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Today’s Home Theater

Today’s home theater … The Ultimate Entertainment Experience!

Ultra HD, 4K…the quality of content these days is amazing!  So are the number of ways we have in accessing it! Is your home theater or media room up to the task? Is it able to make the most of the high definition audio and video available? With summer blockbusters available for streaming,  there’s no better time to add the home theater you’ve dreamed.  OR, maybe considering an upgrade to your existing theater so that you may enjoy the best digital entertainment experience.

Are you a movie lover, serious gamer or avid sports fan? A dedicated home theater makes an exceptional space for your home entertainment. Wiith technologies like Dolby Atmos and 4K, enjoying the content in a room specifically designed for performance audio and video can be spectacular!

So what’ll it be, Home Theater or Media Room?

Your home media room offers a great space for enjoying some family-time movie-watching and for hosting your friends on game day. It can boast a stunning 4K laser projector or a surreal OLED display along with Smart TV streaming.. A well-designed and outfitted media room can also take advantage of exceptional audio through a surround sound or Dolby Atmos system. However, one potential disadvantage is today’s open floor plans often place the media room adjacent to the kitchen. This is generally the busiest hub in the home. While this is great for engaging conversation, it is not ideal for either sound or picture quality.  The room is open to the back (uncontrolled sound) and likely flooded with natural light and hese features may be distracting.

Get lost in an immersive experience

A dedicated home theater includes technologies specifically designed to perform in a controlled space. Acoustic issues have been addressed for optimal sound. Noise-control has been considered and addressed in adjoining spaces. Custom seating is ideally positioned for viewing and comfort instead of working around window placement.  Speaker systems, like Martin Logan’s iconic Masterpiece Series, can be positioned and calibrated in the defined space as designed.  Inan a thoughtfully designed environment, it won’t take long to understand why they have earned the tagline “the art of Truth in Sound!”

This isolated room rarely features windows, so images are true and free from glare. If there are any windows, they will have been treated with black-out shades to maintain the perfect environment. So, enjoy an afternoon of football or binge-watch your favorite streamed series free from interruption.

Another advantage is that, in a purpose-built space, décor doesn’t depend on the rest of the house. You can also add a custom fiber-optic constellation mural on the ceiling! A home theater is also a place that reflects your personality and style.

The set up can be a single or multi-screen configuration, or a hybrid of multiple screens ideal for watching sports with a large projection screen that rolls down for serious movie watching. Integrated controls allow the user to choose from a variety of streamed or local content. The content may be exclusive to the theater or shared across the home’s systems from a movie server.

Trending now

Aside from incredible imagery and sound, what’s trending in custom theaters now?

  • Establishing a seamless connectivity across a robust network
  • Experiencing virtual reality through wearable technology & virtual reality that transforms your movie-watching experience.
  • Connecting in real-time through Social Media integration
  • Integrated control throughout the home, with access to content sources, control of security features, whole-house lighting, HVAC and more
  • Voice Control – Limitless searching, command and control of the theater and smart home’s multiple features including the ability to order your showtime pizza via a voice control interface such as!

Where will you be hosting Thanksgiving Day game-watching and cozy mid-winter movie nights? Give us a call and let’s get started planning the best seat in the house!

BEST Conference Room Display

BEST Conference Room Display …When designing a collaborative space, one of the first questions we’re commonly asked is, “what is better for my conference room, an LED display or a projection system?” This is a great question to tackle early in the design. Many factors determine the best choice.

BEST Conference Display – Which Display Solution is best?

While price, lighting, installation options and total cost of ownership (TCO) need to be considered, the answer depends first, on the project’s goals and secondly, on the calculated proper screen size. Technology does not drive the best solution. Instead, the use and goals will drive the technology. Imagine buying a new delivery truck. Would you base the purchase on cost, gas mileage and color alone, or would you also need to factor in the payload weight and size as well? Once the size is determined and the client and AV Designer have a clear understanding of the goals to be achieved, the type of display best suited for the application can be revealed.  Let’s explore each.

Projection Technologies – DLP/LCD/LASER

Technologies in projection systems include three main types: traditional HID (high-intensity discharge lamps) DLP projectors, LCD projectors and laser projectors.  Laser projectors are quickly gaining momentum in the industry. Their extraordinary picture quality, long lamp life and energy savings make them appealing.  A laser projector can run 20,000 hours before displaying a noticeable degradation of light output. Whereas, a DLP unit’s degradation may be detected as early as 1500 hours. A DLP’s HID lamp is usually changed every 2,000 to 3,000 hours. Despite the added initial cost of laser (approximately 30% over that of HID), it yields a lower TCO. LED lighted technology is still available. However, its lower lumens are more appropriate for home theater than a bright office environment.   

Flat Screens – Plasma, LED, OLED/QLED

The main “Flat Panel” or “Flat Screen” display technologies are Plasma, LED, and OLED (organic light-emitting diode), with the most common and widely accepted technology being the “LED LCD” display. 

OLED, originally created in 1987 by researchers at Eastman Kodak, is the latest technology to sweep market.   Manufacturers are already looking at direct view micro-LED technology as the next “big thing.” LED Direct View technology is also on the rise. Originally used in applications like Times Square and stadium scoreboards, manufacturers are now able to provide smaller pixel pitch panels that allow for finer picture quality.  These can be found in digital signage applications, auditoriums and Emergency Operations Centers. LED Direct view can also be found in larger boardrooms and training spaces affected by excessive, uncontrolled ambient light. As the price continues to settle and the pixel pitch technology becomes smaller (Micro-LED), we will see more direct view in board rooms and smaller spaces.

Best practices determining the proper viewing screen size

As shared in Part One, there are for best practices determining ideal viewing screen size in a conference room. Those formulas and guidelines apply to 4K displays/projection screens as well. Keep in mind that 4 times the amount of pixels will be displayed. How does this affect the image being displayed? The resolution is incredibly true and sharp. Font size and detailed content such as spreadsheets, will need to be enlarged for viewing.

So, what is better for your BEST Conference Room Display? An LED display or a projection system? Just give us a call. We’ll help “measure up” your choices and design the best solution for your needs.






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