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  • The last piece of the puzzle, for now.

    By Clay Hankins // Oct 08, 2014

    The last piece of the puzzle, for now. Almost a year ago, we decided it was best for the company to move locations and open a showroom. Many factors were considered while making that decision and I am happy to say that this vision has almost reached completion. We are planning to open the doors sometime in early November. We carry several lines of speakers and electronics that we have been very dedicated...

  • Made In America

    By Charlie Workinger // Mar 21, 2013

    Is it possible to build an entire home theater from American speakers and electronics?   One of the wonderful perks of being an Audio Guy is the opportunity to be exposed to the vast array of audio and video equipment that passes through our office.  This is also a curse, since exposure to so much new gear encourages a person to start dreaming of ever more intuitive combinations of equipment...

  • How to Audition Loudspeakers, Part II

    By Charlie Workinger // Mar 06, 2013

    AUDITIONING LOUDSPEAKERS (PART II)   In my last post, I discussed the first steps in the process of finding new loudspeakers for your home theater system.  The information in this post will complete that process.  Before we dive in, I want to note that these steps could be used to audition any piece of audio equipment, such as receivers or media players, not just loudspeakers. ...

  • How to Audition Loudspeakers

    By Clay Hankins // Feb 08, 2013

    AUDITIONING LOUDSPEAKERS   With the arrival of the New Year, many people are starting to plan upgrades to their home theater systems.  Because of the plethora of excellent manufacturers available, choosing new loudspeakers for your theater can be a daunting task.  But, with a little time and patience, you can find the ideal speakers for your space.  In this series of posts, I...

  • Meet Charlie, our newest staff member.

    By Clay Hankins // Nov 02, 2012

    As The Audio Guy continues to grow, we are adding staff members to our team. I introduced you to Jeff, our lead tech, at the beginning of the year and now I'd like you to meet Charlie! Charlie's responsibilities will include outside sales development, acoustical calibration and consulting, installation, and some guest blogging. Below is Charlie's introduction. Welcome aboard Charlie! Hi, I’m...

  • Are you ready for some football?

    By Clay Hankins // Sep 05, 2012

    Here is the Dallas area, I can't say, well, just yet anyway, that "cooler temperatures are in the air." But I hope they will be soon! The onset of fall with the theoretical cooler temperatures brings the excitement of a new season of football!  Whether you are ready to root for your alma mater or your favorite NFL team, putting in a new theater or big screen TV with surround sound is a great...

  • Custom Home Theater vs. Home Theater in a Box

    By Clay Hankins // Mar 09, 2012

    Custom Home Theater vs. Home Theater in a Box Budget is generally one of, if not the, most important factors when designing a home theater. In the entry level arena of home theater, many manufacturers sell some variation of a “home theater in a box.” For sure, some of these systems can quite adequate at fitting many consumers’ needs.  Now, for arguments sake, we need to eliminate...

  • Who is the better salesman?

    By Clay Hankins // Feb 21, 2012

    Just recently, I was bidding on a job against a local Dallas home theater outfit for a fairly small theater room job. The client was the kind that liked doing his homework (my favorite kind) and enjoyed talking about equipment choices and discussing the reasons why I recommended what I did for his home theater. He was pretty knowledgeable about what he wanted, what his budget was, and was looking to...

  • Interior Design and Home Theater

    By Clay Hankins // Feb 10, 2012

    Luxury homes and audio video do not have to be mutually exclusive. There, I said it. One of the greatest obstacles in the path to a beautiful home ANDmodern technology is closed mindedness. Audio/Video integrators can work handin hand with interior designers so that the end user/home owner can have both abeautifully designed home and the latest technology. Fortunately, manufacturersof a/v equipment...

  • Stewart Filmscreen

    By Clay Hankins // Jan 25, 2012

    This is the 4th article written in a series that addresses why we choose the manufacturers we do. When I first started out in this business, I was very much an "audio guy". You might have surmised that by the company name and though that is still my passion, I have spent a lot of time learning how to make video look its best. Nothing compares to the value received by having your system properly calibrated,...

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