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Another wonderful review

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Gonzalo Estay from Etobicoke Sep 09, 2013

I hired Audio Amigos when I was finishing my basement. They wired my surround sound, mounted my TV, connected my apple TV and installed my Sonos system. They were great in educating us with the systems we should be looking for to complement our budget. They also gave us great service with the installation process and had the patience to show us how each system works and their final price was reasonable. I would definitely recommend them.

Basment electrical room cleanup

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

Prewire that was done by another company.  But cleaned up/traced and installed by us.

Here is a before and after, after phase one. More to come, as more happens.

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Audio Amigos Now accepting payment by credit card.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Audio Amigos now offers you the ease and convenience to pay your bill (even a portion of it) on Credit Card! Thanks to a neat little company called Square They provide us a no risk, no cost method of billing clients credit cards through our IPhones. For now there is a cost per transaction (3%) but there is an option for us to pay a ‘flat rate’ for unlimited transactions. That would ideal in the long run, but first we need to see if the demand is there! Unfortunately, we will not be able to cover the HST cost if paying by this method.

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XBMC Awww shiiiiiiiiiiitttt. EDEN (v.11) is finally stable!!

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

From: xbmc.org

It’s been over a year in the works and today we are excited to announce that XBMC 11.0 is finally ready and available for download. You can find XBMC 11.0 here.

XBMC 11.0 Milestones include Addon Rollbacks, vast improvements in Confluence (the default skin), massive speed increases via features like Dirty-region rendering and the new JPEG decoder, a simpler, better library, movie set scraping, additional protocol handling, better networking support, better handling of unencrypted BluRay content and structures, adjustable display refresh rate in OSX (to match the already available feature in Windows and Linux), AirPlay support, an upgraded weather service with geoip lookup, and much, much more. Check out the highlights in the summarized changelog.

The new Confluence
In addition to our many software improvements, we’ve increased our reach in the realm of hardware support since Dharma was released. Eden marks the first in-sync stable release for the Apple TV2, iPad, and other iOS devices. We’ve vastly improved the method by which we handle input, including heavily upgrading JSON-RPC support, making remote control support much, MUCH simpler in Windows, and enabling unique methods of device communication with hardware. And now even AMD devices are supported for GPU video decoding in Linux to some extent, thanks to the inclusion of VAAPI.

Beyond XBMC 11 for Windows, Linux, OSX, and iOS, we are also happy to announce XBMCbuntu Final.

XBMCbuntu is very similar to past versions of XBMC Live. By default, the user boots directly into XBMC, and if he/she chooses, he or she will never see the underlying OS. However, unlike Live, XBMCbuntu is now built upon a full LXDE desktop environment, which has a web browser (Chromium) with a fully updated (and updatable) version of Flash built-in and a GUI package manager ready to install and update all of the normal Ubuntu programs a typical Linux user might use. The user may now toggle between XBMC, which auto-starts, and a normal desktop if he or she chooses. And, perhaps most exciting for many users, XBMC will now be upgradeable, both from command line and from the GUI package manager, without fear of crashing the XBMC experience.

Naturally, those users who do not want to see the desktop will never need to. When you boot your computer, you will be booted directly into the XBMC homescreen, just as you are right now. The only clear difference is the new power underneath the hood. Those users who have already installed the Beta version of XBMCbuntu can upgrade to final using the apt-get upgrade commands.

There are truly an incredible number of updates and improvements between Dharma and Eden. But don’t take our word for it. Download XBMC 11.0 Eden now.

Apple HD iPad 3 unveiled, coming to Canada March 16

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Apple Inc. pulled back the curtains on the third generation of its tablet renaissance-inspiring iPad on Wednesday at a special event in San Francisco.

The new device includes many of the features which have long been rumoured to be in the works, including a high-resolution screen and the ability to connect to advanced 4G cellular networks. All three major Canadian wireless carriers — BCE Inc.’s Bell Canada unit, Rogers Communications Inc. and Telus Corp. — will be offering the new iPad for the same price as the iPad 2 starting March 16.

Voice dictation is also coming to the iPad through a new key on the touchscreen keyboard. However, the feature appears to be scaled down from the voice activated “Siri” digital assistant Apple introduced with the iPhone 4Slast October.

