Articles tagged with: Metro DC Home Theater

How Would Encore Custom Audio/Video Design YOUR Home Theater?

on Sunday, 22 February 2015. Posted in DC Metro Home Theater Installation

With an attention to the details that ensure an amazing private cinema experience

In the last blog, we focused on Dolby Atmos and our new 4,500 sq. ft., state-of-the-art showroom at our headquarters in Sterling. Part of the reason we’re so enthusiastic about both is because Dolby Atmos was designed to create a layer of sound from above and the overhead sound extends the height of a system's soundstage, which allows for some very special effects that we enjoy demonstrating in our new showroom. 

Why did Encore Custom AV Choose Dolby Atmos for Our New Showroom?

on Saturday, 21 February 2015. Posted in Northern Virginia Home Theater Installation

Because you never get a 2nd chance to make a spectacular 1st impression

When you call yourself a professional, you have to bring “it,” whatever “it” might be. In the audio video/home theater industry, “it” is the knowledge of what products work to create the most authentic cinema experience at home for clients just like you.

For the last several years, Encore Custom AV has been designing and integrating homes in Northern Virginia and the Metro DC areas (and throughout the mid-Atlantic region) and earned numerous awards, including Integrator of the Year for 2014. So when we made the commitment to build a brand new, state-of-the-art showroom at our headquarters in Sterling, we knew we had no other choice but to bring “it.”

What are the Priorities when Planning a Home Theater Build? (Part 3)

on Monday, 15 April 2013. Posted in Northern Virginia Home Theater Installation

Award-winning DC Metro Audio Video Expert Offers Professional Advice

In our last two posts, we discussed the importance of determining your (1) space, (2) display, (3) Sound Reproduction, (4) Speakers and (5) Subwoofers before making any commitment to building a home theater. As we complete this trilogy of informational blogs, we want to close out by getting physical (as in hardware...as in components, surge protection, wires, remotes and furnishings). Shall we?

 

6. The Components

DVD or Blu-ray? Do you still have a VCR and a collection of VHS? Maybe you want a DVD Recorder too? And how do you receive your television programming? Cable, satellite or antenna? If you have high-speed internet access, you might not require a Blu-ray or DVD player as you can stream both music and movies. New Blu-ray players and televisions can actually connect to the internet directly, but you can also purchase an external box (Network Media Players or Media Steamers) as an affordable option. It’s all predicated on what you need from your theater and how much you want to invest in it.

7. The Protection

Surge protectors may replace your pet as your new best friend. Power outages and brownouts happen with no notice so, while surge protectors aren’t foolproof, it’s always a good idea to defend your system as much as possible. Another option is a Line Conditioner, a more comprehensive way of protecting against power surges, as well as monitoring and even regulating the power reaching your components.

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8. The Cables/Wire

There are a lot of variables at play when addressing your connections. Speaker cable alone depends on the distance from the amplifier or receiver (different gauges for different distances). You want to make sure everything is color-coded for future maintenance or additions.

9. The Remote

Each component in a home theater system comes with its own remote control, which means your fully-realized home theater includes a collection of a half dozen or more. A favorite solution is a sophisticated, but easy-to-use, universal remote. This will control most of the functions of each of your components, enabling everyone in the family to use the theater system without issue. Another option is total integration, whereby the entire system is accessible from an iPad or other tablet. We can help with that.

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10. The Seating

Once more, it can be as simple or elaborate as your personal style allows. Traditional sofas, favorite armchairs, or high-end specialized overstuffed theater seating with cupholders…it depends entirely on your theme, taste and desired comfort. What IS important is determining your seating as early as possible, as the finely adjusted acoustics will depend heavily on where the viewer is seated. The seats are among the last to be installed, but they really do rival the projection and audio in terms of getting the most from your investment.

In the Final Reel

All home theaters are different. Different spaces, different budgets, different styles, etc. On average, the most successful build are the ones wherein the homeowner has an idea of the basic requirements from the very beginning of the project. Regardless of how much homework you want to do, the Encore team is available to answer any questions and offer helpful advice based on years of experience. Call or stop by!

 

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What are the SOUND Priorities when Planning a Home Theater Build?

on Wednesday, 03 April 2013. Posted in Northern Virginia Audio Visual Installation

Award-winning DC Metro Audio Video Expert Offers Professional Advice

Last time, we discussed the importance of determining your (1) space and (2) display before making any commitment to building a home theater. This time we focus on sound.

 

3. The Sound Reproduction


Many would argue that the quality of your theater's audio capability is even more important than how clear the images are on the screen. Your options include either an AV Receiver or a Preamplifier/Amplifier combination.


An AV Receiver combines the functions of three components:


a) A Radio Tuner for AM/FM and, in some cases, HD (Hi-Def), Internet or Satellite Radio


b) A Preamplifier for controlling which audio and video source is selected (Blu-ray, DVD, CD, etc.), it processes the incoming stereo or surround sound signals and distributes them through the correct channels/outputs


c) And a Multi-channel Amplifier that sends the signals and power to the speaker system

 

A Home Theater, AV, Surround Sound Receiver or Separate Preamp and Amplifier provides most of the inputs and outputs that everything, including your TV, connects into. A receiver can be an easy and cost-effective way of centralizing your home theater system. That said, many high-end theater installations use separate components for each channel (which gives more flexibility in changing or upgrading and prevents the interference that can happen with combining functions with one unit). On average, a good Receiver will prove more than adequate.

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4. The Speakers


In much the same way the size of your space determines how large your video display should be, your room will determine what speakers are going to work best. We recommend listening to several different speaker models before you buy, and consider utilizing the same brand throughout (ensuring a better acoustical match). We have suggestions, but audio is subjective. How they sound to YOU is most important.

 

5. The Subwoofers


The Subwoofer reproduces the low frequencies found in music and movies. Again, the size of your space (and flooring) helps determine which subwoofer will work best and we highly recommend you sample a variety to find the unit that performs to your requirements.

Tune in next time...
 
Our next blog will look at the product protection, wiring, furnishings and more. On
average, the most successful builds are the ones wherein the homeowner has an idea of the basic requirements from the very beginning of the project. Regardless of how much homework you want to do, the Encore team is available to answer any questions and offer helpful advice based on years of experience. Call or stop by!