Planning your Home Theater
February 12, 2018
Long gone are the days when if you wanted to watch a film in style, you had to haul yourself (and your family) off to the cinema. Today, most of us either have or have given thought to having a home cinema. If you haven’t set one up yet (or even if you have but the setup doesn’t work for you), there are a couple of things you should consider when planning your home theater to get the most out of your experience.
Planning your home theatre
The shape of the room which will play host to your home theatre is actually, rather important. There is no one-shape which you must have, but you need to plan everything around the shape of that room.
For starters, where are the windows and what kind of light comes in through them, and when? If the sunlight shines in through your windows at a time when you don’t watch television, it’s hardly a big deal. However, if the sun shines brightly and reflects onto your screen when you want to watch a film, that’s a problem. You could rectify this issue with thick curtains or blinds but situating your home theatre away from the windows’ glare is an alternative if you don’t want to fork out more cash.
Next up you need to look at your walls, particularly if you’re going to mount a television on a wall or use a projector. If you’re going to put your TV up on the wall, it needs to be a stable, strong wall. You’ll also want to make sure that if you use a projector, you have white walls.
If your home theatre room suddenly looks too dark, there are ways to fix that, too. LED lights are ideal, since they don’t give off much heat or glare, and are cheap as chips to run. Setting some up around the back of your television set is handy, especially for that cosy night in front of the box.
The finishing touches
Aside from the DVD/Blu-Ray player, you’re also going to want to think about internet capabilities. Many of us watch Netflix and other streaming services, so wherever you put your Smart TV, you’re going to need to be in the range of your router. Most modern routers cover wide areas, but you still want your theatre as close as possible to the action.
Similarly, the layout of the couches or sofas must also be in the right spot. You want as many directly in front of the television as possible but not too close or too far. The bigger the Smart TV, the further away you can be.
Don’t worry too much about sound. With a decent home theatre, being far away from the television isn’t a problem. Most of the best home theatres have four standing speakers. If they are “towers”, you can place them on the floor, or you can elect to put them up on the walls if they are smaller and mountable. Either way, you’re going to want them to surround your “home theatre area” not necessarily be pegged to the four corners of the room. This way, your audio experience is as immersive as possible.
5 Important Elements to Consider when Buying a Smart TV
November 23, 2017
5 Important Elements to Consider when Buying a Smart TV
Buying a new TV is not one of the easiest things you can do. There are so many manufacturers and brands out there, all with varying price tags. The salespeople don’t make the experience any easier as they use alien-sounding terminologies and hyperbolic claims explaining the graphics quality. These facts may push you to seek information from the internet. Unfortunately, you will get conflicting facts and opinions and other meaningless jargon that will make your research even worse.
The process of buying a new smart TV raises a lot of questions as you try to compare the features of different brands. All the information gathered can easily result in purchasing a television that is technologically inferior. However, all is not lost and you don’t need to give up looking for the most appropriate TV. Considering the following factors will help you purchase the right smart TV without compromising quality or your budget.
The Preferred Mode of Display
When it comes to displaying mode, you have three options to choose from; Plasma, LCD, and LED. For a long time, Plasma TV’s were considered the best performers in terms of color output and superiority of dark levels. Nowadays that is no longer the case as the latest LED’s feature advanced panels that help produce brighter and clearer pictures than the blacks. However, if you want a basic upgrade for your TV, you can buy an LCD but if it’s a major one, then the plasma will do. LED on the other hand is the best choice if you want to strike a balance between visual output and looks.
Quality of the Graphics
Picture quality is the most significant features that every buyer should consider when buying a TV. When buying, you need to imagine how the pictures will display after considering factors such as black levels, frame rate, color output, input lag when gaming through a console, and color gloss.
HD or 3D Smart TV?
Buying a TV is an investment and you want to make sure your investment remains trendy for long. There are some people who consider the 3D layer in TV’s as an expensive whatsit while others see it as a necessary add-on. The truth is, 3D layer gives you a better viewing plus it will reach a point in future when most smart TVs will include this feature.
Cost and After Sales Service
Before buying a smart TV, make sure you compare price tags of different brands and their qualities. Analyze different deals and the after-sales benefits associated with each deal. Also, visit consumer forums and compare customer services of various manufacturers. There is nothing more irritating than getting an issue with your brand new TV but the manufacturer is out of reach to offer assistance.
Features of Smart TV
If your only interest is viewing TV, then a basic HDTV might do. However, a smart TV has additional features that make it more interesting. It comes with Smart Share, Wi-Fi, DLNA, and Wi-Di. In addition, you can make it the central connection point for many gadgets within your home.
While there so many other factors that you can consider when purchasing a TV, the above five matter the most. There are some people who will want to buy a big screen, but it meaningless if it has terrible graphics display. The other features are a matter of preference.