Enjoying the Cinema Experience at Home Is Easier Than Ever
The ongoing pandemic has turned many aspects of our lives upside down in the past few months. Families are working from home, schools are either remote or in a hybrid model, and a lot of entertainment is happening at home with large gatherings and public outings curtailed.
The pandemic won’t be with us forever, and lives will return to normal. But some trends that were happening long before this time have accelerated and will continue. One of those is the evolution of home entertainment. Recent closures of some cinemas due to pandemic effects have reduced the amount of new theatrical movies and content, with some going straight to video. Right now, a family or date night out at the movies is far more limited than it was less than a year ago.
Pandemic or otherwise, as home entertainment options continue to multiply, a home theater installation makes more sense than ever for your Smyrna, GA home. If you can't go out for a cinematic treat, why not bring it home with your own home theater? Here are three reasons to get you started.
How Room Correction Fixes Audio Problems in Your Home Theater
What is room correction? No, we’re not talking here about moving walls around to fix your room. We are talking about how your home theater audio system sounds in your room. For those of you that are audio aficionados of either the two-channel or multichannel type (or both), you may already be familiar with this. It’s the use of calibration software and methods for adjusting a sound system for even, natural sound in a media room or theater.
Why is room correction important for your home theater installation in Buckhead? Because every room is different, and even the best equipment and speakers may not sound quite like you expect without a little corrective help. Keep reading for a quick view of room correction and how it can help your sound quality. Or, skip the rest of the blog and call us; as metro Atlanta’s premier home theater company for over 30 years, we can expertly calibrate your home theater or media room for superb sound!
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If You Haven’t Tried Video Games, You May Be Missing Out
A home theater can be a significant investment. A large screen, the audio system, lighting, control, and seating can all add up. Granted, your home theater doesn’t have to be just for movie watching. It can be the place for Netflix binges, sports, gathering together to watch presidential candidates debate, and more.
However, sometimes all this content doesn’t take full advantage of everything your Marietta home theater installation can do. If you've invested in multichannel Dolby Atmos sound and the latest projector or 4K TV with HDR, you want to take advantage of it! Yet many streaming and cable TV offerings don’t use these features. Some movie and show soundtracks don’t use the surround audio channels much, and many are not mastered for the high-contrast imagery that HDR can display.
You might be surprised at what we’ll suggest. Try video games! Even if you’re not a gamer, you might be blown away by the storylines, cinematic presentation, and incredible use of sound that comes with the best of today’s titles.
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Sony Has the Perfect Way to Watch Netflix
Netflix is one of those internet institutions that is now ingrained in popular culture, and not just in the U.S. Younger viewers may not even realize that the company started as the internet alternative to Blockbuster video rentals, shipping physical discs conveniently to your home and doing away with the dreaded late fees.
These days, of course, Netflix is the 800-pound gorilla of internet video streaming, with a seemingly endless array of titles to watch. Moreover, they have become a force in Hollywood, financing many original movies and shows that can be viewed by audiences more massive than ever before, and garnering multiple Golden Globe and Oscar wins.
If you have a media room or home theater installation in your Atlanta, GA home, chances are you have a few Netflix favorites. It doesn’t hurt that Netflix has also been ahead of the curve in adopting the most advanced audio and video technologies in their original content like 4K, Dolby Atmos surround sound, and Dolby Vision that make great use of the latest AV equipment. And if you love Netflix, you'll love it even more with the newest feature Sony includes in its latest TVs and projectors. Read on to learn more.
5 Great Gifts for the Home Theater Aficionados in Your Life
We know what you're thinking. A holiday gift guide, is it that time already? Yes, it is, but it shouldn't be cause for concern.
If you have a film and home theater buff in your life, then you’re in luck, because we have put together one doozy of a holiday gift guide for you. Any of these gifts would make an impression in any home theater installation in Atlanta.
So how do you choose the right one? We can’t tell you here, but you can visit us at our Marietta showroom to check these out, and we will be happy to help. Of course, if the person is a truly special one, perhaps you'll want to get them all?
Read on for your 2019 holiday gift guide for the media lovers in your life.
The Easy Home Theater Installation Alternative to a Projector
Most everyone wants an immersive big-screen experience in their media room or home theater. The only issue? Not everyone has the space for a full-fledged theater installation. In some areas, mounting a projector in the ceiling or a back wall is not a practical solution.
You might ask - why not go with a large flat-screen display? Many people do, and there are many that Georgia Home Theater can recommend from brand partners like Sony. But, some people want that projected large screen experience without giving up space, and the truly large, over 100-inch flat panels can get very expensive.
There is a solution, and it’s called the ultra-short-throw projector. It’s a projector than can sit mere inches from your wall and project an image up to ten feet across diagonally. The best part is that it only requires a slim wall-mounted screen, and it sits on your typical media credenza or cabinet.
What’s more, the latest models feature the newest 4K and HDR technology for an eye-popping picture, and sometimes also include full smart TV functionality for an all-in-one solution with the convenience of a TV and the cinematic impact of a projector.
One of Georgia Home Theater’s favorite models in this category is the Epson LS500, and it may just be the answer for the media space in your Smyrna home. Read on to see if this is the easy big-screen home theater installation solution you’ve been waiting for.
Enjoy the Best Movie Audio and Video Experience with Kaleidescape
You have undoubtedly had a collection of favorite movies at some point in your life. Depending on when you started your collection, those movies may have been on VHS tapes, DVDs, or Blu-ray discs. Of course, today, you can have digital collections be stored on a computer or in the cloud through a digital service.