Other new iPad features include an iSight camera capable of recording high-definition (1080p) video and capturing 5-megapixel still images. Apple said the A5X processor used to power the new iPad is “twice as fast” and offers “four times the performance” as the Tegra 3 chip found in the iPad 2.

To help clear iPad 2 inventory, Apple also announced a US$100 discount on iPad 2 models. Canadian iPad 2 pricing now starts at $419 for the WiFi-only 16GB models.

By introducing a third iteration of the iPad while rival products remain at the first-generation stage represents an attempt by Apple to maintain its dominance in the increasingly cutthroat mobile market. Manyexisting iPad owners are expected to buy the new version in addition to first-time tablet buyers.

More than 55 million iPads have been purchased around the world since the device was launched less than two years ago. The popularity of iOS devices, of which Apple has sold 315 million including iPhones and iPods, has already started eating into sales of the company’s core Mac computer line thoughApple is well known as a company unafraid to eat its young.

Apple also announced the latest version of its iOS operating system at the event, which is available immediately as a software update, and a new version of its Apple TV set-top box capable of supporting 1080p-level resolutions.

XBMC 11.0 Eden: Beta available now!

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

It took a bit longer than expected due to a few bumps in the road, but we are excited to present the first preview release of what we consider to be the best version of the best home theater software out there.Ladies and Gentlemen, XBMC 11.0 Eden: Beta 1 is available to download.The sheer number of new features, platforms, and improvements to nearly every facet of the XBMC experience found within Eden are nearly too numerous to count.Milestones include Addon Rollbacks, vast improvements in Confluence the default skin, massive speed increases via features like Dirty-region rendering and the new JPEG decoder, a simpler, better library, additional protocol handling, better networking support, better handling of unencrypted BluRay content and structures, adjustable display refresh rate in OSX to match the already available feature in Windows and Linux, AirPlay support, an upgraded weather service, and much more. Check out the highlights in the summarized changelog.In addition to our many software improvements, we’ve increased our reach in the realm of hardware support since Dharma was released. Eden marks the first in-sync stable release for the Apple TV2, iPad, and other iOS devices. We’ve vastly improved the method by which we handle input, including heavily upgrading JSON-RPC support, making remote control support much, MUCH simpler in Windows, and enabling unique methods of device communication with hardware like the HDMI-CEC Adapter. And now even AMD devices are supported for GPU video decoding in Linux to some extent, thanks to the inclusion of VAAPI.We are also in the process of drastically altering XBMC Live to make it more like a full “Buntu” version of XBMC with massive changes to the boot and install process. That alteration is not quite ready for prime time and, thus, is not available at this time, but our devs are working on it round the clock. Keep an eye out for a more in-depth article on this in the next week or so. The XBMC Linux PPA is also not immediately available, but check back a few days after Christmas. It should be online at that time.Because this is Beta software, you can likely expect minor issues over the course of the next few weeks. For example, you may discover issues with playing movie trailers that may require a manual install of the Youtube addon. If, after asking in the forum and updating to the most recently available Beta, your issue is not solved, feel free to follow the above link to the Trac service and create a ticket with the issue.  As always, when troubleshooting, providing a debug log will be essential to resolving issues.And with that, we invite users one and all to backup your userdata folder which is always a good ideaalso, iOS users, you should follow this link for info on your slightly different backup process, and get to downloading! Downloads may be found here.

via XBMC.

full article from xbmc’s blog @  http://xbmc.org/

OK.. now, THIS is a computer!

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

I’ve seen some nicely built systems before, Hell, I’ve built some pretty sweet systems before… but this guy! he goes allll out! AMAZING..

Only disappointment is the OS 🙁

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Thats no mac!

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HDMI Cable Tutorial About HDMI

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

To follow up my facebook article about HDMI pinouts (http://www.facebook.com/note.php?created&&note_id=211924685506768)

I thought I’d share a great source of information on coming technologies. I’m only including what I think is pertinent, there is a link at the bottom with the whole article if you’re interested!

How do consumers benefit from HDMI?
The new HDMI digital interconnect provides:

  • Superior, uncompressed digital video and audio quality
  • Simple, user-friendly connector that replaces the maze of cabling behind the entertainment center
  • Integrated remote control
  • A popular interface enabling the transmission of high-definition content. HDMI opens the floodgate of digital content from major motion picture producers

What is HDMI 1.3?

