Frequently Asked Questions

What type of cables do you recommend to future proof at the TV location?

Depending on distance and application.  Minimum type(s) of cables we recommend are 1 HDMI highspeed w/Ethernet 2.0, 2 Cat6 and 2 Cat5e.  Certainly 3 Cat6 should be sufficient for most applications even without the HDMI cable. HDMI over fiber is an option for long distances over 5m-7m.  Fiber optics (siamese) is the best option to prepare for 18Gbps data rate and beyond; especially for longer runs.

Can I share multiple audio/video sources among a number of TV's?

Absolutely! HDMI matrix switches. The matrix can be controlled via IR & RS232. You can share any A/V sources to any of the TV’s at any given time.

What solutions do you offer in regards of hidden speakers? I do not want to see the speakers or speaker grills.

We offer a wide range of speakers for the, “no where to be seen” application. Stealth Acoustics offer different formats that best fits these types of applications. The speakers can be completely plastered, textured and painted-up to 3 coats of paint In addition, we can have artwork created by our featured and globally known artist Tracy Griffith to compliment a selection of wall/area and you can still listen to your music without the cosmetics of traditional speakers. We can also digital wrap the speakers with custom artwork, photos or actually have Tracy Griffith custom paint the speakers just for you.

Do cables matter?

Cables do matter in respects to the application. Cable manufactures have many levels of their product line. There are factors to take into consideration i.e length, signal path, indoor-outdoor, plenum, and fire rating. For in-wall/ceiling, attic and crawl space installations the cable must be minimum UL/CL2 rated (all A/V types of wiring). A rule of thumb, always use true balanced a.k.a. directional audio cables. This will assist in guiding noise out of your system. Planning to run RG6 coax through out the house-quad shielding is best. Please contact us for additional information in respects to your application.

What are some of the benefits of Audio/Video calibrations?

Intelligible dialogue, life like clarity, subtle details at low volume and full smooth sound which envelopes you. Movie makers and recording engineers follow specific industry standards to capture and record the sound (Dolby, DTS, SMPTE, and THX). If your sound system and listening room are professionally calibrated to accurately reproduce that industry standard sound, you will be overwhelmed with the experience and sense of “being there.” You will hear the soft rustle of the leaves in the distance, helicopters will fly right over your head directly in sync with the movie, and voices will be crystal clear. You won’t have to turn it up louder in the quiet parts of the movie to hear what they’re saying, and then turn it back down again during the action scenes anymore! If your home theater isn’t calibrated, you’re being robbed of the full experience the director and audio engineers intended. 

What is the difference between ISF Video Calibration and basic set-up?

From TV salespeople to TV reviewers, you’ll often hear the word “calibrate” thrown around. It is said that getting your TV calibrated will improve its performance, increase its accuracy, and even make it less power hungry.

So what is calibration?

Calibration vs. Setup
Often the words “calibration” and “setup” are used interchangeably. This is incorrect. Real calibration requires specialized test equipment, while setup is what you can do with the basic TV controls by eye or even better, with a Blu-ray setup disc.

If you want to get the best and most accurate performance from your investment then hiring a trained ISF Calibrator is the way to go. All trained and certified ISF calibrators have the same basic training but not all have gone beyond that. It take more than the initial ISF class, in fact it takes years of training and experience to become an expert in the field.

What goes on
If you haven’t done anything to your TV, a calibrator’s first job is usually ensuring the TV is set up correctly. This can include checking you have the right cables connected, that sources are outputting the correct resolution, and so on.

Only a trained ISF calibrator, using a reference level test pattern generator, goes through all the TV’s settings to make sure it looks its best. This includes correctly setting the contrast and b