We all know VHS tapes are long obsolete, and DVDs are stuck with video resolution from the 20th century. Blu-ray discs are still viable, and the best quality format is UltraHD (4K) Blu-ray. With the convenience of streaming from Netflix, Amazon Video, and a host of other services, people are accustomed to the satisfaction of searching for content and watching immediately.
Physical media like UltraHD Blu-ray has always had the advantage of the best playback quality. The 4K video and uncompressed audio are unencumbered by the compression necessary to stuff the many bits required for a high-quality video into the network pipe that flows into your home. Even an HD Blu-ray rivals or often exceeds the quality of a 4K stream over the internet, both in audio and video performance.
Are we telling you to stop streaming and to buy a disc player? No, but we are saying that if you have a high-end home theater, you will want a high level of performance; there is another option for your Buckhead home – a Kaleidescape movie server. Read on to see why it’s the perfect addition to your home theater installation.
The Best of Both Worlds—Sleek Home Theater Installation and Great Bass
Subwoofers are a necessity for a proper home theater. Movie soundtracks are full of deep bass rumble from crashes, explosions, and ominous musical passages in soundtracks. With surround sound, many installations don't use full-range speakers for those positions, and the subwoofer provides the low-end punch for the soundtrack.
There’s no true problem with subwoofers besides the fact they are almost universally large, bulky boxes. Since we often recommend dual subwoofers for the best bass response in a home theater or media room, that makes for two large, bulky boxes. Some theaters and media rooms can't comfortably accommodate the large subwoofer box into the décor, however, no one wants a theater without the bass to handle today's immersive movie soundtracks.
The solution to this dilemma has been the architectural subwoofer. While built-in subwoofers have been around for years, there have seen recent technical improvements in driver design, amplification, and room correction that rival the performance of their bulkier, freestanding brethren.
That brings us to this month’s product overview: the JL Audio Fathom IWS subwoofer line. This subwoofer series is specifically designed to deliver the type of performance JL Audio is known for, while easily fitting into standard wall construction.
Read on to learn how JL Audio architectural subwoofers can provide the bass without the box in your Sandy Springs home theater installation.
Install the Ultimate Home Theater Screen with Black Diamond Material
When you think of a home theater, the first thing that comes to mind is the big screen. While today's flat panels are growing to 100-inch sizes and even higher, the most cost-effective way to showcase a giant picture is still through a projector and screen; as long as you have the space.
What might keep someone from having the projector and screen setup? One common reason is that projectors and projection screens work best in darkened settings, and not everyone wants to retreat to a theater-dark room to watch a Netflix show or the night’s Braves game.
Fortunately, one company saw that problem and invented a solution. Screen Innovations is true to its name, designing innovative screens for media rooms and home theaters as well as unique motorized shading solutions for indoor and outdoor spaces.
Screen Innovations’ Black Diamond theater screens are the first optical projection displays that reject ambient light from every direction, making them the perfect choice for any home theater or media room.
So if you have a media setup with a projector – or you are looking into a new home theater installation and would love to watch with the lights on or the shades up – a Black Diamond screen might be just what you need at your Roswell or Metro Atlanta home.
Keep reading below to learn more about Screen Innovations and its Black Diamond screen material!
Check Out The Flagship Theater in Georgia Home Theater’s Marietta Showroom
A home theater can be a significant investment. Like a bathroom or kitchen remodel, it can also be a big job. There's a lot that can go into a home theater. There's the screen, the projector, the speakers, the audio receiver, processor or amplifier, control capability, lighting, seating, décor, and more to think about.
Of course, your home theater area might be a setup designed around a living or family room, or it can be a full-boat dedicated home theater in an extra or purpose-built room in your house. Either way, the details must be sweated to make it into a theater experience that feels special. Those details involve the right size and scale for sound and picture, the acoustics, the methods of control, and perhaps how the home theater ties into other smart home features.
It might seem daunting, right? Georgia Home Theater is here to help. As our name implies, home theaters are a core competence at our company. To make it easier for customers to see and hear what a home theater setup can be like at your home, we have built one in our flagship theater demo area in our Marietta showroom.
Did you miss the Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody at the theaters? We have set the film up as a demo in our showroom, as the musical soundtrack can really show off a high-end sound system. And the visuals are equally stunning. The demo theater features some of our best brands – Anthem, Bowers and Wilkins, Sony, and more. At our Marietta showroom, you’ll get a much better sense of what to expect from a professional home theater installation in your Alpharetta-area home.
Keep reading for a brief look at what you’ll experience in the showroom – and what you could have in your own theater.
Optimize the Audio in Your Home Theater Installation Without Sacrificing Style
It’s rare to have the perfect acoustic environment during a home theater installation. Every installation will have a few acoustic issues to address, whether it has to do with the shape of the room or the wall material. Two primary things will affect the sonic performance in your home: speaker placement and acoustic treatments.
Here, we’ll focus primarily on the latter and how acoustic treatments help to create a more immersive viewing experience in your Metro Atlanta home theater, whether you live in Dunwoody or beyond. Eliminating acoustic issues shouldn’t come at the expense of your theater aesthetics, though. Which is why we partner with Acoustic Innovations. Their WallScapes come in various shapes, sizes, and colors to fit your unique interior design preferences.