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Home Theater Surround Sound Brings the Cinema Right Into Your Own Home

Home Theater Surround Sound Brings the Cinema Right Into Your Own Home

If you are the kind of person who loves great quality sound when watching movies at the cinema, but do not like being there among many other people where you do not feel as though you can enjoy the motion picture. Then investing in a home theater surround sound system will give you a much better way to view movies.

Having a home surround sound system built in your house will provide a much more improved way to listen to movies from your television. When you begin to put together your sound system you will not need the best equipment there is available. You will need two or three speakers. Put them in front and behind you. And get a subwoofer, this will make you feel the sound vibrate through your bones.

Begin with a small sound system, you can always add to it another time. It is a good idea to buy good speakers to start with. And if you take your time and shop around you can find affordable ones.

Almost all systems with surround theater sound are digital where the audio is coming from the video content. Which means when you are watching a movie whatever you see on the left side of the screen, you will hear from the left side the speakers and the same happens for the right side as well.

It is no secret having surround theater sound, when it is all put together, will certainly place you right in the movie itself. It will give you the feeling like you are right there in all the action. The core of surround sound is the digital receiver. This piece of equipment is hooked up to your DVD disc player and then produces the sound through all the right speakers with the right volume.

The price you can pay is as high as $3000 and as low as $250. It is recommended that you shop around until you find the system that you like, then return home and start researching on the internet where you can begin comparing the prices to the other systems and look for any values or bargains.

There could never be anything better than listening to a movie you just love with surround sound. You will never need to go to the cinema again, just pop a movie in the DVD player, lay back and enjoy your new theater experience with surround sound right in the privacy of your own home.…

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8 Pros You May Need If You Build Your Own Home Theater

8 Pros You May Need If You Build Your Own Home Theater

You have decided to build a home theater but now what. Who can help you wade through the maze of choices you have to make to build a truly fantastic home theater room that you will enjoy and be proud to show off.

Here is a list of 8 professionals you need if you don’t want to do a lot of reading and research on your own.


You may not need the full services of an architect unless you are adding on a room to use for the home theater, but it wouldn’t hurt to get some ideas from a consultation with one that is familiar with home theaters, if you are going to spend over $25,000.00 on the project

Audio/Video Consultant

Definitely want to include this one in all but the smallest project. If you are only going to roll a TV into a room and add some speakers and a DVD player, fine, but otherwise this pro can contribute greatly to the final success of the project.

The Audio/Visual Consultant will help you select the right mix of components for the display and sound systems. Then hook them up so they all play nice together. This Pro needs to be consulted early on in the planning stages so they can make recommendations for room sizes, materials and so on.

Building or Remodeling Contractor

The contractors role is to direct and schedule all the other trades once the planning is over and the project is ready to start. They will also pull any necessary permits that you need for the job.

Computer Systems Consultant

Only needed with larger systems or if you have networking needs with other computers in the home.

Electrical Contractor

You will probably need a dedicated electrical circuit for your theater so as not to get any interference from other electrical uses in the home.

Home Networking Consultant

If you need to have a wired or wireless network to carry voice, data, video or security wiring over the rest of the house.

Interior Designer

This Pro will make everything look good and blend the whole theme together. Seating, carpet, wall coverings and paint will have to gel just right. Don’t skimp here if you want to show off your creation later.

Lighting Consultant

Often overlooked, but can be the cherry on top. The perfect lighting will set the perfect mood for the whole experience. Key areas accented by just the right light can be the difference between perfect and so-so.

The more money you plan to spend the more of these Pros you will likely use. If you are on a tight budget though, you may want to only consider those Pros that are absolutely necessary to complete the project successfully.…

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Designing the Ideal Home Theater System

Designing the Ideal Home Theater System

Putting together that dream entertainment center, piece-by-piece, is something that requires time, money and taste in effective technology. Through the choice of powerful speakers, high-resolution displays, proper placement and efficient bargain hunting, you can cut the costs and still produce a home theater that leaves the neighbours coming back for more.

Consider the room you have to work with, the budget you are limited by, shopping areas available, and how much you really want to “Wow” your house guests while reading the paragraphs below.

Your speakers are a fundamental piece of the puzzle. It is often believed that the bigger, larger and louder you can push your coils, the better your home theater will present itself.

In reality, more important factors, such as proper enclosures, amplification and placement of your speakers will determine the overall sound-quality of your system. Given any number of possible living arrangements, you should usually opt to place small tweeters in the high-corners, mid-ranges near the sitting area and your woofers near the television and back of the audience.

The resolution displayed on your monitor goes a long way in determining the picture quality and acceptance of the media presented. Large screens without efficient resolutions will look worse the closer you position your seating arrangements and are often less desirable than a smaller television with a sharper image.

The speakers on your TV may be omitted thanks to your revolutionary sound layout, but never forget to keep a clear path to the infrared port and an extra controller between the cushions.

Wireless technology reaches further than the laptops and mobile phones of our youth. Thanks to revolutions in the industry, we have been able to step away from the singular IR port on the front of our devices and create an elaborate network of microwaves, each bouncing from one controller to the other and perfecting the user’s experience.

Find the best pre-amps, DVD/Blu-Ray players and universal remotes that work with bluetooth or WiFi capabilities.

A master controller beyond the controller is the cherry atop the pudding. Using a laptop is generally accepted in this case, allowing it to be the center of your media and music for all the arriving guests.

