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How to Improve Your Home Theater's Sound

Written by on Sunday, 22 November 2015 17:46

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Sure, you soundproofed the home theater. Your family can sleep through the night even if the volume is cranked up to 11. However, you probably didn't install curtains or the right kind of carpet in the room. By putting soft fabrics within a home theater, you can reduce the amount of echo and improve the experience. Here's how.

Hang Heavy Curtains


These curtains don't specifically have to cover windows. They can simply be wall hangings or hang on both sides of the screen to create a more theater-like experience. Their presence will absorb some of the sound being broadcast by the speakers and create a more thorough audio experience; rather than having the sound echo from the walls in a space not designed for great sound quality, you dampen the vibrations and only hear the best parts.

Lay Lush Carpeting


Putting in great carpeting serves two purposes: one, it feels awesome to walk on barefoot. Who doesn't want to enjoy a home theater in comfort? Two, it serves the same purpose as the curtains. The mass of the carpet and the thick fibers it holds will absorb excess sound vibrations and not only keep the home theater from disturbing the rest of the house but also improve the way everything you hear on screen sounds. Rather than listening to the echo of an explosion while someone speaks, you can turn the volume up and hear the movie as it was intended.

While many people balk at the idea of reducing sound levels, most homes are not designed for great sound quality. They aren't concert halls, after all. A few simple additions in the form of a nice carpet or rug and heavy curtains can improve the overall experience of a home theater. Even if you didn't do this during the home theater installation, they can be added later.

Here's Why a Home Theater Is Worth the Investment

Written by on Tuesday, 17 November 2015 17:44

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Many of us have dreamed of investing in a home theater system but have doubted whether it's really worth the cost. While it can certainly be somewhat of an investment, a home theater truly ends up paying for itself. Here are some reasons why investing in a home theater is completely and totally worth the money.

Save Money at the Cinema


When you have your own home theater, you'll find yourself going to the movie theater far less often. There's no reason to go to a cinema when you can have a great movie theater experience right in the comfort of your own home. Seeing a movie at the cinema is quite expensive. When you stop spending money at movie theaters, you'll find that you save a great deal of money.

Host Fun Parties


When you have a home theater, you'll discover that it is quite simple to become the most popular house on the block. You will have many great viewing parties with your friends and family when you have a home theater. The memories you'll make at your home theater parties will make the money you spent on your system very much worth it.

An Enjoyable Investment


A new home theater can really improve your home for the better. Not only will it do wonders for your social life, but you'll end up saving money on going out for entertainment as well. Although a home theater might seem like a pricy investment at first, it truly will begin to pay for itself over time.

The Ultimate in Home Theaters

Written by on Monday, 09 November 2015 17:41

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Depending on the amount of money that one chooses to spend, a home theater in Pittsburgh may cost a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. While some may view this investment as extreme, consider some of the most outrageous home theaters and systems in the country.

Batman Fans


Imagine having the ultimate man cave. The Bat Cave created by one family features stone-like walls, stalactites and stalagmites that all realistically give off a warm amber glow. The floor, hanging lights, plush-leather seating and equipment provide a contrast in black. The front of the room features a massive silver-metallic rectangular panel embossed with the signature black bat emblem. The panel is designed to open from the center, which reveals the viewing screen. The set-up cost a mere $500,000. For $1.5 million more, you might include a Batsuit, the Batmobile, a private stainless steel elevator, a secret tunnel and a 180-inch viewing screen. A fingerprint is necessary to gain access to the location dubbed the “Dark Knight Home Theater.”

Sailing with Captain Jack


A family in Florida spent $2.5 million on an elaborate system designed to commemorate the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The entire complex is indoors although the entrance to the room was created to mimic an old waterfront tavern lining a cobblestone street. Inside, guests initially have the chance to get refreshments at the tavern/lobby area overlooking the amazing screening room, which very closely resembles the deck of a pirate ship. Completely encased in wood, the décor includes the ship's rigging comprised of folded sails, ropes, wooden railings and barrels. Three wooden tiers serve as the platforms for the dark-leather upholstered recliners.

