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November 28, 2011

Five Things Every Home Movie Theater Needs

Filed under: Home Theater,How-To — Tags: , — Amie C @ 4:49 pm
A great home movie theater expresses your personality.

A great home movie theater expresses your personality.

There’s something curiously satisfying about building your own home movie theater.  It’s a great opportunity to express your movie taste in the décor, and a perfect place for nesting with family and friends to watch the latest releases without the hassle of parking, line ups, cell phones going off at suspenseful moments, and of course, not having a pause button just when you need it most!

So how can you take the experience from ‘good’ to ‘great’?  With these five things in place, you’ll be well on your way to creating the perfect home movie theater experience.

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November 23, 2011

Things To Consider When Installing An In Wall Speaker

Filed under: Home Theater,How-To — Tags: , , — Amie C @ 5:48 pm

In Wall SpeakersAs whole-house audio grows in popularity, more and more people are adding an in wall speaker system to rooms that don’t have room for stand-alone speakers.  Are there things you need to consider when installing an in wall speaker?  You bet there are!

First of all, a speaker isn’t like a piece of art (or at least, isn’t like most pieces of art) in that it moves.  As you put music through it, it vibrates and oscillates.  That means when you are choosing the right in wall speaker for your installation, it’s especially important to make sure the clamping mechanism is secure, and won’t result in bits of drywall dust eternally falling from the cut-out.

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November 14, 2011

Dual Subwoofers: Tweaky Audiophile Thing or The Secret To Smooth Sound?

Filed under: Audio Knowledge,AV Tip of the Month,Home Theater — Tags: , — Amie C @ 7:49 am

Dual subwoofers at Raven Manor

Dual subwoofers: the concept may seem like something only tweaky audiophiles would do, but in reality, it may be just what your home theater needs to get the smoothest subsonic sound on the block.

It’s About the Increasing The Output: New home design in the last couple of decades has produced a lot of rooms that have soaring high ceilings, and these rooms have huge air mass.  Here’s the part where we get a little technical: it requires significant sound pressure levels (SPL) to fill a room this big, and a single subwoofer may not be enough to do so, depending on the size of your room.

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September 14, 2011

Center Speakers: Choosing and Placing Your Center Channel

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Axiom's VP150 Center Speaker

Choosing center speakers can seem more confusing than picking the front left-and-right speakers sometimes.  Do you go with a big one to get more dialog, or smaller model to fit that little niche in the equipment rack?

The Goal

Center channels carry the weight of the dialog in movie and Dolby surround sound television broadcasts.  Often people complain that their new flat-screen display is all but inaudible, a problem that is easily remedied by adding left-and-right channel front speakers and a matching center speaker. Let’s face it – the tiny drivers that engineers are forced to use to fit speakers in those flat screens are simply too small to do a good job of conveying dialog in normal-sized rooms.

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