Phoenix Home Electronics & Automation
How big should my new TV be?It’s tempting to buy the biggest television set you can afford because it seems like that would turn your family room into an instant home theater. Get the equation for calculating how big your TV should be.
Which flat-screen TV is better: plasma or LCD?That’s a question with an “it depends” sort of answer—and one that has spurred endless debate. Here are a few things you should consider as you decide between a plasma or LCD set: See the pro and cons of plasmas vs. LCDs.
I want to automate my home. Where should I start?You can spend anywhere from a few hundred bucks to tens of thousands automating your house so it’s “smart” enough to send you an e-mail when your basement floods, close the drapes when the sun goes down and even sound like somebody indoors is talking when there’s really nobody home. Get started automating your home.
How can I soundproof my home theater?
- Choose a quiet location.
- If you’re building a new home, plan your home theater before breaking ground.
- If you’re putting a theater into an existing home with no basement, consider building a “room within a room.”
- Don’t forget to soundproof your theater’s door and windows.
- Seal gaps in the walls.
Is there any way to consolidate all of my remote controls?One of the most convenient ways to put home automation to work for you is to consolidate all of your remote controls into one. Learn how to consolidate your remotes.
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Guest Interview with Roger Ash of Desert Acoustics Home Entertainment, LLC, on the components of home theater systems.
Segment 1. (5:50 into segment) selecting a flat screen TV.
Segment 2. (2:20 into segment) importance of electronic settings, and setting the speakers to a room's size and dimensions.
Segment 3. (1:45 into segment) common mistakes of homeowners, and gold cable connections.
July 25, 2009 Archive Page
Create fun, state-of-the-art movie theater at homeThe coolest indoor activity on a hot summer evening might be family movie night at home.
Even if you don’t have or want an expensive home theater system, your family can have state-of-the-art fun at home if you invest in a few simple upgrades to your TV room.
First, of course, you’ll need a TV, and my friend Roger Ash at Desert Acoustics Home Entertainment in Peoria says you should buy the biggest one you can afford. And you don’t need a huge screen to enjoy a theater-quality experience. In fact, if your flat-screen TV is too big for your room, the picture can look distorted from certain angles.
If you have a few bucks to invest, though, Ash recommends a high-definition TV with a super-slim flat screen. Samsung has three models with screens that measure just 1.25 inches thick and are backlit with LEDs (light-emitting diodes). They’re high-end, but Ash says they use less energy than most of the other flat screens and he “can’t believe how good they look.”
Big or small, you’ll see your screen better if the room is dark. “In home theaters, lighting is huge,” Ash says.
Read the full Home Entertainment article.