June 20, 2013

What Makes a Good Home Theater?

Filed under: Home Theater — Stereo East @ 2:19 pm

A home theater is an ultimate indoor playground for children and an ideal escape for adults. What makes a good home theater? The most important ingredients are picking the right room, a correctly-wired infrastructure, great video display, a booming audio system, and a simple way to control it all. Additional key factors include the right price and the right team to design and install your system.

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Location, Location, Location

Ideally, a home theater should be far away from bedrooms to help from disturbing others. The room should be rectangular, not square. The average theater room measures approximately 14 by 18 feet.

A Correctly-Wired Infrastructure

To get the maximum use out of your home theater, the room should be hard-wired for various functions and activities, such as accessing the Internet, video gaming, and  computer networking. Additionally, plan on wiring for at least seven speakers for a spectacular surround-sound experience. It is also important to note that many surround-sound theaters use at least two subwoofers, and these should be installed in the front of the room, along with the main speakers. An electrical outlet in the ceiling will be necessary for your projector, and conduit allows for running cables after the sheetrock has gone up.

A Great Video Display

Front projection technology is a critical element to home theater, and luckily, the technology continues to advance. A quality projector and screen combination, such as an Epson projector and a 110-inch screen, costs less than half of the price of a top level 55-inch flat panel television. However, having too much light in a home theater will make it difficult to achieve a great picture, so keep that in mind during the design phase.

Booming Audio System

The audio is substantially more important than the video. Do you remember drive-in movies? There was an enormous screen, but the two-inch plastic speakers didn’t do the film justice. Box speakers generally produce better sound than in-wall speakers. To achieve quality audio from in-wall or in-ceiling speakers, a back-box design is the best choice. Make sure the speakers across the front stage match and are made by the same manufacturer. This allows the sound to flow smoothly across all channels.

Some of the better audio products available for home theater include NAD and Integra receivers and GoldenEar and Monitor Audio loudspeakers.

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Simple Controls

One of the most important aspects of any home theater is how easily is can be operated. We strongly recommend utilizing a certified programmer or systems integration expert to ensure every function you want is one button away. This is also a good time to consider adding home automation to the mix.

The Right Price and The Right Team

Don’t shop for home theaters the same way you shop for groceries. Finding the best deals on each of the ingredients doesn’t buy an expert system design or installation, and these two factors are of utmost importance. Interview the experts in your market to find the right one for you and your family.

Get Started Today!

Most importantly, remember that a home theater not only adds to your comfort and entertainment, but it can also contribute real value to your home.

If you’re looking to get started on your own home theater, be sure and visit the team at Stereo East Home Theater. We proudly serve Dallas, Irving, Plano, Frisco, Allen, and surrounding areas, and have been doing so for about 30 years! Our huge showroom in Frisco, complete with six home theater rooms, is a great place to begin designing your system. Contact us today with any questions!

June 13, 2013

Stereo East is Blogging!

Filed under: Showroom News — tntadmin @ 6:36 pm

Welcome to Stereo East Home Theater’s blog! Be sure to check back often for the latest on new products, technology, and what’s happening at our showroom!