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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!

coronavirus meme

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

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How To Be Safe at Home During a Pandemic

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Social Distancing, Self-Quarantine, and Shelter-in-Place

No matter where you live or work, chances are that you’ve been affected by COVID-19. “In times like these” isn’t a phrase we can use because none of us have ever seen a time like this before. We are in this together, whether we like it, or not.

As South Carolinians, we have dealt with floods, hurricanes and lengthy school closures, but nothing of this magnitude.

Whether you are practicing social distancing, self-quarantining or have been asked to shelter in place, please know we feel anxiety, stress and worries just like you are.

Everyone is Home; How to Stay Safe!

Now that everyone in your household, and perhaps with an extra family member, college student or elderly parents who moved (back) in, is home – how can you keep everyone safe?

Physical Safety

Unless you’ve opened your pool early this year, or you are using power tools, staying safe at home during this Pandemic means practicing and adhering to safety protocols as usual.

Test and change your smoke alarm batteries, tend to fires, and be sure to alarm you home when you are in it!

Watch your kids as you normally would – and remove known safety hazards.

Mental Health

This is a bit trickier. Your mental health is important to be able to function at home for the long haul of being quarantined. Make sure to use technology to connect with loved ones, pick up new hobbies and above all, eat healthily and exercise! If you have a pet, taking care of your pet’s needs or walking your dog also helps relieve stress.

Health

It’s easy to fall into bad habits; while we can’t go out and eat, this is a great time to cook, bake and enjoy some home-made recipes. Do go to the store once per week if possible to buy fresh produce; it’s more important than ever to take in as many vitamins and minerals as possible to boost your immune system!

Everyone is Home; How to Stay Sane!

As far as occupying your time and entertainment goes, we have some ideas to share.

Sound System

Hold family dance parties, create TikTok videos and just move! Use your Sonos sound system to wake up the house and sing!

Home Theater

Pull out old family movies, watch long-forgotten classics or stream the latest Hulu, NetFlix, Disney or Amazon Prime shows and movies. Home theaters at a time like this can offer great relief at the end of yet another quarantined day!

Technology Saves The Day

As far as technology goes, the sky is the limit. Imagine it and you can do it!

  • Chat with friends through Facetime
  • Jump on a Zoom family call and see Grandma and Grandpa
  • Play Bingo with cousins
  • Start a game of Cards against Humanity with friends
  • Have ‘dinner and wine’ with your neighbors via Facebook Portal
  • Go on a virtual museum tour
  • Check out remote place with Google Earth

We’ve seen the gamut and encourage you to ‘think outside the box’ to stay connected while distancing.

After all, we really should call it physical distancing, not social distancing!

Stay safe, healthy and connected and give us a call if you need anything.Call Chuck at Strand Security with all your Security questions in Myrtle Beach! 843-318-6392

 

 

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Three Tech Gadget Gift Ideas for Dad

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The 2019 Holiday Season is Here!

Whether you are ready or not, the 2019 holiday season is here.

  • Christmas music is playing.
  • Holiday parties are happening.
  • Black Friday deals are being offered.

and people are shopping!

Some of us prefer to shop in-person, others do all their holiday shopping online.

Some of us like to support local businesses, others buy from Amazon all day long.

Some of us shop early, others are last-minute shoppers who complete their last purchase on Christmas eve.

Some of us have a list, will check it twice and then are done. Others have it a lot harder.

Holiday Shopping for Those Hard to Buy For Relatives

No matter what type of shopper you are, most of us have a ‘problem shopper’ to buy for.

That one family member who either ‘has it all’ or ‘likes nothing we give’.

Male or female, old or young, there is always someone you dread buying for, right?!

We KNOW many of us turn to good-old Google to find gift ideas for those we don’t know what to buy for. We get it! We have done the same thing.

Today we’d like to share with you this cool Gift idea list for Dads!

Three Tech Gadget Holiday Gift Ideas for Dad

1. Universal Remote

What is a universal remote? Check this out!

Never look for another remote in your home again. Dad will love it. You will love it. The whole family will love it.

And if you purchase your Universal Remote from Strand Security, we will give you the best deal ever on programming your new remote!

2. SONOS Speakers

Does dad shush the rest of the family when the big game is on?

Do you love big parties?

Does dad love to watch sports so much he needs to watch it everywhere in the house?

SONOS Speaker makes a great holiday gift

SONOS speakers will bring the game to him no matter where he is, including outside, in the attic or in the home theater! SONES speakers will assure you and your guests will have music anywhere in your home.

3. URC Smarthome Technology

URC smarthome technology lets every single gadget currently in your home, along with any new gadget dad collects going forwards communicate and be controlled from ONE premium control device of your choice!

Say what?

Yes!

URC is PERFECT for the dad who has everything, loves gadgets and technology and wants the latest and greatest, the best of the best technology has to offer. Basically, if the dad in your life wants to brag to his buddies about all the gadgets he has and how they talk to each other, he needs URC.

URC is seriously mind-blowing, the latest in smarthome technology and the best on the market!

You Give The Gift, We Do The Install

The worst part of giving dad technology gifts is the time it takes him to set up the systems.

The best part of giving technology gifts purchased form Strand Security is that we take care of all that for you – and dad!

Stop by our office to demo our products, purchase speakers, a remote or learn more about URC! We are a locally owned and operated, small business; we are here to support our customers.

Call Strand Security in Myrtle Beach at 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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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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