Home Theater

The New Years Resolution You'll Want to Keep!

on Monday, 04 January 2016. Posted in Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Knoxville Audio, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Audio, Knoxville Home Lighting Control, Knoxville Home Security, Knoxville Home Automation

Time to Upgrade!

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RESOLUTION TIME!
 
Here is one you will want to Keep!... Lets us help you Upgrade Your old equipment to the Latest & Greatest!
 
 
 
 
 
Due to an abundance of electronics conventions and shows geared to highlight recent advancements, we may feel as if manufacturers are releasing new products faster than ever before. There’s always a hesitation in the back of our minds that if we upgrade technology today it will be obsolete tomorrow. Flat screens have only existed for just over a decade, and since prices have dropped at such a rapid pace, we feel holding out just a tad bit longer will lead to sizeable savings.
This mindset, while understandable, has resulted in a large group of folks missing out on today’s new stunning world of AV. If you’re one of those that’s been waiting to take the big leap, you have waited long enough - now is the time to upgrade, and here’s why.
 
 
 
 
Even if you upgraded to a flat screen a few years ago, today’s flat screens are even better. They’re thinner; they’re lighter; they’re brighter; they’re more energy efficient, and they just look good. Even projection screens have become quite spectacular these days! Take a walk through your favorite AV store and you’ll see how much most things have improved, especially in the last five years. LED is the newest mainstream technology on the block; with a light that can turn all the way off when not in use, thereby creating the truest black levels. Popular screen sizes have grown from 46 inches to over 60 inches, and we’ve even seen price decreases in the 70 inches plus market. Speakers have become smaller and more efficient. You can now experience mind-blowing sound out of a system with small footprint. Soundbars have also been introduced and fill the sweet spot between TV speaker audio and surround sound. Remember surround sound will encompass you, bringing you right into the action. Whereas, soundbars enhance the audio of whatever you’re watching.
Almost everything you watch today is now available in High Definition (HD) as long as you have an HD receiver with your system.  Currently, nearly all programming is available in this stunning quality. Even movies that are streamed (via AppleTV, Amazon, Netflix and countless others) can be viewed in High Definition.  
 
 
 
 
Depending on the neighborhood you live in, your life experiences, and your own personal preferences for home safety and security, you may want to think about taking your home security to the next level. This means not only installing higher quality products with connections to better services, but this also means updating the technology to align with modern security features available today. From smartphone management to email and text alerts. Now a days you can access your security settings and cameras from your cell phone, IPad, & computer, as well as control the thermostats, lights, locks, and more! There is also a great new thing called Mockupancy. A Mockupancy™ scene will alternate lights and shades and even televisions in a random fashion so that your home simulates your family’s activities to make it appear occupied while you're away, providing additional security and added peace of mind. 
 
 
 
 
So make the New Year's Resolution you will enjoy keeping this year! Options abound as to how you can upgrade your AV & security to both the next level and the 21st century. Call today and let us help you get the latest and greatest in a way that works for you! Have  A Great New Year! 
 
 

Projectors vs LED TVs

on Tuesday, 24 November 2015. Posted in Knoxville Flat Screen TVs, Home Theater, Knoxville Home Automation

In the flat screen vs projector showdown, the projector wins with a KNOCKOUT!

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Projector or TV? Is it even a Contest?

       

      When you compare a projector and TV with similar specs, the projector easily provides just as clear and crisp an image as the TV. However, the projector's image will be double or triple the size, making those lifelike colors and sharp details even more noticeable.

Imagine the look on your friends' and neighbors' faces when they see the 120-inch HD display in your Home Theater and learn that it cost half the price of their 60-inch flat screens. They will be drooling with jealousy when you take that same image and move it to another room or even outside. As light as 5 pounds, a home cinema projector is like a movie theater with a handle! 

Projectors and Flat Screens: Pros and Cons

  1. Projectors Pros
  • most projectors can project an HD image up to 300 inches diagonally, or larger, depending on your room size and lighting situation
  • good luck moving that bulky and extremely heavy, yet super fragile, flat screen TV
  • Spend less at the movies - with a home theater projector (and a nice sound system), you can recreate the cinema experience without ever leaving your house. And best of all, your refrigerator won't charge you twenty bucks when you want a soda!
  1. Projector Cons
  • Just make sure to pick one that is bright enough for your environment. Also, check out Screen Innovations Black Diamond screens which allow for lights-on projecting by increasing contrast ratios more than 300%.
  1. Flat Screen Pros
  • Don't have to worry about watching movies with the lights on
  1. Flat Screen Cons             
  • Smaller, more expensive images
  • Nightmare to move. Less Durable.
  • Difficult to appreciate 1080p or 4k content on a smaller screen - unless you're sitting just feet away from the screen

Comparing TVs and Projectors

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Here's a quick chart to help you compare the two technologies.

