Super Geek.jpgWe spend so much time in front of our TVs and with our home entertainment systems that it is an absolute shame if it isn’t set up perfectly. Or worse yet, we don’t quite have the right system for the size and shape of our favorite room. Sure, today’s technology is great but also fairly complicated and fine-tuning every element of your home entertainment system will make it look and sound fantastic. Why not make sure your entertainment experience is the best it can be? Geek Squad is your insurance policy to ensure your system does what it is designed to do, and to maximize your entertainment value.

Geek Squad offers quite a number of different services, all designed to make sure your technology is working the way it should, which isn’t always easy to do on your own. Here is a summary of many of the services they can provide for your home entertainment system.

TV in Family Room.jpegPre-purchase Consultation

Figuring out how to create the best home theatre setup within your budget can be extremely confusing, time consuming, and downright daunting. There are so many different TV and home theatre products and technologies to choose from how do you ensure you have the best one for your situation? Probably one of the best services that Geek Squad provides is helping you figure out the optimum home theatre setup before buy something. And it is absolutely free!

You don’t really want to be calling them to install a home theatre system that you bought only to find out it isn’t the best solution for your home. Geek Squad, before you buy, will review your home theatre needs, inspect your home environment and recommend the best options, in their professional opinion. They will also idenify the best place to install it to get the most entertainment value while considering all the installation logistics. Did I mention this is a free service?

TV Calibration.jpegCalibration

The picture on most TVs is not ideally calibrated for most homes. The reason is that manufacturers tend to optimize the picture for a retail environment, so it looks great in the store. Since retail store conditions are quite different the picture is brighter, with sharper colours that aren’t necessarily ideal for your home where you want much more natural looking colour. In order to get realistic colours that are crisp and clear, proper calibration is a must.

Geek Squad uses Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) calibration tools and standards to properly adjust a large number of settings on your TV: colour, contrast, brightness, backlight, motion processing, and noise reduction. They can even look at day and night settings to show you how to get the best picture depending on time of day, all in a way that you don’t need to fiddle with a bunch of complicated settings. If you have a fancy new TV, get it calibrated to get the best entertainment experience out of the picture!

Geek Squad TV Setup.jpgVideo System Setup

Getting a brand new high-technology TV with a ton of features and a giant screen makes for a very exciting time. The anticipation of getting it setup properly in your home can bring up a lot of emotions—everything from anxiety to enthusiasm. Using Geek Squad will get rid of all those negative emotions, by making the setup process quick and easy. This is especially true the larger the TV that you’ve bought. In fact, it can be fairly intimidating just getting a 65” 4K curved screen TV out of the box, and I say that from experience as I have done it a few times.

Geek Squad has the experience and expertise to do the job properly. Everything from mounting the giant screen properly on the wall, ensuring they have found the proper wall studs, to wiring up all your peripheral devices in the optimum fashion. They will even ensure that all the wires are neatly bunched together for a very clean installation. They will show you how to connect your smart TV to your home network, and show you how to set up all your favorite stations and apps.

If you are at all concerned about getting your video system set up properly, the squad will do it quickly and fine-tune it so you get the most out of your TV. They will even deliver the TV when they come to install it.

Geek Squad Agent.jpgAudio System Setup

Investing in a home theatre audio receiver with surround sound is a smart move. Receivers today are designed to become the center or hub of your entire home theatre system in that everything is connected to the receiver, which then can control the entire system. Your speakers, TV, media streamers, game consoles, Blu-Ray players, turntable, CD player, etc. all get connected to your audio receiver. This makes it the most complicated, messiest, and time-consuming piece of equipment to set up.

Geek squad can simplify the setup process and make sure that you are using all the proper inputs for each of the peripheral devices that you are connecting. Because there are typically a large number of wires associated with this installation they will make it very clean by properly bundling them up. In addition they will set up the audio receiver so the audio leveling is adjusted correctly and the surround speakers are properly balanced for the optimum sound.

The squad will also fully test the system and then demonstrate all the basic functions so you know exactly how to use them. They will show you how to switch from one peripheral device to another and adjust any of the settings so it ideally suits your taste in sound levels.

Geek Squad Autos.jpegOther Entertainment Services

Geek Squad has a very wide portfolio of home entertainment services to choose from. For instance, they will also install outdoor or in-wall speakers for you, assemble home theatre furniture that you have purchased and set it up properly, or set up your sound bar for you.

If you choose to go with a projection system in your dream home theatre room, they will set that up the projector and screen to create the ideal setup and maximize the size of picture in your room. Getting a universal remote is a great idea as well, and the squad can fully program your Harmony remote control for your entire system and show you all the tricks of the trade so you are able to take full advantage of its’ capabilities.

The Ultimate Advantage

Buying a TV from Best Buy and with the advantages of Geek Squad is an ideal combination. Most importantly they will advise you on the best entertainment system options that are specific to your home and your requirements, and once you get it make sure it is set up and calibrated properly. Take out the hassle and professionally install it and you will love your system that much more!

Tom Brauser
I love to try new technologies and I have a practical approach to techie stuff - it has to be easy to use and make my life better. I have my house fully wired, with a surround sound system in my family room for music and TV viewing, but also drive music throughout the house as well as outdoors. I Internet stream content on all my devices at home, which provides a huge variety of entertainment to enjoy.