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A Guide To Smart Lighting For Your Home

A Guide To Smart Lighting For Your Home

The internet of things is well and truly upon us! With more and more everyday appliances and fitting become automated, there’s not much you can’t connect in your home. One of our favourites at the moment is smart lighting. So what exactly is smart lighting? Smart lighting uses home automation technology to give your lighting an edge in precision, practicality, and overall liveability. Our lights are what really rules our perception of our homes. So why not get the best of the best? Smart lighting has a lot to offer every home, and this guide will tell you why. Continue reading

Home Automation Trends

The Top Home Automation Trends For 2019

Home automation is a relatively new trend in its own right. Only in the last few years has home automation technology truly developed to a point where its integration is easy and effective. But believe us, new trends are emerging in home automation almost weekly. Home automation technology is advancing faster than ever before, and the sooner you get it configured in your home, the better! But where do you start? To answer that question, we’ve taken a look at some of 2019’s most impressive home automation trends. Here’s what we’ve found. Continue reading

Must Have Home Theatre Components

5 Must Have Home Theatre Components

Home theatres are a DIY dream. They turn a spare room, lounge room, or even garage into the ultimate entertainment den. With a home theatre, you get the cinema experience on your terms. However, putting together the perfect home theatre room is a complex affair. It requires planning, equipment, and a little bit of technical expertise. So if this is your first time with a home theatre project, let’s have a look at the nuts and bolts. With these must-have components, your home theatre will live up to each and every one of your expectations. Continue reading

TV Buying Guide

TV Buying Guide 2019

TVs have come a long way in the last decade. Now, more than ever, you can get high quality for low prices. But there’s one catch: you have to decide which one to get! As far as first world problems go, struggling to choose a TV is up there. But it’s a problem nonetheless; there are just so many options that the decision can feel impossible. Luckily, we’ve put together a bit of a buying guide for your TV selection in 2019. With these tips, you can narrow down your options and, hopefully, come away with the TV that’s perfect for you. Continue reading

Automated Motorised Shades

5 Benefits of Automated Motorised Shades

More and more, we’re seeing automation technology find its way into new and exciting parts of our lives. One such area that has seen the tech boost is shades. Specifically, we’re talking about automated motorised shades. Automated motorised shades have the tech double-whammy. First, there’s the motor; these shades raise and lower independently thanks to a small motor in their rollers. Then, there’s the automation; wherever there’s a motor, there’s automation technology to go with it! Sounds great, of course, but what about its actual benefits? Rest assured – there are plenty! Here are our five favourites. Continue reading

How To Choose A Home Theatre Projector

How To Choose A Home Theatre Projector

Home theatres are without a doubt the best way to enjoy the latest cinematic releases. It has all the perks of a cinema but without the ticket prices and crowds. However, a home theatre system is only as good as its projector. The projector is what delivers your crystal clear, cinema-quality image. If it is compromised in any way, then so is your viewing experience. Sound like high stakes, right! Well, not necessarily. If you follow a few basic tips when you’re choosing a home theatre projector, you’ll come away with the right one for sure. So let’s take a look at a few of those tips below. Continue reading

Home Security Automation Systems

A Guide To Home Security Automation Systems

Home security is still a priority for a lot of homeowners. But it looks a lot different now to what it used to. In years passed, extensive home security could leave your house looking more like a prison than a home. Now, though, you have access to more effective and less intrusive home security. And that’s all thanks to the advancing technology of home security automation systems. These systems essentially give you complete control over your home. They connect the various tech components of your home, and place them under your control through a singular operating system. And with everything from light switches to door locks under your command, your home security will be pretty high. If that sounds good to you, take a look at some of your options below.

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Types of Audio Visual Equipment

5 Types Of Audio Visual Equipment For Your Home

Home audio visual equipment is improving its quality by the day. Innovations in technology and design are providing some of the most remarkable types of audio visual equipment. As a result, AV wish lists are expanding quicker than ever before. But if you’re looking to modernise your home’s audio visual set up, what should you go for first? With so much on offer, making a choice is hard. However, we’re confident that some of the suggestions below will get you started well. Continue reading

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An Audiovisual Geek’s Guide To Smart Home Technology

