Home theater purchase

“I bought a new, state-of-the-art flat screen HD TV, but the sound quality is like something out of the 1960s.” That’s a comment we hear from lots of people here at PAC NJ, northern New Jersey’s center for home theater equipment and advice. These people want to know why slim, new HD TVs have such poor sound quality, and if there is anything they can do about it.

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.

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.

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: