Professional Audio Consultants Technology Blog

Smart homes are no longer a concept of the future. Almost every new home being built in suburban America is equipped with the latest in home technology from the simplest “Alexa” by Amazon to the most intricate, custom-programmed home systems like Crestron and Savant. We...

Since the 1800’s, people have been trying to create and perfect playback audio. It wasn’t always straightforward and took many renditions to produce. In the present day, more technology can be held in the palm of your hand than that took the first men to...

The entire staff both past and present want to acknowledge the contributions that Thomas Churchill AKA Church imparted to Professional Audio Consultants. Church was integral to the success of PAC from the original formation in 1974 up until his untimely passing on July 20th 2011. Church...

The voice controlled assistant is one of the most misunderstood recent technologies that my clients are asking for. There are several products that have become very popular. There are set top cable boxes that utilize voice control. These work best with standalone TVs. When the...

For the last several years the dominating technology in premium video display devices has been 4K, AKA, UHD TV. Video display devices in sizes starting at 49” are available with technology that allows them to display the highest resolution image available today. The beauty of...

Now that home automation and systems integration has become a technology trend that is quite popular and more affordable, along with new home entertainment, more homeowners and business owners should consider the possibilities. The ability to preset a variety of lighting scenes in each room...

For the last three years movie studios have been enhancing the soundtracks of most of the movies they are releasing with Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound. The enhancement is related to the addition of a three dimensional sound field while mixing and engineering the audio...

The demands that modern tech products place on your home computer and WiFi network have become significant. The number of tech devices that we all depend on everyday has grown exponentially. The average family has as many as ten or more smartphones, tablets, laptop and...

Arguably, even more important than the upgrade to high-end turntables is making sure that your vinyl stays in tip-top shape. Firstly, storing your valuable record collection properly is the first step of vinyl record maintenance to increase longevity and play-ability of your music collection. There...

As the owner of PAC, I have witnessed the disappointed look on the faces of friends and clients that either dug their old college dorm room turntable out of the attic, or bought a new one online. The disappointment was created by the lack of...

Why do the movies that I pay-per-view or buy On Demand look and sound below par? How can I get a true “online home theater”? The broadcast suppliers are to blame. This includes Comcast, Verizon, Directv, Dish, and Optimum. All of those broadcast services stream the...

I think the easiest way to help my clients and friends select the best audio enhancement for their new high resolution flat screen sound is to break the options down into three categories. Good, better, and best. A good and cost effective way to get improved...

Gone are the days of the old school whole home music system that included now antiquated source components such as AM/FM tuners and multi-disc CD players. Gone are the wall mounted keypads and touch screens that controlled them. They have been replaced by a new...

After over 40 years in the high-end audio industry, I have learned much about proper set up, installation, and calibration of both 2-channel music systems and surround sound systems. The practical experience I have gained by becoming an authorized dealer for the top audio brands...

The single most important component in an up-to-date home entertainment system is the universal home remote. The entire user experience is dependent on how predictable, consistent, and reliable your system is. Amazing 4K video resolution and immersive 7.1 surround sound is meaningless if nothing happens...

Today’s outdoor living spaces have become very diverse and sophisticated. We enjoy outdoor kitchens and bars, fire pits and fireplaces, hot tubs and spas, and much more. And there are also the traditional spaces like patios, decks, gardens, terraces, pools, tennis and basketball courts, to...

Hardware There are three key components that every turntable is comprised of: the turntable itself, the tone arm, and the phono cartridge. The simplest and most popular way to purchase high-end turntables is by choosing the fully-integrated design. All three components are pre-selected for compatibility and are...

Now you see it, now you don’t – When not in use the TV becomes a mirror! Does this modern day family feud sound vaguely familiar? – Dad wants a large screen TV to watch football, your teenage daughter needs a surround sound system...

Sonos systems make your Wi-Fi go HI-Fi! The Sonos Multi-Room Music System is revolutionizing home stereo, and Professional Audio Consultants is the source for all your Sonos music needs in Short Hills, Livingston, Summit and throughout Union, Morris and Essex Counties in northern New Jersey...

Enjoy a real home theater experience with Kaleidescape – the dedicated movie server! Americans have amassed over 13 billion DVDs and Blu-ray Discs – about 110 per household. That can make managing and enjoying your collection a real challenge – but not with Kaleidescape! –...

It’s time for you to own the ultimate in fully-integrated custom home theater, audio video, and home automation – indoors and out – creating a remarkable experience of entertainment perfection, pristine sound quality, and 21st century technology advances that give you the Good Life at...

I have some observations regarding the changing listening habits and performance standards of my friends, family, and clients. When I first started my business back in 1973, PAC concentrated on high-end audio systems only. That was the only technology that mattered to me. I was...

PAC is recognized at the Metro Builders Association Awards of Excellence for the following categories: "Best Sales Presentation Video" and "Best Special Feature Room Design". Ralph worked together with Crestron Electronics to Create a sales video for their home automation system, specifically the custom lighting and shade...

Voice Controlled Assistant What you need to know: The voice controlled assistant is one of the most misunderstood recent technologies that my clients are asking for. There are several products that have become very popular. There are set top cable boxes that utilize voice control. These work...

High-end Audio Systems and the Changing Landscape of Sound I have some observations regarding the changing listening habits and performance standards of my friends, family, and clients. When I first started my business back in 1973, PAC concentrated on high-end audio systems only. That was the...

4K Video Display Devices For the last several years the dominating technology in premium video display devices has been 4K, AKA, UHD TV. Video display devices in sizes starting at 49” are available with technology that allows them to display the highest resolution image available today....

Motorized Drapes and Lighting Control Now that home automation and systems integration has become a technology trend that is quite popular and more affordable, along with new home entertainment, more home owners and business owners should consider the possibilities. The ability to preset a variety of...

New Home Entertainment - Storage, Delivery, Installation Where once viewed as luxury items, smart home automation, reliable wireless connectivity, 3d Surround Sound, and indoor/outdoor entertainment systems are now necessities for young upwardly mobile families. When builders and contractors include integrated technologies in their offerings, the finished...