I first got into home theater when I was in high school in the late 90s, when DVD was brand new and 5.1 sound was mind-blowing. My first system consisted of all Sony equipment bought from Best Buy and it turned my mom’s basement into
place to watch movies. My friends and I crowded around my hilariously small 20″ Sony Wega TV and had a ton of fun. Of course, the screen size left a lot to be desired, but my friends thought the sound quality was incredible. However, thanks to my habit of devouring every audio magazine and home theater magazine at the local bookstore, I knew my system was far from endgame. Rather, it was just the starting point on my journey. I soon had the itch to upgrade, and although I didn’t have the money for new hardware, I wanted to see and hear what else was out there. My hometown of Greensboro, NC didn’t have proper hi-fi stores or home theaters, and Best Buy lost its appeal. My friend Drew had a real stereo system at home that his father Tom bought in the 80s – Vandersteen speakers and PS Audio electronics. Tom directed us to Audio Board in Raleigh, which had several legendary high end audio and home theater brands that I’ve only read about. My friend Lauren was the only one in our group who had a car fit enough for a 90-minute walk, so we loaded into his old Volvo station wagon and drove off. I must have gone there dozens of times over the years, not only because of all the great equipment available to listen to, but also because the people there never made me feel bad about wanting to know and listen to the equipment that I obviously couldn’t. t afford. Now, years later, Audio Board teamed up with Audioholics and I am very happy to recommend this store to our readers. I have recommended it to friends for many years.
One of the coolest features of the Audio Advice website is the free proprietary feature.
home theater designer tool, which designs the theater of your dreams right before your eyes as you enter details such as room dimensions, speaker placement preferences, and ideal viewing distance. You can choose how many rows of seats you want, what type of projector and screen, and whether your speakers are visible or hidden in the walls and ceiling. The tool makes it easy to visualize what things will look like and offers helpful hints if you’re not exactly sure what to choose. The tool can perform complex real-time calculations and determine the optimal screen size, seating and speaker placement for your room. At the end, you can save your design to get custom dimensions for your layout. You can then work with the Audio Advice staff (via chat, email, phone, or in store) to finalize details, including individual product selection, room acoustics processing, and more. But you can use these online tools for free, even if you end up buying nothing from Audio Advice! Audioholics founder Gene DellaSala recently discussed this invaluable tool with Scott Newnam of Audio Advice. .
Audio Advice talks about their NEW home theater builder
Projector Calculator – Easily calculate projection distance, screen size and positioning
Here is a quick overview of how to use the home theater builder and the associated projector throw distance calculator. First you need to measure the dimensions of your room and enter this information by moving the sliders to set up the instrument’s virtual room. Next comes the seating section where you add as many rows of seats as you want and the number of seats per row. If you select two or more rows, additional sliders will appear allowing you to change the height and depth of the riser. Selecting a row as the “primary row” will allow the system to maximize performance for that row. Then set the distance between the seats and the screen by using the mouse to move the seats or by moving the slider. You can also set the position and width of the passage. The seating is followed by a video setup that starts by asking if you are using a projector or a TV. If you select a projector, you will be prompted to enter the make and model if you have already selected one. If not, you can tell the tool to continue based on a non-specific generic projector. This is where the projector throw distance calculator comes in handy. It will determine the ideal throw distance, projector placement, screen size and screen gain in your home theater system based on your individual plan. It’s a useful tool even if you’re not designing an entire home theater from scratch. Perhaps you’re considering switching from a TV to a projector in your living room, or replacing an old projector in an existing home theater space. Either way, this tool relies on Audio Advice’s accurate in-house lab testing data to help you get exactly what you need for your space. The tool will help you choose the aspect ratio, size, and gain of your screen depending on what type of content you view the most and the level of immersion you want.
Each choice has a pop-up window with a detailed explanation of this element, so even beginners feel like home theater professionals. If you need a more detailed explanation, the Audio Advice website also has incredibly helpful articles that provide a deep dive into a variety of topics, including, , and . If you’re new to home theater, you can figure out what your preferences are based on where you prefer to sit in a commercial theater. For example, if you like to sit in the middle of a movie theater and choose a 16:9 aspect ratio screen, you’ll probably be comfortable with a 30 degree viewing angle. With a 2.40 widescreen, you’ll probably be fine with a 42-degree field of view. But if you’re sitting closer to the front in a commercial theater, you might prefer a 36-degree field of view for a 16:9 screen and a 48-degree field of view for a 2.40 screen. The desired field of view, combined with the viewing distance, determines the ideal screen size. The online tool makes all those complex calculations incredibly easy. Once the tool has determined the ideal projector location for your room and screen, you can see how bright (in nits) a particular projector in your theater will be. If the resulting brightness is fully HDR compatible, the indicator turns green. If the projector you have selected is not bright enough, the indicator will turn yellow. You can move the projector back and forth with the slider (or mouse) to see how different viewing distances affect the resulting brightness. You can also try this with different projector models.
Choosing your speakers and locations is easy
Once the video part of your theater has been perfected, you move on to the audio. If you are not sure which speaker layout you need, you can start by reading this. The tool starts by asking if you want in-wall or box speakers. If you opt for in-wall speakers, you can place the front speakers behind an acoustically transparent screen. You can choose whether you want to use surround back speakers, front wide speakers, and any number of height speakers and subwoofers. If you remove the speakers or move the seats, the tool will automatically move all speakers to their new optimal positions. If you manually move the speaker to a location that will not work properly, it will turn orange, indicating it is out of specification. You can then make adjustments until its color returns to normal, which means you’re done.
One of the biggest challenges when designing a theater is finding the balance between a layout that delivers absolutely perfect results in the main listening position and a layout that delivers the best possible performance in all seats. Audio Advice’s patented AI algorithm solves this problem in a unique way, and you can visualize the sound results of your setup by turning on the sound diffuser button. According to Audio Advice, “Most people will want to go as far as possible with AI optimization until the speakers turn orange to achieve the best performance for all seats while still being 100% Dolby spec for the main listening position.”
At the bottom of the tool, you’ll see a set of other buttons, including a ruler showing key measurements as you build, a line of sight button showing how the screen height automatically adjusts for optimal viewing from all angles, and view buttons that let you see what it looks like. screen from the main viewing position and how the room looks from different angles. When you save your design, you have the option to preview it with Audio Board expert to make sure you get the best results. You can also get a printed version of all measurements, including screen height, all speaker and seat positions, and even the length of pole you need for your projector. If you have an Audio Advice to set up your home theater system, you can work with the store staff to select each product individually, or simply explain the experience you want and leave the details up to the experts. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, the website has plenty of helpful tutorial videos, design guides, product selection guides, and a fantastic.
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