Home Theater

Home Theater

Welcome to our Home Theater.  This is where show you the apps that we have created and suggestions that we have for spicing up your Home Theater.


Computers and Accessories
Networking components
Sound Systems
Displays – HD TV’s, Projectors
How to design and budget for your home theater.
Dress up your home theater


HD TV.  In 2009, all video content will be broadcasted via digital format.  No more analog video.  This will provide a clean picture and free up the air waves.  You will still be able to use your existing tv set with a converter box.  However, you will not be able to view High Definition content as it was intended.  The standard screen resolution is 320×200 dots across the screen.  New HD TV resolutions now range from 480I, 480p, 720i, 720p, 1080i and 1080p.  When buying a tv, you will want to find one that will support all of these formats so that you can take advantage of all the video formats available.

Some things to bring with you before buying your system.

Your favorite DVD, CD so you can see and hear it at the store.  Make sure you have all the accessories to hook up that component, such as cables, connectors, wall mounts or any other types of hardware.  Make sure that they will work with what you already have.  It is recommended that you draw up a schematic of all your components and how they will be hooked up to each other.  A drawing with measurments would also be a big plus. Lighting – Will the lights be controlled by your systems remote, are there windows that need to have the shades drawn.  These are just a few of the things that can be automated by the press of a button.

LCD TV vs Plasma TV, which one is right for me.

With many LCD Televisions offering 720p (1280×720 or 1366×768) native pixel resolution, an LCD monitor with (1920×1080) 1080p capability is a significant advance, especially with street price of less than $2,000.

In addition to 1080p processing and input capability, the LVM-37W3 features 6 HD inputs, including 1 HDMI, 2 DVI-HDCP, 2 HD Component, and a hi-res VGA input.

Note: An external tuner is usually required to receive standard or HDTV signals. Does it work with with HD-DVD and Blu-ray?

Features to look for on a TV.

Video Cameras

– Panasonic HDC-SD1 (AVCHD) $999.00


Resolution, Brightness (lumens), bulb life, cost of replacement bulbs, video inputs, video formats, power consumption, noise are just a few of the things to be aware of when making your purchasing descision.

Outdoor Big Screen:
– Build your own outdoor big screen and projection stand.
Depending on the size of your back yard, you could build your screen.  Using plywood, 2×4’s and white reflective paint, you can have your own outdoor theater screen.  One example is to purchase 6 4’x8′ sheets of plywood and assemble them into one large screen.  Using hinges, you can make the screen fold up for storage as needed.  Be aware of the wind in your area, as your screen can become airborne if not mounted properly.  I will be posting photos of our screen, along with details on what we did to mount it, along with the projector that we used.

Indoor screens:

You can go from hanging a white sheet from your bed to a professional screen that drops down from your ceiling.  Some things to consider here is the reflectivity of the screen, stabilty – you don’t want your screen waving in the air when the A/C turns on.


VIDEO SCREEN, AUDIO SOUND SYSTEM, ENVIRONMENT, CONTENT STORAGE, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, NETWORKING GEAR, WIRING, FURNITURE, SECURITY, VIDEO CONFERENCING, PHONE CALLS TO DOOR BELLS, TO GUEST ACCOMODATIONS.  Each of these items can become very costly.  But you can also do it yourself and save a ton of money. We will attempt to show you both with our website.  These are just some of the many ideas that we have come up with, and intend on adding more as time allows.


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