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Home Theater Design Tips and Mistakes

on Tuesday, 03 December 2013. Posted in Home Theater

Have you recently decided to install the home theater of your dreams? Before you get started, we have some design tips to ensure the final product is exactly what you hoped for.

Work together with installers and the interior designers. Installers want the room to function and sound great. Interior designers may focus more on the design of seats and furniture placement. By working together, everyone will be on the same page and reduce the risk of miscommunication about the design. What may look best to an interior designer may not be optimal for home theater sound to an installer. By working together, both sides can achieve a beautiful and fuctioning home theater.

Furniture selection is a huge factor in any home theater. Comfort, viewing angles and sound quality should all be taken into consideration. For example, many experts recommend cloth seats vs. leather because leather tends to be more reflective. Also try to keep seat backs low. If your home theater has surround sound, you want your ears above the back of the chair. Don't make the mistake of purchasing high back chairs that will interfere with your home theater experience. Also, don't try to fit too many seats into a space. It won't do you much good to have more seating if the number of seats minimizes the overall quality of listening and viewing. Instead, decide on the number of seats first so that the screen size and projector layout reflect those number of seats.

Equipment location is important in the overall design of your new home theater. Did you know that your devices don't even have to be in the same room? Creating a separate room for equipment can reduce clutter and wireless remote devices still allow you to control the system with the touch of a button.

Audio systems should be installed first. This sets the parameters for you and the interior designer to work within. If everyone is on the same page about the balance of room design and good sound, then the end product will be that much better. If your interior designer has already designed the home theater, it is important to go back in with the installer to create a plan that incorporates beautiful design as well as screen visibility and sound.

Paint is also a huge factor in the design of a home theater. Many commercial theaters are painted with dark colors to allow viewers to focus on the screen and not the walls. If you're not wanting to necessarily mimic a commercial movie theater cave, you should still opt for a darker color in a matte or flat sheen. Semi-gloss paint may be easier to clean, but its reflective nature can be very distracting. Shy away from traditional ceiling paint as well. Opt for a darker color like flat black or gray.

Lighting control is another factor to take into consideration during the design process of your home theater. Misplaced lighting can cause some major problems so it's important to get it right. The biggest focus is making sure no lights point directly at the screen. It's also a good idea to create different lighting zones so you can keep the screen dark, but light up other areas like a snack bar. Wireless dimming products like Lutron allow you to control lighting right from your chair.

Hopefully these tips will help you create the home theater of your dreams. While these industry standards can help in doing so, the ultimate goal is to create a space that you and your family can enjoy together for many years!

Tips & Tricks for Making Projector Bulbs Last

on Wednesday, 13 November 2013. Posted in Home Theater

Whether you use a projector for work presentations or in a home theater to unwind and watch movies, you can agree that a burnt out projection bulb never happens at a good time. Not only can replacing a projector bulb be an inconvenience, it can also be expensive.

Here are some tips on how to make the most of your projection bulb's lifespan:

  1. Projector location is a huge factor in the longevity of the bulb. Make sure the projector is in a ventilated air conditioned room with no obstructions blocking the exhaust air. 

  2. Let the projector cool down before moving or storing. Abruptly moving the projector before it has cooled for at least 10 minutes can cause damage. If possible, connect your projector to an uninterrupted power supply with a backup battery. This will give the projector time to complete the cool down process in the event of a power outage.
  3. Keep it clean by regularly cleaning dust and changing filters. This allows the cooling fan to keep the projector's internal temperature as low as possible.
  4. Keep the brightness setting low and adjust the lights rather than the projector. By lowering the lights and keeping brightness settings low, the projector bulb's lifespan will increase.
  5. Never move a projector in use because the delicate filament can't handle vibrations and doing so could cause it to blow on the spot.

We hope these tips increase the lifespan of your projector bulb!

Sonos Introduces 5.1 Surround Sound with Software Upgrade

on Wednesday, 23 October 2013. Posted in Knoxville Home Audio

 

This week I am so excited about the new software update from Sonos. Just when I thought the Sonos Playbar Soundbar couldn’t get any better, now the update can turn it into a 5.1 surround system by allowing the Connect Amp to drive two rear channels turning the Soundbar into a 5.1 DTS surround sound system. Before, users would be limited to using the Play:3 speakers, but now you can use other options. I used my existing Sonance Invisible Series speakers for the rear channel and it worked out perfectly. I love that this update gives you complete control on rear channel type and placement. Now the options are truly endless. The software update, which released this month, is quick and only takes about two minutes. Other features with the update allow the mute button to function as play, pause, or skip.

This is why I love Sonos so much. Without having to buy new equipment, they released a whole new set of features that can completely transform already existing speakers.

Sonos also recently introduced the Play:1 just in time for the holidays. This would be the perfect gift for the music lover in your life. It's definitely going on my Christmas list! Its small size doesn't compromise on big sound and it is so easy to use that anyone could figure it out. Wirelessly stream your favorite music from your library or online streaming services and control the Play:1 right from your smart phone. Start with one and over time add a Play:1 in every room to fill your entire home with music.

Before & After: Projection Screen Edition

on Monday, 14 October 2013. Posted in Home Theater


Our latest upgrade project featured a five-year-old manual pull down basic grey HD outdoor screen. It was great when it was first installed in 2008, but its age was really starting to show. The screen housing was rusting and the bottom of the screen was beginning to unravel. With so many advancements in outdoor projection screens, it was time for an upgrade and we had the perfect solution: The Stewart Oasis outdoor screen with Firehawk G3 material.

 The new screen fixed several concerns:

  • The wear and tear which made the old screen hard to use due to the unraveling bottom bar and rusted screen housing.

  • With new screen material advancements, the Firehawk G3 enhances projector performance by canceling off axis ambient light, while enhancing the projected image to the viewer sitting in front of the screen.

  • Our client was tired of manually pulling down the screen. The Stewart Oasis is an outdoor motorized screen that allows for wireless control. Now our client can easily raise or lower the screen with their RTI universal system.

 

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