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Reject the Status Quo: Check the Facts

Reject the Status Quo: Check the Facts

By Jak Daragjati, Dara AV Owner and President   Do you ever think about who you can really trust? In today's divided society, perhaps the only thing everyone can agree on is that we live in a cynical world. In fact, that could be the very reason why we’ve become...

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Is Your Office Space Ready for Reopening and Remote Work?

Is Your Office Space Ready for Reopening and Remote Work?

As stay-at-home orders are lifted across the New York area, including New York City and Staten Island, many office spaces face new requirements for social distancing. The 15-seat conference room may no longer be appropriate to hold Monday morning meetings. Some...

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No Two Churches Are Created Equal

No Two Churches Are Created Equal

And church sound systems shouldn’t be, either By Jak Daragjati, Owner, JD Systems As a practicing Catholic - born and raised – my family and I always make it a point to give the Lord one hour every Sabbath. Well, almost always. I am human. Being a parent who loves to...

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Three Places You Shouldn’t Skimp On Your Audio Video Systems

A professional audio video integrator will help you spend money in the right places for your sports bar, nightclub or restaurant. We’re not the place you go for the cheapest prices. If your crowd doesn’t care, if your customers say, “We’ve got cheap wings, beer and a TV,” then I’m not the audio video integrator for you.

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HD Depravity

There is so much in our life that we all take for granted. Such things are only noticed when they are no longer available. Now, in a world with horrors happening at every moment, in every part of our life, I almost feel guilty speaking of such a miniscule absence...

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Apple TV vs. Google TV

It is not time yet to throw away your DirecTV or other cable tv. We are seeing more and more clients asking for Apple TV and Google TV so we have created Apple TV vs. Google TV. Apple TV - $99 - 1080p HD programming, including iTunes movies and TV shows, Netflix,...

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Worship at Any Budget

Whether buying a house, car, electronics or just an outfit for a night on the town, a person always sets to task with a budget in mind. This remains the same in any commercial atmosphere no matter the industry type. Yes this includes non for profits as well as Houses...

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What Kind of Audio Visual Professional Do You Need?

Are you ready to re-vamp, upgrade or install new professional audio visual systems in your New York tri-state area retail or corporate space? Are you confused by all the audio visual contractors advertising different services at widely varying prices? Do you think a...

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Understanding AV Cable: Cat-5, Cat-6 and Beyond

Whether you're installing your own home theatre system or hiring someone to do it for you, you may be curious about the types of Ethernet cabling used and the capabilities of each. This handy guide gives you what you need to -- or want to -- know when it comes to...

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INFOCOMM 2012 Video: Universal Remote Control – Commercial Product Line

Hold on to your seat as URC (Universal Remote Control) takes you through a whirlwind tour of the company's 2012 Commercial product line. Check out DSP processors for all the most popular brands... affordable touch screen control solutions for perfect sports bars,...

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INFOCOMM 2012 Video: Chief Interactive Display Solutions

You probably know that Chief Manufacturing makes great, reliable mounts for your flat screens and projectors. But the company does much more than that. If you want the convenience and flexibility of an interactive whiteboard for your corporate boardroom or educational...

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JD Systems’ INFOCOMM 2012 Survival Guide

We just shared our INFOCOMM 2012 wish list... what we plan to accomplish at the show, in a perfect world. But it's Vegas. Vegas might be Disneyworld for adults, the ultimate playground and box seats to the Subway Series all in one... but it's not perfect. Nothing is....

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Does Your Audiovisual Guy Know IT?

Past generations of audio video contractors tried to stay out of the IT (Information Technology) department's way. Cable runs might have coincided in the walls, but, for the most part, audio ran on its own wires, video ran on its own path, and all of it had absolutely...

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Cozy Up with a Dual-View TV for Valentine’s Day?

It's the ultimate in together-ness... sort of. We've all been there. You want to watch The Walking Dead and your wife or girlfriend wants to tune in to Desperate Housewives. Men have ended the night sleeping on the couch for less. But Samsung (and a handful of other...