The Final Frontier


If you are a Star Trek fan and are lucky enough to have an empty 22 x 70 foot space, you might transform the area into the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. The space was divided into the theater, a bar and a ready room. The multi-million dollar project includes motion-activated air-lock doors, which have sound effects. Eight servers contain the software that controls the special effects along with storing nearly 4,000 DVDs. 

4 Benefits of Home Automation

Written by on Sunday, 01 November 2015 17:36

 

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A home that responds to your presence is no longer relegated to science fiction. Through the power of the internet, Bluetooth transmissions, and other invisible signals, your home can adjust itself automatically to create a more comfortable living environment. Here are a few of the benefits of home automation.

Safety


Have you ever gone on a long vacation and worried about the safety of your home? Through home automation, you can schedule your lights to come on and off at various times to simulate someone being home. You can even control appliances remotely; never again will you worry whether you turned off the oven or not.

Convenience


During certain times of year, the temperature can be very fickle. It can change during the day so drastically that, by the time you return home from work, your home is far too hot or cold. With a smart thermostat, the interior temperature will adjust to match the temperature outside. If the day suddenly becomes warm, your thermostat will shut off rather than allow the home to heat up to 80 degrees.

Saves Money


Because of tools like a smart thermostat and automatic lighting, you'll find having a smart home reduces energy bills. Household appliances will be turned off when no one is home, and the value afforded from not having to stop at home to turn something off is fantastic.

Monitor Children


A smart home is a safe home. Through security cameras within the home, you can always keep an eye on your children from your smart phone. Whether they're eleven months or eleven years old, you'll always know what they're up to.

These four benefits alone are enough to convince most people of a home automation system. However, some have taken it a bit further; their homes contain microphones so they can call out commands from any room, no matter where they may be sitting. At the rate technology is advancing, the possibilities are endless.

Prepare to Have Your Home Theater Installed

Written by on Thursday, 22 October 2015 00:34

 

How to Prepare to Have a Home Theater Installed

 

There's no better investment for your own personal entertainment than a brand new home theater. When you have your home theater installed, you want to be sure that everything is ready for the big day. Follow these tips to make sure that your home and you are ready for your home theater installation.

Make Sure the Area Is Clean and Clutter-Free

When the crew arrives to install your home theater, their job will be a lot easier if the area is ready for the installation. To do this, make sure that the area is clean and free of any clutter. This will ensure that the crew is ready to begin working immediately.

Communicate Well With The Home Theater Company

Don't leave any big questions that you might have about your new investment to chance. Instead, ask any questions that you might have about your new private home theater well before the day of the big install. This way, everything will be taken care of and ready on that day you theater is installed.

Get Ready for Supreme Enjoyment

Home theaters are truly a life-changing investment. No longer will you have to go to a movie theater to enjoy the cinema experience; instead, you'll be able to do it right in the comfort of your own home. If you follow the above tips, you'll be ready for the day when your theater is installed. After that, there will be nothing left for you to do but to enjoy your brand new home theater.

 

Accessorizing a Home Theater

Written by on Thursday, 08 October 2015 00:32

 

Five Great Additions to a Home Theater

 

Your home theater should be your throne. It should welcome you warmly and provide a cinematic experience that's out of this world. But, after you've gotten the amazing screen and the crazy sound system, what's left?

Minifridge

When you're on your fourth episode of a Game of Thrones marathon, you may feel hunger beginning to rear its head. A minifridge is a great addition to a home theater. Not only do you have a place to store cold food, but also you can stock it with whatever beverages you want.

Blackout Curtains

Sure, there may not be light in your home theater. On the other hand, it may not be the most acoustically oriented room in the home. Blackout curtains are made of heavy fabric that help absorb sound and provide a better experience by muffling the noise of your sound system to the outside world.

Stadium Seating

A home theater should always have at least one comfortable recliner, but the other seats should make your friends jealous of you. By installing stadium seating, you can provide a real theater experience complete with cup holders and places to stash popcorn during the more intense parts of the film.

Universal Remote

The only thing that could take away from a home theater experience is keeping track of dozens of different remotes for each device. By investing in a single, high quality remote, you can control every aspect of your home theater from the comfort of your chair.A home theater system is a thing of beauty. Make sure you have all the right accessories to make yours the best in the neighborhood.