Simply select a few songs, load your favourite play lists and jam away without ever ejecting a single disk. When you do take the time to watch a DVD, laptops also make a great center for saving the video as it is being displayed or acting as the actual DVD player itself.

Likewise, you can use your favourite video players and movie subscriptions to keep the room free of clutter and full of fun.

Showing off the new home theater to the neighbours is a real treat. Taking the time to choose the best devices, speakers, components and laying the grid in your allotted space may be a difficult task at first, but via the use of tips like those above, you can ease the pain and gain a professional edge on the competition. Turn up the volume and let your system do the work for you!…

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How to Figure Correct HDTV Viewing Distances

How to Figure Correct HDTV Viewing Distances

With the huge leaps and bounds that TV manufacturers have made when it comes to delivering ultra-high definition images into the home theater market, you can actually place these newer HDTV units much closer to your living room couch than ever before. Still, most consumers new to home theater need to have some type of formula for figuring out exactly where to position that huge 60-inch HDTV after they have spent their hard-earned money on purchasing the component.

So let’s say your new HDTV is at least 52-inches in width and you want to create a home theater experience in your smaller living room area of your home. A good rule of thumb would be to position the unit away from any light glares emanating from the closest window, first of all. Light glares shining onto a very bright LED TV screen won’t have that much of an impact on your movie-watching experience during the daylight hours, but if an outdoor light is coming through your window at night, that glare will cause a big image problem when watching movies after darkness falls.


Even if you have an LCD or plasma screen, it is still advisable to position your TV away from all light sources and to make sure that your TV’s speakers are unobstructed by hard surfaces like counter tops or doorway arch areas. As most HDTV units have crisp and bright images, these newer units can be positioned about nine feet or so away from your home theater seats.

That rule of thumb is good for the 52-inch LED, LCD or plasma TV unit you just purchased, along with any set that is at least 46-inches wide as well. When you start going under 46-inches, you can position those units about seven to eight feet away from you or your visitors with no problems at all. Again, if you do not want to experience headaches or eye fatigue when watching a 3D movie or huge sporting event that features blurry football players, you might want to position your new TV another foot away from your viewing area.


All viewing and listening preferences are up to the viewer’s own personal tastes, so you should always evaluate the types of shows and movies you will be watching on a regular basis in order to figure out the perfect viewing distances for your new HDTV unit.…

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Digital Media Player Guide Review – Seagate FreeAgent Theater and FreeAgent Theater +

Digital Media Player Guide Review – Seagate FreeAgent Theater and FreeAgent Theater +

Seagate has two models of digital media players in their stable at the moment. The most recent addition was added to their lineup when Seagate announced the FreeAgent Theater + on September 15, 2009. Seagate improved upon their original digital media player, the FreeAgent Theater, but both players offer great features. It really just depends on what your home system can support.

Seagate FreeAgent Theater

Prices: $175.00-$250.00 (500 GB Model); $100.00-$170.00 (250 GB Model)

First released in February of 2009 the 500 gigabyte FreeAgent model (ST905004CEA1E1-RK), and the 250 gigabyte FreeAgent model (ST902503CEA1E1-RK) give the user an inexpensive system, with an easy to use interface without breaking the bank. Some features will be sacrificed by going with this earlier model. For example, the FreeAgent will only output up to 1080i, as opposed to the FreeAgent Plus that will deliver true 1080p high definition. Here are some of the hilights of the FreeAgent:

o Works with Windows Vista and XP (Update for Windows 7)

o 1080i High Definition Playback (Component Video Only)

o 5.1 Dolby Digital Sound Output (Coaxial)

o Supports MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (VOB/ISO), MPEG-4 (DivX /Xvid formats), DivX HD, Xvid HD, AVI, MOV, MKV, RMVB, AVC HD, H.264, WMV9, VC-1, M2TS, TS/TP/M2T

o USB 2.0

o Connections: Video: Composite, S-video, component; Audio: Stereo, coaxial S/PDIF

Seagate FreeAgent Theater+

Prices: $175.00-$289.00 (500 GB Model)

This model (ST905004CEA2E1-RK) released in September of 2009 is only available with 500 gigabytes of storage. The price is a little higher, but you are getting additional features at a minimal cost. If your home theater system can handle 1080p True HD, then of the two Seagate models, this is the obvious choice. Some websites that I researched have this model listed at the same price as the earlier FreeAgent model. The FreeAgent Theater+ leaves nothing out. Great selection of connections and an easy to use interface with a remote control, this model has it all.

This model comes ethernet ready, and there is a wireless adapter available for around $70. Finally view all your home media, pictures, music, and more in true high definition. Both of the Seagate drives incorporate their unique drop in docking that makes it really easy and you don’t have to fuss with carrying wires back and forth from the computer to your living room. Here are some of the highlights of the FreeAgent:

o Works with Windows Vista and XP

o 1080p True High Definition Playback (HDMI or Component)

o 5.1 Dolby Digital/DTS Sound Output (HDMI or Digital Optical Output)

o Supports MPEG-1, MPEG-2 (AVI/VOB/ISO), MPEG-4 (AVI/DivX /Xvid)

o USB 2.0

o Connections: Video: HDMI, component; Audio: HDMI, Digital Optical Output

o Ethernet Ready for Home Networking…