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How To Find the Best Companies for Home Theaters in Marin County CA


The best home theater contractors in Marin County have skills for the construction or remodeling, and in home theater electronics and lighting. They should also be able to perform as home theater designers, helping you choose the seating and other furniture, drapery, and gear best for your particular space and intended use. Many also provide home automation systems. The following research by The Prime Buyer's Report identifies the best home theater companies in Marin County and issues related to custom home theaters.

 

Updated January 9, 2017

 The TOP 10 Home Theater Contractors & Home Automation in Marin County CA

HiT Audio Video
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(805) 698-6610
65 W Catalina Dr
Oak View, CA 93022
State License #888776 (C10)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 CEDIA  (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association) Crestron Certified Programmer

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Sausalito CA, Ross CA, Mill Valley CA, Novato CA
Services: home theater systems, home audio wiring, home automation systems installers
Key Brands: Integra, Monitor Audio, Sonos

Mares & Dow Construction
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(415) 447-6136
1155 Ellis St.  Suite #4
San Francisco, CA 94109
State license #618118 (B,C-10)
   Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 Build It Green USGBC Member (U.S. Green Building Council) NorCal Solar (Northern California Solar Energy Association) Velux 5 Star Certified Installer

Areas Served: Marin County incl. San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Ross CA, Tiburon CA, San Anselmo CA
Services: home theater installers, custom home theater contractors
Key Brands: Andersen Windows & Doors, Bristolite Daylighting Systems, Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors, ...

Kepke Audio Video Design
(415) 472-3290
120 Garden Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94903

Areas Served: San Rafael CA, Novato CA, Larkspur CA, Mill Valley CA, Kentfield CA, Ross CA

SRS Custom Integration
(415) 453-4404
4136 Redwood Hwy, Ste 3
San Rafael, CA 94903

Areas Served: Mill Valley CA, San Rafael CA, San Anselmo CA, Larkspur CA, Tiburon CA, Ross CA
Services: home theaters, home automation systems

Home Theater Solutions
(415) 892-5573
3425 Vineyard Rd
Novato, CA 94947

Areas Served: San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, San Anselmo CA, Novato CA, Larkspur CA, Kentfield CA

High Definition Home
(415) 499-1400
125 Mitchell Blvd, Unit A
San Rafael, CA 94903

Areas Served: Mill Valley CA, Tiburon CA, San Rafael CA, Larkspur CA, San Anselmo CA, Kentfield CA

SoundVision Marin
(415) 456-7000
27 Commercial Blvd, Ste M
Novato, CA 94949

Areas Served: San Rafael CA, Larkspur CA, Mill Valley CA, Corte Madera CA, Tiburon CA, Ross CA
Services: home theaters, home automation contractors

Performance Media Industries, Ltd.
(415) 883-1476
61 Galli Drive, Ste. B
Novato, CA 94949

Areas Served: Larkspur CA, San Rafael CA, Mill Valley CA, Tiburon CA, Novato CA, Kentfield CA
Services: custom home theater designers

How To Find the Best Companies for Home Theaters in Marin County CA 

Home theater contractors in Marin County must be licensed by the State of California and the most common license is the C-7 license for low voltage wiring but others may be doing custom home theaters with the specialty D48 license for theater equipment or a C10 electrical license.  Whichever license type they hold, they should have expertise in both the construction aspect and the electrical and electronic aspects to be good home theater installers.

If the in home theater contractor has employees, he is legally required to have workers' compensation insurance to protect you from being sued in the event an injury occurs during work performed at your property.  Home theater contractors are not required by law to have general liability insurance; however, all home theater companies bearing The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 designation have general liability insurance coverage to reimburse you in the event of any damages, in addition to passing all other requirements for certification as Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 such as our research phone calls to their previous clients, hiring only documented workers, verified license and workers' comp insurance, clean complaint record, and more.

Home theater contractors can install a home entertainment system during new construction, or remodel your existing room into a home theater whether it be only a standard sized room, or a larger space like a basement.   A new home media system can even be as simple as setting up a portion of the living room rather than dedicating an entire room to a home theater.   The best companies will also perform as home theater designers helping guide you through choices regarding raised seating, tiered flooring, home theater lighting systems, projector versus TV screen (or both), audio systems, seating and more.   They can also source and buy the electronics for you.   Home theater contractors should also demonstrate expertise in wiring and how to soundproof a home theater.

