home theater design

PAC is recognized at the Metro Builders Association Awards of Excellence for the following categories: "Best Sales Presentation Video" and "Best Special Feature Room Design". Ralph worked together with Crestron Electronics to Create a sales video for their home automation system, specifically the custom lighting and shade...

Professional Audio Consultants (PAC) owner and founder Ralph Tarnofsky (right) is joined by his wife Marisol to proudly accept The Award of Excellence from The Metropolitan Builders and Contractors Association of NJ president Philip A. Calinda, Jr. ...

You’re hanging out on your patio in the summer, a cold drink in your hand, when you get the urge to listen to a favorite old song from your high school days. In the old days fulfilling this simple desire required a lot of legwork;...

By now most of us have seen commercial grade outdoor video displays in a wide variety of venues, from Times Square and Giants Stadium to airport and train terminals. But have you ever experienced watching a Yankees game or a favorite movie on a purpose...

You were the first on the block with a home theater system, but now your neighbors have newer, better home entertainment rigs. Cheer up – you can significantly enhance the performance of your existing home theater set up with system upgrades. In my last blog...

Extreme Makeover: Home Theater Edition.” You’ve invested in a home theater system a while ago and now have the urge to enhance the system without incurring the expense of replacing any of the existing components. Impossible? Not at all! Here are two things you can...

Yes, the screen resolution on your HD TV is crucial, and the dynamic range of your home theater speakers is critical. But like I tell customers here at PAC-NJ, northern New Jersey’s source for home theater equipment and home theater installation service, don’t minimize the...

Imagine having the ultimate in instant access to all your media, without any performance compromises: I know – it sounds too good to be true. But it’s not! Those of us with serious collections of movies on DVD or Blu Ray discs and an ample...

Sometimes we feel like marriage counselors here at PAC-NJ, northern New Jersey’s source for home theater equipment, service, and advice. Couples come in shopping for audio-video components, but often one spouse objects to the way the equipment looks, or worries that the high-tech gear clashes with the rest of the décor. In our last blog we talked about mirrored design solutions that can make flat screen HD TVs disappear, and home theater speakers designed for placement behind walls. Well, your stack of audio video components and other can also do a disappearing act, so you can enjoy your system without having to look at the gear that drives it.
We’ve dealt with just about every question imaginable about home theater and audio video gear here at PAC-NJ, northern New Jersey’s source for home theater equipment , installation services and advice. But here’s one we hear over and over: “I want a new home theater for our family room, but my spouse doesn’t like the way the equipment looks – How can we both get what we want?”
We recently addressed the topic of HDMI – High-Definition Multimedia Interface – and explained why this single-cable technology is more than just another pretty abbreviation. We’re getting more and more questions about HDMI audio video technology here at PAC-NJ, northern New Jersey’s source for home theatre systems and services, so let me share with you some of what we tell customers.
The debate is on: if you want the best home theater, should you have a dedicated, purpose designed room for your audio video system, or a multi-purpose home entertainment room that doubles as a family room, den, or even breakfast nook? I addressed pros and cons of multipurpose rooms in my last blog, so let’s talk about dedicated rooms.
Call this Part Two of “Why you should install your home theater during construction or renovation of a home, and not after.” I was blogging about this topic recently, and want to give you some additional reasons to consider if you’re building or renovating a home and trying to decide when call in a professional home theater installer.

How great would it be if you could access all of your music and movies from just about any room in the house, or all the places where you spend time outside? Here at PAC-NJ, northern New Jersey’s source for high-end home theater and audio...

I recently blogged about problems involving connecting cables, remote control units and managing power that do-it-yourselfers often run into when they’re trying to install a complex home theater or audio video system. Two other areas where we see lots of DIY mistakes involve what I call management issues: managing heat, and managing room noise. Here are the basics of controlling these issues every DIY home entertainment installer needs to remember:
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.
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.
As proprietor of an audio/video retailer in New Jersey, I hear lots of discussions about home cinema entertainment. And a lot of what I hear is wrong. Here are five of these “urban legends” that need a reality check: