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10 Reasons To Love Quality Speakers

This is the 7th article in a series of 12 articles. 2020 is the year we at Strand Security celebrate our 10th anniversary by giving you 10 reasons to love the things we love as well:

In previous articles in 2020, we gave you 10 reason to love….our community, the Grand Strand, Smarthomes, Home Theater, Living in South Carolina, security cameras and now we will give you 10 reasons to love quality speakers!

What Makes a Great Speaker?

There are, of course, some recognizable brands of speakers.

Sonos is a big one and we’ve blogged about Sonos before as that’s a brand we’ve loved for a long while!

Another ‘famous’ or better worded ‘recognizable’ brand is Klipsch! And yes, we carry and install that brand of speakers as well.

What really makes a great speaker though?
Let’s count the (10) ways we love quality speakers!

10 Reasons To Love Quality Speakers

1 Speakers Amplify Audio

We love quality speakers because they bring sound to your home or business as authentic as possible.

Advanced technology and engineering techniques allow us to hear and pick up incredible low, high, soft and loud sounds through speakers. Gone are the days of low-quality squeaky speakers, and gone are those that sounded hollow, or worse, scratchy! Long live clear audio.

2 Speakers Can Make or Break the Room. We Love the Aesthetics

Speakers can be beautiful. There, we said it! Gone are the days of over-sized larger-than-life square boxes hanging on your wall. Today’s speakers are streamlined, compact, and aesthetics play a much more important role in overall customer satisfactory than years ago.

Customers are asking and buying aesthetically pleasing products to fit into their home decor.

3 Speakers Can Reach all Corners of Your Home, Business or Property!

The reach of wireless speakers is phenomenal. No matter where your system is located in your home or business, through wireless connections, speakers can be part of a large system and reach even the furtherest corners of your home, building and property.

4 Speaker Functionality Makes Us Love Them!

Functionality is key!

Speakers like Alexa connected to a home security system allow us to use voice-commands to create our very own smarthome! Not only are voice-activated systems convenient, in the days of Covid-19 this is also high desirable as there are now no germs to worry about or lingering on touch pads!

5 Integration With Other Systems Make Speakers Versatile

Speakers can be integrated with existing systems in your home. Home theater systems, security systems, smarthome systems – the possibilities are endless. To upgrade your systems, or make changes, changing out existing speaker can make a world of difference.

6 Speakers Will Play Your Music

Only by the time we got to #6 am we giving you ‘music‘ as a reason to love speakers! That’s pretty funny. Of course, music plays a huge role in speaker selection. However, by moving it to the middle of this article, we are demonstrating the many ways speakers can be utilized in your home.

7 Speakers Will Bring Your Movies To Life!

Theaters are well-loved not only for showing the movies on ‘the big screen’ but movie buffs love hearing the sounds and audio of the movies in that same larger-room setting. Getting the right speakers and installing them in your home theater, you can recreate that same sound and feeling, that same experience you’d have when watching a move in a real theater.

8 Speakers Will Bring Back Memories as Your Play Home Movies!

Have you ever played back home movies? Listening to grandpa’s voice when he was young, hearing the teenager speak as a child, listening to grandma read a book – she who’s just passed away. Speakers can bring back the sounds of memories. How powerful is that?

9 Speakers Will Broadcast Your Favorite Podcasts, Audiobooks and the News!

If you love to listen to stories, audiobooks, podcasts and yes, the news, having the right type of speaker will help you enjoy these daily habits even more! When selecting speakers, be sure to note the reason and use of your speakers to your trusted dealer so they can help you select the right speakers for the right type of use.

10 Speakers Will Bring Favorite TV Show Characters Into Your Home!

Last but not least, when watching TV shows on the big screen – your home theater screen, or your large smart TV – sound is most important to make that experience a memorable one. Bring characters to life by having the best speakers to broadcast your favorite shows.