Smart home technology is moving at a rate so fast that few can keep up. That’s why we have put together this audiovisual geek’s guide to smart home technology. We have taken a few of our absolute favourites and matched them up to demonstrate the remarkable variety of products that are available to us all today. Of course, this is just a few of the many examples of how smart home technology can improve our lives. So if you’re inspired by anything, get out and research some more. No doubt there is no end of fascinating gadgets to entertain, inform, and even protect you! Continue reading

5 Tips For Choosing Your Home Theatre Speakers

The centrepiece of almost all home theatres is a big screen. It’s the first thing you see, and often the most impressive. But it’s not necessarily the most important. What really distinguishes your home theatre from a TV room is the sound. And when it comes to sound, your choice of home theatre speakers is paramount. If you choose your home theatre speakers well, you will have a home entertainment system that is unparalleled! So take a look at our tips for choosing the right home theatre speakers, and road test them down at your local AV store.

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FAQs: Designing A Home Theatre Room

FAQs: Designing A Home Theatre Room

Home theatre rooms shouldn’t be underestimated – they are often a great place to spend time with the family! But when you’re designing a home theatre room, there are a few things that you should take into account. A lot of the components you will be dealing with are quite technical, and the devil is in the details. Unsurprisingly, a lot of people come to us with questions on designing a home theatre room for the first time. That’s why we have come up with this list of FAQs. So have a read – hopefully, it will put you on track for your home theatre project. Continue reading

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Top 5 Coolest Smart Home Gadgets

We say it all the time, but the future is now! Even we are surprised on a regular basis by the sheer mastery of today’s smart home gadgets. There are so many to choose from as well – you can get anything from remote access locks, to full home automation. So if you’re setting out on a smart home odyssey, to bring your home into the technological age, where do you even begin? The choice is all yours – but to give you a starting point, here are our five favourite smart home gadgets. Continue reading

5 Benefits Of Smart Home Technology To Make Your Life Easier

5 Benefits Of Smart Home Technology To Make Your Life Easier

Trying to distil just five benefits of smart home technology is no mean feat. Put simply, smart home technology can be one of the best ways to really consolidate your home to suit your lifestyle. It places you at the helm of an entire home’s worth of appliances. From coffee machines and lights, to security systems and entertainment, you can control it all from the palm of your hand. Needless to say, coming up with this list took us a while – there are just so many benefits to choose from, and these five barely scratch the surface! Still, we hope they demonstrate to you just how profoundly smart home technology can improve your life. Continue reading

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Binge Worthy Shows To Put Your Home Theatre Upgrade Through Its Paces

If your home theatre project is like most, then it has been a while in the making. And now that it’s finished, there’s only one thing to do: put it through its paces! But, with so many movies and tv series on offer, where do you even begin? Ultimately, that depends on your own preferences. However, we have collected a few of our favourites to get you started. And, although all of these shows are very different, they are linked by one thing: binge worthiness! Believe us, once you get started on these it will be hard to stop. So sit back, relax, and put your home theatre upgrade to the test. Continue reading

Upgrade Your Home Theatre

5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Home Theatre

Home theatres: they’re a place of comfort, relaxation, and second-to-none viewing experiences. More and more, homeowners are coming to realise this, as the home theatre movement takes off. And what’s not to love? You can view all the latest releases from the comfort of your own well-appointed and comfortable room. But, to get the most out of your experience, you’ll need to keep up with the gadgets. Continue reading

The latest in smart home entertainment systems

The Latest In Smart Home Entertainment Systems

The latest in smart home entertainment systems: that’s probably something you’ve heard before! Smart home systems seem to move so quickly that there is a new ‘latest system’ every day. So how can you tell which developments are important? Well, we like to think that the best developments are the ones that truly stick around. And at the moment, there are plenty. The latest smart home entertainment systems are drawing upon technological advances in a whole range of fields. Their primary goal: to deliver the best in smart home technology.  Continue reading

How To Choose Home Theatre Speakers

How To Choose Home Theatre Speakers

For a lot of people, home theatres are a relaxing refuge. You can take in your favourite movies and games, or enjoy time with your friends and family. So it’s no surprise that most people we speak to want to maximise their home theatre experience. And the best way to do that is by choosing the right home theatre speakers. The sound that your home theatre system produces will have a significant effect on the overall experience. A solid surround sound system will bring your viewing experience to the next level. But there are a lot of options to choose from. That’s why we have made this brief guide on how to choose home theatre speakers. It’s simpler than it seems! Continue reading

How to Setup a Home Theatre Room

How To Setup A Home Theatre Room

For those of us lucky enough to have a home theatre room, the benefits speak for themselves. You get private viewing, relaxing space and the perfect wind-down opportunity – all in the one room. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, we don’t know what will.

