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12 Apr 2018: Bespoke Soft Furnishings: A Perfect Complement to Automated Blinds and Curtains
You may be surprised to see an article on soft furnishings from a luxury home technology company but we assure you it's far more logical than you may think.
- We have many years of experience offering automated blinds and curtains to accompany our automated lighting systems. Both require the same sort of control and are usually both programmed and operable from ...
1 Mar 2018: A Hidden TV in Any Mirror
Bespoke Mirror TV Solutions
- An incredibly popular option with both interior designers and design-conscious home owners, mirror TVs may sound counter-intuitive but they are an easy and effective solution for rooms where a hidden TV ...
8 Feb 2018: Watch New Movies at Home the Same Day as Cinema Release
- We all know, even for those with the luxury of a Philharmonic AV home cinema, the lure of a new film release is strong and if you don't want to miss out on the latest blockbuster, you have no choice but ...
27 Jan 2018: Wireless Smart Blinds by Lutron
- Having to run new cabling to install the home technology systems you've always wanted can be a real obstacle to your dream home. For many, this just isn't an option. While a quality cable infrastructure ...
19 Jan 2018: Houzz Best of Design Award 2018 Press Release
- Philharmonic Audio Visual Ltd Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018 Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Improvement and Design Professionals in the UK and Around the World London, United ...
2 Oct 2017: CEDIA Home Cinema Award Winners
2017 CEDIA Awards - Wandsworth Home Cinema
- We are delighted to announce that we were awarded Best Home Cinema Under 40,000 pounds at this year's CEDIA awards for our Wandsworth Home Cinema project. The awards this year were held on Platform 9 ¾ ...
13 Sep 2017: Hidden Delights
Do you have to have speakers on show if you want music in a room? We explore the options below...
- "I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." Billy Joel. Billy's right, ...
8 Aug 2017: SkyQ - The Inside Track
Why you may want to consider upgrading to SkyQ, and what to consider if you do.
- SkyQ is Sky's latest TV service offering. It's the biggest change to their service since Sky+ was released many years ago. Here, we cover some of the reasons you may want to upgrade to SkyQ, and what you ...
19 May 2017: Grand Designs Live
- On Saturday 6th May, I was happily participating in the "Ask the Expert" section of the Grand Designs Live show at Excel, London. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to take part a couple of times ...
4 Mar 2017: Lighting System Design - A Different Approach
Taking a different approach to lighting system design can save on space and cables.
- If you have looked through our previous blogs, you'll know we at Philharmonic AV are big fans of intelligent lighting control. We have discussed the many advantages that such a system can provide, but ...
6 Feb 2017: Houzz Best of Design Award 2017 Press Release
- Philharmonic Audio Visual Ltd Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017 Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Improvement and Design Professionals in the UK and Around the World London, United ...
27 Jan 2017: Newsletter - Part 2: January 2017
- Dear Reader, Welcome back to the second part of our newsletter, in which we update you with a few thoughts on the current state-of-play in the AV market. We hope January has treated you kindly! Over ...
19 Dec 2016: Newsletter - Part 1: December 2016
- Dear Reader, As 2016 draws to a close, we have been reflecting on the many goings on at Philharmonic AV and within the AV industry. For both, this year has seen great change and we are excited to share ...
9 Aug 2016: Virtual Reality At Home
Partying With The HTC Vive
- Sometimes you just have to try something to see what the hype is all about and our Director, Phil, is always a willing pioneer. The HTC Vive is the latest in VR technology for the home and we simply couldn't ...
28 Jul 2016: AV Service and Maintenance Contracts
- In today's connected world, people are increasingly choosing to make their homes more intelligent - home cinemas, distributed audio such as Linn or Sonos, control systems of all shapes and sizes, CCTV ...
4 Jul 2016: Voice Control in Home Automation
- While the world is still largely unaware of the imminent explosion of voice control in our lives (and homes), our industry has been waxing lyrical about it for some time. So what's all the fuss about? ...
20 Jun 2016: Virtual Reality and AV
- This year the tech world has been talking about one thing more than any other: Virtual Reality. The uses for this futuristic technology are infinite but we'd like to talk about just one, and it might just ...
23 May 2016: Workflow Wonder
- Processes. Processes. Processes. Any member of the Philharmonic AV team can tell you, we're obsessed! While they may seem rather less fun than our day-to-day work of installing exceptional home AV systems, ...
5 Apr 2016: The New Control4 Range
- Control4 have recently launched a brand spanking new range of Control Processors - the EA Range. We're excited and, if you're in the market for home automation, you should be too. These sleek boxes have ...
22 Mar 2016: What to Look for in an AV Company
- These days, technology is everywhere and it's a great time to be working in the AV industry - more and more people are getting excited about the infinite technological possibilities of their home. Home ...
14 Mar 2016: LED Lamps - What You Need to Know
- In September, the manufacture of many halogen lamps will stop, thanks to the same legislation that saw the end of the trusty 100W incandescent lamp. This includes the most common type of lamp used in downlight ...
8 Mar 2016: Why We Chose Arcam
- Anyone who has been following us for several years will know about our focus on performance and commitment to only supplying equipment we whole-heartedly believe in. A case in point is our relationship ...