  • HDMI 1.3 allows the availability of a new mini connector for devices such as camcorders
  • The availability of HDMI 1.3 depends on your specific equipment.
  • All HDMI cables should be made using the largest gauge (AWG) wire with individually shielded pairs possible with top quality workmanship. This protects your signal from Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI).
  • Increases single-link bandwidth to 340 MHz (10.2 Gbit/s)
  • Optionally supports 30-bit, 36-bit, and 48-bit xvYCC with Deep Color or over one billion colors, up from 24-bit sRGB or YCbCr in previous versions.
  • Incorporates automatic audio syncing (Audio video sync) capability.
  • Optionally supports output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio streams for external decoding by AV receivers.[8] TrueHD and DTS-HD are lossless audio codec formats used on Blu-ray Discs and HD DVDs. If the disc player can decode these streams into uncompressed audio, then HDMI 1.3 is not necessary, as all versions of HDMI can transport uncompressed audio.

What is HDMI 1.4?

  • HDMI 1.4 was released on May 28, 2009, and Silicon Image expects their first HDMI 1.4 products to sample in the second half of 2009.
  • HDMI 1.4 increases the maximum resolution to 4K x 2K (3840x2160p at 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz and 4096x2160p at 24Hz, which is a resolution used with digital theaters);
  • HDMI 1.4 includes an HDMI Ethernet Channel, which allows for a 100 Mb/s Ethernet connection between the two HDMI connected devices;
  • HDMI 1.4 also introduces
    • an Audio Return Channel
    • 3D Over HDMI (HDMI 1.3 devices will only support this for 1080i)
    • a new Micro HDMI Connector, expanded support for color spaces
    • an Automotive Connection System.
  • HDMI 1.4 supports several stereoscopic 3D formats including field alternative (interlaced), frame alternative, frame packing, line alternative, side-by-side half, side-by-side full, 2D + depth, and 2D + depth + graphics + graphics depth, with top/bottom half and full formats to be added in January 2010.
  • HDMI 1.4 requires that 3D displays support the frame packing 3D formats at either 720p50 and 1080p24 or 720p60 and 1080p24.
  • High Speed HDMI 1.3 cables can support all HDMI 1.4 features except for the HDMI Ethernet Channel.

What is the life expectancy of HDMI?
HDTV uses less than 1/2 of HDMI’s available 5 Gbps bandwidth. With capacity to spare, HDMI can incorporate new technology advancements and capabilities long into the foreseeable future.

Does HDMI provide a secure interface?
HDMI, when used in combination with HDCP, provides a secure audio/video interface that meets the security requirements of content providers and systems operators.

What is HDCP?
HDCP stands for High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection. HDCP encrypts the digital signal to prevent it from being recorded. HDCP encryption / decryption takes place within your equipment. Check your equipment documentation to see if it offers HDCP. Cables simply pass the digital signal between the HDCP compliant equipment.

What are the advantages of HDMI over existing analog interfaces such as composite, S-Video and component video?

  • Quality HDMI transfers uncompressed digital audio and video for the highest, crispest image quality.
  • All Digital HDMI ensures an all-digital rendering of video without the losses associated with analog interfaces and their unnecessary digital-to-analog conversions.
  • Low-cost HDMI provides the quality and functionality of a digital interface while also supporting uncompressed video formats in a simple, cost-effective manner.
  • Audio HDMI supports multiple audio formats, from standard stereo to multi-channel surround-sound.
  • Ease-of-use HDMI combines video and multi-channel audio into a single cable, eliminating the cost, complexity, and confusion of multiple cables currently used in A/V systems.
  • Intelligence HDMI supports communication between the video source (such as a DVD player) and the DTV, enabling new functionality.

Is HDMI backward-compatible with DVI (Digital Visual Interface)?
Yes, HDMI is fully backward-compatible with DVI using the CEA-861 profile for DTVs. HDMI DTVs will display video received from existing DVI-equipped products, and DVI-equipped TVs will display video from HDMI sources.