So if you’re thinking about creating your own audio-visual paradise, our advice is: go for it! But don’t rush – there is a bit of a trick to setting up the best home theatre. That’s why we have put together a little guide on how to setup a home theatre room. Armed with these tips, your next home theatre project will yield impressive results! Continue reading

A Guide to Choosing Audio Visual Projectors

A Guide To Choosing Audio Visual Projectors

As technology marches steadily towards the future, more and more electronic goods are becoming available. And that’s great – it means you have a massive pool of choices, so your chances of finding the right one are high. But that doesn’t make your decision any easier. There are so many different factors that weigh in on your decision. So let us help – we have listed some of our best points for choosing an audio visual projector below. Your audio visual projector is the pièce de résistance of your home theatre system, so choose wisely! Continue reading

5 Must Have Home Theatre Accessories!

5 Must Have Home Theatre Accessories!

So you’ve made the decision to jump straight into it and get a home theatre. That’s sure to bring you years of joy and relaxation! But now you face the challenge of choosing all the accessories. There are so many to choose from as well. Aside from a TV, what else do you really need? Well, there are a few things that can really give your home theatre room an edge. So have a look through some of our tips below! Continue reading

Designing a Home Theatre Room? Read This First?

Designing a Home Theatre Room? Read This First

Designing a home theatre is a great project. With the right help, it is straightforward and generates a finished product that will transform your leisure time. Having your own home theatre offers a wide range of benefits. It allows you to entertain guests in a casual and comfortable setting. It also allows you to catch up on the latest viewing without the cinema price tag. Having these comforts in your own home makes designing a home theatre room all the more rewarding. Continue reading

Smart Home Innovations

Smart Home Innovations for the Future

Like a Game of Thrones winter, the future always seems to be coming. But with advancements in technology, some people would argue that the future is already here. Whatever your view, there are many smart home innovations that are well and truly futuristic. Whether it is a new spin on the classic home theatre system or all-encompassing home automation systems, technology is constantly evolving. To help you get the most out of technology, we have created this brief guide on smart home innovations for the future. Continue reading

Home Theatre Design and Installation

Home Theatre Design and Installation: DIY or Hire a Professional?

Home theatres are becoming increasingly popular in homes across Brisbane and they offer a home viewing experience like no other. Modern home theatres incorporate the latest in technology to provide you with high-quality home entertainment and while this is fantastic for you, it does make them potentially challenging to install. When it comes to home theatre design and installation, you have two options: install it yourself, or enlist the services of a professional. In any event, it is far preferable to seek the help of an expert and there are many reasons for this. Continue reading

Why Choose a Professional for Home Automation Installation?

Why Choose a Professional for Home Automation Installation?

Technology has advanced at a remarkable rate over the past decade and this has had a great impact on the convenience of home living. Today, almost all of your appliances are operated by remote control and with a wide range of connectivity options such as Bluetooth your electronics are able to connect with each other like never before. But how can this be used to improve the convenience and ease of living in your home? The answer is simple: home automation.

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The Advantages of TV Wall Mounting

The Advantages of TV Wall Mounting

It is often the little things that make a home entertainment experience truly satisfying and one of these seemingly small details is the position of your television. Conventional TV units or cabinets work well in theory, but can often have your TV sitting in a position that is slightly too low or skewed in one way or another. This can leave you straining your neck or eyes to get a good view and this has a number of negative effects with regard to your comfort and health.

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Live Better – Home Automation for the Brisbane Lifestyle

Live Better—Home Automation for the Brisbane Lifestyle

Let’s face it; Brisbane’s making its move to the front of the pack when it comes to liveability. Chances are you’re waxing lyrical about the subtropical climate, beautiful surroundings and relaxed lifestyle to your interstate friends or family. It’s hard to see how home automation can possibly improve on what’s already so great about living here. But you shouldn’t write off home automation as irrelevant to your lifestyle or the stuff of bad ’60s spy films. Home automation’s come of age. Getting the right system for home automation in Brisbane will give you more time and the freedom to enjoy the sort of lifestyle you’re dreaming about. Best of all, it’s easier and more affordable than you might think.