Speaker Brands We Love, Install and Use Ourselves

We are a locally owned and operated small business. We have three children and we love home movies, music, TV shows and more. We also have an integrated security system and understand the value of good speakers. Come talk to us and we will share our experience with you! Our showroom in Murrells Inlet is open we will be more than happy to have you listen to some of your favorite tunes on our favorite speakers!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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10 Reasons to Love a Home Theater

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Home is Where We Are Quarantined!

As we write and publish this, South Carolina’s Governor McMaster has extended a state of emergency declaration and lockdown order until April 27, 2020.

South Carolinians are expected to stay home, quarantined, and only leave their homes to go out for essential services.

While this order is in effect in South Carolina, 97% of the USA in under the same or similar order, essentially keeping 80+ million kids at home instead of in school.

Home is where we are quarantined. How are you staying entertained?

Home Entertainment Is How We Stay Sane in Times of Uncertainty

We just saw a scary meme on Facebook!

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While this is sort of funny, aren’t you at least glad it 2020 and we have home computers, smartphones, unlimited data plans, the internet and streaming services, right?!

While this article is the 4th in a series of 12 articles*, this title struck a cord this month, as we are reliant on home entertainment as we are ‘stuck’ at home.

Don’t you wish you had a home theater already?

Here are…

10 Reasons To Love Your Own Home Theater Now More Than Ever!

1) Old Home Movies

Old home movies will provide hours of entertainment. Why watch them on a small tv, or worse, on your hand-held devices? Instead, watch them on the big screen, with your family! Project them, use a smartTV or HTMI cable to watch your old movies in your own home theater!

2) Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime or Disney on the Big Screen

Sights and sounds; we Americans like everything big! Movie theaters are well-loved in this country and those who can, love to watch streaming services on the big screen as well.  A home theater allows you to do just that; it’s an excellent way to show tv shows and movies on the big screen, with surround sound!

3) YouTube Streamed to your TV!

Did you know that YouTube is the second largest search engine? YouTube videos are watched my millions of people per hour; watching YouTube videos on a big screen is an amazing experience. What is your favorite channel?

4) Family Movies

Classic movies like Mary Poppins, the Lion King or The Princes Bride; they are bigger, better and offer more family fun when watched in a home theater! Invite the cousins (after the lockdown is over, of course), friends or host a sleepover birthday party in your own home theater.

5) Date Night at Home

Not all parents with babies or small children want to hire babysitters for a date night. If you have your own home theater, you can stay in while going on a date, any time the mood strikes! BYOPopcorn and have that glass of wine or a beer; no need to drive home.

6) Family Gaming

Wii, PS4, Xbox – no matter your choice of gaming system, a home theater makes the gaming experience more real and life-like. A home theater also affords you more room to spread out and play – and offers a dedicated space for gaming where you could keep an eye on the kids!

7) Karaoke Parties

Challenge your kids to a Karaoke sing off! It’s a great way to expend some energy for the whole family and you’ll likely be surprised by the song choices your family member make. A home theater will make everyone sound better!

8) Live Sport Events

While there are no live sporting events to watch during this pandemic, rewatching some classic games, some of the best finals, races and events can be a fun way to spend an evening. Once sports are back... you’ll be glad for that home theater! Trust us when we ay that with the right speakers, it will sound like the sports commentator is sitting next to you!

9) Concerts at Home

If you love concerts; whether it is pop concerts, country music or The Boston Pops, concerts sound and look better with surround sound on a big screen. Bonus; you can belt out the songs as loud as you want, without bothering anyone.

10) Video Chats with Family

Seeing grandma or Uncle Harry on the big screen is the next best thing to hugging them in real life! Instead of facetiming on your small device, bring them into your home theater!

BONUS) Church Services

While this is a completely new phenomenon, we did want to mention it here as were are on a continued lockdown and stay home order! Almost all churches have gone virtual with their church services. Why not watch church in your home theater! What a beautiful experience that might turn out to be.

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Serious Side Note:

We are well aware that some people do have to work during this time! Strand Security is in fact, deemed an essential business, we are here, ready to serve our customers! We also want to thank medical staff, support staff and all other essential workers for their sacrifice to keeping our country running.