 

Create the Best Movie Night at Home

Written by on Wednesday, 23 September 2015 16:00

When you own a home theater in Pittsburgh, you're probably eager to have as many fun movie nights as possible so that you can get the most out of your investment. There are some key ingredients to having the best movie night ever. Here are some tips on how you can throw an awesome movie night in your home theater.

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Pick the Right Flick

The most important part of any movie night is the actual movie itself. Deciding on the right movie to show can be a little tricky. Consider what kind of crowd you're having over to your place. If you're having kids over, pick a great wholesome film that the whole family will enjoy. If you'll be entertaining a mixed-age group, stick with one of the classics. If the crowd will be mostly young adults, screen a cool new release.

Get the Right Refreshments

A movie night wouldn't be a movie night without yummy snacks and drinks. You can stick with the traditional movie theater fare like popcorn, candy and soda, or you can mix it up with cool appetizers and baked goods. The best part about having your own home theater is that you aren't limited to serving whatever they're selling in the lobby.

Have Fun and Enjoy Yourself

A movie night in your home theater is an amazing way to enjoy the company of your friends and family. The most important part of the evening is to relax and have fun. Once the snacks have been served and everyone has taken a seat, you can turn off the lights, hit play and enjoy a fun film with your closest friends and family members.

 

 

 

How to Save Money on Utilities by Installing Home Automation Equipment

Written by on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 16:00

When you're at work, away for the weekend or running errands and you realize that you forgot to shut off the lights and adjust the thermostat, you might be worried about all the money you'll be spending on your upcoming utility bill. Instead of paying more on your utilities than you need to, you can have a home automation system installed that allows you to control all of your home's systems with just a tap or a swipe on your smartphone, tablet or other device with an Internet connection.

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Controlling Your Home's Heating and Cooling System

While most homes today have a programmable thermostat rather than a manually controlled unit, you still have to remember to set the temperature and program the device in order for it to work. A power outage or change in your schedule could mean that your settings no longer make any sense. Home control equipment allows you to update your home's heating and cooling set points with your smartphone. This means that you can tell the furnace to lower the indoor temperature while you're gone and then increase it so your house is nice and toasty when you arrive back at home. You won't have to pay to heat a house that you're not currently residing in.

Turning Off the Lights

If you have ever arrived back home at an empty house only to find that someone left all the lights on, you may have wondered if there was a better way. Home control systems allow you to shut off any lights in your home without having to be inside of it.

Security Systems

Home control equipment can be integrated with your security system. If you forgot to set the home's alarm system before leaving, you can do so anywhere there is an Internet connection. You can also remotely change your password with the control system.

 

How to Use Your Home Theater to Help You Exercise

Written by on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:00

 

Not a lot of people take into consideration how far video game technology has come since the late 1990s. Consoles with attached motion sensors can help you turn your home theater into a platform for superior exercise. That's right, you can lose weight while being entertained simultaneously. This aspect goes beyond what most gamers use consoles for as you can receive real physical benefits from the perfect home theater installation.

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Understanding the Concept

The idea behind systems such as the Xbox Kinect or the Wii is to get people up and on their feet. When it comes to providing health benefits, it's all about physical movement. The more you move, the more you burn. Games that have a significantly higher expectation of movement will help you burn the most calories. As long as you understand that need to stay active, you can get the most out of the experience. Getting yourself off of the couch is the first step to getting an entertaining workout. When you sit and play, you're only cheating yourself at these kinds of games.

The Right Game

Games that rely on motion sensors can vary in degree of strenuous activity. While some are more relaxed while you bowl a few frames, others are more dependent on fast-paced motion from your entire body. Some game developers have gone to the point of creating entertaining workout programs with real exercise routines and weight monitoring. Whether you want a traditional form of exercise that you would find in a gym or you would prefer defeating an alien infestation as Marvel characters, there is something to get everyone in the house moving.