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TV Wall Mounting Brisbane – What Can Go Wrong If You DIY

TV Wall Mounting Brisbane – What Can Go Wrong If You DIY

Wall mounting TVs is an intricate and detailed process. There are plenty of aspects that need to be taken into account, including the type of walls of the room as well as the brackets and cables needed to mount the TV. A TV wall mounting professional from AV Everything in Brisbane would have no problem in considering all of these important details. However, an amateur DIY installer may encounter some problems which could lead to devastating consequences for their house and even their families.

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Plan Your Media Room – 5 Mistakes to Avoid

So you’ve decided you want to create your own media room. You‘ve picked the perfect spot in your home to set up your home entertainment hub and you’re ready to go. But wait! Before you start refurbishing, be sure to avoid the common mistakes people make when creating a media room. These relatively simple errors can make or break your home of home entertainment! Luckily most of these problems have easy solutions.

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How to Watch Netflix on TV

Having trouble making Netflix work on your older model TV? Don’t worry, there are easy answers! Netflix is quickly becoming the new norm for the average Australian household. This Internet streaming media allows for TV and movies anywhere, anytime. Never again will you have to wait for your favourite TV show to come on. If you don’t have a Smart Television though, you might be wondering how to watch Netflix on TV.

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Your Home Theatre Checklist

With audio visual equipment becoming increasingly sophisticated, you no longer need to go to the cinema to experience movies in crisp high definition picture and mind blowing surround sound. If you’re thinking about bringing the movie theatre to you, the following is a list of things you need to consider when designing a home theatre system. Continue reading

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3 Reasons Why You Need an Automated Home in 2015

Home automation. Unsure of what it means? Okay, imagine this. You roll in after a hard day, tired and weary, ready to sit down and tune out with a few hours of tube. You need to close the curtains, turn on the sound system connected to the TV and turn the TV itself, after getting a drink and a piece of fruit.

You may even get changed first. You move through 10-20 actions before you arrive at relaxation central, harassed by your own home, indulging your too-tired side. Before you bemoan those wealthy guys down the street with their smart homes, it isn’t so far beyond you. You can, in fact, achieve a smart home at a touch of a button through AV Everything. But why should you? Other than you have enough to think about at the end of the day, that those 10-20 actions over the course of a year add up…read on and join the automation revolution. Continue reading

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3 Reasons Why TV Mounting Should be Left to the Experts

Congratulations, you’ve upgraded that old box you bought in the early 00s or replaced a busted cheapie snapped up during an electronics sale – $399 sounded good at the time for a HDLCD surround sound piece. And then, it started fizzling out. TV Wall mounting is an attractive way to display your set, offering a little-thought-of space saving solution to those with minimal space and an easy way to ensure your favourite show is playing at the right angle all the time.

Before you unbox the beast and prepare yourself for the task ahead, however, step back from the cardboard and ask yourself, do you know what you’re doing? Continue reading

3 Ways Home Theatre Will Restore Your Sanity

Not everybody loves going to the movies. Finding a park, allocated seating, the line at the snack kiosk, the loud mouths and the chompers…and that’s before the movie starts. When the lights go down, you’re treated to a great flick in the discomfort of decade old seats, where other butts have sweated and the arm rest is usually broken.

Occasionally, you’ll buy a popcorn and a drink, but only after saving your spare change for a month; going to the movies almost demands a second mortgage. If only there was a way to get the widescreen experience at home…home theatre is just that. The widescreen experience in the comfort of your own space, where the snacks are fresh, the popcorn hot and you can have a beer without sacrificing a week’s worth of coffees.

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Advice for Choosing a home theatre system

Home theatre systems can provide hours of entertainment for every member of the family, including television, movies, recorded programs, music and even access to the Internet. Your living area can become a theatre when you select the right products that embrace the latest in technology and performance. Find enjoyment and comfort without needing to leave your own home, from investing in a home theatre system that meets your family’s needs.

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TV Flat Panel Installation on Stand

Our Installation Process:

  • Connecting TV to power-supply, ensuring wires are neat and tidy. The cord  is then not concealed in the wall behind it.
  • Construction of  the included manufacturer base, and securing the TV to the base.
  • Attaching additional cables from external input (such as Foxtel or a tuner, up to 3 meters) by neatly installing exposed wires to the TV.
  • Installation of a set-top tuner, if available.
  • Integration of TV to a home theatre or audio system located in the same room.