Because they should be experts in electronics and wiring, many home theater contractors in Marin County also provide home automation systems that include remotes and timers to provide automation and remote control of your home thermostat, lighting, security system, media, window blinds and more.

Some Contractors for Home Theaters in Marin County Are Much Better than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these contractors for home theaters in Marin County CA: HiT Audio Video, Mares & Dow Construction, Home Theater Solutions, SRS Custom Integration, Performance Media Industries, Ltd., SoundVision Marin, High Definition Home, Kepke Audio Video Design. Other installers of home theaters in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA that might still be in business include: .

 

 

Questions to Ask Home Theater Contractors in Novato, Sausalito and San Rafael CA 

When it comes to home theaters in Marin County CA, ask these questions about the abilities, experience, and credentials of the home theater contractors you're considering hiring:

 
• How many installations has the home theater company done of your exact type? Setting up a home media system in corner of your living room can be very different from remodeling an entire basement into a custom home theater, which can be different still from designing home theaters for new construction.

• Does the home theater contractor do all work themselves or do they use subcontractors? (The use of subcontractors can create liability issues and accountability problems.)

• Can the home theater contractor give you names and numbers you can call as references? (All home theater installers bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their customer references called by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report so you don't have to.)

• How does the home theater or home automation contractor determine pricing?

• Does the home theater company offer you the choice of different types and brands of equipment and furnishings or are you locked into one type or one manufacturer?

• Is there a written guarantee on the home theater installation apart from any manufacturer warranty?

• Can the home theater contractors guarantee that all their employees sent to your property are legal to work in the U.S.?  (All home theater installers bearing The Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already signed an agreement to only hire documented workers.)

• Do they have active workers' compensation and general liability insurance? (All home theater contractors bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already shown proof of insurance to research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)

• How will they handle cost overruns due to mistakes in planning? Do they guarantee to absorb any such costs or will they expect you to?

• How well do they know their crews? Do they personally hire and train their crews as permanent employees, or do they bring workers in from the outside on a project-by-project basis?

When you've chosen the best home theater contractor in Marin County for your specific needs, make sure they are still licensed in good standing as home theater installers. (All home theater companies bearing the Prime Buyer's Report—TOP 10 symbol have already had their license verified by research staff at The Prime Buyer's Report.)

 

 

Resources About Home Theaters in Marin County CA 



The following is a list of trade associations and publications related to home theater contractors and home automation contractors in Marin County CA


Regulatory Bodies & Trade Associations for Home Theater Contractors in Marin County CA


CSLB Contractors State License Board
DCA California Department of Consumer Affairs

CEDIA (Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association)
www.cedia.net

HTSA (Home Theater Specialists of America)
www.htsa.com

ALA (American Lighting Association)
www.americanlightingassoc.com

CEA (Consumer Electronics Association)
www.ce.org

NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association)
www.necanet.org

NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry)
www.nari.org






Publications Regarding Home Theaters in Marin County

 


Sound and Vision Magazine
www.soundandvisionmag.com

Electronic House
www.electronichouse.com

Home Theater Magazine
www.hometheater.com

Home Entertainment Magazine
www.hemagazine.com

Home Electronic Ideas
www.homeelectronicideas.com

International Smarthouse
www.smart-house.net

 

 

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Home Theater Contractors in Marin County within the following zip codes:


94914, 94949, 94942, 94937, 94938, 94970, 94945, 94920, 94930, 94948, 94913, 94941, 94904, 94929, 94964, 94915, 94960, 94947, 94912, 94963, 94979, 94956, 94965, 94971, 94978, 94977, 94966, 94976, 94973, 94939, 94974, 94957, 94940, 94950, 94924, 94925, 94933, 94901, 94946 and 94903

 

The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Home Theater Companies in Marin County within the following cities:

Muir Beach, Santa Venetia, Black Point, Sausalito, Stinson Beach, Marshall, San Quentin, Lucas Valley, Tiburon, Novato, San Geronimo, Greenbrae, Sleepy Hollow, Marin City, Lagunitas, San Marin, Tamal, Mill Valley, Olema, Belvedere, Fairfax, Almonte, Inverness, San Anselmo, Tomales, Forest Knolls, Bolinas, Woodacre, Dogtown, Corte Madera, Nicasio, Kent Woodlands, Bel Marin Keys, Mission Rafael, Dillon Beach, Larkspur, Tamalpais Valley, Terra Linda, Belvedere Tiburon, Ignacio, Point Reyes Station, Strawberry Point, Muir Woods, Kentfield, San Rafael, Ross and Marinwood