Effects of Mixing Gaming and Superior Sound

What takes physical gaming to a whole new level is the process of mixing sound quality with intense visuals. For example, you can hear balls bounce behind you if you have a home theater system equipped with surround sound while playing tennis. It's merely another way that developers created to help you immerse yourself in digital exercise and entertainment. Instead of sitting on the couch with a controller in hand, your entire body could be the method in which to play. You could burn as many as six-times the calories by playing these kinds of games.

 

Transform Your Residence By Installing a Home Entertainment System

Written by on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 16:00

 

If you are the type of person who enjoys relaxing at home, you will certainly benefit from the installation of a home theater. With the proper equipment, your movie-watching experience can be taken to the next level. You will also appreciate the detailed sound reproduction when listening to music. Here are some important tips for choosing a new home entertainment system.

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Observe the Room Size

The size of your room has a major influence on the type of components that you need. If you are placing the entertainment system in a large room, the speakers need to have a decent amount of power. If the speakers are not powerful enough, the sound quality will suffer greatly. You should also minimize the number of objects on the walls. This will help improve the overall acoustics of the room.

Avoid Low-Quality Components

Although it is always a good idea to stick within your budget, do not sacrifice quality in order to just save a few dollars. Despite the fact that a lot of department stores offer relatively low prices, some of their home theater equipment may not be up to par. Try to stick with a company that specializes in home theater systems.

Purchase as a Package

The best approach is to avoid piecing together a home theater unit yourself. If you buy the entire system as a package, you can expect for all of the components to work in harmony. This includes the projector screen, the audio speakers, and the subwoofer. You may also need to finalize the project by getting a custom-built cabinet to house the various components.

 

3 Ways to Achieve Surround Sound in Virtually Any Home

Written by on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 16:00

 

Surround sound can be an amazing addition to any home theater system regardless of how much you spend. If developed correctly, the sound quality of movies and video games can make you feel like you're right in the action. You may also find yourself hearing more background voices in movies that you've seen multiple times. When developing a home theater in Pittsburgh, professional installers can help you maximize your space while providing the best quality possible.

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Wired Systems

Wired systems can be unsightly depending on the development of your home theater. Many people often disguised the rear speaker wires by covering them with throw rugs or running them along the edges of the walls. It's not impossible to hide a wired unit, especially if you have several pieces of furniture available such as book shelves or end tables. As long as you don't mount them on the ceiling, rear speakers can be easily hidden while offering excellent quality. The bottom line is that it is possible to have a surround sound system without unsightly wires hanging about.

Built-in Speaker Systems

Speakers that are built into the walls themselves can be very attractive, especially if you prefer to have the speakers higher up on the wall or ceiling. This usually entails an expert installation as wires will need to be ran throughout the walls while making the speaker itself look elegant or even hidden. This is also a preferred method if someone wants to reduce the space taken by speakers making the room look more open and uncluttered.

Wireless Audio

Wireless audio systems can be very beneficial to the home theater as you're able to move the units about the room freely. Instead of being restricted by the connecting wire, these speakers are able to be placed virtually anywhere as long as they're in range of the transmitter. As many home theater systems use Bluetooth, this could be as much as 60 feet from the device. Unfortunately, this also means that the units must have individual power and are easier to misplace.

 

Features of an Automation System

Written by on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:00

 

home automation system is designed to provide you with complete control over the electric appliances within your home in an efficient and easy-to-use manner. When it comes to this type of system, there are a wealth of features available to you, including ones that you may have never thought of before. The following will provide a detailed look at what these are.

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Standard Features of an Automation System

One of the primary features of this system comes in the form of the ability to have total control over all of your electronic devices as a single unified system. This can include everything from thermostats and lights to security devices and audio equipment. For instance, when you arrive back at your home, you could select a button on the system that says hello, which will turn the lights on and place the thermostat at the optimal temperature. One of the most popular features of this type of automation system is that of remote access, which allows you to control the settings of the system even when you're not present in the house. This is a highly convenient feature to have.

Additional Features That May Be Available to You

The software of the system can be upgraded at any time to provide you with more features. You can also choose from a selection of available interfaces that will be put into use when interacting with the system. This system has back-up protection available that will remember your settings even if the power goes out. Your security systems will be much more secure as well, as you can set them to respond to your biometric or voice data.