Demonstration of the TV and components (up to 20 minutes).

Wall Mounting with A/V Cable Concealing – TV Installation

Cables must be purchased separately and are not included .

Our Installation Process Includes:

  • Securing your mounting bracket to a masonry wall or  a standard frame . We provide suitable wall brackets at great rates.
  • Securing & Mounting  the TV screen.
  • Connecting the TV to a power supply ensuring all wires are neat and trim.
  • Concealing cables in a frame wall from the external input to the TV, up to 3 meters.  The wire may be hidden by track molding for walls with vapor barriers, insulation, standard wall fishing or any other barrier.
  • Installation of a set-top tuner.
  • A demonstration of the newly installed TV and any questions answered.

Full Home Theatre Setup

Flat Screen TV and Surround Sound Home Theatre Installation – Wall Mounting with Audio Visual Cable Concealment

Cables must be purchased separately and are not included.

Our Installation Process Includes:

  • Connection of your newly purchased AV equipment in one room.
  • Full integration of the new equipment into your current AV setup. AV equipment includes: TV,  Audio Receiver, DVD,  Mini-Disk Player, CD Player, VCR, Home Theatre Speaker System, Audio Tape Deck, Video Game Unit, Internet TV, DVR,  Amplifier,  CD Recorder and/or Home Theatre in a box.
  • Mounting of up to five speakers on wall or ceiling, brackets not included.
  • Grouping and neatly connecting of all wires, concealment of wires in walls, ceiling, or utilising a wire management system.
  • Using wall bushing or a wall plate to hide all cables.
  • Installation of track moulding, if the wall does not have access for wall fishing.
  • Installing the mounting bracket to a wall.
  • Installation of the TV into the mounting bracket.
  • Connecting the TV to a power supply neatly and effciently, Customer-provided cables are then set into the wall, from the Flat Panel screen to tuner source , up to fifteen feet away.  For walls we are unable to fish (put the cables into the wall) we will install track moulding.
  • Connection up to your set top tuner
  • Finally we do a demonstration of your installed product so you are ready to use it!

AirPlay makes video streaming easy


AirPlay,  allows wireless streaming of video, audio and photos. Developed by Apple, both third party manufacturers and Apple can include the technology within devices, including Yamaha and other devices. AirPlay sends AV content, or receives the content and recreate it through sound systems and TVs.

Any device running iTunes, such as iPads, iPods, iPhones or Mac computers running a new iOS or greater.  Airport express is for audio only and Apple TV works for both sound and vision.

If you have Apple TV, you can wirelessly stream what’s on your iOS device to your speakers and HDTV via your Apple TV. You can even display what’s on your mobile device to the big screen. Your favourite movies, holiday photos and even sports — Apple TV and AirPlay  put it easily on your TV.

AirPlay Mirroring lets you show exactly what’s on your iPad,  iPhone,  Mac, or iPod touch screen to everyone else in the room. Show games, photos, web pages, videos, presentations, spreadsheets, and more on your HDTV via Apple TV. You can  rotate from portrait to landscape zoom in and out and your audience will see that too.

By selecting the “Multiple Speaker” option you can have your tunes playing in the kitchen, bedroom and living room or anywhere you have speakers installed, and as it works over Wi-Fi, it’s easily streamable from your home network. Simply connect to your home network, and you’ll be streaming tunes through your entire house, instantly.

Ashgrove – Home Automation

The Brief was to have co-ordination 2 Foxtel boxes, free to air and streaming audio with 7 location over 3 levels in the home.


Family Room, Master bedroom, bedrooms 2 and 3, Media Room, Gym and Pool area. All rooms to be controlled by either the iPhone or iPad.

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It was a mixture of existing and new products. The Bedrooms had new TV installed and the Media room was updated with a 65” Smart TV Yamaha Receiver to work with the Panasonic recorder and the 7.1 speaker system. We used “On Controls to co-ordinate them all. A four input HDMI high definition digital modulator was used to disperse all the signals.

Control signals to all the TVs were sent through Cat5e cable and the programming was sent through the RG6 TV antenna system.