What does it mean to be CEDIA certified?

CEDIA’s certifications identify installers/technicians who have met industry standards in the disciplines of environmental control, audio/video, home theater, automation, lighting control, and home network installation and integration.

I see you are a CEDIA member, what is that?

CEDIA is an international trade association comprised of companies who specialize in the designing and installation of electronic systems. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialized industry.

What does systems integration mean?

The unification of electronic subsystems such as entertainment, life safety, communications, and environmental control, into one system all sharing a common user interface.

What are the benefits of having electronic systems integrated?

An increase of time-saving conveniences, lower utility bills, and your home’s overall value will go up.

What is an Electronic Systems Contractor?

An “ESC” is a company that provides sales, installation, and service on life safety systems, sound communication, entertainment, and environmental control systems.

What does low-voltage mean?

By definition, low-voltage uses less than 30 volts of electricity; the standard 110 volts of most electrical outlets are brought down by use of a transformer.

What are the benefits of low-voltage lighting?

Low-voltage lighting is very versatile by being dimmable, energy efficient, and by offering pinpoint beam control. The bulbs are small, which allows use of smaller more compact light sources.

What is home automation?

The ability to control household electronic systems such as lighting, audio equipment, climate control, and appliances that all share a common user interface.

Can you retrofit an existing home?

In most cases, yes.

If I am building a new home, how soon should I get an ESC involved if I decide to install low-voltage electronics in my home?

It is better that we are contacted earlier rather than later in the design process to ensure optimum savings on the overall project.

Can you do a custom home theatre based around a particular theme?

Absolutely! Anything is in the realm of possibility. If you can imagine it, Advanced ESI can build it.

Does a home theatre have to be in a dedicated or committed space?

No! You really don’t need as much space as you think.

How long is the installation process for a home theatre?

Every theatre project is different. That truly depends on the size, scope, and budget of the theatre you had in mind.

Will I see unslightly wires and cables?

Absolutely not! Advanced ESI will hide and/or blend unsightly cables, wires, and monitors into your decor so the aesthetics of your home are never compromised.

Can I purchase my own equipment?

Not adviseable. With systems integration it’s important that the electronics manufacturer chosen for the project be properly integrated into the overall system. The products we offer are periodically reviewed and tested for complete system control compatibility.

Will any of this technology interfere with the aesthetics of my home?

We do everything possible to integrate our systems without compromising the aesthetic integrity of your home. We can accomplish this by utilizing dropped down TV’s, plasma TVs that are disguised as a gorgeous piece of framed art, we can hide speakers behind wallpaper or with paint or even make it look like a wall picture. There are many ways to”hide” innovative technology.

Are your systems easy to operate?

We understand that most of our clients are more interested in the benefits of innovative technology rather than the actual technology itself, so yes, we make it a point to design low-voltage electronic systems that are both state-of-the-art and simple to operate.

Why should I choose Advanced ESI as my Electronic Systems Contractor?

We are committed to providing superior quality products and service as well as star-studded customer service and unlike our competitors who only provide service during normal business hours Monday through Friday, we are the only “ESC” in southwest Florida that provides 24-hour customer service, seven days a week, long after the design and installation process is over so you are never without service for more than a couple of hours. We have branded this as our “Red Carpet Customer Service“.

Are your systems affordable to the average homeowner?

The systems and services we provide are not only considered a luxury, but are home investments that can add substantial value to your home for resale purposes. Advanced ESI works with clients to develop and establish a realistic budget based on their individual lifestyles and what they deem to be “affordable”.

Do you work closely with interior designers?

Advanced ESI understands that any project is a team effort and as a result we collaboratively work with interior designers, architects, builders, contractors, and homeowners throughout the entire process to ensure we are all on the same page.

Do you service what you install?

Absolutely! With our 24-hour Red Carpet Customer Service we are never more than a phone call away – even on weekends!

Do you offer product demonstrations?

Yes. You can call us at 941-554-5000 to schedule an appointment with one of our qualified system designers.

General Industry FAQ’s

What does flat panel mean?
A term used to describe plasma and LCD-based products, thin or flat TVs.

What is the difference between LCD technology and plasma?
LCD technology traps a liquid-crystal solution between two sheets of glass
that is stimulated by an electrical signal. Plasma uses a combination of
electrical impulses and gases encased in cell structures to form a picture.

What is Blu-ray technology?

One of two major High Definition DVD formats that are vying to replace the current DVD standard.

Where are Plasmas best suited for?

Low-light conditions where the room can be darkened for optimum viewing.

Which is better – LCD or Plasma?

It’s relative to each individual. There are a ton of characteristics to consider for each.

How many forms of digital TV are there?

Standard-definition TV (SDTV), Enhanced-definition TV (EDTV) and High-definition TV (HDTV).

What is the most popular of the three forms of digital TV?

High-definition TV (HDTV).

What is the difference between SDTV, EDTV, and HDTV?

The resolution quality is what distinguishes them. Standard-definition TV (SDTV) displays up to 480 lines of reoslution. The enhanced-definition TV (EDTV) displays up to 720 lines of resolution and high-definition TV (HDTV) begins at 720.

With HDTV there are 3 different formats available, what are they?

720p, 1080i and 1080p

What is the difference between the 1080i and the 1080p?

The “i” and the “p” designates how the image is displayed on your screen. The “i” designation is interlaced, meaning every other line is scanned at a time whereas the “p” designation stands for progressive scanning which means the entire image is quickly scanned on your television similar to the way an image is scanned on a computer screen.

Do I need an HDTV?

No, but it is strongly recommended as all TV will become digital in 2009 and TV stations will be required to broadcast their signal in digital format as opposed to analog.

Why are HDTVs rectangular in shape as opposed to the square shape we are accustomed to?

Because all HDTV is shot in widescreen format.

What does HDMI stand for and what is it?

High-definition multimedia interface is a somewhat new audio/video connection that has the ability to carry both audio and video (digitally) in one convenient cable as opposed to having a bunch of wires and cables just to have surround sound and video.

What is a Surround Sound System?

An audio system setup usually consisting of five speakers and a subwoofer designed to envelop you in sounds from movies, TV shows and music.

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