All of These Features Assist You in Saving Energy

One of the best aspects of an automation system is the amount of energy you will save. Given the fact that you can change temperatures when you're out of the home and can turn off all electronic devices with the click of a button, the amount of savings you can generate with the features found on this system are definitely substantial.

 

The Benefits of a Home Theater

Written by on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 23:52

 

Home theaters allow you to get the movie theater experience at home without ever having to go out. While this is reason enough to invest in a home theater system, there are plenty of other benefits that such a system offers you as well.

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Instant Entertainment

With a home theater system, you get instant entertainment. You don't have to wait around for a showing to come on the theater since you're essentially the theater owner of your home. You can play the movies that you want, whenever you want. You don't have to worry about getting dressed to go out in public. In fact, you can watch your movie in the comfort of your pajamas at any time of day.

Higher Quality

A home theater system also offers you a higher quality movie experience. The home theater installation process involves creating a movie theater design that is customized specifically to fit your home. Lighting, screen projection, surround sound and all other essential factors will be taken into consideration and executed in a manner that best fits your home's space as well as your specifications. Additionally, the crisp, vibrant pictures and clear, effective sound that home theaters offer ensure that you experience the film the way the filmmaker intended. Believe it or not, the sound and image quality can greatly affect how your mind receives the picture placed before it.

Affordable Entertainment

Of course, one of the greatest benefits to having a home theater in your home is that you no longer have to pay to get the movie experience that you want. When you take into consideration the cost of movie tickets, parking fees, concession stand purchases and other expenses associated with going to the movies, it is clear to see how your fees could skyrocket quickly if you're treating your entire family to the movies. With a home theater, you won't have all these individual expenses. It is much cheaper to pop your own popcorn and get your own refreshments in the comfort of your own home. 

 

The Reasons You Should Invest in a Home Theater

Written by on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 23:43


Your residence has the potential to be a very exciting place. After making a few improvements, your time at home will be even more fulfilling. Here are some of the key benefits of investing in a home theater.

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Movie Theater Performance

A good home theater will provide a thrilling movie-watching experience. With the average cost of a movie ticket exceeding $8, a home theater can save your family a great deal of money over time. The high-quality speakers will enable you to clearly hear every sound. Like an actual movie complex, home theater systems are available with Dolby Digital surround sound. This will help you to remain captivated throughout the entire film. Furthermore, you will not have to worry about being annoyed by obnoxious moviegoers.

Watching the Game

Although there is nothing like actually attending a sporting event, there are times when you may prefer watching the game at home. Furthermore, a lot of people hate sitting in the nosebleed seats. Whether you are watching Floyd Mayweather's latest fight or viewing the Daytona 500 race, you will be rewarded with an extremely realistic viewing experience. Instead of going down to the local bar to watch the game, you can kick back at home with a group of friends.

Thrilling Video Game Play

If you or your child loves playing video games, the home theater unit will definitely come in handy. The graphics and sound reproduction will be outstanding. All you need is to add a couple of gaming chairs to the room. 

Movie Night: Avoid These Common Home Theater Mistakes

Written by on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 23:38

 

With the arrival of high-tech home electronics, many families are able to stay entertained without leaving the house. A home theater system is certainly a worthwhile investment. However, the components must be installed correctly in order for the home theater to deliver the best possible experience. Here are three home theater mistakes that need to be avoided.

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Do Not Mount the Television Too High

In an effort to free up extra space in a room, some people install their television high above the floor. Unfortunately, this can cause a lot of problems. By placing the television above eye level, you are forcing the viewer to tilt their neck back. Over time, you will eventually grow tired of looking up at the screen. Furthermore, the picture quality can look distorted. The best approach is to position the television or projector screen in line with your seating height. This will help you to get the best possible performance out of your home theater system.

Avoid Purchasing a TV Screen that Is Too Big

Installing an extremely large TV screen can actually be counter-productive. In order for your eyes to effectively visualize the images, the screen's size needs to be appropriate for the room. Installing a gigantic TV screen in a small room is certainly not a good idea.