29 Feb 2016: Why we are a CEDIA Member
- I have been planning to write this post for some time and my tardiness now requires me to start with a quick disclaimer: in November I was fortunate enough to be voted on to the CEDIA EMEA Board, which ...
23 Feb 2016: OLED vs LED TV
- For the last decade or so, we have been obsessed with the amount of pixels we can cram into a display, first with HD and now with the recent emergence of 4K. But is this really the be-all and end-all? If ...
16 Feb 2016: What is Multi-Room Video
- If you're looking to transform your house into a smart home, then being able to watch the news, the latest boxset, that new release on Netflix or your family's favourite film in any room of your home, ...
10 Feb 2016: What is Multi-Room Audio
- 'Multi-room audio' is probably a term you've heard many times and if you're considering renovating your home, it's an absolute must. But what is it? Simply, multi-room audio is having the ability to ...
1 Feb 2016: Smart Home Lighting
What is Smart Home Lighting?
- Even if you don't know it, you probably have a perfect lighting setup for every occasion (known in the trade as a "lighting scene"). No doubt you've sat in a room where it is too bright to relax or too ...
15 Jan 2016: Room Correction
What Is Room Correction and Why Should You Bother?
- We all want great sound from our audio equipment. We spend our hard earned cash on the best system we can afford, unpack our shiny new toys and give it pride of place in the living room. Why then does ...
8 Jan 2016: What is 4K
- The newest video standard to emerge since Full HD, 4K contains four times the amount of detail compared to a standard HD image and is an exciting upgrade to our viewing pleasure. Arguably the most striking ...
18 Dec 2015: The 4K Kaleidescape Encore Line
4K UltraHD Technology Out Of The Cinema And Into Your Home
- Kaleidescape's latest Encore Line is set to be the first to bring true 4K UltraHD content to the home. As ever, they do it in an exceptionally beautiful and technologically advanced way. When the new ...
13 Nov 2015: Building Information Modelling and AV Solutions
- Building Information Modelling sounds complex, right? Well, yes and no. The very bright people who make Building Information Modelling (BIM) software certainly put a lot of complex things into it, but ...
24 Sep 2015: What is High Resolution Audio
- We've all thought it, when watching the news in Ultra HD or 4K. You can see all the pores, stray hairs and wrinkles in the anchor's clothes. Not glamorous, but very real. So is it the same experience when ...
4 Sep 2015: Understanding Control Systems And Home Automation
- They might have been a little overzealous in the 1930's to think that in 50 years hence we'd be wing-walking on spacecraft without the shackles of breathing apparatus. But while this may remain a film ...
12 Aug 2015: Ellis Designs' Article on the Philharmonic AV Show Home
- The following article was written by Ellis Designs, a progressive architectural design company, and appears on their website: Now That's Entertainment! Audio Visual Design. "Less talking, more listening." ...
7 Aug 2015: What Is Dolby Atmos
- What is it about the experience of going to the cinema that pulls us back with every new film release? If it's seeing a blockbuster on a high resolution screen that's as wide as your field of vision, with ...
24 Mar 2015: New Premium Cinema Seating From CinemaTech
A Review of The Latest & Greatest
- At the ISE audio-visual expo this year, we previewed American company CinemaTech's new cinema seating for 2015. Recently launched, we believe that these premium models will redefine the design standard ...
23 Mar 2015: Managed vs Unmanaged Wi-Fi
Why Do I lose Internet Signal In My Home?
- "Why have I only got one bar of signal while I'm right next to an access point in my house?". "Why are my mobile devices losing internet connection even though I'm still at home?". Sound familiar? If you ...
20 Mar 2015: The Fastest Broadband In The World
The Fastest Broadband In The World
- Hyperfast and Gigabit Broadband: The Fastest Broadband In The World The days of dial-up are long gone and even broadband as we currently know it is being made to look like a "slow coach" by the new ...
16 Mar 2015: Mirror Televisions
The Stylish Television Option
- Mirror Televisions by PictureFrame.TV The Stylish Television Option What Is A Mirror TV? A mirror TV is essentially a two way mirror in front of a TV, making it the most discrete of TVs and a particularly ...
5 Mar 2015: Top 5 Outdoor Speaker Systems
A concise list of our favourite premium outdoor speaker options.
- The 5 Best Outdoor Speakers The most sociable season is approaching, and our anticipation is growing as the mornings get brighter and the evenings get warmer. Summer is a time for catching up with friends, ...
15 Jan 2015: How Revit Will Revolutionise Creative Industries
As proud early adopters of the revolutionary new 3D design tool 'Revit', we would like to share with you reasons to follow suit.
- If you're a creative, chances are, you will have heard of Revit, but for those who haven't it is an exciting new 3D design tool with features to drool over. Here's why. <div style="clear:both" align="center"><a ...
14 Jul 2014: CEDIA Awards 2014
- Hunter S Thompson once said that every glittering ounce of good news "should be cherished and hoarded and worshipped and fondled like a priceless diamond." We agree. And so here it is, Philharmonic's good ...
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