A Home Theatre system is one of the ultimate play zones. You can set it up to look like an old time style of theatre or make it space age with touch screens and the like. The whole gambit of automation possibilities exists in a home theatre setting. You can have retractable curtains, retractable screens, hidden projectors that pop-out of a ceiling or wall when in use, pop-corn poppers, touch screens, old movie posters, reclining chairs with foot rests, etc.
When combined with a whole house audio/video system all of the components can be located in one place in the house which allows not distribution of the system but control from any location. You can pause your movie while going to the kitchen and then stop off in the living room and start it again if you want right from where you left off.
Some of the components of a home theatre system include:
Projectors: Projectors can be used with moving or non-moving screens which are connected up to the video distribution system projecting movies, regular TV and the like onto the screen.
Screens: Projection screens can be built in screens that are stuck in place or screens that can hide away.
Big Screen TVs: These can also be used instead of projections screens with the same type of affect.
Rack Systems: These are used to organize and stack home theatre components easily and quickly to hide most if not all of the wiring mess. Some rack systems are even designed to allow them to be pulled out on a track system and then turned to easily access the back side of the equipment stored there.
IR Signal Distribution: Infrared signal distribution allows your audio and video components to be completely integrated into the whole house automation system so that they can be controlled from anywhere in the system.
Whole House Audio & Video
Imagine being in your room and deciding that you want to see what is on TV. You grab your remote and then flip to the channel that you want. Simple enough. Then you want to watch a DVD or VHS. You get up, search for the movie you want to watch, then put it in and sit back down to watch. Not to hard either. But with a whole house video system you can eliminate the need to get up. You can copy all of your DVD's, music CD's, and other audio files to an electronic system that will hold them all and categorize them for you. With a whole house audio system you can pump any sound you want into any room without even having to have a stereo in the room. Or if you want you can plug your stereo into the outlet on the wall and have the sound pump through the built-in ceiling speakers.
These are only some of the benefits of a whole house audio and video system. Another benefit is the disappearance of the clutter of equipment and wires. Instead of having a DVD player in every room along with stereo equipment you have it all located at a centralized place and run it all by remote (or touch screen, or keypad, etc...) from the room that you are in.
Distributed audio allows different areas of the house to listen to different sound sources without bleeding over one another.
- Local source inputs in individual rooms allow for local control of built-in speakers without bleed over from audio that might be playing throughout the rest of the house.
- Centralized proximity of audio and video systems allows for less clutter in rooms and more functionality.
- Whole house video distribution allows for easy distribution of satellite systems &/or cable systems.
When you are installing your whole house audio system one of the next things to consider is your speaker. Do you want floor speakers or wall mounted speakers or do you want built-in speakers. Floor speakers and wall mounted speakers can be connected into the system through a port on the wall. This way they can be taken down or moved if necessary. Built-in speakers can be built into any room of the house in the wall or ceiling or both. This allows great flexibility allowing a person to even hide them from normal view. Even speakers outside the house can be connected into a whole house audio system allowing you to play your music outside for parties and gatherings with friends.
Media servers incorporated into a whole house audio system allow a home owner to copy audio files and DVD's directly onto the hard drive of the server. This allows access to these files from anywhere in the system but also makes it so that you aren't always trying to find those DVD's that you want to watch when you actually want to watch them.
There are numerous accessories that can be added to a whole house audio system. Nuvo and a few other companies have IPod docking stations available to build into your whole house audio allowing you to play your IPod MP3's through the system easily. You can also connect your home PC or laptop up to the system to play music from there through the system as well.
Intercom systems allow you to communicate with family members in other parts of the house without the necessity of yelling (the old fashioned method). New systems that exist today allow for music to be pumped through them for a simple whole house audio setup. More advanced systems can be connected directly to your whole house audio system that is installed in your home allowing things such as muting when the door bell rings or the phone goes as well. When combined with a video camera system you can even view people at the door while you talk with them. Additionally the system can be upgraded with very little trouble allowing for modification and alteration.