Do Not Place Speakers inside a Cabinet

According to an expert in home theater from Pittsburgh, it is not advisable to place speakers inside an entertainment cabinet. This will ruin the overall sound quality. High-quality speakers are already designed in an enclosure. 

 

 

 Smart home automation not only provides more convenience and control, but it can also increase your home's security and enhance your annual energy efficiency. Here are just a few of the many benefits associated with automation systems. 

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Lower Your Annual Energy Bills

Integrating a home automation system can provide you with a wide variety of energy saving solutions. It can allow you to regulate your lights, open and close your garage door, allow the nanny or housekeeper to enter into the home without a key, lower the temperature setting on your thermostat, water your plants, and much more - all while you're away from your home.

Enhance Your Home's Security

Imagine being able to check in on your kids after they've come home from school or to tell your dog to get off the couch while you're at work. Home automation enhances your home's security and provides ultimate peace of mind. Sensors can be placed in your yard and inside the house to alert you about suspicious activity, and flood sensors can even be installed that will prevent major water damage from occurring if a pipe bursts while you're not there.

Create Your Own Hot Spot

Structured wiring systems can allow all of your home's systems to be completely integrated into a centralized location. Hard-wired connections can enhance video streaming and your wireless Internet's connection speeds. When all of your home's systems are located in one place, the result is that your home will feel much less cluttered and ugly wires won't be exposed all over the place.

Increase Your Family's Comfort Level

While the benefits of transforming your home into a smart home are endless, one of the most appealing aspects is increased comfort. Imagine being able to open and close your drapes by simply pressing a button, or having the ability to partially open your window to allow air circulation. Home automation will allow you and your kids to each monitor the temperature in different rooms, which means your entire family will be as comfortable as possible.

 

Creating the Perfect Home Theater

Written by on Thursday, 25 June 2015 17:56

Designating a space you can use for entertainment can be an exciting choice, as long as you take a few things into consideration beforehand. Here are some tips that will help you achieve the results you are hoping for.

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Designing a Home Theater Layout

Before you begin your home theater installation, you should take inventory about the square footage of the room in order to assess the layout of your entertainment space. If you purchase high-end equipment and furniture without understanding the general placement, your room can easily begin to feel cluttered and overwhelming. One of the easiest ways to find inspiration is to search online for other theater rooms that you like the best, then assess whether the measurements of your room will accommodate the design. You can always make adjustments during the process as well.

Selecting Your Equipment

There is far more to creating an entertainment-worthy space in your home than simply choosing the best equipment. Many aspects should be included, such as lighting, furniture, accessories, wiring and soundproofing. It is a good idea to purchase surge protectors to keep your equipment safe, and to consider how the room should be wired. An ideal setup will account for effective ways to prevent wires from showing as much as possible, which will keep the room looking neat and tidy.

Work with a Professional

Many homeowners make the mistake of trying to tackle installing a home theater on their own. While some can pull it off from beginning to end, many others find that unexpected issues arise and make the process extremely difficult. Consider working with a designer and a professional installer instead; this could make your project much more enjoyable and ensure that the end result is just as you imagined it would be.

Be Prepared for the Future

As technology continues to develop, allow yourself room to grow and be prepared for the future. Design the room in a way that allows for future upgrades without the need to rearrange the entire space. This principle especially applies to the wiring because in order to upgrade that later on, it could require you to tear of off pieces of the drywall and replace it afterwards.

 

Elements to Include in a Home Theater

Written by on Monday, 22 June 2015 17:48

Adding a room that is dedicated as a home theater is a great way to get the family together on a regular basis and to have a unique space where your friends can come over to watch the football game. These are some elements you should consider including when you install your new home theater system.

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Creating the Best Home Theater Room

There are many home theater systems you can choose from when creating an ideal space for your entertainment needs. You can choose a system that accommodates the square footage in the room in order to achieve the best acoustics, and you can purchase the best television size off of those measurements as well. However, there are several additional options you can consider that will make your home theater room the envy of your friends, and will create a space the entire family will love for years to come.