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* Other articles in this 12-Part Year-Long Anniversary series include

10 Reasons to Love the Grand Strand
10 Reasons to Love Smarthomes
10 Reasons to Love our Community

Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

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Want a Smart Home? Check Out URC for Integration Options!

A Smart Home To Take You Into 2020!

As 2020 draws near, we at Strand Security are excited to introduce you to the next generation of Smart Homes!

Before we do, let’s talk a bit more about Smart Homes and what they can do.

Any home can be a Smart Home, whether it’s a studio, a condo, a townhome,  or a mansion. It’s the powerful connections that make it smart!

The powerful connections being internal connections within the home to automate daily tasks like

  • locking and unlocking doors
  • setting alarms
  • turning music on and off
  • turning lights on and off
  • drawing shades
  • setting the thermostat
  • and so much more!

At Strand Security, we strive to always offer the latest technology, the most sought-after brands, and the best value! In our search for the best we can offer our customers, we landed on URC.

Who or What Is URC?

URC stands for Universal remote Control.

URC is the ultimate smart automation & control system for you to experience premium control & automation for your home or business

URC Total Control 2.0 smart automation & control system features unprecedented ease of use with high-quality control devices, amazing custom GUIs, powerful system processors, and rock-solid performance.
URC comes with premium control devices, making integration easy, even those who are technology challenged.

How Smart Can Your Home Get?

It’s amazing how smart your home can get with URC.

We have been amazed by the integration possibilities!

Take a look at this list of partners!

Do you already own products by

  • SONOS
  • Vizio
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Home
  • ONKYO
  • Honeywell
  • BOSE
  • Dish
  • Panasonic
  • Sharp
  • Zwave

just to name SOME of the integration possibilities!

Imagine it…

URC in action! Smart Home Demo Videos

Peace of mind for parents!

For those who like to be in control of everything!

For those with nosy neighbors!

For those who own a business!

Making Your Home a Smart Home With Strand Security and URC

If you are as excited about the possibilities as we are, give us a call!

We’d love to hear

  • what brands you love
  • products you currently have in your home or business
  • what you want to automate

and together with URC technology, we will make a plan of action to take you into 2020!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

 

 

 

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What is the Best Home Audio System Available?

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The Grand Strand area is seeing a huge influx of new residents.

People are drawn to South Carolina for many reasons, mostly economic reasons.

Taxes are fairly low, the cost of living is lower than in most states and the weather is great. Except for the occasional hurricane, of course!

Are you are looking to move to the Grand Strand, or have you recently relocated to the Myrtle Beach area and need to improve your home?

Did you purchase a newly constructed home, or are you in the market to buy an existing home?

Are You In The Market For A Home Audio System?

Most women buy a home based on the features of the kitchen, bathroom, as well as the location of the home.

Men buy a home based on the opinion of their spouse. ?

A few things men do love and look at in a new purchase is a home audio system, a man cave, and home theatre options!

Who wouldn’t want to watch all the games on a big screen with surround sound?

What Do You Need Your Home Audio System To Do?

Ask and answer the following questions:

  • Do you want complete control with one remote?
  • Do you need sound in all rooms?
  • Do you want to have surround-sound?
  • How about outdoor speakers?
  • Who will use the home audio system the most?
  • Do you own equipment that can be used?
  • Are you loyal to certain brands?

Once you have answered these questions, it’s time to move to the next part.

Where Do You Want Your Audio To Stream?

Wiring the whole house for a home audio system is a large job, made much easier if it’s new construction!

If you want outdoor speakers for your home audio system, you will need to make sure that the brands you pick have speakers and systems that accommodate your outdoor space. Rest assured, most do.

The biggest question is next:

Will You Install Your Home Audio System Yourself?

We understand wanting to save a bit of money.

However, installing a home audio system without the proper knowledge and understanding of how this works can lead to … home disasters.

We recommend you only attempt a DIY installation if you are a seasoned handyman or installation pro.

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Who Do Your Trust on The Grand Strand to Install Your Audio System?

Only one name should come to mind when you need a home audio system installation!

Chuck!