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Size
As large as 300 inches diagonally. If buyers purchase a screen, they usually opt for a 120-inch model for their home theater. Average screen sizes range from 13 inches to 80 inches diagonally. Projectors are able to create the largest images by far. A projector's screen size is also adjustable and can be changed to fit your environment. Flat screen TVs peak at about 70-80 inches.
Shipping and Transporting Home theater projectors weigh between five and 20 lbs. They can typically be shipped for less than most flat screen TVs. We offer free shipping on all projectors $799 and higher. Due to their fragile nature, flat screens are usually more expensive to ship. TVs in general are much harder to move from room to room. It is usually a two-person operation. Because they are cheaper, easier and safer to transport, projectors are like movie theaters with a handle.
       
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Life-span
Projectors have lamps that last up to 5,000 hours. They are replaceable and generally cost $199 to $399. TVs have a reported half-life of about 100,000 hours. Half-life is the time it takes the light source to fade to half its original brightness. A projector has a shorter lamp life, but the lamp can be replaced multiple times. Even considering the cost of replacement lamps, projectors are the best value by cost per viewing inch.
3D Call us biased, but 3D on a projector is awesome. Because of their big image, projectors provide a more immersive 3D experience than flat screens. 3D quality is good, but is limited by the size of the screen. Projectors provide the most realistic 3D images thanks to the large image they provide.

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Home Theater Heat Wave!

on Monday, 23 November 2015. Posted in Home Theater, Knoxville Home Automation

Home Theater too Hot? Here's what to do!

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Having the HOTEST Home theater in town...doesnt have to be LITERAL! 

 Having a theater room is a great and fun addition to any home, but as many people experience, once you get all the electronics running and you settle in for your favorite movie, the room tempature drastically increases. It happens more often then not when people have a theater room that was not installed in a room already containing a thermostat of its own. The ideal solution is to have your installation tech instal a new thermostat in the room to control the tempature changes quickly all on its own, however this can be costly. Also most people who set up their own theater room are not even aware of this issue until it is too late. 

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  A great solution we like to offer is installing a Control4 remote tempature sensor. A Remote Temperature Sensor allows the Thermostat to get its temperature readings from an area where the Thermostat is not physically located. Typically, the Thermostat will be located near the HVAC equipment with only the Remote Temperature Sensor on the wall in the living area. This creates a much cleaner install. In this case, the Thermostat settings would be controlled using any of the Control4 user interfaces. A Remote Temperature Sensor is also a good solution in a retrofit when a common wire is not available and power stealing is not an option. The Thermostat can be mounted in the mechanical room and wired directly to the HVAC equipment. The previously installed Thermostat wiring can then be used to connect the Thermostat to the Remote Temperature Sensor. 

 

Let us help keep your home theater room relaxing and comfortable like it was meant to be without sacrificing the tempature comfort in the rest of your home! Call us today to discuss our solutions!

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Media Room vs Home Theater

on Wednesday, 28 October 2015. Posted in Home Theater, Knoxville Home Automation

A Social Experience? Or a Night at the Movies? The choice is Yours!

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MEDIA ROOM vs THEATER ROOM... Do you know the difference?

        In comparing a media room to a dedicated home theater, there is one main difference that sets them apart. A Theater room is designed to replicate a cinema experience and that is it, while the flexibility of a media room is more practical for people who want to do more than sit in the dark and watch movies. Simply said... a Media room is used for multiple activities while a Theater room is simply used for one activity.

The term media room has evolved into a generic definition for a multipurpose space. It gives you a more social experience! Friends congregate there to watch the big game. Families go there to watch a movie together. It's party central when guests visit! Things such as bowling alleys, Golf Screens, Pool tables, Movie screens, Bars, etc... have all been used in a media room set up and the possiblities are quite endless!

Media Room: Piano, Theater seating area, Table, Bar, Another TV viewing area, Pool table....traditional family room

A dedicated home theater is designed to replicate a cinema experience! They usually possess subtle Cinema lighting to preserve the picture quality, and a projector. The next three things are KEY to the success of a home theater room; Screen, Sound & Mood.

When you go to the movie theater, there is a sense of anticipation when the lights go down, there's a lot of magic going on there! Sound is more than half the experience. Many people cut their budget short and focus mostly on the screen, however the best bet is to divide it into three equal parts for the screen, sound and room. A large projection screen or TV is certianly a goal for your theater room but the speakers & sounds are quite important too! No one jumps at a picture of a gun, they jump at the sound!

Setting the mood & comfort level is equally important to the cinema experience too. Lighting scenes, Comfortable seating and an acoustic environment that absorbs sound. Seating is generally arranged in rows, facing forward to replicate a movie theater. This way, everyone fully experiences the impact of the sound and picture. 

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Decide whether a media room or home theater format will satisfy your viewing pleasure by taking the quick quiz below.

  • Do you plan to entertain while watching or listening to media?
  • Will you use the media system for purposes other than watching movies (such as gaming or streaming music for a party)?
  • Is flexibility important to you?
  • Do you want to include anything other than a Movie viewing area in this room (such as a bar or pool table)?
If you answered yes to these questions, a media room is the best fit. Call us to learn more! 
  • Do you want to mimic the cinema experience at home?
  • Does your home contain a space that can be dedicated solely to movie-watching?
  • Do you already have a space in your home where family gathers socially to watch television or movies?
If you answered yes to these questions, Call us about home theater installation.
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