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Home Theater really started to come into its own in the mid 90's. As it caught on and became more prominent, phrases like "Dolby Pro Logic" and "Surround Sound" started to make their way into the language. The whole idea of having that movie theater experience in your own home was exciting. And the emergence of DVDs took the experience to a whole new level with greatly enhanced picture and sound quality. Now, with High Definition and Digital Audio technology growing and becoming available every day, reproducing a true theater-quality image and audio track is more possible than ever.
The term "Home Theater" can refer to a wide range of systems from the very simple to the very complex. You may have seen a variety of systems offered at your local store that are called a "Home Theater In A Box". These systems usually consist of some combination of a receiver / amplifier, a DVD player, a set of speakers (usually between 5 and 7 in number), and a subwoofer (a box type speaker that's strictly for reproducing bass sounds - like the rumble of an earthquake). They are designed to hook up very easily, frequently offering color coded wires & illustrated instructions so the customer can set up and connect it to their TV as easily as possible. These systems are often limited in their abilities (such as the number of other components that can be connected to them, the capabilities of the system to output high quality sound, the integration possibilities with existing equipment in terms of control, etc.), but the serve their purpose as entry level systems.
The flip side of the "Home Theater In A Box" is a system made up of all separate components. The system can be built to literally do anything you need your system to do. You can get an A/V receiver that will accept all the video and audio inputs you want to run into it. You can get units that have set-up features that calibrate the speakers to your specific room and set-up. You can get a universal remote control that will turn on the TV, DVD player, and A/V Receiver, put the TV and Receiver on the right input, and start playing the DVD all with the push of one button. Just one button. You can even have that same remote control dim the lights in your room and close the blinds on the windows. And beyond those types of options, you can obviously customize the parts of the system to meet your needs in terms of sound and video quality, system capabilities, speaker size & appearance, and ability to integrate into other pieces of equipment in your home.
With so many options, you can have a system that does whatever you want to do. As simple or intricate as you need it to be. Think about what your ideal home theater room would be like and let us put together the pieces to make it happen for you.
|Here are some pictures of one of our more elaborate projects:
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Theater and Video Editing Studio
This was a fairly elaborate system that we had the opportunity to develop for a customer of ours. The client had planned to put an addition
onto their home, part of that being a room designed to be a true home theater. The customer also wanted part of the room to be used for
audio-video production. We had previously helped design and install a system for them to do just that - a powerful computer based system with
top shelf components, professional grade editing software, tons of inputs and source selectability, and multiple video screens. But the space
where the system had been installed was a bit cramped and didn't allow them to do everything that they wanted to be able to do. A new
location would allow them to do far more with what they already had, and allow for the system to be expanded to do even more.
Working with a local contractor we were able to deliver a room that features a 159" diagonal projection screen that raises and lowers via remote control, twenty real movie theater seats (complete with cup holders!), a full 7.1 surround sound speaker system with dual subwoofers, and a "one-touch" remote control that controls the audio/video equipment, projector, screen, and even the lights in the room.
Views of the theater seating area both during installation and after completion.