If you’ve ever met Chuck Bryant of Strand Security you know he’s got the skills and know-how to install your home audio system – and any other (security) system – in your home!

Give us a call and let us help you rid your home of the sound of silence!

 

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Are You Interested in a Home Cinema?

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What You Need To Know Before Adding a Home Cinema To Your Home

Did you know that as many as 1400 people per month are now flocking to the Grand Strand area (in 2019)? We are experiencing growth like few other cities and areas in the USA.

With growth comes growing pains.

Growing pains like these:

  • Houses are popping up like mushrooms but experienced labor is hard to find.
  • Roads are built a neck-breaking speed but cause congestion.
  • Consumers have high demands for homes but finding the perfect home is tough.

You might be looking for a home with a home cinema.

If you can’t find what you are looking for along with all the other new residents to Horry and Georgetown County, maybe you should consider building the perfect home cinema.

What you need to know is that you need to find the most skilled person to design your home cinema, before you hire any contractor to do the work!

Who Will You Invite To Your Home Cinema?

As you think and start working with an expert in your home cinema design, the FIRST thing you will need to decide is who you will be invited to enjoy this home cinema with!

Before settling on a home cinema design you will need to know

  • maximum number of people you will want to watch movies with
  • the ages of the people you will want to watch movies with
  • other activities/functionalities that the room will be used for

Hold off on the invites until your home cinema is done..;)

Myrtle Beach Area Home Cinema Options

You know you have home cinema design and installation choices if you live on the Grand Strand.

We encourage you to do a few things before settling on whom to hire to install your home cinema.

  • check out websites of potential designers/installers
  • call around and talk to potential home cinema designers and installers to gage responsiveness
  • read online reviews (Google, Facebook)
  • ask your friends and neighbors for referrals
  • ask your Facebook friends for recommendations

In other words, do your due diligence so you don’t get taken advantage of.

You will want to work with a professional company who is insured, licensed and bonded, has years of experience, and puts its customers first.

Grand Strand Home Cinema Installers

No matter who you pick to be your home cinema designer and installer; be sure to know s/he designs something you love!

Communication is important for all aspects of this process.

If you’d like to talk with Chuck, please give him a call. We would love to be considered for your next home cinema project!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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Holiday Music Sounds Better with Sonos!

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‘Tis The Season For Holiday Music!

Merry Christmas.

Happy Holidays.

‘Tis the season to celebrate!

What better way to kick off the season and to really enjoy the holiday season than with holiday classic movies and holiday music!

Music and movies bring back happy memories and might trigger long-forgotten holiday celebrations.

Now – if you could not only bring holiday spirit, holiday movies and holiday music to your home, but you could do it with the best possible sound, would you be interested in that?

What Are Your Favorite Holiday Songs?

Let’s start by finding some holiday classics!

How is THAT for sound?!

We love how this song plays and sounds on the SONOS speaker!

Cool Apps To Use To Find New Holiday Music

Check out the many options you have for streaming holiday music on your SONOS speakers and sound systems!

Options include

  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • Amazon Music
  • Pandora
  • Google Play Music
  • SoundCloud
  • Deezer
  • Sirius XM
  • Tidal
  • TuneIn

If you already have a subscription to any of these music apps, all you need is a SONOS speaker and you are all set!

Holiday Music Does Sound Better with SONOS Speakers!

Why do SONOS speakers sound so good?

You can fill your home with

“rich, crystal clear sound for music, TV, movies, video games, podcasts, audiobooks, radio and more”

 Not only that, Alexa is built right in!
“With Amazon Alexa you use your voice to play and control songs, playlists, radio stations and more.”

Give The Gift That Keeps on Giving All Year Long!

SONOS speakers are the gift the keeps on giving all year long!

SONOS Speaker makes a great holiday gift

Use the home speaker system for upcoming parties, including

  • graduation
  • anniversary
  • birthday
  • bridal shower
  • pool

No matter what time of year, SONOS speakers will provide you with instant rich-sounding music with just one voice command.

AVAILABLE in our Murrells Inlet Showroom!

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 843-318-6392

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