Will current HD TVs and set-top boxes using DVI-HDTV be compatible with HDMI devices?
Yes. Currently there are TVs with DVI-HDTV inputs available from a variety of manufacturers. Those devices will be compatible with future HDMI-equipped products.

What types of video does HDMI support?
HDMI has the capacity to support existing high-definition video formats (720p, 1080i, and even 1080p). It also has the flexibility to support enhanced definition formats such as 480p, as well as standard definition formats such as NTSC or PAL.

Does HDMI accommodate long cable lengths?
Yes. HDMI technology has been designed to use standard copper cable construction at long lengths. In order to allow cable manufacturers to improve their products through the use of new technologies, HDMI specifies the required performance of a cable but does not specify a maximum cable length. Cables are expected to be lengths of up to 15 meters. As semiconductor technology improves, even longer stretches can be reached with fiber optic cables, and with active cable technologies such as amplifiers or repeaters.


How much better is 1080p than 720p?
225%! It’s a huge difference. The soundtrack also improvesby 50% with the new totally lossless, bit-for-bit Dolby True HD and DTS Master HD multi-channel audio content. 

FULL ARTICLE AVAILABLE HERE:

HDMI Cable Tutorial About HDMI – HDMI Info – HDMI Information – High-Definition Multimedia Interface Tutorial – PacificCable.com – 1-800-931-3133..

Sonos adds AirPlay support as Android Controller app hits the Market — Engadget

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

For months we’ve been wondering aloud how Sonos would respond to Apple’s September AirPlay announcement. After all, Apple’s promise to “stream music throughout your entire house” steps all over Sonos’ reason to exist. Would Sonos start building its systems with BridgeCo chips? As it turns out: no. Instead, Sonos is opting for a rather ingenious solution, at a cost of $99. Rather than licensing BridgeCo technology at additional expense atop Sonos’ already costly components, the company has instead devised an approach that links Apple’s own AirPlay-compliant AirPort Express into Sonos’ proprietary wireless mesh network. The solution (illustrated after the break) works by first shutting off the WiFi on the AirPort Express base station and then stringing a cable between its audio-out and the line-in jack on any Sonos ZonePlayer, including the S5 all-in-one speaker. You then run an ethernet patch cable between the two and you’ve just enabled your iOS devices to play AirPlay audio to any (or all) Sonos device in the home from any compatible AirPlay app. Naturally, the Sonos solution does not integrate with AirPlay speakers like those from iHome, JBL, B&W, Klipsch, or Philips and the AirPlay audio won’t be synced with video; but it’s a start. The new functionality requires a software update to your system in the form of Sonos System Software version 3.4 — available now — which also adds iOS multitasking amongst a few other goodies.

Today also marks the official release of the free Sonos Controller for Android app in the Android Market making it a pretty good day to be a Sonos owner.

ORIGINAL SOURCE Engadget.

A little intro, and some much needed links

Friday, April 1st, 2011

My name is Mike, My partners name is Anthony And we are AUDIO AMIGOS. Taking toronto’s A/V industry by storm!

We Both worked for one of the most reputable companies in toronto, which will remain nameless, as they’re soiling their name plenty fast on their own! When I started there, Anthony was training me, and certain things that ‘went down’ were very questionable! It didn’t take long to realise that This company was taking advantage of ALL of its customers. Making up costs, Exaggerated Labour rates, insane markup from MSRP! This angered me, as I (or any other employee, who was truly commiting the crime) was not benefitting from the monetary gain of the owners…

So I decided that, this wasn’t going to go on, at least not without me behind the wheel! Eventually convincing Anthony, we both jumped ship, and talked, and talked, and argued and talked some more before coming to a conclusion of how we wanted to run this company, or moreso this industry. The way its going now is just embarrassing for ‘installers’ and even more for customers who think theyre getting top notch service, because they’re paying top notch rates.

Its similar to sitting down at Mortons steak house, ordering a NY striploin for 60$. Then the waiter puts the order into the kitchen, the owner grabs the chit, RUNS to the keg, orders the same NY striploin for 25$ and brings it back to your server to deliver to your table! SO here you are with a 25$ steak (that you paid 60$ for), a business owner with a quick extra 35$ in his pocket! And a server and chef, who must keep up the lie and insist its their quality of meat, for fear of their job!

The choice is yours toronto! DONT make the wrong one!

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