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Samsung’s New Clear Display Can Run on Solar Power

Samsung will be hauling home quite a collection of International CES 2012 Innovation Awards in a variety of product categories, from laptops to hard drives, tablets to cell phones and (our favorites) home theater and pro video gear. Award-winning Samsung Flat Screen...

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AV Industry Adopts “Techorating;” e4 Seminar Spotlights the Design Concept

LG Electronics coined the term “techorating” in 2008, when they launched a program with interior designer Doug Wilson sharing ways to incorporate today's technology seamlessly into venues. Wilson is often credited with coining the word and the concept. LG--with their...

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Staten Island’s Z2 Gets Crestron Upgrades and More

It's been a busy season for us here at JD Systems, with new clients, upgrades to current projects, and constantly staying on top of the latest technology at events like the Almo e4 show. One of the highlights of the fall was our return trip to Z2. When we installed...

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Network or Not-work?

As if you didn't already live your life from your phone, now you can control your home theater or commercial audio and video systems from your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, or your Android smartphone, too. Earlier this year, Crestron Control Systems announced...

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Crestron’s New Showroom, Open for Designers, NY Architects and AV Pros

As native New York audio video integrators, we were as excited as anyone to hear about Crestron opening their new showroom on Third Avenue in New York City, the heart of the fashion and design district. The Crestron Design Showroom is located in the Decoration &...

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Can Your New York Audio Video Integrator Do It All?

If you're shopping around for an audio video integrator to design and install AV technology in your New York or New Jersey sports bar, night club, restaurant, or any other project, you have a few options. You can: Hire a consultant to design audio video systems and...

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Can Your Venue Benefit from a Video Matrix?

Today's New York bar, restaurant and club-goers demand something more from the experience. Many homes today have sophisticated control systems for their media centers (we know, because we install a lot of them in the New York area.) People are accustomed to accessing...

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Electric Mirror In-Mirror Display: Never Miss a Minute of the Game

When you've gotta go, you've gotta go. You think there's a lull in the action. There's one man on base and the Yankees are behind by three. They're not catching up with this at-bat, no matter what happens. But there's nobody out, and you just can't wait, so you head...

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Park East Just Didn’t Have Enough Monitors

It was a year ago next month when JD Systems' Jak Darakjati described Hazlet, New Jersey sports bar Park East to Sound & Communications magazine: “It doesn't matter what kind of fan you are, you can see your game.” This “any game from any seat” philosophy the owners...

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Samsung Smart TV: How It’s Different

Your dream home theater is nearly complete. You've picked out the most comfy chairs, a solid wood cabinet that provides the proper airflow to all the important audio video components, but now you're thinking about upgrading your older HDTV model to one of the new...

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How to Clean Your HDTV

A layer of dust on your HDTV can prevent you from enjoying the latest movie or your favorite TV shows in full clarity and color. But what’s the best way to clean your HDTV without damaging it? Here it is: Don't use commercial cleaners with harsh solvents or alcohol...

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Can You Afford DirecTV?

Do you currently have cable TV and have thought about switching to DirecTV? Have you always perceived satellite TV to be more expensive? Depending on the services you order, that may not be true. Both DirecTV and cable TV providers offer a variety of programming...

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Video: InfoComm 2011: Crestron Digital Media

Crestron's Jeff Singer demos the third generation of the Digital Media System, which lets you transmit all your signal types through one cable. What's that mean to end users? Simplicity, flexibility and scalability. Check out the entire line on this video and then...

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Live at New York’s Bar and Wine Show

Are you a restaurant or bar owner? Do you have a New York City nightclub, lounge or New York sports bar? Then you don't want to miss the 12th annual Bar and Wine Show. This two-day event will take place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Tuesday, June 28, and...

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Video: DirecTV & JD Systems Go Back to the Beach

Every year for the past 16 years, Staten Island hosts the Back to the Beach festival. Last weekend, JD Systems joined the fun with a booth showing off the latest from DirecTV. The Yankee game on the monitor, received direct from our Slimline DirecTV disc placed right...

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Video : JD Systems @ InfoComm 2011 Day 1

Wondering about the latest product releases at InfoComm 2011? Couldn't make it to the show? JD Systems has the latest news. Take a look at video coverage of the new products from some of our favorite manufacturers. And stay tuned as we roam the show floor looking for...

