Alan Hutchings Installation has been installing home audio/video and computer networks throughout the bayarea since 2002. Our company specializes in concealed installations. In-wall wiring and custom equipment allows us to install systems that integrate into the home. On top of providing installations services we also provide sales of equipment ranging from Panasonic to Sonance.
We will help you choose your components, connection and control options. We will wire and install all the components. If desired, we will program your remote control so only one controller will be required; and we can install controllers in remote locations (bedroom, kitchen, etc.). We also install Network (CAT-5 or -6 LAN) wiring for home or office networks.
Our installations are clean and out of sight wherever desired and possible. Our company has experience with well-known home theater/audio companies' products, making us experts in our trade. We have the tools needed to do the job right, and we know what the best materials are for a great install. Our prices are reasonable and our professionalism is high.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
The company started when Cambridge Sound Works downsized their installation staff due to the dip in the economy. Alan was suddenly unemployed, and began doing small jobs for previous customers and word-of-mouth referrals. He started with the many skills he learned as installer for Cambridge Sound Works. As business increased, he acquired the tools necessary to make installations easier and better (things most people don't have, like looong drill bits, looong snakes and wire pulls, high-quality wire-working tools, etc.). He is still acquiring the specialized tools needed to facilitate installations. The company is a Sole Proprietorship in Alan's name. When other skills are required, a subcontractor is hired.
Our Sales Philosophy
At AH Install we never sell any products at full retail price. We will always beat prices at our local competitors and do our best to be competitive with online sales. Any product purchased through AH Install will have a full manufacturer warranty honored by our product guarantee. If any product purchased through AH Install becomes defective, we will at no cost to the client replace and or repair the defective merchandise.
Why Hire Professional Installers?
Alan is an information resource. He will save you the time of learning about all the various systems and components. He has lots of knowledge gained from his sales and installation experience with several companies. He knows what components go well with each other, and which don't. He can help avoid having "bottlenecks" caused by sub-standard components that degrade the whole system.
He has the tools you don't. Most people don't have the tools that make installations easier, and make proper "tuning" of the system possible. Sure, you could buy the tools, read the books and do the work yourself. But life is short, and unless you really enjoy the challenge of doing it yourself, let the pro advise you and do the work - you get more time to enjoy the final product. He can help you get the best system for your budget (and if price is no object, that's fine, too).
He does an "invisible" install where possible and requested. That means your “significant other” will not be complaining about wires draped and running everywhere. That means you don't have to crawl under the house or in the attic to run the wires. You don't have to drill the holes and pull the wires. You don't have to install the connectors. You don't have to patch and refinish after the job.
He knows how to set up remotes. If you get a hi-tech remote, he can program it for you, and give you a copy of the program on a disk or CD. He can also re-program it later if you upgrade or change your system. (Modern hi-tech remotes allow you to have one and only one remote to control everything - that's right, every component that can be controlled is controlled from the one remote. But it is set up on a computer, and takes several hours - if you know what you're doing). Oh yes, he can also stop the components from blinking 12:00 by setting the correct time.
He has the tools to calibrate the components. He adjusts the balance and tone until everything is perfect for the most awesome sound reproduction. Without calibration, sounds may not seem to come from where they should (you know that airplane is not flying underneath you!)
When something goes wrong, who're you going to call? Alan provides on-call technical support. He'll help you track down the problem and get it fixed.
Your upgrade advisor. When you decide to upgrade, he can help you choose the optimal upgrade path.