I Want My Custom Home Theater To Do Everything!

A Series on Home A/V

By Nick Brigulio

Custom Home Theater can be tricky.  What kind of TV do I want?  Do I even want a TV or would a High Definition projector be better for my theater?  What kind of DVD player or receiver.  Do I need an amp?  What is the difference between an amp and a receiver?  This is just the beginning of what starts to swirl through my head as I think of all the different ways to accomplish my goal.  The most ultimate home theater on the block!  A place to watch Monday night football with the boys.  Or watch a race and hear the roar of NASCAR on my surround sound.  I want a place where my wife can curl up in a blanket with just me and a bag of popcorn to watch her favorite documentary.  Or have all her friends over for one of her Desperate Housewives get-togethers.  I dream of a theater that will shock and awe while it entertains my friends and family in the comfort of my home.  Slap a PS3 or XBOX 360 in the mix and it’s the ultimate gaming experience.  Not to mention the internet, Facebook, YouTube and Hulu all at my fingertips.  There are just so many possibilities.  A great home theater room can be an experience on many levels, if it’s done right.  So, how do you do it right?  As I mentioned at the beginning of this article there is a plethora of equipment that can be bought.  Not to mention the décor.  Lighting and furniture can also be a big influence on the experience.

The first thing I would do is find a good partner to advise me on what I need for my Home Theater.  This is where P.E.T.E.S. comes into play.  We want this to be enjoyable.  Home Theater is fun and we are willing to hold your hand through the whole process to make it so.  Here at P.E.T.E.S we have created relationships with the best manufacturers of Home Theater Audio Video equipment and furniture in the business.  We can sit down with you and discuss what your needs are and how to meet them.

The next thing we need to do is develop a budget.  At least put a number on paper.  You can always go back and change this.  I remember a story my cousin told me about putting a budget together with his fiancé for their wedding.  What was going to be spent and where they were going to spend it.  Not days later, after agreeing on the budget, he noticed “they” were spending outside the budget.  He asked his fiancée, now wife, why “they” were spending more than they had budgeted?  Her response was simple, “the budget is wrong”.  My point is this; it can be a work in progress.  There is always going to be compromise and a little give and take when it comes to big decisions.  Home Theater can be an expensive big decision.  Working with a professional can help guide you through this process.

Then it’s off to work.  Like I said this can be tricky.  What’s the size and shape of your room?  Where and how many electrical outlets are there?  Do you want 5.1, 7.1, or the latest in audio 9.2 channels of surround sound?  In-wall or bookshelf speakers and what size tower speakers for the front?  Custom theater seating or a custom couch?  DON’T LET THESE THINGS OVERWHELM YOU.  The relationships we have made here at P.E.T.E.S. will help make these decisions uncomplicated.  Here are just a few names of the top of the line products we carry for custom installation:

  1. Receivers:  Integra, Sony ES (Elevated Standard)
  2. Plasma, LCD, and LED TV’s:  Sony, LG, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Samsung
  3. Projectors:  Runco, Sony, JVC
  4. Speakers:  Paradigm, Meridian, Klipsch, Martin Logan, Velodyne, Mirage, Sonance
  5. Sound proofing:  Primacoustic, they provide material to sound proof walls, floors, and ceilings.
  6. Distributed Audio:  Sonance and Russound are two manufacturers we use to distribute audio through different zones in your house if you want to go that direction.
  7. Remote Control:  Control4, Rti, and URC.  There are 5” and 7” LCD touchscreen remotes that control your entire entertainment system.  No more fumbling around with 2, 3, or 4 remotes now you just have 1.  These can control a lot more than your Home Theater, but first things first.
  8. Furniture/Décor :  Sanus, Bello, Image Improved.

Feel free to visit any of these companies websites for ideas but when it comes time for design and implementation rely on P.E.T.E.S.  We are here to make your life easier and we are working on home theater projects daily.  P.E.T.E.S. is a one stop shop that offers consulting on room design, product selection, and complete installation.  Technology changes so quickly now, you have to be prepared for what is coming down the road.  The best way to prepare is to talk to a professional and have a partner in the business, P.E.T.E.S.

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