Technology is allowing us to provide our clients with multiple sources on 1 screen – no need to buy a projector and 4 TV’s anymore – This can easily be done with a single projector or Television.
Watch 5 games at once, or watch the video security camera at the gate to see when the guests arrive along with the news from 3 different feeds and more…We have vast choices, now we can deliver them at once on any TV. See it in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihVIDcPcQCg
Living Space Theatre
Many of our clients are asking us to design multi-purpose spaces that include a large screen, big sound, nice seating and the rest, usually in a family room or a combination TV / Movie / Entertainment Space.
These multi-use spaces usually incorporate gaming systems – Wii or Kinect, Skype, occasionally a dedicated computer as well as the traditional HDTV and Movies.
With the increase in TV sizes, you can get a really big image into a family room in an elegant way (not above the fireplace), or we can design a larger system using a projector and screen as we did in our showroom, shown here.
Multiple screens can be more than just video feeds. This is a standard “smart TV” showing a soccer game and twitter feed. Facebook, email, web browsing and more is becoming a normal part of the family room TV experience.
For a few years now we have been installing Blu-ray players that are connected to the internet. Netflix is just the beginning of the trend towards streaming content delivery. We get asked about wireless all the time, the thinking is it must be cheaper than wiring, and “it’s good enough, right”? The simple answer is no, the longer answer is “if it is possible to add a dedicated wire, do it.” It will be faster and much more reliable than wireless, period.
We are constantly upgrading computer networks as our customers add on more devices – smart phones, iPads, content delivery services and more. We usually have to start by replacing the cheap router that comes from your High Speed Internet Service Provider with better quality ones.
In-wall and in-ceiling speakers are great, especially for hiding them, but not always the right choice. More traditional speakers typically sound better (when we can put them in the proper locations), and if excellent sound is desired, they are almost always the better choice.
Sound bars are a great solution as they can virtually disappear, and the higher quality models sound very good. We frequently couple them with an in-wall subwoofer in a Great Room or Living Space Theatre – even a master bedroom on occasion.
We had this speaker bar built to match the width of the TV, painted the speaker and TV to match the wall cabinet trim, and hid the subwoofer is behind the door. This room sounds better than most people’s Home Theaters, and for a modest cost.
You Get What You Pay For
Not so much a trend but something that does bear repeating. The lowest cost items are not worth buying – does not matter if you are shopping for shoes, carpeting or home theatre components.
The good news is prices continue to drop and quality continues to improve. This is obvious when you look at Televisions, but also holds true for video projectors and universal remote controls.