Make the Room as Comfortable as Possible

Seating is an important aspect to consider; you want to select seating that will be comfortable enough to sit on for hours, but you also want your choice to complement the rest of the room as well. You can purchase an over-sized couch or chaise lounge, or you can select movie theater-style seating that features a homey flair. Choose curtains, rugs and lighting that create a warm, inviting space as well, but consider adding other items such as neon signs or an old-fashioned popcorn machine to make the room stand out.

Unclutter the Space

Too many wires and cables coming from the speakers, television and gaming system can create a cluttered, uninviting feel to the room. An easy fix is to route all the wires into a closet that can be shut so you won't have to see them while you are in the room. Purchase a universal remote and program all of your electronics to it. Try to design the room with the television placed in the middle; this will help the acoustics and help keep the room from looking too cluttered.

Separating the Space

If you have installed high-quality speakers, it is easy for noise to carry to other rooms in the house. Consider installing sound-buffering panels or acoustic tiles in order to separate the space.

 

Home theaters can turn virtually any living room into an entertainment powerhouse. From smart TVs to superior sound quality, you can take the experience to greater levels by incorporating more functionality to the space.

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Why Everyone Needs to Have a Home Theater System

 

A home theater offers more than just an impressive way to watch television. It can be an immersive experience that can make you feel like you were actually on location. From movies to sports, the video and sound quality can make it seem like you were on set or at the field. However, there is more than can be achieved from these systems than mere visual entertainment.

Saving Money at the Theaters

In Pittsburgh, you could easily spend $20 or more each time you go to the movies. If you're taking the family, you could spend more than $100 depending on the number of people. Some systems can be developed comparable to what you'd experience at a movie theater. This could save you a great deal of money in ticket prices and food purchases.

As smart TVs are equipped with Internet access, you can stream online videos from several different services. This means you can watch the movies you want when you want. Why worry about specific times or crowded lines at the ticket booth? With online technologies of today, you can stream a plethora of content to your television whether it's for entertainment or educational purposes.

Family Entertainment

Spending time together as a family can help increase inter-personal bonds. An experience such as that provided by a home theater in Pittsburgh could be a memorable one for yourself and the children. You could find that a regular family movie night could become one of the most anticipate events for everyone in the household while you enjoy each other's company.

Versatility for Video Content

Home theater developments in Pittsburgh can offer a great deal of versatility. Between television capabilities and conversion devices, nearly any unit can be hooked up to the system with ease. With the right components and cables, you could display a very wide range of entertainment spanning over several decades worth of technology. You could go so far as to hook up that old Commodore 64 with standard RCA cables and show the children what computers were like in the 1980s.

 

Smarthouse technology continues to advance at a rapid pace giving homeowners more control than ever. While you may focus on some of the fun aspects of these smart-enabled devices, there are several practical uses that could make your life much easier.

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3 Practical Reasons to Invest in Home Automation

Home automation can give you more freedom while delegating mundane tasks to computerized appliances. This was first experienced in earlier devices such as automatic coffee brewers and thermostat controlled HVAC systems. In today's technologically advancing world, more of the appliances and systems within the home can be controlled with a tap from your smartphone. What are some practical uses for this technology that can make life easier for you and the family?

Shutting it Down for the Night

From a single button, you can shut off all the lights in the house and lock all of the doors simultaneously. How often have you awoke in the middle of the night because you weren't sure if you locked the back door or not? How often do you get up to turn off the bathroom light? It can be frustrating to get comfortable in the perfect position only to have to get up a few minutes later to make sure that the house is safe and secure.

Knowing When the Kids Get Home

Those that have children constantly worry about their safety. In some automation systems, you can get a message on your smartphone the moment the children get home from school. Regardless of where you are in the world, you are messaged that they have returned. This can reduce a great deal of stress while you're at work, especially if the children are just getting to the age of caring for themselves for a short amount of time.

Thermostat Control

Even when you're away from home, the HVAC system will continue to operate in order to keep the house at a specific temperature. This is a waste of energy that can be avoided by lowering the settings on the unit. With a home automation system, you can turn on the heat or the air conditioning remotely allowing the home to resume climate control. This can help you save money in energy costs while you're at work or on vacation.

 

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