Professional Audio Consultants Technology Blog

Today’s home entertainment enthusiasts and audiophiles have a fantastic selection of home theater and home stereo equipment to choose from that can really enhance the experience of watching movies or listening to music. But getting these audio video components to operate as they’re designed to do isn’t always so easy. Here at PAC-NJ, we’re often called in by customers to help tweak home theater set ups and home stereo systems when their do-it-yourself efforts have gone wrong. We’ve seen many common errors, so I’d like to offer observations on some common DIY mistakes. A lot of them fall into three broad categories: cabling, power management, and control – that is, remote control - issues. Here’s some advice about each.

Some people are into home theaters, some people are more into home stereos, and some people want it all – both a great home theater experience that includes fantastic audio reproduction capability, and a home stereo system with the fidelity of a live symphonic concert or jazz club performance. We see all three types here at PAC-NJ, northern New Jersey’s source for high quality home entertainment systems. So how do you get both? Like we tell our clients, you need to know how to design great audio into a home theater equipment selection, and which equipment choices make a great home stereo and audio system. Here’s what you should know about each.

You’re building a house or renovating your existing home. Now is the time to design and install a home theater – don’t wait until construction is completed. That’s the advice we give to our customers at PAC-NJ in northern New Jersey. Of course they ask why, and we have plenty of reasons to offer. First of all, during construction you can create and install a truly customized home theater design because an audio video specialist can collaborate with you and your architect. Floor and ceiling plans can be designed to accommodate the placement of the home theater speaker system for their best integration and performance. For your components, millwork and built-in custom home theater cabinets can be designed to properly house flat screen TVs and a/v components. Thanks to open wall construction, you will have almost complete flexibility in where to locate wall mounted controls such as keypads and touch screens, and you can select the perfect location for each.

Five things to consider before buying a home theater:Who wouldn’t want a home theater? Having easy access to all the music and movies, video games and other entertainment they provide can bring lots of enjoyment to you and your family. But before you move forward on your home theater room, here are five key considerations we tell our clients in northern New Jersey to keep in mind:

Whether you live in a two-bedroom condo or a six-bedroom 12,000 square foot home, a custom designed home entertainment system or home theater will have a positive impact on your daily life. Our customers here in New Jersey tell us having convenient access to their favorite music and movies is game changer. You can easily create your own home audio video system with proper planning and expertise.

You can’t experience the highs of having a home theater without experiencing the lows – as in the low bass notes that only high quality subwoofers can reproduce. Low frequency bass notes are the foundation for accurate reproduction of music and movie soundtracks in a home stereo system. But most of today’s compact speakers have insufficient bass output to recreate these tones. High quality subwoofers add back the lowest octaves of bass smaller speakers struggle to reproduce.