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Buying an HDTV for Father’s Day?

Trust us, your dad does not want another tie for Father's Day. If you want to really show your love to the man who taught you how to change a tire, grill a killer burger, and who's basically always there for you, give him something he's been eying for months: a new...

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HDTV Screen Size: Does It Matter?

The size of an HDTV screen is the subject of much competition and debate amongst suburban home owners. Neighbors bought a 46-inch HDTV? You won't look at less than 50. Your brother got a 50-inch for her living room? Now your sister is considering going up to 55 in her...

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Crestron Wall-Mounted Control: Never Lose the Remote Again

It’s the day of the big game. The guys are all here. The pizza’s hot and the beer’s cold. But instead of enjoying the game, you’re frantically flinging cushions looking for the TV remote. Or, you’ve settled in your favorite comfy chair with a big bowl of buttered...

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JD Systems Supports Staten Island

JD Systems will join other local Staten Island businesses at the Hilton Garden Inn for the 2011 Staten Island Conference, presented by the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) on Wednesday, May 4, from 8 AM to 8 PM. Co-owners Jonathan Joyce and Jak...

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How Can Crestron Whole Home Controls Save You Money?

Last week we celebrated Earth Day on April 22. And as a result, you may be thinking of installing green technology in your home to save you money and live a greener life. ACrestron whole home integration and automation system can help you achieve this goal. A Crestron...

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RGB LED Lighting: The Right Choice for Earth Week

It's Earth Week, and homes and businesses across the Staten Island area are looking for ways to cut costs and reduce energy consumption. Once again, JD Pro leads the way, by signing on as an authorized dealer of energy-efficient, custom LED lighting solutions from...

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Should You Look for an HDTV that’s DLNA-certified?

Today's plasma, LED and LCD HDTVs do more than just let you watch your favorite programming. You may have an inkling of a notion that you can also use your television to surf the Web, connect to your home PC, and view photos and other digital files. After all, you...

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Whole Home Automation: A Green Solution

How many times have you gotten all the way to the garage before realizing you left the bathroom light -- or the flat screen TV in your basement home theater -- on? Or what about those winter nights when you need to lower the heat in your bedroom (remember, heat rises)...

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JD Systems Embraces Social Media

Writer and audiovisual industry veteran Carl Mandelbaum wrote a thought-provoking column in the February 2011 issue of Sound & Communications about why systems integrators need a Web presence. Titled simply Get Online, the article highlighted eight benefits of an...

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How User Friendly Is Your Remote Control?

You're ransacking your living room, looking under couch cushions, inside drawers... you even checked the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The remote control is missing. We've all been there and we all know how frustrating it is when we can't find the remote control for...

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Are Digital TV and HDTV the Same Thing?

Most readers know about the much-publicized transition to “digital” TV that took place earlier this year. At that time, some people mistakenly thought they'd need an HDTV in order to get broadcast cable. Now that the transition to digital is complete, people realize...

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What Can Apple TV Do For You?

Apple TV has become one of the unsung heroes of the Apple universe, it seems. It hasn't gotten a lot of media attention. Perhaps it's just not as sexy as the new 4G iPhone now available for Verizon customers. At JDPro, we like this “little black box” as a...

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5 Things to Look for When You Buy a Universal Remote

There are so many choices in universal remote controls for your home theater system. How do you choose? Here are three things to look for when you buy a universal remote control: Compatibility - In spite of the name “universal,” not all universal remote controls will...

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3 Components to a Successful Superbowl Party

You've got the drinks, the hot wings, chips and salsa, but are you really ready to throw the Superbowl Party of the century? If you really plan to gather all your friends around your 32-inch old-school tube TV set, they'll be fleeing to the nearest sports bar before...

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Training With Intelligence

As Technology becomes a major part of every day life, custom automation is used to assist with simulation and training in many corporate and educational institutions. This automated system, powered by Crestron, was designed and built for NRG energy facility in Staten Island, New York. Contact us for a free estimate.

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