Home theater system functionality

Voice Controlled Assistant What you need to know: The voice controlled assistant is one of the most misunderstood recent technologies that my clients are asking for. There are several products that have become very popular. There are set top cable boxes that utilize voice control. These work...

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. ...

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...

As a local business, it’s important for us to communicate with our customers. We’ve designed our website and update our blog actively to keep you current on our news and updates. The next thing in our web marketing campaign is a newsletter. We’ve decided to...

We recently blogged about Kaleidescape, the media server that can archive your entire music and movie collection, and make it all instantly available for viewing or listening in one room or as many rooms as you like. The convenience of this audio video storage system...

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?”
“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.
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.
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’ve seen the abbreviation – now experience the phenomenon for yourself! HDMI, or High Definition Multimedia Interface, is a single audio video cable that has the ability to carry one or more of the following signals:
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.
We recently blogged about the performance characteristics of great home theater and home stereo systems. Now for the big enchilada: How do you combine the two? Here’s the advice we give our customers that are looking for home theater integration at PAC-NJ, the source for high-end home entertainment systems in northern New Jersey.
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.

The typical home entertainment system is a marvel of technology and functionality. Think of all the components we can harness to provide the features, capabilities and flexibility we want at our fingertips. For example, we have a video display, an …...