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When you take into account the ticket prices, the sticky floors, the seat-spring poking you in the butt and the price of popcorn, you might as well just get your own home theater. With many years of building home theaters and collaborating with other home theater professionals, D-Lux Home Systems is capable of handling any size job. Whether you want the full-blown, leather seating, melt-your-face-off director experience, or just want your media room to sound super-awesome, let us help make your dream home theater, media room or man-cave a reality. Our 5-year labor warranty will assure your investment stays working for years to come. Call today for a FREE in-home consultation.
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A good projector and screen are essential to the home theater experience. There are quite a few things that go into choosing the right projector and screen including room lighting, distance to the screen, type of screen, weather you plan on utilizing panoramic wide-screen, and even the elevation where you live. Black levels, white balance and lamp lumens also play a very important part in getting the picture to look good on the screen. When you take all this into account, there is a lot of brain-numbing research to be done. Fortunately, D-Lux has already done all this research and can help you pick out the best projector and screen for your particular room. Our go-to manufacturers for projectors include JVC, Epson and DPI. These manufacturers produce different models to accommodate any budget and situation. As far as screens go, we like to use Stewart Filmscreens, Elite Screens and VuTech. These also provide a nice array of screens to accommodate any budget or situation. If you want to hide the front surround sound speakers, you can get a perforated acoustical screen. If you want killer 3D action, a special polarized screen will help improve the 3D experience. If you have a lot of ambient light in the room, a high-powered projector and a special screen will help keep all the light on the screen instead of reflecting off. There are fixed screens, motorized screens that come out of the ceiling and even screens that automatically mask the borders to reflect the correct size picture (4:3, 16:9, 2.35:1 etc.). Call us today for a free consultation!
There are as many different kinds of speakers as there are fish in the sea. D-Lux Home Systems has spent a lot of time around speakers, and has narrowed this huge field down to a hand-full of manufacturers that give the best balance between sound quality and price. For the audiophiles out there (you know who you are), you may be no stranger to spending $5000 on a speaker, and we can make that happen. For the rest of you, you will be more than happy with the range of speakers we have selected as our favorites. KEF, Monitor Audio, Sonance and TruAudio all provide great sound and a good range of prices to accommodate anyone's budget.
A proper surround sound system is comprised of at least 5 speakers and a sub-woofer. More advanced surround sound systems may include 9 or more speakers and 2 or more subwoofers.
Center Speaker - The most important of these speakers is the center channel. This speaker is normally placed right at ear level at the middle of the screen. Sometimes this speaker can be hidden behind the projector screen. This is where 90% of your sound comes from, so this needs to be a good speaker.
Front Speakers - The front-left and front-right speakers are normally placed on either side of the screen and give "direction" to the listener. When listening to music or watching programs not recorded in surround sound, these are the active speakers, so it is important to have them placed in the right location to give you a proper "sound-stage".
Rear Speakers - These speakers are what give you the "surround" feel. These speakers should be placed behind and on either side of the audience to provide background sounds like birds chirping, traffic noises and planes or cars driving by. Great care must be taken to tweak the levels of these speakers to give you a nice balanced background presence.
Side Speakers - These speakers are placed on either side of the audience to further enhance the "surround" feel. In some larger theaters, there may be more than one side speaker on each side. With the addition of these speakers, you achieve a full circle of background presence. If you were to watch NASCAR on a system with side speakers, you would hear the cars start in the front speakers and make a complete circle around you, just like if you were sitting in the middle of the race track.
Front Presence Speakers - Sometimes, additional speakers will be installed up higher or off to the side of the main front speakers. While these are not absolutely necessary to achieve surround sound, they do help to fill in some gaps in larger theaters. Front-high speakers can give more "height" to the sound-stage, and front-wide speakers can help fill in the gap between the front and side speakers. Most movies are only produced in 7.1-channel surround sound, so it is the job of the sound processor to "fake" the signals to these speakers, making a good processor a necessity if these speakers are to be implemented.
The most important part of a good home theater is the sound. If you close your eyes in the movie theater, you can still get the whole gist of the movie. A proper surround sound system will keep you immersed in sound so that you feel like you are actually there. Because of this, a good surround sound processor with high-quality amplifiers are a must. For a smaller home theater, these two units can be combined into one box called an A/V receiver. Some larger home theaters with more powerful speakers demand more out of the amps, so many times these two units will be separated. The main job of the processor is to take the audio from the Blu-ray, satellite, cable and media players and distribute it correctly amongst the speakers. These signals are then sent to an amplifier which sends the amplified signal to the speakers. Our go-to manufacturers include Integra, Marantz, Yamaha and Onkyo, but there may be a better one for your particular situation. Call us today for a free in-home consultation, and we will use our expertise to help you choose the right one.
Typical audio/video sources for home theaters include a quality Blu-ray player, a satellite or cable box, a media player like AppleTV or Google Chrome Cast, and sometimes even video game consoles. As these devices are the origination of the audio and video, it is important to use high-quality components so that the surround sound processor can do its job as well as possible. AppleTV and Chrome Cast are internet-connected devices that can do many things like playing Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, buy and rent movies directly from the internet and even get sports scores and highlights. Many times a single Blu-ray player is enough. However, if you have a very large collection of movies, you might want a media server. A media server allows you to "rip" your movies to a large hard-drive, and then let you choose which movie in your collection you want to watch right from the comfort of your theater seat. Of course, it is always fun to play a little Mario Bros. when Mario is as big as you are! Call us today for more information or to schedule a free in-home consultation.
Acoustics are very important to a home theater. Without them, the sound will bounce off of the walls and cause anomalies like echoes and "slaps". The goal is to make the sound hit the correct ear at the correct time. You definitely do not want to hear the same sound twice as it can cause headaches while watching your movie! There are several different ways to apply acoustical treatments. In many home theaters, the walls are constructed, then the speakers and acoustical treatments are installed, then a fabric is stretched over the entire wall to make all of it invisible. In smaller or budget-constricted home theaters, you can get acoustical panels that hang on the wall. These can even come printed with pictures on them like movie posters or landscape photos. Acoustical treatments require great care to place in the proper place, so call us today for a free consultation.
Sitting on the floor is no way to enjoy your home theater. You also need a high-quality blanket... and a big leather reclining love seat and sectional arm-chairs! Many times we will use an interior designer to help put together all of these finishing touches, but if you have your own interior designer, we will work closely with them to make sure everything looks just the way you want it to. We have the connections to provide tiered seating, sectional seating, motorized recliners and even that cliche popcorn maker for the corner! Call us today for more information and to schedule a free consultation.