Reference quality theater and interior, new home construction. 2008 Electronic House Multiple Award Winner
The basement plan allowed us to design a theater from the ground up, specifying room size and wall boundaries along with a riser plan to accommodate enough seating for four families to watch movies in a relaxed, elegant setting. The owners wanted this to be a place where they wouldnâ€™t be disturbed by outside distractions as they are movie buffs with a substantial DVD collection.
We designed the theater using studio acoustic products so that it complements the cutting edge system located here. By doing this we “couple” the sound of the room to the system by placing reflection, deflective, and absorption panels precisely where needed according to computer calculations of room dimensions. Panels are cleverly hidden behind beautiful full length acoustically transparent fabric that is custom trimmed onto the walls.
â€śThe room is actually a mechanically coupled part of the sound system, the movie sound track and surround sound affects are phenomenal in this theaterâ€ť. We even had one of a kind Home Systems theater chairs made specifically for this theater complete with motorized recline feature. As far as electronics, no compromise was spared. The system is based around the Digital Projection Titan 250 series professional projector with VIP-2000 video processor, combined with Kaleidescape DVD management system, and Triad Silver theater series speakers.
5.1 Home Theater Installation with decorative lights behind TV.
Done by HSBDR High Tech Audio Video Engineering
One would think I would be a videophile since I help run websites based on home theaters. The truth is that Iâ€™m probably like most people out there …but maybe slightly more picky. HDTVs today have many different features and some of these feature are going to be more important to people than others. For myself, the TV features in order of importance are:
- Manufacturer (reliability)
- Glare reduction
- Refresh rate (how well does it handle motion)
- Shadow details (how good are the blacks)
- Color accuracy
- Internet access built-in
- App capable
- Display type (plasma or LCD)
- Asthetics (How does it look)
- 3D capable
- THX modes
- Video calibration settings and capabilities
- Thickness (My TV wonâ€™t be on a wall)
I was looking for new TV around 60â€ť and for around $1,700. Iâ€™m willing to bet size and cost are going to be the top â€śfeaturesâ€ť of a TV most people look at first.
My previous TV was a Toshiba 52″ 720p DLP. It had great picture quality for the price when I bought it back in 2005. However, there were down sides such as the black levels, 720p instead of 1080p, and the bulb replacement. An upgrade wasÂ irresistibleÂ with TV prices dropping and the increasing picture quality.
DLPs have mostly dropped out of the picture so it was a choice between plasmas and LCDs. After researching some and shopping around, the two display types seemed similar with a slight edge to plasma on black levels and cost.
When Amazon dropped the price of the Panasonic VIERA TC-P65ST30 to under $1,700, I was sold. It had everything I was looking for on top of my list with a 65″ screen size, low cost, great black levels, top picture quality, a reputable manufacturer, low glare, and app capable. It was even 3D capable which is a feature I wasn’t willing to pay extra for.
It’s now been over 3 months since I purchased the TV and I couldn’t be happier. The picture quality is amazing and I received many compliments. TVs now have tons of features so making a list like the one above helped me in prioritizing what is important. Hope it helps others out too.
Nembus Home Automation creates home automation apps for Android smartphones, iPhones, iPads, tablets, media boxes, blu-ray players and smart TVs. All our apps are designed for easy setup and use. There is a huge amount of interest in home automation products, but people are scared away by the complexity of the equipment and expensive costs. Nembus significantly reduces complexity and costs by using app-capable devices customers already own such as smart TVs, blu-ray players, and media boxes. All our apps are simple to install, simple to setup, and simple to use.
We have a prototype app called AutoHTN available in the Android marketplace. It works with a Vera home automation controller and is used to control lights, sensors, thermostats, cameras, window blinds, receivers, media boxes and more. AutoHTN demonstrates our approach to simplifying home automation.
Our home automation apps for smart TVs, blu-ray players, and media boxes will be available by the end of the year.
More information is available on our website at www.nemb.us.
Welcome to the new My Home Theater Network (HTN) community at myhtn.com. We have revamped the older yourhtn.com site to focus on connecting our visitors to HTN installers, and to help our visitors with any HTN questions. If you have any home automation, home theater, or home network installation needs, then our new HTN Installers list is a great place to find professional installers. Also, our HTN Forum can help answer any home automation, home theater, or home network questions you may have.
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Aereo is launching in early March with a solution to the “cable company” problem. Customers are understandably frustrated with the high prices and the poor customer service cable companies provide. Paying for over 1000 channels when customers only want to watch a few shows gives an opportunity for a startup like Aereo to convert cable subscribers to cloud subscribers.
Aereo has an interesting approach to the legal mess that has kept cable companies in control of what people watch. Broadcast TV stations such as ABC, NBC, and FOX provide free Over-The-Air (OTA) HD quality TV signals that anyone within range can pickup with an antenna. Yes, … an antenna similar to the old bunny ears used on older TVs. However, Aereo has new modern day antennas which are the size of a dime. They built a huge array of these miniature antennas and assign one to each of their customers.
Each Aereo customer can then stream the OTA TV shows captured by Aereo through the cloud and to their iPads, tablets or phones. Customers get 40 hours of storage in a virtual DVR for $12/month. Services will only be available in NYC to start, but their plans are to expand.
Besides the legal battles Aereo will eventually be engulfed in, Aereo faces other challenges. Here are just a few:
- Hulu Plus with seasons worth of TV shows which include broadcast networks and some cable networks seem like a better value at $7.99/month.
- Aereo lacks content from cable channels like ESPN, Nickelodeon, or Comedy Central.
- Installing a TV card for $40 in a computer and then using free software to stream does require some technical skill, but it might be worth it to save $12/month.
- Time Warner, U-verse, Cablevision and others already offer streaming video services to tablets and phones.
- App capable TVs with built-in OTA antennas will be available to offer the same service for free through apps.
- Did I mention the legal challenges?
Any disruption to the cable provider market is welcome and it will be interesting to watch Aereo try to overcome these challenges.
I am trying to connect an LG 42LV4400 HDTV to a home theatre (Sony STRGX69ES).Â Currently I have connected the TV to a Magnavox VCR. We use the VCR and a PS3 for disk movies.Â I get sound for eveything but the TV when I am on Cable.Â I currnently have the TV Vid and L/R out going into the VCR Inputs jacks and then the Vid/Aud output jacks for the vcr plugged into the Sony receiver’s vid/aud input jacks.Â Am I doing something wrong here?Â thanks
I just bought my first HDTV (I know!) and am in the market for a Blu Ray player. The problem is that my receiver, which does support 5.1, doesn’t have an HDMI connector. It does have Optical. So how do I connect my system? Before buying the BluRay do I need to make sure it has any specific connectors?