One of the first pieces of equipment that probably comes to mind when you consider the electronics included in a home theater system is a projector. Choosing the right projector is key to making sure that every movie or video game is displayed in the best possible quality. There are three types of projectors that we will take a look at. It is important to consider the pros and cons of each projector when determining which one will work best in the room where you plan to place it. The three main types of projectors are LED, LCD, and DLP.
LED is an acronym for Light Emitting Diode. Essentially, a diode is an electrical component that has two terminals which conduct electricity in just one direction when in use. LED projectors have a lifespan of over 20,000 hours, which is the primary reason for why they have virtually no maintenance costs. They are smaller, generate less heat, and have a lower power consumption. They also produce better colors, but they have limited brightness. For this reason, you should consider the room where you plan to mount the projector, and take stock of the amount of ambient lighting it receives.
LCD projectors are created with a Liquid Crystal Display. They have a better color saturation and sharper image, but the image can sometimes be pixelated. There are no moving parts, so it is definitely a more cost-effective choice, and it’s even less expensive if you get a single-chip LCD. 3-chip LCDs, however, offer a much better color saturation and lower noise levels. These projectors do have weak black and contrast levels and require constant filter maintenance. If you are someone who struggles to remember to change the air filters in your home, this might not be the best option for you.
When talking about projectors, the letters DLP stand for Digital Light Processing. This type of projector is smaller, needs no filters, and has a better response system. It has excellent black and contrast levels and even has 3D capabilities which are sure to impress everyone who watches 3D movies at your house! It uses a chip made of microscopic mirrors and a spinning color wheel to create the image. A downside to this projector is that the lamp life is very low at a range of 2,000 to 5,000 hours. Due to the moving parts and mirrors, it can produce an unwanted visual effect on the screen sometimes called ghosting, or a rainbow effect.
As you can see, there are benefits to each type of projector, so making the right choice will depend on what you want from your projector’s performance, the logistics of the room in which it will be placed, and any other needs that you may have. When you contact Maddox AV in Howard County, we can help guide you to the right product for your home. Call us today and let us show you how we can help you create the home theater of your dreams.
No home theater system would be complete without a great sound system. There are so many good stereo systems on the market that it may be hard to choose which one is right for you, and how many speakers you should choose, but we have some tips to help guide you in the right direction. As you look at home theater systems, make sure to choose a sound system that includes these parts: a receiver, a center channel speaker, front left and right speakers, two to four surround speakers, and one to two powered subwoofers. While a pair of in-ceiling, or upward-firing speakers are not critical, they will definitely elevate your home theater system to a whole new level!. Depending on how immersed you want to feel, you can choose a few of these speakers, or all of them. At Maddox AV in Howard County, we highly recommend that you consider acquiring all of these pieces to make your home theater system the best system possible!
Choosing the speakers first is important, because it will help you determine which receiver to choose. This is a logical process, as big speakers will need a big source of power, and smaller speakers will require less power. In addition to this, the more speakers you decide to have will require you to have more channels on your receiver. If you are hoping to go full-scale and install multi-room audio, then that will require you to add even more channels on the receiver, as well as add additional power sources. If enjoying the most immersive experience possible is important to you, then you will also want to consider adding some of the latest products in home theater technology. Maddox AV is happy to help you with all of the questions you may have about home audio options for your home theater system. Be sure to call and let us know how we can help.
Once your home theater system is fully installed, you will want to have easy access to control all aspects of your new system, from the picture to the various sound levels coming out of each speaker. There’s no point in having the best subwoofer on the market if it is not producing bass levels that are appropriate to the type of movie you are watching, or the game you are playing. A remote control will help you to quickly adjust the levels of bass to help you feel as if you are part of the chase scene, or relaxing on a back porch at twilight. While remote controls certainly make life much easier, it might not be easy to know which type of remote is the best one for your home theater system. Be sure to call the professionals at Maddox AV and let us know what levels of control you want to have and we will be more than happy to guide you to the best remotes for your home theater system.
Depending on the number of speakers you have chosen for your home theater system, you will want to put serious consideration into the right type of surge protection for your whole system. If there were to be a lightning strike or a power outage, you would be devastated to find out that parts of your system were fried and in need of replacement. While you may not think about it too much, it can be risky to plug any of your audio and video gear into unprotected outlets. Besides the obvious danger of lightning, there are other, smaller power surges, spikes, and sags that occur almost daily. They are small enough that most people never notice them, but they can cause damage to your equipment, which means that you want to make sure to select a surge protector that is appropriate to the needs of your home theater system.