does the same thing. Roku’s claim to fame is that it offers more than 2,000 Web video channels, which is pretty remarkable. (However, I have yet to meet a Roku owner who actually takes advantage of all of these. If you know someone, please introduce me.)

Then there’s Google’s Chromecast stick, which “casts” or throws the content you’re watching on your iPhone, Android phone or Chrome Web browser onto your TV screen; and Amazon’s Fire TV stick,  It streams a lot of the same popular apps that the others do, but also works with an Amazon remote that lets you search for videos using voice control.

So there are plenty of options. But if Apple does turn “Apple TV” into an over-the-top service for streaming video that would normally only be accessed through cable, that’s a huge differentiator for this little box.

What is the Amazon Fire Stick?

The Amazon Fire Stick is a small device the size of a flash drive that plugs into a TVs HDMI port.
What is the Amazon Fire Stick

The Fire Stick enables any TV to stream content over WiFi such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, HBO go, and much more.
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A remote control is included that works with buttons or voice commands, new versions now included Alexa Virtual Assistant.
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It can basically turn any TV into a Smart TV by simply plugging it into a HDMI video port.

Introduced in 2014 the Fire Stick is in competition with Google Chromecast, and Roku.

Amazons Fire Stick, Chromcast, and Roku, are a new breed of electronics called Streaming TV Sticks that stream movies and TV shows from online sources.
e Stick is a small device the size of a flash drive that plugs into a TVs HDMI port.

The Fire Stick enables any TV to stream content over WiFi such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Pandora, HBO go, and much more.

A remote control is included that works with buttons or voice commands, new versions now included Alexa Virtual Assistant.

It can basically turn any TV into a Smart TV by simply plugging it into a HDMI video port.Introduced in 2014 the Fire Stick is in competition with Google Chromecast, and Roku.

Amazons Fire Stick, Chromcast, and Roku, are a new breed of electronics called Streaming TV Sticks that stream movies and TV shows from online sources.

 

What is Plex

Plex lets you stream your media anywhere, on any device.

And, it’s really simple to start using…

How it works:

  1. Install and run the Plex Media Server on a computer (or compatible NAS device) where all your media is stored and managed in movie, TV show, home video, music, and photo libraries.
  2. Install and open the Plex App on virtually any device—smartphone, tablet, smart TV, streaming device, game console, personal computer, or any browser.
  3. Wherever you are, press play, sit back, and enjoy your media as it streams from the Plex Media Server to your device.

 

 What is Google Chromecast

The Google Chromecast is a cheap, simple way to stream video content right to your TV. Competing with the likes of Rokuand Apple TV, the Chromecast plugs into your TV and grants easy access to multiple streaming services, from Netflix and YouTube to Hulu and Google Play. You can even throw content from your Chrome browser to the big screen.

 

Q.: What is Chromecast?

A.: Chromecast is a device that you plug into your TV’s HDMI port, powered by a USB cable (included). Using your smartphone or computer as a remote control, you can use Chromecast to access video content from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, the Google Play Store and other services. You can also use it to stream almost any kind of content from the Chrome browser on a computer.

Q.: What do I need for Chromecast?

A.: At bare minimum, you’ll need a Chromecast dongle, an HDTV with a spare HDMI port, a stable Wi-Fi connection and a computer or mobile device. The Chromecast stick includes a USB cable for power and a power adapter. If your TV has a USB port, you can plug the power cable right in. If not, you can use a wall adapter. You can control the device with smartphones or tablets running Android or iOS, as well as computers running the Windows or Mac OS X operating systems.

MORE: Chromecast vs. Roku Stick vs. Amazon Fire TV Stick

Q.: How does Chromecast work?

A.: Chromecast acts as a transmitter between your TV and your streaming video provider, like a cable box or an antenna. Netflix (or YouTube, or Hulu, or Google Play) broadcasts content to your Chromecast, which then displays on your TV. To learn how to use it with a mobile device, consult the Tom’s Guide how-to.

Q.: Why do I need Chromecast?

A.: Suppose you subscribe to video streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, but you can only access those services on your PC, tablet or smartphone, all of which have small screens. If you would rather curl up on your living room couch and watch content on a big screen, Chromecast may be the gadget for you.